International EarthCache celebration for 2018

International EarthCache celebration for 2018

Get ready to rock — International EarthCache celebration rolls during October. On Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, 2018, earn a new souvenir by getting outside, finding and then logging an EarthCache!

EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead, bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world for inspiration.

During the International EarthCache Day celebration, this special geocache type will be available to all members in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!

*Excludes specifically designated Premium member EarthCaches.

Ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world


Are you getting ready for International EarthCache Day 2018?


Log any EarthCache on Saturday, October 13 or Sunday, October 14, and earn the International EarthCache Day 2018 digital souvenir. EarthCaches bring you to unique locations and teach fascinating geological lessons about Planet Earth.

Need some inspiration? Here are ten stunning EarthCaches from around the world.

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A GPS and the EarthCache, Petra Al Khazneh

Petra Al Khazneh (GC1V4ZY) — Geocache of the Week

EarthCache
GC1V4ZY
by TeamNulti2003
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
2
Location:
Jordan
N 30° 19.350 E 035° 27.100

Petra, O Leeds, is the most wonderful place in the world, not for the sake of its ruins, which are quite a secondary affair, but for the colour of its rocks, all red and black and gray with streaks of green and blue, in little wriggly lines…and for the shape of its cliffs and crags and pinnacles, and for the wonderful gorge it has, always running deep in spring-water, full of oleanders, and ivy and ferns, and only just wide enough for a camel at a time, and a couple of miles long. But I have read hosts of the most beautifully written accounts of it, and they give one no idea of it at all…so you will never know what Petra is like, unless you come out here… Only be assured that till you have seen it you have not had the glimmering of an idea how beautiful a place can be.

T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

Channel your inner Lawrence of Arabia and visit Jordan’s first EarthCache in the ancient city of Petra. Petra was named one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007, and was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 Places to See Before You Die.

 

Petra was once a thriving trading center from 400 B.C. to A.D. 100. But in the 1800s a traveler disguised in Bedouin attire rediscovered it and shared this hidden treasure with the world.

Several scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed in Petra. The movie’s fictional Canyon of the Crescent Moon was modeled on the eastern entrance to Petra, a 250-foot-high (76-meter-high) sandstone slot canyon known as the Siq that leads directly to Al Khazneh (the Treasury)—perhaps the most stunning of Petra’s dozens of breathtaking features.

Some logs from this amazing EarthCache say everything:

DerBär
The ancient city of Petra is definitely one of most impressive places we have ever seen. Of course we knew about the treasury beforehand but we didn’t expect that there was so much else to see. The awesome Siq, the colours of the rocks and all these huge buildings carved out of the sandstone – we often didn’t know where to look first. In the afternoon we walked up to the Monastery which was a fantastic hike with great views as well.

SpeedyGC
It is absolutely true. Nothing quite prepares you for Petra!
The sense of anticipation as you walk up the Siq to the Treasury builds and builds and it does not fail to disappoint. Simply breathtaking.
Have sore legs and feet from an exhausting day but it has been well worth it and looking forward to some more exploring around the site tomorrow.

Old Bet
No pictures I had seen nor words I had read were adequate preparation for Petra. What an incredibly special place.

Check out these amazing photos taken by geocachers and see for yourself!

Don’t forget that this Sunday, October 9th is International EarthCache Day. We’ll be unlocking EarthCaches in the Geocaching® app for members of all levels to enjoy. Will you be finding an EarthCache this weekend?

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International EarthCache Day is October 9!

On October 9, you can earn a new souvenir by learning more about the Earth (aka geocaching’s game board). All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day!

EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these stunning EarthCaches to learn more.

On International EarthCache Day, this special geocache type will be free to all players in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!

Get the Geocaching® App.

*Excludes specifically designated Premium Member Only caches.
Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find them

Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63
Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

EarthCaching is the magical combination of geocaching and geological discovery.

EarthCaches are meant to teach geocachers about particular (and typically jaw-dropping) geological features. EarthCaches do not contain physical containers like most geocaches. They do, however, carry a piece of geological history that can date back millions and millions of years… which is certainly a treasure of sorts.

How to Find an EarthCache

  • Customize your geocache search. Select Filters to see advanced search options. Under Geocache Types, select EarthCache only.
  • Premium Members can search for EarthCaches using the Geocaching® app.
  • Navigate to the posted coordinates of the EarthCache site. Bring a camera since EarthCaches tend to be photogenic!
  • Once at the EarthCache site, take in the scenery, the geological marvels or oddities, and read the cache description. The cache owner will likely ask you to answer some questions about the site. You can email the cache owner or use the Message Center to send answers to the required questions.

Now that you know how to find an EarthCache, check out these 11 stunning EarthCache locations to add to your geocaching bucket list. 

 1. GC111XM in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey GC111XM
Pamukkale, Turkey GC111XM

 

2. GC20010 at Lake Baikal, Russia

Lake Baikal, Russia GC20010
Lake Baikal, Russia GC20010

 

3. GC14W63 in Namib Desert, Namibia

Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63
Namib Desert, Namibia GC14W63

 

4.  GC25643 at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Bláa lónið - Blue lagoon - Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643
Bláa lónið – Blue lagoon – Blaue Lagunem, Iceland GC25643

 

5. GC11A56 at Jellyfish Lake, Ongeim’l Tketau, in Palau

Jellyfish Lake - Ongeim'l Tketau, Palau GC11A56
Jellyfish Lake – Ongeim’l Tketau, Palau GC11A56

 

6. GC2PFGZ at Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Fallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ
Fallas do Iguaçu / IGUAZU Fault, Argentina GC2PFGZ

 

7. GC4CNMG in Western Australia

Kooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG
Kooling off in Karijini, Australia GC4CNMG

 

8. GC13D90 near Monsanto, Portugal

Cruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D90
Cruziana [Penha Garcia], Portugal GC13D90

9. GCPCPX in Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX
The Giant’s Causeway Earthcache, Ireland GCPCPX

 

10. GC23HNZ near Darvaza, Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ
The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan, GC23HNZ

 

11. GC1JY47 at Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming

Rainbow's End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47
Rainbow’s End: Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, GC1JY47

 

Which EarthCaches are on your bucket list?