There are over 3 million geocaches worldwide. That’s right earlier today the three millionth active geocache was published on geocaching.com, the premier geocache listing service.
3 million geocaches worldwide milestone
Geocachers across the globe posted screenshots of the search tool displaying the total results for an empty string search. Whether you were on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus, if you had friends n the geocaching community, you saw the number throughout the day.
Some cache owners may have launched a campaign of archiving caches to delay the moment, or it may have just been Donnerstag events being archived, but the number approached and retreated from the 3,000,000 mark a number of times. But sometime in the afternoon, a geocaching.com volunteer published the geocache that set the 3 million geocaches worldwide milestone.
2 million active geocaches
This comes four years, one month and twenty-two days after hitting the previous milestone of 2 million active caches on February 27, 2013. The 2 millionth active geocache was Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E). The traditional cache in Northern Territory, Australia is still active with 326 finds and 74 favorite points. Initially, when Groundspeak posted Overwatch #1’s name and GC Code, nearly two thousand geocachers posted congratulatory notes to the cache log. A large number of other geocachers posted found it logs, which were removed from the listing.
Groundspeak promoted the 2 million geocache milestone in advance. They then celebrated the following day by releasing five new country souvenir graphics; Austria, New South Wales, Dubin, Spain, and Sweeden.
This time around, there has been not a word from Groundspeak. It may be that following the avalanche of improper logs on Overwatch #1, they decided to let this just happen. They may never announce the name of the new milestone geocache. Or they may announce something tomorrow. It can be hard to gauge what they will do sometimes. Personally, I think they will not announce the geocache.
3 Million Geocaches Geocoin
Earnie’s Geocoins has a 3 Million Geocaches Geocoin available if you’re into geocoins to commemorate this sort of event. The coin, featuring a stylized representation of “3,000,000” will set you back $14.00 USD. It seems to come in five flavors; gold, nickel, antique silver, black nickel, and what looks antique gold, though that center coin does not appear to be available on the website.