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Saturday, 7 September 2019

A Tale of Two GeoWoodDucks!

It was the best of times...

...and so begins the tale of these GeoWoodDuck brothers, Jimmy and Chuck. Jimmy and Chuck have embarked on what they hope will be a year-long adventure to travel from their east coast mystery locations all the way back to Abbotsford BC for August 22, 2020.

What's more, anyone who helps them on their adventure will be entered to WIN some great prizes!

We will have trackables and pathtags available to be won by anyone who participates in this contest between now (Sep 7, 2019) and the official end of the contest, at GeoWoodstock XVIII on August 22, 2020 in Abbotsford BC.


So how do you get entered in? It's easy!

Find out where Jimmy or Chuck are, go find them, and move them along westward in their adventures!

If you move and log one or both of Jimmy or Chuck, you will be entered into the contest!

Find the GeoWoodDuck, move him to another cache, or an event, drop him from your inventory, and you will be entered to win!

Find and locate Chuck with this code: TB9ACZ8

Find and locate Jimmy with this code: TB9ACZ6     

Another option is to post a photo with one of these duck twins on Twitter or Instagram tagging @LANMonkeyGC and @GeoWoodstock18 for an entry in the contest. 

Make sure that you follow @LANMonkeyGC on Instagram and Twitter for clues as to where the ducks have traveled and where you might find them! 

Friday, 9 August 2019

Want Pro-Tips for Geocachers AND Muggles to Love Their Visit to BC, Canada?


Well then friend, you've come to the right place!
This Fall I will be making the first edition of "The Geocachers Handbook to Metro-Vancouver & the Fraser Valley" available to LANMonkey Patrons!
This book is the compilation of two years of effort of combining all the best geocaching and non-geocaching visitor experiences from the region. 




Painstaking research including colour photos of various highlights will assist the experienced and novice visitor to our beautiful region in understanding the local history, geography, transit & transportation, amenities, and family friendly attractions.


Oh, and did I forget to mention the geocaches? The book will highlight some real pro-tips on what the must find geocaches in a variety of categories are, and include tips from my personal experience on how to find them and what to expect on your adventure.

The book will be invaluable to any visitor, and is offered first to those who have invested in supporting my efforts to publish quality geocaching and travel adventure information and entertainment for the past several years.

Any level of Patreon support will have access to the book for download once it's ready for you later in 2019. 

However, to give you a taste of what's to come, here's an overview of the chapters of the book at the moment:


  1. The Cities and Suburbs
  2. Getting Here
  3. Must-Find Geocaches
  4. Where Geocaches & Attractions Overlap
  5. Best Secret Spots
  6. Getting Outside the Cities
  7. Free (and Discounted) Stuff
  8. Day (& Multi-Day) Trips from Here
  9. Other Resources & Contacts for Geocaching in South Western BC


The first chapter has already been made available to Patrons for download as an early thank-you for their support, and is available to any new Patrons.

If you are curious about how to access this once it's published, follow our social media channels @LANMonkeyGC on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, or better yet, sign up as a Patron and support the work, plus get other great patron bonuses & perks!


LANMonkey's Geocaching Adventures are written by Jay Kennedy, outdoor adventurer and photo-journalist. All content is affiliated with the Wander Network. Experience his adventures on Twitter and Instagram by following @LANMonkeyGC, and subscribing to LANMonkey on YouTube. He is also a regular co-host of the Caching in the Northwest geocaching podcast.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

GeoWoodstock XVIII (or, you know, 18)

It's possible you haven't heard yet.
It's more likely you've heard the news, but have lots of questions.

Either way, you've come to a great place to get started on the topic of GeoWoodstock XVIII!

The reason for that is I am one of the four lead planners who have been working on this since summer 2018. We have been growing a super team of volunteers (PS: we will be calling for MORE volunteers shortly), and are extremely excited to be welcoming Geocachers from around the world to the first GeoWoodstock hosted in Canada.


Why is it in August?

Traditionally, GeoWoodstock events have occurred primarily in May or July, on US long-weekends. This time, GeoWoodstock XVIII will be hosted on August 22, 2020, exactly one week after the August 15 "20th Anniversary Celebration" event in Seattle.

It's pretty cool to consider that the Pacific NorthWest will be hosting a week-long GeoExtravaganza unlike anything that has occurred here before. 

Geocachers can travel to Seattle for an unprecedented party at Seattle Center (home of the Space Needle!) and then the next day head east to the Going APE mega event and enjoy the cool summer walk through the 2 mile long Tunnel of Light to claim the APE cache there!

If that isn't enough, detour south on Monday and stake your claim on the Original Stash (don't forget to ask the GPS spirits for increased battery life!) and then make your way northwards for the events leading up to GeoWoodstock XVIII on Saturday, August 22.


Why is it in Canada?

The honour and responsibility of hosting a GeoWoodstock event is sought out by those interested in taking that on through a bid process, which is well defined on the GeoWoodstock.org website

Our team decided we would take the chance of putting our "hat in the ring" and put together a bid, following the processes. Being Canadians, our intention was to host it at home, and we built a working relationship with TRADEX, a fantastic event venue in Abbotsford, BC.

At the end of the bid review process, our team was awarded the opportunity to host, on the date and in the location we had proposed.

As mentioned earlier, the location also makes this a fantastic opportunity for geocachers to experience the GeoExtravaganza week of events and possibly make their first visit to British Columbia, Canada (that's 2 souvenirs if you haven't been here before!). This is made really easy by our venue proximity to Seattle, Vancouver, and several international airports.


OK, So How Do I Find Out More?

This blog was intended to give you a taste of what's coming and some key info, but what I really want to do is point you to the key resources that will give you timely information on-going for GeoWoodstock XVIII.

Here's the four "pro tips" I can offer you!

  1. Are you thinking you'll come? Start by logging your "will attend" at GC86VDF.
  2. Want to make sure you don't miss ANY important info? Sign up for the newsletter!
  3. Looking for a comprehensive source of all event, travel, regional, and geocaching information? Visit the GeoWoodstock website (active starting June 20, 2019)
  4. Want to get regular audio updates? Follow the Caching in the NorthWest podcast; the official podcast of GeoWoodstock XVIII!



Want to get exclusive inside scoops on geocaching in the Fraser Valley and the Pacific NorthWest? All kinds of amazing perks are available to LANMonkey patrons - check it out on our Patreon site.



Monday, 1 April 2019

Is Geocaching HQ Losing Signal?

Unofficial sources* from HQ have leaked that the official retirement of Signal is coming soon.

"With 2020 being the 20th year of Geocaching, we feel it is time to let Signal finish on a high note, and we are looking to a new mascot for the game."

While many are shocked at this announcement, the fact that a new Signal Tribute GeoArt was just published this morning in the Seattle area seems like confirmation.




Signal has become iconic with this game so many are wondering who the new mascot will be, and also why the seemingly sudden decision to retire the beloved mascot.

With respect to the timing, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of geocaching in 2020, unofficial sources have also shared that "since the average lifespan of a frog is a max of 10 years, Signal has had a really full and long work life and is excited to move into retirement."

When queried about who the new mascot might be, we were told that everything is being kept tightly under wraps, but in conjunction with Signal's official retirement party on April 1, 2020, the new mascot will be announced.

Rumours have also spread that apparent problems with the official city bird of Seattle being the Great Blue Heron which is known to sustain itself on frogs, there was a long-standing optics issue that was planning to be addressed.

Speculation around the new mascot include:

  • A squirrel named "Stasher" who hides away geocaches
  • A seagull named "Sqwak" who is iconic of how geocachers demolish donuts at events
  • A salmon named "Slips" who labours his way up creeks in continual mortal peril


Inquiries about this story should not be directed to anyone at Geocaching HQ, and can be sent to LANMonkey.

*Sources are unofficial because today is April 1st. I'll let you figure out the rest.