This is the fourth installment of our Geocaching Caption Contest. What caption would you write for this photo from the Ten years! event GC26RQJ the U.K.? “So… you’re saying twelve GPS receivers still tell us we’re completely lost?” You can do better. The winner receives these barely coveted Cache In Trash Out stickers.
Editor’s note: the Travel Bug® aboard the International Space Station returned to earth in early 2011. The Travel Bug can now be viewed (and logged!) at Geocaching HQ in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Richard Garriott is a man on a mission. The active geocacher holds two extreme records in the world of geocaching. He’s placed the highest and the deepest caches. One cache is on the International Space Station, the other in an ocean trench off of Europe. Hear why he’s spent millions to push the treasure hunt to the edge.
See all the Lost & Found videos, from an 88 year old geocacher to how Geocaching.com got it’s start, here.
Posted By: Lackey Nate the Great
Groundspeak’s Lost and Found tour is in full swing, with Groundspeak Lackeys attending geocaching events spread throughout the world. Earlier this month Lackey Powpea and I had the opportunity to visit the Second City for the first annual Chicagoland Cache-apalooza. The local geocaching organization, GONIL, hosted a fantastic event including 74 new geocaches placed and published over the weekend.
Before the festivities began, however, we attended a CITO event at the Lucas Berg Nature Preserve in Worth, IL. Here is a little speck of green space in the heart of a metro area whose stated purpose is as a repository for toxic soil dredged from a nearby canal. In short: it’s a dump.
Rather, it was a dump, until some geocachers caught wind of it. Thirty years of indifference and careless wind surfboard disposal (yes, really) provided geocachers the opportunity to put some of their hard-won bush-beating skills to good use. What it lacks in geocaches, it more than makes up for in potential.
No discarded BMX tire or mangled can of Fanta dared escape the eagle-eyed crew. I know at least one local resident would agree the place is much more inviting as a result.
However, it’s easy to see that altruism of the sort witnessed by this Lackey is not wholly selfless. Sure, getting filthy and comparing sticker-bush abrasions are their own rewards, but by demonstrating responsible stewardship of the land essential to our pastime we act as emissaries for the game. Geocachers sent a clear message to the land manager and community that geocaching is something to be welcomed and encouraged.
What can you do in your community to spread this message?
The future of Lucas Berg Nature Preserve is still uncertain, but geocachers in the Chicago area are making an investment they hope will pay dividends down the road. At the very least, it’s a labor of love not lost on the critters in the little marshy plot of land just off SW HWY 7 and W 111th in Worth, IL.
Lackey Nate the Great
In: New life to a neglected park and potential geocaching playground
Out: Tires, busted glass, soda cans, 3/4 of a wind surfboard (no sign of the surfer!)
This Earthcache takes you on an exploration of one of the geological wonders of Ireland. “The Giant’s Causeway Earthcache” GCPCPX challenges geocachers to find an unusual feature at a specific latitude and longitude, identify it and discover its “name.”
To verify your find send an email to the cache owner. You’ll find photos like this one above on the Geocache Details page as well. Geocachers who’ve logged the find say it’s one of the places you have to see in your lifetime. Explore other Geocaches of the Week here.
Meet the man behind one of the most engaging evolutions in geocaching… the geocoin. Jon Stanley, alias Moun10bike, is now a Lackey. But almost ten years ago he forged his way as a pioneer in geocaching. Go along with Jon as he retraces his steps in placing the first geocoin.
See all the Lost & Found videos, from a geocache in space to an 88 year old geocacher, here.