I thought it was about time that I wrote a post about geocaching, seeing that the blog is called Geocaching Librarian. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to go out caching for a while – hopefully I’ll get a chance this week during my last week of leave.
This weekend, though, a couple of intrepid Canadian geocachers have set out on an expedition to find the oldest unfound geocache. It’s called 4.5lb Walleye, and it was hidden on 23rd June, 2001 and has never been found. The trip to the cache involves a couple of days paddle along the Albany River in Ontario, so it’s not a trip for the faint-hearted. Of course, after more than ten years in the wild, there’s no guarantee that the cache is still actually there. But for most cachers, the journey is more important than the find.
The trip has gained quite a bit of interest amongst geocachers (there’s an eight page topic in the geocaching.com forum discussing it). One of the geocachers on the trip has set up a tracking page so their progress can be monitored. It looks like they made it to the cache location, but there’s no way to know if they found the cache. We’ll have to wait another couple of days to find out.
So this got me thinking if there were any similar caches in Australia. The oldest unfound cache on the Geocaching Australia website is on the Queensland-New South Wales border in the Girraween National Park. It was placed on 2nd July 2006, and there have been a couple of search attempts, but no-one has been able to find it. On geocaching.com, the oldest unfound cache is in north-western Western Australia, a couple of hundred kilometres north-east of Derby. The cache owner states on the cache page that you need a boat or helicopter to reach the location, and that it’s a once in a lifetime cache.
Anyone feel like a roadtrip?