Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Geocaching turns 17 years old


Geocaching turns 17 years old

I was at a 3 1/2 day magic convention a couple of  weekends ago and got out every morning to grab a few caches with my magician/cacher friend Close Up Matt. While we were out we were able to receive the 3 million active caches souvenir. Also we shared an FTF called "whaddadork" while in Chilliwack. Very Cool!!
It was Matt's second ever FTF and my 358th (OK, I've been caching a bit longer than him. lol)


This souvenir marks a major milestone in geocaching history. Reaching 3 million active geocaches was made possible by the collective efforts of players around the world. You earned this celebratory souvenir by finding a geocache or attending an event the weekend after Geocaching.com hit 3 million caches.
A major milestone like 3 million geocaches is the perfect excuse to get out and cache!!!
In all seriousness, this achievement is thanks to efforts by people all around the world. Collectively, they contributed millions of hours of time — time spent researching hiding spots, making containers, reviewing caches, hosting events, cleaning up the environment, and more. The result is more than 3 million geocaches. It’s 3 million experiences as interesting and varied as the people who created them!


Micro caches VS Larger caches
What size of cache do you like best? Take a look at the following two pics, you will see a preform Tube, and the second is a bison tube. Which one do you think is bigger? Scroll to bottom of blog for the answer!!!
Preform tube



Bison Tube


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May 2/2017
Today Geocaching celebrated it's 17th birthday by giving a souvenir for getting a cache.
Geocaching has evolved, and so have geocachers. On May 2, 2000, the United States government disabled selective availability — increasing the accuracy of civilian GPS devices. On May 2, 2017, seventeen years later, geocaching has become a global phenomenon to get off the couch and get outside.

May 3/2017
17 years ago, today the first geocache was hidden. Happy birthday Geocaching!!!!!
Check out the You Tube video of the "First cache" made and hidden on May 3/2000 by Dave Ulmer.
In the video at 1:48 he says hopefully someday there will be thousands of these all over the country, and today there is over 3 million active caches world wide. WOW!!!!










Here is a better pic of the Bison Tube from the photo above!!!
 Yup it was a jumbo one!!! A real cache, not Photoshop!!!

Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Challenges and Monumental caches

I haven't done a lot of caching since my last blog, except for a couple of FTF's, a challenge cache, a 7 stage multi that was published in 2001, and another cache also published back in 2001 to fill a couple of spots on my Jasmer chart, and a few caches near the older caches I got.
So I thought I would talk about what makes these type of caches not just challenging but also special!!

Challenge Yourself!!!

This month, I will talk a bit about challenges, and challenge caches:
Some people love them, some don't like them, some people avoid them, I personally seek them out!!!
In fact I just got the "West 122 degrees longitude challenge" that I have been trying to get one specific cache for a bit, completed and logged.

The first three I will talk about are challenges that have been around since caching started. Some of the statistics for cache challenges, can be found on your very own caching profile page, while others have to be sourced out by using other websites such as "My Geocaching Profile"
Here you can make a profile and input all your finds and it will give you more statistics than you will ever need!!!

Jasmer Challenge

Popular in the United States, the Jasmer asks geocachers to find one cache hidden in every month since geocaching began in May 2000. As of today, that means finding 202 caches with different placed dates. To give you a sense of the difficulty of this challenge, there are under 150 caches hidden in 2000 still enabled. Geocaching road trip, anyone?
I have found several caches that were based on the Jasmer Challenge, most recently I did one called "Challenge Jasmer 2008 Mini series" where I had to find one cache that was placed in each month of 2008, for a total of 12 qualifying caches. The rules for the challenge were as follows: Any cache found at any time anywhere in the world is valid. So you may already qualify for this challenge. The date to use is the placed or hidden date at the top of the cache page, which may be different than the date the cache was published. You must find one cache placed for each month in 2008.
I had already fulfilled my 2008 placed caches list, so I was able to find and log that cache!!! The CO of this Challenge cache had several other Jasmer Mini series challenges from 2005 to 2014.
I have got most of them except 2005, 2006, and 2012. I have qualified for all them so next time I am in Victoria I will try to grab them.

The 7 stage multi cache called Shore Circuit, that I mentioned in the beginning of this blog will fill in the November 2001 spot on my chart(Have not updated it yet)


I looked for a December 2001 cache and I see that I either have to go to Vancouver Island, Alberta, or the States. There is none still active in the Lower Mainland of BC. Do I hear road trip???

January 2017

As you can see I need to grab a couple of caches to fill in some recent dates also. Below is an updated Jasmer chart (March 2017)  11 more oldies to get!!!

March 2017




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Fizzy Challenge

The Fizzy Challenge will test your mental skills, then your physical skills, then both at the same time. The Fizzy Challenge will have you finding a cache for each combination of Difficulty/Terrain rating possible. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Well-Rounded Cacher” and the “81 Grid” because there are 81 possible combinations. If you want to really go above and beyond, you can fill our a Fizzy grid for each cache type. I still need 11 different combos.



365 Day Challenge

It shouldn’t be too difficult to figure this challenge out: find one cache on every day of the year! That could mean a 365-day streak, or a careful plotting of geocaching expeditions over the course of many years. In case you’re wondering, the next Leap Day is February 29, 2020.
I did 400 caching days in a row, so it was easy to fill my chart!!


Other stats such as your finds nearest and farthest from your house are also on your own caching profile. As you can see by mine, I have found a cache 200 metres away and also 6013 KM away.
One of the cool stats I have, is I found a cache 4200 KM's away(Florida) and one a couple KM's away(Vancouver) from home on the very same day!!!



Misc. Stats

I've only found 1 5/5 cache so far, but the cool part is that it was also a FTF with my wife Angelcheeks, and good friends C2C2C and Toby and Me!!
I have also found several traveling caches, which are only those made years ago, as they are not allowed to be made anymore.


"Monumental Caches found by Magicman65"

July 1/10 ORIGINAL STASH TRIBUTE PLAQUE © GCGV0P Portland, Oregon
July 1/10 Un-original stash. GC92 Portland, Oregon
July 2/10 Mission 9: Tunnel of light GC1169 Snoqualmie Pass, Washington (1 of 2 remaining A.P.E. Caches)(Now archived, as it was stolen) The A.P.E. cache series was established in May of 2001. The promotion was for the film Planet of the Apes. Thirteen different A.P.E. caches, each with props from the movie and a story that tied into the movie, were hidden all over the world. Those who found the caches received a unique icon. All that is left of the highly sought series is a single, active cache hidden deep in the tropical jungles of Brazil. Mission 4: Southern Bowl is now the last obtainable A.P.E. cache. The remainder of the geocaches in the series have been archived. The final cache has been logged less than 40 times. (UPDATE: They have found the missing Mission 9: Tunnel of light cache, and it may be unarchived in the near future)
July 2/10 Iron Horse GC79 Snoqualmie Pass, Washington (oldest cache I have gotten so far)
July 2/10 Geowoodstock VIII. GC1QM7K Carnation, Washington (1st mega)
July 12/11 Strathcona wilderness 1 GCA6 Ardrossan, Alberta (Oldest Aberta cache, 2nd Canada cache)
July 16/11 Best of the BAD mega event. GC2GA1J Three Hills, Alberta (2nd mega attend)
(Hired to performed Adult and kids Magic at Mega)
July 28/11 Treehugger (BC's Oldest cache) GC1DD Vancouver, BC
July 7/12 Island Spirit 2012 GC349MK Duncan, BC (3rd mega)
(Hired to perform 2 Magic shows at Mega)
Aug. 17/13 2013 Block Party GC3X684 Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 18/13 Go APE Mega event GC46Z3E Snoqualmie Tunnel, Wash.(4th Mega)

And in Groundspeak news:

Speaking of Monumental caches, I was talking about this cache back in my November 2016 Blog
and the geocaching community has spoken. The Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache will be returned to its original location and restored to active APE cache status. Once reactivated, the cache will be loggable throughout the year. )If you look above in my "Monumental Caches" you will see I have found it July 2nd 2010.)
They will reactivate the APE cache on August 19, 2017, the date of the Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event at Washington’s Iron Horse State Park.
More than 10,000 geocachers helped make this decision. (Read the February 20th blog for more about the ballot choices.) Here are the results:
61% — Return and Reactivate
17% — Activate Once A Year
13% — Display at Geocaching HQ
9% — Traveling Artifact

Additional stats for Magicman65

**So far, I have found 357 First to Find's (FTF)
**Most FTF's in one Day Feb.23/12 "13 FTF's"
**Most finds in one Day May 21/11 "200 caches" Lake Cowichan to Port Alberni (Previous most finds in one day was 71)
**Most Icons in one Day April 21/13 7 icons for "Lucky Number 7 challenge"
**Groundspeaks "Geocacher of the Month" Feb. 2012 (Nominated twice, Oct./11 and Jan/12)
**Longest caching streak Jan.1st/13 to Feb. 4th/14 (400 days)
**B.C.G.A. Vice President 2011-2014




Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Monday, 13 February 2017

Geo Tour


Richmond Geo Tour

Had a day off, and a new cache got published so I went and grabbed it to give me another FTF to add to my list. I had not much to do, so I decided to go finish up the "Richmond Geo-Quest" caches. Grabbed several by way of car, and then had a few to do by walking the trails. 3 of them are in the park where the Richmond Nature park office is located, so I did those last, as that is where you go to claim your prize for getting all the codes from each cache.



 Had to go to several different parks and Nature areas, as you can see by the Pictures.



 This was a cool path!!

This was chained up!!


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MAGIC Live 2017

So I have registered for a Magic Convention in Vegas that I have been to the last two years. It's not until August but I've already started making my bookmark list. lol
If you recall my blog from last August, I went after several Virtual caches, there is a few there that I did not get at that time, so I will hunt them down this time. I am also gonna try to get 7 icons in one day. I tried last year when I was there, but ended up only getting 6. Wish me luck!!
I have done it in the past as you can see by the pic below:



Caching etiquette

Found this recently on the internet. Found it very useful and Interesting:
If you enjoy finding caches more than hiding them and you want to give something back to the hobby, here are seven things you can do.  

1)  Leave great logs.  I know I Personally really appreciate it when someone takes a minute to tell me they enjoyed the cache and give a sentence or two about their experience. 

2)  Upload pictures.  They don't have to be pictures of you.  I like to see pictures of interesting things you saw nearby or what the area looks like as the seasons change.  Please don't include the cache itself.  I like to leave some things as surprises for future finders.  Mention the pictures in the logs!  The owners are not notified in any way when you attach pictures.  Sometimes I don't notice the pictures until months later.

3)  If you are a premium member, leave favorite points.  I realize you can't always do this, but it's nice when you can.

4)  Give reliable status reports about the condition of the containers.  It really helps me to know whether I need to plan a trip for maintenance.  If you say at the end of your log "everything is in good shape here" then I know I don't have to check on that one right away.  If there is a problem and you can't explain it without leaving spoilers then you can also contact the owner through the messaging feature.

5)  Make simple repairs.  If you can solve a problem while you're standing there and save me a trip then that is a huge help.  When I go out I carry spare log paper, extra gaskets for bison tubes, and ziplock bags in a variety of sizes.  I know some geocachers also carry camouflage duct tape.  Mention any repairs in your logs.  Do NOT throw down a new container because you can't find one that's supposed to be there.  If there are two containers then that's a new problem I have to go and solve.

6)  Restock the containers with swag.  This doesn't benefit me as much as everyone else who finds the cache after you.  Go to eBay and order ten dollars worth of plastic rings or guitar picks or something.  Sprinkle them in caches across the landscape like you're Johnny Appleseed.

7)  Just go out and find them.  If you find the caches and you're not being a jackass then you're participating the game and helping to keep it fun for everyone.  That's why we hide them.


Obviously by the numbers and statistics, the vast majority of geocachers are finders and not hiders. 
Personally I have to date found 4195 caches but have only hidden 45 and 4 of those were Events. The last time I saw statistics there were something like 2.4 million active caches in the world and close to 7 million geocachers.  Most people who hide caches have hidden a bunch, so the numbers are actually much more lopsided than that.  I would much rather that people don't hide caches until they've seen a bunch and they're prepared to keep up with years of maintenance.


Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65



Sunday, 22 January 2017

Alberta trip and Vancouver Island trips

Alberta

My little guy and me flew to Alberta on Boxing day to visit for a week. We grabbed a cache while on route from airport to Fort Saskatchewan, that I tried to get the last time I came to town. Could not find it then, but had no trouble this time. Grabbed several caches while in town, including one aptly named Rudolph park. A nice spot for a winter cache.
Rudolph Park

 This cache was a bit creepy!!!

While on our Alberta trip, we met a local cacher at a cache we were grabbing on New Years day. He gave me a few Travel bugs to take back to BC with me. When I logged them, I added a link to this blog. He then read my last months blog and he answered the question from the contest and won the SWAG bag for the answer to 60th blog question.
The question was, how many FTF's (First To Find) have I found as of Dec 23/16
The answer was 354 FTF's......WOW!!! (These can be seen on my profile page at "Geocaching.com"

Congrats again ScooterRichard!!! This is a pic of what I sent him. A couple of new geocoins, some pins, and a bison tube.....Enjoy!!

SWAG

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Did a quick trip to Vancouver Island for a couple of shows.

While there I stopped by Canada's largest Ammo Can "Made In Canada, Eh" to drop off the TB's I got in Alberta.
I chatted with the CO (who is a friend of mine), for a bit before heading down the road, to my show that night in Port Alberni.

Canada's Largest Ammo Can

I also grabbed Two cool caches right near each other in Nanaimo, that were a very cool natural phenomenon.

One was called "Natures Arch" which was a huge boulder balanced between other large boulders.

"Natures Arch"


And the other was called "Abyss!"  which was a crack in the earth, but unsure how deep it went!

"Abyss"

Also went back to the island to Victoria a week later to watch a magician friend of mine perform his new show at the Oak Bay Hotel in the David Foster Theatre. Grabbed a few caches while over there including 2008 Jasmer Challenge
The Jasmer challenge is Popular in the United States, the Jasmer asks geocachers to find one cache hidden in every month since geocaching began in May 2000. As of today, that means finding 201 caches that were hidden every month of the year since caching was started. To give you a sense of the difficulty of this challenge, there are under 150 caches hidden in 2000 still enabled.
I have completed my Jasmer chart for all of 2002 and every year after that up to Sept. 2016.
Looks as if I have to grab two more recent ones to fill in a couple of months.



Also did a virtual called "Crows stop and smell the roses" at the Oak Bay Rose Garden


Also found a cleverly hidden cache as you can see by the pictures:
 I will not mention the name of the cache so as not to give it away!!




Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65


Saturday, 24 December 2016

60th Blog post!!!

Just in time for Christmas!!!

Contest Time!!!

In my last blog, I said I would have a contest as this blog is my 60th blog. Here is the contest:

I have found many "FTF's"
Send me a message or an email, or comment below as to how many I have found as of Dec 23/16 and I will mail you a very cool geocaching prize pack including a geocoin, some buttons, etc. First person to send me the correct answer will win!!!

Hint: Vg vf va gur 3 qvtvgf, nyy guerr qvtvgf ner pbafrphgvir ohg abg va pbafrphgvir beqre. Tbbq Yhpx.

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Finally got the World Cache
I started working on the "World Cache" on May 26/16 and found the final on Dec 3/16
It took 6 months to find 5 caches, getting different coordinates from members of my team from the U.S., The U.K., Germany, and Australia.
Went out for a short hike up Fromme Mountain. The final to the "World Cache" was on a trail called the Baden Powell trail. We also decided to go further and grab a couple more while here. We got to the next one and realized it was a terrain 4.5(Out of 5) and saw no visible trail to get to it. The hint said it was at the base of the cliff. However the cliff was up a very steep and rocky hill.
Since we had our 4 year old with us we decided to head to the next one and hope we may find a path in for the terrain 4.5
We found the next cache up the trail, and decided to head back as we had other stuff to do that day. On the way out we thought, "We are here now, lets get this one." So we started up towards the cache, and it seemed to get harder as we got closer. The last part was quite the scramble, but we managed our way there!! Our little 4 year old is like a cross between a mountain goat and the energizer bunny. lol. He was a trooper and he kept us going forward. We rejoiced in finding the cache and headed back down the mountain.

We recalled the day years ago when Oliver was just 8 months old and we hiked up a cliff to be the First to Find on "A view for giant Pickle" which was in the hills near Victoria.
Angelcheeks with Oliver in Backpack and our Geo dog

Taking a break before the top

We think its very exciting that Oliver will get to look back at some of the adventures he has been on, and some of the cool caches he was a part of getting.


Trip to Trail, BC
Was able to grab a cache on the way thru the Chilliwack area called "Day 1 Light" which was nothing fancy other than the co-ords were at W122 00.xxx which is the last set of coordinates that I need to complete a challenge called West 122 Degrees Longitude Challenge. I had all the other caches needed to complete this cache except for one with the "00" minutes. Now I need to go grab the challenge cache to be complete. When I was in Trail I grabbed another challenge cache called Kid crazys 12 days of cachemas winter challenge

Old train tunnel outside of Greenwood, BC
Frozen shut!!!











My recent trip up north to Yellowknife to do a show, I was hoping to grab at least one cache but that did not happen as there was too much snow, and I had almost no time other than to get to the show and head back home again.
I have a trip coming up on boxing day to Edmonton, Alberta with my little guy and will try to grab a few caches while there.




Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Saturday, 12 November 2016

The A.P.E. has been Found, and 200 Things any Geocacher must do....Sooner or Later!!

Lost APE Cache found!!!


The History
In 2001, fourteen geocaches were placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox to support the movie Planet of the Apes. Each geocache represented a fictional story in which scientists revealed an Alternative Primate Evolution (A.P.E.). These geocaches were made using specially marked ammo containers and contained an original prop from the movie. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light was one of those caches.
We (Angelcheeks, C2C2C, and Toby&Me) went on an awesome trip together back in July 2010 down to Washington and Oregon to head to a Mega Event called Geowoodstock. As awesome as that was gonna be, as it would be my first Mega-Event, that was not the only place we would go. We also went to the Original Stash Tribute plaque


and we decided to hike to the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light A.P.E. cache. (1 of 2 left in the world)


Snoqualmie Tunnel (Closed)

At the time the "Snoqualmie Tunnel" was closed, so we had to make the trek up the back way. It was a long winding trail up the mountain.


But after several hours we found what we were looking for!!! The APE!!!!




A.P.E. Cache
We rejoiced at finding this Historic Cache, and headed back towards the car and off to the Mega Event.
Less than one year later, Sadly, "Mission 9" was muggled and then archived in June 2011.

There is a Mega-Event (Going Ape) created by the Washington State Geocaching Association to honor this famous cache. They also placed a tribute cache at the Original Location.
Beauty and the Beast



Jenna, Oliver (just 1yr old) and Dayton and I went to this event in August 2013. (Going APE)
This time the Tunnel was open and we had an awesome hike in 3.7km of darkness. There was even a cache in the middle of the tunnel. And there was even a werewolf guarding it.













Oliver and I


Cache in the Darkness

Chris Meets the Werewolf!!! But we also found the cache!!!









Walking out of the darkness of the tunnel and up to the "A.P.E. Tribute cache" was like Deja Vous!!! It seemed like only yesterday we were here!!! Yet it was 3 years later.


Original APE Location

A.P.E. Tribute cache
Fast forward to 5 years after the A.P.E. cache was muggled is the newest story of it being found!!!
It was believed since it was a huge, heavy container that maybe it was not hauled very far from its location. A search party was formed and the rest of the full story can be read "Here"

"What do cachers do?"

Just received my new book called 200 Things any geocacher must do!!
Its like a workbook of things cachers do eventually. So I have been looking back thru my caching history to see how many of the 200 I have done. It's cool to go back thru my old caches and sort of relive some of the experiences. Things like being questioned by authorities while looking for a cache, caching while you're supposed to be working, etc. After going thru the book, I will let you know how many of the 200 I have done. lol

As of writing this is my 59th blog. Not too bad for 4 years of blogging!!! Look for my 60th Blog, where I will have a small challenge for a prize to one lucky person!!!

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Well that's it for this month
Keep on caching
Chris Yuill
Magicman65

Geocaching turns 17 years old

Geocaching turns 17 years old I was at a 3 1/2 day magic convention a couple of  weekends ago and got out every morning to grab a few ca...