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
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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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This month’s #GeoChallenge with the Geocaching Vlogger is to hide a geocache (https://youtu.be/6oeQ_DHYBeQ)!

Here are a few hiding tips to consider when hiding a geocache:

  • Cache placement: Hide a new cache where you want to bring visitors to see or experience something cool. This could be a great view, a nice area to explore, or simply a clever hide just for the find.
  • Remember to put a log book inside!
  • Keep in mind the changing of the seasons. That snowy white camo might look great in winter, but stick out in the spring and summer.
    • Will the leaves turn and fall later, exposing your cache? Or grow back and mess up your camo?
    • How will deep snow affect finding your cache? You might want to hide it above the expected snow level.
    • Near water? Will the water rise and wash it away, or recede and expose your cache?
  • Use appropriate attributes for your cache. You may even need to change these with the changing of the seasons.
  • Be sure to leave pencils, not pens, in the cache.
  • Use a water tight container.
  • Take multiple coordinates, or average the coordinates for your new hide.
  • Leave an FTF prize for the first finder. This can even be just a nice note!
  • We recommend marking the outside of your container clearly as an official geocache. You can simply write on it, or use a sticker like these small ones or larger ones.
  • Be sure that you have permission from the land manager to hide the cache.

Here are some more great resources for hiding a new geocache:

Geocache Listing Requirements / Guidelines
Regional Geocaching Policies Wiki
Geocache Ownership: A Long-Term Relationship

Do you have more?  Please share them in the comments below!

From classic ammo cans with a twist (can you say purple?), Jumbo Micros (really not an oxymoron), to tricky urban hides, we’ve got it all.

Here are a few Featured items - Small and Regular sizes:

Hefty

 

Hefty Clip Lock Containers, available in 2.1 and .9 cup sizes. Perfect for small to regular sized cache placements!

  • 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

Jumbo Micro Cache Capsule- Camo:

This 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.

30 Cal Ammo Cans (Green & Purple!): 

 

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...!

Tricky caches:

Utility Plates:

 

This Magnetic Faceplate cover is a GREAT cache to hide! On the back there is enough room for the included log inside a zip lock bag, and two very strong magnets. The log bag has a small magnet inside to help keep it attached to the plate.

 

 

Bolts (Silver & Rusty): 

We've redesigned the Fake Bolt Cache!  The new bolts are wholly machined with a solid screw-on top. The magnet is nestled safely inside the top 'nut' which also protects it from the elements along with the o-ring.   Inside is still the same super secret compartment with a Rite in the Rain logbook and metal toggle for logbook retrieval. The new bolts still come in the ever popular Silver and Rust.

 

Do you have Geocache Hiding Tips?  Share them below!

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One of the things that we love most about Geocaching around the world is meeting all the different people who enjoy this hobby too. It's amazing how so many people, from very different walks of life, can share an interest like this. As we have been traveling, living, and working around the world -- we have especially enjoyed meeting cachers from different countries. And during our time in China, we also made some wonderful connections with geocachers who call the other side of the world home.

Frustrated in Guangzhou

As some of you may know, we spent some time last year as English Teachers in Guangzhou, China. We were ecstatic to be living in a new country and looking forward to exploring the area, while finding some Geocaches of course. Unfortunately, we were quickly disappointed because there were hardly any caches to go for. And the ones that we tried to find all turned out to be DNF's!

In a city of more than 14 million people...we never thought we would be starving for Geocaches to find!

Canton Tower in Guangzhou
Canton Tower in Guangzhou

Experiencing Hong Kong's AMAZING Caching Community

Luckily, Hong Kong was just a short 2 hour bus ride from Guangzhou. We love Hong Kong enjoyed making frequent trips there during our time living in Guangzhou. But even better was that they seemed to have a great Geocaching community. In fact, from what I had seen on the Hong Kong Geocacher Facebook Group, they seemed to be a tight-knit group who put on some really AWESOME events!

Views of Hong Kong at night from the top of The Peak lookout.
Views of Hong Kong at night from the top of The Peak lookout.

For example, they would have meet ups at KTV (a type of karaoke / club that is all the rage in Asia), arcades, zorbing arenas, and many other really fun places. They even do some quite non-traditional events such as hiking on some of the other islands (yes, there is hiking and outdoor fun in Hong Kong), and they also have some geocaching puzzle events. Even though we had visited Hong Kong many times, we never got a chance to attend one of their events until the Hong Kong Leap Day event 2016.

We arrived at the event, which was being held at a German-themed bar / restaurant in a hopping neighborhood, and we could immediately spot the lively group of cachers. They were all so welcoming and friendly, we seemed to hit it off immediately. So we had a few drinks, ate some gigantic pretzels, and continued to mingle with cachers from Hong Kong...and all over the world! In fact, that's what struck us most.

Since Hong Kong is such an international city (and travel destination), there were cachers at this event from all over the world -- 12 different countries we counted!

Some of them were in town on vacation, others were just making a quick stopover, while some were actually expats living in Hong Kong. It made for such a dynamic and fun atmosphere!

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After the meet and greet event, some of the locals offered to take us visitors on a stroll of the city to find some of the most popular (and unique) Hong Kong geocaches. And they didn't disappoint! We actually had a large group set out together, finding cache after cache...after cache. After hours of caching, we had to head back to the hotel for an early morning. But it seemed like the rest of them were going to continue hunting until the wee hours of the morning! Perhaps they did...

We really appreciated the enthusiasm of the geocaching community in Hong Kong - and really loved their friendly and warm welcome to all the visitors to their city.

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An FTF in China & Some New Friends

Just a week before we left China, we spotted an FTF opportunity nearby our home in Guangzhou. We couldn't believe it. We had only recently gotten our first FTF - in Macau, of all places. And we had gotten another FTF in Hong Kong...so we were on a bit of a roll. But since we were actually living in Guangzhou, we knew we had to have an FTF here to remember this place by.

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It was a perfect day outside for geocaching when we set out for a local park near our home in Guangzhou. We first enjoyed ourselves on the way to the cache, taking a walk through the massive park (in China you don't have to fight for FTF's because there are so few people caching!). Eventually, we made our way to ground zero and sure enough, we got our FTF in mainland China added our to books!

Geocaching in China

We did the FTF dance, signed the log, and gave a shout out to the hiders, Guangzhou Goonies, for such an awesome find! They quickly responded and seemed super happy (if not more) to hear that we had found their cache.

Meeting the Guangzhou Goonies

It didn't take long of more chatting online before it felt like the Guangzhou Goonies were friends. It was a perfect match. They were fairly new to geocaching, but they were interested most in the creative-hiding aspect...which we love to find!

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Another really creative cache hidden by Guangzhou Goonies in Guangzhou, China

We also learned that they lived fairly close to us (well, relatively close given the size of this city!) so they set up an event to get together. We met the Guangzhou Goonies, a husband / wife / two kids team as well as a few other expat cachers who joined the event. We had a blast chatting over authentic Chinese BBQ, then we set out to find an awesome cache that they had placed near one of their favorite Chinese dessert restaurants -- a great idea for dessert!

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This is another cache hidden by Guangzhou Goonies - My Home (Batteries Required - GC6C1P3)

This cache, Shuang Pi Nai (Shuang Pi Nai - GC69G9C), is named after the famous local dessert found at the restaurant. After a bit of searching, we were able to make the find -- a truly great cache! Then we sat down to sample this tasty dish - which the two of us still crave to this day!

We were all having so much fun together, that we then headed back to their apartment to find an awesome gadget-type that he created outside his apartment...now THIS was absolutely one of the coolest caches we have found. Worth the trip to Panyu, Guangzhou for sure!

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The Guangzhou Goonies geocaching crew

Making Memories and Friends Through Geocaching Around the World

We have cherished these memories meeting up with other cachers around the world. It has been wonderful to bond with them over our shared hobby, and it's such a cool way to learn about other cultures too. It's been a blast and we look forward to meeting other great geocachers as we continue to explore and go #travelcaching all over the world!


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We're Josh & Liz, expert travelers who love a good Geocaching adventure. Visit our website Peanuts or Pretzels to find out how we can help make your trip planning easier and more fun...as well as incorporating Geocaching into your next vacation!

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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.

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.

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

We recently asked: Any tips for teaching geocaching to beginners?

We received lots of great tips and suggestions.

Here are just a few:

  • Tom on G+ shared: Make sure you can cover the most basic items in the first 2 minutes. If it takes longer than that, you've lost them already..
  • Jo adds: Leave a lot of times for questions and think of many different ways to explain the same thing.
  • Dave recommends that you: Take them to quality caches you've previously found and and determined are still in good shape.
  • Kari shared: Make sure each person has their own GPSr to use. It's more fun than looking over someone's shoulder.
  • Dawn on FB likes a quick hands-on approach. She shared: Show while you go. Give a basic run down then get moving! Having 2 people and splitting up a large group might help.
  • My favorite tip for teaching is using the ‘see and walk away’ method for finding. Before they start looking for the cache, you designate a spot near GZ for them to go once they have seen the cache container. This gives everyone in the group the opportunity to find each cache.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about teaching 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!

“Congratulations - you are no longer muggles!” I announce this to all of my students when I wrap up the Geocaching 101 classes that I teach. They smile, laugh and give each other high-fives because now they are in on the secret game of geocaching, and they know no one can call them a muggle ever again!

What is a muggle you ask? In ‘Geo-Speak’, a muggle is a person that does not geocache, and most likely has never heard of geocaching. Where did this term come from? Remember Harry Potter? According to Wikipedia, a Muggle is the word used in the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling to refer to a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born into the magical world.

The Wizarding world of Harry Potter exists alongside that of the real world and contains magical elements similar to things in the non-magical world. Many of its institutions and locations are in places which are recognizable in the real world, such as London. It comprises a fragmented collection of hidden streets, overlooked and ancient pubs, lonely country manors and secluded castles that remain invisible to the non-magical population of Muggles. Hmm, sound familiar? Just like geocaching!

Many geocachers tend to think of a Muggle as a person who lacks any sort of geo-magic and is not in or aware of the geocaching game or community. To me, as a geocacher, I believe I see the world a little differently than my non-caching counterparts see the world. Kind of like when Harry visits Diagon Alley or Platform 9 3/4: these are places and things that muggles don’t see, but we geocachers know how to find these places (we have the coordinates!) and we know how to come up with the cache once we are there.

So for this month's #GeoChallenge, we challenge you to take a Muggle geocaching!  Watch the video:

Here are some tips to help meet this month's #GeoChallenge :

Check the basics:  Make sure you have a GPS unit you know well and plenty of extra batteries.  If you are using your phone with an app, make sure that you are fully charged before leaving!  You don’t want your GPS or phone to die in the middle of the search.  Also be sure to do a weather check and bring plenty of water with you while geocaching in the summer heat.

Consider the activity/energy level of your muggle friend:
Although you may be an experienced cacher, the muggle with you is new to the game. Think ahead and plan a cache route that will be appropriate for them. Also keep in mind that if you have an older friend along they may not have the mobility or stamina that you’re used to.

Have a newbie in your group? Dr. B's Newbie Kit can help!
Have a newbie in your group? Dr. B's Newbie Kit can help!

When caching with Muggles we recommend avoiding Micro and Small caches:
Caches with larger containers are easier to find and usually have fun trade items. Also try to steer clear of caches with high terrain and difficulty levels.

Have a clear idea of the route you want to take - and bonus points for routes that include cool landmarks or points of interest.  Don’t plan a full-day, start small! You might want to plan to go out to eat afterwards to wrap up the adventure.

Remember, this is your opportunity to show your Muggle friends some of your favorite local spots and also share your love of the game. With a well-planned, thoughtful route, a fully charged familiar GPS/Smartphone, and the right supplies, you and your Muggle friend will be headed for a fun-filled geocaching adventure.

What are your tips for introducing a Muggle to Geocaching?  Share in the comments!

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This month's geochallenge has been issued!  Will you accept the challenge?

To help you with this #geochallenge, we thought we would give you a Trackable 101 to help you accept the challenge:

Trackables 101

What are trackables you ask? They are items that are uniquely identified (special unique code on each one) that are meant to travel from place to place, person to person.

Maybe you’ve heard of those traveling gnomes that people take with them on trips and then take their picture at scenic spots? Or how about Where’s George Dollars that you can track by the serial number to see where this dollar has been spent before?

Trackables are usually found in geocaches -but not always! They move from place to place, picking up stories along the way. You can add your own story, or live vicariously through each trackable’s adventures.

Trackables come in many forms, such as:

Here are some great hints to help you learn more about trackables, and some basic etiquette for handing trackables.

A Travel Bug is a trackable item that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. More here: www.geocaching.com/track

Trackables usually have goals. Read the trackable page, recent logs online or in the cache logbook, and look for a goal tag with many trackables. Don’t move it contrary to its goals.

Pick up a trackable? Log it ASAP. If you hold onto it more than 2 weeks, you should email the owner as a courtesy.

You do not have to leave a trackable in order to pick one up.

Don’t wish to pick up a trackable? You can discover it. Tells owner that it is not missing.

Do not log a discover if you haven’t actually seen or handled a trackable.

Don’t grab trackable from other geocacher until it is dropped into a cache or event. You may mess up miles or goals.

Is the trackable missing? Mark it as missing on page. Prevents others from looking for it.

Promo trackables: jeeps, diabetes. Do not collect and hoard; these are meant to be shared.

Many trackables have their own icon that will show on your profile at geocaching.com when you discover or grab them.

Some trackables aren’t in caches; they are on cars, shirts, bikes, etc. These are usually discovered.

Many geocachers buy and keep their own collection of trackables and will share at events to be discovered, or even trade online.

If the trackable goal is known and you cannot fulfill it, place it where someone can, or pass it person to person to fulfill its goals.

Do you have any  more tips to add?  Please do so in the comments!

Geochallenge of the month is about Trackables!

Guest Post by Josh and Liz from Peanuts or Pretzels

It's no secret that Liz and I love spending our days outside exploring the world. From big cities, to National parks, museums loaded with history, to hiking on back trails. In fact, one of the reasons we love Geocaching is that it goes along perfectly with our travels. So it's important to be prepared for your Geocaching adventures at all times, and that includes having the right equipment in your Geocaching bag.

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A Good "Geocaching Bag" is Essential

Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it's essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs. It's important that the bag not be too small, or too big. And for us, it needs to fit everything we need to be prepared for a day hike, or traveling and exploring a new city. Luckily for us, we've found the perfect bag for our geocaching adventures. In fact, we enjoy it so much that we refer to it as our "adventure bag!"

Our "adventure bag" is always stocked and ready to go at a moments notice.

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Must Haves in Your Geocaching Bag

Must Have's In Your Geocaching Bag

SmartPhone or a GPS & Spare Batteries

One of the first essential items for your Geocaching Bag is, of course, some kind of GPS unit. You may opt for a handheld unit, or you might be happy with the good ol' smartphone and Geocaching App. We started out using the Smartphone, but realized that it limited us when we wanted to get out into the wilderness. It also because a problem when we traveled abroad, those data roaming fees will get you!

No matter which item you prefer to use, you should always make sure it is fully charged - or that you have spare batteries on hand too!

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Hitting the GA Geo-Trail with our Adventure Bag

Sun & Bug Sprays

Being an outdoor activity, you should always carry some kind of protective sprays. Whether it is for the sun or for bugs, you never know when you might need it. And it could make for a miserable experience (maybe more miserable AFTERWARDS) if you don't have it on hand. But it's not just the wilderness, you will also need these even if you are in the city! I can't tell you how many times we've gotten caught up while wandering around town, sightseeing and Geocaching. Only later did we realize that our faces were super sunburned!

Luckily, most stores sell small travel versions of bug spray and sunscreen. So it's easy to pop a couple of them into your Geocaching bag, that way you will always have them.

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Navigating the halls of Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Don't Forget the Water!

It is critical to stay good and hydrated anytime you are outdoors, but it's especially important when you are out geocaching. As travelers, we make it a habit to bring a bottle of water wherever we go -- from sightseeing around town, to boat rides, beach trips, or a hike. It's a good habit to have.

And when you are geocaching in the wilderness, it's even more important to have water with you. So be sure to look for a Geocaching Bag that has space for you to carry a water bottle. Don't forget it!

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You never know what you might run across while out Geocaching - Grand Cayman Island

Bring a Notebook and ALWAYS Have Extra Pens!

All cachers can relate to the "pen problem" at some point or another. So we make it a point to put many pens in our Geocaching bag, you don't want to be caught without...or without one that works! Also, you should consider bringing a small notebook too. Sometimes you need to take notes for multi-caches, or have another situation where you need to write something down or make calculations. So the notebook will definitely come in handy.

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Located the Geocache!

Nice-to-Haves in Your Geocaching Bag

For us, there are some other "nice-to-haves" that we include in our Geocaching Bag too. These aren't critical items, and some people might not are to bring them along. But for us, these items seem to be quite useful or enhance the experience. For example, we like to bring a small flashlight in case it gets dark or if we are looking inside a dark place. We also prefer to bring a small first aid kit as well as some snacks to munch on. We also like to bring an iPod and mini-boombox, which we turn on at a low volume when we are hiking. The sound helps to warn off wildlife, and makes for a peaceful walk in the woods for the two of us.

Lastly, we have a bag of trackables that always stays in the Geocaching Bag as well as some swag items - just in case we stumble across something we want to trade for inside a cache. If you take something out, you have to put something in. Always be good to your fellow Cachers.

Oh, and we also like to bring the camera along. You never know when you will come across an amazing site!

 

 

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Turning back after finding the geocache to enjoy the beautiful view of the Petronas Towers! -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tell Us What's in Your Geocaching Bag!

While this is our list of "must haves," we know that everyone has their own unique list from their experiences. So please, tell us what is in your Geocaching bag in the comments below. Cheers and happy caching!

 

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Caching Name: Peanuts or Pretzels

We're Josh & Liz, expert travelers who love a good Geocaching adventure. Visit our website Peanuts or Pretzels to find out how we can help make your trip planning easier and more fun...as well as incorporating Geocaching into your next vacation!

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With winter well under way here in the Northern Hemisphere, we’d like to share some cold weather geocaching tips with you.

Cold Weather Geocaching Tips!

Safety and What to Pack:

The first thing to think about is safety and what to pack. Before heading out, here’s a quick checklist:

  • Be sure to tell someone where you are going: you can leave a note at home, email a friend, update your Facebook or Twitter with your intended caching target or area.
  • Pack extra batteries as the cold will drain the ones you have even faster.
  • Always carry water and food with you. That ’short hike’ (or drive) to the cache may turn out to be a lot longer than you planned. We often don’t drink enough fluids when out in the cold.
  • Don’t forget extra water for your kids & canine caching companions.
  • Check the forecast and watch the weather -it can change fast when you are geocaching! We like Wunderground.
  • Know when the sun will set -it gets dark early in the northern latitudes.
  • Pack a headlamp or flashlight. Better yet, pack two. And check the batteries.

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Finding Caches in Cold Weather:

OK, so you’re all set: gear is packed, GPS is fired up and you’re at the trail head … Now, off to finding caches!

  • Mark your car’s coordinates.
  • Know your limits, and those of your caching companions. That 10 minute hike can take over an hour in some winter conditions. It’s OK to DNF a cache and make it home alright.
  • Do your best to ensure that all seals on the cache are tight and closed properly to avoid moisture from getting in.
  • Be careful not to damage frozen containers as you may find some caches frozen shut. Don’t ruin the cache by hitting it against something hard in an attempt to open it. You could break the seal and ruin the fun for everyone.
  • Don’t bring anything liquid to trade -it can freeze, burst and ruin the cache contents.

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Cold Weather Cache Hiding Tips:

So you want to hide a cache in winter? Here are some tips.

  • Keep in mind the changing of the seasons. That snowy white camo might look great in winter, but stick out in the spring and summer.
  • Will the leaves turn and fall later, exposing your cache? Or grow back and mess up your camo?
  • Don’t leave anything liquid in the cache.
  • Use a water tight container.
  • Be sure to leave pencils, not pens, in the cache.
  • How will deep snow affect finding your cache? You might want to hide it above the expected snow level.
  • Use appropriate attributes for your cache. You may even need to change these with the changing of the seasons.

This is by no means an exhaustive list for cold weather caching. What tips do you have to add?

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Now with nearly three million caches to find, and over TEN MILLION geocachers out there playing the game, chances are getting better and better for finding a caching date, or maybe even more.

Lisa & JD on an early date
Lisa & JD on an early date

Many of us have seen geocachers connect and start dating. Taking a potential date geocaching can lead to many insights about that person and how the two of you might get along down the trail …er… road. I’ve even attended a few official geocaching wedding events -have you?

In fact, I met my husband, Kidvegas19, through geocaching! We are both members of our local geocaching group, the IE-WSGA (Inland Empire Chapter of the Washington State Geocaching Association).

Wedding Day - And a Geocaching Event!
Wedding Day - And a Geocaching Event!

He asked me out on a date back in 2011, and we went geocaching the next day. We cached with friends and just the two of us, and always had a blast. It was the perfect way to spend some great quality time together, and to really get to know each other. We soon fell in love, and 3 years later, our wedding reception was an actual geocaching event!

I am looking for stories to add to my book that I’m writing on life stories and geocaching. Specifically, how geocaching has influenced or impacted your life in a positive way. Today’s topic is dating, relationships and love. If you would like to share a story with me for the book, please feel free to email it to: lisa@cache-advance.com. I am also collecting stories of all kinds, so please write away!

We thought it would be fun to compile a list of geocaching pick up lines. Feel free to add more pickup lines in the comments below.

Now, to get things started, here’s what we’ve come up with so far:

  • Do you cache here often?
  • Ever done a ‘night cache’?
  • Nice camo!
  • Let’s calibrate our GPSrs.
  • Your coordinates or mine?
  • He’s got great stats
  • Would you like to see my trackable collection?
  • What’s your caching name, and how did you choose it?
  • Are you a hider, or a finder?
  • Wanna go on a FTF run with me?
  • TFTD (Thanks For The Date)

What other lines can you think of? Please share!

Cache Crates for December were sent out a few weeks ago and we're pleased to give you a peek inside the box!

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

A Look Inside

 

Here's a breakdown of the items inside the December 2015 Cache Crate:

Halletts Chocolates

Dec-chocolates

Assorted Chocolates from our local friends, Halletts Chocolates!

Handwarmers, 3 Pair

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Heat-Up Hand Warmers are perfect for when the elements are cold. Great for campers, hunters, backpackers and outdoorsmen.

 

Matchholder Cache

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These make nifty micro caches, and are also perfect for keeping your matches safe and dry. Gasket on the lid helps keep out the water. Match striker is on the bottom of container.

Red and Green Bison Ball

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Small storage device that you'll carry with you where ever your keys go.  A Popular Geocaching container to store small hidden treasures within or next clue.

Trackable Addon: Red and Green QR Tech Tags

Dec-tech-tags

The first of it kind, uses the QR code to take you right to the page for that trackable. No need to enter the tracking code anymore after going to www.geocaching.com/track! Each tag is unique which makes this much more difficult to mass produce, but in an effort to push the boundaries we have created the Technology Tag.

Watch the December 2015 Unboxing on YouTube:

A Look Inside (1)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:
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