Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter – November 30, 2010

Geomate.jr Now Supports Pocket Queries

By now you’ve probably heard of the Geomate.jr – a rugged, affordable, easy-to-use geocaching GPS. And you’ve probably heard that there’s no need to plan ahead or type in any coordinates as the Geomate.jr comes preloaded with about 250,000 geocaches covering all 50 U.S. states. And you may also have heard that with an Update Kit, you can load complete geocache lists for anywhere in the world or setup your own private geocaching course. But have you heard that the Geomate.jr now supports Pocket Queries? Yep, that’s right – you now have the final say of what gets loaded onto your Geomate.jr. Armed with an Update Kit and mygeomate.com, just select your Pocket Query and load it into any Geomate.jr!

Get more Pocket Query support info here. Want a Geomate.jr of your own? Buy Now.

Benefits of Adding Home Coordinates

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

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“Geocaching for the Blind” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Mike May develops GPS devices for blind and visually impaired users. To help users learn the devices’ cutting-edge technology and explore the world around them, he champions a form of geocaching. Watch this video and go along as Mike May and friends develop a treasure hunting course using adaptive GPS technology.

For information on GPS devices for the blind and visually impaired explore http://accessibleGPS.com

You can explore more videos that capture the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Explore 4×4 geocaching, watch a Travel Bug® go around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.

“Fireboat” GC1EJ4W GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 29, 2010

Near GC1EJ4W

Geocaching can be a voyage to uncover forgotten history.  “Fireboat” (GC1EJ4W) brings geocachers to an example of Hong Kong’s shipbuilding prowess in the 1950s—the fireboat Alexander Grantham.

Sir Alexander Grantham was a British administrator who governed Hong Kong and Fiji in the 40’s and 50’s.

AirQ placed the cache back in 2008. More than 30 geocachers have logged a smiley on the micro cache.

Geocacher Iain Morris even posted this video on the Geocaching.com Facebook page about his journey to find “Fireboat.” Watch Iain’s adventure in the video player below.

There are no spoilers in the video, but there are spoilers for frustrated geocachers on the cache page. This difficulty 1.5, terrain one cache is only available when the boat is open for public tours.

On deck the "Alexander Grantham"

Continue your exploration with 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 Souvenirs

Bayern

Souvenirs such as the Bayern, Germany souvenir pictured on the left, are virtual pieces of art that you can discover and display on your profile page, as well as on the Geocaching iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7 apps.

Souvenirs are most often awarded for finding a geocache in a specific geographical location. Geocaching artists have produced more than 100 souvenirs: including one for every German and U.S. state along with each Canadian province.

Below is a list of all of the released souvenirs. Images of each souvenir can be found at the end of the post. The souvenirs are a powerful way to remember your geocaching adventure, like postcards that never get lost.  Geocaching has released all the souvenirs we’ve created. At this time no additional souvenirs are being designed.

RELEASED SOUVENIRS:

U.S. States –

Released in the order of Statehood

Delaware
Pennsylvania
New Jersey
Georgia
Connecticut
Massachusetts
Maryland
South Carolina
New Hampshire
Virginia
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
Vermont
Kentucky
Tennessee
Ohio
Louisiana
Indiana
Mississippi
Illinois
Alabama
Maine
Missouri
Arkansas
Michigan
Florida
Texas
Iowa
Wisconsin
California
Minnesota
Oregon
Kansas
West Virginia
Nevada
Nebraska
Colorado
North Dakota
South Dakota
Montana
Washington
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Oklahoma
New Mexico
Arizona
Alaska
Hawaii
Washington D.C.

Continue reading →

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Trackable Etiquette

Trackable Etiquette

Trackables

Trackables are “game pieces” that add another level of fun to geocaching. Trackable owners generally assign them goals such as to “cross the Atlantic” or “visit 5/5 geocaches.” The geocaching community helps Trackables reach their goals by moving them from cache to cache.
How do you know when you have found a Trackable?

Although Trackables come in many shapes and sizes, each one has a tracking code—a unique series of letters and numbers—stamped on it.  This code allows geocachers to follow the items’ real-world travels online. A Trackable will also contain text indicating that it can be tracked on Geocaching.com or Groundspeak.com. The most common Trackables are Geocoins and Travel Bugs®.

If you find a Trackable in a geocache, you are not required to trade anything for it, but please take it only if you are willing to follow some general Trackable etiquette:

Trackable

•    Log that you have retrieved the Trackable from the geocache as soon as you can. This way the Trackable owner, cache owner, and anyone who may be searching for the Trackable knows that it is moving.

•    Check the Trackable’s goal by inputting its tracking code here before placing it in another cache. The idea is to place it in a cache that will move it closer to its goal.

•    Drop the Trackable in the next geocache and log that you have done so. If you need to keep the Trackable for more than two weeks, please email the Trackable owner to inform them.

Remember that Trackables are owned by other members of the community who are eager to see where their Trackable moves next. Before you take an item from a geocache, please check to see whether it is a Trackable and, if it is, only take it if you are willing to help it on its journey in a timely manner.

Learn how to log a Geocoin or Travel Bug or buy your own Trackable at Shop Geocaching.

Trackables sindSpielsteine‘” welche einen zusätzlichen Spaßfaktor zum Geocaching hinzufügen. Die Besitzer von Trackables legen im Allgemeinen Ziele wieÜberquere den AtlantikoderBesuche nur 5/5 Geocachesfest. Die GeocachingCommunity hilft dabei diese Ziele zu erreichen, in dem Sie Trackables von Cache zu Cache transportiert.
Woher weißt Du, daß Du einen Trackable gefunden hast?

Obwohl Trackables in vielen Formen und Größen vorkommen, hat jeder einen TrackingCode eine eindeutige Folge von Buchstaben und Zahlen eingestanzt.  Dieser Code ermöglicht Geocachern, die Reisen dieser Gegenstände online zu verfolgen. Auf dem Trackable befindet sich auch ein kleiner Hinweistext, dass er auf Geocaching.com oder Groundspeak.com verfolgt werden kann. Die häufigsten Trackables sind Geocoins und Travel Bugs®.

Wenn Du einen Trackable in einem Geocache findest, ist es nicht notwendig, wenn Du Ihn herausnimmst etwas als Ersatz hineinzulegen. Du solltest jedoch folgende TrackableEtikette beachten:

    Wenn Du einen Trackable aus einem Geocache entnimmst, so logge dies bitte so schnell wie möglich. Dadurch weiß der TrackableOwner, der CacheOwner und jeder der nach diesem Trackable sucht, dass dieser sich bewegt hat.

    Überprüfe das Ziel des Trackables wenn du seinen Code hier eingibst, bevor du Ihn in einen anderen Cache ablegst. Die Grundidee ist, dass Du den Trackable in einen Cache legst, welcher Ihn näher an sein Ziel bringt.

    Lege den Trackable in den nächsten Geocache und logge dies online. Wenn es nötig ist, dass Du einen Trackable länger als zwei Wochen behältst, melde dies bitte dem TrackableOwner.

Geocoin

Denke daran, Trackables sind Eigentum von anderen Mitgliedern der GeocachingGemeinschaft, welche gerne sehen wie sich Ihr Trackable weiter bewegt. Bevor Du einen Trackable aus einem Geocache entnimmst, überprüfe daher bitte, ob Du ihm beim Erfüllen seines Zieles helfen kannst.

Erfahre wie man einen Geocoin oder Travel Bug® loggt oder kaufe Deinen eigenen Trackable im GeocachingShop.

ADDITIONAL TRACKABLE STORIES:

Zusätzliche Trackable Geschichten:

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