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Aloha from Hawaii! — Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

21. Januar 2016 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Honu Beach Cache (GC102CV) — by GeoGerms Cache, Surf, Sand Location: Haleiwa on the island of Oahu, Hawaii state, USAN 21° 37.123 W 158° 05.122 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D2.5 / T1.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: This geocache is located on Oahu's North Shore at Laniakea Beach, a well know surf spot with the swells are big. The beach is beyond beautiful, and the geocache usually has a good number of trackables inside that have traveled from near and far since Hawaii is a mecca for international tourists and geocachers. But the magical part of this geocaching experience is the high likelihood of encountering a green sea turtle, or “honu” as they are known in Hawaii. The turtles often come to the shore to feed on seaweed growing on the rocks, or since they are cold-blooded, will come onto the beach to warm themselves in the sun. You'll be able to get close, but make sure you give them plenty of space. Hawaiian green sea turtles are federally protected, and it's illegal and harmful to touch or get close to them. They do not lay eggs until they are 25 to 30 years old, and when the eggs finally hatch, only 1 in 1,000 will mature completely to adulthood. Encountering a honu is considered “good mana”, or good energy, by Hawaiians. If you see a honu, will you chances of finding this geocache increase? What geocachers have to say: “We loved this place. We saw a number of sea turtles coming up to the shore. Many people were snorkeling to see the turtles better. If it was not for this cache, we probably would never have seen this beach.” –SP4FUN “Wow! What a great view at this cache site. Wes-rx and I wanted to make it up to Turtle Beach and discover the north shore of Oahu, and we were not disappointed. Lots of turtles just a few feet out in the water, so plenty of excitement to distract the muggles. TFTC!” –pharmanimal2016 “What a beautiful place for a geocache! We arrived at a fortunate time. There were 2 sea turtles sunning on the beach and at least 2 more out in the surf. Kudos to the volunteers who care for the area and keep us people from disturbing the turtles.” –MuStash What the Cache Owner has to say: We've contacted the cache owner, GeoGerms, to let him know his geocache is being featured as Geocache of the Week. He was very excited, but also busy. He is helping with the dengue virus outbreak on the Big Island of Hawaii. He's an avid geocacher with over 4,700 finds, but hasn't had time to geocache since fall of 2015. His profile states, “GeoGerms is a tad busy right now helping with the dengue virus outbreak currently happening on the Big Island. Sorry about the lapse in cache maintenance and lack of timely responses to your emails. Hope to be back fully caching soon!” We wish everyone a speedy recovery, and hope you're back out enjoying your hobby soon, too. Photos: The real name for this beach is Laniakea Beach Turtle TB, meet Turtle This is a great geocaching experience for kids of all ages Green sea turtles are federally protected so make sure to stay at least 10 feet away from them Aloha from Hula Girl TB! It's considered good “mana” or good energy to encounter a honu Going back out to the ocean Wait! Come back! Will you be lucky enough to find the cache and see the turtles? Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Stimme für den nächster “Geocacher des Monats” ab

19. Januar 2016 // 0 Kommentare

Die Kandidaten für den “Geocacher des Monats” im Januar 2016 Außergewöhnliche Geocacher verdienen es, wahrgenommen zu werden. Diesen Monat stellen wir Euch drei solche aus aller Welt vor, die herausragende Beiträge für unser Spiel, das wir alle lieben, geleistet haben. Jeder Kandidat ist eine überzeugenede Persönlichkeit, aber nur einer wird “Geocacher des Monats” werden. Gehe auf den Geocaching-Blog, um bei der Abstimmung zum “Geocacher des Monats” im Januar 2016 mitzumachen. Du kennst jemanden, der auch eine solche Ehrung verdient? Dann schreib uns an! [...]

ENIGMA (GC427TF) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

19. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: ENIGMA (GC427TF) — by The Seeker League Location: North Canton, Ohio, USA N 40° 52.645 W 081° 24.875 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D4.5/T1.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: Enigma is pure geocaching entertainment. It's the kind of cache that you'll walk away from smiling, even if you DNF. If you do manage to locate the famed yellow logbook, you'll walk away shouting with laughter. See for yourself. Here's a video provided by the cache owner, The Seeker League. What geocachers have to say about it: “Woo hoo!!! Been wanting to get this but kept putting it off cause of the stigma with it!!! But decided we should give it a try since it may be disabled soon. Otter9 joined us and we spent almost an hour but we FOUND IT!!!! So happy! Thanks for all the time you took to put this together! It lives up to its reputation!” –MR DR “Wow what a cache! A dozen of us teamed up to work this puzzle. Took over an hour before we finally had the yellow golden ticket log in hand!” –Heidi & Zeke Jones “Awesome! Messed around with the whole contraption and all the areas. Dropped a trackable that needs to get moving in a race! After looking everywhere ( and making a few trips back to the car for hats, gloves, and warmer coats), we started to think our way through the device. Mommy Scout started dancing around and singing when her hand retrieved the yellow log! Very exciting moment for me. (Yes, I need to get a life, huh?) Thanks for the fun cache. Took us about 20 minutes. Gets a favorite for sure! TFTC!” –ThorScouts What the Cache Owner, The Seeker League, has to say about it: Where did the idea for this sort of large, mechanical multi-part field puzzle cache?“After 3 years of looking for a place to put it, I asked my husband Iron Horse to build a kinetic art sculpture to use as camouflage for this container. Over the next year and hundreds of hours, all the loose pieces of metal and machinery within our garage found its way into his hands and onto ENIGMA.” The cache itself looks fairly complicated — did you have a pretty clear idea of what it would look like before you started construction, or was it sort of a “flying by the seat of your pants” kind of thing?“There was no plan, no idea what it would look like at the end. ENIGMA evolved into 500 cubic feet of contraptions, containers and fun!” What's been your reaction to all the wonderful logs by people who've found your cache?“Reading the logs about our creation are very enjoyable. Watching the videos from the area have given us even more hours of entertainment, as we never know what is going to be said or what reaction cachers are going to have while doing ENIGMA. Never a dull moment that's for sure! Cachers are warned that at ENIGMA you might just be on camera!” What's your favorite creative geocache hide?“We had the honor of doing some spectacular caches while attending our 4th GeoWoodstock at XIII in Boonsboro, Maryland 2015. One of our favorite caches is GC4W6QX ‘GBC 3 – Mechanical Drawing 101' by WVTim in Martinsburg, WV. His caches are all so creative it was difficult to choose just one favorite.” Is there anything else you would like to say to the Geocaching community?“Remember Geocachers, getting lost is more than half the fun. We have lived some of our greatest moments while being lost. Turn off interstates on your GPS unit, take the long back roads and enjoy life. See you on the trail.” Photos: Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Pack Deinen Reisepass ein!

15. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das letzte neue Ländersouvenir dieses Jahres ist hier! Trommelwirbel bitte! Das letzte neue Ländersouvenir dieses Jahres ist… Thailand! Die Kombination aus weißen Sandstränden, blauem Wasser und uralten Ruinen führt zu unglaublichen Geocaching-Abenteuern in Thailand. Wenn Du in Thailand geocachen gehst, solltest Du das auf keinen Fall verpassen: Besuche den Großen Palast in Bangkok, der Hauptstadt Thailands. Logge diesen EarthCache und entdecke die Insel Ko Phi Phi, wo Leonardo DiCaprio bekannterweise im Film “The Beach” gefilmt wurde. Teste Deine Höhenangst und finde diesen Kletter-Geocache – manche behaupten, es sei der beste in Thailand. Finde mehr zum Thema Geocaching in Thailand auf dem Geocaching Blog und sieh Dir die Geocaches mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten an. Thailand ist, mit Slowenien, Estland, Litauen und der Türkei, eines der neuesten Ländersouvenirs. Wenn Du in diesen Ländern in der Vergangenheit Geocaches gefunden hast, wirst Du das entsprechende Souvenir auf Deinem Profil finden. Hier kannst Du Dir alle Souvenirs anschauen, die Du schon gesammelt hast. Gute Reise! [...]

Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache der Woche (engl.!)

10. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Left: | Right: Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — by haoral Location: Üsküdar, TurkeyN 41° 02.075 E 029° 01.926 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D3.5/T3.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: This week, we're recognizing a creative geocache in a country that just got its first souvenir: Turkey! Birdhouses, or Kuş Evleri in Turkish, are literally built into much of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul and other cities in Turkey. This geocache was placed in tribute to those birdhouses. “Kuş Evi / Bird House” is a tree-climbing cache, the first of its kind in Turkey, in fact. Finding it qualifies you to add a special banner to your profile. Starting this week, you'll also earn the brand-new Turkey souvenir for finding this, or any other geocache, in Turkey. What geocachers have to say about it: “This cache was my main target this afternoon: I like tree-climbing and I like banners . This one combined both. At least after I had found it! There were quite a few people around, thus I had to look carefully. After a looooong while I found a short trail and the tree. Getting to the cache was no problem but then there was the locking system that needed to be overcome. It wasn't too difficult but something new to me! I really liked it! This whole cache is definitely worth a favourite point! Greetings to the owner! TFTC!” –kinderarzt “I wanted this one to be my 300. cache, so i saved itaccordingly during our Kuzguncuk tour. I have bern listening to the praises of this cache for months. I found some bird house caches in Europe before but i encounter one with a puzzle for the first time. Initially, my wife went up the tree. But when she had some difficulties with opening the lock, we switched places. I also could not open it immediately. The numbers must be aligned precisely to open it. I didn't have a magnet with me but a swiss army knife. The rest eas not so difficult. And for sure, it deserves a fav point.” –blastrula What the Cache Owner has to say about it: Tell us a little bit about why you decided to hide this cache?“There were not many handcrafted caches in Turkey or Istanbul. I saw a lot of nice, maker caches in the web and want to make one myself. It should be not to difficult but should have some field puzzle elements in it. And it should be a example of handcrafted caches for the growing community in Istanbul.” There don't seem to be many tree caches in Turkey. Do you know if yours was the first?“I am very sure it is. It is a tree cache where searchers have not to use technical equipment, but have to climb nearly 3 meters high. Today there are more caches in Turkey like this.” Do you think this cache requires more maintenance that your other geocaches?“No the place is more secure than the other caches in the city. Also it is chained to the tree, so Muggles are less a problem.” Do you have anything in particular you'd like to say to the geocaching community?“I produced this and some other caches in Istanbul to show the community that nice crafted caches are more fun than simple ones.” Photos: The making of the cache. Intrepid geocachers in an attempt to disguise themselves as monkeys. The puzzle box that contains the cache. The cache itself. The littlest geocachers may need some help finding this one. View from the cache. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Das neueste Ländersouvenir: Türkei!

8. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Um dieses Souvenir zu erhalten, kannst Du entweder in Osteuropa oder Asien einen Geocache finden – die Türkei erstreckt sich über zwei Kontinente. Wenn Du die Türkei besuchst, solltest Du auf keinen Fall verpassen: Dieser Mystery-Geocache befindet sich in Istanbul, der fünftgrößten Stadt der Welt und bekannt dafür, Europa und Asien zu verbinden. Die Burg von Bodrum bietet Dir die Gelegenheit, die Geschichte des 15. Jahrhunderts zu entdecken, den Seeblick zu genießen und Deiner Fundliste einen weiteren Smiley hinzuzufügen. Die Düden-Wasserfälle und dieser EarthCache lassen sich am besten vom Boot aus erkunden – aber stelle Dich darauf ein, dabei nass zu werden! Erfahre mehr über Geocaching in der Türkei und andere Länder-Souvenirs im Geocaching-Blog. Du kannst außerdem auf zwei weitere Länder-Souvenirs gespannt sein, die in den kommenden Wochen veröffentlicht werden. Hier sind die Geocaches in der Türkei mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten. [...]

3 Tipps für eine fantastische Neujahrs-Geocaching-Party!

8. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das neue Jahr steht vor der Tür – genauso wie zwei neue Souvenirs: Tschüß-2015 und Hallo-2016! Du kannst diese Souvenirs am 31. Dezember und 1. Januar verdienen, indem Du an einem Event teilnimmst oder einen Geocache findest. Event-Listings müssen spätestens am 17. Dezember eingereicht werden. Das bedeutet, dass es Zeit ist, mit der Planung zu beginnen! Um Dir den Anfang zu erleichtern, kannst Du hier 3 Tipps erfahren, wie Du eine fantastische Neujahrs-Geocaching-Party veranstalten kannst: 1. Wähle ein tolles Thema aus. Zwei Klassiker sind: “DNF-Vergebungs-Party” oder “Muggle-Einführung”. 2. Organisiere eine Fotokabine. Gäste können Fotos mit ihren Geocaching-Vorsätzen machen. Hier kannst Du Vorlagen herunterladen, die dafür verwendet werden können. 3. Plane Aktivitäten, die allen Spaß machen. Lese diesen Blog-Eintrag, um Dich von den Ideen inspirieren zu lassen. [...]

Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

4. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: Kolmanskop – A Ghost Town (GC1Z46T) — by Udjat Location: Kolmanskop, Namibia S 26° 42.167 E 015° 13.876 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D2/T2 Why this is Geocache of the Week: Boom-and-bust desert ghost towns are not an exclusive trademark of the American west. The site of this EarthCache is a ghost town at the edge of a Namibian desert. The town's name is Kolmanskop. In 1908, Namibia was a German colony called South-West Africa. That year, a German man named Zacharias Lewela found a diamond while working on a railway line. Lewela's lucky find sparked a frantic diamond rush, with floods of diamond hunters arriving and settling in the area, and naming it Kolmanskop. The town was quickly built up by its residents, with a distinctly German architectural style. At its pinnacle in the 1920's, Kolmanksop was home to about 700 families, and its amenities and institutions included a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theater, gym and swimming pool, a casino, an ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere. That was the boom. The bust came after World War I. The diamond fields of Kolmanskop had been milked for all they were worth, and diamond mining in other areas created competition. By 1954 the town was completely abandoned. Over time, the geological forces of the desert filled the remaining buildings with heaps of sand, blasting brightly colored paint from walls and scouring roofs. Now, visitors who want to see the eerie sights for themselves can take a tour of the town. The company that runs the tours has restored a few of the buildings to their historical looks. But most of the leftover buildings have been left to fill slowly, but surely, with sand. What geocachers have to say: “Hat mich irgendwie an Arizona erinnert wo es auch Ghosttowns gibt. Nur waren es hier keinen Diamanten sondern Gold. Absolut sehenswert. Vielen Dank für den Earthcache. Natürlich ein Schleifchen von uns.” Reminded me a little bit of Arizona, which also has ghost towns. Except here, of course, it wasn't gold, but diamonds. Absolutely worth visiting. Thank you very much for this EarthCache. Of course it gets a favorite point from us. b012887 Check out this amazing story-log by geocacher Henzz: “Great area, easily the coolest Lost Place we have ever been! Thanx go out to the owner, that did a great job at creating this wonderful esrth cache. The questions involved, brought us to think even further about our experience at Kolmanskuppe. If you're in town, this is the definite must do and the Cache as well! Thank you very much and greetings from germany!” John Milton Photos: Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Wir wollen von Dir hören!

1. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Mitarbeiter des Geocaching-Hauptquartiers machen sich auf den Weg, um herauszufinden, was Geocacher wollen. Es wird immer spannend im Geocaching-Hauptquartier, wenn neue Funktionen wie das Nachrichten-Center oder die Trackable-Unterstützung in der kostenlosen App bereit sind, um mit der Geocaching-Community geteilt zu werden. Der Weg zu einer neuen Funktion ist weit – Designer, Entwickler und viele andere entwickeln und testen sie mehrere Monate, bevor sie einsatzbereit ist. Aber bevor sie damit anfangen können, müssen wir herausfinden, welche Funktionen am wichtigsten sind. Wie machen wir das? Wir fragen Geocacher, wie sie das Spiel spielen. Ein Team von Mitarbeitern des Geocaching-Hauptquartiers reiste dazu kürzlich zum “Going Caching”-Mega-Event in Rome im US-Bundesstaat Georgia. Lies die komplette Geschichte und erfahre, wie Du Dich beteiligen kannst. [...]

Sag uns Deine Meinung! Nimm an der Umfrage zu Challenge-Geocaches teil.

1. Dezember 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Im April diesen Jahres haben wir eine Pause für die Einreichung neuer Challenge-Geocaches begonnen, um Informationen zu sammeln und auszuwerten, welchen Einfluss sie auf das Spiel haben. Nun wollen wir auch von Euch hören! In dieser Umfrage könnt Ihr uns wissen lassen, was für Erfahrungen Ihr mit Challenge-Geocaches gehabt habt. Was ist ein Challenge-Geocache? Mit Challenge-Geocaches können Geocache-Owner eine Herausforderung (“Challenge”) stellen, welche erfüllt werden muss, bevor dieser Geocache-Typ geloggt werden kann. Eine Qualifikation für einen Challenge-Geocache kann z.B. sein, Geocaches an allen Tagen eines Jahres zu finden. Challenge-Geocaches machen Spaß. Aber obwohl sie im letzten Jahrzehnt in der Geocaching-Community immer beliebter geworden sind, haben sie auch oft zu Verwirrungen geführt und können extra Hürden für die ehrenamtlichen Reviewer in der Community darstellen. Indem Du an dieser Umfrage teilnimmst, kannst Du uns helfen, ein besseres Rahmenwerk für Challenge-Geocaches zu bilden – für mehr Geocaching-Spaß. Vielen Dank! [...]

Verschenke Freude mit Geocaching – und erhalte einen kostenlosen Trackable!

24. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Perfekte Geschenke für die Geocacher in Deinem Leben zu finden, ist wie das Finden eines Geochaches – beides beschert Dir ein Lächeln. Die gute Nachricht: Wir haben genau das Richtige für Dich. Bei einem unserer internationalen Vertriebspartner findest Du die perfekten Geschenke für Deine Geocaching-Freunde. Dieses Mal möchten wir zur Weihnachtszeit ein besonderes Lächeln auf Dein Gesicht zaubern. Für eine begrenzte Zeit erhältst Du ab einem bestimmten Mindesteinkauf von einem teilnehmenden Händler kostenlose grüne Travel Bugs® in limitierter Auflage. Dabei kannst Du je nachdem wie viel Du erwirbst mehrere kostenlose Trackables bekommen (solange der Vorrat reicht)! [...]

Probier DAS auf jeden Fall zu Hause aus

21. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Das neueste Ländersouvenir: Litauen Ab sofort kannst Du das neuste Ländersouvenir zu Deiner Sammlung hinzufügen: Litauen. Ein Land voller mittelalterlicher Schlösser, Sandstrände und, natürlich, einer Fülle an Geocaches. Bei Deinem Besuch in Litauen, solltest Du nicht die folgenden Highlights verpassen: Geh entlang der Kurischen Nehrung spazieren. Diese lange Sanddüne trennt die Kurische Lagune von der Ostsee. Reise durch die Städte entlang der litauischen Grenze und folge dabei dieser Geocaching-Serie. Suche nach einem Geocache in Litauens Hauptstadt Vilnius, bekannt für ihre mittelalterliche Altstadt. Sieh Dir die Geocaches mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten in Litauen an und erfahre mehr über Geocaching in Litauen mit diesem Führer. Pssst … Ländersouvenirs sind virtuelle Kunstwerke, die nach dem Fund eines Geocaches in bestimmten Ländern in Deinem Profil angezeigt werden. In den nächsten Wochen werden wir drei neue Ländersouvenirs bekannt geben. 6 verrückte Tipps für alte Geocachebehälter Um den Findern fortlaufende Freude zu bringen, erfordern Geocaches fortlaufende Liebe, Pflege und Wartung. Für Geocache-Besitzer kann das bedeuten, dass sie das Logbuch austauschen, kleine Tauschgegenstände nachfüllen oder auch mal die Dose austauschen (Oh man!). Doch keine Angst: Du kannst jetzt Deine alten Geocache-Behälter mit Stil in den Ruhestand schicken! Auch wenn sie nicht mehr Deine Logbücher schützen, heißt das noch lange nicht, dass Du sie nicht auf kreative Weise “upcyclen” kannst. Hier findest Du sechs Möglichkeiten, wie Du die gebräuchlichsten Geocache-Behälter wiederverwenden kannst. Dann überprüfe doch mal, ob Dein Geocache Wartung benötigt: Niemand mag ein triefnasses Logbuch! 6 Tipps für alte Geocaching-Behälter [...]

RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) —Geocache der Woche (engl.)

20. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Geocache Name: RUDNIK MANGANA / MANGANESE MINE (GC4RCD7) — by marko0037 Location: Jesenice, SloveniaN 46° 27.000 E 014° 06.000 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D3.5/T3.5 Why this is Geocache of the Week: This geocache is the kind that brings you to a place you would probably never have otherwise heard of or visited. Set deep into a forest on Slovenia's northern border, this multi-cache will take you on a hike in the woods past old mining artifacts, culminating in an old manganese mine dating back to the 19th century. The mine itself is still accessible via two entrances — but use caution. And if you're not comfortable going inside the tunnel, there's plenty of lovely nature to explore nearby. Plus, if you find this cache, or any cache in Slovenia, you'll earn a shiny new Slovenia country souvenir. What the cache owner has to say: What sorts of things will a geocacher find while on this multi-cache tour?On the beginning of the path, you can see water slide between the two dams and an interesting springs of the stream Javornik. At the upper dam on the information board find the coordinates of the manganese mine. Do not forget to look the ore below an information board on the entry of the 200 year old manganese ore mine. Why did you want to bring people to this location?Beautiful nature, walking in silence, without other visitors. Historic mine in which it is still possible to enter, but only a few – 10m. What can you tell us about the history of the manganese mine?This mine was just one of many manganese mines in Slovenia. Manganese ores were processed in Jesenice ironworks. From this ore it was in Jesenice ironworks under the leadership of ing. Lambert PANTZ in 1872 that, for the first time (in the world), that blast furnace was used to produce manganese iron. The Industrial Company Kranj was awarded with the gold medal for extraordinary innovation at a global industry exhibition in Pennsylvania on the hundredth anniversary of the United States. Photos: Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]

Hier kommt das neueste Ländersouvenir

14. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Sag “Zdravo” zu Slowenien! Wir freuen uns sehr, Dir ein neues Länder-Souvenir anzukündigen, das Du bei Deinen Geocaching-Reisen erhalten kannst: Slowenien! Slowenien hat mehr als 7000 Km Wanderwege und ist eines der Länder dieser Welt mit der größten Biodiversität. Außerdem gibt es dort ziemlich coole Geocaches! Wenn Du nach Slowenien kommst, besuche unbedingt die folgenden Orte: Erhasche ein paar überwältigende Blicke auf den Bleder See. Erkunde während der Suche nach diesem EarthCache das größte bekannte Höhlensystem in Slovenien. Suche nach ein paar urbanen Geocaches in der Slowenischen Hauptstadt Ljubljana. Sieh Dir die Geocaches mit den meisten Favoritenpunkten in Slowenien an und erfahre mehr darüber in diesem Führer für Geocaching in Slowenien. Pssst … Ländersouvenirs sind virtuelle Kunstwerke, die nach dem Fund eines Geocaches in bestimmten Ländern in Deinem Profil angezeigt werden. In den nächsten vier Wochen werden wir wöchentlich ein neues Ländersouvenir vorstellen. Lies die Geocaching-Rundschreiben, um zu erfahren, welches das nächste Ländersouvenir ist. [...]

A race against time in Göttingen — BORN (GC5EG96) — Geocache der Woche (engl.)

13. November 2015 // 0 Kommentare

Snacks for the inside team. The outside teams will just have to wait. Geocache Name: Born (GC5EG96) — by team SOKO Gänseliesel (Hatti1971 & TobiO79) Location: Göttingen, Germany N 51° 34.319 E 009° 56.308 Difficulty/Terrain Rating: D5 / T4 Why this is Geocache of the Week: “Born” is a real-time adventure geocache, one of several such caches in Germany. The cache page (which is in German) sets the scene for this adventure (all a hypothetical scenario): The Federal Criminal Police Office has learned that a bombing is imminent in the city of Göttingen. Special Unit “Gänseliesel” has been summoned to begin the investigation. Chief Commissioner Schönbeck has been appointed to lead the unit. So far, the investigation has revealed that the bombs have been placed in Göttingen and are already on a countdown. The clock is ticking. This D5/T4 geocache cannot be found alone. In fact, you'll need 10-20 geocachers split into three teams in order to have a chance of finding it. One team stays at “Headquarters”: a location of their choosing, preferably filled with snacks. The other two teams are sent to 45 different locations around the city. At every location there's a countdown, and all three teams are given a question/puzzle to solve. According to the cache owners, “The teams in the city have to use the public transport to get to the locations in time and answer questions about historical or famous places in Göttingen. The team in the headquarter must deal with encryption, picture analysis, internet-research, maps and bus-timetables.” If all three teams solve their puzzles and submit their answers before the clock runs out, they continue on to the next task. This continues until the investigation is concluded and Göttingen is saved when the bomb is diffused. In total, each team is working non-stop for five hours. The moving teams will cover about 45 km throughout the evening, and eventually reach the center of the city. The CO says, “At the end, all three teams get to know where the geocache is hidden and move together to sign the logbook. Some teams even bring a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the successful search.” The T4 rating is well-earned. That's all we'll say here, but check out the photos below for more about this amazing cache. What the Cache Owner has to say: How often are the teams unable to “defuse the bomb” in time?“If your team starts the hunt for the geocache BORN, you never know if you are succsessfull. If one team is not able to reach the destination in the timelimit, the team in the headquarter cannot give the right answer. The investigation stops and the team must start another time. There ist always a tense between physical effort and moments of happiness on the one side and disappointment if you fail a task. Even though the geocache is difficult D5, some teams get it on the first attempt. Every second teams has to start a second time from a backup-point and only a few teams fail more often.” How long did it take you to develop this cache?“The idea was created in Summer '14. First we both made a list of locations in Göttingen that are interesting, then Hatti and I spend two days on bikes in Göttingen to visit all this places and take photos of the question-to-answer-stations. Then i took a bus map and planned two routes with basecamp that touch a lot of the interesting places. Meanwhile I develloped the homepage with all the functions you need to play this timed cache and manage teams and so on… The biggest part of work was to invent a story to connect the 26 chapters of the cache and find 3 x 26 tasks to occupy the three groups. When all was done we two played both outside-routes in realtime to check if the calculated times are ok to get to know what the cache will look like for the teams. The last step was a beta-test with a little group of geocachers to test the complete cache. On January the first, the cache was published. I think the cache was surely over 50 hours of planning, phoning, riding in Göttingen…” Is there anything you would like to say to the Geocaching community?“We love to invite you to come to Göttingen to find BORN or our brand-new spin-off ALERT (GC5RRQF). We want you to have a gread time and wish you that you are doing the great experience what it's like when teamwork succeeds. We have read all the amazing logs on our geocaches and thank for every feedback. Göttingen is an interesting city and you can discover it from a completely different side, if you hurry through the streets with the ticking clock in your neck. It was a hard job to concept our two geocaches, but the feedback from the community is great.” Photos: You know it's a cool cache when it has its own logo. Unit Headquarters often look like this… Or this… Or this. Find “Born” and you might end up doing this. One of the stops along the way, perhaps? Another stop along for the outside teams. This team eventually found success. Smiling (and weary) faces after completing the investigation. Those who reach this cache know ultimate geocaching success. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. [...]
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