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Our very own Chris R talks about how he finds new heights in the world of geocaching bit.ly/2ytCK2w

Have you ever climbed a tree for a cache?
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Geocache of the Week: Kiilopään huippu – Aslakin Taigametsä 4 in Finland

Finland. Land of the midnight sun and Land of a thousand lakes. Finland should really be known as the “land of tens of thousands of lakes and islands” because there are actually 187,888 lakes and 179,888 islands in the country (side note: who counts these things?).

Finland recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of independence. Many places around the world celebrated by lighting their own famous landmarks in Finland’s national colors of blue and white. Here some additional fun Finnish facts:

- The sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer and does not rise above the horizon for 51 days during winter at Finland’s most northernmost point.
- There are over three million saunas in Finland.
- There are no payphones in Finland.
- Forget about Seattle — the average Finn consumes 5 cups of coffee per day.
- The concept of “freedom to roam” allows folks to pick berries, camp, and fish almost anywhere.

We thought we’d highlight a wonderful geocache within Urho Kekkonen National Park, a picturesque nature preserve in the northern region of Lapland. Many geocachers wait to log this cache at the stroke of midnight or host events at the witching hour, bathed in the midnight sun.

This geocache is located at the top of one of the highest and most barren hills, also known as a “fell”. Named Kiilopää, it rises to 546 m (1791 ft) and is reached by walking 2 km (1.25 mi) along a series of wooden stairs, planked walkways, and well-worn paths. The route is challenging towards the end due to the elevation gain, but the views from the top of the surrounding area are well worth the effort.

Incredibly windy, sometimes foggy, but on a clear day, you can see for miles and log a well-earned smiley. coord.info/GC1YV19
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Signal the Frog® is ready for a summer vacation. Yes, that’s right — he’s packing flip flops, a snorkel, and many bottles of amphibian-proof sunscreen, because he is headed for Australia.

As Signal continues to celebrate geocaching around the world, our favorite frog will be visiting Australia to barbeque like an Aussie from January 26-28, 2018!

Join the celebrations to earn the Australia Day 2018 souvenir! Learn how: http://bit.ly/2BJs1Hs
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This gift will get you some serious Favorite Points. Give the gift of Premium membership this year! bit.ly/2BXYghZ
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Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? Now you do! Earn two new souvenirs: Last Cache of 2017 (on December 31) and First Cache of 2018 (January 1). Find a cache or host/attend an event on each day to earn each souvenir. Submit your event by the end of this week to be ready for the countdown!

What are your geocaching resolutions?
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The latest Geocaching® app update includes viewing another player’s profile. You’ll now be able to view find count, hide count, trackable count, and easily send players a message via the Message Center from their public profile! Learn more in our forums: http://bit.ly/2AbNm7P
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You can now earn five more Geocaching country souvenirs: Argentina, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, and Namibia. All this week we're highlighting each country across our social platforms and our blog.

Todays spotlight: Namibia!

The iconic Sossusvlei sand dunes are the setting for this Traditional Cache—the most favorited cache in all of Namibia. To earn this smiley, you’ll need to travel by car to the desert’s edge, grab a 4×4 or shuttle to the center of the desert, and then hike about 1km to the cache. Your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of some of the highest sand dunes in the world and access to the Camel Thorn Trees that emerge from the parched soil.

What geocaching country souvenirs have you earned? bit.ly/2BPWxez
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You can now earn five more Geocaching country souvenirs: Argentina, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Malta, and Namibia. All this week we're highlighting each country across our social platforms and our blog.

Todays spotlight: Malta
After learning about Malta for the first time, most people have the same reaction: a sudden urge to sell everything they own, hop on a plane, and spend the rest of their life on a beach, drinking wine, playing guitar, and (of course) geocaching.

Known for its dramatic coastline, stunningly turquoise waters, countless hidden coves, phenomenal snorkeling, rich history, decorative architecture, and vibrant culture, Malta has it all. bit.ly/2BcF185
Which geocaching souvenir will you earn next?
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ConCACHEulations! As of today, you can earn five new Geocaching country souvenirs: Argentina, Liechtenstein, Malta, Malaysia, and Namibia! All this week we'll highlight each country and offer caching suggestions.

Today’s spotlight: Argentina. In July of 2001, Argentina’s first geocache was placed. Since then, over 1,900 geocaches have been published (1,500 active) across its spacious landscape. Geocachers flock to this part of the world to capture the beauty and spirit of both country and geocaching. http://bit.ly/2iMi447

Which geocaching souvenirs have you earned?
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In the latest episode of Geocaching HQ's podcast Mark gives us a glimpse into life at Shop Geocaching.

If you have ever ordered something cool from the shop, there’s a good chance Mark (username: markstafari) played a part in getting your stuff to you. He’s one of the staffers at the Geocaching HQ warehouse, from where they ship geocaching merchandise all over the world.

Listen to the whole podcast here: http://bit.ly/2j6PjMA
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