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Planes, trains and epic hikes — Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT) — Geocache of the Week

Derek H on May 14, 2014, 11:45 pm

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Hold on! The train you take to get to the Gelmsersee takes on a 106% grade! Photo by geocacher vomhoger.

Hold on! The train you take to get to the Gelmsersee takes on a 106% grade! Photo by geocacher vomhoger.

Geocache Name:

Rund um den Gelmersee (GC32DQT)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:

2/3

Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

To get to many amazing mountain views, you have to endure a long and arduous hike. For the amazing views you get around the Gelmersee in Switzerland, you just have to hold on and ride the train up a 106% grade. And that’s not it—afterward, you can hike around the lake along narrow pathways carved into the stone walls as you collect clues for the Geocache of the Week. This geocache will take you to multiple stages on a tour around the lake (the name, translated from German, means “Around the Gelmersee”). For the awesome journey and beautiful views, this multi-cache gets this week’s honors.

# of Finds:

86

# of Favorite Points:

28

What geocachers are saying:

“Wow, what an amazing place! My personal Swiss tour guide always takes me to the most amazing places! This one proved to be a fun challenge since we unknowingly passed the first stage. A little brain power made it work with the stages we did have. Thanks for the fun!” – Love

[translated from German] “What a magnificent day. Weather couldn’t be better, and the railroad wasn’t overbooked. We stumbled anti-clockwise around the lake, absorbing the wonderful Nature. We would have done this hike even without the cache there! Of course, the GC was the cherry on top. Thanks!” – Mr.Quady

[translated from German] “The impressive little rail took us to daring heights under incredible summer weather, followed by a circumnavigation of the lake on foot. Those railroad builders sure were inventive. After a successful log we took the train back down into the valley. TFTC.” – Scio

What the geocache owner, Eltitas, has to say:

On this geocache’s inspiration: “It is absolutely gorgeous up there. The hike around the lake is pure bliss!…I had been there many times before placing the multi cache.”

When asked about the reaction to all of the favorite points and positive logs: “Joy. Satisfaction. Happyness.”

And to the geocaching community: “My life motto is “carpe diem”. I try to use every day as if it were my last. Nobody knows how many days they have remaining. But everyone can spend the current day in a way to give them as much happyness as possible.”

Photos:

 

Two geocachers with smiles after earning their smileys. Photo by geocacher Mr.Quady

Two geocachers with smiles after earning their smileys. Photo by geocacher Mr.Quady

Quite the precarious hike. Watch your step! Photo by geocacher jokama

Quite the precarious hike. Watch your step! Photo by geocacher jokama

Beautiful views of the Gelmersee. Photo by geocacher D'Fenneks

Beautiful views of the Gelmersee. Photo by geocacher D’Fenneks

What’s your favorite way to travel to and from geocaches? Tell us in the comments.

Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.

If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.

  • Gerhard Dumfart

    Stunning cache! Mountain caches are my favourite… GC2A8V1 was my Geocache of the year 2013

  • Michael Bernzweig

    Wow, these photographs are beautiful. I’ve never even HEARD of a 106% grade… In other, unrelated questions — I’m wondering, what’s the party line on using metal detectors to find caches? Is it considered “cheating”?


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