Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough… for Geocachers

Geocachers celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching by embarking on a grand geocaching adventure

Twenty four hours ago, three hardcore geocachers started on the geocaching adventure of a lifetime. Combined Alexander Monsky (Berufsgeocacher), Tim Krüger (psycho_vm) and Benjamin Gorentschitz (MudMen_GER) from Germany have 14 years worth of geocaching experience under their belt. Benjamin (Benny) and partner Sandra write about their geocaching endeavors on the MudMen-GER blog.

Left to right: Alexander, Tim und Benny at the beginning of their journey in Obersdorf.

Left to right: Alexander, Tim und Benny at the beginning of their journey in Obersdorf.

In the coming days the team will cross the Alps on foot following a trail of geocaches. The intense hike will take them on an almost 100 mile long path overcoming close to 33,000 feet of elevation.

When asked why they chose to embark on this journey, Benny explains: “Just like geocaching in general, it is our lust for adventure that drives us. To escape from everyday life and search for adventure is in our opinion a reason why millions of geocachers go out into the world in search for geocaches. Be it a climbing cache giving you an adrenaline rush, a multi drawing you in with a suspenseful story or a nerve-racking mystery—in the end its the adventure that gets us going.”

Ergo crossing the Alps on an ordinary path was not enough:  “[We] searched for a more interesting component to the trip. […] and finally found what [we] were looking for: ‘Rope teams’ and ‘Glacier crossings.’ Of course another component had to be finding geocaches on the way.”

View from Geocache GC12VH6 on the mountain Wildspitze the Geocachers will attempt to find.

View from Geocache GC12VH6 on the mountain Wildspitze the Geocachers will attempt to find.

The chosen path will include climbing two mountain peaks: Similaun and Wildspitze (each about 12,000 feet high) and crossing a glacier. Benny explains how they prepared for this extreme part of the trip: “ […] we completed a climbing and safety class and a search and rescue tour in an old mine. The choice of location might sound odd, but the large but the large rocks on the ground were similar to the conditions we expect to encounter in the alps.”

Benny, Alexander and Tim training for the Alp crossing at an abandoned mine.

Benny, Alexander and Tim training for the Alp crossing at an abandoned mine.

To celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching, they plan to drop Geocaching ‘15 SWAG* in some of the most amazing geocaches on their path.

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Geocaching ’15 SWAG*

Read about the special geocaches on their path and the full interview with Berufsgeocacher, psycho_vm, and MudMen_GER here.

Geocaching HQ will follow their trip and you can too. Keep an eye out for posts with #Geocaching15 and #GCTransAlps, and subscribe to the official Geocaching blog for updates.

Do you have a special journey planned to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching? Let us know in the comments or tag your geocaching adventures with #Geocaching15!

 

*SWAG: “Stuff We All Get.” That includes the trade items left in caches by geocachers. You can find Geocaching ‘15 memorabilia in the Geocaching Shop here. (For international retailers click here.)

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