When daydreaming of Norway, one may think of fjord laden landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and the midnight sun. Norway is also home to over 5 million people, 72,080 active geocaches, and a thriving geocaching community. This Geocache of the Week, Hagen med det rare i, is located in the town of Steinberg along the Drammenselva river, one of the largest rivers in Norway.
When you arrive in Steinberg, it won’t take you long to spot the remarkable garden filled with wood carvings, metal art and a Signal the Frog® lookalike.
All of these distracting installations may increase the difficulty of finding the cache, including the large troll that guards the yard. In Norse folklore, trolls can sometimes be tricky and unhelpful to humans, so don’t let this troll trick you into going the wrong direction!
Not only is the cache entertaining for geocachers and muggles alike, it also attracts Letterboxers. Like geocaching, letterboxing is another form of treasure hunting that uses clues instead of coordinates. In this case, the cache owner has made their container both a letterbox and a geocache, making it a Letterbox Hybrid. These types of geocaches will contain a stamp that is meant to remain in the box and is used by letterboxers to record their visit.
Of my 200-something hides, this is my personal favorite. The cache is located right outside my grandparents’ garden, a place I spent a lot of time when growing up.
Some of my earliest memories are from that place. And even though there’s some things that are as old as me there, there’s always something new to look at whenever I visit. I am thrilled that I get to share this awesome place with other geocachers! And the best part is that so are my grandparents! I might be a bit subjective here, but they are simply awesome!
I’ve received so many great logs, and I really enjoy telling my grandparents about all the nice words people write. Several people have noted that they see where I get my creativity from after visiting this cache. They’re so right! -Thomfre (cache owner)
While visiting family in Loesmoen we had to make the trip here. Exciting and fun garden with an ingeniously made geocache. Deserves all its blue bows. Fun that this was our first letterbox. Left our travel friend Reflexus, ready to embark on an adventure.—BråtenStabæk
A round after work to grab some caches in Steinberg and Hokksund with jonnyloe28 today. Today’s fourth discovery and our first letterbox. Parked at the zero point to mirror quickly heading to Hagen med det rare i. Wonderful garden and great installation. Certainly today’s highlight this here. Clear favorite points from me.Thanks so much for the cache. —supertoga1
On drive from Hamar to Vegglifjell and only time for one cache. The choice fell on this, and all your favorite points are well deserved! Great box, crazy garden, and now it has another favorite points. Thanks!—Schrøder
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Mettez en circulation vos objets voyageurs !
Vous êtes prêts à accomplir vos résolutions de la nouvelle année. (Mettez un géocacheur dans la confidence pour qu’elles se réalisent). Maintenant, il est temps d’affecter à vos objets voyageurs une mission pour 2017.
Un objet voyageur est une pièce du jeu Géocaching qui voyage de cache en cache. En envoyant un objet voyager en mission, vous pouvez voir le monde à travers les logs et les photos d’autres géocacheurs.
Cinq astuces pour aider votre objet voyageur à réaliser sa mission :
- Fixez un objectif pour votre objet voyageur. Vous souhaitez lui faire découvrir les Sept Merveilles du Monde ou visiter les plus belles plages du Brésil ? Tout est possible. (hormis visiter Mars… pour le moment.)
- Expliquez clairement la mission sur la page de l’objet voyageur afin que d’autres géocacheurs puissent aider à la réaliser. Voici un bon exemple.
- Avant de l’envoyer dans la nature, attachez à l’objet voyageur une version papier de sa mission. Ceci aide les géocacheurs à décider s’ils prennent votre objet voyageur ou s’il le laisse à une autre personne. Points de bonus pour la plastification.
- Si votre objet voyageur reste coincé, envoyez un message d’encouragement à ceux qui le transporte – encouragement est le mot clé ici. Il est facile de contacter les autres joueurs en utilisant le Centre de Message.
- Suivez l’avancement de votre objet voyageur sur l’application Geocaching®.
Vous débutez avec les objets voyageurs ? Répondez au questionnaire sur les bonnes pratiques pour tester vos connaissances.
Lass die Trackables frei!
Du bist bereit Deine Neujahrsvorsätze zu erreichen (schau Dir zur Sicherheit unsere Geocacher-Geheimnisse an, damit Deine Vorsätze auch halten). Jetzt ist es an der Zeit, Deinen Trackables eine Mission für 2017 zu geben.
Ein Trackable ist ein Geocaching-Spielstück, das von Geocache zu Geocache reist. Indem Du einen Trackable auf eine Mission schickst, kannst Du die Welt durch Logs und Fotos anderer Geocacher sehen.
Fünf Tipps um Deinem Trackable zu helfen, seine Mission zu schaffen:
- Setze ein Ziel für Deinen Trackable. Möchtest Du die sieben Weltwunder sehen oder Brasiliens schönste Strände besuchen? Alles ist möglich. (Bis auf den Mars besuchen….noch.)
- Kommuniziere Dein Ziel klar und deutlich auf der Trackable – Seite, damit andere Geocacher Deinem Trackable weiterhelfen können. Hier ist ein großartiges Beispiel.
- Bevor du Deinen Trackable in die Wildnis entlässt, lege ihm eine Papierversion Deiner Mission bei, wie diese hier. Dies hilft Geocachern zu entscheiden, ob sie Deinen Trackable mitnehmen oder lieber für die nächste Person im Cache lassen. Bonuspunkte gibt es für eine Laminierung.
- Wenn Dein Trackable einmal festhängt, sende dem aktuellen Träger eine anfeuernde Nachricht — anfeuern ist hier das Schlüsselwort. Mit dem Nachrichtencenter ist es einfach mit anderen Mitspielern in Kontakt zu treten.
- Folge dem Fortschritt Deines Trackables in der Geocaching® App.
Bist Du ein Neuling betreffend Trackables? Mache das Trackable – Quiz um Dein Wissen zu testen.
Guest blog written by avid geocacher Paige Edmiston.
We’ve all been there: only a week into January and your resolutions long forgotten… Good news, geocachers! Whether you’re wanting to get fit or give back, the game you love can help you achieve your New Year’s goals. Geocachers, after all, are nothing if not persistent.
In honor of 2017, here are 17 common New Year’s resolutions — and how geocaching can help you stick with them.
- Lose weight and get fit.
Instead of buying yet another unused gym membership, why not try getting fit with geocaching? In 2014, Texas A&M researchers conducted a study on geocaching and its effect on health. One of the study’s principal investigators, Whitney Garney, M.P.H, said, “The results have important implications for how and why people are physically active. Geocaching is one option for people to have fun and be physically active at the same time without going to the gym and may be just what America needs to get moving.”
- Make new friends.
Meeting new people can be downright terrifying. Luckily, geocachers are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Whether you’re in your hometown or traveling abroad, geocaching events are a great way to make new friends — and you’re guaranteed to have at least one thing in common. Find an event and log your Will Attend now.
- Spend more time with family.
If you attended a family gathering over the holidays, you probably know how difficult it can be to find an activity everyone loves. (You know where we’re going with this, right?) Use geocaching to connect with family near or far, just like this father and son.
- Drink more water.
Geocaching gets you moving. Moving makes you thirsty. Carry this official geocache water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated. Added bonus: You’ll look cool.
- Be less stressed.
Remember that geocaching health study? Researchers also found that geocachers reported fewer days of poor mental health.
If you want to experience a new place like a local, find a geocache! Or better yet, complete a GeoTour. These custom collections of geocaches are designed to introduce you to new locations.You’re sure to discover an incredible spot not listed in a guide book!
If a big trip isn’t in the cards this year, send off a trackable with the goal of visiting all the places on your travel wish list. Check out the photos from this trackable’s big adventure for inspiration.
P.S. You’re always welcome to come visit us at Geocaching HQ!
- Learn something new.
To find some geocaches, you’ll need to develop a very particular set of skills. Lockpicking, for example. Same goes for hiding. You’ll have to learn a little thing called “physical computing” to hide a geocache like this one.
- Step out of your comfort zone.
Stuck in a traditional cache rut? Challenge yourself to find at least one geocache of every type. You’ll solve puzzles, answer geology questions, and may even discover a new favorite cache type along the way.
- Get married.
Geocaching can help. Seriously. Watch this video to learn how to make a geocaching proposal.
- Break a personal record.
Visit your geocaching statistics page. Do you want to set a new record for longest streak? (Check out Moun10Bike’s tips for keeping up your streak in the snow.) Or maybe you want to set a record for the most caches found in one year. Write down your goal and share it with a friend who can help keep you accountable.
- Spend less time on social media.
Ok, fine. We admit it: We often encourage geocachers to share things on social media. (Like now, for example. You should share this post with a friend. Do it. Do it now. Unless you’re trying to spend less time on social media. Then, stop right now. We support you.)
- Spend more time in nature.
Speaking of nature, that’s where geocaches like to hang out! To find a great hiking cache, search for caches with higher terrain ratings. When you’re in a park or wild space, the Geocaching® app’s Trails map type will help guide you.
- Give back.
This one is easy: Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Learn how you can get involved.
- Eat healthier.
(Warning: We are not licensed doctors or nutritionists.) The key to healthy eating: planning ahead. Before heading out the door, make sure to pack healthy snacks so you don’t get stuck buying junk food later in the day. Check out these 4 tips to avoid getting hangry on the geocaching trail.
P.S. Please don’t leave snacks in geocaches. Bears love snacks.
P.P.S It’s probably safe to carry snacks. (Warning: We are also not licensed animal psychologists.)
- Start thinking more positively.
Scientists have found that practicing gratitude can lead to higher levels of positive emotions, like joy, optimism, and happiness. When you find a geocache, take the time to express your appreciation. You’ll make the cache owner’s day — and your own.
- Get organized.
We’re not exactly sure how geocaching can help tidy up your life. (We ran out of time to ask Marie Kondo. Ideas welcome in the comments below.) However, we can help you tidy up your geocaching. Try My Lists beta.
- Enjoy life to the fullest.
Geocaching brings people together in pursuit of discovery, exploration, and adventure. ‘Nuff said.
Let’s wrap it up.
The moral of the story: We’re better at sticking to our resolutions when we’re having fun. Geocaching is fun, ergo geocaching can help you achieve your goals. 83% of the time it works every time, guaranteed.
So tell us — what’s your New Year’s resolution?
- Franche-Comté, France
- N 47° 11.165′ E 006° 52.276
What is Geocaching without adventure, risk-taking, thrill, and a challenge to overcome? GC32NMB encompasses every one of those elements, and has its own movie trailer. Be prepared to cross narrow monkey bridges that sway over 100 meters of open air, scale rugged rock faces, and climb what the locals refer to as des Echelles de la Mort: the ladders of death. After signing the log-book, zip line your way through the Doub Gorges in the Franch-Comté region of France to cap off this epic journey.
The howling winds that sweep through the gorges have led the locals to refer to the area as “Death Valley.” Contrary to the name, the region is robust with flowers, colorful meadows, sparkling lakes, and the foothills of the Jura Mountains. The beauty of the Franch-Comté draws a lot of attention and becomes an oasis in the summer time, when other parts of France become dry.
The T5 thrill seekers come to this area to feel alive and experience the adrenaline. The first stage of obstacles include ladders, originally made of wood and used by smugglers in the 18th century to pass over the Swiss border. Today, in place are safer ladders that are reinforced, and hooks in the side of the rock face to help you traverse en cours to the geocache.
Just when you thought you were on solid ground, the wobbly monkey bridge and shaky nerves approach. Harness your inner grit to pass the daunting bridge and grab the cache that lies just ahead. The real challenge is simply getting to ground zero and overcoming that ‘stomach in your throat’ feeling along the route.
From here you can choose between hiking back, head over another bridge, or going a bit further and taking a zip line across the valley. Don’t forget to BYOP (bring your own pulley), or rent a pulley nearby to add to the adventure. The area is regularly maintained by the land offices of la via ferrata des échelles de la mort.
Thank you for all the great pictures for those who have visited, and thank you Sansecousse et Gountard for recognizing this brilliant area and maintaining the geocache.