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Introducing Worldwide Search

Planet Earth is Now (Officially) Your Playfield

We admit Galaxy Search was a fun joke, but we promise that our newest feature is 100% real. Say hello to Worldwide Search.

Now, with just a few clicks, you can see a leaderboard of the most favorited geocaches or learn just how many Terrain 5 geocaches there are — in the world. That’s right. We said it.

In the world. The whole world. Planet Earth is now your playfield.

With this latest update to the geocache search page, you can:

  • Find geocaches anywhere in the world  — no search origin needed. Premium members can filter further based on keywords, D/T ratings and more!
  • The 30 mile/50 kilometer restriction on searches? For Premium members, this restriction is now gone.
  • See an accurate count of matching results for all searches.

Take your new search superpowers for a test drive by trying out these searches:

See the geocaches with the most Favorite Points — in the world.

Planning a vacation? Find exactly the geocaches you want within any radius.

Learn how many Terrain 5, Difficulty 5 geocaches there are in Germany.

Answer that question you’ve always wanted to ask: How many geocaches have “Mars” in their name?

How will you use your new search superpowers (for good, not evil, of course)? Tell us in the comments below.

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Geocaching HQ Announces Historic Expansion of Search

Geocaching is all about having fun. So naturally, we love April Fools.

Last Friday, April 1st, we introduced a new feature called Galaxy Search, a tool to start planning your greatest geocaching adventure yet — in space. (Boy, do we wish this feature were real…maybe one day!)

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Our favorite astronaut Rick Mastracchio even played along by “hiding” his first-ever geocache, also in space.

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In addition to Astronaut Mastracchio’s geocache, 65 other geocaches were “hidden” in space, forming some stellar geo-art.

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[April 4,2016] Note: All ‘Found It’ logs on the space geocaches are now notes and associated souvenirs will be removed. The caches were archived, but you can still view them on this Bookmark List.

Introducing Galaxy Search

Buoyed by the knowledge that someone has found every geocache on Earth, Geocaching HQ has taken the next logical step to keep pace with the game’s growth. With today’s website release and introduction of Galaxy Search, players can now search for geocaches in space.

This historic development is nearly eight years in the making. The HQ team first began investigating the possibility of an all-encompassing Search tool when Richard Garriott (Username: LordBritish) placed his International Space Station geocache in 2008. Astronaut Rick Mastracchio (Username: AstroRM) was FTF on that cache in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Mastracchio informed Geocaching HQ of his desire to place another space cache during his time in orbit. At that point, it became clear that work on Galaxy Search must begin immediately.

Upon completing and implementing Galaxy Search, our developers made a stunning discovery. Search results yielded not only the International Space Station geocache and Astronaut Mastracchio’s new geocache, but also a previously unknown geo-art collection of more than 60 cache listings! These amazing geocaches were placed by such luminaries as James T. Kirk, Luke Skywalker, Ziggy Stardust and others.

We’re thrilled to now share these far-out geocaches with the community. Simply visit the Geocaching.com Search and check out the latest featured search.

Alternatively, players can download the public Bookmark List of space geocaches. With the recent addition of Offline Lists to the Geocaching® app, players can easily save these new caches to mobile devices, making it easier than ever to go geocaching in space!

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Turnagain Arm Tidal Bore Earthcache — Geocache of the Week

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by NorthWes
Difficulty: 
2.5
Terrain: 
1
Location: 
Alaska, United States
N 60° 55.688 W 149° 20.845

f4357d23-742a-4eef-86be-38b3030f2b0dIt was almost 11 years ago, but geocacher and HQ employee Prying Pandora remembers the moment well.

Prying Pandora was with CENT5, also visiting Alaska on a geocaching trip, and NorthWes, a local Alaskan and geocacher who was their tour guide for the day. As they drove along the dramatically scenic Seward Highway in a rented minivan, they took in the never-ending range of snowcapped peaks, and fjords filling with and spilling out water.

Suddenly there came a cry from the back of the car.

“BORE TIDE!!!”

It was NorthWes, who had caught sight of the phenomenon that his EarthCache, GCN6YV, describes. The van immediately stopped, everybody piled out (some more or less confused as to what was happening) and NorthWes explained what they were seeing.

Later, in her log, Prying Pandora wrote, “What a totally cool thing to witness, and unbelievable luck to have caught it!”

You see, this EarthCache is all about a bore, but it’s not boring.

Turnagain Arm is a waterway off the Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska. The Arm’s unique combination of topography and tidal activity results in the geological feature that’s at the heart of this EarthCache: the tidal bore.

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Before you say, “No, you’re a tidal bore!” let’s talk about what ‘tidal bore’ means. Basically, it’s a wave—a very, very special wave. It’s the individual large wave caused by a sudden influx of water rushing into a narrow, shallow inlet that’s still draining water from the previous tide. The rush of water coming into the inlet runs right into the draining water going out in the opposite direction, and boom!

Well…slosh.

Making it to the right spot in time to catch that wave’s journey through Turnagain Arm (and take a photo of it) is the task prescribed in this Geocache of the Week.

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Possibly the only EarthCache in which you might be photo-bombed by surfers.
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A close-up of the tidal bore.
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Alaska, the beautiful!

Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.
Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.

 

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Geocaching Adventures in Las Vegas

By Jen Pearce, Geocaching HQ Employee

Have you been to Seattle, home of Geocaching HQ, in the winter time? It rains here — a LOT and we just had our wettest winter on record. Many Seattleites try to visit sunnier climates during this season, and the employees at HQ are no different. So where to?

Factoring in our limited time (a weekend), our shared interest (geocaching), and our greatest desire (to see the sun), we decided to go to Las Vegas, Nevada!

Our first stop was Route 66, a historic highway that runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA. The highway fell out of use in the 80s when the Interstate Highway System was created, leaving behind ample, rarely-disturbed space for geocaches.

“Bruning” (made popular by one of our beloved Portuguese reviewers).
“Bruning” (made popular by one of our beloved Portuguese reviewers).

Our next stop was Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall for GC6BJG6, an Event Cache to meet up with local and visiting geocachers in Las Vegas.

Group shot! Not pictured: The 4 Musketeers (composed of Huntersam, Necrolink, Cedestelle, and Comètes) who came all the way from France.
Group shot! Not pictured: The 4 Musketeers (composed of Huntersam, Necrolink, Cedestelle, and Comètes) who came all the way from France.

Our last stop was the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park.

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The park is home to petroglyphs, gorgeous red sandstone ranges, EarthCaches, and the final resting place of Captain Kirk from the movie Star Trek: Generations.

The peak seen in the movie is called Silica Dome, which also happens to host GC4Z3F6: an EarthCache by Landondena. There is an “easy” way to reach the dome and a “hard” way — we took the hard way.

Other notable EarthCaches (and a Virtual!) we found within the park: GC1PPNP, GC1PPNG, GCH723 (limited time meant leaving the park before we found all of the caches).

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The next time you venture through Nevada, keep an eye out for the Lackeys on Tour stamp in the local logs.

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HQ’ers were here.

Until next time…

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

Mystery
GC64BH
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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