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Winter Caching Games #12 (WCG12)

A cache by SmokinDeni Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : Saturday, 29 February 2020
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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Geocache Description:

29 February 2020, 15:30 - 17:30

The date on this event is for the windup, location is still TBD and will be announced prior to the conclusion of the Games.  The Games run from 12:00am Saturday, December 14, 2019 through to 11:59pm Sunday, February 23.  The windup is currently scheduled to be on February 29 at 3:30pm, wrap up by about 5:30pm.  Date, time, and location will also be confirmed prior to the conclusion of the Games - the coordinates are for the Canadian Brewhouse in Hamptons, which is likely where the windup will be.


The Winter Caching Games is a fun competition to get you out of the house during the (normally) chilly days of winter.  Designed for all Saskatchewan cachers, the objective is to complete the Games during the 10 weeks(ish) that the game runs. 

 

Please note that this is not a race.  Tasks have higher or lower points assigned to them, normally due to complexity of the Task.  You are seeking points, not completing the Games first; although there may be danger in waiting too long.  Even if you don’t get one of the high scores, a strategic approach may still result in a prize.

 

If you are a visitor to Saskatchewan, welcome!  You are welcome to participate, but are still required to complete the full requirements in order to qualify for prizes. 

If you are one of the prize winners, I will make every effort to accommodate pickup/delivery; however it is ultimately your responsibility to collect your prize.

 

The majority of rules are the same as previous years.  The complete set of rules can be found on the attached document (which you are required to follow).  However, there are 3 new ones to keep in mind:

  1. There are 2 ways to completion options for the Games:
    • Junior Achievement: completing any 15 Tasks
    • Senior Achievement: completing any 22 Tasks
  2. Participants may claim up to 2 Tasks using any number of caches found outside of Saskatchewan.  Please state in your Task Claim which caches were found outside Sask. 
  3. New caches can be used for Tasks if the 'hiding CO' is not participating in the Games.  If the cache's CO is participating in the Games, their Hides published after the Games start on December 14, 2019 are not allowed to be used for Tasks in the Games, regardless of if they claim it for a Task. 
    • Exception: Events are not included in this rule.  If a participant hosts an event during the Games, it can be used for any Task.

 

There are sometime specific requirements for Tasks; these are always listed within the Task.

For overall rules regarding claiming Tasks, please see Rule 3 in the attached document.


 

If you have questions about whether a cache is acceptable for a Task, please contact me via Geocaching Messages or email.  I always do my best to be prompt with replies, but I make no guarantee of speediness (depending on time of day and/or work schedule).  Lateral or creative thinking is encouraged for the Games, so I will make every effort to accept sideways logic. 

 

If I require further clarification of any claimed Tasks, I will be contacting you either via the Geocaching Messages or email.  Failure to reply within a reasonable timeframe may result in your Task being removed from the scoreboard.  I will not do this lightly, but it may happen.

 

If I am unavailable for an extended period of time, I will post an announcement with contact info of whomever will be covering questions during my absence.

 


Tasks

Printable document: WCG12 Tasks - printable

Hiding/Hosting Tasks

1. Event Host: 6 or 10 points

  • Two options: A) Host one event for 6 points OR B) Host 2 or more for 10 points.  Only one option can be claimed during the Games, and your choice must be specified in your Task Claim.
  • The event(s) can take place after the Games end.
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Event Caches cannot be submitted less than two weeks before the date of the event, so please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

2. Nothing Rhymes with Orange: 10 points

  • Hide a Multicache that has a minimum of 2 steps (posted coordinates and final location).
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

3. Postage Required: 8 points

  • Hide a Letterbox Hybrid geocache.  Letterbox Hybrids contain a stamp that is meant to remain in the box and is used by letterboxers to record their visit.
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

4. Stranger Things: 13 points

  • Hide 1 cache that is either a Virtual, an Adventure Lab Series, an EarthCache or a Wherigo (normal or reverse).  These caches either need permission to place, take a lot of research to establish, or need to utilize secondary software; therefore they are strange.
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

5. Make Things Mysterious: 10 points

  • Hide 2 Unknown caches.  An Unknown cache is described on 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.  However, Challenge caches would also meet the requirements for this Task. 
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

6. Become Friendlier: 10 points

  • Hide 3 caches with the attribute of “Available During Winter”.  These caches should be able to be found, regardless of quantity of snow present, and the container should be able to be opened in the cold of an SK winter.
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

7. Push the Limit: 5 points

  • Hide a physical cache (any type) outside of any/all city limits. 
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

8. All By Myself: 5 points

  • Hide a physical cache (any type) where the next closest physical cache coordinates are a minimum of 1 kilometer away. 
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

9. One Big One: 8 points

  • Hide a physical cache (any type) where the container size is "Large".
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

10. Inspector Gadget: 8 points

  • Hide a physical cache that is unique or creatively hidden.  This can be a gadget cache, one that requires a UV flashlight in some way, or hiding a cache in a unique or unusual container (ie: not just a bison tube in a tree, but could be a bison tube inside a unique container hanging in a tree).
  • Your geocache must be listed at www.geocaching.com, and must be published before the end of the Games.  Points cannot be claimed until the cache is published.  Please ensure you give adequate time for the cache reviewer to publish your hide.
  • The Task must be claimed within 7 days of your cache being published OR prior to the end of the Games, whichever is earlier.

 

 

Multi Finds - Single Day Tasks

11. "Turn it up to 11" Finds Day: Calculation: (Finds x 1 point): Max of 11

  • You get to decide how many caches you are claiming for this task. 
  • Claim one point per cache you find in a single day, to a maximum of 11

 

12. Favourites are Forever: 5 Points

  • Find up to 4 caches (1-4 caches) in a single day where the Favourite Points have a combined total of at least 20 Favourite Points
  • Task Claim must have the GC Codes, FP's per cache, and Date Found.

 

13. Variety is the Spice of Life: 10 Points

  • Find a minimum of 4 different Cache Types in a single day.
  • Task Claim must have the GC Codes, Cache Type, and Date Found

 

14. Unknown Task: 6 points

  • Find 3 Unknown caches during a single day. 
  • Other cache types may be found during the same day, and you may find more than 3 Unknown caches that day; only 3 Unknowns are required to claim this Task.
  • Unknown caches are indicated by Blue Question Mark icon on the Geocaching Map; all of these qualify for this Task.

 

15. Single CO Day: 7 Points

  • Find 5 caches from the same CO in a single day. 
  • The CO's caching name must be included in the Claim Note.

 

 

Multi Finds - Multi Day Tasks

16. Ten for 16: 16 Points

  • Find 10 caches from the same CO, throughout the entirety of the Games. 
  • The CO's caching name must be included in the Claim Note. 
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 10 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

17. SCAR Caches: 8 points

  • Log 5 caches, of any type, that were hidden for past SCAR events.
  • Finds can be from any year, as long as the name indicates that they were hidden as part of a SCAR event.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

18. Throughout the Ages: 10 Points

  • Find 5 caches from consecutive years in sequential order, based on Publication Date (oldest to newest). 
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

19. Organized Chaos: 10 Points

  • Find 8 caches that were published in 8 different years (1 in each year).  The caches do not have to be found in sequential or consecutive order.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 8 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games.

 

20. Fibonacci Task: Calculation: (10 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find 20 caches, of any type, throughout the Games with the following "per day" pattern: 1-1-2-3-5-8.  This Task does not have to be completed consecutive or sequential - but each day must still be completed on a unique day.
  • All Found Dates and GC Codes must be included in your Claim Note:
    • Day 1 (1 find) Jan 14:  GCxxxxx
    • Day 2 (1 find) Dec 20: GCxxxxx
    • Day 3 (2 finds) Feb 3: GCxxxxx, GCxxxxx
      • etc
  • Other Tasks can be completed on any of the Fibonacci Days, however you cannot use the same cache for multiple Tasks.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 20 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

21. Pre-School Spelling Bee: Calculation: (2 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find a total of 5 caches, using any letter of the Hidden Month of the cache page (the date at the top of the cache page) to spell "JOLLY" (you must find 2 caches for the letter 'L').
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

22. Kindergarten Spelling Bee: Calculation: (2 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find a total of 5 caches, using any letter of the Cache Attributes on the cache page to spell "SKATE"
    • Only the official attribute name can be used, not the one we commonly call it (ie Available During Winter is not Winter Friendly, etc).  A list of the attributes is available here
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

23. Elementary Spelling Bee: Calculation: (2 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find a total of 5 caches, using the first letter of the Cache Name to spell “FROST".
    • Does not qualify: Caches that start with Numbers or Symbols/Special Characters; caches that starts with ‘The’ (except to count as a ‘T’).
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

24. High School Spelling Bee: Calculation: (6 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find a total of 10 caches, using the first letter of the Cache Name to spell “ABOMINABLE” (you must find 2 qualifying caches for each of 'A' and 'B').
    • Does not qualify: Caches that start with Numbers or Symbols/Special Characters; caches that starts with ‘The’.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 10 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

25. University Spelling Bee: Calculation (4 + Highest D + Highest T)

  • Find a total of 7 caches, using any letter of the Cache Owner’s login name to spell “GLACIER”.
    • For example: SmokinDeni can be used to spell GLACIER, as either an 'I' or a 'E'.
  • The same Cache Owner can be used for multiple letters, but you must find a different cache for each letter.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 7 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

26. Fun in the Winter: 7 Points

  • Find 5 physical caches that were published during December, January, or February, regardless of Publish Year (excluding WCG participant hides from December 2019 to February 2020, due to Rule 5).
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 5 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games.

 

27. Beauty Has No Size, but Geocaching Does!:  8 points

  • Find 4 caches that are all of different container sizes.  The 7 qualifying container sizes are: Micro, Small, Medium, Large, Other, Not Chosen, and Virtual. 
  • Your Task Claim must include GC code, Date(s) Found, and Container Sizes.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 4 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

28. Avengers Assemble: Calculation: (Avenged DNF's x 2 point): Max of 10

  • Time to avenge your DNF's!  Find physical caches that you have previously logged a "Did not find it" on.  Your DNF's must have been logged and dated on www.geocaching.com prior to the beginning of the Games. 
  • Claim two points per DNF'ed cache you avenge, to a maximum of 10 (maximum of 5 avenged DNF's).  You get to decide how many caches you are claiming for this task.
  • Your Task Note must include the date(s) of your earlier DNFs, and at least 1 photo of you celebrating changing that frown into a smile.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games.

 

29. Winter Wonderland: 8 points

  • Find 4 caches that have the "Available During Winter" attribute.
  • You can take the entire Games to find these 4 caches, but you must claim the Task within 7 days of finding the last required cache AND prior to the conclusion of the Games. 

 

 

Single Find - Single Day Tasks

30. Field Medic: 5 points

  • Perform field maintenance on any physical cache that displays the “Maintenance Required” icon attribute.  This can be done on a cache owned by you, one previous found by you, or a new find during the Games. 
    • If this cache is not owned by you, you should obtain permission from the CO prior to performing maintenance on their cache.
  • Log must describe steps taken to perform the maintenance (replacing container, replacing logbook, or restocking the swag inside), or photo documentation. 

 

31. Anniversary of Something: 5 Points

  • Find a cache that was Hidden or Published within +/- 3 days of a significant anniversary for you (3 days prior, the day of, or 3 day after; regardless of year).  This can be the date you signed up for geocaching, met your significant other, bought your home, your child's birthday… … anything! 
    • The Hidden Date can be found with a Pocket Query, if you are a Premium Member. For non-Premium members, please contact me and I will perform a PQ for your timeframe.
    • The Publication Date can be found using GSAK. I am a pre-novice at utilizing GSAK, but if you would like assistance, I will track someone down to assist you in narrowing down a cache that will qualify.
  • Your Task Claim must include a brief mention about the Anniversary you are celebrating with this find.  If applicable, a photo is always appreciated

 

32. National Day of ????: 5 Points

  • Select a "National Day of" and do your best interpretation of this day on the specified day, at the geocache of your choice.  Please use the following links to connect to the National Days for the Game Months:
  • Each day is a different "National Day of", so be sure to note which day you are doing your Interpretation on.  You must do your interpretation on that day.
    • A non-valid example (given the date used): December 1: National Eat a Red Apple Day.  On December 1, go to a geocache and eat a red apple.
  • Your Task note must include a photo of your interpretation of the day.  You can complete this as part of a team, but you must reference each other on your Claims.  All team members must be visible in the photo or listed as the photographer. 

 

33. D/T = 4.0 or 4.5: 3 points

  • Find any cache (of any type) where the sum of the Difficulty and Terrain exactly totals either 4.0 or 4.5. 

 

34. D/T = 6.5 or 7.0: 7 points

  • Find any cache (of any type) where the sum of the Difficulty and Terrain exactly totals either 6.5 or 7.0. 

 

35. Coordinates A - 507 or 1126 Cache: (2+D+T) points

  • Find any physical cache (see exceptions below) where the numbers 507 or 1126 appear in the given order anywhere in the co-ordinates (as published) to claim this Task.  The numbers can run across the latitude & longitude.  The numbers do not need to appear consecutively, but they need to appear in sequence.
    • Example: N 508.934 W 106° 37.882­ would qualify as the numbers 507 appear in order, even though they are not consecutive.
  • Exceptions: Caches that are not hidden at their posted coordinates do not qualify
    • Examples: Multicache (intermediate and final) waypoints, Unknown (Mystery/Puzzle), and Wherigo caches. 
    • Challenge caches are allowed, assuming they are hidden at their posted coordinates. 

 

36. Coordinates B - 241 or 1019 Cache: (2+D+T) points

  • Find any physical cache (see exceptions below) where the numbers 241 or 1019 appear in the given order anywhere in the co-ordinates (as published) to claim this Task.  The numbers can run across the latitude & longitude.  The numbers do not need to appear consecutively, but they need to appear in sequence.
    • Example: N 52° 08.934106° 37.882­ would qualify as the numbers 241 appear in order, even though they are not consecutive.
  • Exceptions: Caches that are not hidden at their posted coordinates do not qualify
    • Examples of this are: Multicache (intermediate and final) waypoints, Unknown (Mystery/Puzzle), and Wherigo caches. 
    • Challenge caches are allowed, assuming they are hidden at their posted coordinates. 

  

37. Lonely Cache: 5 points (Possible bonus of 5 additional points)

  • Log any physical cache that has not been found in the preceding 90 days.
  • Bonus: 5 additional points to a cache that has not been found in the preceding 180 days.
    • Scoring example: Finding a cache that hasn't been found in 200 day qualifies you for 10 points.

 

38. Winter Word Search: 5 points

  • Find a physical cache that contains a Winter, Wintery Weather, or Holiday type word in its Cache Name; this can be the entire word, or part of a word (ie Toboggan, Office [ice], Myself [elf], Santa, etc are all qualifying word - among MANY others)
  • Please include your logic as to how the Cache Name fits the theme of this Task… if it isn't blatantly obvious

 

39. Drive-by Caching: (2+D+T) points

  • Bringing back an old favourite!
  • Find a physical cache where you parked your registered vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, RV, helicopter, etc) no further than 10 meters away from the cache.  If you chose to approach by another method (ie bicycle, foot power, etc), that is absolutely allowed, however you must have been able to park a vehicle within the allowed distance.
  • Use your common sense, and do not break the law in accomplishing this task!  Any logs or other indications that any laws have been broken in attempting this Task will disqualify the participant from the Games.
  • Your Task Note must include a photo of your possible parking spot - try not spoiling the hide though.

 

40. X Factor: (1+D+T) Points

  • By definition, an X Factor is the defining property or characteristic of a given situation, or the variable on a given situation that could have the most impact.  Therefore, find a cache with minimum of 6 Attributes on the cache page. 
  • It can be any Attributes (positive or negative), but there has to be has to be a minimum of 6 attributes on the cache page.

 

41. Creepy crawlies: (D+T) Points

  • Find a physical cache that displays the "Ticks!" attribute.  Winter should have eliminated them from the game… right??

 

42. When you Gotta Go: (D+T) Points

  • Find a physical cache that displays the "Restrooms available" attribute.

 

43. Offroading?  In the Winter?: (2+D+T) Points

  • Find a physical cache that displays one of the following 2 attributes: "Quads allowed" or "Off-road vehicles allowed".

 

44. Ahhh, refreshing!: (D+T) Points

  • Find a physical cache that displays one of the following attributes: "May require wading", "May require swimming", or "Drinking water nearby".

 

45. Grab a Snack?: (D+T) Points

  • Find a physical cache that displays one of the following 2 attributes: "Food nearby" or "No food nearby"

 

46. Over/Under: 5 points

  • Log any physical cache with a person who is over 65 years old or under 10 years old.  This person can be a Muggle or a geocacher.  Geocachers do not have to be participating in the Games to qualify.  This person can’t be part of your geocaching ‘team’ (child, squib, etc).
  • Your Task Note must contain a photo of the 2 of you while geocaching (others can be in the pic, but you and your Over/Under should be distinguishable).

 

47. Cache with a Muggle: 3 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 Games.  Your cache log must indicate that you were caching with a Muggle. 
  • Your Task Note must contain a photo of the 2 of you while geocaching (others can be in the pic, but you and your Muggle should be distinguishable).

 

48. Make a new caching friend: 3 points

  • Log any physical cache with a geocacher you have never cached with before.  This person must have been registered on www.geocaching.com prior to the beginning of the Games.  Both caching logs must reference the other geocacher.  The other geocacher does not have to be participating in the Games to qualify. 
  • Your Task Note must contain the name of the other geocacher and a photo of the 2 of you while geocaching.

 

49. Group Caching: 5 points

  • Go caching with a minimum of 2 other geocachers (minimum group size is 3 geocaching ID's).  These geocachers must have been registered on www.geocaching.com prior to the beginning of the Games.  All caching logs must reference the other geocachers.  The other geocachers do not have to be participating in the Games to qualify.
  • Your Task Note must contain the names of the other geocachers, and a photo of the group. 

 

50. Bridge the (Age) Gap: 4 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 geocacher.  Geocachers do not have to be participating in the Games to qualify. 
  • Your log must indicate 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 1 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.  Bringing Muggle Uncle (32) would qualify for this Task, since Child and Uncle are more than 20 years apart in age.
  • Your Task Note must contain a photo of the 2 of you while geocaching.

 


Bonuses

1) Bi-weekly Bonuses

  • Bi-weekly Bonuses run from Sunday to Saturday. I will aim to get themposted the Saturday before the bonuses starts.
  • Bi-weekly Bonuses must be claimed by 11:59pm, every other Saturday evening.
  • Bi-weekly Bonuses will be your choice of -3, 0, or +3 points, to help you with your desired strategy in the Games!

Bi-weekly Bonuses will be listed here:

Dec 22-Jan 4

Let's break out the creativity! I'd like to see some wintery "art"; as we know, art is subjective, so it can be anything your hearts desire... but it has to be outside and the medium must contain snow/frost/ice, etc! So make snow angels or snow men, sketch with your steps and take an aerial pic, draw something in your windshield's frost before clearing it, build an igloo... let the creativity flow

Bi-weekly bonus is your choice of +3, 0, or -3 points, which must be stated in your Note. This bonus is available until 11:59pm Saturday January 4, 2020.



2) Monthly Bonuses

  • Monthly Bonuses will be from the 1st to the last day of all 3 months. I will aim to have the Monthly Bonus posted the day before the Bonus starts (December 14, December 31, and January 31).
  • Monthly Bonuses must be claimed prior to 11:59pm on the last day of the month (December 31, January 31, and February 18).
  • Monthly Bonuses will be your choice of -5, 0, or +5 points, to help you with your desired strategy in the Games!

Monthly Bonuses will be listed here:


December’s Monthly Bonus!

December's monthly bonus is to tell me about a recent donation you made - tis the season of giving. This can be material things/items or your time; did you donate to a charity food drive, or does your curling team knit socks for care homes? Do you ring the bell at a charity kettle, or do you volunteer to drive people through the holiday season?

You don't have to be specific if you don't want to, just enough so I can paint the picture myself.

Photos are always accepted, but are not required for this Bonus. Monthly Bonus is your choice of +5, 0, or -5 points, which must be stated in your Note. This Bonus is available until 11:59pm Tuesday, December 31.

Edit: Bonus is available to be claimed until 11:59pm Thursday, January 2, 2020. Happy New Year!



January's Monthly Bonus!

January is all about starting the year off on the right foot.

I would like you to perform one “Random Act of Kindness”. It could be shovelling a neighbour’s driveway, baking cookies for the office, buying the person’s coffee for them at the coffee shop, or anything else you can think of!

Anything that doesn’t count as your job, or a normal occurrence; something you aren’t expecting something in return for. Use your imagination, and tell me about it!

January’s Bonus is available until 11:59pm on Friday, January 31, 2020. It is worth your choice of +5, 0, or -5 points, which should be stated in your log.




Challenges

All Points can be taken as Positive or Negative.

That's right... multiple Challenges!

Challenge A: "Baby It's Cold Outside"
This Challenge only take the Air Temperature into account.

  • You have to claim 2 of the 3 months! You can choose which 2 to claim, and which one to avoid, so make your decision carefully.
    • Only 3 combos to choose from: December & January, December & February, or January & February. You don't have to indicate which combo you are choosing, this is just a reference.
  • You must find a physical cache for each of the 2 Challenge A months.
  • Points will be given based on the average temperature between your 2 Challenge A Claims (based on the list below).
  • Each participating geocaching team (individual or multiplayer team) will only receive points once for Challenge A, and will be calculated after the second Challenge note is submitted.
  • No substitutions/replacements will be allowed once claimed. The first 2 claims for Challenge A will be used in the calculation.

  • This is the WINTER Caching Games after all, so the biggest points go to the heartiest, or craziest, of cachers!
  • Scoring (based on the average Air Temperature of your 2 Challenge A claims):
    • 0C to -9.9C: 1 point
    • -10C to -19.9C: 3 points
    • -20C to -24.9C: 5 points
    • -25C to -28.9C: 7 points
    • -29C to -31.9C: 10 points
    • -32C to -34.9C: 14 points
    • -35C or colder/crazier: 19 points
  • For example: December 31st you find a cache when it's -25C; on January 12th, you find a cache when it's -32C. You average temperature is -28.5C, and would be worth 7 points.

  • Your 2 Challenge A notes must include:
    • GC Code of the physical cache
    • Date the cache was found
    • A screenshot/photo of the temperature (weather app, website, thermometer, etc)
    • A photo of you at the cache (try to at least pretend to look happy with me!)
  • Each month's Claim Note must be claimed within 2 calendar days of logging the find. No going out at -30C on December 20, and waiting until February 15th to claim - that is the calculated risk portion of the Challenge!
    • For example: A Cache found at any time on January 11th must be claimed prior to 11:59pm January 13.
  • One of the Challenge A claims can be completed on the same day as Challenge B, however you must use a different physical cache for each Challenge



Challenge B: "Winter Wonderland"
This Challenge only take the Wind Chill into account.

  • You must find a physical cache for Challenge B
  • Each participating geocaching team (individual or multiplayer team) will only receive points once for Challenge B.
  • No substitutions/replacements will be allowed once claimed.

  • Scoring is based on the difference between Air Temperature and the "Feels Like" Wind Chill of your Challenge B claim. Point values will be the difference, rounded to the full point:
    • Example 1: Air Temperature is -3.6C, Wind Chill feels like -12; would be a difference of 8.4, rounded down to 8 points.
    • Example 2: Air Temperature is -2C, Wind Chill of -9; difference of 7 points. Similarly, Air Temperature of -32C, Wind Chill of -39 would also be worth 7 points.

  • Your Challenge B claim must include:
    • GC Code of the physical cache
    • Date the cache was found
    • Screenshot of the temperature and Wind Chill (weather app, website, etc)
    • A photo of you at the cache (try to at least pretend to look happy with me!)
  • Your Claim Note must be claimed within 2 calendar days of logging the find.
  • Challenge B claims can be completed on the same day as one of Challenge A, however you must use a different physical cache for each Challenge





WCG12 Rules
WCG12 Tasks
Task 22 Attribute List






Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Jenc Hc vf pheeragyl cynaarq gb or ng gur Pnanqvna Oerjubhfr va Unzcgba [(2120 McClocklin Rd)]; jvaqhc qrgnvyf jvyy or svanyvmrq arnere gb gur raq bs gur Rirag.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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