Walking on water geohash achievement

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This user earned the Walking on water geohash achievement
by reaching the ({{{latitude}}}, {{{longitude}}}) water geohash on [[{{{date}}} {{{latitude}}} {{{longitude}}}|{{{date}}}]] on foot. Yes, on foot.

Qualify for this achievement when you are present at a geohash while on foot, on the surface of a body of water. The usual way to accomplish this will be in the winter, when the water is frozen, but that does not prohibit other means of fulfilling the letter of the achievement, such as floating shoes, waterskiing or extreme religious faith.

The body of water has to be of sufficient depth and size to qualify as a Water Geohash. However, while it is okay to arrive at the geohash by snowmobile or other vehicle, you must leave your vehicle and be supported on the surface without its help.

A snowpack, glacier, or icy sidewalk does not qualify as a body of water. Being on foot doesn't preclude footwear. (Although I'll be impressed if you stand on ice barefoot). Innovative footwear that consists of two separate devices, one for each foot, and designed to be worn on the feet qualifies. Standing with one foot in each of two boats does not count as footwear.


Disclaimer: When any coordinates generated by the Geohashing algorithm fall within a dangerous area, are inaccessible, or would require illegal trespass, DO NOT attempt to reach them. Please research each potential location before attempting to access it. You are expected to use proper judgment in all cases and are solely responsible for your own actions. See more guidelines.

Walking on frozen surfaces can be very dangerous. Do not venture onto a frozen surface unless you are sure that it can support the weight of you and your gear. Be aware of basic ice self-rescue. If a member of your party falls through, do not go on the ice to rescue them. Extend a rope, ski, tree branch or other object for them to grab.


To claim this achievement, please provide on your expedition page

  • the usual proof of achieving the geohash
  • a picture of the geohasher standing at the geohash
  • evidence that the spot is a body of water

In winter it is often difficult to tell that you are on water even when you are there, so it's certainly difficult to convey in a photo. The third point of proof can be achieved if Google Maps or other map shows the location in water, or if sufficient snow is removed to show the frozen surface of the body of water.