Archived Caches

GC53EHP Benchmark Hunter

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This is a Wherigo that also takes you to five benchmarks. Potentially, this cone could lead you to log a Wherigo Geocache, five benchmarks, and qualify for a nearby challenge cache. The thought process behind this Wherigo (and the corresponding challenge) was to introduce geocachers to benchmarks. They are not a secret but are often overlooked. We have heard from many cachers that this Wherigo took them to find and log their very first benchmark. Check out these cool logs:

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GC4Y70T Black Betty III

Black betty III was our most ambitious puzzle yet. The neatly sketched ammo can was locked with two key locks. This keys were obtained by tracking down the corresponding travel bugs. Unfortunately, someone decided they would rather keep the cache for themselves.

This cache is at the listed coordinates. In fact, when you stop your car you will be within ten feet. However, the challenge will be in gaining access to the log.

 

This is the third in our Black Betty cache series. The original Black Betty is a standard sized black ammo can at the end of a nice hike. Black Betty II is fashioned to look like her namesake, our GeoRide. In our efforts to make each successive hide more enjoyable than the last, we decided on a puzzle cache for this one.

What makes this puzzle cache challenging and a fun adventure is accessing the log. When you find the cache, an ammo can loaded with swag, we hope you first enjoy our newest cache decoration technique. Upon inspecting our artwork, you will soon find two barriers between you and the log, your smiley, and the swag. If you have done your leg work you will be signing the log within seconds. The key to getting inside can be found on this cache page.  As a little incentive, there is an unactivated First to Find Geocoin inside the cache that goes to the first cacher to complete this adventure.

One final note, along with publishing this cache we also released four trackables with similar names.  They are all 4X4 vehicles or different colors (redwhiteblue, and yellow) that are friends with Black Betty. She would love to be reunited with them.

GC4FFTR 08.22.98 + 14 (Reborn)

This is a simple walk out into the field behind our home base (house). This is a reborn cache container from a previous one of the same name. You are looking for a decorated ammo can. Despite being vandalized, we did not want this one to die.

 

The original story for this cache:

This is a simple find that should be a quick smiley. The only thing that would be considered abnormal for this cache is the container itself. We spent a little extra time decorating this ammo can. We experimented with the painting and decoration. We also added a few extras that are becoming standards for our hides. A moleskine notebook that we decorated ourselves.

Let’s see your best celebration dance.

(Vandalized but repaired) The bottom of the ammo can has a cork board lining to keep special swag clean.
I hope you enjoy it. I also filled it with some silly swag. The entire crew hid this one together to celebrate our 14th Anniversary. GeoWifey was even surprised by some special swag that was hidden inside just for her. I won’t say what it was but it came in a little light blue box.

GC41TCJ Thompson Valley Squatch

The Thompson Valley Squatch is no more. We lost it to the flood of 2013. It was a fun little puzzle that only a few got to enjoy. We will try to redo it in the future.

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GC3AQF2 Kaylee’s Cache

This was our first family hide. It is not overly difficult but is not a give away. The name is in honor of our first foster puppy who recently found a permanent home. Bring your own pen.

We had been caching for a while and finally decided to hide one. It took us a while to create the container but it paid off because I got to use my Dremmel. We wanted it to be fun to find. Tool to extract log is included.

There have been a few finds.

This cache has been recently archive because the container was destroyed. We will be constructing a new one to replace this. It will be close but not in the same spot as the old one. 

GC3V74E 08.22.98 + 14 Anniversary Cache

This one was a good one and there were a lot of finds before some kids got a hold of it. Here is the original cache description:

This is a simple find that should be a quick smiley. The only thing that would be considered abnormal for this cache is the container itself. We spent a little extra time decorating this ammo can. We experimented with the painting and decoration. We also added a few extras that are becoming standards for our hides. A moleskine notebook that we decorated ourselves. The bottom of the ammo can has a cork board lining to keep special swag clean.

I hope you enjoy it. I also filled it with some silly swag. The entire crew hid this one together to celebrate our 14th Anniversary. GeoWifey was even surprised by some special swag that was hidden inside just for her. I won’t say what it was but it came in a little light blue box.

Here is a pic of the cache in progress. Yes, that is my breakfast in front -peanut butter and banana waffles. Oh so good.

Here are a few pics from those who have claimed smileys.

 

Det. Reece cache – never published

10.31.12 Bad News – this geocache series has been delayed. The good news is that it will now be placed atop a mountain adding to the experience.

10.21.12 Some background on Detective Reece:

Detective Reece

John Reece is a recently retired and highly respected career Homicide Detective. Like many others, his retirement is not what he thought as he quickly found himself yearning for the action he thought he would never miss. Soon after his last day, Reece opened his own Private Investigations Agency hoping to quench his thirst for excitement. His career as a hard charging and highly motivated copper has made him many connections which he now hopes will keep him busy. The only problem with devoting your life to putting away bad guys is that…even the worst sometimes get out.

Now, Detective Reece will be embarking on new harrowing adventures that will take him to exciting and dangerous places. All of the caches on his adventures will be compiled here as his story unfolds.

The first of which is “The Mob Wife”, soon to be open.

10.19.12  Still working on some final details of the final stage of the first Detective Reece geocache. I’m happy to say that my oldest came up with a great idea that I think will really enhance the overall story – tie in. For those of you that find this cache, you will see the clue found by Detective Reece in the final stage.

I am also working on something else I haven’t seen too many times – a background for the text on the cache page. It seems that this cache needs something more for that true comic/pulp look to complete the feel of my intention for this adventure.

Some teasers for the first Det. Reece cache

10.12.12 Still working on the start of this multi-stage cache. I currently have four stages ready and thought I would add another teaser. One of the cache containers is missing to prevent spoilers. I will continue to work on this one and hope to have it ready before it gets too cold. 09.12.12 Getting a little closer, I’m also learning a lot about how to (and how not to) decorate ammo cans. I also bought a few supplies at Home Depot. No spoilers here but I will say I got the container for stage two. Early sketch for Stage 1 ammo can.

 

This last photo is not an archived cache but rather a hidden hint for an upcoming puzzle.

morse code for puzzle

 

 

Hiking with Series

The first Five in our “Hiking” series have been archived because of a change of land use. the area has now been leased out to hunters. While still allowed, we don’t think it is safe enough.

 

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02.16.14 We went out on Saturday the 15th with a great group of cachers and tackled a very difficult series – Hiking with GeoTom. While we were wandering around on top of a mountain someone in the group came up with an idea to hide a few more. We ended up hiding four in all. That idea continued to be tossed around and before we knew it the group Aimless Wandering was born.

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06.13.13 – Wow – a lot has happened with this series lately. The first five have been submitted to the reviewer and should be ready shortly. Of course if you are local you know about the devastating fire that occurred in this are. One of the caches that I originally set was in a tree that no longer exists. This series is now five caches, all of which are standard silver bison tubes. If you have found any of our other caches that may surprise you. We usually like to get creative with the containers. This series is different because I wanted to be as non-intrusive as possible considering the beauty of this location. The final for this series (probably somewhere around 10) will be the large one. I am going to add some pictures below which will hopefully get you motivated to explore this beautiful area. Before I do, I want to post a warning. I have hiked in this area several times now and have spent a good bit of time at the top. At no time during my outings did I ever cross a fence. You should not either. DO NOT CROSS ANY FENCES! IF YOU DO YOU ARE LOST!

Here are a few pics to get you motivated for this difficult hike.

there used to be a tree here
there used to be a tree here
neat rock formation
neat rock formation
more beautiful scenery
more beautiful scenery
"I hope you enjoy my series"
“I hope you enjoy my series”
GeoTom scoping out hide locations
GeoTom scoping out hide locations

I hid the first cache while out on a hike with my four legged caching partner, GeoTom. Since that time I have expanded the series to five caches. This series of geocaches is at the very top. The finds are not impossible and the real reason to take on the adventure is for the journey. Admittedly, it may be more difficult to grab the cache than to find it.

This hike to GZ for this series of caches usually takes me over an hour and it is fairly difficult terrain. I do it without any special equipment and without a partner (other than GeoTom) but I would not reccommend it. There is no trail to follow so you will have many options as to how you make it ground zero. It is not a bad idea to bring a lunch. If you make it to the top you have earned it.

While not absolutely necessary, I would suggest doing this one with another cacher for both safety and to share the fun. The caches should not be too difficult to find once you arrive.

 GC3W8TQ Hiking with GeoTom #2

GC4E71P  Hiking with GeoTom #3

GC4E72M Hiking with GeoTom #4

GC4E72Y Hiking with GeoTom #5

The container is again small and unimpressive. This cache is not about the container. If you make the climb to the top, find the cache, get the smiley, and think “I wish this container were cooler” – STOP. LOOK AROUND YOU. You are at the top of a mountain with a beautiful view. Sit down and hang out a while.

The difficulty rating is high and may require a significant amount of time to discover the cache. However, an experienced cacher that has come upon such a hide before may find it quickly. Good Luck!

 

09.19.12 I made the trek again today and hid five more in the series. I have not posted them yet as I want to make at least one more trip to confirm the coordinates. Continuing with the theme of this series, eavery one of these will be in the 5 star terrain category.

         

The plan for this cache series is to hide a total of ten caches. Caches 1 – 9 are small and are designed simply to send you on a beautiful hike. The 10th cache will be different. I want to hide a cache that will fit into the large category. That one in still in the works and I’m not really sure what direction I will go with it. Only time will tell.

For an extra little goodie to go along with this series, there is a benchmark very close to where you will probably park. I know not everyone is interested in log gin benchmarks but you might as well while you are here. Here is a pic of the benchmark and its number.

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Walking in Memfis Series

This series is composed of several challenge style caches. Each one of these caches has a particular set of conditions required in order to qualify to claim your find. This series of caches is very different from our usual hides. The difficulty with these comes in what you need to do to qualify not in the hides themselves. In fact each of theses hides have a terrain rating of either 1 or 1.5. This is done intentionally in an attempt to make this series of caches available to those of differing physical capabilities.

So far, we have published nine in this series and have some more in the works. We set the requirements for each of these caches to be attainable by any well rounded cacher. We hope that by setting goals like attending events, finding different cache types, and seeking out caches that have been neglected, we will help to introduce people to different aspects of the game. At the very least we can hope to help people avoid a caching rut.

We intend to expand this series so, for readers outside the area, please send in suggestions of challenges you have enjoyed or would like to see. this is a list of our current challenges in this series. The names are fairly self explanatory but feel free to click on the links to get more information from the cache pages.

 

GC4ZQK2 Walking in Memfis: 5 Benchmarks Challenge

GC4ZQKQ Walking in Memfis: 25 Benchmarks Challenge

GC4ZQKX Walking in Memfis: 5 Events Challenge

GC4ZQM4 Walking in Memfis: 25 Events Challenge

GC4ZQMC Walking in Memfis: Mega Events Challenge

GC4ZQMF Walking in Memfis: Well Rounded Challenge

GC52A3P Walking in Memfis: Lonely Cache Challenge

GC52JAJ Walking in  Memfis: 500 Mile Challenge

GC5366B Walking in Memfis: 1000 Mile Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

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