Thursday, March 29, 2012

Geocache With Keys. Lots Of Keys...

You probably saw those kind of geocaches before. Now I tripped over one of that, too.

I went there with a guestcacher and found it instantly.But it took some time to log it. It should be the only one for that day. I thought about that, when I read the listing.

To open the box, you need to unlock it. With a bundle of about a hundred keys. Mean, isn't it? Inside, well... see for yourself in the video.


By the way, on the top of the box, there is a travelbug sticker. I found this one, on some places. Hum. Anyway, it never was so much fun to get screwed by a Geocache :) A nice idea.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Visited CITO-Event "Kehrwe"

I'm not really an event-lover. This was my first event ever after 1.119 founds. I'm glad I did attend. It was a lot of fun.
Meeting at the beginning

Together with laguna.sam, I went there at the morning, and we were put into groups. Not before we scanned through the trackables container. Luckily in our group, team rolliradler was within, shogi! and Pfalz. So we set for the garbage to be collected. And it was a lot of garbage. And I mean a lot. Bags and bags of rubbish, old tires, cloth, and even valid license plates. Bottles? Plenty. Our team was named "Liebesnest" roughly translated "love nest"  :-D . We had a special place where lovers taking place at night. I don't want to get into details of what we found there :)


Collecting garbage... And we drank so much :) No, not really :)

After that, we got some food in a nice restaurant. We got little funny bags full of trade materials as a gift. Thank you! Then the call was for a FTF. We vanished like ghosts from the scene, jumped in the car and went for it. Jumped to the box...boom. Team FTF with the whole team "Liebesnest", MisterAb and muellemk !
Back to the restaurant, the next, just published multicache,  began at the starting point. Guided by the owner itself. A nice walk through the small town, with great explanations and information.


After the work, logging caches was the target

Another multi-cache at the end was waiting for us. It was quite a round, until it was getting dark. Laguna.sam and I had a lot of fun. A great event that helped the environment, and the caching community for their reputation.

Thanks to Mandelgarten, who made this CITO. What a nice day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weekends In The Sewage? Must Be Geocachers

While others may be at boring parties, or watching TV, we geocachers go out for having adventures in the sewage :)

A nice tour with laguna.sam and our guestcacher at the weekend, led us again to some interesting places. Some cache container really needs some maintenance. Spider nests and beer bottles? I don't know. But the mystery-cache itself was nice after answering some questions from the world of open source software.


A mathematical mystery... that was something for laguna.sam. The highlight of Saturday was the mentioned cache in the sewage.



It was a little hefty to get there, crawling some yardage(!) in a tube. At the end there was a little room with more tubes. After looking around for a bit, I thought at first, we need to crawl into another tube. But then I saw it. A fire extinguisher in the sewage? Hum. As laguna.sam came near, she instantly confirmed it, this must be the container. Our guestcacher was satisfied. He really like such caches. Come on, get an account at geocaching.com. I made a little video. See for yourself :)


On Sunday, laguna.sam and team rolliradler were out for revenge. Last weekend we made 2 DNF and now, we wanted to restore our honor :).
And we did. The Multi was over 50m off the coordinates. Wow. But the female part of team rolliradler found it, after laguna.sam spotted our error at the last stage. The ladies did their job. Now it was up for the men to find the Nightcache. Of course the ladies were indispensable again, and laguna.sam with her Garmin was the only one able to receive the chirp signal.


Then to the final. There it was. To my surprise there was a Geokret inside. I grabbed it of course. The NC was really a bit mean. Tough calculations and some language tricks. But in the end we were glad we found it.


On the way back, a quick Earthcache and back to the car. Honor restored, cache weekend successful, and 9 caches found. Yay!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Massive Grow Of Premium Membership Caches On Geocaching.com

I would like to bring up a topic that annoys me a little. To be honest, not just a little.I recently spotted, that the number of premium caches is rising quickly. This isn't a good thing in my opinion.

Let me get straight that I have in no way a problem with Geocaching.com making money. Not at all. They do a great job, giving us a great platform for publishing and searching Geocaches all over the world. They've done a lot for our community and still doing a load of good things for Geocaching in almost every aspect. They deserve every penny they'll get. So, no complain about that service.
No, I complain about the owners making a Geocache for Premium Member only. That isn't a good thing in my humble opinion. And here is why.

I heard the arguments before: You don't want to have the coordinates visible to "anyone". You only want to have "skilled" cachers getting to your cache. You fear of authorities scanning databases to remove unwanted caches. And everyone can afford to pay a few bucks per month. But these are all no points of substance in my eyes.

First of all, most geocaches get destroyed, believe it or not, by cachers. And like the arguments pointing out, everyone (maybe not everyone, which makes this even more sad) can afford to pay a few bucks. Especially those who want to steal Geocoins, or worthy equipment from the containers. Do you really think they don't have premium accounts? The same goes for hunters or forest rangers that wants to get rid of caches in their territories. They would probably pay more for that, than you would pay for placing a geocache. Authorities normally don't search for caches. The police blow caches up when a Geocacher got observed fiddling with a "suspicious box" in critical places. Having only "skilled" cachers on the coordinates is somewhat elitist and makes me wonder how you ever get skilled if you never can get a "prime" cache. You won't getting skill from finding film canisters on a traffic sign. Beside that, it doesn't solve the problems above.

To see the coordinates you have to register for geocaching.com. On the opposite, I even saw some of those superior caches, that puts coordinates of stages right into the description, which is visible to anyone, including non-registered persons and therefore Google and other search engines. Of course there are "inofficial databases" on the net, or articles, exposing your coordinates regardless of premium or not. But normally, if you don't write coordinates in your listing, they are not visible by someone who is not registered. There are lot of ways to make some geocaches not that easy to find. Mysteries are a good way, or a short Multi with a 1st stage that requires some "geocaching knowledge" to go ahead to the final. Well hidden traditionals are also better than they try to hide coordinates from anyone who doesn't pay.

So please, dear cache owners, give yourself a push and don't hide premium member caches. Let Geocaching be fun for everyone. Don't fall for false security. You can't keep the idiots and muggles away by hiding it from non-premium cachers. It just don't work. You only get fewer finds, which you not have to worry about. But people, regardless if they can or can't pay the premium member fee (you need PayPal or a Credit Card), should enjoy good, high quality caches. Don't make a 2nd class geocaching. It should be fun for everyone.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Geocaching Tour With Rats And Vikings

Wickie... yay. Who still know this TV-Series? I can remember, and so I went for a Multi-Cache about Wickie. And of course some Mysteries and Traditionals along the route.


 I almost felt the Vikings walking with me, in the perfect weather for this cache. The stages were nicely made and very good to find.
The highlight was a rat-cache :) I made a short video. I liked this a lot. And an IT test at home, solving a program with my brain due to a missing interpreter. The box was full of awesome electronics to trade :) I passed and went for the Wickie-Final.


Another nice 'n quick geocaching tour.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Geocaching With Monsters, Under Bridges And Care For Traffic Signs

You have to watch everything while geocaching. You know that. And sometimes there are obvious caches, perfectly hidden.

On our nice caching tour with laguna.sam and team rolliradler all of those where included. And much more. We had fun big time. The weather was good and rolliradler had some more geocaches on the to-do-list, I didn't know.

First we went to a Letterbox Hybrid-Cache. A nice way with some work to do. Nice stages and tasks, and a good final. Then up for the bonus. Quickly found. Next was a gruesome monster waiting for us. It's so terrible that I can't show you that in this blog without censoring the photo :). But the signs led us farther into unknown territories. The signs? Yes exactly. Amazing.
We took a little break at a nice point lookout. We had so much fun. Now for the last Mystery-Cache for this day. With the little riddle solved at home, we found it quickly. Okay we made a xmas-cache in march... but still a nice box. I released a Geokret there.





Then 2 unexpected caches in a small town. A webcam cache! You have to make a photo and save it for proof. No problem with my Android phone (I wouldn't know what to do without it). We met a group of other cachers there, and we made a group photo with the webcam. Greetings to all!
The next was the FTF-Diploma. Unexpected, laguna.sam and I went to the coordinates. On the next day, I made the test afterwards and easily solved all questions. Now the circle is closed :)
Here is a short video.


A great geocaching day. Fun, laughter and a lot of great caches. Like!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Made It In The Official Leap Day Video

Nice surprise. I'm appearing in the official leap day geoaching video at geocaching.com.
And so many other geocachers around the world have participated for that day. Great. Heres the video:


[via Geocaching.com Blog]