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 hidden on
local waterways. You don't need to worry about getting
luxury yacht charters
to navigate the rivers and lakes. Smaller boats are the preferred
- 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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