FAQs: The lost treasure of Mary Hyde

We have introduced you to the infamous Captain Mary Hyde, who ruled the high seas for many years, and found no shortage of riches throughout her reign.

We’ve come upon her letters, found in bottles on the shore near Geocaching HQ with instructions to join us for a swashbuckling geocaching adventure through daring feats and stormy seas.

Attend a geocaching event on July 15 or 16, to build your crew* and earn the ‘Ahoy Me Hearties’ souvenir. For the following 4 weeks (July 17-August 13) earn all 4 souvenirs to complete the treasure map and receive the treasure chest souvenir.

*Don’t sweat! You can still join the quest, even if you can’t make it to an event this weekend!

Make sure to log your finds and the events you attended no later than Tuesday after each week has commenced to be eligible for the souvenirs!! Souvenirs will be awarded Wednesdays (UTC).

More questions? Find your answers below:

What is a Friend league?
How can I add friends to my Friend league?
I don’t have any geocaching friends, what can I do?
I like to geocache alone, can I still earn all of the souvenirs?
How can I earn gold coins?
What does UTC stand for?
How can I earn the souvenirs?
Where is my Friend League page from last week?
How do I know that I got the souvenir?
What if I haven’t logged my geocaches before Wednesday (UTC)?
Why does the Friend League show only some of my friends?
I logged a Lab Cache, why didn’t I earn any points on the Friend League?
I logged caches I found on Monday, why don’t they count on my Friend League?

What is a Friend league?

The Friend League is a brand new feature on Geocaching.com. It’s a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. If you log a cache, attend an event, or complete another geocaching task, you’ll collect a specific number of gold coins.
But there’s more to the Friend League than friendly competition. You can see a total score of all gold coins you collected together as a team and you can see what your friends have done to earn these coins.

How can I add friends to my Friend league?

To add new friends to your Friend league follow these steps:

  1. From the left hand side of your new dashboard, or on the old version on the right side under the ‘Community’ section, select View friends.
  2. Under Add a friend, enter your friend’s username.
  3. Select Send Invitation.
  4. Enter a message for your friend.
  5. Select Request Friendship.

Once your friend has accepted your friend request, they will be added to your friend list.

See all pending friend requests under Pending Friend Request.

I don’t have any geocaching friends, what can I do?

You can still earn the souvenirs on your own, if you reach the required number of gold coins each week.
But if you would rather search for treasure with a crew on your Friend League, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Attend a geocaching event. Attending geocaching events is the easiest way to make new friends in the real world. Make sure to note their username and invite them to become friends on Geocaching.com. Bonus: You’ll earn gold coins when attending an event. Find an event near you.
  2. Search for a local geocaching organization. One of the best ways to learn about geocaching and make friends is to join a Geocaching Organization. Find a geocaching organization near you.
  3. Look for Facebook groups in your area. There are many geocachers on Facebook that have created local groups. Search for geocaching+your location on Facebook and see if there is a group of like-minded treasure hunters in your area.
  4. Share your username in the comment section of this blog post. If others follow suit, you can add each other on Geocaching.com and make friends all over the world!
I like to geocache alone, can I still earn all of the souvenirs?

You can still earn the souvenirs on your own if you reach the total required number of gold coins each week.

How can I earn gold coins?

Rules change every Monday at 5 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), Noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). At that time the Friend League will refresh and the gold coin count will go back to zero. You can access last week’s Friend League through a link on the current page.
Week 1: July 17-23, 2017
Find and log any geocache* = 5 gold coins.
Attend and log an event cache = 10 gold coins.
Find and log a geocache with 10 or more Favorite points = 10 gold coins.

*Excludes lab caches

What does UTC stand for?

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the basis for civil time today. It is the time standard (not a time zone) commonly used across the world. You can convert UTC to your local time here.

How can I earn the souvenirs?

See ‘How can I earn gold coins?’ for a breakdown on how you achieve the required number of gold coins each week.

July 15 or 16, 2017

Attend any geocaching event (including Mega, Giga, and CITO events) to earn the ‘Ahoy Me Hearties’ souvenir. Make sure to share the fun and post piraty pictures from the event on social media using #maryhyde. (Note: This souvenir is NOT required to earn the meta treasure chest souvenir.)

Week 1: July 17-23, 2017

If the total number of gold coins on your Friend League is 30 or more, and you have contributed at least 5 gold coins to your total, you’ll earn a souvenir with the first map piece. Souvenir will be awarded on your profile on July 26, 2017.

Where is my Friend League page from last week?

The rules on the Friend League will change every Monday at 5 am (PDT), noon (UTC). At that time the Friend League will refresh and the gold coin count will go back to zero. You can access last week’s Friend League through a link on the current page.

How do I know that I got the souvenir?

Souvenirs are awarded the Wednesday after each week the challenge ends. We will send an email to you if you were awarded the souvenir. It will appear under the souvenir tab on your profile. For example we’ll send the email for the souvenir with the first map piece on Wednesday, July 26 (UTC).
Make sure you sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences!

What if I haven’t logged my geocaches before Wednesday (UTC)?

We need to know if you qualify for the souvenir by Wednesday at 5 am (PDT), noon (UTC) to be able to accurately assign the souvenirs. Make sure to log all your caches by then!! (Convert to local time here.)

Why does the Friend League show only some of my friends?

The Friend League is currently set up to show the top ten members of your crew – always including yourself.

I logged a Lab Cache, why didn’t I earn any points on the Friend League?

At this time, the Friend League does not award points for finding Lab Caches because the functionality is not supported.

I logged geocaches I found on Monday, why don’t they count on my Friend League?

If you have logged geocaches you found on a Monday before noon UTC (convert to your local time here), they will not accumulate gold coins on the Friend League for that week. We suggest that you wait to log until AFTER Monday noon UTC – which in some places like New Zealand is Tuesday at midnight. If you have already posted your logs, you can delete and repost them on the website, chosing Monday as the log date. That  will auto-populate the time to noon and your log will count for the week.

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