You Might Be a Geocacher If… (part 2)

You might be a Caching Connoisseur if…

Introducing the next challenge in our four month series “You might be a geocacher if…” From October 1 at noon UTC through October 29 at noon UTC, use the Friend League to individually earn points towards the “Caching Connoisseur” souvenir. Keep reading to learn October’s challenge below!

In October, you might be a Caching Connoisseur if…

There are no LPC (lamp-post caches), guardrails, or PnG’s (Park and Grabs) for you! You’re all about creativity, the higher the Favorite points the better, and like a fine wine these quality caches have stood the test of time.

To earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir, earn 60 points individually on your Friend League beginning Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and ending at noon UTC Monday, October 29. During this time, earn higher points for finding geocaches with 10 or more Favorite points! A true connoisseur could achieve this score by finding four great caches. How many will it take you?

The scoring*:

Found a geocache with less than 10 Favorite points: 5

Found a geocache with 10+ Favorite points: 15

Attended Event: 5

Drop Trackable: 1

For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.

*The Friend League will not reflect this scoring until Monday, October 1 at noon UTC.

FAQ:

How do I play?

Find different geocache types to individually collect 60 points on the Friend League between Monday, October 1 at noon UTC and Monday, October 29 at noon UTC and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.

How can I earn points?

If you log a cache, attend an event, or perform other geocaching actions, you collect points.

Action Point value
Log a Found it on any geocache 5
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 15
Attend any event 5
Drop off trackable 1

 

*The max number of points you can earn for any find log is 15 points by finding a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points.

For example, if you log a geocache with over 10 Favorite points you will earn 15 points for logging the find, giving you a total of 15 points on your Friend League! There are no extra points for Difficulty/Terrain ratings this month.

What is the Friend League?

The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Earn points when you log a cache, attend an event, or complete other geocaching tasks. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.

The Friend League displays the total points you individually collect during the month. You can also see how many points your friends have earned. After October 1, the Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, October 29 at noon UTC when the next souvenir challenge will begin.

Can I join at anytime?

Of course! Join anytime between October 1 through October 29 and earn 60 points individually on your Friend League and earn the Caching Connoisseur souvenir.

Where can I see my souvenirs?

As soon as you collect a certain number of points, the associated souvenir will automatically be awarded to your profile. The souvenirs appear on your profile under the souvenir tab.

Is the Friend League in the Geocaching® app?

The Friend League is not in the Geocaching® app but can be viewed in your phone’s web browser.

My Friend League points aren’t correct. Help!

  1. If you change a NoteDNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.
  2. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.
  3. You logged on Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here). We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight – to log your geocaches. Otherwise the points will count towards the September challenge and not the October challenge.
  4. You saved a Draft on a Monday, October 1 before noon UTC (convert to your local time here).

If you have already posted your logs, select “View / Edit Log / Images”, then click the pen icon and “Submit Log Entry” on the website. Your logs should now be counted towards your total.

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

Do I get points for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?

Yes. Attending any event earns you five points.

8 Features to know about on Geocaching.com

Eight features to know about on Geocaching.com

Geocaching.com has so much to offer, there are plenty of amazing and helpful features that you may have never known existed. Put these eight features on your radar to up your find count and enhance your geocaching out in the field!

1. Solution Checker
So you’ve worked for hours to solve a puzzle, but how can you be certain, once you tromp all the way out into the middle of the woods that you’ll be at the correct final location? Elementary, my dear cacher! Confirm your coordinates with the Mystery Cache solution checker. This simple tool ensures that geocachers have solved for the correct coordinates before searching for the final container. If a cache owner opts to use a solution checker, you will find it on the cache details page.

2. View your DNFs on the map
Want to know where your “previously Did Not Find” caches are so you can avenge them? All your DNF’d caches will display on the website and app map with blue, “saddy face” icons. The DNF icon makes it easy to identify which caches are your nemesis  so you can get back out there and turn those frowns upside down.

3. Geocaching Friends
Ever meet a cool cacher at an event or out on the trails? Become friends on Geocaching.com and stay in touch. You can see what your geocaching friends are up to in the newsfeed of your Dashboard, message them via the Message Center, and add them to your Friend League!

4. Friend League
Now that you have more geo-buddies, sign up for the Friend League! The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. Whenever you log a cache, attend an event, or engage in other geocaching activities, you collect points. Check your Friend League to see how you stack up against your friends!

5. View Logbook
The logbook on a cache details page allows you to see if your geocaching friends have found that geocache. Click “View Logbook” just above the logs on cache details and easily view all logs, your logs, or your friends’ logs for that cache. Use the Logbook to get an idea of who you can call if you need to phone-a-friend on a tricky cache!

6. Personal cache notes (Premium feature)
Pssst… Need to write a personal note to yourself about a cache, such as solved puzzle coordinates, details about a hide, or steps for a Multi-Cache? You can add and edit Personal cache notes both in the Geocaching® app and on Geocaching.com. Personal cache notes in the app can be added while offline and are saved with geocache details in Offline lists. Note: Personal cache notes are only viewable by the author.

7. Public Bookmark Lists
Bookmark Lists are about what you’d expect: caches that are worth bookmarking and keeping track of. If you find a cache that you like, chances are it’s on a List that includes similar caches such as, Favorite Caches in ParisCreative Hides, or Tree-climbing Caches. Lists are a great way to keep track of geocaches and can be public, shared, or private. To see if one of your favorite caches is on a public list, scroll down the geocache details page until “Bookmark Lists” appears on the right hand side. This displays all the Public Bookmark Lists that this particular geocache in on.

8. Nearby Events on your Dashboard
We recently introduced a personalized events calendar on your Dashboard. With one glance you can see the next geocaching event near you. It’s easy to RSVP, view details about the event, or browse other upcoming events.

We hope surfacing these features will help you make the most of your geocaching adventures.

(Info from blog.geocaching.com)

 

A month of fun!

The end of August is upon us, which means September is here! We have plenty of fun things planned for this month, including:

Sept 3: “You Might Be a Geocacher If…” begins!
Sept 9: Ultimate Medford Geocache with Rushmore Society
Sept 15-23: CITO week (event submitted, TBA)
Sept. 19: Talk Like A Pirate Day dinner event at The Wharf Fresh Seafood Market & Eatery (event submitted, TBA)
Sept. 21: Park(ing) Day w/ Jackson County Library Services – OregonAstral Games MedfordMedford, Oregon (event details TBA)
Sept. 28: 21 and Over Harvest Festival Night with What to do in Southern Oregon at Whites Country Farm
Sept. 29-30: Harvest Festival Season Kickoff by What to do in Southern Oregon at Whites Country Farm
Plus who knows what else!! Stay tuned for more info!!!!!