Cache In Trash Out, Surf’s Up

Posted By: Lackey Nate the Great

Lackeys Nate the Great (second from left) and Powpea (far right) attending a geocaching event near Chicago

Groundspeak’s Lost and Found tour is in full swing, with Groundspeak Lackeys attending geocaching events spread throughout the world.  Earlier this month Lackey Powpea and I had the opportunity to visit the Second City for the first annual Chicagoland Cache-apalooza. The local geocaching organization, GONIL, hosted a fantastic event including 74 new geocaches placed and published over the weekend.

Before the festivities began, however, we attended a CITO event at the Lucas Berg Nature Preserve in Worth, IL. Here is a little speck of green space in the heart of a metro area whose stated purpose is as a repository for toxic soil dredged from a nearby canal. In short: it’s a dump.

Rather, it was a dump, until some geocachers caught wind of it. Thirty years of indifference and careless wind surfboard disposal (yes, really) provided geocachers the opportunity to put some of their hard-won bush-beating skills to good use. What it lacks in geocaches, it more than makes up for in potential.

No discarded BMX tire or mangled can of Fanta dared escape the eagle-eyed crew. I know at least one local resident would agree the place is much more inviting as a result.

Signal watching the CITO

However, it’s easy to see that altruism of the sort witnessed by this Lackey is not wholly selfless. Sure, getting filthy and comparing sticker-bush abrasions are their own rewards, but by demonstrating responsible stewardship of the land essential to our pastime we act as emissaries for the game. Geocachers sent a clear message to the land manager and community that geocaching is something to be welcomed and encouraged.

Worth Our Support!

What can you do in your community to spread this message?

The future of Lucas Berg Nature Preserve is still uncertain, but geocachers in the Chicago area are making an investment they hope will pay dividends down the road. At the very least, it’s a labor of love not lost on the critters in the little marshy plot of land just off SW HWY 7 and W 111th in Worth, IL.

Lackey Nate the Great

TFTH[ospitality Chicago!]

In: New life to a neglected park and potential geocaching playground
Out: Tires, busted glass, soda cans, 3/4 of a wind surfboard (no sign of the surfer!)


Geocoin –’s Lost & Found Video

Meet the man behind one of the most engaging evolutions in geocaching… the geocoin. Jon Stanley, alias Moun10bike, is now a Lackey.  But almost ten years ago he forged his way as a pioneer in geocaching.  Go along with Jon as he retraces his steps in placing the first geocoin.

See all the Lost & Found videos, from a geocache in space to an 88 year old geocacher, here.


The Founders – Geocaching’s Lost & Found Video Premiere

Enjoy watching the first video in the Lost & Found series. We’re discovering the lost stories of geocaching. It’s our way to celebrate ten amazing years of family-friendly geocaching adventures.

“The Founders” video showcases the three innovators who launched Learn a little bit about Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.  Hear how the company started and where they hope the geocaching treasure hunt takes us all in the decades ahead.

Tell us what you think!

More Lost & Found videos will be released each week.  See a glimpse of what’s ahead in our Lost & Found Video Trailer.


Geocaching Caption Contest Two – Enter to Win a Barely Coveted Prize

WINNING CAPTION: “Oh great, my human has NO idea where we ar…. SQUIRREL!” – ClayC

This is the second installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest. What are these two discussing? Dog – “You know I can’t help with directions, I don’t know my left paw from my right.” You can do better.  The winner receives this barely coveted limited edition Cache In Trash Out pin that I found in my desk drawer.

This Cache In Trash Out Pin Could be Yours

Please include your geocaching username in all entries.  Winner will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.

19 Lackeys voted last week to crown the winner of the inaugural caption contest.  Geocacher “Civic Doodie” won with “Try as he might, Larry could not find a disguise that was good enough to throw the cachers off his trail.”

Congrats.  He’ll receive last week’s Barely Coveted prize of a Geocaching Lapel Pin.

Good luck this week!


Geocaching Caption Contest – Enter to Win a (barely) Coveted Prize

Winning Entry “Try as he might, Larry could not find a disguise that was good enough to throw the cachers off his trail.” - Geocacher “Civic Doodie”


This British Columbia geocache stares down adventures. BUT What would you write as the caption to GCZV5Y? “I didn’t know trees needed prescription eye wear?” or  “I wonder if this evergreen can’t see the forest for the trees?” You can do better.  The winner receives the coveted limited edition and much sought-after lapel pin (retail value $2.99).

Please include your geocaching username in all entries.  Winner will be chosen by an ad hoc committee of Lackeys.