Nano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the Week



Technically, it's still a nano.

Technically, it’s still a nano.


Geocache Name:

Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z)

Difficulty/Terrain Rating:


Why this is the Geocache of the Week:

It’s no secret that micro and nano geocaches sometimes get a bad rap. But with the right creativity and work ethic, even the smallest geocaches can be a big adventure. To sign the micro logbook in this geocache, you’ll have to work the container through a series of tubes until it reaches the exit. Be patient and you’ll earn your smiley in no time!


What geocachers are saying:

“Talk about frustrating! When we found the cache I was quite confused based on the size of the container and the nano title. Man was I in for a surprise when I opened the container! While avoiding the ants and other crawley things, this one took me a few minutes to get worked around. Just glad to have figured it out. #7 with HerroSone. Submitted this one to as one of the best field puzzles around!!” – Wild Dog Clan

“Got this with the kids after a long day at the beach! Awesome Cache!” – Superhero Team

“Its Caches like this that keep this game interesting. Not what we were expecting… Everyone took turns at retrieving the nano. WOW! Mahalo For The Cache!” – KALA696

What the geocache owner, ValerieAndMason, has to say:

“A few years back there was a flurry of urban nano hides (with spotty coordinates) that kind of took the fun out of the game for a large portion of the active geocachers on Oahu. My wife and I actually like nanos so I began thinking of unconventional ways to hide them, this is the one that started it all. It’s a pvc pipe maze that was built to fit the container, I had no idea what it was going to look like when I started. There was no blueprint just “what ever looked good”. I’ve already told myself that if this one goes missing, the replacement will be twice as big and ten times harder so for everyone’s sanity I hope it never gets muggled.

The goal is to make something different that will excite or even frustrate (sorry) others but still gives them a sense of satisfaction once it’s done. Favorite points are always appreciated but never expected, when we do get them we know we did something right.We really enjoy reading the logs and find ourselves going back to read them all again, from the FTF to the most recent. They also help to keep us motivated to find and build even more creative caches.

We can only hope that our geocaches keep the game fun and exciting for others and gets the gears turning for those brilliant minds out there. We know that ammo cans in the woods are the most popular and preferred geocache, especially for the veterans, but the handmade, imaginative ones are the most memorable to us.”


You'll have to work the geocache through the tubes from start to finish.

You’ll have to work the geocache through the tubes from start to finish.

The nano and the tubes in their case.

The nano and the tubes in their case.

The geocache in the wild. Photo by geocacher havespots

The geocache in the wild. Photo by geocacher havespots


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