Official Photos taken at the event can be
Are YOU in one of the photos??! Take a look!
2011 CACHE BA$H PHOTO
604 TEAMS signed our MEGA Event
Individuals still being counted...
Cash Prize Winners:
$50 - Danelle Anderson (team name?)
$100 - WStemple (Albany, WI)
$100 - GoIrish75 (Grafton, WI)
$250 - Studzclan (Wisconsin)
$500 - Brian Zubrowski (team name?)
Creative Cache Contest:
1st Place: Tom K - "Near Water Hide" (Tom's 2nd consecutive
2nd Place: Loonaticks - "Hornet's Nest"
3rd Place: Merk, Inc. - "Large Stump
1st Place: DakotaGirl (7.5 feet from hole!)
2nd Place: Britt98 (47.8 feet from hole)
3rd Place: NancyDrew777 (176.1 feet from hole)
*** ATTENTION! Please log and
retrieve your trackables from the event page!
2011 Cache Ba$h
Caches Are Published!
Bookmark list of the 2011 Cache Bash Event Caches
pocket query file containing the 2011 Cache Ba$h cache
Bookmark list of West Bend area night caches
Mark your calendars for
4th Annual West Bend $1,000
Friday, August 12 &
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Regner Park, West Bend, WI
The West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$h is an annual free family-oriented get-together for geocachers
hosted by the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, assisted by local
geocachers. The Cache Ba$h weekend is chock full of fun things to
do starting Friday afternoon and lasting through Sunday morning.
Last year, over 1300 people attended our Mega Event!
Besides the opportunity to socialize with a lot of other geocachers
in a great geocaching-friendly city, we will again be giving
away$1000 in cash prizes as well as
geocoins, geocaching items, and other great prizes. We're also
currently planning to hide over 65 new permanent
caches of varying terrain and difficulty in the West
Bend area for you to find!
There's a good reason we're called the "Geocaching
Capital of the Midwest"™. With over 800 caches within
a 10-mile radius of the city, you'll never run out of caches to
How do I
TO REGISTER: Log a
"WILL ATTEND" on this cache page.
Please post the number of people attending in your team (# adults,
# kids) to help us plan, and tell us where you're from so we can
add you to the map at the bottom of this page!
Sign in at Regner Park on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning
during the event. Registered teams will receive their official
booklets, playing cards, goody bags (limited supply), and cash
drawing raffle tickets.
How do I get raffle
- Cash Drawing: Each registered person in
attendance automatically gets a raffle ticket just by signing in at
the park! It's free!
- General Prize Drawing:Each registered team
can earn raffle tickets by either finding our Raffle Geocaches,
playing Geo-Bingo, or submitting a Creative Cache.
FREE SWIM PASS: All Weekend! If
the kids (or you) get tired of caching, take a refreshing dip in
the pool at Regner Park! Geocachers who sign in to the Cache Ba$h
can enjoy the Pool and Splash Pad free of charge, courtesy
of West Bend Parks and Rec!
Groundspeak Representative: We
are thrilled that a representative from the Groundspeak
Headquarters in Washington will be visiting our Mega Event this
Official Cache Ba$h Photo
Board: Everyone loves to take their head shot in our
photo board. Post your picture online when you log your attendance
and you may end up on next year's cache page!
Put Yourself on the Map: Show
us where you're from by placing a push-pin over your city on our
Giant Map in Regner Park. The team that has traveled the greatest
distance will get special recognition at our prize ceremony.
Milestone Board: Use this board
to write down any special geocaching or personal milestones you
reached this weekend.
Note Board: A note board will
be located near the giant map. Teams can use it to leave notes or
as a way to team up with other cachers. Maybe you're a new cacher
looking for some help and teamwork; maybe you're an experienced
cacher who's willing to take a newbie under your wing; or maybe you
just want to team up to save gas while driving around West Bend.
Slap your note on the board and see what bites.
FAQ: What is in my Goody
- Geo-Golf Form: Pick any
location in Regner Park, record those coordinates on the form, and
submit your form by 10 am on Saturday morning. The closest waypoint
to our pre-chosen coordinates will win a prize at Saturday's
- Geo-Bingo Cards: Find
geocachers that match every square on your card and submit your
completed card by 5:30pm on Saturday to earn one extra raffle
ticket for the General Prize Drawing!
- Creative Cache Ballot: Each
team may vote for their favorite cache of the Creative Cache
Contest. The eligible creative caches will be displayed near the
stage area at Regner Park from 4-5:30pm on Saturday.
- Swag: The early registration
bags will have small items donated by local businesses.
- Coupons: Be sure to check
your bag for coupons you can use throughout the weekend at various
West Bend area businesses. On a hot summer day, the free bottled
water coupon has been a big hit in past years.
- Dash Card: You can display
this postcard on your vehicle's dash to let law enforcement know
that your vehicle is not abandoned while searching for caches. It
also will allow you to enter Pike Lake State Park at a discounted
rate of $5 per vehicle.
- Garbage Bag: The first rule
of geocaching is "Leave No Trace." Practice CITO (Cache In, Trash
Out) when visiting caches.
- Maps and other helpful
information about West Bend.
THURSDAY After 11:00 pm Publication of 65+ Qualifying Caches for
This is the approximate expected release time of over 65 new
permanent caches on Geocaching.com. For your convenience, a link to
these caches will be added to the cache page for you to download
from home. (Please note: Sign-in and park downloads will begin
no sooner than noon on Friday.) Everyone will still need to
Sign In on Friday to get their Stampable Playing Card.
FAQ About the Raffle
- How do I play?
- Pick up the Official Booklet and Official
Playing Card at Sign-In. Download the caches to your GPS receiver
(we can do that for you). The Official Booklet contains information
about each cache, including hints and parking coordinates. Each
cache you find contains a unique stamp or codeword and you can
stamp the corresponding square on your Playing Card. Playing
cards must be turned in by 4:30pm on Saturday to qualify for the
- Raffle tickets will be awarded on the
- 1-10 caches: 1 raffle
- 11-20 caches: 2 raffle
- 21-30 caches: 3 raffle
- 31-40 caches: 4 raffle
- 41-50 caches: 5 raffle
- 51-60 caches: 6 raffle
- 61 + caches: 7 raffle
- What type of caches can I
- We want to stress that all caches are
loggable caches approved by Geocaching.com. Therefore, please treat
the caches and locations with respect so that they last a long
time. Caches may range from micro-sized to regular ammo cans, and
our cache hiders are known for their creative hides as well. Almost
all of the hides are traditional; however, there is at least one
puzzle cache this year. There is a variety of difficulty and
terrain levels to appeal to many different cachers. There is at
least one water cache. Some caches may be challenging, but there
are plenty of kid-friendly caches too. In fact, we introduced a
family-friendly "Park Tour" of some of West Bend's city
- Where are the caches
- This year, about 2/3 of the caches are
placed in or very near West Bend. Only 1/3 are located in the
surrounding countryside or neighboring villages. The closest cache
is walking distance from Regner Park, and the furthest cache is
about 15 miles away. Many caches are placed in parks and recreation
areas or along trails. We will have maps available that show the
location of all the qualifying caches so you can better plan your
route. Note:A few caches are placed in Pike Lake State Park
which requires a Wisconsin State Park Sticker on your vechicle. If
you don't have this sticker, a special entrance rate of $5 will be
given to geocachers by showing the dash card you got at
- Are there prizes inside the
- No. The caches may contain "swag"--toys,
trinkets, or other items that geocachers trade. Observe the
Geocacher's Code: If you take something out of a cache, put
something back in of equal or greater value. You may also see
trackable Geocoins or Travel Bugs inside the caches. Only take
these special items if you are willing to log the tracking number
online and move it to another cache.
12pm LIMITED EDITION CACHE BA$H GEOCOIN FOR
We will be selling a limited supply of a special West Bend Cache
Ba$h Geocoin for $10/each. You may purchase this geocoin during the
event at Regner Park starting Friday, Aug 12, at noon. No advance
orders. First come, first served until supply is sold out. Limit
per person will apply on Friday. Collectable pathtags are also
12-3pm, 5-8pm SIGN-IN
BEGINS at Regner Park. Registered cachers may
sign in and receive their goody bag, Official Cache Ba$h Booklet
and Playing Card, and individual raffle ticket for the cash prize
drawing. Individuals must be present at Sign-In to receive a
cash prize raffle ticket. Sign-in will continue Saturday
12-3pm, 5-8pm DOWNLOADS
The Wisconsin Geocaching Association (WGA) will provide equipment
to download the 65+ caches directly to your GPS receiver at the
park. Downloads are compatible with almost any Garmin or Magellan,
or any device that uses a standard USB cord or serial port. If your
device uses a unique download method (such as Geomate Jr), bring
the cord or inquire in advance. Downloads will continue Saturday
6pm-8pm MEET AND
GREET, Regner Park
The Meet and Greet is designed for you to
meet and socialize with other geocachers. Perhaps you can work on
completing your Geocacher Bingo card.
Chirp Cache Meetup!!
A new type of cache called a "Chirp Cache" will be hidden in Regner
Park, thanks to LostBy7! Chirp is a wireless geocaching beacon that
sends messages to certain compatible GPS devices (Garmin Oregon
300+, Dakota 20, and some GPSMAP devices). If you don't own one of
these units, this is the perfect opportunity to find a fellow
cacher who does have one so that you can form a group to search for
this unique type of cache.
This is the the place to discover and swap Geocoins and Travel Bugs
to move to new caches around the world. If you are new to
Geocaching and would like to learn more about these trackable
items, this is a great time and place to get information from
Kid's Cache Creation Station:
Kids can use their imagination to design or decorate a small
container using our arts and crafts supplies. Make finger puppets,
animals, or their own creative cache.
Plants of Wisconsin Geo-Quiz:
Correctly identify Wisconsin's Native and Invasive plants using
hints around the pavilion to get coordinates to candy treasure.
Great family activity.
Coordinates to 2 new night caches will be revealed tonight. You
will have to drive to these caches. Night caches require the use of
a flashlight in the dark to find the cache. For a Bookmark List of
a few other Night caches, click here.
All Day: FREE SWIM PASS Take a
refreshing dip in the pool or enjoy the Splash Pad free of
charge, courtesy of West Bend Parks and Rec! (Fri, Sat,
All Day: GEOCACHING VENDORS Shop or
browse the merchandise available to purchase from various vendors.
They have lots of neat stuff to make hiding and seeking caches more
fun! This year, our vendors include Magellan link and
Firemonkee's Cache Closet link.
All Day: WISCONSIN GEOCACHING ASSOCIATION
BOOTH The WGA will be providing information and
assistance to new geocachers, selling WGA products, and signing up
new members. Wisconsin residents may join for free at this event.
If you are in the WGA, or want to be, stop by their booth for
extra contests and fun! Did you know... They are having a
Weekend Photo Contest and selling a limited edition Pathtag just
for this event?!
8am-10am SIGN-IN &
DOWNLOADS CONTINUE For those who didn't sign in
the day before, now is the time! Sign in for raffle eligibility and
to sign the log book!! Goody bags of teams who have not signed in
will be redistributed to other teams on a first come, first served
9 am BEGINNER GEOCACHING
CLASS Hosted by the Wisconsin Geocaching
Association. If you are new to the sport of geocaching, plan to
attend this class at Regner Park. After some "classroom"
instruction, participants will get a chance to use a GPS unit to
find caches hidden in the park (some loaner GPS units will be
9am-1pm LEAVE NO TRACE BOOTH Visit
this non-profit organization that promotes outdoor ethics and learn
how geocachers can help reduce our impact on the environment.
8am-10am CREATIVE CACHE ENTRY
DEADLINE Design and submit a unique cache container to
be voted on by your peers. The top three containers with the most
votes will win a prize. Do not put your name on the container. The
actual container must be submitted (not just a photograph). For
submitting a creative cache, teams will receive a raffle ticket for
the General Prize Drawing. Multiple entries are allowed, but only 1
raffle ticket will be issued per team.
10am GEOGOLF DEADLINE
Pick any location in Regner Park, record those coordinates on the
GeoGolf form you received at Sign-In, and drop off the form by
10am. The closest waypoint to our pre-chosen waypoint will win a
prize at the main prize drawing.
2pm CHICAGO GEOCACHER PODCAST-
LIVE! Come listen to Scott and Walt of The Chicago
Geocacher Podcast live from the table under the bandstand! Careful,
they bite! Seriously, it will be a rollicking hour of fun, covering
their unorthodox take on caching! Their podcast will also be
available on iTunes or their website.
2:30pm-6pm SNACKING &
SOCIALIZING Gather at Regner Park before the big Prize
Drawing to chat with fellow cachers, swap trackables, or just
relax. Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.
2:30pm-4:30pm PLAYING CARD
TURN-IN Return your Official Playing Card to the
registration desk to claim your raffle tickets. One member from
each team must be in line BEFORE 4:30 PM with the card in order to
qualify for the General Prize Raffle. Teams will receive raffle
tickets based on how many qualifying caches they found and stamped
on the Official Playing Card:
1-10 caches: 1 raffle ticket
11-20 caches: 2 raffle tickets
21-30 caches: 3 raffle tickets
31-40 caches: 4 raffle tickets
41-50 caches: 5 raffle tickets
51-60 caches: 6 raffle tickets
61+ caches: 7 raffle tickets
4pm-5:30pm CREATIVE CACHE VOTING
Stop by the cache table to vote for your favorite creative cache
container. One ballot per team was given at Sign-In.
4:30pm TREASURE BOX ACTIVITY FOR
KIDS Kids under 12 can pick a key and try opening the
Treasure Box to see if their key unlocks the Treasure to win a
5:30pm GEOCACHER BINGO DEADLINE
Find teams that match the squares on your Bingo Card (given to you
at Sign-In), and turn in the completed Bingo Card to earn a raffle
ticket for the General Prize Drawing.
5:45pm GROUP PHOTO Gather at the
pavillion before the drawing for a group photograph of all the
Cache Ba$h participants.
6:00 pm: PRIZE
You must be present to win. Prizes will be awarded to the winners
of Geo-Golf and the Creative Cache Contest, and there will be
two separate Raffle Drawings. Tickets earned for finding
caches, playing Geo-Bingo, or submitting a Creative Cache will be
eligible for the General Prize Drawing. This drawing gives
you a chance to win geocoins, gift certificates, fun geocaching
items, and other great prizes, including two eXplorist GPS units
donated by Magellan!! Secondly, each person in attendance as part
of a registered team received one ticket at sign-in to be eligible
for the Cash Prize Drawings totaling $1000:
1st Prize = $500
2nd Prize = $250
3rd Prize = $100
4th Prize = $100
5th Prize = $50
Players Pub & Grill
7 p.m. - ? POST-BA$H PARTY
See Event Page GC2XYZV for details
Note: New bigger location! Full menu! Kids welcome with
parents! This is a separate social event hosted by the
Ecorangers. After the Ba$h concludes, meet at Players Pub &
Grill to eat, drink, and socialize with fellow cachers from around
the state and world. Share your Cache Ba$h geocaching stories and
swap trackables. Children may attend with their parents.
7:30-10:30am, WGA "Pass the Syrup" PANCAKE
See Event Page GC2Z328 for details and to sign
This is a separate event hosted by the Wisconsin Geocaching
Association. They are again bringing their famous pancake
breakfast crew to West Bend. Enjoy sausages, fruit, drinks, and of
course, tons of pancakes! They are also having their GPS Turkey
Shoot game in which you can win a $50 gas gift card!
2011 Cache Ba$h: Is
YOUR state/country represented??
Tell us where you're from in your log so we can add your
Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan
Disclaimer: Event attendees assume all
risks in seeking geocaches. Neither the West Bend Chamber of
Commerce, West Bend Parks and Recreation Department, nor any of its
members or volunteers, may be held liable for any direct, indirect,
punitive or consequential damages connected with this event.
2011 Committee Members:
West Bend Chamber of Commerce (Official host)
West Bend Parks & Recreation
Earth Angel of Ecorangers - cache hider
LDove - cache hider
Dr. Dolittle- cache hider
Goldie Diggers - cache hider
Kmhiker - cache hider
Teambeek - cache hider
Mr Greenthumb - cache hider
ThePharmGirl - event page writeup
jvechinski - downloads & map maker
Interested in volunteering or joining the
committee? Contact the West Bend Chamber or a current
Information about West
View local hotel options here at
the West Bend Area Chamber website. Make your reservations early!
If you are having trouble finding open rooms, call the Chamber for
For an unofficial list of West Bend restaurants (as well as
campgrounds and hotels), click here.
West Bend is proud to be home of the Washington County Historical
Courthouse Museum, Jailhouse Museum, and the Museum of Wisconsin
Art. We have an extensive trail system which includes the beautiful
Riverwalk with its multiple art sculptures. We also have part of
the paved Eisenbahn Trail which starts from West Bend's southern
border all the way north (bring your bikes and strollers!) into
Fond du Lac County. Many of our caches are hidden along the scenic
Ice Age Trail which winds its way through the city and outlying
communities and parks.
Attention Dog Owners! Most of our parks and trails do NOT
allow dogs, including Regner Park. However, Rolfs Park is a special
20-acre fenced-in park for dogs, located in West Bend on the west
side of 18th Avenue, a quarter mile north of Paradise Drive.
Geocachers may take their dogs to the park and use it free during
the event weekend. As an added bonus, while enjoying the park they
can also search for several caches hidden somewhere on the