GQotDPinterestHey cachers this is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

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

Monday through Thursdays, we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Have you ever seen geocaching mentioned on TV?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that 70% of cachers have seen geocaching on TV!
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • BoxesInTheWoods on Tw shared: Yes, on Pointless (a game show), both cacher contestants and a caching question!
    • VickiStrong shared: On Law & Order: SVU. Very cool.
    • Kate on FB shared: Yes, that's how I found about it. On ‘switched at birth’ 2 years ago.
      • Like Kate, many cachers reported that news stories and shows like these first introduced them to geocaching.
    • On the flip side, Jerry shared: Sadly, horribly misrepresented on a TV show. Wild maniacs racing for ubercompetitive FTFs and GPS working deep in subway tunnels.
    • Kari on FB shared: Nothing memorable, but the local news has had stories in the past. Usually they get the facts completely wrong.
      • Oh my goodness yes Kari! I see so many stories that I want to share out on our Social Media channels, but the facts are so far off that we don’t bother. These usually it starts with “Buried Treasure…” and go downhill from there.
      • Wonder if geocaching will show up more on shows in the future??

As always we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching on TV, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

NightGeocaching-PinterestNight geocaching opens a whole new world of discovery!  Here are a few tips to make your twilight geocaching experience a good one!

While caching for the traditional night cache with reflectors, etc, you may come across traditional caches too that while designed for day finding have the added bonus of difficulty and terrain. Keep watchful for dangers like low branches, trip hazards and watch for those along with you, especially children. Glow sticks around children's arms helps keep everyone together.

Weather and the environment
Know what to expect from the weather, it's not so easy to see clouds rolling in as while day caching. Plan your routes carefully and know what might lay over that hill, it could be a lake or cliff!

Follow the cache owners instructions
Tacks are usually spaced evenly and usually in the same manner, height, etc. If you lose the next waypoint, go back to the last waypoint and look again. It might mean coming back another night if the waypoints are missing or covered by plant growth. Taking shortcuts or pushing beyond just to make a find may have serious results. Sensible geocachers plan their routes thoroughly before leaving the house, especially during darkness. Make sure to mark where you parked your vehicle and marking waypoints at trail junctions is also helpful.

Dress appropriately
Take waterproof and windproof clothing such as a Gore Tex clothing if it looks like there may be rain, and remember to bring extra clothing. Wear loose and comfortable clothing if hiking on particularly hot and humid evenings, don't underestimate the dehydrating effects of hiking in warm temperatures. Have the proper footwear, a daypack to carry extra items should be sufficient. Reflective clothing will make you look more like you’re supposed to be there and less like some prowler while caching in urban areas.

Water
Hiking around looking for a geocache is often more strenuous than many geocachers may imagine. Have ample amounts of water, electrolyte drinks are a bonus to keep you hydrated through the night.

Keep Charged up

Many geocachers use smartphones to find their way to caches, and a dead battery halfway there can put an end to your night hunt.As well as ensuring that phones and GPS devices have full charges before leaving, remember you should take extra smart phone batteries along.

UV 9 LED Flashlight Blacklight

Flashlights
Nightcaching means bringing extra batteries, consider taking spare flashlights too, because bulbs can die. LED lights use less power, are tougher and provide a great beam of light. Head mounted flashlights are another great addition, they allow hands free movement to hold your GPS device and better balance when navigating in the dark. Some flashlights have a "Red light" feature that keeps light to a minimum and your eyes will be used to the darkness.

When night caching in neighborhoods keep your light beams from piercing homes and windows, bringing attention to yourself may also bring the police with questions about your activities.

Make sure it's ok to go after dark
Some locations like parks, have access rules between sunset and sunrise. Read all posted signs and check rules via park internet sites. Most cemeteries are off limts after dark. Keep your voices lower too, sound travels easily in quiet night surroundings and you could be waking unhappy muggles.

Take your night caching hides to a new level! GeoGlowBots recharge in daylight, glow brilliant green for 12 hours and are magnetic.

Know the caches you are seeking while night caching
Read the cache descriptions. Be familiar with the difficulty and terrain ratings, size, and what you will be looking for; actual night caches usually involve reflective tacks, etc. sometimes different colors, shapes or placement means you should turn right or left or are about to find the final cache. Check the logs too, has the cache been found lately and what did previous finders encounter. Check the attributes page, is there thorny or poisonous plants, animals? You could encounter animals you might rarely see during the day but are plentiful at night, a surprised porcupine or skunk might shorten your evening adventure.

Bring the correct gear
Gloves, pencil/pen GPS, and your geosenses. Not only are night caches out but probably mosquitos, so bring some repellant along in case. A whistle is also something you should carry while caching...especially at dark.  Click here to see more of our Night Caching Gear in the store!

Let someone know where you are going and when to expect your return
If your GPS fails or you get lost or in case of a trail injury, having someone waiting for you to get home safely is a very valuable resource.  Night caching in a group can be safer and more fun as you find your way to nightcaching.

How many times have you been geocaching at night?  If you have some tips to share, please do in the comments!  Have fun and discover the world around in a new light!!

 

GQotDPinterestLookout Lisa here from Cache Advance, your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!  

Here's a recap of a question we asked our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+  about geocaching:

Did you trade anything at your first geocache find? Did you bring anything with you to trade?

Check out the recording of what we found from our responses by clicking the play button below:

 

 

Transcript below:

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that 2/3s of cacher did not trade at their first find.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • SusanCox1955 on T shared: had nothing with me but went home and got something.
    • Danno on G+ shared: A quarter for a tiny Santa eraser (size of a dime). It was Christmas Day so it seemed fitting to take the eraser.
    • Nora on FB shared: nope. I wanted to be more comfortable with just caching before trading stuff.
    • Many answered that they didn’t know about trading then, but do carry some swag with them now for trading.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about cacher’s first finds, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

-----

What about you?  Add your comments below!

1

It’s October and autumn is finally here! Cache Crates for October were sent out a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside this month's box!

OctCacheCrate-Pinterest

 

Hunter's Specialties Adult Mesh Safety Ve02006vest-1st:

http://www.cache-advance.com/proddetail.asp?prod=02006vest
Vest provides over 700 square inches of safety orange to help hunters stay visible. It has an adjustable front closure and non-restricting elastic side straps. One size fits most.

 

 

 

Logroller-1Log Roller:

http://www.cache-advance.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Logroller
Tired of hand rolling all those nano and micro logs?? Fear them no more with our log rollers! These are made in the US by geocachers for geocachers. These average 3-4 inches long, and all include a handy ring so you can add yours to your lanyard or whatever. Super lightweight and sturdy, they make micro rolling a snap.

 

 

nanoBlack Magnetic Nano:
http://www.cache-advance.com/proddetail.asp?prod=CS-00050

This sneaky little black magnetic nano cache is the perfect geocache for blending into the shadows. Perfect for part of a multi or that challenging urban 5 star, these nanos are very fun and challenging to find. Each container comes with one (1) Rite in the Rain nano log.

 

 

waffle-gingersnap-webHoney Stinger Organic Gingersnap Waffle
A thin layer of honey infused with variety of spices including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of molasses sandwiched between two thin waffles. The subtle ginger flavor and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favorite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea. Certified USDA organic.

 

 

halloween-tag-both_sides*** Trackable Addon: Landsharkz 2015 Halloween Tag
From our friends north of the border, Landsharkz. This trackable tag features a very spooky Halloween scene.  The tag says Happy Halloween on one side and has the tracking code on the other. Trackable at geocaching.com

 

 

 

Also all our cache crate subscribers received a Link to view "Turning a Tricky Find into a Treat!"  Click HERE to read it!

 

Watch the video from Geocaching Doc on Youtube!

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

 

To subscribe:
http://www.cache-advance.com/cachecrate.asp

GQotDPinterestHey Cachers, I’m Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!  I’ve been caching since 2002 and have been in the business of geocaching since 2005.

Monday through Thursdays, we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Have you ever found a geocache inside of a building?

Press the play button below to hear Lisa’s recording recapping the answers we received:

 

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that nearly all cachers have found one or more caches inside!
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Witzend74 on Tw shared: yes! British library!
    • FuzzyDave shared: there's a nice multi in Baltimore inner harbor that ends in a small museum.
    • Brent on FB shared: Library cache , and the cache was is a hollow out book.
    • Markus shared: In libraries of four towns. Very popular. I even own one. They're great for finding on a cold winter day.
    • Trixie shared: Libraries, visitor centers, Groundspeak HQ
    • Patricia shared: Yes, in the vestibule of the Sedona (AZ) Police Department. A very clever cache. –Wow!
    • Spencer, also on FB shared: There are several caches that I have found inside a building. This one in downtown Salt Lake City, http://coord.info/GCQF8F is inside the convention center visitor center gift shop.
      • I have found that one too! We attend the Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer Markets there at the adjacent Salt Palace.

 

As always we really enjoyed hearing about inside geocaching, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Going Caching is one of the most unique Mega events, hands down!

goingcaching-Signal-Twitter

Cache Advance attended and vended for the first time last year, 2014. We had such a good time that we decided to not vend, and just attend, this year. We did support our reseller, Space Coast Geocaching Store, in their booth throughout the weekend, but our main goal was to just geocache and have a great time.

We arrived in Rome early Thursday morning (1am), got a little shut-eye and then headed over to the Kingdoms on Parade Flash Mob (http://coord.info/GC5670V).

20151015_105911

This was really fun to see all the Renaissance costumes and cross over into Rome with our Kingdom. 20151017_163824We choose Cygnus for our kingdom: https://goo.gl/photos/ZebGWfxcWQtHCKdd6 and we worked hard all weekend to bring honor to our kingdom.

We collected our cards, did some trading, and then sat down for lunch and worked out the puzzles and decoder coin to collect our stamps for the appeasements to enter the castle. That night was an amazing geocaching trivia at the Brave's stadium (http://coord.info/GC5671E), hosted by It’s All Just Trivial. We won best team name (It's all fun and games until someone looses an eye) and then we won the first round too! It was all downhill after that, even with team Podcacher on our team... but we had a blast nonetheless.

Friday we attended the Seven Kingdoms Challenge Coffee Klatch (GC5695F), found some special caches, lab caches and stormed 20151016_125949the castle. I don't know how it happened, but we were the first team to go through the castle and all 4 escape rooms (like the previous year) --Huzzah!! It is always more challenging to have a handful of the Going Caching Crew watching you like a hawk as you go through their special rooms! We then played most of the kingdom games and strolled though the vendors. This was the first Mega event that we've attended and NOT vended at, so this was a little strange for us to just browse and shop!

20151018_121905Saturday dawned mostly clear... or so we hear! We spent the morning visiting at Going Caching 2015 Mega-Event: A Roman Renaissance (GC5695A) and then geocaching around the area for some challenges and special caches.

We returned to the venue just in time for the Turkey Leg lunch, and then the East Meets West event at our reseller's booth, Space Coast Geocaching Store. We had a blast helping them at the booth, and handing out prizes and meeting lots of cachers! Later we danced the night way at the The Queen's Masquerade Ball (GC5695K).

More caching on Sunday, including crawling into TWO tunnels and some great hikes with Team Podcacher too! Monday we checked out of our hotel and cached our way back to the Atlanta airport. We did grab both of the virtual caches there before going through security and flying off into the sunset.

20151018_160643
Going Caching is such a unique series of events; if you can only make a few Mega events, we recommend putting this one high on your list.

Huzzah!!

GQotDLogo1Hey Cachers, I’m Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!  I’ve been caching since 2002 and have been in the business of geocaching since 2005.

Monday through Thursdays, we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Is the first geocache that you found still active?

Press the play button below to hear Lisa's recording recapping the answers we received:

 

Transcript:

We recently asked: Is the first geocache that you found still active?

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that
    • Exactly half of these first finds were archived, and the other half are still active.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Tentmantent on T shared: Sadly no, but there is another Cache in exactly the same location!
    • Jo on G+ shared: No, the owner moved and archived it.
    • Garry on G+ shared: Yes, it's called 'The Tardis'.  How could that one ever not be active?
    • Ken on FB shared: Yep, still there. I found it in 2003. It's had 298 logged visits.
    • Arne on FB shared: yes, and I’ve adopted it as well.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about cacher’s first finds, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Hello everyone!  Lookout Lisa, here, from Cache Advance, your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!

Here’s a recap of a question we asked our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+  about geocaching this week:

We recently asked: Did you go geocaching this past week?

Click below to listen to Lookout Lisa talk about the responses!

 

  • GQotD-PinterestAfter tallying all the answers, we found that about 95% of us went caching!
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • ShashaVie on Tw shared: Yes, of course, days 1110 to 1116 of my caching-streak. -WOW
    • Checking in from Australia, Kyzybra shared: covered about 1200km and picked up about 30 caches across the Midwest of Western Australia
    • Dave on G+ shared: Attended a Mega - heck, I even saw Lookout Lisa on the trails! –It was great to see you too Dave, and thanks for the hint on that hard challenge cache hide!
    • Eric shared: Nowhere. But I replaced a missing container for one of my caches near the Navesink River in Red Bank, NJ.
      • Finding, hiding or maintenance, I think that all counts as geocaching.
    • Like Dave, many of you were at the Going Caching Mega with me. It was so great to see so many of you out caching, at the event and at our East Meets West event too!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching, and you can too, if you-

-Follow us, Cache Advance, on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

lisa-b

Welcome to the NEW Cache-Advance Blog where we hope to provide the most awesome geocaching info and education in the easiest, friendliest and most responsive way.

Lisa B. (also known as Lookout Lisa) is the President and CEO of Cache Advance, Inc.  Lisa has been geocaching since 2002, with over 180 hides and now over 8,100 finds. She is past president (2 years) of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA).  Most of the posts on this blog will be from Lisa and her experienced staff at Cache Advance.

We plan to start posting at least weekly on the blog, so be sure to stick around and follow us on social media so you don't miss it!