“Jested” GCKDBV GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – August 2nd, 2010

"Jested" GC
Jested Tower

The Czech Republic geocache “Jested” (GCKDBV) rests high on Mt. Jested, not far from the border of Germany and Poland.

The search for this cache takes you to one of the most stunning landmarks of Northern Bohemia,  Jested Tower.  The structure is an architectural feat which combines a 94 meter (308 foot) tall transmitter tower, a hotel and a restaurant.

More than 1200 geocachers have logged “Jested” since Dorcadion Team hid the cache in August of 2004.

The regular-sized difficulty 2, terrain 2.5 geocache takes adventures up to an altitude of 987 meters (3,237 feet).  Dorcadion says his other interest, ”
(except geocaching) is photography of nature and architecture – and this tower is one of the most interesting examples of modern architecture in our country…”

View from Mt. Jested

Beyond discovering the traditional geocache, you’ll also find an amazing view that extends to Germany and Poland.

Dorcadion says he didn’t really expect the cache to become so popular, “in the time when I placed the cache (the first in the whole Liberec region)  the number of all Czech geocachers was lower than 50… But I expected that people will visit this cache – Jested is very popular and easily accessible by rail car, car or by short steep hike.”

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“Ruins of St. Paul’s” GC20BD5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – July 11th, 2010

Ruins of St. Paul's GC
Ruins of St. Paul's GC20BD5

The “Ruins of St. Paul’s” GC20BD5 was hidden in late 2009.  This nano cache was placed in a bustling tourist destination in Macau, China.  The church burned in 1835, leaving just this intricate facade. Geocacher AirQ from Hong Kong hid the cache.

AirQ is one of so many geocachers to travel thousands of miles this past week to gather in Washington State, USA. They celebrated GeoWoodstock VIII and Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration, commemorating ten years of geocaching.  AirQ also celebrated a birthday.   Wish him a happy birthday by logging one of the dozens of caches AirQ placed in and around Hong Kong.  “Ruins of St. Paul’s” is just one.

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“WWC – World Wide Cache” GC1DZFC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 16th, 2010

The Starting Point for WWC - World Wide Cache, Braga City, Portugal

This cache taps into the global spirit of geocaching and the team building nature of geocachers.  The WWC – World Wide Cache sends players on an intercontinental puzzle-solving adventure.  You start and end in Portugal. The first cache in this Multi-Cache is GC1DZFC.  From there you journey to America, Africa, Australia and Asia before heading back to Portugal.

Worried about the cost of all the airline tickets? You don’t need to flex your credit card to complete this cache. Most (if not all) of those who take on this Multi-Cache never leave their home county.  They build a network of teams with members near each leg of the cache.  Each cache contains the coordinates to the next.

WWC - American Leg of World Wide Cache

SPY_Team created the cache.  Rui, from SPY Team, says his 13 year old son encouraged him to create the five physical caches around world. It took four months to bring all the teams together and place the caches. Rui says, “I think the most amazing thing about this cache was the team work.”

He says the response to the cache has been powerful, “Many people working together to find the last cache. It was the most beautiful moment in Geocaching, seeing all those people working together to find the five caches and finally celebrating the global find.”

Cache Fan The Spindoctors, Earthquake5683, and JAKKTeam placed and maintain the other caches.  They say it takes coordination and a focused approach.  Cache Fan says the reward is in the interaction with other cachers, “It is also very exiting for the Geocachers seeking the caches of the series to get into contact with cachers from other countries to share stories and tips.”

The geocachers who’ve completed the cache say the key is team work.  Solving a riddle in the Portugal leg leads you to the American leg (above) where you encounter another riddle.  The answer leads you to the African leg (below) and so on.

WWC - African Leg of World Wide Cache

Teams like “ROUND the WORLD” post pics of all team members when they complete the cache. So far, 20 teams have logged all legs of the entire Puzzle Cache.  What are you waiting for?  Go out and geocache around the world!

Team photo of "ROUND the WORLD"