The Cache Crate for August 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!

 

Here is what was inside:

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

GQotD-RecapCache Advance is your geocaching hub for all of your caching needs, including the Cache Crate, a monthly subscription box of geocaching and outdoor gear.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Have you ever adopted someone else's cache?

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After tallying all the answers, we found that nearly 2/3s of cachers, or 63% have adopted at least one cache. So here’s what we heard:

  • Bailey shared: I haven't but I’d like too.
  • Dell has tried. He shared: I've offered to adopt a few caches near my home that appear to be orphaned, but none of the COs have responded.
  • Jo shared: Yes, a few when a friend moved out of the area.
  • Chuck shared: Yep. I adopted the first cache I ever found.
  • Brent shared: I probably have adopted 30 caches , from co's who were moving out of the area , didn't have time to maintain any longer, and in exchange for giving up some trail caches to make way for a new series to come out
  • I’ve adopted a few caches –mostly good oldies from 2001 and 2002. And technically through my company profile, I adopted all the caches in the Filmed in Spokane GeoTour. Having them all under one account makes it easier for our GeoTour team to manage them all.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about adopting caches, and you can too, if you-

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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.

 

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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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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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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.

We recently asked: Did you attend an International Geocaching Day event last weekend?

Nearly 3 out of 4 cachers, or 74%, did attend at least one event! So here’s what we heard:

  • Matthew didn’t make an event, but sure made it a great day. He shared: Nope, as I was travelling. But I did find 77 caches in a geoart, and had my 4000 milestone on International Geocaching Day.
  • Spencer shared: No events nearby to attend, so just found a couple of caches.
  • Carlo on FB shared: Yes! Not only that, it was in a foreign country with a number of people from other countries too. A truly International Geocaching day! At this spot in Reykjavik, Iceland!
  • Mark shared: Yep. Attended our first APE event. Mark, I think I saw you there!
  • We volunteered at the APE event last weekend, since we didn’t have a Block Party to Vend at this year. We had a blast providing part of the refreshment booth, staffing the trackable booth, and then we hiked through the Tunnel of Light! It was Kidvegas19’s first time through, so that was a lot of fun for us.

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

The Cache Crate for June 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!

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

July Cache Crate

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.

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

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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.

Now you can hear the recap on the Podcacher Podcast with the Geocaching Question of the Day weekly!  Tune in Sunday night for this week's question recap.

We recently asked: Did you earn your souvenir last weekend?

Cachers were out in force last weekend! 84% of us did get the multicache souvenir, and many more sure tried hard! So here’s what we heard:

  • Albert had some weather related problems. He shared: No, storms and flash flooding were predicted all weekend and the only multis in my area that I had not logged were in deep woods.
  • Kari on G+ shared: Tried, but DNFed the only active one I could get to. Multis tend to be poorly-maintained in my experience.
  • Bill got his, but was frustrated. He shared: Yep, and it sucked. 6 stage, 2 missing, needed PAF to get final. CO admits coords are off and doesn't bother to fix, no reply
  • Tom shared: Yes. It was on a cache that we DNF'd a number of years ago. We ran into the same issue as last time, with a lot of geo-bounce at the final. But several years of experience gave me the tools to overcome it.
  • Susan on FB shared: Found an awesome library multi on a rainy day. Brightened our moods despite the gloomy weather.
  • We got our multi cache in Port Orchard. We were there for the Pirate event on Saturday and really enjoyed strolling around town on Sunday grabbing some caches.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching adventures, 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!

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.

We recently asked: Have you geocached outside of your home country?

Geocachers do like to travel! 72% of us have cached in different countries, while 28% have not…yet. So here’s what we heard:

  • Seemyshell on Twitter shared: nope, but I have a trip planed for October.
  • Tony on FB shared: The only time I've been outside the country was before geocaching existed.
  • Danno on Twitter shared: geocached in Germany and unfortunately all DNFs.
    • Oh no! My husband, Kidvegas19 had the same situation on a business trip to Mexico.
  • Jo on G+ shared: Yes, Canada and a few island nations while on a cruise.
  • Wayne on FB is quite a traveler! He shared: We have 39 countries and picking up 9 more in October and 3 more in January.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about geocaching and travelling, 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!

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 most recent 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 Twitter, Facebook and Google+ a question about geocaching.  This week we go back in time to replay some of our older questions and found this one about GPS units.  

Last year we asked: What GPS unit (or phone...) did you use to find your first geocache?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that the majority of cachers, or 62%, found their first cache with a handheld GPS. But, nearly 1 in 5, or 19%, used a Smartphone. Maps, compass and hints only came in at 12%.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Terry on G+ shared: First geocache was found on a windows mobile back in 2008.
    • Jerry on FB was an accidental geocacher. He shares: the 'first first' was an accidental find, so none. The first after I registered? hahahaha a Tom-Tom!
    • Lee on FB shared: The first cache I found was by the description only. I did not have a GPS yet.
      • I’ve cached with Lee many times and this doesn’t surprise me at all! He’s a natural.
    • TSMola01 shared: Garmin Etrex Legend with no base maps. Smartphones weren't even a thing yet, let alone a caching option when I started.
    • Like TSMola01, I found my first cache with a Garmin eTrex Venture with NO maps. I used that for my first 500 finds. Upgrading to color maps was like a whole new world! Pretty amazing how far the tech has come.

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

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Got a NEW answer to add after all this time?  Please do in the comments, we'd love to hear it!