Wow, it is hard to believe, but Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are here! Are you ready?

As you know, at Cache Advance we've been crazy busy getting our geocaching gear assembled, packaged, stocked in the Cave and ready to ship out from our door to yours!

As we do every year, we put together our helpful gift guide presenting our top 10 Geocaching Gifts for this season!  You are sure to find something here that will warm the heart of the geocachers on your list.

1. Cache Crate Subscription - Starts at $19/month

Untitled design (10)Who wouldn't like to get a fun box of geocaching and awesome outdoor gear delivered to your door every month? Sign up for the membership level you want to give (or gift to yourself!) and we'll send out a box of great gear! You can pay ahead, or pay as you go with lots of monthly options to suit your needs. Take a look inside a cache crate by clicking here.

33efeb5d-7ee2-4bdc-a387-89d09a50cbe72. Go Fish Geocoins - $12

Inspired by a coloring contest, these fun Go Fish! Geocoins were minted for the Go Fish! Multi Events held around the world in mid November 2016.

We minted 16 versions in all: 10 versions chosen by committee, one version won a Cache Crate coloring contest, three more are our Cache Advance versions, and Groundspeak did two versions as well (available at geocaching.com).

Now you can get yours if you weren't able to attend an event, or round out your collection if you did! The Go Fish coins measure 2" tip to tail and are a variety of finishes and lots of fun colors. Pick the versions you like best, or take a whole school of Fish!

3. Jumbo Micro Cache Capsule - $9.95

RothcoCapsule-1This capsule is made from anodized aluminum and features a waterproof O-ring seal, and a swivel key ring and hook to give you plenty of hiding options.

The capsule has an inside diameter of about 1.3125 inches, so can fit most micro and nano coins (including the official FTF geocoin) and a bit of SWAG. The capsule itself measures about 2.75 inches long, 3 inches including the key ring holder.

4. Garmin Oregon 700 - $399.99

Garmin SeriesRugged GPS/GLONASS Handheld with Built-in Wi-Fi andMore!
The wireless Wi-Fi link and Bluetooth links on your Oregon 700 makes it easier than ever to enjoy a superior geocaching experience. You can set your device to automatically stay up to date with all the latest caches from Geocaching.com. No more manual entry of coordinates or printing out cache details on paper.

 

5. Trackable Grab Bags - $15-$50
trackablegrab

A fun and random 'grab-bag' of trackables! Will include geocoins, tags or Cachekinz, all trackable at Geocaching.com. Perfect for stocking-stuffers, small or larger gifts, events, or just for fun trade. All un-activated and trackable at geocaching.com.

6.  The Outside Box Gift Subscription

disc golfThe Outside Box is this year's new Monthly Subscription Box from Cache Advance with the mission to help you have and spend more time outside.  Each month we'll send you the supplies you need to play outside, one fun activity at a time, and the gear to help keep you safe and prepared for adventure!  Check out our unboxings on the blog here.

7.  Charlie - The Podcacher Chihuahua Cachkinz! - $6.49

DSCF9426

This adorable Chihuahua named Charlie is ready to go geocaching with you or travel the world to help spread the word about all the geocaching goodness to be found at PodCacher.com.  They are fully trackable at Geocaching.com, each with a unique tracking number so you can follow their travels. Made of aluminum, just like travel bugs, this fun traveler also comes with a chain so that it may be attached to another item.

Priced at $6.49 each, you can purchase a litter of 5 or more for only $5.75 each!

8.  Waterproof 30 Cal Ammo Can, Green or Purple!  - $9.95

Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 11.26.19 AM

This 30 cal. can is intended to replicate the shape of an actual 30 cal. army surplus ammunition can. It offers the same capacity as a traditional 30 caliber military ammo can. Perfect for geocaching, and comes in purple, too...! Other features include: Water-resistant O-ring seal, Double padlock tabbed, Molded-in stacking ridges, Heavy-duty, latching systems

9.  Tool A Long Hiker - $9.95

A perfect stocking stuffer or hanging ornament gift for your tree!  The UST Tool A Long Hiker is a pocket-sized, stainless steel multi-tool that is designed to accomplish a variety of tasks outdoors or on the go. The included carabiner makes it easily accessible on your gear, belt, bags, and more. TSA-approved for safe travel.

Tool-A-Long-HikerIncludes:

A. Signal mirror
B. Pry tip
C. Cord Cutter
D. Hex wrench (two positions)
E. Can opener
F. Flathead screwdriver
G. Ruler (1in)
H. Butterfly wrench
I. Hex wrench (four positions)
J. Bottle opener

10.  Not sure what to get??  How about a Gift Certificate to Cache Advance!

Let the geocacher that seems to have everything shop for the gear they need - give them a gift certificate from Cache-Advance!  Perfect for last minute gifts.

What are your favorite geocaching gift ideas?  Share them with us in the comments!

Save

Save

GQotD-RecapHey 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.  This weekend, we went back to replay some of our older questions and found one about challenge caches.

We recently asked: Have you completed any challenge caches yet?

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that everyone who replied has completed at least one challenge cache.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Louis’s comment on G+ was a shared by many. He says: Several.  And there are several more on my "Grab it when I'm in the area" list.
    • James on FB had a different opinion: I've done quite a few over the years but my attitude toward them has changed over time. Back when they were few and far between, I took on most of them. But now that you can't hardly swing an ammocan without hitting one, my usual response to a new one being published is "meh". I'll do them if I've already qualified (making them essentially just a traditional cache) but otherwise, my interests are elsewhere and I don't usually bother with them.
    • Kevin on FB shared: Yes, I like the variety of caching they can encompass. I'm actually working on a meta-challenge (100 challenge caches found)
    • Don shared: Yes, plenty. They add a lot more interest to geocaching than just doing individual caches!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about challenge caches, 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!

GQotD-RecapHey 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.  This weekend, we went back to replay some of our older questions and found one about puzzle/unknown caches.

We recently asked: How many puzzle/unknown caches have you found, and what is this % of your total finds?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found the average for puzzle caches is 9.7% of cacher’s total finds.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Chad on FB shared: 229 (12.7%) - that will spike to over 300 between now and Pi Day as we're doing a couple puzzle series runs.
    • The Boxman Crew shared: 1288 puzzles found, 21.52% they are some of our favorites.
    • Terry on G+ is new to geocaching and shared: 0%  hoping to find my first one on Pi Day.  I've only found 21 caches so far.
    • Callahanmatt on T shared: 64 or 2.62% but hopefully more now I have the 'How to Puzzle Cache' book!
      • I hear that is a great book!
    • For those wondering, I have found 429 puzzle caches, for (5.58%) of my total. I’m a bit behind in logging but this shouldn’t change too much. Time for me to get my thinking cap back on!!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about puzzle caches, 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!

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 the coolest thing you've ever found in a cache?

When I am teaching a geocaching 101 or just explaining what geocaching is, this is a common question that I get. For me the swag isn’t that important so I always have a hard time answering this! I’m a little more into the journey and achievement of each cache. But finding something cool is always nice! So here’s what we heard:

  • Alicia on FB shared: I've found some cool, sometimes valuable stuff on rare occasions, but oddly enough my most prized piece of swag I took was a painted rock. I just really cherish it for some reason!
  • Shawn shared: A voucher from the CO for a bottle of Templeton rye whiskey as a ftf prize. Wow!
  • Cleve shared: Probably my first TB. I was like wow this is a Kool idea.
  • Mike shared: I get excited when I find a fifteen year old logbook. No kidding –those oldie logbooks are awesome to read!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about the coolest finds in caches. You can to, if you-

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

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

The Cache Crate for October 2016 was sent a few weeks ago 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!

Cache (1)

Take a look inside:

GIFF Sticker

giff-sticker

Get stickered up for GIFF!

The 2016 Geocaching International Film Festival will be held from November 3-7 at locations throughout the world. There will be 16 finalists who will be featured during the festival, and a special digital souvenir for all that attend an event!

igd-patch
GIFF Patch

Get patched up for GIFF too!

The Geocaching International Film Festival patch is 2.5 inches in diameter and can be used as an iron on or you can sew on to your favorite gear.  This patch is great for showing off at GIFF events, as SWAG for event hosts, or as a premium trade item!

Silica packets in a bag

20161024_162057

Keep your cache dry with these silica packets!

Clakit StrapPack Pocket Pouch

StrapPack

​The CStrapPack Pocket Pouch is 6"H x 3.5"W x 1"D and designed to fit smartphones, wallets, snacks, pacifier, dog cookies - basically things you need often.  It also has a second thin pocket for money, permits and other small flat items. It is made of light weight cordura with a hook/loop flap. It is specifically made to fit the Clakit Clip so that you also have access to the ladder lock giving you options to connect a second accessory to the same Clakit Clip with 1" webbing.

Camo Jelly Bellys

b5534c0a-ce1c-4ad8-b883-9e713f497d6b

A special selection of jelly beans inspired by the art of camouflage.

Trackable Addon:  Evil Clown Cachekinz

cachekin

Featuring a custom icon, this fun new trackable known as Cachekinz might be a tad scary to find in any cache!  They are fully trackable at Geocaching.com, each with a unique tracking number so you can follow their travels. Made of aluminum, just like travel bugs, these fun travelers also come with a chain so that it may be attached to another item.  These Cachekinz measure just under 2" square. Design by SirKarp!

 

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:
 http://www.cache-advance.com/products.asp?cat=4

To subscribe:
http://www.cache-advance.com/cachecrate.aspOpens in a new window

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 type of cache was your first find? (traditional, letterbox, multi, etc)?

After tallying all the answers, we found that about 95% of us found a traditional cache for our very first find. Although there were a smattering of other types too! So here’s what we heard:

  • Kari on G+ shared: Did three caches our first day out. The first was a traditional but I never would have cached again if we hadn't found the third, which was a really cool multi.
  • GeoTruckr on Twitter shared: traditional, log only, found without any navigation system other than me! 2 blocks from my home, near historic marker!
  • Bruce shared: Traditional. Took two tries. First gps wasn't very good.
  • wh00_KZN shared: mystery cache ... my wife introduced me to geocaching by taking me to GC2JVRB as she knew i loved puzzles history and nature.
  • TwentseMug shared: It was this puzzle cache that transformed me from muggle to geocacher.
  • Robert on Facebook shared: A small traditional I found under a few feet of snow in the middle of winter in Michigan. I still have a little trinket that I grabbed from it.
  • My first find was an ammo can in the woods of north Idaho. Hillside, deep tree cover and a cheap GPS… but I finally found it and felt like a kid on Christmas morning, and was instantly hooked.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about everyone’s first find stories –there were way too many cool stories to share! Catch them all, if you-

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

Thanks, and Happy Caching!

The Cache Crate for September 2016 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!

Cache

 

Items:

Jumbo Micro Cache Capsule- Camo:

RothcoCapsule-1

This capsule is made from anodized aluminium and features a waterproof O-ring seal, and a swivel key ring and hook to give you plenty of hiding options.

The capsule has an inside diameter of about 1.3125 inches, so can fit most micro and nano coins (including the official FTF geocoin) and a bit of SWAG. The capsule itself measures about 2.75 inches long, 3 inches including the key ring holder.

Geocaching Scout Patch:

geocaching_patch_2016_500

The Geocaching Scout Patch can be used as an iron on or you can sew on to your favorite gear.

Mossy Oak Camo Tape: 

HD07196-1

Featuring unprecedented depth, unequalled detail and elements with remarkable contrast, Mossy Oak Obsession truly offers cachers another dimension in camo.

Each element leaves, limbs, acorns and branches was selected to create unmatched realism and contrast to break up a the silhouette. Then they were placed over multiple layers of actual images from the woods to create a multi-dimensional depth of field unlike any camouflage ever created.

Another pattern that you can actually look into much the same way you look into the woods.

No-Mar Gun & Bow Tape is great for geocaches, guns, bows, outboard motors, naturalist gear and anything else that needs camo. The tape is easy to apply and protects items from dings and scratches, while helping you blend into your environment. Made of high-tech vinyl substrate.

2 x 10' roll.

 

.9 Hefty (sold in sets of two, each crate contained only one): 

ZH0133-1

Two Pack of .9 Cup Hefty Clip Lock Containers. Perfect for small sized cache placements!

  • Product in inches (L x W x H): 3.75 x 3.75 x 2.25 each
  • Capacity: 2.1 Cup
  • Materials: Polypropyle
  • This item contains no BPA
  • Ergonomic 4-hinge locking sides to seal out the elements
  • Scratch resistant easy open handles
  • Airtight container with silicon seal to lock out the elements
  • Freezer, Microwave, Dishwasher and Mostly Muggle Safe
  • Premium Product at Competitive Pricing
  • Second to none in engineered durability and clarity

Addon Trackable: Sabortooth Cachekinz:

Featuring a custom icon, this fun new trackable known as Cachekinz will be a delight to find in any cache!  They are fully trackable at Geocaching.com, each with a unique tracking number so you can follow their travels. Made of aluminum, just like travel bugs, these fun travelers also come with a chain so that it may be attached to another item.  These Cachekinz measure just under 2" square.

Watch the unboxing:

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

To subscribe:
http://www.cache-advance.com/cachecrate.aspOpens in a new window

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: Did you get your Earthcache souvenir last weekend?

After tallying all the answers, we found that just over half, or 53% of cachers, did not get their souvenir last weekend. So here’s what we heard:

  • Heidi on G+ shared: Nope, we had very bad weather here this past weekend
  • Shawn on FB shared: No. For the first time in many years I missed this souvenir. I was busy moving. It will never happen again.
    • Shawn, I can so relate!
  • Fen shared: Yep! Got to learn about the volcano that used to be over near Snoqualmie Falls!
  • Dawn shared: Yes! Took us to a park we haven't been to in a long time
  • Tony shared: I still need to log it… but yes.
  • I did get mine, as there was an event near an earthcache that we were able to attend. It was a nice little hike too!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about earthcaches, 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!

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: Which geocaching statistic of yours are you most proud?

After reading all the answers, we saw that, as I’d thought, most cachers take pride in many different things and ways to enjoy caching. The only stat that was mentioned the most was the Jasmer Challenge, and that only came up 3 times. So here’s what we heard:

  • Eric shared: That's like asking which of my children I love more. I'm proud of all of them equally!!
  • Ruth on FB shared: I'm not proud of anything to do with statistics. I'm proud of the friends and connections I've made along the way. Stats are overrated.
  • Emma shared: Countries, all the Beautiful places had visit thanks to this hobby.
  • Kari on G+ shared: They are not very impressive overall but I do like the fact that over 25% of our finds are puzzles.
  • Jerry on FB shared: Completing the Jasmer Challenge (finding one cache published in each month since May 2000)...it took a long time, and I had to work it in when I was traveling somewhere nearby, but it also got me to look for and find so many historic caches along the way. A good long-term goal for anyone, but start as soon as you can to take advantage of opportunities anywhere you go!
    • Coincidentally 5 years ago today, or October 9, 2011, I finished the Jasmer challenge! It was an amazing journey to find so many oldies across the country and read the logs too. I know I had an advantage as I started caching in August of 2002, but it was still challenging to fill all those months!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about caching stats, 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!

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 post geocaching pictures or stories to your Facebook account?

Click Here to Listen to the Recap Audio!

After tallying all the answers, we found that about 99% of cachers do share about their adventures on FB. So here’s what we heard:

  • Jo on G+ shared: Absolutely!
  • Jim on FB shared: Sure do! Why else would I be in those amazing places in the first place?
  • Tomer on Twitter shared: I post pictures only if I think they have added value (funny, location etc). I do post pic's & stories on FB Geocaching groups.
    • Glad you mentioned FB groups –there are bunch of great geocaching groups out there and I’m active on quite a few.
  • Ryan shared: I usually post pics of hikes we take with the kids. Don't post the caches themselves unless they're cool or a milestone find.
  • Matt on FB shared: I used to post every few days, but I've now decreased the frequency so as to create the illusion that I have a life outside of geocaching.
  • Mike shared: Sometimes. Depends on what it is. I have cacher friends on FB, but most of my friends have no idea why (in my right mind) I'd be hanging out in a drainage pipe covered in muck with a 5 gallon bucket in my hand.
    • Mike, never fear, us cachers know exactly why you’re hanging out in the drainage pipe, and many of us have done this too!!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about Facebook and caching, 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!