The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.) 2015 kicks officially kicks off on August 1.
Every year hunt founder and “Supernatural” star Misha Collins strives to make G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. bigger and better than the year before, but his ultimate fantasy is for the scavenger hunt to become nationally recognized.
“I have this fantasy that someday G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. will be a national holiday, or at the very least that the roads will be really quiet during G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. because everyone is at home trying to make the stuff,” Collins tells Zap2it. “I want some actual national impact from the hunt, or people plan their vacation around it. ‘No, I can’t go that week because I have G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.'”
While no one is officially getting the day off from work for G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., Collins has already achieved a global and intergalactic impact.
“Last year, NASA named a mountain on Mars G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. So now astronauts have to say, ‘Oh, I’m looking at the rocky outcrop two and a half kilometers south of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.,’ which is just so awesome,” Collins says.
Hopefully, that reach will expand to a different part of space, as Collins and his team have already had a meeting with NASA to discuss participating in the 2015 hunt.
“I think this year we’re going to try to create another space item or two,” he says. “We’ve actually already been over to the Jefferson Laboratory and talked to some NASA folks about the hunt and we’re really excited about what could happen.”
Those who want to take a crack at the new challenges have until July 20 to sign up on the website, either with pre-selected teams or solo. (Individual participants will be matched up into teams by the G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. organizers.) Collins has a few tips for newcomers before the hunt actually begins.
“The best thing to prepare is to get a little sleep in advance, carb load and then just prepare to have fun and surprise yourself by the things that you can accomplish,” he says. “One of the most fun things for me is to see people just push outside of their comfort zone and do things they never imagined they would do — and have so much fun doing it.”