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Enter the HQ Duck Dash: A Global Trackable Race

It’s a Duck Eat Duck World Out There…

UPDATE: Registration for the HQ Duck Dash is now closed. However, you can still enter the race by purchasing an official Deadly Duck tag, which will be automatically entered into the race upon activation (even after the official start of the race on July 20, 2016). Get a Deadly Duck.

On August 30, 2001, Geocaching.com Founder Jeremy Irish activated the world’s first trackable, TB1.

Jeremy says, “When we first started Travel Bugs, I released 7 Deadly Ducks in the wild.” Each of the new trackables were based on one of the deadly sins. These Deadly Ducks, with the names of Envy, Sloth, Pride, Gluttony, Lust and Wrath, headed out into the world to travel from geocache to geocache. (The Greed Deadly Duck was placed in a geocache that was never listed on Geocaching.com and may still be hidden in Virginia.)

Thus began a game within a game: trackables. Today there are more than 2,655,951 trackables traveling around the world — making friends, creating memories and patiently waiting to complete their mission. 

Travel Bug Story by Chiliconsushi from Geocaching on Vimeo.

In honor of the 15th anniversary of trackables, we’re hosting a worldwide trackable race featuring the reincarnated Deadly Ducks. You’re invited to enter!

The race will begin July 20, 2016 at 12:01am PST and ends on August 20, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

How to Join the HQ Duck Dash:

  1. Get a new unactivated trackable! Enter your duck-themed trackable (like these ones!) or any other trackable without prior travel history. (Pro Tip: Do NOT place your trackable in a geocache until July 20, 2016 or later. Movement prior to this date may disqualify your trackable.)
  2. Activate it.
  3. Set your trackable’s mission. (Pro Tip: Include instructions to get your trackable to a geocaching event on August 20, International Geocaching Day.)
  4. Read the HQ Duck Dash Code of Honor. By entering a trackable into this year’s race, you agree to abide by these rules.
  5. Enter your trackable into the race by filling out this signup form by July 17, 2016. (The official Deadly Duck tags will be automatically entered into the race once they are activated, even after the official start of the race on July 20, 2016.) You must be 18 years or older to participate.
  6. Watch your trackable race to a geocaching event on International Geocaching Day!

Enter your trackable into the HQ Duck Dash.

How Do I Win?

First off, everyone’s a winner! All participating trackable owners will receive a HQ Duck Dash badge to add to their profile.

To be eligible for the following recognition, trackables must end their journey at a geocaching event on International Geocaching Day, August 20, 2016. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the following categories will be chosen and featured by Geocaching HQ, thus earning eternal and international bragging rights:

Best Trackable Photo

Awarded to the trackables with the best photo from the race as decided by HQ. Photos can be submitted through this form (by the original photographer).

Most Story-Worthy Moment (Best Log)

Awarded to the trackables with the most heartfelt, epic and/or generally entertaining log as decided by HQ. Logs must be submitted through this form (by the trackable owner or logger) to be eligible.

Furthest Distance Traveled

Awarded to the trackables that travel the greatest distance between geocaches from July 20 and August 20.

Most Geocaches Involved

Awarded to the trackables that drop in or visit the greatest number of different geocaches between July 20 and August 20.

Most Geocachers Involved

Awarded to the trackables that are grabbed and moved by the greatest number of geocachers between July 20 and August 20.

Ready to race? Get your Deadly Duck trackable from Shop Geocaching or one of our International Retailers, or register a trackable by submitting this form before July 17, 2016.

Get a Deadly Duck

Questions? Check out the Trackable Race FAQ.

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Wah Wah Stash — Geocache of the Week

Traditional Cache
GCA8
by Jerry Brockmeier
Difficulty: 
3
Terrain: 
1.5
Location: 
Utah, United States
N 38° 20.519 W 113° 37.188

Can you imagine sitting stock-still in one place on a pile of jagged rocks for five minutes?

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That’s exactly what GCA8, “Wah Wah Stash” has been doing for nearly 16 years.

If the short GC code of the cache doesn’t give it away, its title will give some clue as to how old it is. A Tupperware or ammo can hidden in the woods in the year 2000 would have been called a “stash” rather than a “geocache”. The latter term eventually won out, which is why most of us say I’m going geocaching rather than I’m going stash-hunting nowadays.

Wah Wah stash was hidden high in the Wah Wah Mountain range in southwest Utah on November 4, 2000. This puts it in the top 100 oldest active geocaches in the world. It’s elevation is listed at approximately 7,500 feet (2,286 m). While most cars are able to navigate the road up to the cache, the hike up is a worthwhile experience.

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Although the container is an unremarkable ammo can, Wah Wah Stash is a valuable example of a cache that’s worth a visit not simply because of it’s age—though many geocachers use it to fill in the November 2000 square in their Jasmer grids—but because of the spectacular beauty, geological and human history of the surrounding area. On the way to the cache you’ll see old mine shafts (watch your step), and even log cabins and other structures dating back over 100 years, still standing.

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5eed5e95-6938-4291-9a2c-af8fc1036b29According to the cache page, “The rock history dates back as far as Jurassic and is the only known ancient rock left in the Great Basin. Very large trees and huge tree trunks not normally found in Utah are everywhere.”

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This cache is good for:

  • Hikers, wildlife lover, cactus enthusiasts
  • Historical structure junkies
  • Rare-cache hunters
  • Jasmer-challenge competitors
  • Geocachers who’re looking for a beautiful, secluded location to propose to their partners
  • Rattlesnakes

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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.

Five Featured Geocaches from the Find Your Park GeoTour

Happy 100th Birthday US National Park Service! Let’s Celebrate with a GeoTour!

Five Featured Geocaches from the Find Your Park GeoTour

DID YOU KNOW that in the year 1916:

….and the National Park Service (NPS) was born? That’s right. Since August 25, 2016, the NPS* has preserved America’s special places, “for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations”. To celebrate this impressive milestone, the NPS is sponsoring a Find Your Park GeoTour to engage communities and help people discover nature through geocaching.

The Find Your Park GeoTour launched with 61 geocaches, and now it’s up to 87. Will we get to 100 by the end of this year? We hope so! In the meantime, here are five fantastic geocaches from the GeoTour to peek your interest:

Washington
Rainier100 1: The Glaciers are Restless, EarthCache GC5W946

The Mt. Rainier National Park is so incredible that it’s no surprise that this geocache is in the Find your Park Geotour and The Rainier Centennial GeoTour. Kevin Bacher, Mt. Rainier’s Volunteer and Outreach Program Manager, says:

For geocachers, Mount Rainier offers many opportunities. We have Earth Caches and Virtual Caches scattered throughout the park, some of them easy to get to, and others at the end of long hikes. Measure the temperature of warm springs at Longmire. Learn about glaciers at Paradise, floods at Ohanapecosh, and lava flows at Sunrise. Or train for the arduous climb to Camp Muir to claim one of the most remote virtual caches in Washington State! Along the way, hike through old growth forests and subalpine meadows with spectacular views. We also sponsor an annual CITO on National Trails Day, which is June 4th this year.

Maine
ACADIA: Mind-Blowing Geology, EarthCache GC11M7T

Rugged.
Beautiful.
Diverse.
These are some of the words used to describe the Maine’s stunning Acadia National Park. Geocacher hedgeslammer‘s log is what every cache owner hopes others will experience:

A great way to highlight the interesting formation of the land that makes the park! Like so many caches, this one brought me to some places I’d never have gone (but some are must-go). I pegged away at this one over a few days while some muggle friends went back to the cabin. A great experience, nabbed a few other caches in the process, and benchmarks too! Thanks for this excellent, scenic and educational EarthCache program! Of course, a favorite!

Virginia
CJS – Watermens Museum, Letterbox Hybrid GC2F40P

Cindy Chance, Cultural Anthropologist for the National Park Service in Chesapeake Bay, is a big fan of geocachers discovering their area:

Rangers here at the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail love how the adventure of geocaching introduces people to significant and beautiful places, often close to home. And we’re thrilled that geocachers can now more easily see where the game is played at national parks. So get up, get out, and Find Your Park!

Florida
BISC: Biscayne National Park, EarthCache GC32CDG

According to the Biscayne National Park site, “Biscayne protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoors enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.”

But Gary A. Bremen, Park Ranger for the Biscayne National Park says it best:

What’s worth celebrating? As the largest marine park in the National Park System, Biscayne is “bi-seasonal!” We get loads of visitors from across the country all winter long. The snowier it is up north, the busier we get at our mainland visitor center. Lots of those folks enjoy tracking down our caches here, all of which have been created by and for experienced cachers. But most of the park’s half-million visitors come in their own boats, so we are very excited about new caches that are going to be placed where boaters can access them on the park’s islands.

Arizona
HistoricAZ66: Painted Desert Inn, Traditional GC3EPH7

Part of the Petrified Forest National Park, The Painted Desert Inn is also close to turning 100 years old! The original building is from the 1920s and was made of petrified wood, but today’s adobe facade is from the 1930s.

Geocacher harbhippo had this to say in a recent log:

After touring PeFo for free thanks to my handy dandy senior pass, and scoring several virtuals and earthcaches, we saw this traditional coming up and parked the car. I didn’t even bother looking at the hint because it’s so much more fun to try without first, and a ranger pokes his head out the door of the Inn and says “found it yet?” – which is geo-speak for “are you a cacher too?”

He had a little fun with us for a while because of course the hand held Garmin doesn’t work indoors, then he led us to the cache with a smile. We spent an hour or so talking about the history of the Inn, probably more than we would have done had we stumbled on the cache without being caught, Very interesting place. If you stop by, be sure to look into the windows to see the tiny apartments the employees lived in back in the day. And check out the history, it’s really interesting.

So what are you waiting for? There’s an entire country full of geocaches, national parks, and adventure. Fill up the tank, pack the cooler, and make sure to BYOP!

*Official representatives of parks, land management organizations and law enforcement agencies should know that they’re eligible for a free Premium Membership.** Premium membership allows these organizations the ability to identify geocaches currently placed in your region, receive notifications when new geocaches in your area are placed, and communicate with the geocachers who are playing in your area. Win Win!

**These accounts are not meant for the personal use of employees of such organization

Additional Information: Find more about the Find Your Park GeoTour right here!GeoTours

 

 

 

 

 

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