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Some of the following caches may not be active any more - it is hard to keep up to date with archived (and newly published) caches. I have my doubts about the actual age of the first cache on the list - its code does not correspond with its placed date. The oldest surviving South African cache (bottom of the list) comes in at number 176. 74 of the oldest 100 surviving caches are in the USA.

 

Rank Code Name Country Placed Date

1 GC1HTTN Daylight Saving Time Machine United States 2000-05-03

 

63 GCKXM5 HAJ 4: zero-nine-left Germany 2000-10-24

64 GCKXM6 HAJ 2: two-seven-left Germany 2000-10-24

65 GCKXM8 HAJ 3: two-seven-right Germany 2000-10-24

77 GC1F11 Sydney Geocache Relocated! Australia 2000-11-11

93 GCM65A Liegenbleiber Germany 2000-11-27

98 GCM729 LINDEN GUERILLA II - Kommando Eduard Hoffmann Germany 2000-12-04

 

There are a number of caches which looks dodgy on the above list, and I'm pretty sure some of those that remain are not in the correct order. I don't think one can really trust the "placed date", since it's editable by the user, and you can select any date you wish, or it could be wrong by accident (e.g. for my own PopCo I reused an old cache page I created but never published, and forgot to alter the placed date - it was wrong for several weeks before I fixed it). Is there a way to compile a similar list by "Published date"?

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With Antron's recent entry into the 1000+ club I was curious to see who of them did it in the shortest time:

iPajero: 601 days

Antron: 609 days

CrystalFairy: 673 days

gerhardoosMPsa: 726 days

RedGlobe: 857 days

Fish Eagle: 988 days

cache-fan: 1351 days

cownchicken: 1455 days

The Huskies: 1649 days

Noddy: 1695 days

battlerat & pussycat: 1703 days

Tricky Vicky & Mickey: 1951 days

GlobalRat: 2200 days

 

(The above list is based on African cache finds only, and it is calculated from find no. 1 to find no. 1000)

 

If one looks at every 1000+ cacher's fastest 1000 ever:

iPajero: 197 days (!)

CrystalFairy: 556 days

Antron: 609 days

gerhardoosMPsa: 632 days

Tricky Vicky & Mickey: 661 days

RedGlobe: 781 days

cache-fan: 828 days

Fish Eagle: 883 days

cownchicken: 979 days

Noddy: 1346 days

battlerat and pussycat: 1387 days

GlobalRat: 1501 days

The Huskies: 1649 days

 

 

Whohoo!! 584 days - DrDM & Raider :o

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Is there a way to compile a similar list by "Published date"?

The only way to know when a cache was published, is by the date of the published log, however, that type of log only came into use much later than the first caches.

What I'm trying to say that most (or all) of the old caches does not have a published log, and thus is of no help.

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The 10 most active cachers during the past year:

1. iPajero: 1054 finds

2. Danie Viljoen: 728 finds

3. Happy Hunters SA: 662 finds

4. gerhardoosMPsa: 606 finds

5. besem: 546 finds

6. cownchicken: 464 finds

7. Shaka & Shakespeare: 453 finds

8. Zambesiboy: 449 finds

9. Leon St: 444 finds

10. Antron: 433 finds

 

During the same period the number of active caches increased by 904.

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The 10 most popular South African caches during the past year:

1. GC114RH - Cape Town TB Hotel, City of Cape Town: 109 finds

2. GCWK3K - TF16 180° Sea, City of Cape Town: 99 finds

3. GCMYYZ - Table Top Trove, City of Cape Town: 94 finds

4. GC182QZ - Gotteshaeuser: St. Martini Kirche, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

5. GC1VFHR - Skaife's Barn, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

6. GC1Y2ZJ - Water's Edge, City of Cape Town: 78 finds

7. GC1YG6C - Hesamati is 1!, Cape Winelands: 78 finds

8. GC16GBB - Ireland in South Africa, City of Cape Town: 77 finds

9. GC1N8C0 - Willis Walk - Like A Penguin?, City of Cape Town: 74 finds

10. GC9CC4 - Signal Hill, City of Cape Town: 72 finds

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The 10 most popular South African caches during the past year:

1. GC114RH - Cape Town TB Hotel, City of Cape Town: 109 finds

2. GCWK3K - TF16 180° Sea, City of Cape Town: 99 finds

3. GCMYYZ - Table Top Trove, City of Cape Town: 94 finds

4. GC182QZ - Gotteshaeuser: St. Martini Kirche, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

5. GC1VFHR - Skaife's Barn, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

6. GC1Y2ZJ - Water's Edge, City of Cape Town: 78 finds

7. GC1YG6C - Hesamati is 1!, Cape Winelands: 78 finds

8. GC16GBB - Ireland in South Africa, City of Cape Town: 77 finds

9. GC1N8C0 - Willis Walk - Like A Penguin?, City of Cape Town: 74 finds

10. GC9CC4 - Signal Hill, City of Cape Town: 72 finds

All in the cape :P

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The 10 most popular South African caches during the past year:

1. GC114RH - Cape Town TB Hotel, City of Cape Town: 109 finds

2. GCWK3K - TF16 180° Sea, City of Cape Town: 99 finds

3. GCMYYZ - Table Top Trove, City of Cape Town: 94 finds

4. GC182QZ - Gotteshaeuser: St. Martini Kirche, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

5. GC1VFHR - Skaife's Barn, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

6. GC1Y2ZJ - Water's Edge, City of Cape Town: 78 finds

7. GC1YG6C - Hesamati is 1!, Cape Winelands: 78 finds

8. GC16GBB - Ireland in South Africa, City of Cape Town: 77 finds

9. GC1N8C0 - Willis Walk - Like A Penguin?, City of Cape Town: 74 finds

10. GC9CC4 - Signal Hill, City of Cape Town: 72 finds

 

I think your database is a bit out of date. I've not looked at them all, but I happen to know that Skaife's Barn is on 96 and Willis Walk is on 104

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I think your database is a bit out of date. I've not looked at them all, but I happen to know that Skaife's Barn is on 96 and Willis Walk is on 104

No, they are correct - these are only for the year 21 August 2009 to 20 August 2010.

 

Ah, ok. I didn't read it properly

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Which are the three most popular caches per province in the last year.

Also what district is the most popular?

The district with the most finds is Cape Town with 28282, followed by Johannesburg: 17175 and Pretoria: 16846.

 

If we only look at the past year, the top districts are:

Cape Town: 10926 finds

Pretoria: 6128 finds

eThekwini (Durban): 4657 finds

 

The 3 caches with the most finds during the past year, per province:

 

Western Cape

GC114RH Cape Town TB Hotel 109

GCWK3K TF16 180° Sea 99

GCMYYZ Table Top Trove 94

 

Gauteng

GC25H9B MF2010 St Martin's Bell 61

GC25JM7 MF2010 John Trollope Tower 61

GC24H0C MF2010 Joan of Parc 56

 

Natal

GC1X2T2 Lily Pond 61

GC1X2T9 Stonehenge 58

GCYF79 Mandelas last moments of freedom 46

 

Eastern Cape

GC1CBXX Tonteldoos I - Die Groot Trek 48

GC1A2VY Kadouw lookout 38

GC1Z0G6 Ght Bible Monument 35

 

Mpumalanga

GC19QVQ Three Rondavels 40

GC11PFM Milly's 39

GC11H2Z Lowveld View 37

 

North West

GCVCB3 Leopard Hide 40

GCHKZ2 Fish Eagle 37

GC1Z6H4 Potch History 1 36

 

Free State

GC18JR9 Bloem N1 TB Motel 36

GCN856 Women's Monument 30

GC1W8DP Dam van Trane 28

 

Northern Cape

GC1ZTNW Colesberg 25

GC1DGTW Tonteldoos XVIII - Hanover Foxhole 14

GC1WQZM out of this world 14

 

Limpopo

GC137C3 Mabalingwe 21

GC1X40C Warthog Walk 21

GC13CA5 1837 20

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Number of cachers per province:

 

Western Cape:

Last 3 months: 433

Last 6 months: 634

Last 12 months: 1103

Active, i.e., 12 or more in the last year: 280

Most finds during the last 12 months: Zambesiboy

 

Gauteng:

3 months: 342

6 months: 539

12 months: 830

Active: 221

Most finds: Happy Hunters SA

 

Natal:

3 months: 185

6 months: 312

12 months: 518

Active: 133

Most finds: FlyingSyringe

 

Eastern Cape:

3 months: 116

6 months: 198

12 months: 383

Active: 81

Most finds: NaviMate

 

Mpumalanga:

3 months: 99

6 months: 190

12 months: 318

Active: 65

Most finds: BAKGAT

 

Free State:

3 months: 116

6 months: 174

12 months: 286

Active: 74

Most finds: iPajero

 

North West:

3 months: 102

6 months: 173

12 months: 284

Active: 39

Most finds: Danie Viljoen

 

Limpopo:

3 months: 85

6 months: 131

12 months: 229

Active: 22

Most finds: iPajero

 

Northern Cape:

3 months: 40

6 months: 83

12 months: 149

Active: 2

Most finds: iNokia

 

RSA:

3 months: 1031

6 months: 1522

12 months: 2394

Active: 747

Most finds: iPajero

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I am concentrating on my "new and improved" version of a geocoin tracking program. I have not updated my GSAK database for about 2 months now.

But I still have downloaded every set of PQ every 2nd day. So will catch up at some point again.

 

If Danie can't answer any questions, Ill gladly have a look at it.

 

I do however read the forums from time to time.

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The 10 most popular South African caches during the past year:

1. GC114RH - Cape Town TB Hotel, City of Cape Town: 109 finds

2. GCWK3K - TF16 180° Sea, City of Cape Town: 99 finds

3. GCMYYZ - Table Top Trove, City of Cape Town: 94 finds

4. GC182QZ - Gotteshaeuser: St. Martini Kirche, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

5. GC1VFHR - Skaife's Barn, City of Cape Town: 83 finds

6. GC1Y2ZJ - Water's Edge, City of Cape Town: 78 finds

7. GC1YG6C - Hesamati is 1!, Cape Winelands: 78 finds

8. GC16GBB - Ireland in South Africa, City of Cape Town: 77 finds

9. GC1N8C0 - Willis Walk - Like A Penguin?, City of Cape Town: 74 finds

10. GC9CC4 - Signal Hill, City of Cape Town: 72 finds

 

I'm really enjoying this thread too. I'm curious about an updated list of the most popular SA caches of all time.

 

Thanks for the hard work. It looks like I have a lot to learn about GSAK still....

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The top 10 most popular South African caches of all time:

 

1. GCMYYZ Table Top Trove: 378 finds

2. GC114RH Cape Town TB Hotel: 318 finds

3. GC9CC4 Signal Hill: 298 finds

4. GCWK3K TF16 180° Sea: 290 finds

5. GC3055 Smuts House, Irene: 240 finds

6. GC77E Cape Agulhas: 219 finds

7. GC43FA Historical Series – Harbour entrance: 213 finds (now archived)

8. GCQAZV "by any other name" (Western Cape): 197 finds

9. GCGA0Z Kloofnek Historical 12P: 195 finds

10. GC16GBB Ireland in South Africa: 193 finds

 

8 of the 10 are in Cape Town, the first and the last four.

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Top few caches with the most finds, placed before 2009:

 

Table Top Trove GCMYYZ 2005-02-28 291

Signal Hill GC9CC4 2002-10-17 242

Cape Town TB Hotel GC114RH 2007-02-25 225

Smuts House, Irene GC3055 2002-01-05 216

TF16 180° Sea GCWK3K 2006-06-11 209

Cape Agulhas GC77E 2001-04-21 165

Kloofnek Historical 12P GCGA0Z 2003-06-17 148

Remarkable Trees: Trees To Treasure GC11M7Q 2007-03-23 144

"by any other name" (Western Cape) GCQAZV 2005-08-28 143

Top Billing Cache GCR1E6 2005-10-19 140

 

 

The top 10 most popular South African caches of all time:

 

1. GCMYYZ Table Top Trove: 378 finds

2. GC114RH Cape Town TB Hotel: 318 finds

3. GC9CC4 Signal Hill: 298 finds

4. GCWK3K TF16 180° Sea: 290 finds

5. GC3055 Smuts House, Irene: 240 finds

6. GC77E Cape Agulhas: 219 finds

7. GC43FA Historical Series – Harbour entrance: 213 finds (now archived)

8. GCQAZV "by any other name" (Western Cape): 197 finds

9. GCGA0Z Kloofnek Historical 12P: 195 finds

10. GC16GBB Ireland in South Africa: 193 finds

 

8 of the 10 are in Cape Town, the first and the last four.

 

1.(0) GCMYYZ Table Top Trove: 378 finds

2.(+1) GC114RH Cape Town TB Hotel: 318 finds

3.(-1) GC9CC4 Signal Hill: 298 finds

4.(+1) GCWK3K TF16 180° Sea: 290 finds

5.(-1) GC3055 Smuts House, Irene: 240 finds

6.(0) GC77E Cape Agulhas: 219 finds

7.(new) GC43FA Historical Series – Harbour entrance: 213 finds (now archived)

8.(+1) GCQAZV "by any other name" (Western Cape): 197 finds

9.(-2) GCGA0Z Kloofnek Historical 12P: 195 finds

10.(new) GC16GBB Ireland in South Africa: 193 finds

 

Remarkable Trees: Trees To Treasure GC11M7Q and

Top Billing Cache GCR1E6

being the two to fall out the Top 20 in the past 11 months.

 

Will be good to see the moves in the next 12 months. Feels like an old Pop Shop show - can we expect David Gresham to do the honours?

:laughing:

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Paddawan just had 33 caches published simultaneously and presently has a 633:119 finds to placement ratio. Is this some sort a record? Obviously cachers with a low number of finds could probably top this, but say for anyone with over 300 finds?

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I just got my PQ for WC, and I see 91 in the SS: series for WC. Perhaps Paddawan can tell us himself?

 

You're about right. I realised too late that my new cache notification is set at 50km radius. Paddawan responded in the Fynbos Finders thread and said it's 90 with two to come. Now I'm even more gobsmacked! :(

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I just got my PQ for WC, and I see 91 in the SS: series for WC. Perhaps Paddawan can tell us himself?

 

You're about right. I realised too late that my new cache notification is set at 50km radius. Paddawan responded in the Fynbos Finders thread and said it's 90 with two to come. Now I'm even more gobsmacked! :(

 

:blink::):DWOW! :D:D:D

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Paddawan just had 33 caches published simultaneously and presently has a 633:119 finds to placement ratio. Is this some sort a record? Obviously cachers with a low number of finds could probably top this, but say for anyone with over 300 finds?

 

I have a finds to placement ratio of 671:182 [3.68] but that is attributed to not having caches to find around here. 80% of my finds are found in other countries when I am on holiday. When I arrived here there were only 8 caches in the country so I set about hiding caches - we now have over 200 of which I have found all of those that are not mine!

 

Well done Paddawan - a great achievement in an area where there are also 100's to find. I look forward to finding some of yours when I am next in the Western Cape.

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Number of new caches published in 2010:

 

Gauteng: 394

Western Cape: 393

Kwazulu Natal: 256

Free State: 172

Mpumalanga: 128

Eastern Cape: 111

North West: 48

Northern Cape: 42

Limpopo: 35

Total: 1579

 

421 caches have been archived during 2010, which gives a netto increase of 1158 caches for the year, or 3.2 caches/day.

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Number of new caches per province, for the past year:

 

Kwazulu Natal: 319

Western Cape: 305

Gauteng: 287

Free State: 143

Mpumalanga: 143

Eastern Cape: 126

North West :43

Limpopo: 35

Northern Cape: 18

 

I was surprised to see that Natal has edged out both the Western Cape and Gauteng.

 

Number of new caches published in 2010:

 

Gauteng: 394

Western Cape: 393

Kwazulu Natal: 256

Free State: 172

Mpumalanga: 128

Eastern Cape: 111

North West: 48

Northern Cape: 42

Limpopo: 35

Total: 1579

 

421 caches have been archived during 2010, which gives a netto increase of 1158 caches for the year, or 3.2 caches/day.

 

what happened in KZN & Eastern Cape between August and December - both their totals have dropped? Were many of the new caches archived?

 

Also - can you indicate the breakdown of the 421 archived caches per provine too?

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[what happened in KZN & Eastern Cape between August and December - both their totals have dropped? Were many of the new caches archived?

 

Also - can you indicate the breakdown of the 421 archived caches per provine too?

The two messages refer to two different periods - the first one was for the year September 2009 to August 2010, and the second one for January 2010 to December 2010. Remember, the numbers only show NEW caches published in that period, not the total number over all time. So it is quite possible for some provinces to show a drop, even without taking the archiving of caches into account.

 

Unfortunately I can not give you the breakdown of the archived caches; I only have the total and I can not think of an easy way to do it.

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I was explaining geocaching to a friend the other day and he asked me how many active geocachers there were in SA and what the breakdown per province is. I've no idea how one defines a cacher as "active". Maybe someone who has logged a find or placed a cache in the last three months? Is it possible to get such statistics?

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Danie, maybe I can help with the question on the archived caches. Unfortunately GSAK is at home and I am work. I do keep a list of the archived caches in a separate database.

 

I have a database called Default for any caches not found by me which is updated every Friday. If a cache is not updated during this period I then run a check on the status of the specific cache. Normally it returns as an archived cache. I then move them to the archived cache database.

 

If no one else responded then I will run a query on this archived database per province for year 2010.

 

Gerhard

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