If you’ve marked a “Will Attend” for the 2013 Geocaching Block Party, you may have read about a super special live test of the latest from Geocaching Labs. You also probably have a few questions about what it is and how it works. Check out the FAQs below for answers. If you still have questions, you can visit Geocaching.com/help or head over to the Geocaching Forums and post your question there. Happy geocaching!
What is Geocaching Labs?
This is our R&D department. This team is always working to create new and innovative ideas that make geocaching more fun and exciting.
What is a Lab Cache?
Lab Caches are a new and rare geocache type. Anytime you find something that’s being tested by Geocaching Labs, it will count as a Lab Cache.
Does this count as a find?
Absolutely! For every Lab Cache you find, you’ll earn a smiley and your find count will go up. However, since these aren’t full-fledged geocaches, they won’t earn you souvenirs (including for the 31 Days of Geocaching), count toward earning Favorite Points or affect the statistics you see on your profile.
If the Lab Cache goes away, will my find go away as well?
Nope! With this new geocache type, all of your Lab Cache finds will stay on your profile.
How can I get the Lab Cache icon on my profile?
Right now the only way to obtain a Lab Cache icon for your Geocaching profile is to attend a Mega-Event where a Lab Cache is being offered, and find one.
Can I delete the Lab Caches from my profile?
Yes. If you do not want to have the Lab Caches show on your profile or count as a find, you are able to delete them. Click on “Lab Caches” on your Public Profile under “Geocaches Found”, log in and select the garbage can next to each Lab Cache you would like to delete.
Can I leave feedback?
Of course! That’s why we’re testing them. Shortly after Block Party, we’ll send a survey to everyone who found a Lab Cache. If you have other feedback, feel free to post it in the forums.
I’m a Mega-Event owner and I want Lab Caches at my event!
Awesome! Visit Geocaching.com/help and send us a message under the category “Hiding a Geocache” to express interest. As we expand Lab Caches, we’ll contact you if your event matches what we’re looking for.
Why were these Lab Caches created?
This Lab Cache was developed to solve the problem of event-specific geocaches. Mega-Events often require new geocaches to be hidden, but since temporary geocaches are not allowed, the placed geocaches often end up neglected after the event. These new geocaches enable Mega-Events to have their own, temporary geocaches.
How does this Lab Cache work?
These mostly work the same as regular geocaches: navigate to the location, find the cache and sign the logbook. However, these differ in that you must use the find code in order to mark the geocache as found.
Are these Virtuals?
No, each of these Lab Caches has a log book, just like any other geocache.
Are these Challenges?
No, you don’t have to do anything special to mark it as found.
Do I need to download an app to play?
Nope! We developed a special web app that can be accessed from any smartphone. We also have GPX files for download, as well as good old-fashioned, printed-on-paper coordinates.