Hi everyone, it’s Phyllis here. I hope you’ve been enjoying playing ‘Where’s Jaspa?’ over the last couple of weeks. I know Jaspa’s not planning on writing a blog today, so I thought I’d sneak in to tell you about a geocaching milestone he and UBtastic (that’s Rich and Sue, for those that don’t know) achieved this afternoon.
Near where we live, most geocachers have heard of a self-named geocache called ‘Tequila: 81 Proof’ (GC11PZW). This cache challenges cachers to find every possible combination of difficulty and terrain, 81 pairings in total, and so complete the ‘grid’.
In truth, 81 Proof is based on an older cache called ‘Well Rounded Cacher (The Fizzy Challenge)’ (GC11E8N) – or the Califizzy, for short – which was hidden over a year earlier, in April 2007. In both cases, caches used towards your grid must pre-date the challenge itself, which makes the Califizzy that much harder to achieve.
But after four continents, 36 countries, eight Canadian provinces and 49 US states, Jaspa and UBtastic finally fulfilled the necessary requirements to claim the Califizzy. And today, in a redwood forest on Pine Mountain near San Francisco, after a hike of two miles, climbing 1000 feet, in temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), they achieved their goal.
PS – Jaspa and UBtastic also came close to reaching another milestone today, ending the day with a total of 4999 caches found. Hopefully, they’ll break the 5000 barrier in the morning!