Once you’ve got a good handle on the basics of geocaching and the initial elation of simply finding a cache – any cache – subsides somewhat, many cachers seek out ways to challenge themselves to keep the game interesting. This can be a personal target you set yourself or can involve working towards a particular challenge cache. At the moment, many geocachers are taking part in a different type of challenge set out by Geocaching HQ: Planetary Pursuits.
I started working on this challenge the day it went live: the combination of it being a public holiday and thus a day off work and the lure of 10 souvenirs was too much for me to ignore, so I had to at least attempt it! After successfully managing to get 110 points on the board that day, and being fleetingly delighted to have earned 6 out of 10 available souvenirs, I had a moment of fear and then sadness that I probably perhaps won’t be able to get to 500 by April 8th. This got me thinking about the roller coaster of emotions that attempting geocaching challenges can be…
Yes! I am so excited to do this challenge! Finally something to really work towards. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but it will feel so amazing if/when I can achieve it!
Now that I’m looking at the requirements again though, can I honestly do this? How will I have the time? What if I need to travel to complete some elements? I don’t think I can do it.
I’m definitely not going to be able to do this. Why did I even start?
Why do they make these challenges so difficult anyway? It’s outrageous! And another thing: why am I so worried about actually doing the challenge when there are people out there armchair logging and throwing caches down to complete it?!
I’m not going to finish this challenge. I am a crap geocacher.
Hold on…. if I just go on that trail of caches and climb that mountain, maybe I will finish this challenge, if I can find all the caches on my list. Maybe it’s not as out of reach as I thought it was!
Yes! I’ve done it! I can’t believe it but I’ve done it! I have achieved what I thought was nigh-on impossible! Now, what’s the next challenge?
How do you feel about challenges and what are you working on right now?
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