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Caching => General Caching => Topic started by: Bear and Ragged on June 21, 2014, 03:10:18 pm

Title: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Bear and Ragged on June 21, 2014, 03:10:18 pm
(http://www.geocaching.com/images/WptTypes/virtual_72.gif)

How many Grandfathered virtual caches still remain worldwide?

4,791

According to Moun10Bike
Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:36 PM
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: walktall on June 21, 2014, 03:49:27 pm
That's one type of cache I always have on my map, so if I pass close, I go and find it.

Found two this week just gone, not yet log yet  :)

Lady Chatterley's Cache (http://coord.info/GCG0G7) and

Help! Peter's in the Rushes. (S Notts) (http://coord.info/GC1C55) which claims to be "UKs 4th oldest Virtual, Englands 3rd oldest" placed: 12 Sept 2001
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Griff Grof on June 21, 2014, 06:10:36 pm
I don't think that I've found a virtual since the Geolympix 11 in 11 two years ago  :o

But it is a cache type I enjoy finding, and I think that them being Grandfathered assures us that the 4,791 remaining are at truly special locations.

I still wish they'd allow them to be submitted and reviewed specially like Earthcaches, as there are some spots which are notable and worthy of a cache, but there's no where to place a container.

I actually can't think of a virtual ever being archived - surely they can't, as most locations stay forever  ???
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Gackt on June 21, 2014, 08:50:59 pm
I have only found 12 virtuals to date. All of them have been in really interesting locations. I have to say truthfully that Avebury Stone Circle (Wilts) (http://coord.info/GC1B78) wasn't best one out of the few in that area though. The same day I found the close by Silbury Hill, Avebury (Wiltshire) (http://coord.info/GCJVC5) and West Kennett Longbarrow (Wilts) (http://coord.info/GC6A05) which were two outstanding locations. The longbarrow was the largest I have ever been in. The walk to the Stone Circle was nice and passed quite a few stones, but the final location was a little disappointing, but I may just of felt this because of the awesomeness of the other two I had done earlier that day.

Virtuals do get archived. I was a little sad that one of the closest to my home location was not long ago, Glawster Central (http://coord.info/GCJ91A). Does anyone else know of any that were archived and why?
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: walktall on June 21, 2014, 10:30:22 pm
I've now found 59 Virtuals, hope to find many more ;D

 

Virtuals I've done now archived -

UK - County Compass - South (Bucks) (http://coord.info/GCK9TW) was

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One of a series of four caches placed at the geographical extremities of Buckinghamshire

but

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As the final cache location has been permanently compromised, the point in having this cache no longer exists and as I don't consider it worthy of being a stand-alone cache I'm archiving it


Glawster Central (http://coord.info/GCJ91A)

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Well 10 years is a good innings for any cache but I think this one has run its course. Thanks for all the logs over the years ...

Very poor reason why this was archived :(



Hungarian - Hungarian House of Parliament (http://coord.info/GCDC26)

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It's a translation of a geocache listed at geocaching.hu, and doesn't exists anymore. I adopted the cache at the hungarian site, and I changed its type to traditional box. I like to report it as a new cache, because I can't get in contact with the owner to adopt it.



Locationless Virtual !! - Fast Forward - Such den Bulli (http://coord.info/GCKTK0)

German translation (12 Oct 11 archive log):

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Whenever many people come together, will necessarily increase the number of full posts. When geocaching which is quite obviously agrees.
For each cache has its time. Especially the time when he has to go to the archive, because the mass of "geocachers", which has brought with it the unspeakable Geohype the past few years, can not handle it.
Morning, the cache would have been seven years old. Before he is still nursing care, he gets the coup de grace today.

Now the idiots hear of you hopefully finally on to parts rumzufingern on the bus and destroy them, where "<- 230 cm GC" is.
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: L8HNB on June 21, 2014, 11:39:59 pm
We've got 19, but most were pretty average!  The ones we particularly remember are:
GCKYTO - such a shame its archived, we met them twice, lovely couple!
GC553C - a stunning old chapel in Dorset.
GCG8BA - a bit of road in Ayrshire that is not what it seems, a deffo visit if you're going to this years Mega...
GC5EF5 - a bit of a hoot in Galloway, you need to visit it to believe it...
The YOSM (GC45CC) cache we have done, but only once as it screws the GC figures up!
If they are about we will always go for them though....
 ;D H
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Bear and Ragged on June 22, 2014, 01:14:17 pm
Some numbers.
(After all, it IS all about the numbers!  :D)

UK Virts still active. 192

UK Virts I have found 33
excludes YOSM  with 6 Finds

3 at the moment have Temporary Disabled on them. The longest one Finsbury Circus, due to Boris and TFL with the construction of the new London Cross Rail project. Last found Nov 2011.

Have a list of 18 Archived...
Either area has changed significantly, CO has given up and archives - or reviewer archives due to armchair logs and CO not logging in to carry out maintenance.


* There are 1 or 2 caches called Virts, but are listed as Traditionals, due to going missing very early on in the game...
They seem to be surviving, probably due to their age, and no-one is kicking up a fuss.
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: gaz_zippy on June 23, 2014, 09:37:27 am
I have found 83 virtual caches, although 25 of those are YOSM finds. I have found virtual caches in five countries too.

Sherlock 7 - The booty! (GC2828) (http://coord.info/GC2828) Is a micro, but it has six feeder caches all listed as multi caches but are in fact virtual caches.


One of my favourties:
University Challenge 5 (munch munch) (GCHXGP) (http://coord.info/GCHXGP)

One of the strangest:
Virtually On The Beach (Southport) (GCEED9) (http://coord.info/GCEED9)
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Griff Grof on June 23, 2014, 10:53:17 am
I think I've only found 7 Virtual caches  :o :o :o :o - which surprises me, as it is one of my favourite cache types! Considering all Virtual cache types, I have still only found 19  :-\ Looks like I have a new focus!  :D

My favourite was my first Barcelona (http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5A26_barcelona), and I agree with @SangueG that Avebury Stone Circle Wilts (http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1B78_avebury-stone-circle-wilts)' GZ wasn't quite as nice as the route to it and the surrounding area- I still think it's a great virtual, though!

Question... have reviewers not picked up on Virtuals listed as other cache types??!!  ???
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Bear and Ragged on June 23, 2014, 11:33:55 am
Question... have reviewers not picked up on Virtuals listed as other cache types??!!  ???

They probably have.
But if there's no problem with the cache, and no ones kicks up a fuss, why start making waves?
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: walktall on June 23, 2014, 11:41:19 am

Question... have reviewers not picked up on Virtuals listed as other cache types??!!  ???

They probably have.
But if there's no problem with the cache, and no ones kicks up a fuss, why start making waves?

Just don't tell GS - they might kick up a fuss :(
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: walktall on June 23, 2014, 12:13:14 pm
Two of my 59 are YOSM's

And these are my international finds:
2 in Prague
2 in Venice
1 in Eire
13 in Budapest  :o
1 locationless but based in Germany, found near Fort William
1 in Tenerife
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Griff Grof on June 24, 2014, 10:05:15 am
Out of interest, does anyone know who's found the most virtuals in the UK?
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: gaz_zippy on June 24, 2014, 10:51:17 am
UK Based Finders of ALL Virtuals (http://project-gc.com/TopFinders/top/?profile_country=United+Kingdom&type%5B%5D=Virtual+Cache&fromyyyy=2000&frommm=1&fromdd=1&toyyyy=2014&tomm=12&todd=31&submit=Filter)

UK Based Finders of UK Only Virtuals (http://project-gc.com/TopFinders/top/?profile_country=United+Kingdom&country=United+Kingdom&type%5B%5D=Virtual+Cache&fromyyyy=2000&frommm=1&fromdd=1&toyyyy=2014&tomm=12&todd=31&submit=Filter)

The above does include YOSM finds too...
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Bear and Ragged on June 24, 2014, 11:45:46 am
Top 20 YOSM finders.

(http://www.yosm.org.uk/yosm_finds_top20.png)
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: btco on June 25, 2014, 11:06:06 pm
Have just found our first virtual cache at the weekend

University Challenge 5 (munch munch) (GCHXGP)

Didnt have time to get around to any others as we were in Oxford mainly to do the Stenography caches was going to do the Swing Low and Swing Lower caches but as had the kids with us good job I didn't.

Shame that you cant create them anymore as there is a few good locations near to us that would make good virtuals.
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: Bear and Ragged on June 26, 2014, 12:38:31 pm
Shame that you cant create them any more as there is a few good locations near to us that would make good virtuals.

Can't create them?
Not on Groundspeak. But you can on other sites!

Swing Low Virtual is fairly easy to do, and no problem with younger cachers... Just the walk to get to it!
I filled in the time between trains to get the cache.

(It was being announced as due to leave as I was buying my ticket. I refuse to run for a train. Especially if I can fill the hour between trains with a cache and a coffee!)
Title: Re: Virtual caches remaining
Post by: gaz_zippy on December 24, 2014, 12:04:46 pm
Found my 99th and 100th Groundspeak listed Virtual Caches over the last couple of days (although 34 of this total are Ye Ole Survey Monument 'finds')

Pump house (N Yorks) (http://coord.info/GCBDA5)
A Moravian Walk (W Yorks) (http://coord.info/GC2486)