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“Lloret de Mar – Panoramic view” GC14XM5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK, October 11, 2010


GC14XM5

“Lloret de Mar – Panoramic view” (GC14XM5) delivers what the cache owner promises.  The search for this micro cache leads geocachers to a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.  Apache87 hid the cache in August 2007.  More than two hundred geocachers have logged the difficulty 1.5, terrain 1.5 find.


GC14XM5 - A micro cache with a view

The growing tally of those to log GC14XM5 includes more than a dozen geocachers that found GC14XM5 on 10/10/10.


GC2EY5G - Flashmob MEGAEVENT CATALUNYA 2010

It’s the same day hundreds of geocachers gathered near the cache for Flashmob MEGAEVENT CATALUNYA 2010.

The event celebrated ten years of geocaching.  The flashmob lasted just 10 minutes as the geocachers formed a giant number 10.

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10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record Attempt

10.10.10. - Geocaching under the Hills (GC2G1Jm) Plovdiv, Bulgaria

On October 10th of this year there will be an Event Cache on a Bulgarian hillside, a 10 minute, 10 second Flash Mob near a hotel in Tianjin, China and two geocachers in the United States will even make 10-10-10 their wedding day.

These are just three of more than a hundred geocaching events dotting the globe on 10-10-10.  Geocachers are taking October 10th, 2010 (10-10-10) to celebrate 10 years of geocaching and 10 years of Groundspeak in 2010.  You can join too and make geocaching history.

The geocaching community is attempting to break the record for number of accounts that logged caches in a single day.  Currently that number stands at 56,654.  Even one log on 10-10-10 counts since we are tallying how many accounts log a cache, rather than the number of caches logged.

One 10-10-10 Event Cache will be remembered forever by at least two geocachers.


Vader takes a Bride 10/10/10 @ 10:10:10 (GC2CXX3)

Lord Vader of the Mini Martin Warriors and Nozy RN are taking the 10-10-10 celebration to a new level.  Their 10-10-10 event is titled, “Vader takes a Bride 10/10/10 @ 10:10:10” The Virginia couple is exchanging wedding vows at exactly 10:10:10am on 10/10/10.

Portions of the 10-10-10 worldwide event will be captured in a Lost & Found video. You can play a part in the video clip which will be posted on Geocaching.com and its social media sites.  Take your video camera along on your 10-10-10 adventure.  All you have to do is simply record a ten second clip.

Tell the camera your geocaching name, the location (city, state, country) where you’re geocaching and one sentence about why you chose to geocache on 10-10-10.  Post your short 10-10-10 clip to the Geocaching.com Facebook Page by the end of the day on 10-10-10. Posting your video clip on Facebook grants consent for its use in the Lost & Found 10-10-10 video.  The best clips will make the video.

Currently ten Canadian Provinces, 17 locations in the United Kingdom, more than 40 American states  and even an outpost in Afghanistan are signed up to commemorate 10-10-10 by geocaching. Don’t miss out!  Explore the Geocaching Events Calendar to join an event near you. Log a cache that day and help break a geocaching record.

“Scuba Geocaching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Experience geocaching in one of its most extreme forms, scuba caching. Follow geocachers bblhed and MessSGT. The geocachers are certified as scuba divers. They suit in scuba gear to search for a geocache at the site of a sunken boat.   Scuba gear is one of nearly ten equipment attributes that help you understand and prepare for each geocache.


Earning a "smilie" on a scuba cache

Scuba caches typically receive the highest difficulty and terrain rating.  The five rating is due to the specialized equipment required for the geocache and the unforgiving environment in which the geocaches are placed.

Explore even more geocaching adventures in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  You can go along on a kayak geocache, see the geocache on the International Space Station and find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safe in Iraq.

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Geocachers Care – October 2010

The Accidental Geocaching Community

An accident inspires a Thank You from a Mom to the geocaching community

July of this year rates as the most memorable geocaching month yet for Chrissie and her kids. But it might not be for the reasons you think. Chrissie and her kids geocache under the name silvertipskids.  The Washington State, USA family prepared for GeoWoodstock and Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration.  The Mega-Events were not just in the same weekend, but within driving distance of one another in Chrissie’s home state.  She expected to make wonderful memories but she never expected a single, terrifying moment would endear her family to the geocaching community forever.

It all started late in the day at GeoWoodstock. Chrissie says they family was pulling their car over to explore a giant geocaching ammo can.


Chrissie and Ryan

She says,”Ryan was very excited and unbuckled and said he was going to see what was in it.  Both his sister and I told him he needed to wait, but he took off running without waiting for [his sister] Kelci.”  Chrissie then watched the next moments in shock and disbelief.

She says, “Within seconds we saw a car hit Ryan and he flew into the grass on the side of the road.”

Geocachers who were witnesses quickly jumped into action.  Chrissie says, “By the time I got my car in park and ran across the street four people had jumped out of their cars and ran to check on Ryan.”

She says the geocachers not only called for help but gave first responders the precise latitude and longitude of the accident scene. Chrissie says, “I know many people called 911 and were able to give coordinates.  Thank goodness for these people and the fact that each one had a GPS unit, as I didn’t know where we were.”

Chrissie says the geocaching community then united to transform the confusion after the accident into order.  “A couple of nice ladies directed traffic around the commotion and my son was brought a blanket to put his head on. The very nice man who hit my son parked, and also stayed with Ryan the whole time.  I don’t know any of these people, and I didn’t at the time think to get their names, but they all stopped to help out, offered kind words, and kept the chaos down to a minimum while waiting for the medics to arrive.”

Ryan escaped the accident with little more than a bruise and a scrape on his ankle.  Chrissie says she and her family are left with something else though — a heart-felt appreciation for their fellow geocachers. “I am grateful for each person that called 911 and told them the location using latitude and longitude.  I am thankful for all who stopped to help Ryan that day.”

She says that the next day Ryan was well enough to go to Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration.  Chrissie says, “Ryan stayed a little closer to me that day and was more aware of his surroundings. Even if something had happened at the event on Sunday as well, I know that we belong to a community that cares.”

Explore the good works of other geocachers. Read other “Geocachers Care” blog posts.

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“The Emerald Lakes” GC24VY3 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010

View of "The Emerald Lakes"

The Emerald Lakes” (GC24VY3) reveals the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park.  Geocachers hike to the top of Mt. Tongariro to discover the three picturesque lakes.  The lakes themselves began as craters formed during volcanic activity.

Geocacher funkymunkyzone created the cache in March of this year.  The difficulty two, terrain 4.5  EarthCache requires a day hike of nearly 20 kilometers (12 miles).

There are three requirements to claim the EarthCache.  Geocachers must use their GPS units to record the elevation of each of the three lakes, describe the color of the lakes and take a photo of the lakes showing their GPS device at the published coordinates.

View of "The Emerald Lakes"
View of "The Emerald Lakes"

More than a dozen geocachers have already logged a smiley on the cache.

Continue your exploration of the some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.