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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 17, 2011

Fun, After the Find!

While the thrill of finding a geocache can make your caching journey a huge success, the geocaching experience does not end once you’ve found the cache. After the find is when the fun of interacting with the global geocaching community begins! You can flip through the logbook, read others’ logs and look for usernames you’ve seen in other logbooks. When you add your own log, it is fun to let people know something about yourself – perhaps where you are from or something interesting that happened to you while searching for the geocache.

Similarly, you can often learn something about geocachers who previously visited the cache based on what they left behind. By sorting through the SWAG (Stuff We All Get) in the cache, you can get an idea of who has been there before. Keep in mind that you are welcome to take an item from the cache as long as you replace it with something of equal or greater value. If you find a Trackable in the cache, you may take it without placing anything in the cache, but you must be willing to keep the fun going by moving the Trackable to another cache within two weeks’ time.

When you are ready to head back down the trail, please take the time to re-hide the cache where it was before you arrived and preserve the experience designed by the cache owner. Searching for a cache hidden as it was originally intended to be hidden is a much better experience than searching for a cache that has been moved or accidentally left out in the open.

Finally, have fun by logging your find on Geocaching.com and uploading photos from your adventure. Be sure to mark any images that might give away the cache location as “spoilers.” Logs that provide a thoughtful description of your experience finding the cache are a great way to thank the cache owner for hiding and maintaining a quality geocache – and a great way to continue the fun after the find!

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“Zero Emission” GC234PG Geocache of the Week – March 14, 2011

Near the geocache "Zero Emission"

The icy, austere beauty of Antarctica is home to one of the most remote geocaches on the globe. “Zero Emission” (GC234PG) challenges adventurers to brave a journey to the bottom of the world to find the traditional cache. Leovinci81 placed the small geocache in January of 2010 outside a Belgian research station.

Leovinci81 explains the story on the cache page for Zero Emission: “I created this geocache for people to find in one of the greatest places I ever visited. During the first quarter of 2010 I visited the Belgian research station on Antarctica.

“After the first explorers Adrienne de Gerlache & A. Cook, 110 years later, Belgium returned to the South Pole with the team of Alain Hubert.   It’s the first zero emission research station on South Pole, running on solar and wind power.”

Belgium research station

The difficulty three, terrain five cache waits patiently in its extreme environment for the next geocacher. Could it be you?

Continue your exploration of 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.

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Geocaching.com Caption Contest 22 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

WINNING CAPTION: "This is knot what I wood have expected.” - 1Delta10Tango.

Try your caption writing skills in the twenty-second installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest.   You could become the proud winner of a barely coveted prize! What caption would you write? “You’ve barked up the right tree.” You can do better!

Caption contest prize

Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below. Please include your geocaching username in all entries. Then, explore the captions that other geocachers have crafted.

You can influence the voting. “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince your fellow geocachers to “like” your caption. Lackeys decide between the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching.com Caption Contest.

The winner receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. This time it’s a much coveted prize, a Jeremy Irish Trackable Gnome.

Click on the image to discover the winning caption from this contest

19 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the twentieth Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize. Click on the image at right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching.com Caption Contest.

Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching.com Caption Contests.

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 10, 2011

Spreading the Word about Geocaching is Easy!

Nearly every geocacher has at some point attempted to explain geocaching to a muggle – be that a family member, a friend, a co-worker or someone on the trail. And, anyone who has tried knows that geocaching can be quite difficult to explain. Obviously, the best way for someone new to learn about the activity is to get outside and try it, but to make it even easier, we’ve created several tools to help you teach them about the activity. We now present to you:

1. The Introduction to Geocaching Presentation, a downloadable PowerPoint presentation that starts at the very beginning and covers everything from what a geocache looks like, to cache types, to Trackables. You are welcome to use this presentation to teach others about geocaching. There is even space for you to co-brand it, if you so desire!

2. The new Geocaching.com videos page features fun and educational videos that cover more than 30 topics and can be shared with others. Pick a video that encompasses what you love about geocaching – or something you know your friends and family will love about it – and share it through Facebook, Twitter or its YouTube URL. We will be adding new videos to this page on a regular basis, so keep checking back for more great content!

Start sharing and spread the fun! Happy Geocaching!

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Please enter your home coordinates so we can provide information on new geocaches and geocaching events near you.

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“Trouble in Tinseltown” – Insider Tips to Hosting a Geocaching Event

Copy of "Hush Hush" magazine

Molly Shock, aka mshock, teaches the basics of hosting a successful and fun geocaching event. It’s part party-planning and all logistics. Find out how to make the event something to remember, how much time you’ll need to prepare and other insider tips. Watch the video below for a three-minute tutorial from Molly on tips for making your own themed geocaching event a success.

Molly’s marque event to date has been Trouble in Tinseltown – A Puzzle Rally Event (GC2993W).

An Event Cache is where local geocachers or geocaching organizations decide a time and location to meet and discuss all things geocaching. The attendees often go geocaching before or after the Event Cache.

Crime scene map from "Trouble in Tinseltown"

Molly’s event was no different, but the geocaching that occurred that day took puzzle caching to a whole new level. Molly spent four months orchestrating the elaborate themed geocaching event. “Trouble in Tinseltown” guided more than 80 cachers through a fictitious scandal, betrayal and murder in a  Hollywood whodunit.

Teams of geocachers discovered 15 caches by solving puzzles. They accumulated clues which ultimately provided the answer to the question, “Who killed Noah Boddy, where and with what?”

Each team received a copy of “Hush Hush” magazine [pictured above] which Molly wrote to provide a detailed back-story for the event. Then teams received these instructions at the start of the caching: “Solve the puzzles, find the caches, record the facts, bring the murderer to justice!”

Clipboard with "facts" for the event

Molly also created an elaborate crime scene map, a dossier and a clip board full of facts. Correctly using and deciphering each item brought teams closer to solving the crime.

You can still get a sense of the event. Most of the 15 puzzle caches that Molly placed are still active.

Hostess, Molly Shock

Molly’s tips for a successful geocaching event include:

– Design an event that lasts no more than eight hours

– Make caches challenging, but not frustrating

– Make it self-sufficient, provide clues (for a penalty)

– Let friends help

– Take cachers to a safe, interesting place

– Practice the event

– Have fun!

Geocachers who wish to attend the event but not look for caches should be able to attend as well. They can be spectators or extra “props.” They can also simply hang out, enjoy the crowd, trade Trackables and the usual.

Find out even more tips by watching an interview with Molly below.