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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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: Do you belong to any geocaching organizations or clubs?

After tallying all the answers, we found that in general, or 87% of cachers, are joiners, and there are probably hundreds of clubs out there. So here’s what we heard:

  • MUDac shared: not I'm a official group but I try to co-host monthly events in our area to build the community.
  • Tomer on Twitter shared: I am a member of not 1 but 3 organizations. Israeli Geocachers, Association Geocaching Quebec and of course PodCacher.
  • YosemiteDebbie on FB shared: Santa Clarita Valley Cachers, Antelope Valley Cachers, San Fernando Valley Cachers, San Gabriel Valley Cachers and probably a few others. Geocaching can be a solitary or very social pursuit as you choose.
    • Well said Debbie, I agree 110 percent!!

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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 is your favorite TOTT for finding caches?

After tallying all the answers, tweezers, sticks or poles, and wives got the most mentions. Coming in next is GPS, Phone, flashlights and dogs. So here’s what we heard:

  • Tick Magnet on Twitter shared: My favorite TOTT would be hiking boots. They take me to amazing places.
  • Whoo shared: my phone ... its my gps, my camera, my torch, and my sos in case of trouble.
  • Randy shared: a stick ~ generally clears critters and snakey creatures before my hands go in. It's usually my walking stick.
  • Sandra shared: the dog as he is great as sniffing out where people have been.
    • ELJ adds: and dogs make excellent decoys! No one thinks twice about someone out and about with a dog!
  • Tom on G+ shared: My wife. 🙂 Seriously, I often leave looking for the cache to her while I scout nearby photo opportunities. If she doesn't have it after a few minutes, or if I photographically write off the location, I may join her. Once we find the cache, she signs the log so that it is legible, and she may do minor maintenance (add a dry log, replace a baggie, etc.). No question, she's the best TOTT I've got.
    • Robert on Facebook agrees. He shared: My wife. We call her "The Bacon Saver" because she finds the caches others can't.

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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: Do you usually log your cache finds in the field, or later back at home?

After tallying all the answers, we found it often mattered if the cacher was using a GPS or phone, and what the situation was. In general it was tied 40% each of cachers that log in the field or at home. But for another 20% they do both, and it really depends on a few things. So here’s what we heard:

  • Agent Questermark on G+ shared: I usually log them in the field, explaining the condition of the log and container and something about why I'm at that particular cache.
  • Donna on FB shared: In the field? GASP! Why would I do that!! lol. I like to go home and write about my finds, I keep notes in a notebook so I can remember them all. And I used to always post at least one picture, but I've slowed down. Sigh.
  • Hot Rod 205 on Twitter shared: a 'hybrid' approach. Log as a field note in my phone app in field. Then finish it at home later.
  • Kari shared: Usually log DNFs in the field but finds are always logged at home.
  • Nathan shared: On big runs, I send field notes and log later. Otherwise, I log in the field.
  • Tom shared: I'll drop a short note in the field, then expound on it later from a real keyboard. Anything more than a sentence or two with a touchscreen is just taking time away from other things I could be doing.
    • Tom, a lot of cachers, myself included, agree with you! I do have a great solution for trying to tap out great logs on a tiny screen: stay tuned for a blog post on this very soon!!

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We are excited to introduce our first 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 quarter 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. 

HERO Crate - Geocaching Crate from Cache Advance

Here's what's inside the HERO Crate:

Rothco's Advanced Tactical Bag - $49.99 value

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Rothco's Advanced Tactical Bag Is MOLLE Compatible Bag And Features 2 Inch Wide Adjustable Padded Shoulder Strap, Large Side Pouch, Smaller Side Pouch And Front Flap Closure With Two Exterior Pockets. Main Interior Area Has Two Inside Pockets And Close Top And Exterior Cell Phone Pouch. Rear Zipper Pocket W/Hook And Loop Area Is Ideal For Concealed Carry.

 

How to Puzzle Cache (Spiral Bound) - $24.95 value

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FACED WITH A MAP FULL OF BLUE QUESTION MARKS AND NO IDEA WHERE TO START? Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. Ciphers, enigmatic photos, nonsensical text, or just a blank page -- it often isn’t clear what the CO wants or expects you to do, and even less clear how any of it will lead you to a cache. THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU ASK -- AND ANSWER -- ALL THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. 300 pages of lessons, tips, tricks and hints for dealing with even the trickiest puzzle caches, plus step-by-step techniques that start with examining the cache page and lead you through codes, ciphers, steganography, math, music, and dozens of other common puzzle cache types will have you on the trail in no time.

Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp - $49.95 value

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The Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp offers a high quality, hands-free lighting solution with the added benefit of being rechargeable. Powered by a Lithium Polymer battery, it also features dual color, red and white LEDs, and multiple modes. In high spot mode it maxes out at 250 Lumens to emblazon the darkest night, or can be set to low white spot mode, high or low white flood mode, or to red flood mode to preserve night vision with the simple touch of a button. With a 90 degree tilt angle, this headlamp can be properly adjusted to direct light where needed. It can be worn comfortably and fitted properly with the high quality, adjustable elastic strap. With a run time up to 43 hours in low mode, the Radiant 250 Rechargeable Headlamp will power onward as long as you do. This headlamp comes with an included micro USB cord for quick recharging in just two hours.

Geocaching Beanie - $9.95

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Geocaching Knit Beanie - Grey/Black or Navy. 'Nuff said!

Geocaching Travel Bug Patch - $9.95 value

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The perfect way to make your geocaching pack or jacket trackable! This patch includes the official Geocaching Travel Bug® icon with the words 'trackable at geocaching.com'. Securely attached to the bottom of the patch is an engraved metal strip with a unique tracking number. Available in Charcoal & Blue. The back side of the patch will attach to soft Velcro or you can sew it to whatever you choose to make trackable. Each trackable item gets its own page on geocaching.com where you can track its progress. To learn more about the Geocaching trackables, visit this website. Each Geocaching Travel Bug® Patch comes as a set packaged with a traditional aluminum copy Tag; The patch gets attached to an item and the copy tag lets you keep a permanent record of your individual tracking code. Dimensions: 40mm by 80mm (3 1/8 inches x 1 5/8 inches).

Travel Bug Trekker Charms - $13.99

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Stainless Steel Trackables - can be used as shoelace charmes, added to jewelry, or sewn into a patch.  Each package contains two Travel Bug® Trekkers with one tracking code (there is an identical code engraved onto each charm).   The Trekkers are Stainless Steel and trackable at Geocaching.com with a Travel Bug icon.

Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit (Special Black Version) - $9.95

 

Geocaching has changed over the years since we first introduced Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit in 2005. Back then, cache containers were usually larger and often had more 'parts' to them. These were prone to mishaps and getting damaged. Nowadays, most field repairs consist of simply replacing the log (book or log sheets) in a smaller or micro sized container. So we redesigned our Repair Kit to reflect what you'll need to make cache repairs today.

Kit is very 'stuffable' and compact: measuring only about 6" x 7", and weighing in just a few ounces.

What's inside:

1 Permanent Marker
Rite in the Rain ® Mini Logbooks
Rite in the Rain ® Micro Logs
Rite in the Rain ® Nano Logs
Golf Pencils
Metal Pencil Sharpener -very high quality
FTF (First To Fix) Tokens -sign and leave in a repaired cache
Ziplock Bags (Assorted sizes, 4 mil strength)
Cool Bag! (Water Resistant, Denier Polyester)
The Geocacher’s Creed states “Make minor repairs if you can, it will save the owner a trip”. We believe that we are promoting responsible caching with our kits.

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Standard Clicker Pen - Black Ink - $9.95

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While a pencil works great on our All-Weather products, sometimes you just need a pen.

These 5 1/8" long All-Weather pens write on wet paper and upside down, the pressurized ink cartridge performs in temperatures from -30F to 250F. Chrome/Black Plastic barrel. Black Ink.

Heat up Handwarmers - 2 Pairs

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A must have for your geobag to keep your hands warm while geocaching in the winter!

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The Cache Crate for January 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!

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Here's what was inside the Cache Crate for January!

WOODLAND CAMO PENCILS - 3PK (7.25")

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Rothco's Woodland Camo Pencils are great for school or the office. The pencils feature a 7.25" basswood body and rubber eraser and come 3 to a pack.

BANDANA - TOTAL TERRAIN CAMO

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Classic camo bandanas are great to be worn on their own or under a helmet.

PARACORD / COMPASS BRACELET - OD / BLACK

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Rothco’s Paracord Compass Bracelet is the ultimate paracord survival bracelet. Featuring 7-strand polyester paracord, quick-release side buckle and a navigational compass, Rothco’s Paracord Bracelets are the ideal survival item. With tons of survival applications, keep your paracord bracelet around your wrist and ready to deploy in case of an emergency. Rothco carries a massive selection of parachute cord including military 550 LBS paracord, para-cord bracelets and accessories.

DS-36 Magnaview:

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The DS-36 MagniView™ handheld magnifier has been designed with simplicity in mind. Its top mount thumb rest promotes a more natural hand position creating balanced weight distribution between lens and handle. The 2x to 4.5x bifocal lens and lightweight design is perfect for extended reading times or for those with limited strength. The 4.5x spot lens is molded in to the crystal-clear acrylic primary lens for ease of use and seamless focusing transitions. Protected by a full rim, this magnifier is the perfect accompaniment for around the house or on the go.

Micro Cache Container

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This is an incredibly strong little cast aluminum Micro.  The word 'Geocache' is permanently engraved into the metal coating for 'at a first glance' identification.  There is a rubber gasket (PLUS a spare gasket) to keep the contents dry and a split ring to give you the option to hang this micro.

 

Mini Neon Smilie stress balls:

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Create smiles with these colorful foam stress balls! A simple yet cheerful desk accessory, these 2" Mini Neon Smile Face Stress Balls can relieve stress and anxiety when squeezed! That's all it takes to melt away the stress!

Emoji buttons

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Emoji buttons help express moods in fun ways. Use as giveaways, prizes and party favors for kids. They’ll love bringing their texts to life with these fun metal buttons. Metal.

Trackable Addon:  Cutlass Geocoin (bottom coin)

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These coins are 2.5 inches tip to tip. The tracking code is along the blade in easy to read white.  Trackable at geocaching.com.

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

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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 caches have you hidden?

After tallying all the answers, we found that on average cachers have hidden 104 caches, including hosting events. I think this data might be a bit skewed as we had some very prolific hiders chime in. So here’s what we heard:

  • Jack of JacknBerli on Twitter shared: Around 300. Most are still active. Started hiding one week after we started Geocaching in 2013!
  • Ed Shaper shared: 188 but lots of those are events.
  • Charlie on Facebook shared: This is a very timely question. Currently, we've published 39 caches, including 15 Earthcaches and 4 events. On Groundhog Day this year, we'll be putting out an additional 37 puzzle caches as part of a project to do an 81 grid of puzzles. This will make 43 out or 81 done. 26 of the 37 are also form a small piece of geoart in the area.
  • Al shared: None. I'm more of a hunter than a hider, but I'm working on my first hide. I'm going for one that will gather a lot of favorite points.
  • For those wondering, I’ve hidden 249 caches: 100 on my main account including 28 events, 113 on another group account for maintaining a power trail about 30 miles west of Spokane, and 36 on our Cache Advance profile, most of those are the current Filmed in Spokane GeoTour and 5 events.

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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 was your best month for your find rate? Were you on any special caching trips?

After tallying all the answers, we found that cachers find the most caches April, May, August and December, and often because a geocaching trip or event. So here’s what we heard:

  • Jo on G+ shared: April 2012, we did the ET Highway then.
  • Jeremy on Twitter shared: June 2013. Nothing special just one year from my 1st find and plenty of local caches around back then.
  • Yosemite Debbie on FB shared: 2,267 caches in April of 2016 about 2,000 of those on a trip to cache the outlying boondocks of Fallon, Nevada in a two-jeep convoy. Beautiful country out on those remote dirt roads and lots of wildlife too -- antelope, deer, wild horses.
  • Tony shared: My best month was March of 2015 with 270 finds. I went to MOGA that month and picked up quite a few. It looks like MOGA month is very often my biggest find month… but 2015 seems to have been the biggest of the big.
  • For anyone wondering, August of 2011 was my best month. I was invited down to the grand re-opening of the ET Highway in Nevada. Remember, it was August, it was 100+ degrees each day. I had a blast, and ended the month just 7 shy of 2,000!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about best caching months. You can to, if you-

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The Cache Crate for December 2016 was sent last month and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!    This month was a Night Caching 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!

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Here's what is inside the December Cache Crate:

Mini Glowsticks: 1 Red, 1 Green

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This Mini LED Glowstick is a compact yet powerful source of illumination, perfect for safety or for fun. An excellent alternative to traditional chemical glowsticks and available in multiple LED colors, the Glowstick has a sleek design and a simple twist on/off function. It also features batteries that last over 60 hours and can be easily replaced. Waterproof and equipped with an S-Biner for clippability, these colorful Glowsticks are perfect to keep in your car or home emergency kit, or simply to have on hand for hours of nighttime visibility and safety. As an added bonus - they float!

Red 3 in 1 LED Mini Flashlight

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Remember: good things come in small packages. The 3-in-1 LED Mini Flashlight may fit easily into your pocket, but don't be deceived by its size. This fully featured mini flashlight can illuminate the night as a flashlight, lantern, or safety light. The ultra bright, 80 Lumen flashlight has high and low modes both as a flashlight, and when converted into its lantern mode with a simple sliding motion. The tail end of the light features a red safety light with its own switch to set it to glow, flash, or SOS modes. The compact size, durable machined aluminum body, and convenient lanyard loop on the tail will make this a new favorite for your glove box, emergency kit, or next family camping trip.

See-Me Reflective Stickers

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The See-Me Reflective Stickers has a variety of shapes and sizes of adhesive reflective stickers to provide additional visibility in the dark. Strips can be cut to desired length or shape prior to application.

1 Medium official geocache sticker

1 Small official geocache sticker

Trackable addon: Marquee FINS GeoTour Coin.

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Watch the Unboxing Video from the GC Doc on YouTube!

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

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