Question of the Day

How many CITO events have you participated in?

Queston of the Day

Have you ever submitted a cache for review and have it get rejected?

Mission GC

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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:

  • The window for securing Souvenir #1 is July 30-31, 2016.
  • The window for securing Souvenir #2 is August 13-14, 2016.
  • The window for securing Souvenir #3 is August 27-28, 2016.

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.

Visit the GCHQ 47 Help Center for further information.

Question of the Day

How many Travel Bugs do you own?

GeoWoodstock XV

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The main event will be held on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville, in beautiful Western North Carolina. Close to amazing Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Mountains, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests and many, many things geocachers will enjoy.

The North Carolina Geocachers Organization hosted GeoWoodstock V in Raleigh, NC (hence the tie dye “V” in the logo) in 2006 and can’t believe it’s been ten years already. So…

Nothing could be finer than to cache in Carolina….AGAIN!

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Coming soon to the mile high state – GC5Q1ET

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Challenge caches are back!

New and Improved Guidelines for Challenge Caches – from geocaching.com

Challenge Caches!Last Spring, geocaching.com paused accepting submissions for new challenge caches to collect data and reevaluate the impact they have on the game. New challenge caches can now be submitted in accordance with the updated 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.

Ring in the New Year with Geocaching

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated by people all over the world. Whether you celebrate by eating grapes (like in Spain) or decorating your home (as they do in Japan), New Year’s is a time to remember the past year and welcome the next.

 This year, you are invited to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Goodbye 2015 souvenir. Then, start your year off right with the Hello 2016 souvenir, which can be earned by finding a geocache or attending an event on January 1.

Check out these 5 tips for planning the ultimate geocaching New Year’s party

Vote for the Florida Trail

Let’s rally and raise the votes!

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We’re in the home stretch, and have 6 days to take 2nd.

We think its time for a TRAIL CHALLENGE: Share this post with 5 friends, and encourage them to do the same. Let’s multiply our votes! With your help we’ll secure a grant to restore a storm-damaged boardwalk in the St. Marks NWR.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

 

CAN WE VOTE EVERY DAY?   

Yes! You can vote once a day, every day for the Florida Trail.

If you don’t vote, we won’t win. Verify your email address today to show the trail community that the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) matters. Your votes will help us build a boardwalk and close a 10 mile gap in the FNST.

DO I NEED TO GIVE MY BIRTHDAY?   

To enter the Michelob Ultra site, you must prove that you are 21+. This information is only used to enter the contest site, and is NOT tied to your entry.   

 

WILL I GET SPAMMED BY MICHELOB ULTRA? 

Never. There is a check box below the entry form. If this box is unchecked, you WILL NOT receive any spam mail from our sponsors. It is unchecked by default.

HOW TO SHARE?  

It’s easy to share our project with your friends!

Cut and paste the sample text into an email or social network.

 

EMAIL AND FACEBOOK SAMPLE TEXT:
The Florida Trail Association is in a contest to win $25,000. This funding will be used to build a boardwalk and close a gap on the Florida Trail (FNST).
Please help them win this grant by voting at superiortrails.michelobultra.com once per day, every day. The contest runs until 10/31 and every vote counts!

 

Your vote helps protect and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail!

PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP

PuzzleGet your brain ready. You can earn ta souvenir beginning August 14 by finding a Mystery Cache.