Größter Cachebehälter Österreichs? (GC35Q1C) — Geocache of the Week

 

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Geocache Name:

Größter Cachebehälter Österreichs? by artig&hold

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

“Größter Cachebehälter Österreichs” means Biggest Cache Container in Austria…which this one may very well be, depending on how you define ‘cache container’.  Geocachers who arrive at GZ find themselves standing in front of wood-gated door in an old brick wall. Hidden somewhere nearby is the trick to unlocking the door, after which is you follow a set of narrow stone stairs that descend down to blackness.

Depending on what kind of geocacher you are, it’s either eerie or exciting (or maybe a bit of both) to climb down those stairs, but geocachers who do are treated to a first class logging experience. At the bottom of the stairs is an old wine cellar, now home to an old desk and chair, an assortment of drippy candles, various swag items, and of course…the logbook. If you listen carefully you may hear the ghost of a pinot noir calling you from the darkest corners of the cellar.

What geocachers have to say:

“Einen Cache dieser Art habe ich noch nie gesehen: begehbar, sehr geräumig und wohltemperiert. Wirklich etwas Besonderes und einen kleinen Umweg wert.” –sunflower2012
I’ve never seen a geocache like this one: accessible, spacious, and of a comfortable temperature. Really something special, and totally worth a small detour. 

“Von diesem Cache hatte ich schon gehört… heute war ich endlich mal in der Nähe und wollte mir diesen nicht entgehen lassen. Nach einer kurzen Suche wusste ich auch wie ich hineinkomme 😉 Das war wirklich eine willkommende Abkühlung heute! Schön gemacht! Ich nehme einen Coin mit auf die Reise und hinterlasse einen FP! Danke für´s “Verstecken”, Zeigen und Herrichten sagen Die Glücksmagneten.” –Die Glücksmagneten
I’d heard about this cache…today I was finally in the area and couldn’t miss it. After a short search I figured out how to get inside. This was really a welcome cooling-off today! I’m taking a coin with me on my travels, and leaving behind a favorite point! Thank you for “hiding”, sharing, and organizing.”

“Ich war schon sehr neugierig und konnte es kaum erwarten den Cache zu finden. Und dann diese Überraschung. So toll und schön gemacht. War mir eine Ehre mich hier zu verewigen. Bekommt auf jeden Fall einen ganz dicken Favi.” –Ellanna
I was very curious about this cache and could hardly wait to find it. And then this surprise! So amazing and well-made. It was an honor to be here. Absolutely getting a big fat favorite point.

What the cache owner has to say:

What inspired you to hide the cache here?
We always wanted to make some kind of a special cache. Not another film canister behind a traffic sign. 😉 We then had the opportunity to buy this small property opposite of our own wine cellar. And there was this damaged old wine cellar on it. As we did not want this old wine cellar to get completely rotten, so we renovated it. We had no real need for it, so my wife and me decided to try to make a cache out of it. We always sad, as long as no one damages something we will have a cache there. Just once we had some children finding the way to enter the cache and they spread the log book, but it was easy to repair it. And a other funny story happened when a cacher found the key to another wine cellar in the area, but that is another story. We have now some years without damage, and the cache is still alive.

How old is the cellar in which the cache is hidden? Are there many in the area?
No one knows how old those wine cellars are. In former days in our area nearly every house of a village had its own wine cellar. So there are quite some in the area. The local farmers dug them in winter time, but it was not written down when and from whom. The estimation is that they are some 200-300 of years old.

What has been your reaction to all of the nice logs and Favorite Points?
Of course it is a big pleasure to read all those nice logs and the see the Favourite Points coming in. ☺

Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community?
We hope to see many more cachers visiting our cache. If you see some people opposite of the cache – don’t be shy it’s maybe us. If we are there we are happy to have some glass of wine and a chat with you!

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Some cache owners go above and beyond to make finding and logging their cache an experience. What’s your best experience?

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Kunsthof reloaded (GCNRZK) — Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:

Kunsthof reloaded (GCNRZK) by willimax

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

1.5/1

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This geocache is hidden within the Kunsthof Arcade: a small, quiet group of connected courtyards in the middle of Dresden, Germany. The facades of the buildings, which were designed by local artists, might stop you in your tracks. One wall is bright yellow and dotted with warped sheets of gold metal that play tricks with the sunlight. The other wall is bright blue and criss-crossed with metal pipes that funnel water to and fro. Every half hour (rain or shine) water drips down through and along the drains and gutters, and onlookers are treated to a concert of the elements. They call it the wall that plays music. This cache is the perfect example of a hide that brings you to a unique and interesting part of town, which you might never have otherwise found.

What geocachers have to say:

“Beim heutigen ersten Besuch in Dresden, hier angehalten und das Versteck gesucht. Ohne GC hätte ich diesen schönes Platz sicherlich nicht gefunden. Daher ein großes Danke fürs Herführen. TFTC.” –Siggihentsch
Searched for this hide today on my first visit to Dresden. Without this geocache I would definitely never have found this nice spot. For that, a big thank you for placing the cache here. TFTC.

“Der Cache hat mich an eine Stelle geführt, die ich sonst nicht gefunden hätte. Es war schön, dass der Cache schnell zu finden war. So hatte ich noch genug Zeit, mich hier mal etwas umzuschauen.” –KRUMGmbH
This cache brought me to a place that I wouldn’t have otherwise found. It was good that the cache was a quick find, because it left me enough time to explore the area a bit.

Dieses war das zweite Döslein auf unserer heutigen Runde durch die Neustadt. Dank des Hinweises konnte es schnell gefunden werden und beim Loggen haben wir zugesehen, wie das Wasser durch all die Rohre plätscherte…. Danke und viele Grüße aus Leipzig!” –.Schattenkind.
This was the second cache on our trip through the city. Thanks to the description the cache was found quickly, and while we were logging it we were able to watch the water gurgle through the pipes… Thank you and greetings from Leipzig!”

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By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the Week

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Excitement as the final is revealed.
Excitement as the final is revealed.

Geocache Name:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (GC1BT32)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/2.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

This week, the final souvenir of the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 will become available: Put on Your Thinking Cap. To earn this souvenir, and potentially the Road Trip Hero souvenir, you’ll have to find a Mystery Cache. While many geocachers automatically associate Mystery Caches with puzzles, that’s not always the case. This geocache, for instance, takes you on a nighttime journey through the woods. You’ll have to follow reflective tacks and shapes through the woods until you make it to GZ.

What geocachers have to say:

 

“Woah! This may be the coolest geocache I have ever found. Seriously! What an adventure! Thank you so much for setting this up!” – ThePaigeTurner

“TFTC!!!! This was our first night cache. It was amazing!!! We had a blast. I wasn’t sure how to set breadcrumbs on the gps so we dropped glow sticks to mark our way home. However, I must admit I have seen to many horror movies lol.” – Geeky Gal

“I thought there was no way the other night caches would compare to the first one we found but this one was amazing. Looking for the silvery moon and stars was thrilling. We were all blown away when we saw the final to this adventure. It’s always nice when someone leaves the light on for you:) Thanks for the hide and smiley.” – Qaz&Kids

Photos:

Glow sticks aren't required, but they're still necessary.
Glow sticks aren’t required, but they’re still necessary.
ThePaigeTurner checks her light.
ThePaigeTurner checks her light.
Headlamps are key.
Headlamps are key.
Follow the "stars" aka reflectors
Follow the “stars” aka reflectors

What’s the best night cache you’ve ever done? Post your photos and stories in the comments.

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Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head (GCHFT2) – Geocache of the Week

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Geocache Name:                                                      Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head                                         1/1.5

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

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A Wasp Head bento box. Photo by JordsAU

This is the world’s first EarthCache. Placed by geoaware on January 10, 2004, GCHFT2 is located on an isolated stretch of coastline in Murramarang National Park, in southeast Australia. Visiting geocachers are met with striking views of rugged waters, an abundance of geological history, and the occasional kangaroo.

If an EarthCache is “a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth” (www.earthcache.org), then this EarthCache at Wasp Head is some sort of mega-EarthCache. The cache instructions take the geocacher on a geological tour through time past fossilized worm burrows (pictured below), giant boulders dropped by icebergs floating on an ancient sea, and rock channels left by the erosion of once-molten rock.

What geocachers have to say:

“What a great place. We really wanted to see fossils and this place delivered. I loved the rock formations and if geoaware hadn’t told us we would be oblivious to the dike. Thanks geoaware for a great EC.” –igotahunch

“Great tour of the headland. First attempt at geocaching and a great way to start. Thanks.” –Busterandjo

“I was out at the coast back on Oct 2 so I did the homework for this cache. It’s a beautiful spot and it was a fantastic day out. Found everything except the bryozoan fossils but that could have been my poorly entered waypoint coords. (I forgot to preload these before heading off and there’s no reception at gz). I’m always amazed to see fossils in place rather than in a museum. It makes me wonder about such life flourishing such an unimaginably long time ago and what the site would have looked like back at that time. Rather damp I suspect. I’ve attached a pic of a shell I spotted. TftEc.” –StrangeTrousers

What the EarthCache owner, geoaware, has to say:

(Excerpted from 2014 article on the Geocaching Blog)

“Ten years ago I was a lucky guy in the right place at the right time. The Geological Society of America (GSA) had just employed me to work on education and outreach programs, a GSA member mentioned the new game of geocaching to my boss, and I was on holiday here with my kids looking at the rocks in Australia.

So that day we wandered around a rock platform that I had been on a thousand times before but now with a new purpose. How could I bring others here geocaching so they left learning something new about our amazing planet? Fossils, evidence for glaciers, weathering – so much in such a short walk. This was the perfect place. And so EarthCache I GCHFT2 was born—and so was the concept of an EarthCache: a place where the Earth was the treasure. A place where you would learn about the geology of the planet while you geocached. If you have not experienced an EarthCache, its time you tried. It’s a different experience – but who would ever not enjoy learning when it’s fun!”

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Calypso62 at a split joint.
Calypso62 at a split joint. Photo by Calypso62.
A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
A foot massage? Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calipso62.
Fossilized Bryozoan colony. Photo by Calypso62.
Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.
Geocachers sitting in a split joint. Photo by The Arkaroo.
Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.
Patterns and seeds at the first EarthCache.
Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.
Kanga-muggles at GZ? Photo by cRimehUNter.
Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.
Sunset at Wasp Head. Photo by STORMCATCHERS.

The Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is in full swing, and it’s time to earn your “High-Five for the Earth” souvenir. What EarthCache or CITO event are you going to find/attend?

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Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the Week

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We couldn't agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky
We couldn’t agree more, Mr. TB. Photo by Funk to Funky

Geocache Name:

Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

5/2

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

You can now earn your Let’s Get Extreme Geocaching Road Trip ’15 souvenir by finding a D5 or a T5 geocache. For this one, some geocachers automatically think of rock climbing, rappelling or some other adrenaline-inducing geocache as their go-to for this souvenir. But don’t forget the mind-bending puzzles that can also earn you this souvenir. For this geocache, you’ll not only have to answer a few questions to get the coordinates, you’ll also have to solve a Rubik’s Cube once you get there. Good luck!

What geocachers have to say:

“Thrilled to get the souvenir and be there at bb’s mega number, but most of all it was a splendid cunning cache and and a pleasure to do, thanks.” – Wibsey Wench

“Thank you for such a brilliant puzzle and for making my special number such a memorable find.” – badgerbaby

“Well deserving of a favourite point for not only did I solve a difficulty 5 for the Road Trip 15 but the whole thing took place on a day not filled in on my caching calendar. TFTC.” – Andicap

What the geocache owner, darkskill, has to say:

What inspired this hide?
I’d purchased the treasure chest Rubik’s cube for my collection and noticed how nicely a bison Geocache container fitted inside! Thought this would be a great idea for a difficult puzzle cache and a few days later had the cache ready to go.

Did you know how to solve a Rubik’s Cube before working on this geocache?
Yes I did, I’ve got quite a large collection of twisty puzzles and enjoy speed solving some of them.

What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs and Favorite Points?
It’s nice to see this Geocache has introduced some of the cachers to the Rubik’s cube and encouraged some of them to learn how to solve it for the first time! It’s always nice to read through the positive logs and know that other people have enjoyed my cache.

Photos:

Too easy for geocacher Andicap
Too easy for geocacher Andicap
Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky
Nice work! Photo by geocacher Funk to Funky
Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill
Solved it! Photo by the CO, darkskill

What has been the best puzzle you’ve ever solved to find a geocache? Post your stories and photos in the comments.

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