Sneak Preview: Geocaching Challenges Video

It’s Not About The Numbers has managed to grab a sneak preview of the new Geocaching Challenges video from Geocaching.com.

The video itself is probably one of the best Geocaching.com has produced and certainly left me salivating over the new Geocaching Challenges, which we know will include a ‘take a photo’ type but would also look to have an ‘action’ type.

I’m pretty sure I read Firenice say in Caching and Reviewing that the lackeys had worn J-Rish (aka Jeremy Irish) down and that successful challenges will be included in the main find count. In my opinion, this is an excellent move and will make the challenges truly part of the geocaching game, without them being completely part of the game. It will also go a long way to ensuring the purity of our sport is protected, so standard caching doesn’t get infested by too many unknown challenges.

* But check out the new video below and let us know what you think in the comments!





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  1. Chris

    Looks good, but such a shame they decided to use the term “Challenge” which already has a clear meaning in the game of geocaching – a mystery cache located at the published coordinates for which a finder must complete another specific task(s) before they can find it and log it.

    This will now create unnecessary confusion, when they could have called this new thing something different. I can appreciate why they didn’t want to call these “Virtuals” because of the stigma attached, but sometimes it really seems like Groundspeak have no clue what real geocachers are doing!

    1. Cumbyrocks

      I disagree Chris – I think Groundspeak really do know what geocachers are doing and have done something that will clear the game up somewhat. I tend to think that the Unknown/Challenge caches have muddied things quite a lot and think that the Geocaching Challenges section will go a long way to putting the challenge area where it should be.

      1. Chris

        But existing challenge caches all have a physical final cache and logbook. These new “Challenges” look to be entirely virtual.

        Sure some (perhaps all) existing challenge caches could be turned into one of these virtual “Challenges” but that’s not the point – the existing ones already exist.

        Looks like a great concept, but I feel they really ought to have chosen a different name.

  2. Eddie

    Neat little video, but of course raises more questions than answers 🙂

    I particularly wonder how they’ll ensure ‘proof’ for action-based challenges, or whether it’s just an honesty system (which would be fraught if it contributed to numbers totals!)

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