Hey 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.

Back in February, we asked: Do you have a signature item that you leave in caches?

 

After tallying all the answers, we found that about half of cachers have or have had signature items.

So here’s what we heard:

    • ShashaVIE shared on T: Yes, but I use it very, very rarely.
    • DGS479 shared: I leave signature pathtags in quality or memorable caches.
    • Kelly on FB shared: Most caches are far too small.
    • Kurt summed it up for many of us: Pathtag when I have them, and cache is big enough. It's a crying shame we live in "Micro-World" anymore.
      • Lots of fans posted pictures of their signatures item on our FB page –I encourage you all to take a look!
    • Laura on FB shared: I'm a rock & fossil hound, so when I have small rocks, agates, crystals or fossils, I leave them.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about signature items, and you can too, if you-

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Geocache-GQotDHey 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.

We recently asked: Do you use a shorter version of your geoname for micro cache logs?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found about 98% of cachers do use a shorter version on micro and nano logs.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Dano on G+ shared: Nope, I can write small!
    • Robert on FB shared: As my caching name is only 6 letters I can sometimes squeeze it and the abbreviated date on one line
    • Dane shared: Yes. I abbreviate from [Don't Call Me Sir] to [DCMS] so as not to take up half the little strip of paper, but I write the full name out on logs that have more space available.
    • Dawn on FB Shared: Yes. I can only write so small....
    • Rebecca shared: Yes, The Fossillady becomes TFL
    • I first used “LL” for shorthand, until a good caching buddy started using “LOL” for me a few years ago. That has stuck and other cachers even use that in person with me!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching names, and you can too, if you-

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Make Geocaching aOften the Holiday Season brings with it an influx of family members from out of town. They arrive in your city expecting you to show them the sights and take them to some of your favorite places ... And how better to do that than to take them on a fun (and Holiday treat calorie burning) Cache Run!

But before you go, keep some of these fun-enhancing tips in mind:

Make sure you have a GPS unit you know well and plenty of extra batteries.
You don’t want your GPS to die in the middle of the search. And bring along one for the kids! The youngsters love to be in on the hunt!

Consider the activity/energy level of your caching buddies.
Although you may be an experienced cacher those with you may be new to the game or have never cached before. If this is the case plan a cache route that will be appropriate for them. Also keep in mind that if you have an older family member 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 Newbies we recommend avoiding Micro and Small caches.
Caches with larger containers are easier to find and usually have fun trade items for the kiddos. 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 it’s great if it includes cool landmarks or points of interest.
Don’t plan a full-day, not everyone has the caching stamina you do! And don’t forget to pack snacks!

Remember, this is your opportunity to show your family 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, and the right supplies, you and your family will be headed for a fun-filled caching adventure.

What tips can you add?  Please share your comments below!

 

Is your first geocache hide still active?

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Hey cachers this is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.

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.

We recently asked: Is your first geocache hide still active?

 

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that a little over half, or 54%, of first cache hides are still active.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Danno on G+ shared: Nope it was muggled and I now live 2 states away.
    • Alan on FB shared: No, long gone. It was near Big Fern Hill Park in Bothell, which is now Kirkland.
    • Jim on FB shared: No. I was way too new to the game to know what a quality hide was. It's LONG gone!
    • Lindsey on FB shared: It has been out for about 2 and a half years and has never been muggled. The downed log that it was in has decayed quite a bit and it had to be moved a few feet, but the original container is still there.
    • Dina summed it up for a lot of us: Yes. It's nothing special but it is sentimental.
    • For those of you wondering, my first hide, hidden in November 2002, is still active. I have also adopted 2 older caches, 1 hidden in ’02 and the other in ’01, and they are both still active!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about our first geocache hides, and you can too, if you-

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

We recently asked: Do you prefer geocaching with a handheld GPS or Smartphone?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found it was pretty much 50/50, and most cachers actually use both.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Dave on G+ Shared: GPS, tho my resistance to smartphone caching is getting less now that batteries are better, USB power packs are decent, and the tech on the phone isn't nearly so annoying.
    • Agent Questermark shared: Both! I'll usually start on my phone, but if I need more precision, I like my GPSr. For road trips, I'll load a PQ into the GPSr, but still start with the phone when seeking.
    • Danno Shared: Smartphone. I like to post logs in the field and manage trackables, especially read their missions online before I take them.
    • Hotrod205 on Twitter shared: after getting 3 years each out of 2 Garmins, I don't see the point. New phone is so good that I'm not buying another GPSr.
    • Jessica on Facebook summed it up nicely. She shared: My handheld gps, BUT I geocache 95% of the time with my smartphone because it is always with me

As always we really enjoyed hearing about Geocaching GPS' or Smartphones, and you can too, if you-

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Finding GZ (Ground Zero) where a cache is hidden and making the find can be fun, exciting and frustrating. Sometimes just finding your way to GZ is a task in itself, it can involve a hike, a bike ride or just trying to find the entrance to access GZ from a trailhead or opening in a fence.

When looking for GZ, try to do some recon first.
If you're using a GPS and using Pocket Queries or GSAK (http://gsak.net/), use some of the filters and keep your selections simpler by excluding Mystery Caches (they generally aren't at the posted coords until you solve the mystery), if you are a beginning geocacher, exclude "Higher difficulty & terrain caches" also be sure to select "Enabled caches" so you aren't searching for a cache that is temporarily missing, run your pocket queries the night before or morning you go caching so your search information is up to date.

Trailhead_parking_area_signCheck for parking coordinates or trailhead waypoints
Sometimes you may have to circle around GZ a few times. For example, one side may be a shopping center, another side no trespassing signs, but on the other side, in between those two trees is a neighborhood greenspace trail access. Be sure to park your geo vehicle so you aren't blocking anyone or access lanes.
While walking to GZ you might take a rest break and read up on the hint or description so when you arrive you are ready to look for that cache.

Once at GZ, take a look around, what stands out?
Is it flat and barren? Rocky? Trees scattered here and there? Take a quick look around. Where does your GPS or phone show as GZ? Perhaps you'll find GZ and the cache right next to a tree covered with geo sticks (usually a unnatural pile of sticks covering the cache.)

If you come up empty, take a look at the size rating of the cache and the D/T (difficulty/terrain) ratings, a higher difficulty means you might be spending some time here and may even DNF (did not find) it and have to return another time to make the find. That's part of the fun. Most of us still have caches we can't find.

Make sure you're looking at the correct cache on your GPS or phone.
Read the hint and description again and check the logs to see when it was last found and if any clues were left for hints. Just because the last few finders didn't make the find, doesn't mean it is not there; perhaps they had only a few minutes to search or didn't jump the small creek to find the actual GZ and the cache.

It depends on the cache owner too. What type of device did they get their coordinates from? Phones tend to have not as good of coordinates, did they average their readings or take several coordinates and average them to narrow down GZ?

FTFMicroCoin-1If you're trying for an FTF (First To Find) you may not have a lot to go on - no previous logs and perhaps the description may be missing some info, a parking coordinates or hint.
Usually at FTFs you'll be soon joined by more geocachers to help make the find if you're having difficulties and its a great way to meet fellow geocachers.

Hopefully by now you've made the find and are happily entering "Found" in your device and heading to the next GZ. If not, and you are hopelessly stuck trying to make the find, take a break, sit down, get a drink and refresh yourself and re-read the description, hint, D/T ratings and logs.

Once you are ready, start outside GZ and begin moving towards where you believe GZ is located.
A GPS needs to be moving to get good readings, so don't stand in one spot and spin - move back and forth a few times to get the readings down around 20 feet or less then put your GPS device in your pocket and start looking around. Use your "Geo senses" - what doesn't look natural, what stands out? Is there a fence, large rocks and a tree 50' away? Probably not in the tree, are you on a hillside or are large buildings or trees blocking the satellites? GZ could be further away than you think. Once you find GZ with that large rock with the mysterious crevice, just don't reach in and grab, it might be a home for a critter or nasty insects, try your flashlight or a stick to see what may be inside.

When GZ is in a bush or heavy ground cover, I use my walking stick to probe around the green mass of plants. It saves the plant, doesn't dig up the area and saves your arms. With repeated probes, you may soon hear the clunk or a cache, or an aluminum can that you can CITO (Cache in trash out.)

tricky-find-postIf you still can't make the find, know when to give up.
When you get frustrated trying to find the cache, its time to either take another break or move along. Spending 2 hours looking for a cache my be buckets of fun to some but I'd rather keep finding caches and move to the next and return another time with a new clue or maybe the cache is just gone.

After you do find GZ and the cache, leave a good log for the cacher who hid it, a TFTC (Thanks For The Cache) shows you found it, a little longer log of "Great cache and beautiful area, thanks for bringing me here" shows the cache owner they are appreciated for the effort they put out finding GZ and hiding the cache in a fun, find-able way.

--This article was written by Scareway, Cache Advance Team member.  These tips were part of the October 2015 Cache Crate!  Click Here to up today to start your Cache Crate subscription.

TOP 10(2)Greetings! As you know, at Cache Advance we’ve been crazy busy getting our geocaching gear assembled, packaged and shipped out from our door to yours!

We’ve put together some of our very best selling fun geocaching stuff for you here. This is our top 10 Geocaching Gifts list – our best selling gifts that are sure to delight the geocacher on your list.

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

 

 

2. TOTT: Tools of the Trade Kit $27.95
TOTTKitTOTT Kit is the perfect geocache extraction and logging kit!  This awesome kit has everything you need for extracting most logs, writing on any paper, and log replacement. Pictured is the Orange Space Pen: your choice of Black, Orange or Pink Pen!

Included:
-MagniGrip magnifier and tweezers
-Log Roller with one Rite in the Rain log
-Integra Fine Point Permanent Marker
-Rite In The Rain Fisher Space Pen (black ink) -you choice of color!

TrickyCachePack-1Does the cacher in your life like hard to find caches? Then this Tricky Cache Pack is for them! This Cache Pack has a great variety of sneaky caches, and includes:

  -Bolt cache*
-Utility plate cache*
-Baby soda bottle cache
-Rock cache
-Nano cache

The Tricky Cache Pack comes in its own clear bag, perfect for giving as a gift or adding to your own cache bag  Read more...

 

 4. Vehicle Travel Bug: $7.95 to $11.95
Our Vinyl Decal Travel Bugs look great, and are easy to apply. They are made of professional grade vinyl, so they'll stay put. The reflective decals are very bright when a light shines on them in the dark!!

Options:

 

CMIYC-15.  Cache Me If You Can Game - $39.95
The Geocaching Board game that is easy  to learn, fun to play, and never plays the same way twice!

The game dynamics change with each board setup.
It's all here. Caches, geocoins, hazards, multi-caches, puzzle caches, muggles and even a Swag Store. Just like real geocaching, there are surprises along the way!

 

6. Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit: $9.95
Kit is very 'stuffable' and compact: measuring only about 6" x 7", and weighing in just a few ounces.

What's inside:
    • 1 Permanent Marker
    • Rite in the Rain ® Mini Logbooks
    • Rite in the Rain ® Micro Logs
    • Rite in the Rain ® Nano Logs
    • Golf Pencils
    • Metal Pencil Sharpener -very high quality
    • FTF (First To Fix) Tokens -sign and leave in a repaired cache
    • Ziplock Bags (Assorted sizes, 4 mil strength)
    • Cool Bag! (Water Resistant, Denier Polyester)

 

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7. Cachekinz $4.95 each!
Big kids and little kids love our Cachekinz! We have dozens of fun and colorful trackable Cachekinz for you to choose. Cute and fun animals, legendary creatures, ocean inhabitants and prehistoric ones too!  Makes a great stocking stuffer or ornament gift for your tree.

 

 

8. Dr. B's Newbie Kit $21.95
Just the ticket for new cachers! This geocaching kit has everything needed to get started in the fun & entertaining adventure game for GPS users.

A perfect gift for new cachers, teachers, group leaders, or if you are just getting started in your new addiction...er... hobby!Just Add GPS & Sense of Adventure!

 

9. Ultimate Trackable Lanyard -$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 (3in long and 6in long) for additional flexibility. Read more...

 

10. D5 Cache Kit $39.95
This kit includes 5 tricky caches, perfect for the hider on your list. This Cache Pack has a great variety of sneaky caches, and includes:

-Evil Cable Cache
-Golf Ball Cache
-Bolt cache*
-Gum Cache*
-Reflector Cache*

The D5 comes in its own clear bag packaging, perfect for giving as a gift or adding to your own cache bag. Have yourself a high difficulty set of caches! (*magnetic)

 

Still at a loss?  Visit our Gift Suggestions Page to get more ideas on the perfect gift for the cacher on your list.  And don't forget to make yourself a wish list! Log into http://cache-advance.com (it's free!) and place any item on your wishlist.  Share your wishlist with your friends and family and you are done!  It's that simple!

Which of these items are on YOUR wishlist?  Share in the comments!

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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.


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

We recently asked: Did you earn your Geocaching Film Festival, or GIFF, Souvenir this past weekend? And for the bonus if yes: What was your favorite movie?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that the most cachers that had an event near them attended and got their souvenirs.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Those that didn’t basically didn’t have the opportunity to attend or host an event.
      • Like Dawn who shared: Nope. Nearest one was over 200 miles away.
      • Even though the original GIFF was rained out, I think this past weekend’s method of letting hosts worldwide host GIFF events brought the films to a much wider audience in general.
    • For those that did, Brian on FB quite summed up the majority of our answers:
      • He shared: My favourite was “Saturday”, but I also liked the futuristic “The Future of Geocaching”. These were selected by the audience at the event as Best Overall and Most Creative respectively.
      • Brian I quite agree! I loved both those films! I’m not sure I can wait 100 years for the Muggle cloaking device. Hmm… may have to get going on the R&D for that…

As always we really enjoyed hearing about the Geocaching Film Festival, and you can too, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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Hey cachers, this is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!

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.

We recently asked:

Have you ever been rewarded with a geocoin or prize for completing a series of caches?

Click below to listen to Lookout Lisa talk about the responses!

 

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that 86% of cachers have been rewarded for completing a cache series.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Kennyart61 on T shared: Yes, on several geotours and other series sponsored by local communities. A fun way to earn geocoins.
    • Austin on G+ had some bad news: Sadly the two I attempted ran out of coins before I was able to get the necessary caches. –ah shoot!
    • Vicky on FB asked: I got a piece of power line for completing the Grand Coulee Dam hydrocache challenge. Does that count?
      • Well Vicky, I’ve heard of that damn challenge, and yes, it does count.
    • Tim on FB answers for many newer cachers out there. He shared: Haven't been caching long enough, but I can't wait.
    • We sure want to encourage all of you out there to find and complete some of these great cache series.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about caching rewards and cache series, and you can too, if you-

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It's Friday and we are having a "FLASHBACK" post featuring a look inside of the June 2015 Cache Crate!  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!

June Cache Crates are all about safety out on the trail. For the addon trackable we included a puppy Cachekinz –taking a dog caching is usually a safe bet!

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What’s inside:

Sunsect Insect Repellant and Sunscreen -2 packets

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Most people have no idea that using insect repellent and sunscreen together actually deactivate each other by up to 50%. However, that is not a problem for Sunsect. Sunsect is a patented insect repellent + sunscreen (DEET is our active ingredient) combination product that provides lasting protection against biting insects and damaging sunrays. Trusted by the U.S. military for 15 + years, Sunsect is now available to the general public. It repels mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums, black flies, sand gnats, gnats, chiggers, chitras and other disease-carrying, biting insects. It is safe for children, unscented, non-greasy, water resistant, dries clear and lasts for hours. Sunsect is Made in the USA!

 

 

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Compass Combo

 

Compass Combo is a liquid-filled compass with a Fahrenheit thermometer and whistle. Can be used for some field puzzle caches too!

 

 

 

Learn & Live cards – Wayfinding

WayFindingCardsThe Way Finding Card set describes a variety of navigation tools and provides how-to directions so you can learn to orient yourself in the outdoors and locate your destination during your outdoor activities. Part of the Learn and Live Card Collection, these Way Finding Cards are a convenient and fun learning tool.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions for using a compass with a map
  • Photographic examples included with each method
  • Nine cards are attached with a grommet so all cards stay together
  • Laminated for water-resistance

 

Emergency Poncho

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The Emergency Poncho is ultra-lightweight, compact and perfect to have on hand when you need protection from outdoor elements.

 

 

 

 

 

Repair Salve

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Made by the same folks that made the Green Goo we shipped back in February. Repair is a blend of organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E Oil. These antioxidant rich oils rebuild and replenish damaged skin while providing cooling and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

 

***Puppy Cachekinz

This fun 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.

 

Watch the video of the unboxing by The Geocaching Doc on YouTube!

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