It IS all About the Numbers (Sometimes)!

1 10 2009

One of the comments I got on my post about finding cache #20,000 was what some of my statistics look like. I ran an “all finds” pocket query, and asked f0t0m0m to run it through his GSAK (Geocaching Swiss Army Knife) program. Some of the results are fun, some are just, er… boring… but here’s what 20,000 caches looks like all taken apart.

First of all, my yearly average, which I’ll compute myself:

I started at the end of May, 2003, for 6 years, 4 months of caching is 3,158 finds per annum. This is also about 263 per month and almost 61 per week. Now that’s not TOO crazy, is it? Ha…..

OK, as most of you know, the most I’ve found in a day with a team is 413. I also found 111 solo with no lifelines and 16 DNFs a couple of years ago in Escondido in about 16 hours. That was a “I’m glad there are so many light pole caches here” kind of day!

The furthest away I’ve been caching so far is in Sweden (the one listed below is an old armchair cache). The highest up is 14,252 feet on the summit of White Mountain in the Eastern Sierras.

Here are my milestone caches and the intervals between them:

Milestone

Date

Interval

Code

Cache Name

1

05/24/2003

GCG1MP

Old Saw Mill

1000

02/07/2004

259 days

GCHKQ8

Milestones

2000

06/07/2004

121 days

GCB38F

A Quick Score

3000

08/16/2004

70 days

GCJWTH

Road to Nowhere

4000

12/18/2004

124 days

GCM9XH

Voce Dorata

5000

04/18/2005

121 days

GCMKG9

VK’s Tax Payment #1

6000

07/11/2005

84 days

GCN6HM

UNR

7000

12/26/2005

168 days

GCPNWZ

Lily Pad

8000

05/18/2006

143 days

GCRDHP

Rainbow’s end

9000

07/19/2006

62 days

GCX7MR

101 View aka “EMC’s 9000th”

10000

09/09/2006

52 days

GCX3BW

SCG GeoFest 2006

11000

01/12/2007

125 days

GCWZKE

I Think You’re Tops

12000

04/15/2007

93 days

GC11EWX

Trinity

13000

07/06/2007

82 days

GCPQQB

Baker’s Dozen #5

14000

11/04/2007

121 days

GC12RR2

South Hills Park #2

15000

03/01/2008

118 days

GC19QHZ

Triple Crown Road

16000

06/10/2008

101 days

GC1CD17

City in Transition #03

17000

10/09/2008

121 days

GC1GCWF

OCTSOC

18000

01/19/2009

102 days

GC1J5XC

One Heck of a Gecko

19000

07/12/2009

174 days

GC1HWFQ

Posted

20000

09/19/2009

69 days

GC1RGH9

MAtM25 Skylarking Lars

76 Diff/Terr combinations found, out of 81
2051 (10.1%) finds were rated with Diff or Terr of 3 or greater

I like the following table in particular. The only way to find so many is if LOTS and LOTS are hidden! Many thanks to these and ALL of you cache hiders!

Number

Percent

1 – Wheeler Dealers

556

2.76 %

2 – f0t0m0m

251

1.24 %

3 – MightyDee

245

1.21 %

4 – UNCLEJON91 (JONEDI)

238

1.18 %

5 – agouracharger

225

1.11 %

6 – ventura_kids

181

0.89 %

7 – HaZzMaTt…

171

0.85 %

8 – Team Nohoch

165

0.82 %

9 – MaxGold

150

0.74 %

10 – fresgo

150

0.74 %

10 – ShowStop

129

0.64 %

12 – mondou2

128

0.63 %

13 – Yosemite John and …

127

0.63 %

14 – Joshua Tree Bonnie…

124

0.61 %

15 – imusttravel2000

122

0.60 %

16 – capdude

115

0.57 %

17 – Castle Man

113

0.56 %

18 – FishPOET

110

0.54 %

19 – Dooley Noted

106

0.52 %

20 – team 9-er

104

0.51 %

These didn’t make it to the top:

mamaloo (96)

TheDeviousMaxPower (96)

twopoms (96)

OLdweeb (95)

mshock (91)

Team Geo-Rangers (89)

chaosmanor (86)

Don_J (84)

Lyndy (82)

Sandbassking & Queen (82)

Team Perks (80)

PurpHaze (79)

GeoCraig (78)

campyc (77)

PackerTrekkers (76)

Terra Girl (75)

TRUROKR (73)

redwoodcanoe (72)

Thudpucker (72)

Firehouse16 (68)

EMC has also found caches placed by 3664 other people

More fun numbers:

Total cache-to-cache distance:

539441 km, Note: excludes locationless caches.
13.47Earth Circumnavigation,
1.403Distance to the Moon

Maximum distance in a day:

17953 km, on 05/24/2005Note: excludes locationless caches.

Nearest cache found:

What is the Name? GC14QKY

Furthest cache found:

9444.91 km, Go Trabi, go GCMFNK

Most Northerly cache found:

N 64° 50.741, Black & White & Red All Over GCKK54

Most Southerly cache found:

N 29° 01.458, The Postcard Cache GC9660

Most Easterly cache found:

E 13° 45.289, Go Trabi, go GCMFNK

Most Westerly cache found:

W 149° 56.537, Anchorage TB Drop GCNN27

Cache centroid:

N 35° 27.889 W 116° 46.623 MapNote: excludes locationless caches.

Youngest cache found:

09/26/2009, Frozen Flash Mob III GC1W880

Oldest cache found:

08/16/2000, Lake Lanier GC21

Caches found which are now archived:

8257 (41.0 %)

Log Length, words:

Average: 28, Longest: GCGX16561, Shortest: GC1N9741

I’m still missing 16 US states and about 1/3 of the Southern California Delorme challenge (GC18M1N), even though I have found a cache in every county in California. This alone means there are still more caches to find and still reasons to find them… and NOT just the numbers!

Here’s to the adventures that hide in these statistics! Where to next? Around the corner? Around the world?

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3 responses

1 10 2009
FSU*Noles / Ken

Awesome, congrats again Elin! I like the video of find #20,000 – I especially like the lil’ squeal of delight when you saw it! ^_^ Here’s to the next 20k!

6 10 2009
Thudpucker

I am famous I made EMC’s blog.

14 10 2009
Don

All I know, is that I sat at the top of EL INDIO AMIZONICO!, (GCHF87) with you. Anyone that goes after this and the “Scab Island” cache, as well as climbs Whites Mountain and Mt. Shasta, is certainty in it for the adventure. You’ve had a lot of adventures and I for one, appreciate the way that you share them on your blog.

It was fun hiking with you last Saturday.

Don

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