What’s the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and trackable icons?

Souvenirs, badges, and icons are all virtual pieces of art for your profile to discover, display, and collect on your geocaching profile page. But each serves a different purpose, and they’re located on different parts of your profile. Let’s break it down:


Souvenirs are associated with a particular location (such as a country) and may also be bound by time (such as International EarthCache Day). They are added to your profile by geocaching.com. There are two ways to earn souvenirs.

The first is to log a geocache within a souvenir zone, such as a country. For instance, if you logged a geocache in the state of Washington in the United States, you would receive a Washington State souvenir.

The second is to log a geocache within a predetermined time frame, such as a special day. For instance, if you logged a geocache on the 3rd Saturday of August, you’d earn the International Geocaching Day souvenir.

Examples of Geocaching Souvenirs


Badges are associated with a statistics or completing particular tasks such as:

  • Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)
  • Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)
  • Number of caches owned (10 caches)
  • Number of trackables moved/discovered, and so on

Badges are manually added to a geocacher’s profile page with HTML code, usually from a third-party sight such as Project-gc.com or BadgeGen.com.

Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen.com:

Examples of Geocaching Badges

They are occasionally awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the HQ Duck Dash badge. And here’s what a badge on a profile might look like:

Examples of Geocaching Badge


Icons are associated with trackables, Travel Bugs, and geocoins. Many are unique and represent specific trackable series such as events, Geocaching Employees (often lovingly referred to as “Lackeys”), or promotions.

Here are some examples of digital icons for trackables:

Generic icon: 

Custom Icons:    

Custom Promotional Icons:       

And here’s what a trackable icon on a profile under the “Trackables” tab might look like:

Examples of Geocaching Trackable Icons


Whatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons can add an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show your geo-accomplishments? Tell us in the comments below!


The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs help

A geocaching ghost story.

A Geocaching HQ visitor recently shared a chilling tale:

“I was hiking not too far from here when a ghostly spectre appeared. The transparent figure was chained to an ammo can.

‘Am I in the presence of a ghost?’ I asked. The ghost answered not, but pointed onward with its pen.

‘You are about to show me the geocaches I have not yet found — those cursed hides that haunt my sleep?’

The ghost inclined its head, as if to agree. Then a logbook appeared, seemingly conjured from thin air. In the logbook, these words were written:

Look upon me. I am the Ghost of Unfound Caches. I haunt the hides you have not found: the caches of your past you did not look for, those you searched for but DNF’d, and the caches you do not yet know exist.

Find them. Free me from these Haunted Hides.”

The Ghost of Unfound Caches needs our help.

October 29–31: Unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.

Find a geocache or attend a geocaching event between October 29–31, 2016, to free the Ghost of Unfound Caches from its ghostly prison and unlock the Haunted Hides souvenir.

Night Caches are a great way to earn this ghostly souvenir. Learn more about Night Caches here.

A GPS and the EarthCache, Petra Al Khazneh

Petra Al Khazneh — Geocache of the Week

by TeamNulti2003
N 30° 19.350 E 035° 27.100

Petra, O Leeds, is the most wonderful place in the world, not for the sake of its ruins, which are quite a secondary affair, but for the colour of its rocks, all red and black and gray with streaks of green and blue, in little wriggly lines…and for the shape of its cliffs and crags and pinnacles, and for the wonderful gorge it has, always running deep in spring-water, full of oleanders, and ivy and ferns, and only just wide enough for a camel at a time, and a couple of miles long. But I have read hosts of the most beautifully written accounts of it, and they give one no idea of it at all…so you will never know what Petra is like, unless you come out here… Only be assured that till you have seen it you have not had the glimmering of an idea how beautiful a place can be.

T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia and visit Jordan’s first EarthCache in the ancient city of Petra. Petra was named one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007, and was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 Places to See Before You Die.

Petra was once a thriving trading center from 400 B.C. to A.D. 100. But in the 1800s a traveler disguised in Bedouin attire rediscovered it and shared this hidden treasure with the world.

Several scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed in Petra. The movie’s fictional Canyon of the Crescent Moon was modeled on the eastern entrance to Petra, a 250-foot-high (76-meter-high) sandstone slot canyon known as the Siq that leads directly to Al Khazneh (the Treasury)—perhaps the most stunning of Petra’s dozens of breathtaking features.

Some logs from this amazing EarthCache say everything:

The ancient city of Petra is definitely one of most impressive places we have ever seen. Of course we knew about the treasury beforehand but we didn’t expect that there was so much else to see. The awesome Siq, the colours of the rocks and all these huge buildings carved out of the sandstone – we often didn’t know where to look first. In the afternoon we walked up to the Monastery which was a fantastic hike with great views as well.

It is absolutely true. Nothing quite prepares you for Petra!
The sense of anticipation as you walk up the Siq to the Treasury builds and builds and it does not fail to disappoint. Simply breathtaking.
Have sore legs and feet from an exhausting day but it has been well worth it and looking forward to some more exploring around the site tomorrow.

Old Bet
No pictures I had seen nor words I had read were adequate preparation for Petra. What an incredibly special place.

Check out these amazing photos taken by geocachers and see for yourself!

Don’t forget that this Sunday, October 9th is International EarthCache Day. We’ll be unlocking EarthCaches in the Geocaching® app for members of all levels to enjoy. Will you be finding an EarthCache this weekend?

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
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Intersect 2.0 — Geocache of the Week

by family Behrens
Western Cape, South Africa
S 34° 11.630 E 018° 26.196
the perfect cache?

A multi-cache that leads you to a semi-secret spot in an old library rife with history, at which the first stage is an adorably disguised puzzle and the final is a hand-crafted tech-themed gadget cache with storage for as many trackable as one could ever need and a low chance of being muggled. Sound unreal?

It’s very real. In fact, it’s Geocache of the Week!

Near to Stage 1
Near stage 1 of Intersect 2.0

Located inside a library in a city outside of Cape Town, South Africa, “Intersect 2.0” is the epitome of a fun gadget multi-cache. The geocache was crafted by family Behrens and blends history with technology. Just as the Cache Owner was inspired to design this cache by another he’d previously found, finders of GC548HP are likely to come away with the itch to build their own super-cool gadget cache.

Stage 1

Visitors to the brick-walled reading garden of the Simon’s Town Library will find a quiet and picturesque place to read in solitude—or so they think.

Tucked discretely in a corner of the garden is a gnome pulling a cart full of pebbles…also known as stage one. The geocacher who spots the gnome will discover within a few seconds that his cart bears a load much more exciting than stones.

Stage 1 - Gnome
A gnome wearily bears the burden of stage 1

Contained within the cart are all the tools the geocacher will need to discover the code for stage two of the cache…but it won’t be easy. Inside the lock-n-lock is a block containing a series of wires. Touching the correct two wires together turns on a light on the block, indicating the correct code for stage two. Geocachers beware! Touching the wrong two wires together more than six times will lead to significant frustration.

The contents of Gnome's cart.
The contents of the gnome’s cart
Stage 2 (Final)

The final is inside of the Simon’s Town Library with permission from the library. The top drawer of the cupboard (which, by the way, was built by the cache owner by hand) can be unlocked using the code from Stage 1.

Inside is a working laptop with a set of detailed instructions explaining what the geocacher needs to do in order to unlock the code for the next drawer.

PicMonkey Collage
The final puzzle of Intersect 2.0

Finally, the second drawer can be opened and its contents revealed. In addition to a shelf dedicated to swag and special hangers for trackables, there’s a second laptop. But, mysteriously, no logbook yet. The cacher will need to do a bit of exploring to find the logbook itself.

The final - completely open!
The final – completely open

As far as maintaining this cache goes, the Cache Owner says that’s the easy part: “The only maintenance I have done is to replace the batteries in the cache. […] The fact that the cache is placed in a secure location and well locked up helps. I think as far as maintenance goes this one has been my easiest cache to maintain.”

At 43 favorite points, this cache has a 100% favorite point ratio—in other words, every Premium member who has visited this cache has awarded it a favorite point!

Words from the Cache Owner:

I would like to say a big thank you to the geocaching community for making our life full of smiles. Since we started geocaching life has become fun and as a family we love caching and getting out there finding caches and new experiences, that without geocaching we would not have done.

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
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