This holiday season, we’re giving thanks for everything the geocaching community (that’s you) does. In 2013 alone, Geocaching surpassed the 2 million active geocaches mark and the community grew to over 6 million geocachers. Plus, there were thousands of amazing events worldwide—we even celebrated as a Travel Bug® launched into space! But out of all of the amazing things that happened this year, it’s the simplest thing that still makes us all warm and fuzzy inside: the smile that happens when another geocache is found. Happy Holidays from all of us at Geocaching HQ! Share your favorite moments of 2013 or just pictures of your best geocaching smile on the Geocaching Facebook page.
It’s a button that makes geocaching out of the country or in the deep prehistoric world of “no cell phone service” as easy as a Terrain 1, Difficulty 1. Whether you’re using the Geocaching Pro App for iPhone or theGeocaching Android App, this miracle of engineering simplicity is called “Save to Offline List.”
Use a Wi-Fi hot spot to load up your Offline List with geocaches. Then, turn off your data roaming and look under “Saved” on iPhones or “Offline Lists” on Android and SHAZZAM! Your geocaches are available, your phone isn’t using costly roaming data, and you’re saving battery life. You can sort the list by distance, Favorite Points, title, GC code or geocache type.
Another option for Premium Members is using a Pocket Query. For example, if you’re headed to the last remaining APE Cache in the jungles of Brazil, here’s what to do: create a Pocket Query (Saved List) of all the geocaches in that area on Geocaching.com and then save it on your phone as an Offline List when you have cell service. Another tip, make sure your phone is fully charged for your adventure.
Now you’re off into the wild with plenty of geocaches loaded up and ready to go.
Win Grand Prize Packages Through Geocaching!
Geocaching HQ is helping outfit three lucky adventurers through Gear Up for Geocaching. We’re calling all geocachers, both expert and new, for a treasure hunting opportunity. Geocaching HQ has partnered with some of your favorite outdoor brands to offer you the chance to win some big-time swag.
Sign up here between August 1 and 31 to be entered to win one of three prize packages.
Each package will include treasure from brands such as Camp Chef, Mountainsmith, Greenlayer, 7eye, MHM, Kor and Skratch Labs. We couldn’t sit out on the fun, though, so we’re also giving free one-year Geocaching Premium Memberships to each winner, to help you find more geocaches than ever. See below for a full breakdown of what you could win!
New to geocaching? No problem! Geocachers of all experience levels are welcome to participate. By filling out this form before the end of August, new and existing Geocaching members in the U.S. are eligible to enter using their Geocaching username. There is only one entry per person, and the deadline to enter is midnight on August 31. Three winners will be drawn and notified in early September. In the meantime, you can share stories or photos of your August finds on Twitter with @GoGeocaching using #GearUp or connect on Facebook. Also, you can participate in the 31 Days of Geocaching: every day you find a geocache in August, you will earn a unique calendar-style Geocaching souvenir.
Prize Package Contents
You can win one of three prize packages – each containing a product from every brand listed below plus a Geocaching.com Premium Membership!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. ONLY LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) WHO ARE 18 AND OLDER AND MEMBERS IN GOOD STANDING OF GEOCACHING.COM AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY ARE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sweepstakes starts August 1, 2013 and ends August 31, 2013. For Official Rules, visit http://support.groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=418. Sponsor: Groundspeak, Inc.
Geocaching GeoTours are popping up around the world, from a GeoTour of 100 State Parks in the Washington State Park Centennial GeoTour to the Thing Sites GeoTour that explores ancient meeting sites through Northern Europe.
GeoTours are specifically designed to turn your next vacation, day trip or geocaching expedition into an extraordinary adventure. Locals in each destination pick out the best places to hide new geocaches, including historic sites, parks, cities and more. Some GeoTours showcase special themes, like the Taking Flight GeoTour, which reveals the wild spaces and bird life of Florida, or the Cateran Trail GeoTour, which takes you along the trail of ancient cattle thieves in the Highlands of Scotland.
There are more than two dozen GeoTours online right now and more will deliver geocaching adventures near you soon, including new GeoTours launching in Bermuda and the Mediterranean. Visit the GeoTours page and start planning your next trip today.
Excited yet? We certainly are. Check out this special GIFF sneak preview.
Like what you see? You still have time to submit your own geocaching video! See details below.
Earn a spot for your geocaching video on the big screen. Enter your geocaching video into the first annual Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF). GIFF will showcase the best videos from geocachers around the world. You could win a 5-year Geocaching Premium membership, a personalized trophy and more!
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
- Best Cinematography
- Most Instructional
- Most Inspirational
- Most Creative/Experimental
- Most Adventurous
- Audience Award
Make sure you read the Official Rules before you submit your video. If your video is selected as one of the top videos, it will be shown to hundreds of geocachers on August 17, following Geocaching Block Party in Seattle.
Don’t wait: videos must be submitted by July 7, 2013. Good luck!
Check out the Call for GIFF Submissions video to learn more.