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I received this email from Dianna Fisher, a doctoral student in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. I completed her survey and the link was safe and asks one interesting questions. I have asked for clarification regarding the "Charter Member" question (the second one). I am not sure how long the survey is valid (also ask for clarification on this as well) so complete it if you can as soon as you can.
This request for participation in a survey is part of a research project that will contribute to my doctoral dissertation. I would appreciate your help with this project.
I am seeking to understand geocachers’ opinions about the possible impact that caching may have on the natural environment. You can help by completing the brief survey linked below. It will take approximately 25 minutes to complete the survey. By responding to these questions, you will help create a better understanding about how geocachers view their impact.
If you are a charter member, I am also seeking to understand, if you are still an active geocacher, what keeps you geocaching. If you are no longer active, why did you choose to no longer participate?
If you have found and logged an APE Cache, I am interested in knowing why you might have traveled to find that geocache and how far your travel was from your home.
To participate in this research project, you must be of the age of consent in your location. If you are, click on this link to participate in the survey.
Thank you, and happy caching!
Dianna Fisher (FESPhD17)
Study PI: Joanne Tynon, Ph.D.
July 12, 2016 -- From the The Geocaching Blog.
Good morning, geocacher.
Recently, intelligence agents at GCHQ 47 intercepted a series of encoded messages from a highly classified source. We believe these messages include detailed instructions for securing three new geocaching souvenirs. However, our analysts have been unable to decipher their meaning.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves decoding these messages and securing these souvenirs for your Geocaching profile. Fair warning: This isn’t mission difficult. It’s Mission GC.
New intel suggests souvenirs will only be available for procurement on the following dates:
Given the top secret nature of this mission, the encoded messages will be sent for analysis only to those with proper security clearance. Premium members will receive an email including the encoded message one week prior to each souvenir release. Decoding the message will unlock instructions for securing the next souvenir. The first encoded message will be sent to Premium members on July 22, 2016.
Instructions for unlocking the souvenirs will be made available to members of all security levels on the morning of each souvenir release. This information will be posted on all major GCHQ 47 channels (Geocaching.com, Geocaching® app, Facebook and Twitter).
As always, should you or any member of your team be caught by muggles, GCHQ 47 will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.
Good luck. The fate of the geocaching universe is in your preferred TOTT.
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From Julie L., she passed this link on with the following note:
Anyone searching for an outdoor activity that involves physical exercise and exploration might enjoy geocaching. The word “geocaching” comes from combining the words “geography” and “cache.” Using a hand-held global positioning system device or a smartphone with a geocaching app installed on it, you can search for hidden caches or objects. With more than 2.5 million caches hiding around the world, it’s likely that at least a few of these objects are hidden near your home or in the vicinity of your next vacation. Not only is geocaching an exciting adventure suitable for people of virtually any age, but it’s also a way to get healthful exercise and learn about geography.
Geocaching websites list the caches located in specific places. These databases also include ratings for the difficulty of finding them in the surrounding terrain to enable people to determine whether they think they have the fitness ability necessary to find each cache. This can be especially advantageous for families with children. With a GPS device, a person or a group can begin hunting for the cache. It’s also helpful to have a compass and a map of the area to assist with the search. You might be searching in an urban neighborhood or busy downtown area or in a rural spot such as the woods or an open field. The trick involves following the GPS coordinates because the coordinates will show a straight line between you and the cache. However, natural and man-made barriers will usually necessitate making detours before you arrive at the cache.
Not only is geocaching an entertaining individual or group activity, but it also has other benefits. Anyone who goes on a group geocaching expedition will usually experience excitement and pride upon finding the cache successfully as a team. The process of hiking or walking around outdoors is also a valuable type of physical exercise. Geocaching in the wilderness may even involve climbing or hiking, which involves more effort. It’s possible to choose the level of exertion involved in geocaching by selecting the cache carefully. For example, a cache located in an urban city location will probably not involve as much physical effort as one hidden in the foothills of a national park.
Geocaching also has educational benefits. Hunting for a cache in a historical area will enable you to explore this environment to learn more about it. The cache itself may also contain items of historical significance. Teachers are using geocache activities as fun and educational lessons for students. Setting up temporary caches on outdoor school grounds lets students search for them as they learn facts about a historical time or event.
Geocaching etiquette includes some basic guidelines to help everyone enjoy this adventure. One of the first rules of etiquette involves removing something from a cache you find. It’s only polite to take something away from a cache if you leave something of your own behind in it for the next person to find. Even if you don’t remove anything from it, you might want to consider leaving a trinket of your own behind to add to the cache. Geocachers also must always record their find in the logbook of the cache.
Learn more about geocaching, how to do it, and the many benefits associated with this activity by visiting the following resources:
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The 16 geocaching movies from GIFF Weekend 2015 are now available for the first time since last year! Watch them here.
Everybody has at least one GREAT geocaching story to tell. Why not capture it on film? Enter the 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival.
Challenge Cache Guidelines.
The new framework for challenge caches was shaped by feedback from geocachers and Community Volunteer Reviewers around the world. Hundreds of geocachers took part in our User Insights Forum and nearly 20,000 of you also completed our survey on challenge caches. With all of this data in hand, we set about building a framework that we hope will allow challenge caches to continue and thrive. You can read all about the process on the Geocaching Blog.
Here are the key points:
- One of the most significant changes is that all future challenge caches must include a web-based challenge checker.
- The guidelines were updated with the goal of eliminating many of the issues that caused problems during the review process.
See all of the changes made to the Challenge Cache Guidelines here. We’re happy to know that challenge caches will continue to inspire people around the world to achieve exciting geocaching goals!
P.S. Wondering what a challenge cache is? Challenge caches allow geocache owners to create “challenges” you have to accomplish before you can log a specific geocache, like meeting the challenge of finding a geocache on every day of the year. Learn more here.
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Central Texas Geocachers were busy again cleaning up their section of FM 685!
CITO Event: GC5J06K
A group of the Central Texas Geocachers gathered together at the north end of the adopted-highway and with coordination from BigGuy in Texas, we all split off into groups with gloves, grab-nabbers, and litter collection bags in hand - took off to clean the highway up. The group then teamed together to clean-up the final stretch after completing their individually assign sections. In all over 20 bags of litter where collected. Pictures coming soon.
CITO Event: GC5J070
The group then met at the El Vaqerito in Taylor to enjoy a well-deserved lunch and then played a game of left and right passing around white-elephant gifts as a story was told by Big Guy in Texas. Laughs and giggles were heard as everyone jostled around their gifts in the fleeting ability to keep up with the back and forth of the fast paced story!
The Central Texas Geocachers worked together on Sunday to help clean-up some of the Christmas mess that was left over from people decorating the trees along Highway 360 in Austin, Texas. The weather was fantastic, and the group of geocachers all pitched in to pick up the broken and discarded ornaments and remove the decorations from numerous trees that looked abandoned.
The decorating of the trees on Highway 360 has become a Austin tradition for more then 10 years now. Each year around Thanksgiving and Christmas families and groups flock to the ash junipers along Loop 360 and cover the drab trees in miles of Christmas decor. The practice is controversial. Overtime, popularity has waxed and wained with concerns over pollution, the still-decorated trees in the 100° heat of summer. Some people see the decorations as future litter and clamor for the practice to stop.
Many of the trees are decked out in home made ornaments and they frequently are themed. You may find everything from handmade snow flakes to trees covered in pink ribbons promoting breast cancer awareness.
The largest number of Christmas trees are found between Great Hills Trail and FM 2222 but the decorations have been spreading south of the Pennybacker Bridge into Westlake in the last few years.
However great groups like the Central Texas Geocachers, the Austin Sierra Club, and the Boy Scouts (like Troop 1409, 70, 990 and others) and other volunteer organizations are all working together to help reduce the litter and clean-up the trees after Christmas!
If you want to pitch in, the Austin Sierra Club will be holding another organized clean-up event. Check out the following link: