Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

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Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: What do you like best about events?

After reading all the answers, we found that the top favorite thing about events are all of the other cachers! Second favorite thing was getting intel on puzzles and DNFs. So here’s what we heard:

  • Axel on Twitter Shared: Meeting and talking with other cachers
  • Tony shared: Socializing with other people who actually understand my geocaching addition.
  • Douglas on Facebook shared: Meeting cachers that I have not met before and chatting with both new and old cacher friends
  • Schwan's man shared: I love meeting and socializing with people. But I love getting hints on my DNFs most
  • Andy shared: For me, geocaching is mostly a solitary activity, so I really enjoy events to swap stories and have a few laughs with others who share my passion for geocaching. And we welcome the noobs here on Long Island, NY!
  • Sandi is all in! She shared: It's my social life! I love my Geo-buddies!!!
  • For me, I like everything about events. Like Sandy, geocachers have become my social life too. I love big Megas, fun meet & greets, CITOs, and small trailhead meet-ups too. I remember being hesitant to go to my first event. Sure glad I did, I had a blast, and always do.

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Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: What do you like best about earth caches?

After reading all the answers, we found that the top favorite things about earth caches are learning something new at cool places, and no actual cache container to find.

So here’s what we heard:

  • Tom on G+ Shared: Many earth caches are in locations where a traditional cache just would not work. I can only think of one that I have logged was not in a scenic location and that one was in a museum because of the subject matter). The other great thing about earth caches is that you don't need to worry about muggles!
  • Sandra on Twitter shared: Going somewhere really interesting and learning new things. I know about iron sand, rivers, sedimentation .... now lol
  • Tony on Facebook shared: It's hard to choose. I love learning new things… and I love the great places they take me – sometimes places right under my nose that I've never noticed.
  • Yosemite Debbie shared: One more type of cache to give the sport variety. If you love 'em, go do 'em. If you don't, go do something else.
  • Brent shared: no wet logs… ok maybe location location location

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We all like to get great logs on our geocaches. And we'd all like to easily leave great logs on caches while in the field, right? Trying to type out a fun long log on a tiny phone screen isn't very easy. There is a better way. Voice dictation!

Have you heard that 'drafts' have been added to the geocaching app?  These were previously known as field notes. We will share with you an easy three step tutorial on how to use voice dictation to update your Cache logs in the field, and also show you the steps to edit your drafts once you get home if necessary!

So, you just found a great cache, and you want to let the world know all about it!

Ready to log it?

Step #1: Instead of typing your log, click the microphone to start dictating:
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You'll next see this screen to start dictating your log:

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Step #2: Talk away! We all know that phones are made for taking pictures and texting... but seriously, phones are made to talk into, right? Share your story, tell what you found and left, your adventures and even give cryptic clues. Then make any quick and easy edits if needed.

Here is what I dictated:

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Step #3: Save and submit! All of your adventure is now recorded, and you can move on to your next cache. You can submit the log right to geocaching.com if you like, or save it as a draft for later editing, as I did here.

Next, let's look at how to update your cache drafts to log your caches.

So your caching day is over, and you are back home and ready to review your drafts and finish your cache logging.

Go to the new "Drafts" on the website, and you'll see all the drafts that you made earlier just waiting for you:

Next, click to Compose Log: here you can edit your log on the website and make any changes.

When you are done, simply hit submit and you log will publish to the site.

Here are a few links to help you use voice dictation on your device:

For iPhone or iPad users:
Punctuation commands for Android:

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The Cache Crate for March of 2017 was sent last month and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!    

In case you didn't know, a Cache Crate is a fun box of geocaching and outdoor gear delivered to your door!  Sign up for your Cache Crate by clicking here!

Here's what was inside the Cache Crate:

Golf Ball Cache

FORE! Or better, yet, FOUR Star difficulty!!
These are great for the perfect tricky hide. Our golfball caches are made locally by cachers for cachers.

CITO Bag

Viter Caffeine mints (wintergreen or spearmint)

  1. Made for people who want energy, great taste, and conveniencein one product. Strong flavor with a fresh kick that'll energize you and freshen your breath.
  2. 40 milligrams of caffeine per mint (about half a cup of coffee's worth or half an energy drink) so you can have as much or as little caffeine as you need.
  3. Vitamin B complex in each mint - Niacin (B3), Vitamin B6, Folic Acid (B9), & Vitamin B12.
  4. 20 mints per tin, sugar free, zero calories, & proudly made in the USA.

Realtree Hard shell Foam First Aid Kit

This compact first aid kit in a sturdy Realtree Camo hard-shell foam case contains the basic supplies.

Show the world that you are a proud geocaching family! We recently redesigned the whole family: put them on a diet, updated the look of the hand-held GPS/Smartphone, made them smaller, and added a satellite too! These are white decals made to go on the outside of your vehicle.

These fun decals measure 3 inches. Be sure to collect your whole family and take them geocaching today!

Watch the unboxing video from the GC Doc!

You can get your own cache crate or start a subscription for the geocacher you love at the following links:

To buy the Individual Cache Crates:
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The Cache Crate for February of 2017 was sent last month and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!    

In case you didn't know, a Cache Crate is a fun box of geocaching and outdoor gear delivered to your door!  Sign up for your Cache Crate by clicking here!

 Here's a look inside:

Emoticon Key chain:

January 2017 Cache Crate

These key chains are fun and funky party favors! They'll have your party guests laughing out loud. Great Swag for caches!

Geocaching GPS: Great Personal Stories of Geocaching Firsts.

This book brings you the second annual anthology of heart-warming stories dedicated to geocaching. I invite you to enjoy 50 all-new geocaching stories about the many firsts experienced by geocachers all over the world.

Stories of Travel…
Imagine holding your first-ever event… in a foreign country! Or having close encounters with exotic wildlife, fascinating locations, and experiencing the culture from the inside out.

Stories of Creatures…
From spiders to cows, there are great tales of the first run-ins with creepy crawlies great and small.

Stories of Extremes…
Experience the extremes that geocaching has to offer including 5/5 caches, canoe trips, adventures with would-be robbers, and finding geocaches in some of the most harrowing locations.

The stories are as varied as the authors who wrote them – but they all have one thing in common: they’re all stories of geocaching firsts!

CamJam® Adjustable Micro Bungee:

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Lightweight, easy to use, and designed to lock securely into place with a simple pull of its attached bungee cord, the CamJam Adjustable Micro Bungee makes securing smaller bundles a literal cinch. Made of sturdy, durable plastic, its carabiner clips feature a stainless steel gate on one end and a rotating ridged cam mechanism on the other. Both ends of the stretchable, reflective 14" bungee cord are capped to keep them securely attached to the CamJams on either end. Loop the bungee cord around the load you're bundling then pull the ends of the cord through the cam to adjust to the desired tension. Or, clip the carabiner clips to two fixed points, and adjust desired tension to secure your item. Let go and it locks into place and stays that way, until you release it by pulling the bungee upward out of the cam, or by rotating the cam open. Excellent for securing small loads to a backpack or bike rack, hanging a tarp, or bundling small gear.

A Folding Pocket Guide to Purposeful Knots

Knots is a handy guide to tying purposeful knots. If you need to handcuff a burglar, lasso a steer, escape from an asylum or tie a perfect bowtie, this is the guide for you. Fifty effective knots that can be used for a variety of purposes are highlighted. Knots is a great resource of portable information and is ideal for field use by both novices and experts. Made in the USA.

 

Watch the unboxing video from the GC Doc here:

You can get your own cache crate or start a subscription for the geocacher you love at the following links:

To buy the Individual Cache Crates:
 http://www.cache-advance.com/products.asp?cat=4

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We are excited to introduce our second Hero Crate Unboxing here on the blog!  In case you have never heard of the HERO Crate, it is a bigger Cache Crate that ships every three months (March, June, September and December) on or near each Equinox and Solstice - for $150/quarter.

Each season we will ship top-quality high-value gear and inspiration for geocaching in the Hero Crate.  This will include cool stuff to help you find and retrieve challenging caches, hide favorite worthy caches, and keep comfortable on the hunt. 

 

 

Spring 2017 items:

Realtree Deluxe Hard-Shell Foam First Aid Kit: Retail value: $29.99

This extensively stocked first aid kit in a sturdy Realtree Camo hard-shell foam case will help provide peace of mind.

CITO Safety vest:   Retail value: $9.99

One Size Fits All CITO Safety vest!

 

GC Grabber Tool:  Retail value: $24.99 

When you need a little extra reach and a powerful grab!  Perfect for a CITO event when you are cleaning up the trail or when you find a cache container just out of reach.  This hand trigger grabber is made to pick up all kinds of items, but also folds up to go in your geocaching pack!

Ultimate Trackable Lanyard:  Retail value: $29.95

We don’t call this the Ultimate Lanyard for nothing. GeoKnots took all the things that geocachers need in a lanyard, and made it even better. You won’t have to trust your expensive GPS, smart phones, cameras, and other electronic gear to a flimsy strap any longer. Each Ultimate Lanyard is proudly made by geocachers, for geocachers from super-strong U.S.-made survival paracord. Plus - it's trackable!

Each Ultimate Lanyard system includes:

  • Fully adjustable length to comfortably fit any geocacher.
  • Two interchangeable, quick-disconnect attachment ends for your GPS or other equipment (3″ long and 6″ long) for additional flexibility.
  • Safety breakaway feature with sliding hand-tied ranger knots.
  • Built-in emergency whistle on each quick-disconnect attachment.
  • Hardware attachment pack for your electronics — a sturdy metal snap hook, two mini quick-disconnect cables, and two mini split rings.

Geocaching Stencil: Retail $9.95

This re-usable stencil is a great way to add a notification to your geocache. All you need is a can of spray paint to customize your geocache. The surface coating prevents runs and smears common with most plastic stencils.  Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet.

.75 L Infinity Dukjug water bottle, varied colors: $9.95

Lexan XS Gear Box, clear:  $14.95

All-purpose, virtually crushproof utility box. - Dual lash points keep box closed tight and secure.  Made of virtually-unbreakable, Lexan® resin.  Waterproof gasket help keeps items dry.  Extra small size is perfect for smart phones and small electronics.

Lexan N Case (smoke color was shipped): $9.95

Sleek, lightweight, watertight and nearly indestructible, this sweet little case is just the right size for stashing the barest essentials like cash, credit cards, small electronics and slim geocaches. Made with the ultra-tuff polycarbonate Lexan

Outhouse Birdhouse: $36.95

This classic resting place has always offered us the comfort of home. Now our feathered friends (or a geocache!) can find the same rest with this  hand crafted resin Outhouse design Birdhouse. Hang it on an outdoor wall or utilize its hanging cord to create a comfy new home for the song-birds in your backyard.

If used as a geocache, be sure to block the hole so birds do not next in it. Rear door entry for a small cache.

  • Made of hand crafted wood & resin
  • Ventilation & drainage holes
  • Deep nesting chamber with 1 1/8 entry-hole
  • No predator perches
  • Includes hanging cord
  • Rear access for cleaning/geocache access.

Base Case 1.0: $4.95

The B.A.S.E. Case 1.0 is an anodized-aluminum capsule with screw-top cap and O-ring for a waterproof seal.

  • Keeps money, medication, and other small items dry and secure
  • Great for storing matches and tinder
  • Perfect for geocaching

Watch the GC Doc's Unboxing Video:

Get your own subscription for the HERO Crate for Geocaching here:  http://www.cache-advance.com/cachecrate-hero.asp

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Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: How many webcam caches have you found?

After tallying all the answers, we found that on average cachers have found 8.6 webcam caches. So here’s what we heard:

  • Tom on G+ Shared: Exactly one. It's not something we are going to chase, because so few are still active.
  • Kari shared: One, many years ago. It was quite the ordeal back then.
  • Fen on Facebook shared: 17 so far... I will actually go quite a bit out of my way to get a Webcam Cache these days.
  • Brian shared: I have found 6 of them. Fun fact: There are 304 remaining webcams in the world. Down from 307 a week or two ago
  • For those wondering, I’ve found 20 webcam caches. Like Fen, I’ll go out of my way to try to do them. They are a dying cache type, so I encourage you to do them while you still can!

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Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Have you ever hosted a CITO event?

After reading all the answers, we found that about 20% of cachers have hosted a CITO over the years. So here’s what we heard:

  • Heidi on G+ Shared: Not at all, I leave it to the pros who wouldn't stress like I would.
  • TwoTrack on Twitter shared: Yes. I have hosted 5 on local environmental lands.
  • Michigan on Facebook shared: Yes, I hosted a garlic mustard pull at an area arboretum. We worked hard for 2 hours and barely made a dent in it - it really gave me perspective on how big a problem this is.
  • Brad has some variety in the CITOs that he hosts. He shared: 2 (by) water, 3 (by) land
  • Jason shared: No, but I will host my first on April 29th!
  • For those wondering, I’ve personally hosted 2, and helped organize many more with our local club, the Inland Empire Chapter of the Washington State Geocaching Association.
    • I would like to encourage more cachers to host CITOs throughout the year. All you need to do is pick a spot, connect with the land managers, and publish the event. Be sure to have drinking water and tools for the clean up, like bags, and a plan for disposal afterwards. Many land managers are eager to help with all of this!

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Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: How often do you do maintenance on your caches?

After reading all the answers, we found that it all depends. Some cachers do maintenance 1 to 2 times a year, often spring and or fall. Other’s as they get 1 or more DNFs or requests. So here’s what we heard:

  • Jo on G+ Shared: If the cache is visited frequently with nothing amiss in the logs, we let it be. If an issue comes up or there is a string of DNFs, we get out as soon as we can. Everything else gets checked once a year unless there's something else going on that would make us want to visit (bad weather or other factors that may endanger the cache).
  • Geocaching Jangie on Twitter agrees: I do maintenance once a year, once the snow melts, and then if I receive 2+ DNFs or a note.
  • Derek on FB shared: Used to be only when someone reports a problem...after replacing four containers and six logs last weekend, it's gonna be a lot more often! I would say at least once every six months.
  • Lee has worked his maintenance into some great family time. He shared: I do maintenance every year during my daughter's Thanksgiving visit from WI. She looks forward to it every year as a daddy-daughter bonding moment.
  • Most of my caches have been out a long time, and are in more remote areas so I check on those about every three years, unless there’s been a forest fire near the cache. Others I’ll check on as DNFs start coming in, depending on the difficulty rating of the cache, and the experience of the cacher that DNFed it.

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Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Have you ever found a geocoin in a cache?

After tallying all the answers, we found that most all cachers have found a Geocoin, but not so much lately. So here’s what we heard:

  • Scott on Facebook shared: Not yet, but still looking.
  • Tom on G+ shared: Yes, several times. I always include a photo of the coin (with tracking # blurred out) out so the owner knows that, at that point, the actual coin was still circulating, not a proxy.
  • Jo shared: Yes, but it's been awhile.
  • William shared: Yes, I've found some really nice ones and moved them along, only for some of them to be subsequently stolen by geo-thieves! Arrghh... I have geo-coins of my own, and I will not release them except by proxy. People are less likely to steal a piece of laminated paper. A sad reality of today's game.
  • Limax shared: Yes. I've also left some that have disappeared right away.
  • Mark on Twitter shared: When I started caching in 2009, I found them in every other cache. As of lately I seldom find a coin.
  • Like most, I don’t often find Geocoins in caches these days. I do remember the first one that I found: it was about a dozen years ago in a puzzle cache hidden by Moun10bike! Inside was one of his coins. I thought it was really cool, but as I usually don’t trade, I left it for the next finder. If only I knew then what I know now…

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