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7 Tips for Achieving All 7 Souvenirs of August

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This August, your mission is to explore more of the geocaching universe and, ultimately, to become one of the super-cachers who earn the highly coveted Achiever souvenir. To unlock this special geocaching achievement, you’ll need to find 6 specific geocache types in the month of August.

Here are 7 tips to help you achieve, well, Achiever status:

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During the summer, the best TOTT can be a water bottle. You can drink out of it, use it to cool off, and even celebrate your Achiever status.

1. Be Prepared

This motto is not just for the Boy Scouts. Finding 6 different geocache types requires planning ahead, especially if you live in Traditional-heavy area. Check to see what souvenirs might require leaving your neighborhood, and see if you can tie them into a weekend road trip or business travel. And, of course, always carry your tools of the trade (TOTT) in case opportunity strikes. (Never, never get caught without a pen!)

2. Start Early

With only 6 geocache finds needed to earn the Achiever souvenir, it can be tempting to put them off until the last weekend. Warning: This is not college. Cramming is no longer a safe bet. Start knocking off the souvenirs early in the month to allow room for error.

3.  Partner with Friends

Feeling intimidated by finding a new geocache type? That’s what friends are for! As we learned with the Geocaching Personality Quiz, it takes all kinds to make up the geocaching community. Find someone who has a different personality type than you so that you can each specialize in finding specific geocache types. Friends can even help you sprinkle extra awesome on the 7 Souvenirs of August.

4. Throw a Party

To earn the Socializer souvenir, you need to log an Attended at an Event Cache, Mega-Event, or Giga-Event. Sign up for the Weekly Newsletter to learn about upcoming events in your area, or host one yourself! Remember, hosts can log an Attended for their own Event Caches.

5. Host a CITO

Don’t have an Earth Cache near you? No problem! Every neighborhood could use a CITO event. You’ll earn the Nature Lover souvenir and Mother Earth will thank you.

6. Double Check Your Neighborhood

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Sometimes earning a souvenir will take two… or four!

We’ve all done it. You’ve cleared out all the Traditional geocaches in your area, and you feel like there’s nothing left to find. (Okay, you Puzzlers and Collectors. Some of us have done this. Okay, fine. I can only say with certainty that I’ve done this. Happy?) This is your chance to take off your Traditional geocache blinders and see the Multi-Caches, Mystery Caches, and Letterbox Hybrids for what they are: geocaches waiting for your autograph.

7. Put it in Perspective

Yes, earning the Achiever souvenir can be daunting. But let’s put the challenge in perspective: Traditionals are easy to come by, you can attend or host an event, and if there’s not an Earth Cache in your area, you can host a CITO event. Knock those three out and you’re already halfway there! That just leaves three more geocaches to find: one Mystery Cache, one Multi-Cache, and either a Virtual, Whereigo, Letterbox Hybrid, or WebCam Cache. Take a deep breath… and go get ‘em. (But wait for August 1st of course.)

Tell Us Your Tips

Are you an expert in finding a specific type of geocache? If so, leave your tips for finding that geocache type in the comments below. This is going to take teamwork, friends!

  • Kristi Muszynski Tyson

    I am already planning the first three to knock out on Aug. 1st and the rest shortly there after! Lined up which caches to grab and where to go on which day!

  • Jenny Hill

    My cousin is coming to visit in August, and I’ve already mapped out the neede caches in our area. To round out the six, I’m hosting an event that weekend, to ensure we can get everything.

  • Jim Peterson

    I’m driving from Wisconsin to California and back in August. I already have the routes set and should be able to earn 5 of the 6 souvenirs on this trip. I just can’t seem to find an event that will fit into my itinerary.

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Hmmm… Maybe there’s a triumphant return event with your name on it when you drive back into Wisconsin?

  • Colleen

    I have looked at puzzle caches in my area but can’t figure out how they work, I don’t even know where to begin! Can anyone explain?

  • Annette Bailes

    We finished our sixth souvenir yesterday, and because they were each posted almost instantaneously, I figured the 7th special souvenir would post quickly. Just checked and it still has not done so. Is there something we need to do to collect the special 7th souvenir, or will it automically show up at some point?

  • Eric Blatt

    I also finished mine and did not receive the seventh. Anything yet?

  • Geomoin

    Same with me.

  • tc121595

    Do you have any of the p.o. box puzzles in your area? If so they are pretty easy once you go to the original one in your immediate area. The first one has detailed directions on how they work and once you go to the post office and look you will find they are simple! I had no idea what I was doing with the puzzle caches’ s either so I just went for it with the p.o. box and was thrilled how easy it was once I stopped over thinking it! Good luck!

  • Colleen

    Thank you for responding tc121595! I did manage to solve one in my area recently and now I know there are many different kinds. I had a lot of fun solving the one I did and can’t wait to find more like it. I will also look for some of the p.o. box puzzles you are referring to!


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