The project coordinated the APE cache placements on Fridays, one per week. Each APE geocache placement included hints about the next geocache’s location coming throughout the week preceding placement.
Each Project A.P.E. Cache contained a unique mini adventure presenting part of a fictional story in which scientists revealed an “Alternative Primate Evolution” (A.P.E.). While this subplot storyline had no direct relation to the story arc in the movie it still sparked geocacher’s imaginations. And the cool movie props, ape coins, tee-shirts and other movie swag didn’t hurt either.
The APE Caches used specially marked large ammo cans. The cache owners stenciled the A.P.E logo on each cache container. And in addition to the usual swag, each contained an original prop from the film.
The Original Project A.P.E. Cache locations
I have gathered some information about the initial placements. What I have discovered is here in the table below.
If you have any further information or corrections to this information, please contact me.
|Cache Name||Location||Date Placed||Status||Artifact|
|Mission 01: Devil's Spoon||San Francisco, California, USA||2001-05-24||Archived||Spoon|
|Mission 02: Club Suave||Portland , Oregon, USA||2001-05-31||Archived||Club|
|Mission 3: Grahm's Link||Mt. Pleasant, New York, USA||2001-06-08||Adopted||Unknown|
|Mission 04: Southern Bowl||Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo, Brazil||2001-06-14||Active||Bowl|
|Mission 05: Fork in the Canyon||Monrovia, California, USA||2001-06-21||Archived||Fork|
|Mission 06: Asian Arms||Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to,|
|Mission 07: Crab Creek||Montgomery County, Maryland, USA||2001-07-05||Archived||Torch|
|Mission 08: Wattle’s Edge||Burwood, Victoria, Australia||2001-07-12||Archived||Dagger|
|Mission 08a: Special Mission: PLANET OF THE APES Premiere!||Manhattan, New York, USA||2001-07-18||Archived||Movie Tickets|
|Mission 09: Tunnel of Light||Snoqualmie, Washington, USA||2001-07-18||Active||Torch|
|Mission 10a: River Bearer||Roswell, Georgia, USA||2001-07-27||Archived||Clay Pots|
|Mission 10b: Meridian Snake||Titsey, Surrey,|
|Mission 11: Tallow's Sand||Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia||2001-08-03||Archived||Unknown|
|Mission 12: Blind Canal||Channahon Township, Illinois, USA||2001-08-10||Archived||Harness|
APE Cache Icon and Souvenir
The Project A.P.E. Caches have a unique cache icon. Mission 9: Tunnel of Light also has a special souvenir for finders to earn as well.
Dave Ulmer Finds a Project A.P.E Cache
Dave Ulmer was the First to Find at Mission 2: Club Suave. He posted a video of his find on his YouTube channel. You can see the movie prop club that he found in the cache container.
The last Project A.P.E Cache
The reviewer, Crow T Robot, archived Mission 4 in August of 2004. No geocacher had logged any attempt to find it since the first to Find in July 2001. Then in 2005he reactivated it for JoGPS (log) and AB4N (log), who made the trip and found the cache in good shape.
In June 2001 Moun10Bike archived Mission 9: Tunnel of Light after repeated thefts. This left only Mission 4, in Brazil. And for the next six years, it would be the last Project APE Cache left. All of the others were missing and archived.
Many geocachers came to regard San Palo Brazil as a sort of Meca. For those six years
Geocachingvlogger finds the Tunnel of Light shortly before it disappears.
Geocachingvlogger filmed portions of his find (log) on Mission Nine just a few weeks before it went missing.
APE cache recovery
A group of geocachers in Washington formed a plan for a determined effort to search for one of the missing caches. Soon they began discussing the possibility of locating one of the caches in April. And the staff at Groundspeak encouraged them when approached with the idea.
On October 1st, 2016 they executed their plan. They gathered at ground zero and searched the area around the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light location.
The search team split into small groups and conducted a methodical search of the area. While they worked, they remained in contact with radios and had a few false alerts that turned out not to be the missing container.
Then, against the odds, they located the container that had been missing all these years. It was still in good shape and serviceable as a geocache.
Return of the mission 9 Project A.P.E. Cache
Following the recovery of the mission-nine container, Groundspeak put the question of its fate to the community as a whole. Using a survey, they presented several possible actions. The community overwhelmingly voted to return the cache, permanently, to its location as a reactivated cache.
On August 19, 2017, Mission 9: Tunnel of Light will be replaced and reactivated. This brings the total number of active Project A.P.E Caches to two. This placement coincides with the Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event at Washington’s Iron Horse State Park.