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.
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.
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.
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.”
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“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.
More than a dozen geocachers have already logged a smiley on the cache.
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The Groundspeak Lackeys had such a great time meeting our fellow geocachers at the Lost & Found Celebration this past 4th of July that we’ve decided to do it again! The Groundspeak Block Party is planned for August 20, 2011. Geocachers will once again take over the streets outside of Groundspeak HQ in Seattle, WA. Next year’s celebration promises new activities, new prizes and repeat performances at the dunk tank.
We hope to see those of you who didn’t make it this year, as well as reconnect with those whom we had the pleasure of meeting before.
The event page is now available and can be found here. So, arrange your travel schedule, log a “will attend” on the geocache detail page, and don’t miss this event!
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Your vote helps decide who takes home the barely coveted prize. Read the captions. “Like” the one you think should win. If you think your caption should win, tell (bribe) friends and strangers to vote for you. Lackeys will then vote on the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching Caption Contest.
This is the thirteenth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest. The photo captures the joy (and more likely frustration) of finding a micro cache. What caption would you write? “Does the snail get the FTF?.” You can do better than that.
The winner receives a barely coveted prize of a single Cache In Trash Out pin.
Barely coveted prize
Please include your geocaching username in all entries.
21 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the twelfth Geocaching Caption Contest a barely coveted prize.
Click on the picture to the right to see who won a barely coveted prize.