Chattanooga Challenge Cache
By the old definition, a “challenge cache” was a cache in which a cacher had to complete some requirements (i.e., cache for 100 days straight, or find certain caches) before finding it, the challenge cache.
Last summer Groundspeak added a new dimension to the word challenge: Geocaching Challenges. In short, Geocaching Challenges are Groundspeak’s new replacement for the much-loved, now-archived virtual cache type. In a Geocaching Challenge, a cacher is “challenged” to accept the challenge, then to go complete the challenge’s requirements. These requirements often could be to take a picture of you and/or your GPS somewhere, or to answer a question or two. It could be taking a photo of yourself with a vista or a statue. Or you could be challenged to pick up ten pieces of trash, take a hike, or have a picture of yourself taken with you by a clock and your hands in the position that the clock’s hands are in. In short, cachers are challenged to “go somewhere, do something”.
Like virtuals, there is no proximity rule for Geocaching Challenges. You can place them wherever you want! Unlike virtuals, however, you do not have to submit your Geocaching Challenges to a reviewer. You create and publish the Geocaching Challenges yourself. Depending on if the caching community likes your Geocaching Challenge, they will “like” it or “dislike” it. (There’s buttons for that). If a Geocaching Challenge gets too many “dislikes”, it is archived. Personally, I think that’s a cool way to handle the situation; the caching community, instead of the reviewers, gets to decide which Geocaching Challenges they like and want to keep.
Some Helpful Links:
--the Geocaching Challenges website
--Geocaching Challenges FAQ
A few months ago, when I finally figured out what Geocaching Challenges are, I marveled at how many wonderful locations there are in Chattanooga for Geocaching Challenges. A lot of these spots are historical sites, and since that time I have created several historically-themed Geocaching Challenges both on Lookout Mountain and around Chattanooga.
This cache is at the above listed co-ordinates. However, this is a “challenge cache” (no pun intended), and there are things you must do before finding this cache. So before you go search for the actual cache, please be honest and accept and complete twelve Geocaching Challenges in the Chattanooga area. (See list here.) Once you have completed twelve Geocaching Challenges from this list, you will have met the requirements for this challenge cache. Please list the twelve Geocaching Challenges that you completed for this challenge cache’s requirements when you log this cache as a find.
This cache is a great example of how geocaching is about the journey, not the destination. While the actual cache isn't a lame hide, the more exciting part is all the (mostly) historical locations involved, and the experiences and memories made while trying to complete the requirements for this cache. Please be sure to BYOP, use stealth, and replace this cache exactly as found. I "challenge" you to complete some Geocaching Challenges and find this challenge cache!