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

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

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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:

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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!  

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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!

 

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

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Here is what was inside:

Rott13 nickel
Rot13
Do you Rot13? Geocachers tend to like puzzles, codes, finding hidden things and all kinds of challenges. It's what makes us geocachers! Rot13 was actually developed by Julius Caesar (or maybe someone he knew) in the 1st century BC, and rumor has it he loved geocaching. It is a simple letter substitution that replaces a letter of the alphabet with the letter that is 13 letters after it. Have you ever wondered how the messages are coded on geocache hints? It's Rot13 of course.

GeoTrail Cards

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Do you ever get asked what you are doing when you're out geocaching? Just keep a collection of these trail cards in your pack to provide a simple overview of geocaching. Each pack contains 20 cards.
Glow Track Patch
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Get Tracked at Night! Patches are a flexible PVC material with a Velcro back. Trackable at Geocaching.com.

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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Includes:

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

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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.

 Addon Trackable: International Geocaching Day Geocoin 
IGD Micro
International Geocaching Day is held on the third Saturday in August each year. For this year, that made August 20th a special day.  There were events all over the world, special digital souvenirs, and a whole lot of Geocaching! The micro geocoins fit in more sizes of containers, so are easier to send traveling.
Mission GC Patch
EarthCache sticker
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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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GW14erWe sure had a blast at Geowoodstock 14er in July, and hope that you did too!

Our booth was busy from the minute the gates opened and it never slowed down until it was time to pack it up! There sure was a lot to do at Geowoodstock and the surrounding areas; although our team took turns to wander around, meet cachers and see the sights, I’m pretty sure we didn’t get to it all.

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For us, the day was all about our partners, and how we could all work together to inspire and equip geocachers for adventure.

We started out the day with our partner, Garmin. We were honored to have the exclusive introduction of the Oregon 700 Series GPS units  at our booth, and we sold out quickly on the new Oregon 750t !

Next up was a fun visit from Podcachers Sonny, Sandy and Sean (http://www.podcacher.com/). Cache Advance was a sponsor of their trip to Geowoodstock. They also filmed the Cache Crate Hippy Van Race finale at our booth. This was right before Sonny fell ill that day, but we’re happy to see him recover so quickly!

TheGCDoc was next to visit us, and he had some fun with everyone and gave away some great prizes. Justin is also our official Cache Crate Unboxer; we love watching him and his family unboxing our Cache Crates and having fun with everything inside!

After packing up the booth we finished off the day by taking our team out for our traditional Italian dinner. Have a great year, and we’ll see you out on the trail, in our store, or at an event soon!

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

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This month's box was a "Retro" theme!

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Here's what was inside:

4 color logo Retro Hat:

Add a little color into your wardrobe with this 4-color Geocaching logo hat.
Features the standard yellow, green, blue and orange logo that will help other geocachers know you share the same hobby! This smooth-fitting, 6 panel twill hat features adjustable fit.

Retro Lapel Pin:

Get this attractive retro die cut epoxy pin for your hat, lapel, backpack or geocache!This pin features the geocaching logo and is a great way to show off your geocaching pride, attach to a trackable to send around the world, or as a treasured swag item. Dimensions: 1 inch x 3/4 inch

Mini Maintenance Kit: Rite in the Rain Logs & Golf Pencils

4 Geocaching Logo Stickers: 3/4“x 3/4” Mini Sticker

Addon Trackable: Travel Bug!!

Each travel bug gets it’s own page on geocaching.com where you can track its progress as it passes on from person to person or cache to cache.

Watch the unboxing with the GC Doc:

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

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