Groundspeak Teases Us with “Action” Challenge Video
Update: Looks like the overall find count will go up when you log a challenge. [Link] (Thanks Avernar)
Groundspeak released a video on Youtube (via their Latitude 47 Blog) that describes “Action” Challenges, where a cacher will be expected to go to a certain location and perform an action of some sort. The example provided in the video is “go to a spot and play chess”. This activity, which brings back
additional logging requirements virtual caches in a slightly different way, is set to launch later this week. The smartphone apps will all be updated once it launches. Groundspeak also has a “Photo Challenge” type, that presumably requires you to take a photo in a given location (which is much more “virtual cache” like).
Take a look at the video:
Premium members will be able to create new challenges, and when you complete one you do get a “smiley”, though these will
not count toward your total geocaching finds count.
This isn’t to be confused with the already existing “Challenge Caches”, where there is a physical cache to be found but you cannot log a cache online until you meet the cache owner’s “challenge” (example: find a cache in every county of the Province, or find all difficulty/terrain combinations).
It’s Not About the Numbers also has some information on this new caching type on their blog.