Geo-News: Studying Our History & Enthusiasm


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image-209558-fullimage-209557-fullON THE (TRADING) CARDS AGAIN

History does repeat … just ask Shane Holmes and fans of his new Kickstarter appeal.

This month, the American geocacher (GC handle: GeoLobo) is trying to raise US$1500 to produce 10 more trading cards for his Geocaching History series. And with 18 days until his March 3rd deadline, it appears he will again be successful.

96b3c9d4ef8228a35dc7993d37d717f9_largeThis is the third crowd-funding campaign for Holmes, who pioneered the idea of geocacher trading cards. He generated US$1730 on Kickstarter last August for his first history set and another US$1052 in December to finance six Geocaching Terminology A-Z cards.

His latest project centres on 10 milestones after the year 2000, with cards depicting the first Geocaching Block Party, Geolympix, Geocoinfest, Cachapolooza, Coinapalooza, Midwest Geobash and Worldwide Flash Mob, as well as last year’s International Earthcache Day, International Earthcache Mega and inaugural Podcacher show.

So far, the New York State resident has pledges worth US$960 from 30 supporters and proofs for three new designs – as shown above. 

However, he’s hoping to top his goal by at least US$200 so he can create an extra card or two – from a list that includes the first cache types, the first pathtag or geocacher trading card, and the first geo-magazine. 

*To put your money where your mouth is, visit Shane Holmes’ Geocaching Trading Cards – History Series II appeal on Kickstarter. Pledges range from US$2 to US$100, and will earn donors trading cards from his collection.


American geocachers may be more determined than their Aussie or Kiwi counterparts, according to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s motivation study.

Researchers Elizabeth Forehand and Robert Lindeman (GC handle: 8ManAfter) told It’s Not About The Numbers that the international geo-community’s response to the online survey – which finished last Friday – had been “outstanding”.

Thank-you-volunteersOf the 750 respondents,  347 were American, 126 were Australian, 67 were Canadian, 66 were Japanese, 37 were New Zealanders, 35 were Swedish, 24 were Italian and 21 were German. “A bunch of others have less than 10 responses,” Lindeman said.

The institute’s Computer Science team launched the study in the American state of Massachusetts late last year, recruiting test subjects aged 18 and older from geocaching websites and forums across the world wide web.

Their first survey for English speakers closed last Friday, though the Japanese and German versions will run for a few more days, he explained. “The results of this survey will now be used to create a second survey that will become available around March 1st,” Forehand added.

Participants will automatically receive an email link to that more comprehensive survey, though she recommends checking your contact details on the project’s database so you don’t miss out.

*Forehand also gave INATN a special thanks for helping to promote this educational endeavour.





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