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

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

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

Ready to log it?

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

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

Here is what I dictated:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For iPhone or iPad users:
Punctuation commands for Android:

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

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

Here's what was inside the Cache Crate:

Golf Ball Cache

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

CITO Bag

Viter Caffeine mints (wintergreen or spearmint)

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

Realtree Hard shell Foam First Aid Kit

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

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

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

Watch the unboxing video from the GC Doc!

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

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

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

 Here's a look inside:

Emoticon Key chain:

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

Geocaching GPS: Great Personal Stories of Geocaching Firsts.

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

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

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

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

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

CamJam® Adjustable Micro Bungee:

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

A Folding Pocket Guide to Purposeful Knots

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

 

Watch the unboxing video from the GC Doc here:

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

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

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

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

 

 

Spring 2017 items:

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

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

CITO Safety vest:   Retail value: $9.99

One Size Fits All CITO Safety vest!

 

GC Grabber Tool:  Retail value: $24.99 

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

Ultimate Trackable Lanyard:  Retail value: $29.95

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

Each Ultimate Lanyard system includes:

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

Geocaching Stencil: Retail $9.95

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

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

Lexan XS Gear Box, clear:  $14.95

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

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

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

Outhouse Birdhouse: $36.95

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

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

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

Base Case 1.0: $4.95

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

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

Watch the GC Doc's Unboxing Video:

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

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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.

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:

To buy the Individual Cache Crates:
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The Cache Crate for November 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!

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  • Wine Glass Charms, Set of 4, Just in time for the holidays/
  • Geocaching Window Cling - Stick to the inside of any window!
  • Go Fish! Geocoin, 1, Go Fish Contest Winner: Pinky the Go Fish!
  • Weatherproof Logbooks, 2, Rite in the Rain!
  • Leave No Trace Hangtag, 1, For a cache, or to share
  • *Add on Trackable: 1 Camo Go Fish! Geocoin

Watch the unboxing here:

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

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

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We all know one, or have heard the legend: that geocacher who can do it all, and has it all. They have the tools needed to make the find, retrieve the log, solve the puzzles and make the grab. They fix broken caches, come to the rescue of befuddled cachers, sidestep DNFs, mentor newbies, hide great caches and always have a good hint when called on. 

The Geocaching Hero.

You can be one too, and we can help! Our Cache Crate Hero plan will give you the tools you need to be a geocaching hero. 

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. 

Be a Geocaching Hero.

Introducing the New HERO Quarterly Cache Crate!

  • A bigger Cache Crate shipping every three months (March, June, September and December)
  • Ships on or near each Equinox and Solstice
  • Includes larger higher priced items than the monthly cache crate
  • FREE Shipping for USA*
  • Price:  $150 per quarter

Our first Hero Crate will ship in mid-late January -a tad late for winter solstice or Christmas... However, everyone who signs up between now and December 20th will receive a card from us that should arrive before Christmas (US only). This card will explain that the first Hero Cache Crate will ship in January 2017.

** International Shipping Info:

  • Canadian shipping is an add-on of US $42
  • All other International destinations is an add-on of US $64

Click here to subscribe to the Quarterly  HERO Cache Crate!

 

Many of us have had that one special pet that was our favorite in some way. All of my fur-babies in the past 50 years, both canine and feline, have been very special to me each in their own way. But my Border Collie, Eve, was so special to me in so many ways!

I found Eve at the last cage in our local shelter on the day our country went to war with Iraq in 2003. I had planned to wait until finishing my masters later that summer to adopt a canine companion, but found myself stalking the runs at both of the local shelters and then instantly bonding with Eve. I had started geocaching the previous year and really wanted a pooch to hike with on the trails. I’ve never had such a bond before, but I’d never had a Border Collie before either!

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After clearing her of the kennel cough and getting caught up on vaccines, she started joining me out and about. She was 3 years old when I adopted her, had some training, but wow was she a quick study in housebreaking and how to be my best friend!

 

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Eve was my constant companion out geocaching, camping, hiking, biking, herding the cats at home, and then my sounding board as I was starting and growing my business, Cache Advance, back in 2005. She came with me when I vended at Midwest GeoBash and the West Bend Ca$h Bash one summer –that was a great 3 week road trip, and we both got to meet so many more cachers!

Joining me in many more business trips over the years, Eve has been to two Geocaching HQs on three different occasions! She has even had her own badge at many Outdoor Retailer Markets in Salt Lake City, and was our official ‘booth babe’ when we exhibited there too. I think a lot of folks thought that she was my service dog as she was so attentive to her people and went with us everywhere!Eve-Ape-Cache

Many of you have met her at our booths at the Block Parties and other regional geocaching events as well. And of course Eve was always ready to greet cachers when Cache Advance was home based in the early days, and then at our store when we opened the second only Brick and Mortar geocaching store in the US.

Eventually Eve retired from traveling and events, but she could still be seen lounging at the Cave now and again, and she always enjoyed meeting cachers and being petted, even though she was going rather blind and deaf.

me_eve_winter2011 It is with a heavy heart that I share with you all that Eve crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in November of 2016. I was quite overcome with all the wonderful comments and remembrances of times with Eve that were posted on my personal Facebook page, so we wanted to be sure that our tribute to a most amazing caching canine, that touched so many, was also shared with our larger geocaching tribe.

We hope that Eve inspired more canine companion adoptions, and more hikes and more geocaching adventures shared with our dogs! Here’s to my best hiking buddy, our family companion, and our Cache Advance mascot, Eve!

vehicle travel bug trackableThere is no better way to easily show your geocaching pride than by putting a Travel Bug on your geo-mobile!

We saw the potential for this back in the summer of 2007: while camping at the WSGA Summer Campout another cacher had one on his rig that was handmade. What a fun way to identify your car as a caching car! Instantly intrigued, we did some R&D (research and development) and soon we were licensed by Groundspeak to officially standardize, make and sell decal-style Travel Bugs for any vehicle.

Since 2007 Cache Advance has been the source for Vehicle Travel Bugs! We started with only a 7" (17cm) white decal for the outside of a vehicle window. Back then we had to order TB tags, transcribe the codes, make the decals, then match them back up with their tags –kind of like a giant game of concentration. This was quite the process when you're dealing with thousands at a time!

Soon we had requests for different colors, sizes and types, such as static clings and even magnets, so we added to our line. A few years later, partnering with Groundspeak, we developed a tag-less method that streamlined the process to make these.

So now, 10 years later, we’ve added a few more vehicle travel bug sizes to our line!

These new sizes complement our existing three inch and the original seven inch TBs, all found here.

We also make replacements of any existing decals, static clings and magnets! Click Here for Details!

Vehicle TB Pro Tips:

General: Vehicle TBs are just like any other Travel Bug in how they work and activate. However, they are meant to only be discovered, not grabbed, if you see one.

Static Clings:

  • Can be moved from window to window.
  • These even work on plastic windows like on some soft top Jeeps.
  • Static Clings do not show well through tinted windows of any sort (only perfect if you want to make it really incognito or hard to discover).

Decals:

  • Our decals are adhesive backed to go permanently on the outside of the vehicle, window or wherever it is placed.
  • Apply to a clean, warm surface. The decals like it warm and can even be applied over window defrosters.
  • Once applied, these should last many years.
  • If you want to move it to another location, you will need to have a duplicate one made.
  • If you need a duplicate (new car or it was damaged somehow) we’re happy to make another one for you with the same code!

Magnets:

  • Made to go on the body of the vehicle.
  • These are perfect if you don’t want anything permanent on your car.
  • Also perfect to take on trips for your rental –instant geo-mobile!
  • Remove the magnet before going through a car wash, unless you want us to make you a duplicate…!

How many of your cars have a Vehicle TB on them?  Tell us in the comments!

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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!

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Take a look inside:

GIFF Sticker

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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!

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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

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Keep your cache dry with these silica packets!

Clakit StrapPack Pocket Pouch

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​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

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

Trackable Addon:  Evil Clown Cachekinz

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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:
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