The-Eaves Posted July 15, 2011 Share Posted July 15, 2011 While undertaking Frodo's Journey with Zambesiboy and company I discovered that other local cachers have also pondered the idea of a challenge cache! Although I doubt such a radical addition would be embraced by GC.com I think a discussion could be fun (and perhaps yield something in future)... A challenge cache, perhaps the symbol could be a trophy, would be a physical cache hidden in the vicinity of the listing location (something like a mystery cache), the exact coordinates to which you are only able to unlock once you have found caches which meet certain statistical criteria... Those who design a challenge cache would have some tools with which to define the criteria for challenge. Some examples: 1) A demarcated area - find x number of caches in Table Mountain National Park - The CO would use a tool to draw a line around the park. 2) Number of caches per unit time - find more than 5 caches within the center of Cape Town in 24 hours - CO would specify the center of Cape Town and a radius... 3) Altitude - Find the 5 highest caches in the Western Cape - Altitudes for each cache could be read off the Google Terrain map and used for these statistics 4) Complete the Shipwreck Series - CO can specify specific caches which must be completed to unlock the challenge I'm sure more can be thought of... How the interface could look: You see a challenge cache listed on the map in a location you are willing to visit (as with a mystery cache)... The criteria for the cache are displayed, and perhaps even your progress towards completion of the challenge. E.g You have found 14 of 92 in the Shipwreck Series (4 disabled)... The statistics generating capabilities of the site are displayed on many cachers' profile pages already! When you have met the criteria it would unlock the cache which could be any of the cache types... Possible problems: You would need to use the caches placed by others to satisfy your challenge criteria... If a cache were to be disabled it could perhaps just fall away from the criteria? / or the challenge could be disabled? The tools may be difficult to use... Ok this is all I have thought of.... Quote Link to comment
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