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22Nov/115

Excellent creative geocache

A friend got inspired by the high quality geoaches he saw on Progeocaching and put together one which is an

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example of how to make an excellent creative geocache. He suggested that I might like to check it out and put it up on Progeocaching. It's located in some bush in the south of Sydney, Australia.

The cache was placed on 11 November 2011 (11/11/11), so the co-ordinates and numbers used to solve the final co-ordinates are based around that.

I know that he went to some trouble to make this as high quality as possible.

So what is it that makes this a high quality geocache?

  • Adventure. It's a great walk/ride in to areas that few people visit.
  • Physically challenging. It involved mountain biking, some bush-bashing and rock climbing - but nothing exhausting;
  • Mentally challenging. It required doing some research, solving a puzzle and following some instructions on how to operate the equipment - but you didn't need to be Einstein;
  • Educational. Because of the research involved I learnt things that I didn't know before.
  • Nice location. It's in the middle of a nice piece of bush and is somewhere that I wouldn't have visited if not for this.
  • Overall good experience. I came away with a sense of achievement and thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Isn't that what's it's all about?

There is no comparison to some dodgy micro located in a non-descript location.

I rated this very highly. It's an example of a high quality geocache and is what we all should be aspiring to.

Well done mate!

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25Aug/110

How to solve puzzle, or mystery geocaches

DJHobby is well known around Bloomington, Indiana for his innovative puzzle geocaches. In this interview he gives some tips on how to solve puzzle, or mystery geocaches.

Some of the tips he suggests include:

  • Understand that Groundspeak rules say that a cache should be no more than 2 miles away from the initial co-ordinates, which narrows down where you need to look;
  • Look for patterns in the numbers;e.g. N for north.
  • Puzzle designers use a variety of encryption methods including braille, morse code, the letters on a telephone dial; keyboard - numbers above the letters, etc.
  • Google Earth.  Use the ruler tool to look at the area within 2 miles of the posted co-ordinates;
  • Try to using Fizzycalc;
  • Use code-breaking websites e.g. look up code-breaking on Wikipedia;
  • Look at the source code on webpages.  (e.g. right click somewhere on the web page and select "View Page Source). Clues are often hidden there.
  • Google is your friend.  Search on terms used in the description.

Apologies for the poor quality sound.  It was a rainy day and we did the interview in a noisy restaurant. I have put captions in there so that you don't miss anything.

3Aug/111

EVIL INGENIOUS geocaches of Mr Gadget #2

I was at the Washington State Geocaching Association Summer Picnic in Newcastle, Washington which is near Seattle. Unfortunately I arrived late because I was in the Cascade Mountains and not being familiar with the terrain, it took longer to get back than anticipated.

It was (unusually I am told) a beautiful day with crystal clear blue, cloudless skies. Lots of people turned up from all over the state and out of state.

Various geocachers showed off their handiwork.

Mr Gadget #2 is known in the Wenatchee and Central Washington regions for his evil but ingenious cache containers. In this video he shows how some of them work. I had trouble figuring out how to open them even with him prodding me with hints. You would not want to come across one of these in the wild! Just when you you have found it, and you think it is all over, it is in fact, just the beginning.

The reason for showing videos of high quality geocaches like these is to inspire everyone to come up with creative caches themselves. Hopefully as more people put out quality geocaches, we'll all have great experiences.
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