RV 5.08 : Brugge — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC4XMCM
by cricri010
Difficulty:
2.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Bruges, Brussels
N 51° 12.543 E 003° 13.476
Image by juliuscox

Waffles, beer, chocolate—what comes to mind when you think of Belgium? If you’re one of the 6,000+ geocachers who have visited the busy city center in Bruges, you may remember the country for a different, highly Favorited reason: this Geocache of the Week!

Image by meisernator

Bruges is a canal-based city, in the same boat as Amsterdam and Venice. Its atmosphere and position as the capital of Flanders attracts visitors from all over the world. The Traditional cache in Markt (market square) is one of a series of 308 caches designed to bring geocachers to every province of Flanders, each offering a clue to the series final, ‘bonus’ cache. However, the geocache in Bruges, RV 5.08 : Brugge, far exceeds the Favorite points of any other cache in this series.

Image by agnes.fleur

The cache enjoys a prime location inside the bustling commercial square. There are a few tricks to this Traditional, however. The first is that it is hidden in plain sight; the four million muggles that visit the area per year have likely sat on it, kicked its tires, or even tested out the pedals. That’s right, this regular-sized geocache is hidden on a bicycle (painted in classic Geocaching colors, of course)! Because this is a common mode of transportation within the city, this host vehicle blends right into the surrounding area.

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Just because you’ve found ground zero doesn’t mean your job is complete—this geocache is a field puzzle. On the bicycle, there are two panniers labeled A and B.  Pannier A, whose lock combination is gifted with open hands in the cache hint, holds instructions to visit specific locations within the market square, admiring the medieval architecture along the way. Only by doing this can the clues necessary to open pannier B be found, which holds the logbook.

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Cache owner, cricri010, thoughtfully brings attention to some very important and picturesque places within the square: the bustling market vendors and chocolatiers, the sparkle of the gilded edifice of the Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace), and the dominating steeple of the belfry. It makes the experience of this geocache the dominating memory of everyone’s trip to the area.

Image by WaFiKriDi

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Hunter’s Deceit — Geocache of the Week

Traditional Cache
GC4B6GZ
by jewilk1
Difficulty:
3.5
Terrain:
2.5
Location:
Oregon, United States
N 45° 27.610′ W 122° 50.036′

One of the more enjoyable parts of geocaching can be the use of deliberate misdirection,” says cache owner jewilk1.

Some could argue that hides of this type are considered evil, tormenting, and scream-inducing. Others enjoy the masochistic search for a cache that is hidden in plain sight. Jewilk1 takes a new-age approach to a classic deceptive hide: a 3D printed fake log. 

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Þingvellir – The Mid-Atlantic Ridge — Geocache of the Week

EarthCache
GC1Z45X
by MaMiFKa
Difficulty:
2
Terrain:
2
Location:
Iceland
N 64° 15.325′ W 021° 07.718′

I feel the earth move under my feet                                                                                           I feel the sky tumbling down

Though the sky tumbling down almost certainly spells impending doom, if you feel the earth move under your feet while geocaching, it might simply be a sign that you’re at ground zero for Þingvellir – The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, an EarthCache in Iceland, and our Geocache of the Week.

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New country souvenir, Peru, with Geocache of the Week: Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass!

Letterbox Hybrid
GC3QM6Q
by enaus
Difficulty:
4
Terrain:
4.5
Location:
Peru
S 13° 20.816 W 072° 33.756
New country souvenir, Peru, with Geocache of the Week: Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass!
New country souvenir, Peru, with Geocache of the Week: Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass!

Today we release our newest country/regional souvenir, Peru! If you have found a geocache in Peru, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile

Peru is known as a megadiverse country that includes lush jungles, alpine highlands, glacial peaks, dramatic beaches, and arid deserts. Home of Vinicunca Mountain, Lake Titicaca, and of course, Machu Picchu. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to get to the Lost City of the Incas, try this Geocache of the Week, titled “Letterbox-Peru: Salkantay Pass”. Just a hop, skip, and a 4,600 meter (15,000 foot) jump and you’re there! Continue reading →