During the show we often mention a website or product and say you can find more info in the show notes. Well, here they are – all of the show notes form our past shows. Is there hidden stuff in the notes? Nah, we would never do that. It is not like we all have a hobby of hiding things in random places just on the chance that others may go behind us and find them. Bwah-hah-hah (evil laugh). No need to scroll all the way through this long list (unless you want to) -the list at the top is linked to each corresponding week of notes.
- Show 82 – Cruise Caching with John Bishop
- Show 81 – Trackables & Travel Bugs
- Show 80 – Favorite Points
- Show 79 – 2017 Podcast of Hope
- Show 78 – What Got You Hooked on Geocaching?
- Show 77 – Dr. Polley & Teaching Geocaching in School
- Show 76 – Stephan & GCDroid
- Show 75 – Finnish Geocaching with Kuja1a
- Show 74 – The Wherigo Show
- Show 73 – Matt Mercurio of Treasure
- Show 72 – Joshua White of Extagz
- Show 71 – Geohnny Cache
- Show 70 – New Virtual Rewards
- Show 69 – New Geocache Guidelines
- Show 68 – Shanise Jordan from Treasure
- Show 67 – Cache Me if You Can: The Geocaching Board Game
- Show 66 – Muther’s Challenge with FuzzyB
- Show 65 – Geocaching and Social Media with Jangie
- Show 64 – Geotea the Geocaching Tea Shop with Jolien & Jenno
- Show 63 – 3Dimensional Rob – CZeeO of Munzee
- Show 62 – Geocaching Regrets
- Show 61 – When is a Geocaching Slump not a “Slump” with Doc Firewoman
- Show 60 – Can’t Miss Northwest Caches with Chris of the Northwest
- Show 59 – Intercaches & Mob Caches with ChileHead
- Show 58 – Cachly 3.0 with Nic Hubbard
- Show 57.5 – Pirates on the Lookout & The Friend League
- Show 57 – Brett Rogers, Geocaching in New York City
- Show 56 – Geocaching Kaity; School, Vlogging & Geocaching
- Show 55 – The Aussie Geocacher, Seemyshell
- Show 54 – Geocaching & Munzee, Can They Coexist? with The Geocaching Vlogger
- Show 53 – 201 Geocaches to Find Before You Die & Lower Wilson
- Show 52 – One Year Anniversary with DarrylW4
- Show 51 – Geocaching & Blogging, Sarah The Geocaching Junkie
- Show 50 – 2017 ASP Geobash Recap
- Show 49 – Challenge Cache Discussion
- Show 48 – Virtual Caches Need to Return
- Show 47 – Geocaching GeoTours
- Show 46 – MOGA 2017 Recap
- Show 45 – DevinC ASP Geobash Mega
- Show 44 – Difficulty/Terrain Ratings
- Show 43 – The CITO Show
- Show 42 – Ryan Semmel MOGA 2017
- Show 41.5 – Texas Challenge Mega and Festival Recap Show
- Show 41 – WVTim Geocaching Seminar & Gadget Caches Recap
- Show 40 – Geopaul
- Show 39 – Treasure Actor Rebecca Blair
- Show 38 – Texas MEGA
This week our guest is John of MinionBrigade
John’s travel company AMS Travel Sales
Special perks for Geocache Talk listeners: http://amstravelsales.com/page/geocachetalk
AMS Travel Sales Cache the Waves 2018
Alaskan Cruise June 15-22, 2018
Jesse’s favorite caches found while cruising:
- Queen’s Stair Case GC2CXZQ – Nassau, Bahamas
- The Water Tower GCC413 – Nassau, Bahamas
- Cathedral Cache GC43MGV – Nassau, Bahamas
- Pirates of the Caribbean GC1QF1D – St. Martin
John’s contact for vacation planning: email@example.com
Jesse visited The Grotto GC9CBB over the break
New Blog Post “Sitting on Cache Nine: My Journey as a Cache Owner” by Tentmantent
Sydney’s first found trackable: MamaDuck riding the waves
IB Geocaching Trackable Resurrection & Release Events: https://ibgeocaching.com/resurrection/
Podcast of Hope recap: $2239 raised so far! You can still donate at events.stjude.org/podcastofhope
Geocaching Help Center – Favorite Points
Hour 1: Holiday Books and Movies with slinkymama and Memfis Wife
It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration in Seneca Falls, NY
Hour 2: Looking Back and Looking Forward with Team Podcacher
Hour 3: Holiday Gadgets with DarrylW4
Jump Start kits
- Siren Song – Personal Protection Alarm
For the Home
On the Trail
- Hydra Smart Bottle – The Ultimate Smart Water Bottle
- Moshi’s Digits, Glider Gloves Urban Style Touchscreen Gloves (lighter weight), Kent Wang Deerskin gloves (Leather, dressier)
- Selfie Drone – Take Selfies With This Cool Mini Drone!
- Ricoh Theta V Amazon: $426.99, Insta360 One Amazon: $319.99, Samsung Gear 360 (2017) Amazon: $162.84
- GeoGearHeads Episode 111.1 – Wallabee’s 2nd Birthday
- GeoGearHeads Episode 85 – Wallabee
- Garfield Go
- Pokémon Go
Hour 8: It IS about the Numbers with SoDakZak and Memfis wife
- First cache Fire Laser! GC1MY1A
- Next cache find was almost 2 years later
- 5×5 caches GC1ZAD1 Wyrmholes
- Challenge caches GC7FENW (100 EC/V) and GC7DY8Y (100 5/5) and even GC7GGEX (100K words)
- First cache Marshall CSA GCQPAJ back in 2006
Next week is our Podcast of Hope! Visit events.stjude.org/podcastofhope if you’d like to donate to a great cause.
This week our guest is Dr. Polley, The Scarlet Beaver.
Dr. Polley teaches science to students in 5th-8th grades. He hides caches for his students to find under the geocaching account DrPolleyClass.
Cacherosclerosis – a puzzle cache created by one of Dr. Polley’s students
You can contact Dr. Polley by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Geocache Talk blog post: 15 Questions with Clappy
Stephan & GCDroid
GCDroid – Google Play Store
Sign up for GCDroid beta program here!
You can email Stephan with your questions: email@example.com
This week our guest is kuja1a from Finland!
Christel’s cache Pakki sekaisin (Messy Toolbox)
Christel attend Great Moravia 2017 Giga Event
Faszination Nordkap – post-glasiale landløfte – Nordkapp, Norway
Section 31 GC1QET6 by StaticTank – completed by SoDakZak and EJKPBR during the show.
Some wherigos builders we recommend:
- Urwigo – downloadable program; site is in Czech but can easily be translated to English
- Rangerfox – web based builder
Phone apps for playing wherigos:
Matt has had roles in the following TV shows and movies
- Sleepy Hollow
- The Resident
- American Made with Tom Cruise
- Hangman with Al Pacino and Karl Urban
- The Leisure Seeker
You can buy the DVD or Blu-Ray on the Treasure website
New Blog Post – The 5 People You Meet in Caching | Andy Wright
This week our guest is Joshua White, owner of Extagz!
Extagz & Pathtags Exchange Facebook Group
Extags Facebook Page
This week our guest is Geohnny Cache
Ron found geocaching through his Little Free Library
Port Huron Monthly Meet & Greet: GC7DEWJ
Ron is in a band called Smith and Tucker
Ron is one of 6 hosts for #USGeocachingHour, a weekly tweet chat about geocaching
Map view of all the new virtual caches on Project GC
New Virtual Rewards Mentioned on the Show
- Most favorited is Narodni dum Prostejov “Nationwide House of Prostějov” 190FP
- GC7B76V BEINN NIBHEIS – VIRTUAL REWARD 5×5 – Scotland
- GC7B78T Top of the Mount – 5×5 Japan
- The Star! in Frisco, Texas GC7B991
- Geocaching Vlogger’s video at The Star!
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton House in Seneca Falls, New York GC7B7H3
There are new guidelines specifically for Virtual Rewards
The new geocaching guidelines can be found here
- Monitor logs for reported problems.
- Post an Owner Maintenance log after doing maintenance.
- Update the cache page if conditions or coordinates change.
- Disable a cache page when the cache is not available or you need time to fix reported problems. A cache page can stay disabled for a reasonable amount of time – generally up to four weeks.
- Occasionally mark trackables as missing if they are not in the geocache.
- Delete logs that appear to be false or inappropriate.
“Cache owners who do not maintain their existing caches in a timely manner may temporarily or permanently lose the right to list new caches on Geocaching.com.”
Shanise Jordan plays Sierra in Treasure, the movie about geocaching!
She had various entertainment jobs at Disney and Universal Studios.
She had many roles during Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
To find out more about Treasure:
Shanise’s Twitter – @JordanShanise
You can buy Treasure on Blu-0Ray or DVD at treasurethemovie.com
Cache Me if You Can is made by DPH Games
Dan plans to be at the following events to sell the game:
- Metro Gathering – October 28, 2017
- ASP Geobash – May 19, 2018
- Geowoodstock 2018 – May 26, 2018
- Midwest Geobash – July 28, 2018
The Cache Me if You Can Card Game is Coming Soon!
This week our guest is FuzzyB
A Real Challenge (Muther’s Challenge) – Peoria, Illinois
Has been found 3 times, DNFed 448 times.
Muther’s Challenge was featured on the Geocaching.com Blog
A Real Challenge, 10th Birthday Event – November 4, 2017
There will be food and games as well as a coin available for purchase that says “I DNFed The Shelter”
- Geocache Talk geocoins are for sale on our website www.geocachetalk.com
- Our newest blog post is up “More Than Just a Geocaching Log Sheet” sent in by Sir Drumalot
- Colorado got its 1st new virtual: GC7B8GQ Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s)
Geocaching and Social Media
Our guest this week is Jangie!
We talk pro and cons of geocaching on social media, how to keep followers engaged and more!
Virtual Rewards are here!
4,000 geocachers were chosen to publish a new virtual cache within one year. Cachers were chosen based on “geocaching activity, geocache quality, and geocache health”
See more details on the Geocaching Blog
Geotea – The Geocaching Tea Shop
Our guests this week are Jolien & Jenno from Belgium!
Geotea – A Geocaching Tea and Coffee Shop
Located in Lille, Belgium
They hope to open by the end of September or early October.
Rob gets to travel all around the world and attend Munzee events! He was recently in Europe.
Munzee Causes – Munzee Gives Back
Game Within a Game:
MHQ Bash 4 is September 22-24! You can get all the details on the Munzee Blog.
What are our geocaching regrets?
- Visited Paris, France and Madrid, Spain before I knew about geocaching
- Geowoodstock IX was only 140 miles from me – also before I knew about geocaching
- Tarryall GC18 while in Colorado last summer
- Stephens Lake GC2BE – I need this hidden month for Jasmer 2/2001
- The Queen’s Staircase GC5QC27 while in Nassau, Bahamas in 2015, along with wishing I had found a few more caches in Nassau in general
- We DNF’ed Urban Hunt GC1445 in PA on our way to Martinsburg. Hidden 8/2001 – need that month for Jasmer
- GeoWoodstock 13 in Maryland – only 240 miles from me
- Scotland – especially on the Isle of Mull
- Seattle – all of them including the Triad
- Pu’u’ula’ula (Red Hill) Haleakala Volcano Summit in Hawaii
- Geowoodstock 13 and all the WV Tim caches
- Texas Challenges
Our guest this week is Doc Firewoman
What is a “slump” ??
“A period of time during which a person goes without an object or action”
- How long is that “period of time”?
- Are you just being selective?
- Is “life happening”?
- Have you had a negative experience?
- Limited by time distance etc?
- Change in priorities
- Is a slump always bad?
- What can you do to break that slump?
- My best antidote- go with a friend
- Introduce someone new
Our guest this week is ChrisOfTheNorthWest
- Geocaching Headquarters Groundspeak HQ | GCK25B by Geocaching HQ
- Headquarters GeoTour – 9 caches
- Double Bubble Toil & Trouble Traditional | GC24H25 by majorbonnet
- Kerry Viewpoint Park Virtual | GC62C8 by iwcotton
- Geocache Traditional | GCD by A.J. & Karen (adopted by hydnsek)
- Johnny Islands Throne Room Traditional | GC57ZJR by goblindust
- Geo Post Office and TB Transfer Station Letterbox Hybrid | GC4X31C by twlare
- The Bloated Festering Head of My First Victim Traditional | GCJ7VH by Swamp-Thing
BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
- The Chicken Channel Traditional | GC5FN87 by dragon flyer
- Gold Country Geotrail
- Treehugger (BC’s First Cache) Traditional | GC1DD by QuigleyJones (original owners Todd & Chikako)
- Original Stash Tribute Plaque Traditional | GCGV0P by Geocaching HQ
- Un-Original Stash Traditional | GC92 by Makaio – adopted by sonorazark
- GC12 5/12/2000 Traditional | GC12 by Jerry Connelly (GeoNap & fractal & lobotomy)
- Geocache 7/21/00 Traditional | GC17 by Jerry Connelly (adopted by nmartin)
- Astoria Column Virtual | GC1901 by Tre and Family
Mary Hyde Week 2
July 24-30, 2017
You’ll earn the souvenir with the second map piece when you collect 10 gold coins individually. Souvenir will be awarded on your profile on August 2, 2017.
Find and log a geocache = 5 gold coins.
Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 7 gold coins.
Attend and log an event cache = 7 gold coins.
Retrieve a trackable from a cache = 5 gold coins.
Drop a trackable into a cache = 10 gold coins.
More Info on the FAQ Page
Requires a mob size of your choosing to collect themselves at a location of your choosing before the coordinates – or other message – is revealed
Mob Cache Website
Usually listed as a mystery cache
- Offline List Performance Upgrades: allow for massive lists to be saved (tested over 50k caches) and very fast loading.
- Offline List Clustering: This speeds up loading of very large offline lists, but can be turned off and all options changed.
- Offline List Filtering: Powerful filtering with the following filter options, Archived, Attributes, Available, Cache Note, Cache Type, Owned, Container Size, Country, DNF, Description, Difficulty, Favorites, Found, GC Code, Has Cache Note, Has Corrected Coordinates, Has Photos, Has Trackables, Has Waypoints, Highlighted, Hint, Is Premium, Log Text, Name, Owner, Placed By, State and Terrain.
- Bulk Pending Log Upload!
- New Coordinate Parser allows searching of any coordinate format
- Current location heading indicator
- Search Options: Search by State or Country
- Coordinate Projection for Waypoints
- Direct text input of coordinates to create waypoints
- Usage screen show detailed Cachly disk usage
- Option to not automatically search for caches on start
- Option to download offline images for a cache
- coord.info URLs can be entered into search
- Recent logs can use smiley or DNF icons
- UTM Coordinates shown in Additional Information
- Upside down portrait mode
- Option to clear all found checkmarks
- Export GPX enhancements
- Updated GPX error messages
- Field Notes are now Drafts
There is a new feature on geocaching.com, The Friend League! This new feature is a big part of this summer’s souvenir promotion.
You and your friends on geocaching.com will need to work collectively to gain a certain number of coins that is specified by Geocaching HQ. During the summer promotion, the rules for earning gold coins will change every Monday morning and “the Friend League will refresh and the gold coin count goes back to zero.”
To earn the first souvenir of the Mary Hyde map, attend an event on July 15th or 16th. To earn the second souvenir, you will need to individually gain 5 gold coins, and your Friend League will need to collectively earn at least 30 gold coins between July 17-23.
Release Notes – New Friend League
Blog Post – The Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde
Blog Post – Pirates on the lookout: Introducing the Friend League
Friend League/Mary Hyde FAQs
Brett Rogers addisonbr
Owner of Snug as a Bug in Central Park GC12F8M
Most found traditional in the United States
Challenges of maintaining a physical cache that is found about 3 times a day
Bridges & Arches of Central Park
32 Stage Multi Cache in Central Park, NYC
Geocache of the Week in February 2015 – Video Link
Won 3 awards in 2008 from the Metro NY Geocaching Society
There is a coin for finishers
Brett will be on again to talk about the Dastardly Manhattan Puzzle Caches
Some highlights of Kaity’s videos:
12 days of Geocachemas
Check out Kaity’s YouTube Channel: Geocaching Kaity
A new Geocache Talk blog post is up! The Best Cache I Never Found #2 – Glasgow Grandeur
Seemyshell, The Aussie Geocacher
Craig took a trip to the Red Centre Experience event on his motorcycle. GC6825Z
Check out Seemyshell’s YouTube video from the event!
Filmic Pro – video app Craig used for filming for his vlog during the trip
WikiCamps – app Craig used to find places to camp along his trip
Seemyshell has an active following on Periscope. He does a live video almost every day. You can find him @Seemyshell
Craig is in the middle of editing his entry for this year’s GIFF
Craig’s video from GIFF 2016: Spitting the Dummy
Munzee is NOT Geocaching with Stickers – Joshua’s Video
Comparing Munzee & Geocaching is like comparing apples and oranges
Munzee Types – New Munzee types come out very frequently. Newest type is the Evolution Munzee
Munzee Clans – 10 people working together to reach goals set by Munzee Headquarters. Can win prizes to put back into the game
Munzee ZeeOps – Basically individual clan wars. You have to meet daily goals and get prizes if you complete them.
Munzee does a lot to give back to charitable organizations.
Latest donation was for wildlife rescue organizations & adopted a tiger named Mystery.
Announcements made on the Munzee Blog
The Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde – Geocaching.com’s summer souvenir promotion
Lower Wilson score for geocaches can be found on Project GC
“Normally with this formula, everyone who doesn’t give a point is down-rating the item. But since favorite points only exists for those with premium memberships, we are only counting the data from premium members.”
GCVote – website and browser extension for rating geocaches
Ed Watson Was a Bad Man – 5/5 virtual cache in Florida that Jesse did
One Year Anniversary with DarrylW4
Geocoin Giveaway!! Get your answers in by Sunday 6/11 at midnight CST.
DarrylW4 is doing the Great Cycling Challenge to raise money for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. He has a goal to ride 62 miles in the month of June. If you would like to sponsor Darryl, you can find the information here.
A big thanks to The Travel Bugs NEW music! Steve was so kind to come up with some new music just for Geocache Talk! Check out Steve’s website and calendar so you can plan to see him live at a concert near you. http://steveweeksmusic.com/schedule.php
Geocaching & Blogging with Sarah, The Geocacaching Junkie
The New Geocache Talk Blog!
Sarah’s first post “The Best Cache I Never Found”
How can our listeners participate?
Looking for listeners to write about the best cache they never found.
People who just joined the ‘millennium club’ and have just found their 1,000th cache.
- Email Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact her via Facebook message or Twitter (@thegeojunkie) message
Caching in Ireland v. The rest of Europe
Sarah attended the Giga event last year in Germany
Project Glück Auf 2016
Sarah is nominated for Best Geocaching Blogger or Vlogger of the Year in the British and Irish Geocaching Awards
Link for voting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ngas
Voting is open until July 13
2017 ASP Geobash Mega Recap
- Thursday night “Pizza & Mountain Pies” event
- Meet & Greet Bonfire event hosted by the Allegheny Rangers
- LOTS of great swag available to purchase; hoodies, t shirts, pathtags, geocoins.
Photos of the glow in the dark Night Cacher version of the ASP Geobash XII geocoin
Q&A Session with Reviewers
- Got to meet Ben & Jayme, the Lackeys, and their 2 year old daughter
- 10 lab caches – they were all gadget caches located around the event grounds
- Big Announcement after the group photo: Next year’s mascot is the Luna Moth
3 new night caches were published for the event
- Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Canada!
- Attend an event on either July 1st or 2nd 2017 to receive the Canada Day 2017 souvenir!
Completing a Challenge Cache:
- Project GC has a map of challenge caches on their website (http://project-gc.com/Tools/Challenges?map ). You can use different filters to search for something more specific you might be looking for.
- Project GC Challenge Checkers: http://project-gc.com/Tools/Challenges
- Project GC FAQ for Challenge Checkers: http://project-gc.com/Home/FAQ#3082063764
About the Challenge Cache Moratorium:
- Pause on New Challenge Caches http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=331493
- Moratorium ended on May 25, 2016 http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=339318
- Help Center for Challenge caches with new guidelines – https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=127&pgid=206
Creating a Challenge Cache:
- To publish a new challenge cache you as the CO must already qualify for it
- You will need to demonstrate that a “reasonable number” of people are already qualified.
- Request a Project GC checker to be built on the Forum: http://project-gc.com/forum/list?8
- Geocaching Wiki page for Virtual Caches: http://geocaching.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_cache
- Sydney’s Favorite Virtual Cache: Auto Art
- Geocache of the Week in November 2016 was a Virtual Cache: GCNQ40 Horka – Pumpenhaus https://www.geocaching.com/blog/tag/virtual-cache/
- Currently there are 4,613 virtual caches left. 1.5% of all active geocaches
- Most popular virtual cache according to Lower Wilson score: Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum
- Webcams are “virtual” caches that are still around but no longer allowed to be published
- Power Vista webcam cache in New York near Niagara Falls
- Checkpoint Minnesota – Find special markers all over the state of Minnesota and you can win prizes
Our idea for new virtual caches – the History Cache!
- A virtual cache could be approved by a group of volunteers. They could be from the American Historical Association. There are historical groups all over the world.
- The caches could be required to deliver a history lesson and have the info come from the cache page and from the site.
- No container since you would often not want to place an object at a truly historic site. Permission would be required just like with Earthcaches.
- This type could work in great with our discussion from last week – GeoTours.
- A collection of caches in a specific location. Can be all in one city or throughout multiple states.
- The first GeoTour came out in June 2012, the RiverWalk GeoTour in Columbus, Georgia and still exists today.
- There are currently 67 active GeoTours and have had 100 total so far.
- The need to know about GeoTours
- Both Basic and Premium members can find and log GeoTour geocaches of all types and D/T ratings!
- Each GeoTour has a unique GeoTour code (GT code). For example, the HQ GeoTour in Seattle, Washington has the code GT29. Find the list of all GT codes at this link. bit.ly/GTcodes2017
- How do you use the Geocaching mobile app to make it easier to compete a GeoTour? bit.ly/GeoTourApp
- What are the benefits of being listed as an official GeoTour?
- Special page and special section in app
- Promotion across the world with support from Geocaching HQ (newsletter, blog, social media, banner ads)
- What would an organizer need to do to become an official GeoTour?
- Most of our organizers are Chambers of Commerce, travel organizations or park systems. They would need to sign a legal contract, pay the fee and hide the geocaches.
- The 3 newest GeoTours:
- New GeoTours coming soon:
- Buena Vista, Colorado launches May 1
- Parkland County, Alberta launches May 8
- A Few Unique GeoTours:
- Cache de Bayou Event October 13-15, 2017 – Houma Travel GeoTour (GT53)
- This 3 day event will feature new caches, a unique event coin, mini events sponsored by various Geocachers and Geocaching groups, a breakfast mixer, trackable trading, group photos, and more! More specific event details will be published soon.
You can find the list of all the current GeoTours here!
Thursday, April 20th
Friday, April 21st
- Joint Lunch with #usgeocachinghour and our show at the Little Apple Brewery
- TREASURE SHOWING with Chris Williamson
- 1:30 pm – 8:00 pm MOGA Movie and Packet Pickup by the Pool
Saturday, April 22nd
- 8:00 am – 8:30 pm MOGA 2017
- Zak started the day early and got 12 icons before 10am
- Gary, Susan, Geocaching with Darick and ½ of Couple of Bucks did 10 icons in one day
- Zak competed in the two-man competition and came in 1st place!
- Jesse, Joshua The Geocaching Vlogger, and Josh’s friends, Sam and Joe, competed in the 4-man MOGA cup race and won!
- 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm MOGA Closing CeremoniesSunday, April 23rd
- 8:30 am -10:00 am Mad Chef and Brawny Bear’s Annual MOGA Breakfast
ASP Geobash XII GC6WW5C – May 20, 2017
Allegany State park
Quaker Area – https://parks.ny.gov/parks/1/hunting.aspx
Redhouse Area – https://parks.ny.gov/parks/73/details.aspx
The 65,000 acres (260 km2), Allegany State Park began on May 2, 1921, when an Act of the New York State Legislature approved the purchase of a 7,000 acres (28 km2) tract of land in the Quaker Run Valley.
- What is the history of the event? When was it started? http://www.aspgeobash.com/history/
- An Allegany State Park employee, Mon@rch, wanted to have a Geocaching event in the park.
In 2005, which was the year before the first ASP Geobash, he contacted NYGO, who directed him to the nearest club, which was the Allegany County Cachers Association.
Brownout was the president of that group at the time and was excited about the idea and got the ball rolling.
- Early on, it was clear that this event would attract participants from Pennsylvania, so 2 more caching groups, The Kinzua Area Cachers and The Keystone Cachers, were contacted for assistance. Several members from each of the three groups, and Mon@rch from the park, became the first ASP Geobash committee.
- The first event had 3 main components that every ASP has contained since then; a bonfire on Friday, the main event on Saturday and a pancake breakfast to wrap it all up on Sunday.
That first committee had quite a task, but were very successful. The held a 3 day event in May of 2006 that about 300 people showed up for. I’m sure that they were surprised that many attended and it created a challenge for them to try to grow this thing into a Mega Event.
That first committee really should be thanked. Given that it was its first year, the committee had to figure out what they needed to do to put it on and personally paid for it.
Here we are, working on ASP Geobash 12, over a decade later.
- An Allegany State Park employee, Mon@rch, wanted to have a Geocaching event in the park.
- What year did it first make Mega status? http://www.aspgeobash.com/history/asp-geobash-iv-2009/
ASP Geobash III, held in 2008 was the first one to get Mega status. It was attended by just over 500 people.
- When was the idea started to choose an animal found in the part to be the mascot each year?
Starting with ASP Geobash II, the committee decided to choose a different animal in the park each year to serve as a mascot. It makes it easier to brand each year’s event a little differently.
So, ASP Geobash I and ASP Geobash X were the only events to not feature a single animal from the park as a mascot. ASP Geobash X was a little different because we featured the 9 mascots from the previous 10 events.
This year’s mascot is the bobcat and we actually have next year’s mascot chosen and will be unveiling that at some point over the ASP Geobash XII weekend.
- What activities are planned for the day of the event?
The traditional Ammo Can toss. A creative cache contest. A kids coloring contest. Geo-bingo. Basket raffle.
- Will there be Lab caches?
Yes. This year we are going to have lab caches that are going to be various gadget caches in locations around the event grounds.
- What vendors will be at the event?
We are excited to be welcoming a “first timer” vendor this year. Space Coast Geocaching Store is going to be our main geocaching supply vendor this year. I guess they are planning to bring a lot of stuff, so that is pretty exciting.
- Lackey(s) from Geocaching HQ will be attending
This year, after not having one for a few years, we will have a lackey in attendance. Ben Hewitt, who is the Product Manager at Groundspeak and his wife Jayme, who is also a lackey. They go by the username benandjayme.
- New night caches in the park are usually published on Friday and Saturday nights
We will be releasing night caches each night. Not as many as last year when there were 4 each night, but a couple new ones. There are a lot of active night caches in the park right now, so there wasn’t as much of a need for a whole bunch of new ones.
The night caches really are a highlight of ASP Geobash. It is just cool to go out into this wild park, in the dark, to follow trails of fire tacks. It isn’t a trip to ASP without getting a night cache. Very much a tradition.
- Satellite Events:
- Thursday 6pm – ASP Geobash Pizza & Mountain Pies Event GC72FB3
It is Thursday night at 6pm. This is a new event for the weekend. Thursday, throughout the day, a lot of activity happens. The grounds get set up for the bash. We usually have dozens of geocachers who show up to help out. We thought it would be nice to have a laid back, low key, potluck style event for those people that night for everyone to just relax before all of the craziness.
We are going to have a fire for cooking mountain pies and the ovens in the mess hall will be available for anyone who wants to cook a pizza.
Very laid back event. Should be cool.
- Friday 5pm – Stoned in a Flash… in PA!!! (Flashmob Event) GC720RD
It is hosted by the Steppingstones. It is held in the nearby Pennsylvania city of Bradford at 5PM. It is an event for people to hit up on their way to the park. First chance to meet up with some of the other bashers.
- Friday 7pm – ASP Geobash Bonfire Meet & Greet GC72FAN
It is held behind the mess hall, on the event grounds, at 7 PM.
This has become a pretty exciting event. It has grown significantly. Usually around 300 people, so it has become as large as the original ASP Geobash.
This year, a musical group, The Very Amazing Gentlemen, will be performing. They were the entertainment last year and were very well received, so we are having them back.
- Saturday 7am – Stoned in a Flash (Flashmob Event) GC720RA
This is another Flash mob hosted by the Steppingstones. This one is held in the nearby New York city of Salamanca. It is at 7 AM and usually everyone leaves from there to head on down to the main event.
- Sunday – Unofficial Event Pancake Breakfast and Clean Up
This is another component of bash weekend that has been around since the beginning. The organizing committee cooks sausage and pancakes for all attendees that show up. After eating, people usually stick around to help out with cleaning up the event grounds.
- What is the history of the event? When was it started? http://www.aspgeobash.com/history/
Difficulty- Effort needed to solve and find the cache and logbook at GZ.
Terrain – Physical effort needed to arrive at coordinates.
D: Easy to find or solve within a few minutes.
T: The hike is less than 0.5 mile (0.8 km) and wheelchair accessible (attribute required). Most likely paved and flat.
D: Easy to find or solve within 10-15 minutes.
T: The hike is less than 0.5 mile (0.8 km). Most likely flat but may not be wheelchair accessible.
D: Relatively easy to find or solve within 30 minutes
T: The hike is less than 2 miles (3 km) along well-defined paths with no significant elevation change or overgrowth.
D: A mild challenge, but relatively easy for an experienced geocacher.
T: Terrain may have small elevation changes or moderate overgrowth.
D: A somewhat challenging puzzle or hiding spot.
T: The hike may be more than 2 miles (3 km) on varied terrain – too difficult to ride a bike due to elevation changes or significant overgrowth.
D: Quite difficult. Be prepared for a mental challenge.
T: Quite strenuous, extended hike on widely variable terrain.
D: Very difficult and may take special knowledge, advanced preparation, or multiple trips.
T: Very strenuous movement that may include significant distance, overgrowth, swimming, or elevation changes.
D: Extremely difficult. Most likely requires special knowledge or skills.
T: Extremely demanding movement over potentially hazardous terrain.
D: The most extreme mental challenge. Requires specialized knowledge, skills, tools, or significant effort to find, solve, or open.
T: Requires specialized equipment such as scuba gear, a boat, rock climbing gear, or similar.
- Does a tree climb automatically make it a 5T?
- If a boat is required during some times of the year, is it still a 5 terrain? Ex. If you need a boat in summer, but can walk on the ice in winter.
- Does a ladder qualify as specialized equipment? A 4×4?
- Where would a 10 mile hike (or a 14er) rate for terrain?
- How do you rate a “difficult” puzzle?
- How do you rate the difficulty for challenge caches? Does the difficulty of the challenge requirements affect the rating for the cache?
- How can we better cachers and better cache owners? Using attributes, better descriptions, reading logs and looking at photos if you want to do that.
- Should a D/T rating be changed after a cache has been published?
Online rating system: http://www.clayjar.com/gcrs/
Another online rating system: http://www.techblazer.com/geocache-rating-calculator.php
The 2017 CITO weeks will occur April 22-April 30, 2017 and September 23–October 1, 2017.
- Cache In Trash Out events are gatherings of geocachers to improve parks and other cache-friendly places.
- Examples of CITO-appropriate activities include tree-planting, trail-building, removing invasive species and removing trash from a designated location.
- To be published on Geocaching.com external events will need to designate a portion or section of the larger event to be by geocachers for geocachers.
- CITO Event listings must include a start and end time and last at least 1 hour.
- CITO Cache In Trash Out® (CITO) is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. Since 2002, CITO has helped preserve the natural beauty of cache-friendly spaces. In that time, more than 240,000 people have volunteered at 11,000 CITO events.
Tips for Attending CITO Events:
- Check the cache page to see if there is any equipment or special clothing you should bring/wear to the event
- It is helpful to bring a trash grabber
Tips for Hosting CITO Events:
- To host an event, contact a land manager, local organization, or government agency to determine your community’s needs. Make sure to get permission for your project.
- Post on the cache page what activity you will be doing during the event
- List any extra equipment that attendees should bring
- Bring water and snacks to the event for attendees if you can.
- Make sure attendees are being safe during the event. Instruct attendees not to pick up anything harmful but to let you know if they find anything
- Have a plan to dispose of the trash you collect
- If you are covering a large area, make sure you have a head count and provide transportation
- You can CITO on a trail but moving events are against the rules so you have to keep someone at GZ.
Joshua the Geocaching Vlogger and Cache Advance are teaming up this month for the return of the #geochallenge and this month is to do a video or picture at a CITO event or picking up trash while out geocaching.
Joshua’s #GeoChallenge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sblfM28MFL4
- Flint Hills Geocachers is proud to be the hosting directors of, Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure (MOGA) 2017.
- When it began? Founded in 2004, MOGA has held one of the world’s largest annual Geocaching based competitions with its origins in orienteering.
- What states can hold MOGA?
- What does MOGA stand for?
- The Midwest Open Geocaching Adventure is the largest geocaching competition in the world. MOGA 2017 will be in Manhattan, KS USA on April 22, 2017. Manhattan, Kansas is the furthest west MOGA has traveled and will be the First Mega Geocaching event to be held in Kansas.
- Friday Events
- Lunch at NOON with #usgeocachinghour folks and geocache talk fans at the Little Apple Brewery
- Treasure showing at 2pm with an Ask The Director right after the movie!
- Saturday Events
- The competitions – Individual, two person or four person team competitions. Find the most caches in the time period to win. Individual competition in the morning. Team competitions in the afternoon.
- What activities do you have for people not in the competition?
- You need to register to be at MOGA regardless of your level of participation.
- Official MOGA Events:
- Events will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton, Manhattan Kansas
530 Richards Drive, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, United States
Any questions please contact us @ 2017MOGA@gmail.com
- Prior to Thursday
- Jesse’s getting to 5,000
- Jesse completing several challenges, Gary’s thoughts on challenges
- Our eventful conclusion to Jasmer and 5,000
- Attempted Tree Climb at night
- Thursday Night
- Treasure was shown in a private screening in a Drive-In
- people’s reaction at the end
- Friday Night
- Lab Cache experience
- Blarney Blast
- Morning – event kickoff
- Good Booths there, missed having FTF Magazine there
- Met the new reviewer for Texas and had dinner with him as well as a Lackey, Meg Hatch aka Ponystream
- Challenge Begins
- Meeting Molly the Geocaching and Fire Safety Dog
- Talking to so many wonderful people (from all over the world)
- And the winners are ……North….again…5 years in a row
- Next year is already set! Mark your calendars for 3/10/2018
- Fun note – we grabbed that FTF in Texas and when I got home one came out late at night – so I got an FTF in two different states in one day.
- Prior to Thursday
- The event had 3 breakout sessions that lasted ~1 hour each. Each session had 3 options to choose from.
Travel Caching – 1st session
- Recommended a website & app called RoadTrippers.
- Can create a route and find various points of interest along that route
- Can also get Google Earth Pro for free which can help visualize your route
- Showed how to import that route into geocaching.com to create a PQ
- Url to the presentation: https://goo.gl/Ejy65O
Creative Cache Building
- Location is key
- Tim uses 4 different types of screws to put the cache together so that it is harder to tamper with
- Different ways to provide tools: make a drawer on the cache, build the tool into the cache somehow (allen wrench) or make it a multi and provide the tool at the first waypoint
- Tim uses untreated pine for his bird houses. Adds a primer coat and 3 layers of paint
- Suggests waiting until you know your location to paint the cache. Can make it themed to the location that way.
- After it’s painted use bug killer on the cache to prevent ants or other bugs from getting inside
- Smart caches with arduinos
- Program the arduino on your computer
- Will need a power supply. Tim usually asks the cacher to bring some AA batteries
- There are many different kinds of sensors; temperature, force, brightness, altitude. Also can use LED lights, buttons or switches
Tim has 4 caches on the premises of the event
- Safecracker http://coord.info/GC4612D Have to look around GZ for 4 hidden clues in order to figure out the combination to the lock
- *some assembly required http://coord.info/GC467T2 Have to use provided directions and assemble a small device in order to figure out the coordinates for stage 2
- Gadgets Supplied http://coord.info/GC4VKV5 there is a drawer on the cache with a dowel, magnifying glass, a couple batteries, a battery case, and a washer. One of these items will help you figure out the combination to the padlock
- This Old House http://coord.info/GC44R3V A classic “find what is provided at GZ to help you open the cache”
Other noteable WVTim caches we found
Tim’s geotrails with reward coins still available
- Smart Caches of Berkeley County https://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=e1289fa1-39a4-41d1-bb91-25e59e9902ba
- Mystery Caches of Berkeley County https://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=319d933f-8fb6-4233-ab5f-59a8c4065ec1
Ape Cache News – https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/03/and-the-winner-is/
- How did you first learn about Geocaching?
- Who do you Geocache with?
- Where has Geocaching taken you?
- What do you like most about Geocaching?
- What was your favorite geocaching experience?
- Named Geocacher of the Month!
- Paul’s Travel Bug recovery: Celebrate!
- When you aren’t Geocaching, what are you up to?
Some of Paul’s Favorite Geocaching Moments
- The Grain Battery Tower GC1DKZ6
- Paul’s 1000th Cache At The Top Of Mount Snowdon
- ROC (Royal Observer Corps) bunker
- Trip to America 10/29 in Florida
Shirts for sale – http://geocachetalk.com/shop/
Show Topic – Rebecca – ANGELA in the movie
- Rebecca Blair is an actress and writer, known for Treasure (2017), A Mother Torn (2015) and City of Mermaids (2016).
- How did you get your start in acting?
- You were a news anchor for many years. What was that experience was like? Did you cover any interesting stories?
- Since we have an adventurous audience, I have to ask.. I hear you were a a Rock climber and may have a story to share?
- Moving On (short) Lead Kriscourt Productions
- A Mother Torn Lead Chris Williamson
- Quick Summary: Erica finds herself in trouble and has to do community service at a soup kitchen to stay out of jail. She meets Ryan and they grow close while geocaching – a game played with a GPS-enabled device that allows you to download coordinates to ‘caches’ hidden by other players. Erica, Ryan, and her widowed father Ethan learn lessons about life by trying to do things they never thought possible. Together they discover the meaning of life isn’t so hard to find…if you’re looking for it!
- Can you tell us about going to the casting call for Treasure
- How was it working with:
- Chris Williamson
- Ansley Gordon – Erica
- Matt Mercurio – RYAN
- John Hardy – ETHAN
You can preorder the movie off the website: treasurethemovie.com for 19.99 in the U.S. and 26.99 for International to cover the extra shipping cost
@TreasureFilm on Twitter
|City Of Mermaids||Supporting||Zorya Films/Bobby Marinelli|
|Runner (short)||Lead||A D Steele|
|Provides (short)||Lead||Chelsie Holler|
|Music Box (short)||Supporting||Dale Metz|
|Dear Ones (short)||Supporting||J Keller Films|
|Chixor (short)||Supporting||Arrowhead Productions|
History of the Mega
- Where is started?
- How it changed?
- When did it first go Mega?
- How it’s changed since then?
- How does a city get chosen?
- The main part of the Mega is a competition. How does it work?
- Teams? Can I be on a team if I don’t live in Texas?
- Do you have to participate in the competition? What other activities can attendees do?
- Do you have anything new this year?
- Who’s won?
This year’s event in Tyler