Geocaching trackables travel far and wide—hopping from geocache to geocache in the hands of geocachers. If we could hear the stories they had to tell, we’d have an endless supply of tales that include action, adventure, love and maybe even some sci-fi. We haven’t developed talking trackables just yet (soon?), but they can still tell a story via the pictures you post on the trackable’s page. The next time you pick up a Travel Bug or Geocoin, make sure to add to the story and post a photo of its journey to the next geocache. You could help tell a story like Kelly Frazee (geocaching name: kelwin).
Kelly recently had the opportunity to take a picture perfect bike tour across Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand—and she brought along the perfect travel companion: a Geocaching trackable. The trackable, “Picture This” (TBKXCT), is an ornate wooden frame and has the mission to collect as many interesting photos as possible. So as she pedaled along the Silk Roads, she took photos of the trackable and posted them in a note on the trackable’s page. Here are a few photos of this amazing journey:
Click on the map to find a Maker Madness event near you!
Whether you’re a Social Butterfly or a Nature Lover, a Stats Geek, Traveler, or Puzzler (take the quiz and find out your geocacher type), it’s time to say thank you to a geocache maker near you. From March 28 – April 7, geocachers around the world will join together to celebrate the people in their community who make geocaching possible. We call this celebration Maker Madness.
Every geocacher who logs an “Attended” at a registered Maker Madness event will earn a Maker Madness souvenir.
Take a look at these tips for hosting an event that will have your guests inspired to go forth and create their own magical geocaching experiences:
1.) Think ahead. The best geocaches are not just thrown together willy- nilly. They are a labor of love that take time and careful planning. The same should apply to your Geocaching Event. Do you need to make reservations for a venue? Do your guests need to bring their own creative supplies? Keep in mind that you have to submit your Geocaching Event at least 14 days prior to your Maker Madness celebration, which means that Monday, March 24th is the cut off date for your online submission. You will also want to submit the Maker Madness registration form as soon as your event is published.
2.) Think collaboration. Geocaches are a gift to the community. It’s time to get the community together to give back to those who make geocaching tick. To maximize the number of geocachers at your event, check to see if there is already another event published in your area. If there’s already an event, be a team player! See if you can help the event host with planning their event.
3.) Think education and inspiration. Are you an accomplished geocache maker? This is your chance to share your mad skills and big brain with your fellow geocachers. Incorporate a class or workshop into your event to show others how you implemented your best creations, or teach them the very basics of geocache making. Imagine what it would be like if every one of your guests walked out of your event inspired to make their own awesome creation. Imagine all of the cool, new geocaches to find!
4.) Think celebration. We heart geocache makers and we know that their local (and world) communities do too. If you yourself are not a maker, this is your chance to celebrate your favorites! Organize an event to show your appreciation, showcase their geocaches, and maybe even ask them to share a few of their best tips and tricks with all of their fans who attend the event.
We hope that these tips will help you to spread your creative geocaching juices, inspire a new generation of awesome hiders, honor your favorite makers, and (let’s hold nothing back) make your event the very best Maker Madness bash ever.
A few things to remember:
There are two steps to any geocache: 1) it’s hidden and 2) others are challenged to find it. As easy as that is, it’s even easier to make sure you’re keeping your geocaching adventures on the up-and-up. Check out five helpful geocaching etiquette tips below or just watch the geocaching etiquette video.
These five steps will have you rocking the geocaching world in no time. What geocaching tips would you add? Post your thoughts on our Geocaching Facebook page. Oh, and don’t forget the sixth step: repeat steps 1 – 5 often!
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in the depths of a cold winter and it can be hard to convince yourself to get out and find a few geocaches. We don’t blame you. Leaving the cozy warmth of your home is a hard thing to do. But maybe instead of thinking of all the things that hold us back during winter, we should think of the new opportunities it provides. In the case of this geocache, during cold winters, geocachers can lace up their ice skates and make the geocaching journey on top of the frozen waterways. Cold? Of course it is. Amazing and only available in winter? Definitely. Worth it? We think so. Take a look at the photos and see for yourself.
“I placed this geocache here because I wanted to show this place to other geocachers. This is close to my summerhouse and one of my favorite places. I love sitting here late in the evening a warm summer night and it is absolutely quiet…When I placed this cache I expected it to be mainly a “summer tourist cache”, a bit of the beaten path to draw any hordes of cachers. There were few local cachers at that time and wintertime not so many visitors. I didn’t expect that anyone would come ice skating here…I like reading the logs and know that geocachers from many countries also enjoy this place. Some of them had time to sit down for a while and some rushed on to the next cache…I hope more geocachers would share their favorite places with fellow cachers by placing a cache there. There is so many more beautiful places to be found.”
[translated from Swedish] “First time here! Beautiful place. Worth seeing! Thanks for the interesting cache Maxitulpa.” – deciface
“The view was beautiful, and we had it all to ourselves on this snowy Saturday. Finely done cache was soon logged, one more look around to enjoy the view and on with the trip. TFTC!” – mandello
[translated from Swedish] “After a fantastic ice skate on sea ice off [Dånö Island] we took the opportunity to sign this nicely hidden cache before we went on to the hotel in Mariehamn.” – Trang
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.
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