Cacher World Rankings: Cue ‘Eye of the Tiger’ music…
I achieved another caching milestone today and it didn’t involve logging one cache. Well, not today anyway. According to Cacherstats.com I am now ranked among the top 200 geocachers in New Zealand for number of finds. My grand total of 504 finds has propelled me into 198th=:
Okay, so there is only 486 cachers with over 200 logged finds in New Zealand but I think this is pretty good for just under 10 months of caching. I still have a long way to go before I break into the top 100 cachers in New Zealand. Should I move to Suriname though I would automatically be the #1 cacher there…whereever that is.
I have an even longer road to get anywhere in the World Cacher rankings, being ranked 42,262. Looking at the rankings for the top cacher finders in the world is an impressive, if not scary, thing to behold. To even consider being in the top 10 you’ll need to have more than 22,490 (at the time of writing). To be the number 1 geocache finder in the world you’d need to beat Alamogul’s total of 44,964. A world top 100 ranking requires 11,669+ (something no New Zealand cacher is close to achieving now).
What’s interesting when you look through the profiles of the world’s top cachers is the number of them who are retired. If you want to be at the top you need dedicate yourself to caching ALL…THE…TIME. Plus have the funds to pay for your travel etc. So it’s no surprise the majority are white, middle-class Americans in retirement.
Now I am quite obsessed passionate about geocaching and whilst I am very clear ‘it’s not about the numbers’ I do get a great deal of enjoyment out of achieving milestones and looking at the stats. And I do like the thought of climbing up the ladder, even if it is little old New Zealand. But I really cannot fathom what life is like for these people at the top who live and breathe finding geocaches. How much enjoyment do they get out of exploring and learning about new areas when they are slamming through 30+ caches in a day? My highest daily total is 22 and I didn’t really enjoy the caching that much, so I was glad they were all drive-by 200ml systemas. I’d sooner walk for at least 15 minutes, preferably bush bashing, before coming across a nice big cache in a beautiful spot I haven’t been before. What’s even better is revisiting those places, not to geocache but to just spend time, have a picnic, give back to nature or just rest and relax.
So, I’m glad I’m a New Zealand Geocacher – a place where being in the top 100 doesn’t mean giving up all tree huggy aspects of geocaching!
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