BB's Geocaching Made Simple
New Geocachers - this game is based on leaving something of equal or greater value, so if you take something - leave something. Always bring cool items to trade and bring something of real worth in case you find something really cool and you take it. Read the Geocachers Creed.
- After you've found a cache, go online to geocaching.com and write a log. Resist the temptation to type TFTC (Thanks for the cache), but instead write something meaningful about your experience at this particular cache.
- If you visit a cache and can't find it, log it in as a DNF (Did Not Find). Many many experienced cachers have trouble finding a cache. Be honest about it.
- If you find a Travel Bug, Geocoin or any other trackable item, do not keep it, but move it to another cache and log it in - or best of all, leave it in the cache and log it as DISCOVERED! You get credit for the trackable and you don't have to relocate it..
- Take care to hide the cache back right where you found it and camouflage it so muggles (non-players) do not find it.
- Don't stick your hand any place you can't see - use your walking stick to probe for snakes.
- If you own a kayak or canoe, there are many geocaches hid on local waterways.
- If you decide to hide a cache, wait until you have found about 50 or 60 before you attempt it so you learn the ropes. When placing a cache, avoid the temptation to hide a Micro in the bushes next to a 7-11 or restaurant, etc. These are known as high muggle areas. Be creative, do your homework, and place one somewhere which requires the finder to do a hike, visit a historical area or place of interest. In other words, send a person on an adventure, not a visit to the Home Depot parking lot.
These notes from Geocaching.com are excellent advice.
1) Place the geocache container back where you found it.
CITO - Cache In Trash Out - Go in for a cache, but carry out trash. TNLNTFTC - took nothing left nothing thanks for the cache. Geocaching terms here.
I've written primers on a wide range of geocaching subjects to help players have a better understanding of the game.
What is Geocaching Mojo? At what point should I begin
What you SHOULD take when you Geocache
What NOT to Leave in a Cache
Where NOT to Place a Cache
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