If you want to build a Cryptex geocache similar to this, check out this video.
I visited Bloomington, Indiana and hung out with a great group of geocachers - MonsterCatAmbush, DJHobby, ErWin and Mickey4Jes. Bloomington is famous for being the home of Hoagy Carmichael and Indiana University.
The geocachers here are concerned about improving the quality of geocaches, and go to a lot of trouble to put out the highest quality hides. They were very hospitable and showed me some of the quality hides around town. They were kind enough to give their views on video, and I'll put them soon.
Here's an amazing geocache container called a Cryptex created by MonsterCatAmbush which will be used as part of a mystery geocache. It consists of an outer container made from three concentric tubes and an inner container. You can only remove the inner container by rotating rings that form a combination lock.
You can see that he has gone to a lot of trouble to put this together. He really knows how to geocache with high quality geocaches. Check out the video.
I receive requests from people who are learning how geocache and are looking for some pointers.
The thing that I like to emphasize is that you are part of a community and what you do affects what people think of you. It's a bit like being a tradesman. People don't care if you're a nice person or not, they appreciate high quality work which leads to having a good experience. They are tuned into their own personal radio station WII-FM (What's In It For Me). So the quality of your work reflects who you are.
This applies to placing caches, writing logs and the care of trackables (travel bugs, gecoins etc.)
You can find tips about how to hide and find geocaches in other posts, but the important thing is to be a good geocacher and contribute to the community. If you don't people may think you're an idiot and you'll develop a poor reputation. On the other hand, if you follow these simple suggestions and take a little more care, you will be well regarded.
So the mantra is: QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY in everything that you do.
This is probably the best tip that I can give you.
Make Google Earth your friend
The best advice that I can give on how to find a Puzzle or Mystery geocache is to make Google Earth (GE) your friend.
Download it here.
Once you have worked out possible solutions, or partial solutions to puzzles, plug the co-ordinates into GE. The location will give you a good indication of whether you are correct or not. For example if the co-ordinates are in someone's backyard, or in the middle of the water or somewhere else unlikely, then you're probably not correct. Eliminating possibilities in this way will save a lot of driving. I have solved many mystery caches in this way even when I couldn't work out the total solution. You can often work out enough of the puzzle to get you there.
Often you only have to work out a few of the last digits to be able to solve it.
This doesn't always work, but it sure helps in a lot of cases.
Mystery Geocache Tutorial Video
Here is one of the best tutorial videos on solving Puzzle or Mystery geocaches that I have seen. It's by Zytheran based in Adelaide, Australia who is famous (infamous?) for his puzzle caches. He gives you a lot of tips of narrowing down your focus.
Do you have any tips that you can share on how to find these types of geocaches.