Milestones of Geocaching on Guam

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1. January 26, 2002 - Two Lovers Point, a virtual cache by MNMartian is the first cache recorded on Guam.

2. December 31, 2002 - At the end of the year, there were 11 caches on Guam (2 would later be archived at the beginning of 2007).

3. December 31, 2003 - At the end of the year, there were 13 caches on Guam (2 new caches were added in 2003).

4. December 31, 2004 - At the end of the year, there were 15 caches on Guam (2 new caches were added in 2004).

5. December 31, 2005 - At the end of the year, there were 16 caches on Guam (3 new caches added with 1 one of them being archived 6 months later and another cache from 2004 being archived).

6. December 31, 2006 - At the end of the year, there were 16 caches on Guam (no new caches added).

7. January 1, 2007 - May 31, 2007 - 5 new caches added and 2 were archived for a total of 19 caches on Guam.

8. October 11, 2007 - The number of caches has doubled to 38 since June 1, 2007 marking a goal set by Blygoat.

9. October 21, 2007 - Three pages of caches are available thanks to hides from brunz_backpack and hawkerpilot!

10. November 7, 2007 - A half page article about geocaching on Guam appears in the Marianas Variety. Included was a picture of Mrs. Blygoat, Curtz311, West#1 and Zoonr at the peak of Mt. Lamlam (Highest Cache on Guam).

11. November 9, 2007 - Blygoat does a half hour interview with Cindy Hansen on K57 Radio regarding geocaching on Guam.

12. November 18, 2007 - The Pirates Lair hidden by brunz_backpack is the 50th cache on Guam!

13. December 1, 2007 - The first event ever held on Guam is a Flash Mob Event at Skinner Plaza.

14. December 31, 2007 - At the end of the year, there were 70 caches on Guam (54 new caches and 2 events were added in 2007, 2 caches from 2002 were archived).

15. January 9, 2008 - An article about geocaching on Guam appears in the Pacific Daily News.

16. January 25, 2008 - Three new caches added which means there are officially 101 caches on Guam the day before the CITO Event!

17. January 26, 2008 - Guam's first CITO Event is held at Asan Beach Park.

18. February 29, 2008 - Yona's Own Cache by cjpinaula is the 150th cache published on Guam!

19. March 25, 2008 - As of this date, there are 175 caches on Guam.

20. April 25, 2008 - Survivor: Outwit, Outlast, Outcache by mjw71772 is the 200th cache on Guam!

21. May 6, 2008 - 2 new caches by Ungkulu and a new cache by Jimp59 makes 220 caches on Guam! That's 201 more caches than a year ago and 150 more since January 1, 2008! What an accomplishment!

22. May 29, 2008 - Always Pointing North by Zheng He (aka mjw71772) is the 250th cache on Guam!

23. July 12, 2008 - The Guam Geocoin is introduced at the Guam Geocoin Event at GPO. Thanks to Jebest and everyone for their hard work on designing and producing this coin!

24. July 14, 2008 - A Rock and A View = #50 is the 300th cache on Guam and Jimp59's 50th cache! Congratulations to Jimp59 for the double honor!

25. July 23, 2008 - GuamGeocachers.com website is launched.

26. September 16, 2008 - Hide & Seek by Wandahfoh is the 350th cache on Guam!

27. December 5, 2008 - Yona 9 by Bug B is the 400th cache on Guam, just 8 days before the Happy Holidays Meet and Greet Event by Dawgdoc1.

28. December 31, 2008 - We ended the year with 412 caches on Guam and just over 700,000 caches in the world. At the end of last year, there were 70 caches on Guam and 500,000 caches overall. So, caches on Guam grew 588% while caches in the world increased by 40%. Not bad for such a small island!

29. January 8, 2009 - John Davis, reporter for KUAM TV8 spent some time with Jimp59 and Blygoat learning about geocaching for a short segment featured on the KUAM news broadcast that evening. Caches featured were "The Chocolate House" and "Blygoat's Wonder of the Pacific".

30. March 5, 2009 - It's UP to You! by Dawgdoc1 is the 450th cache on Guam, 2 days before the Dawg Gone Event Extravaganza by Dawgdoc1!

31. April 11, 2009 - "Fonte Dam" by Jimp59 is the 475th cache on Guam.

32. June 14, 2009 - "Ferdinan's Tank Stop" by Geofreqman is the 500th cache on Guam! This means that those who have GPS's that will only accept 500 waypoints will now have to delete some of the caches on their GPS's to make room for the newer caches. HUGE milestone for our small island. I couldn't have imagined that this day would have come just a short two years ago! This is also less than a month before our next event CITO in the South by Rhodesisland and Lilmsmuffet being held on July 11, 2009.

33. November 4, 2009 - "7 Sentries" by Geofreqman is the 525th cache on Guam! There have been quite a few caches that were archived from being muggled so this milestone took a bit longer to reach. This was also Geofreqman's 51st hide and came in 10 days before our next WWFM VI Event. It's amazing how events and milestones seem to coincide with each other!

34. January 10, 2010 - "Who offed the kandet?" by Maga'haga is the 550th cache on Guam! With the addidtion of Team Maga'haga, Team Duckhunters and others, new life has been injected into the Guam Geocachers community. The bar of geocaching on Guam has just been raised and we should see every nook and cranny on Guam being peppered with caches!

35. January 22, 2010 - Geocaching on Guam was once again featured on "Tech This Out" on the Channel 8 and 11 news today. This was a replay of the feature that was done with John Davis, reporter for KUAM TV8 and Jimp59 and Blygoat. The original video can be viewed by clicking on "Videos" in the menu on the right of your screen.

36. March 8, 2010 - Over 1 million active caches are listed on Geocaching.com - Congratulations to Groundspeak on this huge milestone! You can view the press release by clicking here.

37. May 1, 2010 - "10 Years - Guam, USA", an event hosted by Blygoat is the 600th cache on Guam and his 100th hide. This event cache celebrates the 10th anniversary of geocaching and was done along with hundreds of others around the world.

38. October 10, 2010 - Geocaching hit another milestone on this date, when the geocaching community broke a record. 78,313 separate Geocaching.com accounts logged a cache in a 24-hour period, blasting through the previous record of 56,654 accounts.

39. December 31, 2010 - Guam has 630 active caches at the end of 2010.

40. June 1, 2011 - Marine Drive Magazine (MDM) publishes an article on geocaching on Guam. You can view the online version of MDM by clicking here.

41. December 17, 2011 - Blygoat, Wandahfoh, Jimp59, Rx Budd, Rhodesisland, Bookfreak, Kindercacher, Geobug and Carriboo participated in the island-wide ROTC event at Gabgab Beach on Naval Station. A total of 150 cadets were introduced to geocaching and had the opportunity to find 15 event-only caches as part of their experience.

42. December 28, 2011 - The Guam Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts participate in a scavenger hunt around the UOG area which included 10 geocaches. Blygoat did a short presentation on geocaching at the beginning of the event.

43. December 31, 2011 - 53 new caches were published during 2011 and we ended the year with 634 caches on Guam. Reaching 650 caches has proven to be elusive as many caches were archived this year. Congratulations to guamgirl 46 on being the Top Finder for the year with 211 finds!

44. June 29, 2012 - DDRAMS and son, Oki-dude, are cachers from Okinawa visiting Guam. They have a goal of finding 100 caches in one day and it becomes known as the "100 Cache Dash". They meet up with Blygoat and begin caching at 7:45 am and hit cache number 102 at 6:15 pm. 10.0 hours of straight caching with a half hour break in between, they averaged 10 caches per hour or one cache every six minutes. DDRAMS and Oki-dude did a great job of preparing for this journey by solving most of Guam's puzzle caches before they came, creating their own GPX file for the Garmin, and having a great attitude during the day. They were rewarded with a Guam Geocacher's T-shirt, pen and geocoin for their efforts. DDRAMS surpassed his previous high of 42 caches found in one day and 87 caches found in a week! He almost matched his most finds in one calendar month of 108 caches. Congratulations and great job!

45. October 2, 2012 - It's taken awhile but we finally hit 650 caches on Guam! CrippledGoose has been on a roll and his cache, "Share the Road" is officially number 650 on Guam. Congratulations and TFTC!

46. December 12, 2012 - The Guam Geocachers participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event with a goal of placing 12 caches to be published on this date. 13 caches were actually published and the FTF rush was on! Of the 13 caches, Matzers had 9 FTF's (a new record for Guam caches) and Blygoat/Wandahfoh ended up with the other 4. Thanks to Geofreqman for placing 4 caches, Rhodesisland had 2, GuamGirl46 placed 2, TahoeGuam hid 2, Matzers came in with 2 and KK_kk had 1. All who found a cache on this day were awarded with the 12/12/12 souvenir!

47. December 31, 2012 - For the end of 2012, there were a total of 657 active caches on Guam, only 23 more than last year due to the number of caches being archived during the year. "Top Hider" for the year was Geofreqman with 28 hides. The "Top Finder" for the year was Matzers with 309 finds. The "Top Cache" found during the year was Japanese Two-Man Submarine with 34 finds. For the record, there were 108 new caches put out during the year by 18 geocachers. There were 4057 finds logged by 227 different cachers. There were 524 of our 657 caches that were found this year. These stats do not include those caches that were found but never logged. Let's see what 2013 brings!

48. February 28, 2013 - There are officially 2 million active caches! The 2 millionth active geocache was published on February 28 at approximately 5:11am Seattle time. It’s located in Australia. The 2 millionth active geocache is Overwatch #1 (GC46N4E). The traditional geocache is rated a terrain 3.5, difficulty 3.5 and promises to take geocachers to a lookout over the city of Alice Springs. Guam has 664 caches and is ranked 43rd out of 222 countries in the world with active caches.

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