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New Authors Say The Devil’s In The Detail

101_devil_cachesFirst, they were mad; now The Mad Cacher bloggers are down-right devilish … At least according to the title of their new geocaching book.

Joseph ‘EJ’ Martin III and Kurt Milligan, whose company Leeward Coast owns The Mad Cacher blog and last year bought Navicache.com, have just published a how-to manual entitled 101 Devil Caches: Your Guide to Creating Unique or Hard-To-Find Geocaches.

Kurt Milligan

Kurt Milligan

Its creation was the result of the American duo tackling “some particularly difficult hides” and their pressing need to revamp the outdated listing service Navicache.com. Examples of the dastardly DIY projects inside include a fake bird and sprinkler head hide.

“There have been a few micro caches hidden so well that it’s taken me four or five return trips until I could log it. We both found ourselves not disgruntled by the fact the hides were difficult, but rather inspired to create some of our own devilishly hidden geocaches,” Milligan says.

“After discussing some of our more challenging finds with others, we decided a book would be a great way to share the art of geocaching camouflage with anyone interested in a more unique experience.”

Proceeds from the sale of their self-published book will go directly into redeveloping Navicache, he adds. Later this year, they hope to raise even more money through online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.

PastedGraphic-3But first the friends and business partners must officially launch 101 Devil Caches. From start to finish, it’s taken them a year to reach this point – not including the time needed to get over their initial “hump of self-doubt”.

“We have learned a lot from the process and what it takes commitment-wise from each of us, so future books should take less time to come to fruition. It has been a great experience.”

It’s also been very much a team project, Milligan says. “We both came up with the hides, consulted with other geocachers and edited each other’s work. The final result is certainly a combined effort and was not necessarily split 50/50, but rather a rolling work-in-progress.”

Artwork for the project was outsourced, with the job of creating the book’s cover tendered by 11 illustrators on contest website 99 Designs.

As for the DIY caches within, Milligan says they were drawn from real-life geocaching experiences and those “devilish corners of our minds”. “We really wanted to create a collection of geocaches, that when found, would make a person laugh, shake their heads or just say, WOW, That Was Awesome’.”

The finished book – and “ultimately the geocaches that are hidden following its examples” – will most appeal to players “with a penchant for puzzles”, he explains. “If you are a geocacher who prefers parking-lot caches and is vehemently opposed to micros, this is not the title for you.

“We wanted to create hides that were unique, fun and memorable for anyone who finds them.  With any luck, people will become inspired by the hides in this book and create their own. If that’s the case, we would love to hear about them and could possibly create 101 MORE Devil Caches.”

Ideally, he and Martin would love to sell 1000 copies of their first print endeavour but they will “be happy for every sale that comes through”.  “There seems to be quite a bit of interest in response to our newsletter and blog postings. We can’t wait to see what happens. The more copies we sell the sooner we can get Navicache relaunched.”

*To buy your own copy of101 Devil Caches, visit Amazon offshoot CreateSpace. The paperbook costs US$14.95, while the Kindle version (due for release later this week) will be US$9.99.

 

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