2012 Madcacher Contest

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CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED It’s time to launch the first Madcacher contest of 2012!  To start things off, we’ll award 5 lucky winners each with a collection of soda bottle molds. Soda bottle molds are great for keeping your log sheets dry and are highly durable. The molds are approx. 1 inch in diameter (enough to screw on a soda cap) and 4.5 inches long.

 

We came across these soda bottle molds when a fellow Madcacher did some work for the Coca-Cola Company in Texas. We wanted to have a giveaway and they happened to have some molds. Geocachers are friendly folks! :-)

Contest Details

The contest will run for about two weeks, then we’ll select 5 winners at random. Each winner will receive 5 soda bottle molds. We’ll contact each winner through their Mad Cacher account to obtain shipping information. If you have questions about this contest, please: Contact Us

How to Win

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Facebook Comment

Simply leave a comment or short geocaching tip on ourFacebook Page (Be sure to Like our page to get your name in the hat for future Facebook-only contests!)

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Share your Story

Using the comment form below, write a short paragraph about why you love geocaching or if you have a favorite geocaching story, you can write about that as well. We’ve had our share of memorable geocaching experiences, and now we want to hear from you!

 

Submit your entry by [2/3/12]. Good luck! And remember, to be included in our drawing you must submit a Facebook comment & write a comment.

  1. Paul Omeara
    Paul Omeara01-21-2012

    My son and I were out caching for a few brand new caches. After finding the first two we headed up to a unfinished subdivision. The cache was a micro and at the end of a short dead end road. We got out of the car and I surveyed the situation. There was a rock retaining wall near the edge of the road and a big green electrical box just off the side of the road. My son always likes finding the caches before me so as I looked at where the cache might be, he was already looking, at course under the rocks at the bottom of the wall. Within seconds I hear “Found it!”. Up the hill comes my son with a medium size lock n’ lock. Now the cache was supposed to a micro so when my son handed it to me and I looked at the very uncamoed lock n’ lock I could see it was full of pot buds. I told him to put it back, we found the actual cache and got in the car and drove off. I didn’t get far before I decided I had to call the police and turn in the stash. They asked us to wait for the officer so I did. Turn out it was a popular party spot for the local teens. Some teenager was really mad when they came back and their stash was gone!

    • MadCacher
      MadCacher01-21-2012

      Hahaha o wow, I have found caches I wasn’t looking for but they never had pot buds in them. That is a great story! Thank you for sharing :-)

  2. Martin Thomas (mintaka)
    Martin Thomas (mintaka)01-21-2012

    While heading down a dead-end road to find a cahe, there was a police officer sitting in his car. The GPSr was pointing right at him. As I approached him, he asked what I was doing. When I had finished explaining what I was doing, he got out of his car and said “Is this it?” With his foot, he rolled over a nearby log exposing the hidden container within. He got back in his car and took off. He never said he was a geocacher. I still have no idea how he knew it was there.

  3. Roger Callahan Geo Ferret
    Roger Callahan Geo Ferret01-22-2012

    I love geocaching for several resons. I love nature so this hobby/sport was a given lol. I love caches that bring you to neat places, cool sites, educational and historical places as well. I love learning what others think about places and sites as well. I loved caching in the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, but one of the most interesting caches I have been to was down a nature trail in Kirbyville Missouri. The cache was off the trail to the right about 40 feet and to the left was a natural cave called “Bear Cave”. The opening was about four feet in diameter and you had to slide about a 20 degree slope about ten feet, then it opened into a room about 7 to 8 feet tall. This cave had verying height and width and the distance you could walk through it was about 100 yards. At the front and at the back of the cave people had scratched their names and som had dates into the walls, I DONT recommend this… please LEAVE NO TRACE, but some of the names had dates of 1876, 1894 and so on. It was really interesting to see and read these names and dates and some photos can be seen of them in my gallery under my geocaching profile!

    • The Fox
      The Fox01-22-2012

      Man the does sound really cool! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kama Roux
    Kama Roux01-22-2012

    My hubby and I started caching last March as a way to enhance our relationship by doing fun things together and it stuck for this Imago couple. Probably our craziest outing was trying to complete the Texas Geocache State Park challenge by visiting 10 state parks on one 108 degree day last summer!

    • MadCacher
      MadCacher01-22-2012

      My dad lives in Abilene and has found a lot of Geocaches in the state. He has a very popular TB Hotel where several trackables get carried on their way.

  5. Rick Abbott
    Rick Abbott01-26-2012

    I have been Geocaching for about 6 months, and I am hooked. I travel a lot with my job so I am able to explore a lot of areas. I got a travel tag in the beginning and have logged over 6000 miles so far (14 states). I think for me the joy of it is learning new things about places that I go. Instead of sitting in the hotel room watching reruns I am out there exploring the countryside. Recently I was coming back from a business appointment about an hour from my home. I had a spare couple of hours so I decided to take the scenic view. I came across a cache that I had driven near probably 2,000 times over the years, but because of Geocaching I stopped to look. It was a simple cache, easy to find. But, as I read the story of the area it turns out that this was a location where Frank James, brother of Jesse James had spent the night in a barn just a few days before robbing a local bank. Amazing. I know people who have lived here their whole lives who probably don’t know that story. But I do, thanks to Geocaching.

  6. Josh Kesecker
    Josh Kesecker01-28-2012

    It’s funny, I haven’t been caching for quite a year yet, but already have plenty of stories. However, I’d like to point out the things I love about Geocaching. First, I’m a father of a 9 & 6 year old daughter and son. Getting them to go for a walk or hike is a challenge, but sprinkle a little swag, and they’re biting at the bit. It gives me a low-cost, wholesome, outdoor activity to do with my kids. I’m looking forward to the day that they can pursue Geocaches more for the challenge than the swag, for that will open up a whole new batch of caches to seek.

  7. Amanda Rushton
    Amanda Rushton02-02-2012

    In November 2011 myself (jwubrownie) and my favorite caching buddy (Oklachusettes) embarked on an almost impossible journey. We were looking for a hiding spot for an ammo can in Comanche county Oklahoma. If anyone has ever cached near Lawton/Fort Sill, OK you know it’s reputation for micros and urban caches. The land is flat as tile, the woods are all private and scarce to begin with, and the trees are barely Charlie Brown worthy.
    I started caching in Massachusetts so woods, trails, and state parks are overflowing with regular size containers. I was time for southwest Oklahoma to have a taste of larger caches. The hard part is finding a spot.
    After two days of driving around we were tired of hitting property fences and attempting to squeak out an extra 20 feet to get the allotted 500 feet from a nearby cache. On our way home one evening we pulled over to a creepy trail entrance. Of course, another private property fence. This time, however, it was along a small patch of woods. Really small. Also, it was hugged by a steam that may or may not overflow with a heavy rainfall. It was about 5 minutes in and 5 minutes out. The trees were dense but barely twigs. Hiding it in any form of trunk was out of the question. These “trees” were too skinny to hide anything in between and were was not a bush in site. So what now?
    Early the next morning I popped out of bed in excitement. I had a random idea out of the blue. A pulley system! Hey, I dream big. The cache is out of sight and away from any water. If anyone knows me they will tell you that I am in no way mechanically inclined even at the most basic level. Oklachusettes would have to help with this one, I planted the idea and she would have to help execute it. She’s crafty like that.
    I wasn’t quite sure where to start and then we realized the previous tenants had left a brand new dog runner in the back yard that wasn’t being used by my 6 pound chihuahua. Pulley system….check. Tools….check. We grabbed everything in our garage. You never know what you’ll need when you get out there. Ladder…..check. That we borrowed from a fellow cacher, Oklachusettes mom. Plan for placing the cache…. absolutely not. Who needs that, we have every tool known to man!
    As you can imagine, two girls carrying all this stuff into the dense twigs of death to GZ was quite the adventure in itself. We found a spot and began to think. Well, I waiting for Oklachusettes to think. Slowly the plan became clear. It involved climbing 20 feet up a tree with a 6 foot ladder that we had borrowed, A cool cache is worth a little fear and/or some broken bones. So up the tree I went acting tougher than I actually am. Most of the work was done at this spot, While I zip tied, screwed in, and connected the pulley the Garmin GPS was hanging next to me for coordinant averaging. I can’t explain the laughter that was coming from those woods as the sun started setting and we fumbled with our oh so perfect plan. This was going to be the coolest cache in Lawton.
    Slowly it all came together with the sun set and the last component was placed by flashlight. We tested it a few times and it worked. Holy crap it actually worked, No one was injured, severely, and there was now a full ammo can swinging 20 or so feet in a tree just begging for the FTF. We drove home, exhausted but so excited about the new cache. I think I stared at my phone for the first few hours after it was published just waiting for a log to be emailed to me. It took a couple of days because of the weather and perhaps for the fear of the terrain rating but it was found intact! It’s still hanging out there in all it’s ammo can, large cache container glory just waiting for the next person to slowly shimmy it down.
    Thank you to Brittany (Oklachusettes) for making my vision a reality. “You’re my favorite.” and to my brother Mike (Leftyfb) for getting me into caching even though I called him a geek for over 5 years for doing it. Some of the best time in my life have been searching for a cache and now placing a cache. “Live well, Love much, and CACHE Often.”
    ~Amanda J. Rushton

    • MadCacher
      MadCacher02-02-2012

      This is a great story! Thank you so much for sharing with the Mad Cacher community. I was actually in OK recently touring casinos and wish I had gotten more time to Geocache. That area is certainly dramatic and flat :-) Both EJ and I are from Maine and when I travel to big sky country I always get a little queasy. Thanks again for sharing we appreciate it.

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