February 29, 2012 marks the third Leap Day since the inception of Geocaching.com back in 2001. To celebrate this special occasion, the website has posed a challenge to their users - to beat the previous record of logged caches in a single day.
On the last Leap Day, which occurred on February 29, 2008, a total of 36,696 separate accounts logged an "Attended" or "Found It" on a cache. With the exponential growth seen in the geocaching community since 2008, the number of accounts to log a cache is expected to increase significantly this year.
The current record of logged caches in one day, 78,313, happened on the tenth anniversary of the first geocache, October 10, 2010 or 10/10/10. However, since that day was a Sunday and February 29th is a Wednesday, the record may not be broken. Either way, Geocaching.com is hoping to come close.
Geocaches are located in all areas, from the most metropolitan cities to the northernmost backwoods. Even though the date is in the middle of the week, most geocachers should be able to locate one cache to help make Leap Day 2012 a success. Geocachers who do log a cache will receive a Leap Day Souvenir in their profile and be able to fill the 366th day of geocaching square on their calendar!