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A Record-Setting Power-Cache

Power cachers are always pushing the limits of the game,and as we were in the final stages of writing this book,we received word of a new record claim by a team that included two people we quote extensively elsewhere:Steve O’Gara (ventura_kids) and Elin Carlson (EMC of Northridge,CA). They joined with f0t0m0m on August 29,2009 in a midnight-to-midnight run that netted 413 caches in one day.

The trip involved extensive planning using GSAK,Google Earth and Geocaching.com. Ventura_kids created nine possible routes,consuming an estimated 45 hours. The team logged its 100th find at 5:30 a.m. By then,they had already battled swarms of grasshoppers who thought their car was a nifty place to hang out in the darkness of night. All day long,our heroes suffered through heat and dehydration in the process of traveling 471 miles.

We interviewed ventura_kids about this remarkable accomplishment in late September. Listen to the entire interview below.

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6 comments to A Record-Setting Power-Cache

  • Jim Hoffman

    Very nicely done…. an enjoyable interview…

    Jim –aka f0t0m0m

  • This is a great interview! It’s,um…MOSTLY accurate…LOL!!

    I do have to hand it to Steve for doing an awesome job of route-planning and all the driving –this record is indeed thanks to his lion’s share of the preparation.

    I was way too busy jumping in and out of the car to take many photos –maybe a dozen all day? I think all that I took made it to my blog. I posted on Facebook and Twitter simultaneously with Loopt –forgot all about hashtags,though…duh…and only had a chance to do that once every 100 caches as well as the beginning and end of the day.

    One important task that Sandy &I both did was to double-check our list as we went to make sure we logged exactly what we’d found and what we’d DNFd. It’s very easy to lose count,especially when we’re all getting so tired.

    I can’t echo enough the importance of stamina and attitude! I’d done a few of these 24-hour record attempts before,so one of my jobs,as I saw it,was to help be a supporter and a cheerleader. It was NOT hard with this group,though,as they are all such fun people to hang with. We all did this for each other,as we each had our dips in energy,but we kept each other bolstered.

    I love going caching with these guys,even if I do get teased unmercifully…. *ahem* OK,I admit I’m “slower”when I’m caching by myself…but…I certainly don’t slow the team down! :P

    I look forward to hearing about future cachers’attempts to break this record! Woohoo!

    p.s. Don’t tell the VKs that I actually like country music….

  • What a kick to have comments from the other two cachers on the record-setting run! Thank you both so much.

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