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November 19, 2013 04:49 PM CST

Crazy Kungfu’s Caching Korner

Kingfuhippie

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Crazy Kungfu’s Caching Korner

 

Since Becca was kind enough (or desperate enough) to give me some space in the newsletter, figured I’d chat about one of my favorite cache types. The challenge cache, sometimes maligned and unloved, but for me they help to organize the chaos that would be a hippie cache run.

 

I’ve heard complaints about how they are just a traditional with an ALR or that the D/T ratings are inflated. For myself and I have to believe for others as well, it’s about the journey not the one log we sign. I know from my own personal experience that the pursuit of a challenge can lead to unforgettable memories and adventures! My vagabond nature almost requires that I have a challenge or two at any given time to focus my caching attention on. All that being said, not all challenge caches are created equal, but I’m alright with that since not everyone can travel the country to finish a Jasmer challenge or make it out every single day to have a 1, 2, or 3 year caching streak. I love the fact that there are simple, easily completed challenges for new cachers or more relaxed cachers to complete. 

 

The lil hippies and I have had great times hunting down “that one cache we need” so often that most of my favorite caching memories could be tied to a challenge cache or two. Number one on the list would have to be trucking it to Traverse City, MI to meet up and tackle Power Island with quite the crew of cachers and complete my Jasmer Challenge. The lil hippies had pirate gear to celebrate the ride and we ended up walking barefoot around the island as someone managed to lose a shoe. Closer to home, but no less exciting was racing around the state to finish up and claim the FTF on Mister Greenthumb and Sunshine’s IAT Challenge. So many fantastic hikes and wonderful caches were wrapped up in the completion of that one. One of the most interesting challenges I’ve completed was in Portland, OR (GC2TMH6) Seven Pillars of Geocaching. It combines elements of many “classic” challenges and also let’s each cacher personalize it just a bit. My FTF habit has been fed by trying and succeeding to complete both the FTF Icon Challenge and Century of FTF Challenge, so now I can finally try and slow down and catch my breathe. One last challenge of note that I really enjoyed was the EarthCache A-Z, which showed me so many unique and beautiful places as I hunted down those elusive letters. 

 

Thanks for being patient with my ramblings and if you haven’t had the chance yet, get out there and work on a challenge. I promise you won’t regret it!

 



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