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World’s Oldest Unfound Geocache is Found! – Getting the FTF After 12 years

The canoe, all packed up.

The noble steed and the river.

Many anxious geocachers set alerts to ping them when a new geocache is published. Within minutes of going live, a geocacher rushed to claim the FTF (First to Find). In the case of one lonely geocache, in an uninhabited swath of Canada,  it took nearly 12 years for a brave and determined geocacher to venture into the wilderness and sign the logbook. 4.5lb Walleye (GCDFB) was hidden June 23, 2001. It registered its first find on June 8, 2013 by geocacher Stormgren-X. Here’s his story.

The idea for finding this geocache came to Stormgren-X months before he set out. “I planned the trip myself over a six month period from researching the route, history, other accounts of this amazing canoe route, food, gear, and logistics of getting to the launch site and getting out and back home,” he said, “I was prepared to do the trip solo, but managed to convince my life-long friend to join me on this amazing journey along this historical canoe route.”

On the day before they left, Stormgren-X posted about their journey in the Geocaching Forums and included a link to the Spot tracking page, “I expected a few people on the geocache watchlist to perhaps follow along from time to time.  By the time we reached Fort Albany and were set up in our lodge, I…was overwhelmed to see 375 replies to my thread.  It was amazing and I felt great that so many people were watching and cheering us on…So many emails of encouragement and positive comments.  We were pleased that we offered some sort of live entertainment and discussion to the geocaching community on our journey…”

From there, the real adventure began. The first two days of canoeing  proved to be the most difficult. Stormgren-X recalls, “The winds and rain were non-stop and made for freezing toes and fingers, [and] poor morale…” After the initial problems, the weather cleared and made for an enjoyable trip. On the eighth day, they reached ground zero and finally found the geocache, “…I saw a foreign object. It looked like a rounded corner of something, and I grabbed it between index finger and thumb and pulled on it. I easily pulled it out from it’s hiding spot under the moss and yelled at Gord, “Here it is! I found it!”I placed it on the ground and immediately took notice that it was intact and contents were still inside.”

Found it! Stormgren-X with the 4.5lb Walleye.

Found it! Stormgren-X with the 4.5lb Walleye.

Regarding the trip, Stormgren-X said, “The eight and a half days we spent on this arctic watershed adventure is one I won’t soon forget. Being immersed in that environment, without communication with the outside world, and seeing so few people was so refreshing from the busy and modern life we are so accustomed to. The historic places we visited and the thoughts of men and women who toiled in this land to make a life for themselves was astounding. Many times we felt so small and insignificant in such a vast wilderness, but so connected to it at the same time. To travel 435 km along such a huge waterway and not see many people, any roads, bridges, railways, dams, or industry is something difficult to find in this world. I consider myself lucky to have experienced the voyage and the great memories.”

To hear more about this amazing journey, check out the Podcacher podcast that features an interview with Stormgren-X. You can also read the full write-up. Geocaching milestones of this caliber are out there, just waiting to be found. Will you be the next adventurer to earn one of these epic smileys?

Also: enjoy a few more photos of the trip courtesy of Stormgren-X:

A campsite panorama.

View along the river

At one of the stops along the river.

At one of the stops along the river.

Canoeing in lovely weather.

Canoeing in lovely weather

  • Pamela Loykowski-Durkee

    Awesome job.

  • amryall

    Respect to you mate! The journey is definitely all part of the reward! Nice!

  • 4hamricks

    Geocacher of the month material right there!

  • Wrastro

    What an amazing adventure! Well done indeed. I wish I could have an adventure like this some day.

  • LU Forester

    One of my bucketlist caches. Congrats again. LU Forester from Mid-Western Ontario Geocacher Association.

  • Guest

    Love it …. I have plans to place a few caches this summer that may never be claimed. Not nearly as epic as this journey, but yet I wonder if a geocacher with the required equipment will match the effort I plan to take in placing them. I have to put suitable incentives within!

  • Hyack_Bruce

    Love it …. I have plans to place a few caches this summer that may
    never be claimed. Not nearly as epic as this journey, but yet I wonder
    if a geocacher with the required equipment will match the effort I plan
    to take in placing them. I have to put suitable incentives within!

  • Ericdescollines

    Fantastic !

  • silverranger

    no guardrail or benches… how pure and refreshing.

  • mollypix

    Top Effort, only 4.5 Stars, what a rippoff…lol…well done mate…

  • Swaeneke

    This is what feocaching is all about: going to great places. But 12 years is a long time.

  • Ian ‘Mrcoffee’ George

    Geocacher of the month and what an amazing trip, story and FTF not to be equaled at any time soon

  • Andy

    Well done!!! Wouldn’t it have sucked if you’d got there and found you forgot your pen and there wasn’t one in the cache… ;-)

  • at play by jc/eaglei

    I thought i had accomplished a notable feat when i searched & found a cache that had not been found in 8 years, i only had to hike about 10 minutes … way to go dude..

  • v-raze

    Probably same way it was found, the owner took it with him on a canoeing trip and hid it. It wasn’t that it was all that difficult to find, it was just that it was far into the wilderness where you have to take a week long trek to find it.

  • Scott Hoynoski

    sign it with mud or blood :-)

  • jvelt

    awesome!

  • Take A Hike!

    This is referred to on Podcacher interview. The cache owner goes on fishing trips up there. Only took the CO four hours to get there cause he was on guiided fishing trip.

  • releasethedogs

    4.5 stars is more rare that 5 stars. In addition all 5 stars means is special equipment so 4.5 is *really* the toughest kind of cache.

  • onthehuntin702

    Congratulations guys! This is an epic destined for legend status!

  • SweetPea57

    Omigosh, I can’t believe you did it:-) Having met you in person, I know how much you love geocaching and this proves that you’re a true geocacher through and through!! Congratulations!

  • Ian

    Your English is much better than some English people that I Know. Be proud of your ability!!!

  • Ian

    I’ve found a few old ones, but none like this. It’s always surprising how good the condition is of the contents after so long.!! Well done on your achievement!!

  • Stenhammarn

    Amazing trip.

    Are you of Swedish relativs Stormgren-X?

    Wery well done, Take care.

  • Jerdawg

    What is the older unfound cache now?

  • Jerdawg

    oldest*

  • Chris Elzinga

    COOL!! Stormgren-X is my neighbour! Incredible find and story!!!

  • Jennifer Grime

    Sounds like an amazing journey, congratulations to you!

  • Phillip Ellis

    ^ what he said.

  • coralteach

    Congratulations! What a great story and what great determination.

  • Red

    OMG! That is sooo cool!

  • Red

    LOL! Your English is better than some English-educated teenagers that I have known. You’ve nothing for which to apologize!

  • Paulo Teles

    Greeting from Portugal… this FTF its great 12 year and no found carzy…. love it…

  • Red

    …of the decade!

  • Red

    Give us a hint… :) !

  • Red

    So what is the older unfound cashe, then?

  • http://cldphoto.com hzoi

    Is it just me, or is the map at the top of this post waaaaay off? 4.5lb Walleye is at N 51° 55.225 W 082° 42.669, the map pointer is (at least for me) around N 50° 28.237 W 083° 01.105, just over 100 miles away.

  • tirshatha

    I like Netherland english :)

  • TheBod11

    Way cool!!

  • archerygirl10

    Kudos to you! I can hardly find a 3 starer so I think your geocaching dedication is amazing! The real enjoyment is in the journey right!?!

  • Katie

    That is SO fun!. It really looks like it is in the middle of nowhere :) Congrats

  • Aranea Van Burik

    What a RUSH! Congrats to you 2. Well done! You have just found the ultimate FTF!

  • All7

    OH Beautiful !!!!!!…..UNBELIEVABLE after 12 years.!!!!! Well Done.. Im ALL7 from Australia… thank you for video and very INTERESTING…… Keep go!!!!

  • Johnny Rockstar

    So awesome to see! Congrats on amazing FTF!

  • Chantal

    Great jobs guys!!!!

  • Anne

    Wow what a trip :-)
    I had to read it when drinking my morning-coffee.
    It must have been such a thrill, canoing in several days before reaching the GZ. I can imagine the adventure you must have felt. Thanks for sharing this story with us.
    Happy geocaching future :-)
    TeamAks from Norway

  • StinneC

    Way to go! That is so awesome! I wish i had the time and courage to do something like that :)

  • Papaver1

    Quite a trip, well done guys. Such a preparation just to find one cache, Thumbs up

    We’re doing it the other way, looking at the cache pages to surch a region off many caches and than planning the journey.

    Congratulations :)

  • Steven Van Eyck

    That was awesome! :D

  • Dominix

    Congratulations!! :)


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