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#1 HoustonControl

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Since Log Dawgs created a thread covering 2013 caching resolutions, I thought I'd start one to look back on the year just past. Lets see what everyone managed to get done, caching-wise in 2012.


I'll start it off:

Found over 1000 caches in a calendar year for the first time -- at 1147 as of today and plan to get a few more before the year is done.

Hope to be at 6000 finds by year's end (only need 37 more).

Finished the Texas County Challenge as well as the I've Been Everywhere -- Texas challenge and signed the logs. Woo Hoo!!!

Finished filling in my caching calendar with a cache found on all 366 days of the year (and got the related Blackout Challenge cache)

Finished filling in my D/T matrix and signed the log on the Texas Fizzy challenge in San Antonio

Completed numerous other challenges and signed the logs, like the Texas Area Code challenge, the Month of Mysteries challenge and the Texas Quad Challenge - Houston Edition.

Part of the winning team at the first Mega Texas Challenge!

Attended GeoWoodstock in Indiana and added two more states to my caching map.


Oh, and had HGCS geocoins minted -- and they came out great! Thanks ATMA! O0
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#2 log dawgs

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

Good ones HC! :cheers:

I will end up over 1,500 finds in 2012

Hope to hit 6,000 as well 136 short

Went to Block Party in Seattle with Criffree, Taz427, and my caching Godfather Seeker of Seasons

Found the Original Stash Plaque, GC Headquarters, and did the Tunnel of Light

Found GC12 and GC17 as well as climbed up and did GCD in a total time of 1:45 hrs

Added 34 Counties, 5 States, and 4 Countries

Hid another quality series in Jones State Forest

Hit 500 Favorite Points on my hides.

Attended 38 Events

Completed a calender year of caching now at over 600 days in a row. (Yes I'm nuts) :uglystupid2:

Had a great time with so many cachers this year.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

I ended my consecutive day streak of over 800 days. What a relief! :)
There is no adventure without risk.

#4 Mr Muddy Buddy

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

Our stats are pale in comparison to HC and LD, but here goes anyway:

1465 finds, and with 27 FTF's (fewest finds for us, since 2005)

Had a cache found streak of 128 days ending in February 2012.

Cached in 5 states (added Alaska, and Washington), and 2 countries.

127 mystery caches found. (includes about 38 "challenge" caches)

Attended 38 events, including the TC2012 mega.

Participated in the TxGCC13 Geocache Challenge with 44 caches so far. (3 FTF's on the first day)

Found about 28 different "series" of caches. (of 5 or more caches)

Found caches placed by 339 other cachers.

We had lots of fun on our caching adventures.... 8)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:10 AM

I have found 100 caches this year most in the last two months and lost 40 pounds while doing so.
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#6 log dawgs

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:14 PM

I ended my consecutive day streak of over 800 days. What a relief! :)

Congrats on 800! Well over the two years in a row. :cheers:


I have found that once I surpassed 500 it has been easy but thats been me.
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 08:14 PM

I have found 100 caches this year most in the last two months and lost 40 pounds while doing so.


Now that is awesome. Congrats on the weight loss!
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:37 PM

Not as impressive as some, but I'll have > 650 caches for the year (646 at the moment.)

I attend 3 Mega's (But only two appear to count) 10th Annual Texas Challenge (and participated as part of the winning team), Geocaching Block Party, and Going Ape - Tunnel of Light.

I went to the Original Stash Plaque, GC12, GC17, GCD w/ LD, CriffRee and SoS.

We did > 40 Puzzles/Mysteries in one Day on the trip.

Had my biggest cache day every w/ 70 Caches in one day - Greenway Trail.

Got 34 FTFs in 2012.

I picked up 8 new states.

I've attending 47 Events so far this year. I plan to make it to at least a couple more.

Got 19 Souvenirs in 2012.

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#9 heftydude

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:24 AM

Not as impressive as some, but I'll have > 650 caches for the year (646 at the moment.)

I attend 3 Mega's (But only two appear to count) 10th Annual Texas Challenge (and participated as part of the winning team), Geocaching Block Party, and Going Ape - Tunnel of Light.


The Block Party is its own icon.
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#10 georeyna

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

I am 240 away from 10,000. I was hoping to do it by years end, looks like it won't happen...but my New Years Resolution is to have it done by the end of January..oh and shed 10lbs...at least by the end of 2013!! :cheers:
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:52 AM

Some nice accompishments listed. WTG all!
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#12 OHail

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:41 PM


I ended my consecutive day streak of over 800 days. What a relief! :)

Congrats on 800! Well over the two years in a row. :cheers:


I have found that once I surpassed 500 it has been easy but thats been me.


I ran out of relatively close caches (75 miles or less) which didn't require a boat or I would have gone the few more days I needed to reach 900. Just became too much to drive that far and with some other real life issues to keep the streak going. Not too bad considering I just wanted to get 100 days in a row when I started it. :)

Good going on passing 500. O0 I hope it remains easy and fun for you.
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#13 Rambetta

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:17 AM

In 2012 I had a FANTASTIC time:
  • Exploring places that I would have NEVER gone (or known existed) if it weren't for caching
  • Meeting a lot of really neat people
  • Surviving the end of the Mayan Calendar - and the world as we know it !!
  • Getting the car stuck (really stuck) in the sand on a back county back road in the hill country, on a day the temperature reached 103 - no phone access but had an entrenching tool in the trunk - go ARMY !! (okay - so it wasn't so fantastic at the time - but made for a great story in the end - and I got the cache.)
  • Getting the rental car stuck in the mud on a snow bank, on a back road in the Czech Republic. (that wasn't so fantastic at the time either but proved that there really are great people out there -- as a guy who spoke no english stopped with his family - indicated he would return - came back about 15 minutes later with a tow rope (it was getting dark by then) and pulled us out of the bank - THEN he absolutely REFUSED money for his efforts)
For the coming year, I wish everyone:
  • Continued friendships
  • Irradication of Poison Ivy
  • Cleared trails
  • Many 'finds'
  • and A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR to ALL !!!

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:31 AM

In 2012 I had a FANTASTIC time:

  • Exploring places that I would have NEVER gone (or known existed) if it weren't for caching
  • Meeting a lot of really neat people
  • Surviving the end of the Mayan Calendar - and the world as we know it !!
  • Getting the car stuck (really stuck) in the sand on a back county back road in the hill country, on a day the temperature reached 103 - no phone access but had an entrenching tool in the trunk - go ARMY !! (okay - so it wasn't so fantastic at the time - but made for a great story in the end - and I got the cache.)
  • Getting the rental car stuck in the mud on a snow bank, on a back road in the Czech Republic. (that wasn't so fantastic at the time either but proved that there really are great people out there -- as a guy who spoke no english stopped with his family - indicated he would return - came back about 15 minutes later with a tow rope (it was getting dark by then) and pulled us out of the bank - THEN he absolutely REFUSED money for his efforts)
For the coming year, I wish everyone:
  • Continued friendships
  • Irradication of Poison Ivy
  • Cleared trails
  • Many 'finds'
  • and A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR to ALL !!!


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:10 AM

For the year 2012:
- First time to get over a 1000in one year with 1063 and since I am working 12’ through 2013, I may not get another.
- Did 86 caches in one day for a personal solo record.
- Had my best month in December with 238 caches found.
- (estimate) 75+ chiggers, 6 ticks, innumerable scratches, gouges, cuts, and punctures from thorns, mossie bites uncountable, and a number of thousands of dollars in gasoline.
- Started attending events and CITO’s
- Started kayak caching
- Upped my hide count to 165 caches
- Taught two geocaching seminars sponsored by the City of Baytown
- Joined by my Bride on many adventures for the first time
- Most of all, the two greatest benefits I’ve discovered in geocaching is the wonderful people I’ve met and the adventure of going to new places, followed closely by the hiding and finding of geocaches.

My goals for 2013 are:
- Begin hosting quarterly events possibly with HoustonControl (I look up to him, but doesn’t everyone, except maybe KeyResults?)
- Hide more elaborate high-quality caches
- Continue to maintain every cache I own in a timely manner to attract geocachers to Baytown
- Expand my personal collection of geocoins to share at events
- Cache out of the state of Texas
- Do more CITO both locally and when I geocache in general
- Get a better grasp of GSAK
- Cache more with BFF’s KeyResults and 2Katz as they are fun people.
- Install lighting inside my Ocean Kayak to make everyone else’s Yak look sick in comparison at next year’s CLAPS nighttime paddling event.
- Take more self-portrait photos, movies, and attend more metro mash-ups
- Maintain my humility…
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

Added
2 states
8 countries
Completed two challenges, and am close to a couple more.
Set a one day record at 50.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:36 PM

For 2012 we just completed 2900 caches. We really wanted to make 3000 but that will have to wait to next year. I am too lazy to try to do the element series. We found our 500th puzzle cache. We have started the Texas County Challenge and managed to get all the counties down I-10 US 90 from Houston to El Paso. South Texas and the Panhandle will probably our downfall. Bubberdad's Complete Geocacher challenges led us to do 75 days of caching (I don't know how folks go longer without burning out), started us doing the now dropped challenges and doing benchmarks. We have had a good time this year.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:23 AM

After just starting caching last October and really gearing up in December, I'll hit 1,800 by years' end (I'm only 3 away as of this morning), 35 hides with three of those being events, including 1 CITO and helping out on a few others. :D

My biggest accomplishment ??? Meeting all of you wonderful people!!

When friends and/or strangers ask about caching/cachers, I liken them to people that camp - a mix of personalities and incomes, everyone is really nice, fun, willing to share and help others to learn and grow.

Thanks for a great year!!!!
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:39 AM

Stand out 2012 accomplishments for me (not priority order):
- Texas Challenge SETX winning team member.

- Completed several great series like BNC, WG jones, Greenway, etc.

- Finally started hiding caches that some actually liked to find.

- Met my BFF Caching Buddy and all-around DREAMGIRL 2katz (met at BNC , where I logged my 1500th on Pick 6 challenge).

- Maintained my streak of meeting at least one new (newbie) at each and every event I attended. I am very proud of this one!

- Found found a suitably durable bicycle tire / tube combo that avoids flats.

- Finally completed the CLAPS challenge.

- Built my PAF list with hundreds of new friends and acquaintances that share my enthusiasm for this fine, frustrating, fantastic, fickle, fun, and funky game.

- Survived a year of HGCS.org without being banned or put on double secret probation.

- Found a discount dry-cleaners to deal with my stained shirts - stained from spitting out my beverage every time Baytown Bert posts the latest "portrait" of a real geocachers.

Yes. It's been a great year. Thank goodness for you guys. Thank goodness for Geocaching.

Why am I all sweatty and late? Umm...

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

This was a banner year for teamCull. The best part was that we had a great time with a lot of wonderful cachers. There's no way you can quantify that... it's pure quality. :laugh:

Some of our highlights were:

A new yearly high of 1320 finds. :coolsmiley:

Eclipsing 6,000 career finds. :uglystupid2:

Attending our first GeoWoodstock. (Also our first mega) :angel:

Finding our first two wherigos. :fist-pump:

First caches in eight new states (Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri & Iowa) :cheers:

Getting our 20th webcam. :yoman:

Set a new personal one-day find record of 117. :smiley6600:

Survived an eight day trip with Parkerplus... :2funny:




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