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tb-rescue.com is offline

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tb-rescue.com service has been permanently discontinued as of January 2016. For details please see the annoucement.

Similar functionality is now provided by Project GC: .

Since Dezember 2009 tb-rescue.com helped to rescue 2311 Trackables and report 2878 trackables missing.

I would like to thank everyone who supported the project.
It was a lot of fun!

If you are interested, here is the initial Video about tb-rescue.com.
If you like fun with Trackables visit out other website tb-run.com.

Cheers,
Sascha

tb-rescue.com will be shut down

Hi all,

it was a long back and forth but finally I have decided to discontinue the service of tb-rescue.com.
(tb-run.com will be kept)

Developing and running the site was a lot of fun and the feedback from the geocaching community was really great. But on the other hand, the usage of tb-rescue went down during the last year.

Changes made by my provider are forcing me to rewrite code which I can and do not want to do at this time. Anyway tb-rescue.com was never completely „done“ and thus never left the „beta“ status.

Moving it from beta to a real service and creating a stable service would be too big at this time. This would include changing to gc.com API which would basically mean rewriting tb-rescue.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project, especially every geocache who helped the more than 2300 trackables.

With immediate effect, no new rescue requests can be created.
The domain as well as the tb-rescue banner will stay online until mid of 2016.

This decision allows me to invest my time into tb-run.com

Cheers,
Sascha

Pathtags shjpped accidentially to germany

This article is only relevant for germany.

We have produced a first amount of tb-rescue pathtags which were supposed to b offered via pathtags.com.

Now accidentially they were shipped to my home in germany – so we are doing a “garage sale” of them in germany.

New production is in progress and they will soon be offered also in the US.

tb-rescue World Record: Coin rescued after 5 years and 1 day

From time to time we receive stories from either the owner a trackable that got rescued or somebody who had a special experience while being on a rescue mission.
This one is the new world record*: The Coin was stuck in a cache for 5 years before “B4alltime” got the notification from tb-rescue.com  and went to save the Coin. But read the whole story (taken from the original with authors permission):

Found on a tb rescue mission exactly five years + one day after this coin was placed in GCHPEX, which was disabled the following day and never reactivated or found again until today.
We initially dismissed the rescue request because of the low likelihood of finding the coin after 1,827 days of being lost.

To make matters worse the State Park where this cache was placed was closed two years or more ago due to budgetary problems, so we weren’t sure whether we would be trespassing if we looked for it.

But, we love a challenge and this was a good one, so we left home 50 miles away under gray skies, wind and rain. One we arrived, access was not quite as close as we expected due to gating of the road leading to the cache, and it was raining, Nevertheless we bundled up and brought out the umbrellas and our special geocaching tool.

It was a quick hike, easy access to the old geozone but would anything be left of the old cache ? Rox was the first to notice a small, colorful decoration on the ground , below that a moldy wad of paper that might once have been a log. Nearby was a tiny toy car, so we had found the containerless cache but there was no geocoin on the ground.

So out came our special geotool the “Coinmaster 4900D“, our old metal detector. Progressively sweeping the surrounding area we found 1 to 3 inches underground
1)Several wads of aluminum foil.
2)A nail
3)A spike, probably left over from the railroad days.
4)The top of an old can.
and then…
5)China Town Geocoin. Buried in the sandy soil, its paperwork soggy and moldy, but the coin itself looked fine.

Major celebrating ensued.

And now we shall re-prepare the appropriate paperwork and try to get this nice but long-slumbering coin back on its way.

Doc&Rox

*unfortunately we did not keep the number of days that a TB was stuck in a cache before it was rescued so far. But we have never heard of any longer time than 5 years + 1 day so we will assume this IS THE CURRENT WORLD RECORD.

two new race rulesets on tb-run.com

We just activated two new race types on tb-run.com:

distance fair
In principal just as the normal distance race. But here, we only consider the first ‘placed’ log of every cacher. This prevents that cachers keeping trackables, dipping them in every cache and helping them to get high mileage. In case there is more than one log on the first day we will consider the one with the highes mileage on that day.

long jump
Also quite like the normal distance race. But if one cacher moves a TB several time we consider only the log with the highest mileage – the longest jump.
This prevents cachers keeping trackables, dipping them in every cache and helping them to get high mileage.

You can find a description of all race rules here.

A big “thank you” goes to team ‘WantedDeadOrAlive‘ for support and testing of the new rules.

In case of isses or questions please leave feedback in the blog comments or contact us at webmaster@tb-run.com.