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29Jun/110

How to Geocache with great containers

Ammo Can - ideal container for geocaching

Ammo Can - ideal container for geocaching

As you become more experienced in learning how to geocache you'll find that one of the rewards is the pleasure of finding the treasure at the end.  After you expended considerable energy to find the thing it's something that makes it all worth it.

... unless it's a wretched micro!  Man, I hate those things.

Not only are they hard to find but it is a pain to unroll a tiny scroll and find a space on it to jot your signature in microscopic letters. There is no joy at the end, only pain.  A lot of people think the same.  Check out what people DON'T like about some caches here.

Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out. Unless you're going to be very creative with a micro, just don't put them out.

Did I just repeat myself?

Go for quality.

If you're a creative type who can design and construct unusual containers, then my choice of container is an ammo can. These things are relatively cheap, rugged and totally weatherproof.  They last for years and you rarely have to maintain them.  Stuff it full of quality goodies and find a fabulous location in which to hide it.

Sometimes an ammo can is too big and obvious for the location you have chosen.  This is where you get to use your imagination. There are so many creative ways to hide things that will avoid using a nano or a micro.  In fact you can purchase all sorts of camouflaged containers (e.g on eBay) that you don't need to think up something yourself.

By being unique and creative you will enhance your reputation in the geocaching community and people will look forward to doing your caches.  You never know, they may come and ask you for advice on how to geocache.

26Jun/110

How to geocache with Gecoins

gecoinsOne of the things you come across when you understand how to geocache, are geocoins.

Gecoins are trackables that are used in geocaching.  They are large custom made coins, usually moulded rather than pressed, with a coloured artwork applied and baked.

Geocoins are often beautiful works of art and many that get (*cough* stolen) lost.  I can't understand the mindset of someone who will deliberately take one of these coins and then not log it.  Some of them are worth a bit of money.

Here are some places where you can obtain geocoins:

25Jun/111

How to geocache properly with Travel Bug Etiquette

travel bugs

A Travel Bug (TB) is one of those aluminium tags attached to something that you find in a cache.  They are items that you can remove from a cache without needing to swap with anything else.  When some people are learning how to geocache they aren't always sure of what is the right etiquette when it comes to handling TBs.

The idea of TBs is that geocachers move them to another cache so that the TBs have little adventures of their own. TBs can log tens of thousands of miles as they travel around the world.

Every time someone retrieves or places a TB its owner receives an email and can track its progress. In this way they can enjoy its travels vicariously. The geocaching site has a feature where TB voyages are plotted on Google Earth.  It's amazing to see how far and wide these things travel - just by hitch-hiking!

So what do you do if you find one? What is the correct etiquette?

Firstly realize that they belong to someone else and while it's in your possession it's your responsibility to look after it.

You should place it in another cache as soon as possible.  Don't leave it for many weeks before you place it somewhere else.  The only exception I would make to this is if you are planning to go on an overseas trip and the goal of the TB is to travel around the world.

The cache in which you place it should be one that is visited fairly frequently.  In other words don't hide it in a cache that is rarely visited, such as a difficult puzzle cache, or one in a remote location etc.

If you come across a TB in a cache that is visited infrequently, do the person a favour and move it on. They'll be very grateful.

If you own a TB, please don't attach some large object to it.  It can be very difficult to find a cache large enough to accommodate something large.   If I find such a TB, I usually won't move it on for that reason.

If you do lose a TB that is in your possession, inform the TB owner.  I'd rather know than have to chase you up.  One of my TBs didn't move for months.  I kept following up with the last person who eventually placed it somewhere.  It took 6 months though.