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GeoCoin Binder v1 – A Better Way

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On the actual finding of caches, I’ve taken a few months off until I started a new streak on January 17th. Also, on January 25th I attended a large event in Greeley which I’ll probably write a longer article on … Continue reading

GC59EGT: 10th Annual GCCO Chili Challenge

Last Saturday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 10th Annual Chili Challenge by GCCO, and it was nice to be part of a slightly larger event than the previous one I went to (which was also my first). I met a lot of really nice people there, and added significantly to my Geocoin Collection (which was a collection of zero up until the event; I won the 365 Days of Geocaching Geo-Achievement in a raffle, and purchased the mondou2 Whistle geocoin as well as all of the previous years’ Fright in Falcon geocoins. All of these geocoins are now listed in the sidebar of this blog and may also be viewed in person at any event I am attending.

I’ve also added a sidebar that shows each event I am planning to attend (and that each of these geocoins will be available for discovery at), directly from my Google calendar.

South Park GeoTour: Day 1

Today, I began my journey towards collecting the 75 caches that are part of the South Park GeoTour series. Here’s what the main GeoTour page has to say:

Let your GPS guide you on an adventure through South Park’s stunning landscapes, rich history, and pristine natural resources. Whether you are exploring the wonders of the backcountry or touring our historic communities, Colorado’s South Park GeoTour has something for everyone!

This series of caches is sponsored by the South Park National Heritage Area, and they actually offer some prizes for finding a certain number of their caches. At 20 caches, you receive a t-shirt; at 30, 50, and 75 caches, you receive different trackable GeoCoins, which are the prizes I am most interested in.
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GC5CATN: Blast!

On July 9th, I wrote about a cache I had attempted to be FTF on. Since then I’ve had several FTFs in the field, but on the 4th I attempted for Loot Chest since I saw it get published while it was raining.

It took less than 20 minutes to get out the door and get to the cache site; however, when I got there, I saw a couple other vehicles parked at the cache site that were about to leave and knew they HAD to be cachers. My fears were confirmed when I found the cache and saw that it had indeed been found by robspierre50 AND MojoFamily – in the case of robspierre50, this was the same person who had beat me to FTF at GC57QKK on 7/9.

One day, I will either get there at the same time as him, or perhaps even beat him to a cache. In the meantime, I’m still working on getting a FTF for this month. At least not much of the month has gone by yet…

GC3EH47 – South Suburban Sudoku – Final

Yesterday, I completed the South Suburban Sudoku challenge cache, which has occupied much of my caching time for the past couple weeks. For this cache, one merely has to solve a sudoku puzzle to find the correct coordinates, which seems simple from the outset – until you realize that you don’t have any clues for solving the sudoku!

The clues come from 15 other caches in the area, each of which have 2 clues in them. Without all of the clues in hand, there are multiple solutions to the sudoku puzzle – but only 1 solution will result in the correct coordinates for the final cache, and each possible solution has different numbers in the boxes that you get your final coordinates from.

Once I saw the 7 Souvenirs of August 2014 challenge announced from Groundspeak, and noticed how close I was to 100 finds, I became determined to have this cache be the final cache to earn the Achiever souvenir, and to earn it on August 1st, AND for this cache to be my 100th. Luckily, even though the cache had been muggled and I wasn’t able to grab the last 2 clues, the CO was gracious enough to email me the clues I needed and I was able to grab this cache as the ‘mystery’ type cache for the 7 Souvenirs of August (which was my last cache type needed for the Achiever souvenir as well, making me the 362nd cacher worldwide to earn the Achiever souvenir), it was my 100th find and I found the final cache at approximately 7 PM on 8.1.2014 – all exactly as planned out when I first started on this cache.

This cache made a great milestone, and grabbing the feeders was a great crash course in some of the most common hides geocaching has to offer – particularly micro caches, which I still have terrible problems with. I assume as I continue, I will learn more.

Missed it by THAT much!

Last night while working, I received an email showing a new cache near me. So, like any good cacher, I headed out the door as soon as I got off work with my gear, ready to make the FTF.

Apparently that was not to be. I pulled up to the cache at approximately 5 AM and found it in fairly short order thanks to the clues given, brought the cache back to my car to look through and sign the log… and found another signature already there, showing it was from 15 minutes previous.

For next time that happens – because in geocaching, there is always another opportunity to be FTF – I will make sure I have the information saved to my GPSr before the end of my shift, so I can get out there as quickly as possible. Maybe, just maybe, that will allow me to snatch a FTF.