EarthCaching is a great way to combine science education and Geocaching. EarthCaches are locations that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth. This week marks the 7th anniversary of the first EarthCache: “Earthcache I – a simple geology tour of Wasp Head” (GCHFT2) in New South Wales, Australia by geoaware. The listing went live on January 10th, 2004 and 96 people have since logged [...]
Geocaching.com is upgrading the infrastructure of the website to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. All Groundspeak sites and services including Geocaching.com, the Groundspeak Forums, Pocket Queries, Geocaching Mobile Applications for the iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and Android devices along with other 3rd party applications that utilize our API will be inaccessible during the upgrade process. The outage is schedule to begin Tuesday, December 14th at 8:00pm PST (GMT -8). The site is expected to be down for approximately six hours. We’ll be working hard to minimize the duration of the downtime. The upgrades include [...]
Geocachers Opa&PK recently sent a letter to Groundspeak Headquarters titled, “Opa’s Rules of Thumb for Caching.” The rules embody lessons learned over years of geocaching. The team has been geocaching since 2003 and has found more than 2000 caches. Opa taught geocaching classes with another geocacher, Lynn from “QuantumFarms.” The experience helped Opa develop the rules you’re about to read. Opa says, “I do think they could be used as a teaching tool for ‘newbies.’ Even though tongue-in-cheek, every one has a practical application as well.” Here’s ten of the rules that they discovered on the geocaching trail: 1- No [...]
Five Important Things to Know Before Placing a Geocache There are now more than 1.1 million active geocaches around the world. The most exciting geocaching experiences come from fun, creative and challenging geocaches. If you would like to add your own cache to the growing tally, here are five important things to consider before you get started. 1. The more experience you have finding caches, the better you will be at knowing what makes a great hide. So, get out there and find a bunch of caches before you consider hiding your own. 2. Review the guidelines for placing a [...]
One Geocaching Weekend, Infinite Geocaching Possibilities Join thousands of your fellow geocachers for a once in a lifetime experience in Western Washington State, USA July 2-July 4. This weekend offers the unique opportunity to accomplish three geocaching goals at once: attending a Mega-Event, completing the “Triad” and earning two brand new special icons! The Mega-Event is GeoWoodstock VIII. It will be held in Carnation, WA on July 3rd. The infamous “Triad” is one of the ultimate geocaching goals. It requires visiting and logging the first geocache location, the Project A.P.E. Cache Mission 9: Tunnel of Light and Groundspeak HQ. You’ll [...]
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