Welcome to Chuchichäschtli Deluxe! Did you pronounce that correctly? If not, don’t worry you’re not alone — trying to pronounce the name of this geocache is almost as puzzling as the cache itself. Swiss-German (Schweizerdeutsch) speakers can say this expression with ease, but we won’t keep the door shut on the translation. It is the typical Swiss-German term for kitchen cupboard, although this isn’t your typical cupboard (unless you like to store things in the woods). Opening the first door presents a big challenge, a labyrinth that is more deceptive than meets the eye.
Nestled into a wooded area about 7 km (4 mi) from the busy streets of Basel City’s beautiful downtown district, and a five-minute walk from the German border, you’ll find ‘Chuchichaschtli Deluxe.’ Meandering hiking trails intertwine through the little forest with a few other geocaches scattered about. Finding GC6MZEJ is not very difficult, only opening it is. As mentioned before, you’re looking for something similar to a cupboard in the woods, painted brown on the outside, on a staff, and tucked away behind a tree.
The first step is to unlock the padlock from the outside.It consists of three numbers and it is up to you to figure where to look for them. The next step is to conquer the metal maze designed to challenge those who believe they are worthy of logging this cache. Navigate the chain-linked game piece through the twists and turns of the maze to open up the next stage. Two smaller doors with no indication of how they open is the final hurdle to this creative cache. The only hint we can provide is that they may (or may not) work in conjunction with one another.
We reached out to the Cache Owner mrradach to interview them about geocaching, creating awesome geocaches, and many other fun questions. We will release the full interview this Friday on the Geocaching blog.
HQ: Do you have a favorite hide of your own?
mrradach: Every one of them is my favorite (laughs). But if I highlighted one, that would be Chuchichäschtli Deluxe (GC6MZEJ). Not only was the production a lot of fun, but also naming it was fun. I found a good way to involve the community because they voted on what the name should be. I’d like to help inspire other cachers to create high quality, well thought out caches.
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