Entretien avec un propriétaire : Totov, le géo-mentor du Grand-Est

L’une des meilleures qualités du géocaching est la créativité des propriétaires. La communauté française ne fait pas exception. Elle comprend des caches inattendues, personnalisées, et artisanales, le genre que nous aimons tous trouver. L’un de ces cacheurs est Totov. Ses 160 géocaches ont accumulé 1.600 Points favoris, qui représentent l’impact qu’il a dans la région Grand-Est, France. Nous avons interviewé Totov, le président d’Alsace Géocaching, pour en savoir plus sur ses caches créatives, et d’où il s’inspire.

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De nouveaux outils pour votre prochaine randonnée dans les fins fonds de la nature !

Paré(e) pour une aventure au fin fond de la nature ?  Bonne nouvelle !  Notre dernière fonctionnalité, Cartes hors-ligne, dans l’appli Geocaching® complète un ensemble d’outils conçus pour rendre vos expéditions dans la nature meilleure que jamais auparavant.  Jetons un coup d’œil :

Cartes hors ligne.

Notre dernière fonctionnalité pour les membres Premium rend possible l’accès aux géocaches sans une connexion Internet.  Voici comment :

Étape 1 : Sélectionnez une liste de géocaches ou créez-en une nouvelle.*

Étape 2 : Sauvegardez la liste pour un usage hors ligne.

Étape 3 : Rendez-vous au fin fond de la nature !  Les cartes hors-ligne seront là pour vous guider jusqu’à la prochaine géocache de votre liste.


Mes Listes bêta.

Nous avons amélioré les Listes de caches !  Avec Mes Listes bêta, vous pouvez facilement éditer, partager et organiser des listes de géocaches.  En savoir plus.

Les listes créées sur Geocaching.com apparaissent automatiquement dans l’appli Geocaching® et vice versa.  En sauvegardant les listes de géocaches dans l’appli mobile pour une utilisation hors-ligne, vous téléchargez aussi les cartes hors-ligne.

Cartes des sentiers.

Nous avons ajouté le type de carte des sentiers pour vous aider à trouver les géocaches difficiles d’accès et à trouver les caches dissimulées dans le parc du quartier.  Cette fonctionnalité utilise des cartes open-source pour montrer des parcours dans les villes, parcs et espaces sauvages.

Journaux en attente.

Nul besoin de s’inquiéter de perdre les traces de vos trouvailles !  Lorsque vous soumettez un journal depuis le terrain, il sera automatiquement téléchargé la prochaine fois que vous vous connectez à l’Internet.

Une fonctionnalité vous permettant de commencer un journal et de le finir ou de l’éditer plus tard est en cours de développement.

Géocaching hors ligne est une fonctionnalité pour les membres Premium.  Obtenez plus d’informations sur Géocaching Premium.

Planifiez-vous de vous rendre bientôt hors des sentiers battus ?  Avant cela, jetez un coup d’œil à ces astuces sur le géocaching dans la nature :

*Astuce de pro : vous pouvez créer des listes dans l’appli mobile ou sur Geocaching.com.

Parlez-nous de votre prochaine aventure dans la nature dans les commentaires ci-dessous.

Geocacher Finds Lost Wedding Ring and Searches for Owner

Editor’s Note:  Geocaching HQ holds an all company meeting once a month. The 80 folks from HQ; engineers, designers, IT pros, community managers, the volunteer support team, all the way through to the creators of Geocaching.com Jeremy Irish and Bryan Roth, discuss all things geocaching. The meeting changes each month. But there’s one constant.

Every meeting starts with a community story. The story showcases the best of the geocaching world, inspiring and connecting HQ even further to the lifestyle we help power and support.  

If you have a story you think we should read in the next Geocaching HQ meeting, tell us about it in comments below! 

This month’s story comes from the robust geocaching community in France. And was read by Carly.

Jacques and Laurent. Image from “ouest france.”

January 2015

Geocacher Jacques, aka username “jajatitine”, was bored one day and decided to spend his afternoon -like any reasonable person would-  geocaching. As he explored his local neighborhood in Angers, France, he searched for a nearby geocache Le Nôtre à Angers placed in a bed of shrubs. While rummaging around, the wedding ring, which had lived on his finger for the last 38 years, fell into the brush. He headed home without his wedding ring and without finding the geocache.

March 2015

Fast forward a few months later, another geocacher named Laurent or “mr_mulot”, decided to hunt for the same geocache. After searching through bushes for 45 minutes, he stumbled across a gold wedding ring hidden beneath a pile of dead leaves. The ring was engraved with two names -Martine and Jacques- and a wedding date. He never found the geocache he had set out to find, but he had a new challenge. Laurent made it his mission to locate the owner of the wedding ring before the couple’s upcoming 40th anniversary. He had less than two years to succeed.

A Few Days Later 

Social media by itself is a powerful and viral tool. If you post an update on your Facebook page, chances are a number of people will see it and may even share it. Now, combine Facebook viral nature and a robust geocaching community, and your message will be unstoppable.

Laurent didn’t know this when he initially created the Facebook post. He had already contacted every geocacher who had logged the geocache and didn’t think his odds were good. However, the facebook post, which contained a picture of the ring and a note that it was found by a geocache, was shared to the local geocaching facebook group and voilà, the internet blew up.

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Laurent’s Facebook post. Shared over 140,000 times.

Happily Ever After

Geocachers shared the post with family and friends and asked them to share the post as well. 140,000 shares and a few days later, the post found it’s way to the computer screen of Jacques’ daughter Stephanie. She was one of many who had contacted Laurent inquiring about the ring, but she knew a detail no one else did; the name of geocache where the ring was lost. Stephanie surprised her father one evening with Laurent and the ring, and the rest is history.

“This story was a wonderful human adventure, and was marked by all those values that we cherish and like in geocaching…” said Laurent.

What started out as a two year mission for Laurent, turned into a few days with the help of social media, a determined geocacher, and an amazing geocaching community.


Martine and Jacques (and their long lost ring), with Laurent
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All smiles!



The End


A special thanks to Jacques for sharing his story. 

Additional press mentions: ouest-france.fr, timeout.fr, and 20minutes.fr.

What You’re Missing at a Mega-Event – The Brugse Beer IV Mega-Event Video

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Editor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are planning to attend dozens of Mega-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course geocaching. Each person at Geocaching HQ brings their own unique talent to advancing the adventure. Some write code for the website, others design images for the apps, and some shoot videos explaining it all. Reid Kuennen is the Geocaching HQ staff member behind the lens. She recently traveled to Belgium to join hundreds in celebrating geocaching and the geocaching community. Here’s her story (which includes a nifty video explaining it all). 

Bryan and Reid, "We may or may not have known how to play Kubb"
Bryan and Reid, “We may or may not have known how to play Kubb”

By Reid:

Last month I was honored to attend the Brugse Beer IV Mega-Event in Bruges, Belgium. My friend Bryan, who also happens to be one of the founders of Geocaching, was there with me and we had an unforgettable time. We played Kubb with skill and precision, we climbed the climbing wall with… a lot of help from the organizers, and we even ate fries with mayonnaise. Best of all, we had countless conversations with fun and inspiring geocachers from near and far.

As a thank you to all who attended and organized this awesome event, I have compiled a short video to capture some of the memories. Enjoy:



5 Tips for Getting Your Film into GIFF 2014

Last Year's GIFF Geocoin. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com
Last Year’s GIFF Geocoin. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com

By Reid, 

Around this time last year, my co-HQer and the great Geocaching Block Party organizer, Amy, said something like, “Hey Reid, so it turns out we have access to a very large screen for Block Party. What should we do with it?” After a thoughtful pause I said, “What if we hosted a film festival?” Amy did a giddy dance and the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) was officially born. In true “If you build it they will come” fashion, the ambitious idea was a success. We received over 100 submissions from more than 20 countries! After spending three years of telling the stories of geocachers for Geocaching HQ, I was truly inspired to see how the community chose to tell their own. Our inaugural GIFF was such a hit that we decided to do it again this year.

Crawling around in a cave. Anything for the shot!
Crawling around in a cave. Anything for the shot!

It has now been four years that I’ve been running through forests, crouching into caves, and crawling through sewers to tell the stories of people who love to find and hide geocaches. I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes for good geocaching video, and with the help of the GIFF judges from HQ, I have compiled five tips to up your chances of being one of the finalists for this year’s Geocaching International Film Festival.

1. Less is More

Just because you can submit up to 4 minutes of video doesn’t necessarily mean you should. When I make videos I think, “What is the simplest way I can tell this story?” Then, I add from there if I can’t resist. This will help you focus on what is truly important and keep your audience engaged. Last year’s finalist, Godzilla Goes Geocaching, is a great example of a geocacher who used 1 minute and 32 seconds to tell his story.

2. Global Appeal

How are you going to communicate your love of the game to 9 million geocachers from more than 185 countries? Something that might be amazing for your local community may not speak to the global community. One of last year’s finalists, Geocaching Day, is a story told without dialogue that speaks to the adventurous spirit of geocachers everywhere.

GIFF on the Big Screen. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com
GIFF on the Big Screen. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com

3. Focus on Quality

We understand if geocaching comes before filmmaking on your hobby list—we’re not looking for Hollywood here. We are, however, looking for videos that will look and sound good on the big screen. If you can, use a tripod and an external mic. If you can’t, have your actors speak close to your on-camera mic and use a natural tripod like a tree or your friend’s shoulder. For inspiration, check out last year’s winner for Best Cinematography: Galaxy Cache. For more technical tips, I highly recommend checking out Vimeo’s Video School.

4. Follow the Rules

For real. We had to deny one of our favorite films last year because they didn’t have permission for the songs they used. If you’re serious about being considered as a finalist, I recommend grabbing a coffee, a snack, a highlighter and reading through the GIFF guidelines.

5. Have Fun!

If you’re not having fun making your film, your audience won’t have fun watching it. Though I know they didn’t get much sleep, I’m pretty sure the creators of My Geocaching Addiction had a pretty good time putting it together. Oh, and they just happened to take home the Audience Award.

We are on the edges of our exercise ball chairs over here at HQ to see what you come up with for GIFF 2014.

You can also see all of last year’s finalists here.

Not going to submit, but want to watch the finalists on the big screen? Log your will attend here.

Geocachers watching the GIFF 2013 Finalists. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com
Geocachers watching the GIFF 2013 Finalists. Photos by Suzi-Pratt.com