Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin challenge

SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching, The Jackson County Library Services, and The Friends of the Medford Library are excited to present the “Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin Challenge!

 

The Comic Con Mission Statement from JCLS states “The Medford Comic Con is dedicated to promoting and fostering lifelong learning, connecting people, and celebrating family and community. Our mission is to encourage literacy and innovation through popular media, arts, literature, science & technology, fantasy and science fiction, game play & design in the form of workshops, programming, and exhibitions.”


With their Mission Statement in mind, we at SOGeo wanted to join in and bring our love of the outdoors, connecting people and community with science, technology, and game play, and share it all with cachers new and experienced. We would like to have a small little Meet and Greet with everyone from 11-11:30am and catch up on what’s been going on in everyone’s caching lives, as well as let everyone know what’s on deck in the world of SOGeo. After the event, SocksAndAmanda will be setting up a booth to invite many more people to learn about Geocaching and to hand out challenge passports for the optional Geocoin Challenge


*Challenge Passports can be picked up starting at 11:30 am on Saturday April 28th from the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth, located on the Comic Con grounds at the Jackson County Library  /  205 South Central Avenue  /  Medford  /  OR  /  97501.  (Official GPS coordinates will be provided once location has been assigned for event)


*Completed passports can be returned to the SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching booth between 11:00 am to 4 pm Saturday and noon to 4 pm Sunday to claim your Special Edition Comic Con Geocoin.  Only 150 coins will be available for this challenge.


**PLEASE NOTE:  THIS IS ONLY A 2-DAY EVENT**


Come immerse yourself in a world full of superheroes and supervillians, costumes and cosplay, magic and wonder, as you work to find all the clues and solve the passport’s mysteries in order to claim your geocoin!  A weekend of fun and excitment awaits those that dare brave the unknown possibilities and marvels that will be found downtown around the Jackson County Library.  Dust off your superhero suit and cape, dye your hair a wild color, and don’t forget to wear your underwear on the outside of your clothes!  This Geocoin Challenge will have it all!


Ashland Creek Park CITO

Bear Creek Cleanup: Ashland Creek Park (27 E. Hersey St.)
Saturday – April 21, 2018 – 9:00am to 11:00am

Thinking of doing something for your community on Earth Day?

SOGeo – Southern Oregon Geocaching and the Ashland Food Co-op invite all community members to join us in an effort to keep our Bear Creek clean. For this Earth Day cleanup we are clearing blackberries from Ashland Creek Park to slow their march into Bear Creek. Ashland Parks & Recreation will provide all gloves and gear needed to remove blackberries. Please wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes. Meet at Ashland Creek Park on Saturday April 21st at 9am. Snacks and coffee will be provided!

We are excited to once again work with the Bear Creek Stewards as this event is part of the Bear Creek Stewardship Day project- a yearly clean up event along Bear Creek in the cities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Medford, and Central Point. The event is sponsored by SOLVE, a non-profit organization that brings Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

Ashland Creek Park- 27 E. Hersey St.
Time: 9am-11am
All supplies will be provided. Wear clothes that can get dirty and closed toed shoes.

We are looking forward to this event and working with the Bear Creek Stewardship and Ashland Food Co-op to make a difference in our community and for our gameboard.  If you have any questions, please feel free to send us a message or give us a call/text.  Socks can be reached at 541-690-6550

 

Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched

Planetary Pursuit Rescue Mission has launched.

To give geocachers more time to complete their missions, Planetary Pursuit has been extended for an additional week. Please make sure to log all your finds before Monday, April 16, at noon UTC to earn your Friend League points and Planetary Pursuit souvenirs.

Since launching Planetary Pursuit three weeks ago, tens of thousands of Geocaching Explorers have blasted into space to log new geocaches and conquer extraterrestrial geocaching adventures.

The Planetary Pursuit Begins!!

Planetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)

Join Planetary Pursuit to explore beyond

The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our solar system earning souvenirs along the way.

How to play

Find different geocache types to individually collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.

Simply Visit the Friend League page to activate your scoring control board and prepare to lift off on March 19.

What are the 10 souvenirs that I can earn?

Souvenirs  Points needed on the Friend League (individual)
Planetary Pursuit: Earth 5 points
Planetary Pursuit: Venus 10 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mercury 20 points
Planetary Pursuit: Mars 40 points
Planetary Pursuit: Jupiter 65 points
Planetary Pursuit: Saturn 100 points
Planetary Pursuit: Uranus 200 points
Planetary Pursuit: Neptune 300 points
Planetary Pursuit: Pluto 500 points
Official Space Explorer Collect all planet souvenirs (500 points) and earn this meta 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 (Traditional, Virtual, Webcam, Wherigo) 5
Log a Found it on a Multi-Cache or Letterbox Hybrid 10
Log a Found it on a Mystery Cache or EarthCache 15
Log a Found it on a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points 15
Attend any event 15
Drop off trackable 4

* The max number of points you can earn for any cache log is 15 points.

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 another geocaching task. The number of points vary depending on the task at hand.

The Friend League displays the total points you collect during the promotion. You can also see how many points your friends have earned during the promotion. The Friend League will reset to zero on Monday, April 9 at noon UTC.

How do I participate?

Visit the Friend League to activate your scoring control board and prepare for liftoff. From March 19 to April 8, collect points by logging caches, attending events, or completing other geocaching actions. Earn up to 10 new souvenirs by individually collecting 500 points on the Friend League during the promotion period.

Can I join Planetary Pursuit at any time?

Of course! If you were late to join, you still have the chance to earn all 10 souvenirs as long as you collect enough points through April 8.

Do points on the Friend League stack?

No, there is no point stacking. The max number of points that you can earn on any cache log is 15 points. For example, if you find a Traditional geocache with more than 10 Favorite points, you will earn 15 points total. If you find a Mystery cache with more than 10 Favorite points, you will earn 15 points total.

Do I get points on the Friend League for attending a CITO, Mega or Giga-Event?

Yes. Attending any event type will earn you 15 points on the Friend League during Planetary Pursuit.

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. Make sure you activate the Friend League by visiting the page once before you start logging your finds.
  2. If you change a NoteDNF, or other log type to a Found it log, it will not be recognized on the Friend League.
  3. You may have found and logged a Lab Cache. At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.
  4. You logged on Monday, March 19 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 not count for the first week.
  5. You saved a Draft on a Monday, March 19 before noon UTC.

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.

I logged a Lab Cache, why didn’t I earn any points on the Friend League?

At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches.

Do I need friends on my Friend League to participate in Planetary Pursuit?

You do not need geocaching friends to collect points and earn souvenirs for Planetary Pursuit. However, it’s still fun to have friends on your Friend League so you can cheer them along through their space explorations! Here are some ideas on how to make friends in the geocaching community:

  1. Attend a geocaching event. Attending geocaching events is the easiest way to make new friends in the real world. Make sure to note their username and invite them to become friends on Geocaching.com. Bonus: You’ll earn extra points when attending an event. Find an event near you.
  2. Search for a local geocaching organization. One of the best ways to learn about geocaching and make friends is to join a Geocaching Organization. Find a geocaching organization near you.
  3. Look for Facebook groups in your area. There are many geocachers on Facebook that have created local groups. Search for “geocaching+your location” on Facebook and see if there is a group of like-minded treasure hunters in your area.
  4. Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!

How do I add friends to my Friend League?

  1. From the left hand side of your new dashboard, or on the old version on the right side under the ‘Community’ section, select View friends.
  2. Under Add a friend, enter your friend’s username.
  3. Select Send Invitation.
  4. Enter a message for your friend.
  5. Select Request Friendship.

Why does the Friend League show only some of my friends?

The Friend League shows ten of your geocaching friends—always including yourself. If you want to see all of your friends, scroll down the list and select See more.

Time to play catch up!

Well, we’ve reached February and seem to have been lacking in keeping up on the page 🙁  Our sincerest apologies.  It’s been a wild few months with planning some big events and trying to attend meetings and get our group recognized.  There are a few big items to let everyone know about including the Surrounded by Superheroes Geocoin Challenge in April during the Medford Comic Con event and then the second Discover Central Point Challenge in June.  More details will be shared about those as they are finalized.  We just wanted to touch base with everyone and know that we’re still here, still working hard, and still trying to do our best to bring you a fun Geocaching experience here in Southern Oregon!!

Geocaching International Film Festival 2017

Geocaching International Film Festival 2017

Returning for the second year, SocksAndAmanda are proud to bring the GIFF to the Rogue Valley!


 


We invite you all to come and join us in the Large Conference Room at the Jackson County Library, located at 205 S. Central Avenue in downtown Medford, Sunday November 5th, from 1:00-3:00pm.  We’ll again be showing the films, this time on a much larger screen, and asking you to be the judges to see who is the winner.  Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats! See you there!


There’s no arguing that geocaching is an art, as much as it is a game. In designing a creative container, writing a memorable log, or going to great lengths to reach a cache, we express ourselves every time we play. See how the community has turned geocaching into an art form by attending our 2017 GIFF Event.


This is event is free and open to all those who would like to come down and watch the finalists in this years Geocaching International Film Festival.  From finding new favorite places, people, and puzzles, geocaching is full of Story Worthy Moments. The trick is to capture them on film. On November 2-6, 2017 thousands of geocachers will take part in a global geocaching movie night. The GIFF 2016 reel will contain an hour of carefully selected finalist films made by geocachers, for geocachers. 


THE ART OF GEOCACHING

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GIFF 2017 FINALISTS:

A Travel Bug’s Life  |  GeoElmo6000
Antarctica |  svieca
FOUND IT! (My Geocaching Adventure)  |  K8brownie
FTFever  |  AlboGIFF_Team
Geocaching Day in Vilnius  |  kaimynas
Geocaching is free  |  lat&long junkie
Geocaching: Your Passport to Adventure  |  alienchauncey
Geo early learning  |  Pigwig2
Harry Dirtski and Disco Box (org. Brudny Henryk i Disco Box)  |  QbaPL
Little Geo-rge  |  Charros Team
The Art of Geocaching (Canada)  |  GunnerMac
The Art of Geocaching (USA)  |  Zaise
The discovery of the FTF-Hunter  |  treasurehuntergd
The Future of Geocaching  |  .alma.
The Reviewer’s Day  |  BruteFilmCZ
The Road To Geocacher  |  Bakatono
TRIBUTE  |  sleepyeve


We hope to see everyone there! 

Geocaching International Film Festival 201

Returning for the second year, SocksAndAmanda are proud to bring the GIFF to the Rogue Valley!

We invite you all to come and join us in the Large Conference Room at the Jackson County Library, located at 205 S. Central Avenue in downtown Medford, Sunday November 5th, from 1:00-3:00pm.  We’ll again be showing the films, this time on a much larger screen, and asking you to be the judges to see who is the winner.  Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats! See you there!

Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race!

Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race

October 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

R) A unique Halloween experience
U) It’s a hunt for hidden, haunted items
S) Around the spookiest Rogue locations
H) Form a team of pals, race for your life

ALL WELCOME (21+) PRIZES, DETAILS:

Using clues and GPS coordinates, form a team in a race to uncover ghostly treasure and secret places in a spirited, friendly competition to survive this Halloween season.

The Rushmore Society, your real life social network of very busy people, invite all to join us, in partnership with the incredible team at Southern Oregon Geocache, as we present the spookiest, most haunted scavenger hunt of your life.

SOGeo have specially-designed a course of hidden items in some of the Rogue Valley’s scariest locations that will have your blood boiling and your brain twisting well into November.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

STEP ONE: Form a team of 2-4 friends
STEP TWO: Costumes are encouraged
STEP THREE: Learn a little about Geocaching (below)
STEP FOUR: Show up, have a blast, race on

COST: Only $10/team (pay at event)
COMPETITION: Friendly, and possessed
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PRIZES
: Three categories
The Sherlock Holmes: Fastest Team to compete
The Casper: Most Spirited Team
The Rocky Horror: Best Costumed Team
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Form a team and RSVP RIGHT HERE!

WHAT’S GEOCACHING?

What is geocaching? Well, for starters, geocache is a live adventure game played outdoors where anyone can participate – basically it’s a form of a sport game. If you are fond of exploring, you will certainly like geocaching. Besides from being a live adventure game that combines use of technology and strategy, geocaching may come as handy in testing some of your survival skills.

Geocaching is getting more and more on its popularity and it is not even uncommon to see entire families getting involved in geocache adventures. But what exactly is geocaching and what do you need in order to give it a try and test your explorer’s skills?

Stick with us to find out everything you need to know about geocaching, including step-by-step guide on how to geocache.

WHAT IS GEOCACHING REALLY?

As we have already mentioned, geocaching is a form of a sport, rather experienced as an adventure game made to awake the adventurer in you. Your main goal in geocaching is to hide or find different “treasure chests” that are rather called “caches” in the spirit of the game’s name. The most amazing thing about it is that you can find caches or hide them anywhere in the world and someone else will try to find them.

Basically, you are playing the game with millions of people involved by solely using GPS device and your tracking skills. If you are great with orienting and following GPS routes besides from enjoying treasure hunting, you will love this game. Geocaching exists in its current form and under its current name for 15 years now and looking back on the history of the game, geocaching draws its roots from 160 years back. Sounds amazing, but only because it’s true.

Okay, get ready to get spooked! RSVP RIGHT HERE!

The Rushmore Society is Southern Oregon’s premiere real life social network of very busy people living scary lives of Adventure, Connection and Play. Do More, Live More, Rushmore.

Welcome SOGeo fans!!!

It’s been a while since we last checked in so we wanted to touch base and fill you in on some upcoming events and fun things of interest!!

Saturday, October 28th from 2-5:30pm: The Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race.  We are partnering with The Rushmore Society to put on a fun geocaching race that will take participants through some of the spookier areas of Ashland.  More details can be found here:  Amazing Graveyard Geocache Race

Saturday, November 4th:  We are offering 2 different Introduction to Geocaching Classes!  These classes are being put on at the Santo Center in Medford, 701 N Columbus Ave.   Intro for Adults will be held from 10-11:30am while the Intro for Kids will be held from 1-2pm.

Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm:  International Geocaching Film Festival screening!  We invite you all to come and join us in the Large Conference Room at the Jackson County Library, located at 205 S. Central Avenue in downtown Medford.  Bring a snack and a drink if you’d like, we will have our small popcorn machine there for some yummy movie treats! See you there!

International Geocaching Day 2017

Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2017 with SOGeo in Lithia Park!

 

 

Every year, the third Saturday in August is celebrated as International Geocaching Day, and this year it falls on Saturday, August 19th.  Let’s get together in beautiful Lithia Park and share some stories about our caching travels and where they’ve taken us!  We encourage everyone to bring a fun International Finger Food dish to share with everyone (not required of course, but encouraged).  Socks and Amanda will be sure to have something yummy to share with the group!


The plan:

  • Gather in Lithia Park at the Hillside location (parking nearby, check the waypoint)

    • Saturday, August 19th, from 9am to 11am

  • Meet and Greet with fellow cachers

    • Bring a friend or two!!

  • Share some stories about where caching has taken us

    • From sea to shining sea, spanning different oceans and continents!

  • Munch on some delicious International Finger Foods

    • We encourage everyone to bring a fun dish to share!


Lithia Park is a beautiful setting to get together and enjoy the morning.  We are aiming to try and beat the heat by meeting early-ish.  Cachers are encouraged to wander the park and take in the beautiful scenery, from the Japanese Gardens to the Fairy Ponds, an everything in between.  Lithia is one of our favorite parks to explore and we hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!  We look forward to seeing everyone!!

 

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