February 23, 2013

Stuck on 1,997K?

Lots made this week of the impending placement of the 2 millionth cache. See the latest Latitude 47 blog post for more on this topic. And check out the two, cool videos showing cache placements and travel bug movement over time. Not to be too morbid, but the TB video kind of looks like a terrible epidemic spreading across the globe. Or, to put a more positive spin on it, there have certainly been a lot of happy Travel Bug carriers making the trek to the Hawaiian Islands; all in the name of TB placement:

While the thought of there being two million active geocaches across the globe is pretty phenomenal, it sure seems like they've been stuck at or around 1,997,000 for a while now. Every time I check the main geocaching.com page, the total count hasn't made a lot of movement. I guess with so many caches around the world now, there are probably almost as many being archived as there are being hidden.

Regardless, now's your chance to get your 15 minutes of fame. I understand gc.com will post the Cacher's name and GC number of the two-millionth cache when it is hidden. So get out there and hide a cache this weekend to get your shot at making geocaching history. And if that's not enough incentive for you, then check out the 2-millionth cache contest going on at notaboutthenumbers.

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February 16, 2013

iPhone Geocaching Update

Version 5.1 of the Geocaching for iPhone app. was just released. And while it doesn't take advantage of the new, bigger screen size of the iPhone 5, it does include new map controls, a refined search, and Trackable image support. You can read more about it here. No word on when we can expect the next update for the Android, however.

Speaking of cool apps., here's a nice, short tutorial on how to get the most out of my favorite app., Google Maps. Designed specifically for iPhone owners who've never had the pleasure:

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February 9, 2013

Calling All Newbies

At least once a week, you can find a new article about geocaching in a paper or magazine written by someone who's never heard of our little hobby before and has trouble getting all the facts straight. Typically, these write-ups are chock-full of errors and inconsistencies that really do not help anyone thinking about taking up geocaching for the first time.

That's why I was pleased to come across this post on The Outdoor Hub website. It provides all the critical information and just enough detail to help anyone thinking of going geocaching for the first time. It also has links to helpful resources if you crave more detail. While the main focus of the Outdoor Hub site as a whole seems to be more geared toward hunting, they still manage to do a nice job with the geocaching section tucked away in the back of the site.

So for anyone just delving in to the geocaching world for the first time, I highly recommend checking out the post at the link above.

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February 3, 2013

Historical Geocaching

A pretty cool way to learn about history, through geocaching:

To learn more about the Oshawa War of 1812 Project, check out the link.

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