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Geocache Listing Sites

Geocaching.com

The biggest and most-used geocaching site on the internet. Their cache listing and numbers of users is many orders of magnitude larger than any others. Many geocachers go here and nowhere else.

This is the grand-daddy of all the caching sites. Run by Jeremy Irish and friends out of Seattle Washington, this site is what many people think of when they think of geocaching.

The site features many different types of caches, and a promise of new types of caches and games to come. Caches are reviewed and published by hand-picked regional reviewers, who also moderate the site's very busy geocaching discussion forums. The site hosts numerous events and promotions throughout the year, including Cache-in-Trash-Out (CITO) or park-cleanup events, Jeep promotions, and others.

The site has the ability to track moving items such as travel bug tags and geo-coins. The look and feel of the site is very slick and polished, with the option for advanced cache hiders to augment their cache listing pages using HTML tags and images.

There is no charge for a standard membership. A premium membership is offered, through which cachers can retrieve customized lists of geocaches in desired areas on a periodic basis. Caches are available in GPX or LOC format and of course these work with the GSAK program and other paperless caching tools.

www.earthcache.org

An offshoot of Geocaching.com that promotes earth science education. These may be located in sensitive areas where a traditional cache would not be appropriate.

www.navicache.com

Free cache database, the second oldest site for posting caches. Based out of Rochester New York, the site, run by PCMedic and Quinn, has a somewhat more lenient policy with regard to the posting of caches than Geocaching.com. Virtuals are encouraged, and moving caches are permitted with some restrictions. The site does not currently have a way to post a Locationless (Reverse Virtual) cache. The flavor of the site tends to be more european, with many German caches being posted, for example.

Many cachers got their start on Navicache. The cache data from the site is available for download in GPSS, GPX, or LOC format. Difficulty/Terrain, Logging and viewing of caches is similar to the format and presentation of Geocaching.com, though some geocaching.com users have noted that the interface is a bit more basic with fewer frills. Some cachers list and log their caches on both sites simultaneously, and this practice is encouraged.

The caches on the site are fully indexed on Buxley's Maps, and the GPX files produced are usable in GSAK.

www.TerraCaching.com

A caching website that promotes a quality over quantity focus, and gives members enormous power to decide what types of caches are allowed in their area through a decentralized system of approval and peer review.

Quality is measured by the community's rating of each cache on a ten-point scale from "Should be Archived" up to "Superb." Each cache has a quality score (MCE or "Measure of Cache Excellence) which reflects the opinions of the cachers who've rated it. A 10 is a perfect score, and anything 1.0 or below is automatically archived by the system.

Finders and placers of caches earn TPS (terracaching point system) points instead of smileys. A drive-up cache would be found frequently so would likely have a low TPS, around 1. A difficult cache on top of a mountain would likely be harder to find an so would earn a higher TPS point value.

Terracaching currently supports locationless caches as well, though the scores for Locationless and Traditional caches are figured separately.

Far from being an 'elitist' site, Terracaching.com welcomes all cachers who want to place caches that are more challenging than those that can be found elsewhere. Many Terracachers play on other sites as well.

To gain access to the site, you must be sponsored by two existing players. These sponsors become your approvers, and you can change approvers any time if you wish. If you don't know two existing players, just post a note in the forum with your City and any other details of your caching history, and you'll receive offers of sponsorship usually within minutes.

Terracaches Españoles

TerraCaching.ES es el soporte español de la base mundial de geocaching de la plataforma TerraCaching.com

TerraCaching.ES is the Spanish-language site for TerraCaching.com

www.GPSgames.org

A fun caching site featuring a variety of games you can play with your GPS, including geocaching, Geodashing, MinuteWar, Shutterspot, GeoGolf and GeoPoker. It's a collaborative, community effort by and for players who enjoy using a GPS for location-based games.

Geocaching - The site lists geocaches for finding and logging. Moderation/Approval is done by your fellow players. Sponsors are not required. All types of caches are welcomed, including virtual caches, moving caches, locationless caches, etc.

Geodashing - Waypoints (dashpoints) are randomly generated. Each game lasts a month and features of new set of about 30,000 dashpoints, spanning the globe. No place on Earth is too far away from some dashpoint or another (except at the poles). The winner is the player who can navigate to the most dashpoints.

Shutterspot - Players take photographs, then other players try to find the spot where the photographer stood.

GeoGolf - Players navigate to 18 random waypoints. The closer you get to each waypoint, the lower your score, and just like in golf, low score wins.

MinuteWar - Capture-the-flag. The whole world is the battle field. All players compete against each other no matter where they live. Maps are divided into 1 minute squares of longitude and latitude. Inside each square is a virtual flag. Navigate to the flag to capture it.

GeoVexilla - Another capture-the-flag variant. At random times, in random places, random virtual flags of countries of the world appear on a map of the world. The challenge is to visit a flag's waypoint before the flag disappears. Each time you succeed, you collect that flag, increasing your score.

GeoPoker - Players build the best poker hand by being First-to-Find. A GeoPoker game container is deployed in a particular area. Each time the container is found, the finder is given one virtual playing card at random. Each finder chooses the next hiding spot. Games can last days or weeks.

(Coincidentally, the site also hosts a geocaching wiki, as the site encourages community involvement and ownership of the content of the Web site. See GPSwiki)

Adventure GeoGolf Games

AdventureGeoGolf.com GPS Game - First of its kind in the World Adventure GeoGolf game is a GPS geocaching game played by geocachers who will go out and find 18 traditional cache hides on a virtual golf course in order to log their attempt on Geocaching.com The first GeoGolf game course is being built in Dubai, UAE. They will also, host other courses developed by geocachers from around the World who use the same method of game play, by submission.

OpenCaching Network

OpenCaching Network consists of many national-level geocaching sites. All these sites are quite similar (they originate from one source) and all of their source code is opensource. They are less restrictive that some other listing sites and accept most cache types, including virtual caches. They also do not charge any fees to access information contained in their databases.

The current list of OpenCaching sites is available at http://www.opencaching.eu/.

Currently the network include the following sites:

Technical information about the project:

OpenCaching.com

Not to be confused with the OpenCaching Network or with OpenCaching.us, OpenCaching.com is a site created by Garmin. The stated goal is to provide a geocaching site with no subscriptions, membership fees, or paid content.

geopeitus.ee

started Feb, 2001

geocaching.com.au

A listing site for Australian geocachers.It got its start as a geocaching portal and forum site for Australian geocachers. It started listing caches in Jan, 2005. Though the idea of it becoming an independent listing service was long in the works, it took off in part, because of many Aussie's anger at Geocaching.com's response to the Dec. 2004 tsunami disaster. Geocaching.com refused to list caches placed to solicit for organizations involved with tsunami relief, as they felt these caches violated its no solictations rule. Many many people, including a good number of Australians felt the magnitude of the disaster warranted a suspension of the rule.

Geocaching Australia is now the second biggest Geocaching site in the Asia-Pacific region and has the most extensive feature set of any geocaching cache listing site.

geocaching.hu

This is the one and only site for Hungarian geocachers. It belongs to the Association of Hungarian Geocaching officially founded in 2004, whose president is Ferenc Kumin. The site has been developed by Andras Kolesar and it offers a lot of useful tools: easy downloading coordinates, several maps, forums, statistics, poi’s, polls, faq’s and you can even check if the coordinates of your would be cache fall on a restricted area of a national park. The Association is in a constant discussion with the national parks about where caches can be placed.

Cachers with English skills are encouraged to translate others’ cache listings and report them on geocaching.com. Still, only about half of the Hungarian caches appear there as well.

A secondary aim of the website is to create a virtual guide book of the whole country. So the cache listings have to describe the vicinity of the cache, its history, flora, fauna and trivia at length.

A new development of the site is http://www.turistautak.hu, which is aiming at creating a downloadable digital map of all hiking trails (=turistautak) of the country from track logs. It has become a popular and usable map evolving day by day. Now it contains not only hiking trails but roads and streets as well.

The Association organizes two main events every year: one in spring the other in autumn. Cachers from all over the country take part in these one day competitions where 15 caches have to be found on foot in a small area before sunset. The first competition was in the spring of 2002 with 42 teams taking part, the tenth in autumn 2006 with 106 teams.

Hungarian style geocaching has these peculiarities: To log a find on the website you have to know the codeword of the cache, which appears in the logbook. Moving caches and virtual caches are allowed. You have to find 20 traditional, non-Budapest caches before you are allowed to place one. There are 12 hand picked moderators who have two days to vote on a new cache application. The cache must have four more yes votes than no votes to appear. But on the third day a simple majority of the yes votes is enough for the cache to become public.

The moderators are the same people as the members of the Association. So at present there are 12 members only. However anybody can be a supporting member if they pay a small fee of 3000 forint ($15) yearly. Supporting members are allowed to take part in polls and may voice their opinion at the annual assembly.

Statistics in April 2007: 1442 caches (out of which 101 are abroad, in neighboring countries), 205,000 logs, 5430 registered users, 306 members and supporting members.

Record holders: Freddy, who found 1877 caches (you can find moving caches more than once and there are archived caches too!). MikiCache, who placed 49 caches. First cache in Hungary: 24 June 2001: FakeCastle by Scepticx. Most found cache (882 times): Zero kilometer mark by Tyborg.

GEOCACHING.RU

Geocaching in Russia, Ukraine and other postUSSR countries. The archive of resource covers the territory over 15 states. (by RedShift)

Rejtekhely-vadászat Erdélyben

Geocaching in Transylvania, Romania. A Hungarian language website

Geocaching in Romania

Geocaching in Romania.


Geocaching Community Sites

Follow the Arrow

Resources for the UK Geocaching Community

News and Info - for new members UK Stats - stats on UK cachers and caches TrigpointingUK - like Benchmark Hunting

there is also a Forum, a Gallery, GIS maps, a Chatroom, event Calendar, GeoWiki and GUK blog -- The GeocacheUK website is owned and maintained by Ian Harris (Teasel), Brian Deegan (Deego) and Barry Hunter (barryhunter).

Geocachers of the Bay Area

This community site supports the geocaching community in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, reaches out to new cachers, provides resources to travelers visiting the area, and facilitates a dialog between geocachers and local parks and open space districts.

Geocaching i Norge (Geocaching in Norway)

A Norwegian geocaching community site. (Norwegian and English)

geocaching.be

Resources for the Belgian Geocaching Community, in Flemish and French! With a forum, maps, stats, classes, goodies, links, ... and a link to your page on the com.site

geocaching-pt.net

Resources for the Portuguese geocaching community and for geocachers visiting Portugal. With a forum, maps, a huge variety of stats, links, and lots of information.

geopt.org

Portugal's Geocaching and Adventure Portal With a forum, articles, and other resources.

TheGeocachingSite

The Geocaching Site is a brand new website which contains geocaching news, rules, videos, information and more. It's a great site for novice and experienced geocachers alike.

Educaching.com

Educaching.com and CachingBox.com have paired up to offer a great curriculum + geocaching package for teachers who are excited about sharing this wonderful sport. In the spirit of Geocaching, Educaching™ is a curriculum that uses GPS technology to create an innovative learning atmosphere. Exciting lesson plans, unique ideas, and helpful strategies that incorporate the national teaching standards provide a road map to make education challenging, rewarding, and fun. Inspired by geocaching, the popular GPS adventure, the Educaching™ curriculum will utilize exciting technology to connect your students with their academics.

Geoforum.lt

Everything about geocaching in Lithuania

www.geocaching.se

The Swedish geocaching site.

www.geocaching-italia.com

The first italian geocaching site.

Geocaching Organizations

Geocaching Organizations

Geocaching Hamburg

A german Site from Hamburg, Germany with Tipps for Geocaches, Software and news from around Hamburg

Houston GeoCaching Society

The local GeoCaching site for South East Texas. Forums, pictures, and great friends.

Canada's Capital Cachers

The purpose of this website is to promote the sport (game, activity) of geocaching in the Ottawa / Hull region and the surroundings.

Ratings and Rankings for caches in Ottawa Canada

This website keeps track of rating information for caches in and around the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada area.

Romanian geocaching community site

Everything about geocaching in Romania

www.geocacheurs.fr

Everything about geocaching in France

Geobuscadores Españoles Asociados

Geobuscadores Españoles Asociados (GEA) es la primera Asociación legalmente constituída en España de aficionados a las actividades de ocio y tiempo libre basadas en el uso de tecnología GPS, y más concretamente a la práctica de Geocaching, constituyendo un punto de encuentro para los aficionados a esta actividad donde sumar, desarrollar y satisfacer intereses comunes.

GEA nace bajo la fórmula de Asociación sin Ánimo de Lucro, con un alcance de ámbito nacional, y con unos objetivos muy claros de difundir, promocionar e incentivar la práctica de Geocaching en particular, y en términos generales, catalizar y potenciar el uso del GPS, como un elemento diferenciador y de gran valor para su utilización y aplicación en actividades de ocio y tiempo libre.

GeocachingSpain.com

Archivos descargables, Tutoriales de Geocaching, Galerias fotográficas, Nuevos Cachés, Reuniones y Eventos... El Geocaching en España se llama GeocachingSpain.

Geocaching Blogs

Geocaching Blog and Information Center

Madcacher.com is a resource devoted to the sport of Geocaching. Shared stories, experiences and even a new product or two.

Geocaching in Crete

Omilos and friends geocaching stories mostly in Crete

GeoCache: I'm NOT Obsessed... Right?

Andy "HeadHardHat" Smith's award-winning geocaching blog features his GeoSnippits videos, which can be seen on YouTube and Michigan Magazine TV (RFDTV).

Geocaching World with Andy HeadHardHat Smith

The blog for Andy "HeadHardHat" Smith's show, seen on RVNN.tv. Be sure to take on HHH’s challenge for the week to strengthen your Geocaching skills!

Geocaching Idaho and Beyond

Extensive links to the world of geocaching. Both beginner and avid cachers will find useful and entertaining stories from the field, pictures, videos and how-to information

Geocaching Romania

[RO] Aventurile a doi geocacheri din Deva,Romania. (CrsKy si Ally81)

[EN] Adventures of two gecachers from Romania. (CrsKy si Ally81)

The Geocaching Shop Blog

Blog for an UK-based geocaching supplies vendor.

Cache At Night Blog

Tips, tricks and tools for caching at night.

CacheMania

Commentary about geocaching including the opencaching movement.

Progeocaching

Andrew George's blog about improving the quality of geocaches, promoting geocaching as an opportunity for "voyages of discovery" and "great experiences that enrich our lives".

What is Geocaching Blog

A general geocaching guide blog for those interested in getting started with geocaching.

PodCacher

A podcast about Geocaching. The free weekly audio show includes news, tips and tricks, tools of the trade, caching stories, interviews, reviews, and more. The high quality, family friendly shows may be played on any MP3 player, CD player or right on the computer. The site has also created the PodCache: a cache where audio clues guide people towards hidden caches, like an audio-based letterbox.

Geocaching Supplies

TheCacheStation.com

The Cache Station offers Geocoins, Pathtags, Geocaching containers, micro Geocaches, evil Geocaches and regular caches for every Geocache hide style.

CachingBox.com

A great resource for the avid geocacher who wants to find custom caching containers at a reasonable price. This website has coolest looking and most realistic outdoor caches on the market. CachingBox.com also offers packages for teachers who want to incorporate their geocaching into their curriculum.

Sites for Related Activities

Waymarking.com

A Groundspeak site providing tools to share and discover unique and interesting locations.

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Sightseeking.com

A listing site for photos with clues. Finders are not given the coordinates of the location, and must find the location using the photo and clues.

Munzee.com

Munzee is a scavenger hunt game where QR codes are found in the real world and captured using smartphones.

Am I alone in my idea that what if the pharmaceutical cepnamios and their R D affiliates know that allaying diseases can be achieved through natural means; but they, buy up pending patents for homeopathics, to give them time to create an equivalent synthetic copy cat of it and sell it to us for ten times the cost? This new Alzhemier vaccine? Spurred this thinking because I see a lot of links between depleted B vitamins and memory loss, and Alzhemier onset. And also, the use of diet and supplements have cured Schizophrenia, even though the medical community is not embracing the results. What do you think? Do you believe the body could be cured with natural ingredients from the Earth; or do you think we create substitutes that work better? Worse? thoughts? anyone?

On the trail of the cists (Sur la piste des cistes)

Cistes use clues and puzzles rather than GPS coordinates, similar to letterboxes. Cistes do not use stamps like letterboxes, and there is no physical log to sign. However, swapping trade items and logging the trade online are required.

Letterbox Sites

Historic Sites

www.triax.com/yngwie/gps.html

the original site; started May, 2000; now dead [1]

geocachingworldwide.com

started Jun, 2001; now dead

geotreasures.com

started mid-2001; now dead

Mirza Ghulam Ahmed was originally a Muslim born in India in 1835 I think. At the age of forty, he ciamled that the Lord conversed with him and later on he was to claim that he WAS the second coming of Christ and that the notion that Jesus will come back is a result of false interpretation of all scriptures.His followers are called Qadianis and they believe he was their Messihah and reject the second coming of Christ.Moreover they believe that Jesus is buried in Kashmir, a disputed area between India Pakistan.They credit Mirza with making prophesies like WWi and predicting the deaths of his opponents.They claim to be part of Islam, however their rejection of Jesus' return, acceptance of Mirza as Messihah and rejecting finality of prophethood on Mohammad makes them non-muslims. They are, by Pakistan's constitution a separate religion.Their sacred land is Rabwa, a small city in Pakistan. And Mirza Ghulam Ahmed died in 1908, of diarrheah.You asked for a link, please see the one I mentioned in the source.God bless.

movingcache.com

a site dedicated to moving caches; started Dec, 2004; shut down June, 2006; now dead

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