On August 18, 2011, Groundspeak finally gave us what many have been asking for for years and that is the “return of virtuals”. These new virtuals are known as Geocaching Challenges, not to be confused with Challenge Caches.

“Go somewhere, do something. That is the basic idea behind Geocaching Challenges. You might be challenged to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, sing a song in the middle of Times Square, or take a picture of yourself walking through the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.”

There are 2 forms of challenges:
Location-specific Challenges – similar to the virtual caches of the past. Anyone can create these types of challenges and need to be tied to a specific location.
Worldwide Challenges – similar to locationless caches of the past. Only groundspeak can create these types of challenges. These can be completed anywhere in the world.

For each of the above forms of challenges, there are currently 2 types which are Action Challenges and Photo Challenges, with more being planned.

After just a week since being released, with the amount of participation in both creating and completing challenges, Groundspeak clearly will experience much success with this new feature as more and more people give it a try. Do you have a location that you would like to share with people? Why not create a quality Challenge to bring people to that location. Or just see what challenges are around you and accept and complete those. Currently premium members can create one Location-specific Challenge per 24 hr period.

To get started, visit Also be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions to get a good understand ofhow Challenges work. You can also get more information from the Groundspeak Knowledgebase.  Are you still unsure about GeocachingChallenges and want to know more and find out what the founders of geocaching have to say, then be sure to listen to this entire podcast Every Location an Adventure which will give you a lot of information about Challenges and how and why they became to be.

About res2100

I have been geocaching since 2002 and have enjoyed over 12000 geocache finds and 300 hides since then. I continue to be an active member of the geocaching community and keep the creativity, fun and uniqueness in geocaching within Ontario through the caches I place, the events I host, the adventures I organize.
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