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Winter Geocaching Olympics

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Hidden : Sunday, March 25, 2018
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Welcome to Iowa's Winter Geocaching Olympics!

The posted coordinates are for the wind-up event at the Clinton, IA, Pizza Ranch on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2pm. The event marks the end of the Winter Geocaching Olympics. Anyone may log a “will attend” for this event without any participation in the Olympics or food purchase. Food is available at your own expense. 

The Winter Geocaching Olympics is a 60 day-long game ending with the event. The Olympics begin on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 12:00am and end on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:59pm. To participate in the Olympics, post a note on the event page before 11:59pm on January 24.

Scoreboard will be updated periodically throughout the Olympics.


The Winter Geocaching Olympics is a fun competition to get you out and caching during the long cold Midwest winter! Designed for all cachers, the objective is to complete any twelve (12) tasks during the two months of the Geocaching Olympics. This is not a race. Tasks have higher or lower points assigned to them. Read the task requirements carefully and choose wisely. You are seeking points, not completing the Games first. There is danger in waiting too long though! Even if you don’t get the high score, a strategic approach may still result in a prize. Posting a note by 11:59pm on January 24 lets me know that you plan to participate in the Olympics.

In order to claim a smiley for this event, you just need to attend the wind-up event.


RULES

Short Version:

  • Claim 12 tasks in 2 months (January 24-March 24, 2018)
  • Using the "write note" feature on this event page, report your claims with task number, GC code(s), points claimed, and any task-specific requirements within 7 days of fulfilling (or by 11:59 on 3/24)
  • Some tasks have outright points stated while others are dependent on the geocache found. Some offer positive points, some offer negative points, and some are the cacher's choice. Claimed point values must be stated on the note and cannot be edited.
  • Watch for bonuses!
  • Photos are encouraged! If required, it will be stated in the task requirement.
  • Full rules are at the bottom of the event page.

Tasks:

Tasks may only be claimed once per participating geocaching login (single player or multi-player team)

1. Cache with a Muggle: 5 points

  • Log any physical cache with a person who has never gone geocaching before. This person must not be registered on www.geocaching.com before the beginning of the Olympics. Your cache log must indicate that you were caching with your Muggle friend and contain a picture of the 2 of you while geocaching.

2. Make a new caching friend: 5 points

  • Log any physical cache with a geocacher that you have never cached with before. This person must have been registered on www.geocaching.com prior to the beginning of the Olympics. Both caching logs must reference the other geocacher. The other geocacher does not have to be participating in the Olympics to qualify. Your task note must contain the name of the other geocacher.

3. Group caching: 5 points

  • Go caching with a minimum of 3 other geocachers (minimum group size is 4.) These geocachers must have been registered on www.geocaching.com preior to the beginning of the Olympics. All caching logs must reference the other geocachers. The other geocachers do not have to be participating in the Olympics to qualify. Your task note must contain the names of the other geocachers.

4. Bridge the (Age) Gap: 5 points

  • Log any physical cache with a person who is at least 20 years different in age. This person can be a Muggle or a geocachers. Geocachers do no have to be participating in the Olympics to qualify. Your log must indiciate who you were caching with and contain a picture of the 2 of you while geocaching. If the gap is close, be prepared to provide proof of age!
  • If you are a multi-person team, only one member of the team can be used for the age difference. Example: Dad (35) and Child (8) who both use the same geocaching name would not qualify for this task but bringing Muggle Uncle (40) would qualify for this task since Child and Uncle are more than 20 years apart in age.

5. Cache with a "Noob": 5 points

  • Log any physical cache with a geocacher who had less than 50 finds prior to this "team up." This geocacher must have been registered on www.geocaching.com preior to the beginning of the Olympics. Both caching logs must reference the other geocacher. The other geocacher does not have to be participating in the Olympics to qualify. Your task note must container the name of the other geocacher.

6. Kid Cache: (D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that displays the "kid friendly" icon attribute.

7. Wheelchair Friendly Cache: (D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that displays the "wheelchair friendly" icon attribute.

8. Into the Dark: (2+D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that displays one or both of the "night cache" or "recommended at night" icon attributes.

9. Teamwork: (3+D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that displays the "teamwork required" icon attribute.

10. Field Medic: (1+D+T) points

  • Perform field maintenance and log any physical cache that displays the "maintenance required" icon attribute. Log must describe steps taken to perform the maintenance (replacing container, replacing logbook, or restocking the swag inside.)

11. Take a stroll: (2+D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that displays either the "medium hike (1-10km)" or the "long hike (10km+)" icon attribute. Please note rule #16 for any multi-person geocaching teams.

12. Happy Anniversary: (2+D+T) points - your choice of positive or negative

  • Find a cache on its "hidden on" anniversary, regardless of what year it was placed.
  • Example: cache states the date it was hidden on was January 30. Finding this cache on January 30, 2018 will you qualify you for this task.

13. 815 or 563 Cache: (2+D+T) points - your choice of positive or negative

  • Log any cache (see exceptions below) where the numbers 815 or 563 appear in the given order anywhere in the published coordinates (not puzzle solutions or intermediate steps in multicaches) to claim the task. The numbers can run across the latitude and longitude. The numbers do not need to appear consecutively, but they need to appear in sequence.
  • Example: N 41° 51.821 W 090° 16.257 would qualify as the numbers 815 appear in order, even though they are not consecutive.

14. Sunrise or Sunset: (D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache that you find at sunrise or sunset. Please post a picture of yourself with the sunrise or sunset at the cache location.

15. Dozen Finds Day: (4+highest D+highest T) - your choice of positive or negative

  • Find exactly 12 caches in a calendar day (midnight to midnight.)
  • Socring example: Find 10 caches of 1.5/1.5, 1 cache of 5.0/1.0 and 1 cache of 1.0/5.0; therefore 4+5+5=14 (either positive or negative)

16. Cache with D/T Combination of 7: 10 points

  • Log any cache (of any type) where the sum of the difficulty and terrain totals exactly 7.
  • Qualifying examples: 2/5, 2.5/4.5, 3/4, 3.5/3.5, 4/3, 4.5/2.5, 5/2

17. Spelling Bee: (4+highest D+highest T) - your choice of positive or negative

  • Find a total of 8 caches, using the first letter of the cache name to spell "OLYMPICS."
  • Caches that start with numbers or symbols do not count.
  • This task is exempt from any timeline. You can take the entire Olympics to spell "OLYMPICS," but you must claim the task prior to the conclusion of the Olympics.

18. Mysterious Task: 6 points

  • Find exactly 3 mystery/puzzle caches during a single calendar day (midnight to midnight.) Other cache types may be found during the same calendar day, but only 3 mystery/puzzles can be found in order to claim this task.

19. Series Cache: (D+T) points

  • Log any one cache (of any type) that is part of a series. The cache title must clearly illustrate that it is part of a series. It does not have to be a multicache or a multi-part challenge to qualify.

20. Multicache: (2+D+T) points

  • Log any multicache that has a minimum of 3 steps (posted coordinates, mid-point, and final location); there can be more than 3 but not less.

21. Unloved: 5 points

  • Log any physical cache that has not been found in the preceeding 90 days.

22. Turn That Frown Upside-Down: 5 points

  • Log a find on a physical geocache that you have previously logged a DNF on. Your DNF must have been logged and dated before the start of the Olympics. Your task note must include the date of your earlier DNF.

23. Fancy Dress: (3+D+T) points

  • Log any physical cache and post a photo of you dressed in attire which directly relates to the cache's theme. Be creative! Don't wear normal clothes and try to make the theme fit.

24. Active Streak: 0.5 points per day with a maximum of 10 points - your choice of positive or negative

  • Find a minimum of 1 cache per day to create a streak of consecutive days. Maximum streak that will qualify for this task is 20 days (10 points.) Minimum streak is 1 day (0.5 points.)
  • This task is exempt from rule #9; streak caches can be claimed for other tasks.

25. Host an Event: 4 points - your choice of positive or negative

  • Your event must be listed on www.geocaching.com and must be published before the Olympics end. Your event can take place after the Olympics end.
  • Note: According to geocache guidelines, event caches should be submitted no less than two weeks before the date of the event so plan accordingly! Also, please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.

26. Hide a Large Traditional Cache: 5 points

  • Hide a large traditional cache. A large container is described by Groundspeak as a "minimum of 20L (around 5 imperial gallons.)"
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com and must be published before the end of the Olympics. Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published. Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.

27. Make Things Mysterious: 8 points

  • Hide a minimum of 3 mystery/puzzles caches. A mystery/puzzle cache is described by Groundspeak as being a "geocache where the listed coordinates are not where the cache is placed." This could require a puzzle to be solved, a beacon to be found, etc. Challenge caches would also meet the requirements for this task.
  • Your geocaches must be listed at www.geocaching.com and must be published before the end of the Olympics. Points cannot be claimed until the caches are published. Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hides.

28. Become Friendlier: 8 points

  • Hide a minimum of 3 caches with the attribute of "recommended for kids." These caches should be easily found by children regardless of location.
  • Your geocaches must be listed at www.geocaching.com and must be published before the end of the Olympics. Points cannot be claimed until the caches are published. Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache review to publish your hides.

29. Push the Limits: 5 points

  • Hide a cache (any type) outside of any city limits.
  • Your geocaches must be listed at www.geocaching.com and must be published before the end of the Olympics. Points cannot be claimed until the caches are published. Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache review to publish your hides.

30. All By Myself: 5 points

  • Hide a physical cache (any type) where the next closest physical cache coordinates are a minimum of 1 mile away. 
  • Your geocaches must be listed at www.geocaching.com and must be published before the end of the Olympics. Points cannot be claimed until the caches are published. Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache review to publish your hides.

Bonuses:

There will be both weekly and monthly bonuses. Any bonuses will be posted prior to the start of the active time period. Each participating geocaching ID may claim each bonus once. 

Weekly bonuses will be Saturday to Friday. Weekly bonuses will be your choice of -1, 0, or +1 point.

Week 1 - January 27-February 2 - CITO at 3 locations. Post the GC codes in your note and photos of you with your CITO loot from the 3 locations. These may be either while caching or performing owner maintenance. This bonus must be claimed prior to 11:59 on February 2.

Week 2 - February 3-February 9 - Choose one of the "national days" from the National Day Calendar website and celebrate with a cache (either one you own, one you have found, or one are finding now!) Post a photo of you celebrating the theme with the cache. This bonus must be claimed prior to 11:59 on February 9.

Week 3 - February 10-February 16 - Choose a memorable milestone cache story and share it as a note. Include a photo of this milestone if possible if you can, although it is not required. This bonus must be claimed prior to 11:59pm on February 16.

Week 4 - February 17-February 23 - Where is the kid in you? It's Paper Bag Princess/Prince week. Any cache find (still published before the Winter Olympics began) with a photo of you with a paper bag over your head. Decorate it any way you like. Keep it plain. With holes to see.. without holes to see. Any way you like... let your inner child play. Point value for this Bonus is 3 points + or -! This bonus must be claimed prior to 11:59pm on February 23.

Week 5 - February 24-March 2

Week 6 - March 3-March 9

Week 7 - March 10-March 16

Week 8 - March 17-March 23

Monthly bonuses will be for February and March. Monthly bonuses will be your choice of points.

February - SUPPORT THE BLUE! This challenge will run through 11:59pm on February 28, 2018. For this challenge, you will connect with a police office, sheriff, constable, or other law enforcement officer and post a photo of you and them to the log for this event. There are 2 point values to be earned. Only one of the choices may be claimed by any participant: Choice 1 - a photo of you and the law enforcement officer not necessarily at a cache is worth +/- 10 points. Choice 2 - a photo with you and the law enforcement office with a cache is worth +/- 20 points. The cache can be one you own, one you have already found, or a new one that you've not found yet (regardless of publish date.)

March -

Challenge

This challenge may only be claimed once per participating geocaching login and no substitutions/replacements will be allowed once claimed.

This challenge is exempt from rule #9 - your challenge cache can be claimed for another task.

Overview:

  • Log a physical geocache and receive challenge bonus points based on specific air temperature ranges in degrees Fahrenheit. Challenge bonus point values can be your choice of positive or negative:
    • 50°F and above: 1 point
    • 35-49°: 3 points
    • 20-34°: 7 points
    • 5-19°: 13 points
    • 4° and below: 25 points
  • This is a WINTER Geocaching Olympics - the biggest bonuses go to the heartiest of cachers... or are they the craziest?!?
  • Please note that the temperature ranges are referencing air temperature, not wind chill.
  • Your challenge note must include a screenshot of the temperature (weather app, website, thermometer, etc.) plus a photo of you at the cache (at least pretending to look happy!)
  • This challenge must be claimed within 48 hours of logging the find. No going out when it's below zero in January and then waiting until February 28th to claim the find - there is a calculated risk with this challenge.
  • This challenge can only be claimed once.

Full Rules:

  1. The Olympics run from 12am Wednesday, January 24, 2018 through 11:59pm Saturday, March 24, 2018. 
  2. Register on this event page by posting a "note" to let me know you will be participating. Event attendees can register up to the day of the wrap-up event.
  3. Fulfill any 12 of the tasks listed above after the start of the Olympics. To complete the Olympics, exactly 12 tasks must be logged.
  4. Caches you claim for the game must be logged on www.geocaching.com during the time frame of the game. No previous or late finds will be allowed.
  5. Tasks must be claimed within 7 days of finding the cache and before the conclusion of the Olympics (task 17 is exempt from being claimed within 7 days, but must be claimed prior to the conclusion of the Olympics.) The post must clearly state which task is being claimed, the GC code(s) of the geocache(s), the points being claimed, and how the cache meets the requirement (if necessary.) Post your claims as notes on this event page.
  6. Geocaches found as part of these games must be published before the start of the game on January 24th, 2018. Any task that requires new cache(s) to be placed (physical or event) does not fall under this rule.
  7. Task that require caches to be hidden msut be published prior to 11:59pm on March 24, 2018. Please plan accordingly and do not leave this to the last minute. By placing a geocache as part of these Olympics, you agree to follow all the guidelines set out by www.geocaching.com in owning a geocache.
  8. Each task must be claimed on a geocache previously unfound by you.
  9. Each task must be claimed against a different cache unless the requirement states otherwise.
  10. Tasks, bonuses, and the challenge can only be claimed once per geocaching login (single person or teams.) Multiple claims against the same task, bonus, or challenge by the same geocacher will be rejected. *Exception: if your first claim of a task was rejected, it can be attempted again.
  11. Once tasks, bonuses, and challenges are claimed, you may not substitute another.
  12. Points vary by task, bonus, and challenge. These are clearly defined above. Some give participants a choice in point value, therefore you must claerly state the pointvalue, positive or negative, when claiming a task. Once claimed, your point values cannot be changed.
  13. There are multiple prizes for the players who compete in the Olympics. For those who complete 12 tasks, prizes will go for the HIGHEST, the LOWEST, and the CLOSEST TO AVERAGE. Other prizes could be possible.
  14. In the event of a tie score, the earliest score will be used as the tiebreaker.
  15. No "arm chair" caching is permitted. You can only use geocaches that you found, signed, and logged on www.geocaching.com. Claiming a cache that you found months ago and just got around to logging is not permitted in these Olympics.
  16. Multi-player teams would be more than 1 person using the same name. All members of multi-person teams must meet the qualification of the task and must be present when claiming the geocache. Spouses/family members that occasionally cache with the primary cacher are exempt from this rule. However they will not be considered muggles either. If there is confusion, please ask.
  17. I, cneumann98, will administer the game and my decisions are final. I reserve the right to provide any clarifications of the rules at any point in the game.
  18. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!

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