Now THAT’S what I call a geocaching trip

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?

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I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.
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4 Responses to Now THAT’S what I call a geocaching trip

  1. Sharon Uthmann says:

    So Andrew, how do you set a geocache (is that the right way of saying it?)? Does someone go to the place and electronically set it or is it a physical object that you have to find or a combination or either or? I really should do more research on geocaching.

    • Andrew says:

      Hi Sharon, it’s usually called placing a cache, and there is a physical container to find. When you place it, you use your GPS receiver to record the latitude and longitude coordinates, and then include these on the geocaching website. There’s a Geocaching 101 section on the geocaching.com website which explains what geocaching is. Let me know if you want more info.

  2. Bron says:

    I do hope you give us an update on whether the Canadian cache was located

    • Andrew says:

      Hi Bron, yes, they did find the cache. They’ve uploaded a video showing the final location. The cache was still in pretty good condition considering how long it had been out in the wild.

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