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Geocachers climb Mt. Fuji to Cache In Trash Out (CITO)

Mt. Fuji, outside of Toyko Japan, reaches 3,776 m (12,388 ft.) into the sky, but is still not immune from the trash found at lower elevations.  Geocacher atstgm helped organize an ascent of Mt. Fuji to complete a grueling Cache In Trash Out (CITO) tour.

Mt. Fuji CITO

Armed with garbage bags more than a dozen geocachers started hiking up the tallest mountain in Japan at 11:00am on September 3rd.

They stayed over night at a staging area, then began hiking again in the predawn darkness at 1:30am on the 4th.

Mt. Fuji CITO Logbook

The group reached the summit of Mt. Fuji around 5am and began the CITO event by picking up bags full of trash.  They also searched for the five geocaches along the route and at the summit.  Watch this raw video of the ambition climb.

Check out the events calender to see if there’s a CITO event near you.

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

It’s not always your feet that do the work of taking you to a geocache.  Sometimes geocachers paddle a kayak or canoe through pristine waters to hunt down a cache. Follow geocacher Claire Delavigne, known by the geocaching name Planet. She navigates through a Connecticut nature preserve and combines kayaking and geocaching. True to the world of geocaching, her adventure doesn’t go as planned.

Explore even more geocaching adventures in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  You can go along on a heart racing five terrain/five difficulty geocache, see the geocache on the International Space Station or find out why a U.S. Army bomb disposal technician says geocaching kept him safer in Iraq.

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 23, 2010

Please join Groundspeak in thanking the Geocaching.com Cache Reviewers, Forum Moderators and Translators for their continued generosity and dedication to Geocaching. These exceptional volunteers contribute countless hours and untold effort to serve the worldwide geocaching community. Their tireless work and selfless attitude is greatly appreciated!

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“As the Raven Flies” GC1E3QC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – 9/20/2010

View of Raven Glacier from near the cache site

“As the Raven Flies” (GC1E3Qc) takes geocachers into the wilds of Chugach National Forest in Alaska, USA.   Kmags & Ak4me placed the cache in July of 2008.  It’s rated a 1.5 difficulty with a four terrain.  Adventurers must to hike to Crow Pass with an elevation of 3500 feet to find the small-sized cache.

The location offers a bird’s-eye view of Raven Glacier. It’s rated a four for a reason.  The hike is challenging.

Only ten geocachers have logged a smiley for this geocache.  The logs are a testament to the power of the view and the location of this cache.

One log reads, “Awesome view. I have hiked this trail many times and have never seen the glacier, always socked in with clouds. Today was awesome with partly cloudy skies and enough of a breeze to keep the bugs at bay. We had lunch right by the cache and soaked in some rays.”


Not far from "As the Raven Flies"

Your exploration doesn’t have to stop here. There are now more than 3800 geocaches in Alaska and nearly 1.2 million geocaches around the world.  Explore all the Geocaches of the Week.

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“Experience a Heart Racing 5/5” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

A five terrain, difficulty five geocache tops the extreme scale.  They’re dangerous, by their very nature. This is a Lost & Found video of an attempt to log a 5/5 outside of Chehalis, WA USA. “* rivers and lakes” (GC6982) is rated 5/5.  The rating on GC6982 is perhaps more than precautionary.  Any hiker faces the real possibility of serious injury on this geocache.

View from near "* river and lakes"

A five terrain geocache traditionally requires specialized equipment. This cache requires study hiking gear, including tear-resistant gloves. Geocachers BrewerMD, DubyaDee and Towtrkdug, along with cache owner Slinger91 signed up for the adventure. See their hunt for treasure and the waterfall waiting at the end their journey.

Explore even more adventures of geocachers in the Geocaching.com Lost & Found gallery.