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Kate’s Binary Challenge #6/Mission Impossible — Geocache of the Week

Mystery
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by Team-CRICK/Dr-Gadget
Difficulty: 
3
Terrain: 
1.5
Location: 
North Wales, United Kingdom
N 52° 54.556 W 003° 35.612

Geocache GC64BH is the final in a series of 6 geocaches hidden in honor of a geocacher named Kate’s 10th birthday. 1 and 0 make up the binary numbering system, so, naturally, using binary numbers to solve puzzles and gather codes is part of the challenge of finding this cache.

The reward at the end is worth the struggle. Before visiting this cache, you may want to watch (or re-watch) the first Mission Impossible movie. Specifically, the scene in which Tom Cruise lowers himself headfirst into a vault.

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Then, go find this cache, which is hidden on the cache owner’s property. You’ll see a brown box on a gate post. Break the cable tie to open it, record the binary code inside, then use a new cable tie from inside the box to secure it again. Convert the binary code to decimal numbering, and add that number to the other codes you’ve collected through the series.

Then and only then will you be able to open the padlock on the little pot nearby, which contains a key. Thought you were done yet? Nope. The key opens another cash box on a pole nearby. Inside is…not the cache, but a remote control. Take a deep breath, channel your inner Tom Cruise (or don’t, whatever floats your boat) and press the down button.

Things will begin to feel a bit familiar with you see this descending from the sky above:

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Finally, you’ll have access to the cache and logbook, which is safely strapped to miniature Tom Cruise’s vest.PicMonkey Collage

Watch the cache in action:

 

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Bananaaaa Nightclub Nachtcache — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
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by DJ UKW
Difficulty: 
1.5
Terrain: 
2
Location: 
Wietze, Germany
N 52° 38.762 E 009° 50.889

A few years ago, geocacher DJ UKW wondered why almost all night caches he encountered were Multi-Caches. Could one make a night cache just as entertaining as a traditional?

One could. And he did.IMG_0132

Bananaaaa Nightclub Nachtcache looks rather ordinary on the outside, a bit like a mini-fridge. But inside is a feast, not for the stomach but for the eyes and ears.

DJ UKW says inspiration came from watching a YouTube video with talking and singing Minion toys from the movie Despicable Me. “And as a former DJ (did that for nearly 20 years) the idea was born to do a Minions Nightclub.”

With some help from his geocacher friend Kadüü, the Minions Nightclub came to life.

The cache is rigged with all sorts of surprises. The container itself is locked, and to open it, you’ll need to first enlist the help of some of those singing Minions…but we won’t tell you exactly how! Inside are two speaking, highly flatulent Minions…

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…and a fully-functioning miniature disco, powered by electricity from a friendly neighbor. Sound is provided by an mp3 player and some little speakers. The light show is created with a disco ball, LED dome light, and an ultraviolet tube light. There’s even a little fog machine. Says DJ DKW: “All you need for a Minion Party.”

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Everything operates on a timer, so the party can only begin after 6pm, and ends at 2am—even Minions need to sleep! The Cache Owners says it’s not uncommon to read logs on the cache about people having their own dance party next to it, and “becoming children again when they let the Minions talk or fart!” Classic.

When asked if he’d like to share anything with the Geocaching community, DJ DKW said simply, “No. Just go out and have fun while Geocaching.” :-)

Thanks in part to him and this night cache, we will.

This cache is appropriate for kids AND adults!
This cache is appropriate for kids AND adults!
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Around Christmas, the Minions get some special decorations.
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In full Nightclub mode!

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Reach New Geocaching Heights!

Given that my college alma mater’s mascot is a bird (albeit a mythical onethe Jayhawk), perhaps it’s no surprise that some of my favorite geocaches are ones that get me in the air. I love climbing caches!

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Climbing for a cache in Florida

Some climbing caches are more accessible than others. Those that require ropes, harnesses and other gear can be fantastic, but may be beyond the reach of non-technical climbers. However, geocaches in trees are often suitable for a wide variety of ages and abilities. So what makes for a great tree climbing geocache experience?

  • The right tree: It should be sturdy enough for an adult to climb. If the limbs are too thin, it can be hazardous for the geocacher and the tree. (Never damage a tree or other wildlife while attempting to find a geocache.)
  • The right equipment: Even if you don’t need ropes or harnesses, you must wear the correct footwear and other apparel. Flip-flops are a no-no!
  • The right day: Don’t attempt to climb in wet, icy or otherwise dangerous conditions. And be sure to bring a friend. Not just to keep an eye on you, but to take great pictures!
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Climbing in Iowa

Tree climbing geocaches are a blast. For me, it’s a combination of adrenaline rush and natural beauty that’s hard to beat. Just last week, I was signing a log and thought, “What a spectacular view!” followed quickly by, “Okay, now how exactly am I gonna get down from here?” On that note, I can’t stress enough the importance of safety in your pursuit. If at any point you feel you’re taking an unnecessary risk, just stop and return to terra firma.

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Ascending in Nebraska

I could talk all day about my personal favorite tree climbing experiences, but just a few that come to mind are “Bird House” (Fort Myers, FL) and Free Bird (Parkville, MO). Sadly, my tree climbing experience doesn’t yet extend beyond North America. But I hope to change that someday.

Have you ever climbed high for a smiley?

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Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Product Owner & Avid Geocacher, Ben Hewitt

This is part of a series of blog posts shining a spotlight on the people of GeocachingHQ. We hope to show you the “geo-who” behind the “geo-what”. :-)

What is your name?
Ben Hewitt 

Yeah, but what’s your Username?
benandjayme (shared with my wife!) 

Jayme, Ben, and Signal the Frog at a Geocaching Event
Jayme, Ben, and Signal the Frog at a Geocaching Event

How did you come up with your username?
Hmmmm… it’s not the most creative username, but it’s certainly representative of the two of us! 

What is your job title?
Product Owner 

Bryan, Ben, and Jayme at Geocaching Block Party 2014
Bryan, Ben, and Jayme at Geocaching Block Party 2014

What does your job title actually mean? In other words, how do you explain what you do to someone that has no idea what you do?
I’m one of the six members of HQ’s Product team. As a team, we’re responsible for identifying and defining the best new features to add to Geocaching.com and the official mobile apps. “Best” is a lofty and sometimes tough to define goal, so we’re constantly striving to create features that are good for the community, good for the game, and good for the business. Individually, I’m responsible for managing the flow of design and development work that passes through one of our three product delivery teams at HQ and for helping making sure that the team meets our timeline and quality commitments.

Ben is a firm supporter of DNF Pride
Ben is a firm supporter of DNF Pride

Tell us about your geocaching style (exotic locations / quality over quantity)?
I love to use geocaching to explore new places. One of the things I’ve really come to appreciate after almost 8 years of geocaching is that exploration and discovery are always just around the corner. I’ll always love flying across the world and discovering a new country or culture, but I’ve had just as many amazing experiences discovering new places just a few blocks outside of my well-worn everyday routines.

What’s something that surprises you about geocaching – whether it’s the game itself, working at headquarters, or anything else?
I’m always amazed at how many different ways geocachers come up with to play this game. Any time you think you’ve got it down (“THIS is geocaching”), some new and unexpected geocache or trackable experience will surely come along to defy your definition. I love that about this game!

Ben and his baby girl geocaching last summer
Ben and his baby girl geocaching last summer

What’s the best piece of geocaching advice or information you ever learned?
An oldie-but-goodie that I do believe: it’s not about the numbers! 

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So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® App

Geocaching Intro, the baby app we first introduced to the world in 2013, is all grown up! In the time since it said its first ‘hello’, we’ve added a host of great features to the app for players of all experience levels.

With today’s addition of Lists, ‘Geocaching Intro’ has officially outgrown its name. So we’re renaming it. Nothing too out there. We’re kind of traditional that way.

Without further ado, we are excited and proud to introduce the Geocaching® app!

Here are 4 things you may not know about the newly named Geocaching® app:

  1. The updated design actually makes using the app outside, better. A crazy expectation for a game played outdoors, we know. The visual contrast and updated styling make reading geocache details easier wherever you are.
  2. The app is best with Premium. Premium members can find any geocache in the world. Plus, they gain access to tools for sorting and filtering geocaches as well as more intuitive workflows for finding all geocache types.
  3. Players can move seamlessly between Geocaching.com and the app. For example, lists that you create on Geocaching.com will automatically appear in the Geocaching® app. Same goes for conversations in the Message Center.
  4. We are not done with this app. We are actively seeking feedback from the geocaching community to help us improve it. Together, we think we can make this app the ultimate mobile tool for geocachers!

Don’t yet have the Geocaching® app or haven’t checked it out in a while? Here are just a few of the cool, new features you’ll find:

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Live Search for Geocaches

The world is full of hidden delights. With Live Search, the geocache map automatically displays geocaches near you — even when you’re on the move!

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Fun with Trackables

On a future geocaching escapade, you’ll likely uncover a trackable. The Geocaching® app makes logging trackables easy and fun.

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A Better Way to Find Geocaches

Finding a Multi-Cache or EarthCache can be a good challenge! Thankfully, new tools for advanced geocaches, like adding waypoints or sending photos to geocache owners, leave the challenge where it belongs — in the thrill of finding a geocache.

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