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 onFacebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: Do you have any geocaching goals for 2016?

Lots of cachers have some far flung challenge caches in their sights this year, such as the Jasmer and the Fizzy challenges.  Others are looking at their area Delorme and county challenges. A few shared their finds goals, including getting a find on Leap Day, and some even have hiding goals for the year. Many others, well, they just want to have fun.

So here is what we heard:

  • Darrel shared: To complete our D/T grid, as we finished our calendar last year.
  • Aleisa shared: My one year anniversary is March 3rd of geocaching so my goal is 365 in the first year. I stand at 255.
  • Bart on FB shared: Just to get out and do more caching this year.
  • Don really summed it up for most of us. He shared: To go out and have fun with the game and the people I meet along the way. Keeping it simple and easy this year yes I will work on jasmer and placed dates throughout the year but realistically if they are not complete by 2017 it does not matter it’s the trip along the way that matters and the memories that will be made.
  • My goal is to get in more hiking this year, and hopefully some great caches along the way. Our winter isn’t helping much so I am predicting more hikes this spring and summer!

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Fitness Resolutions for the New Year-Did you make a New Year’s resolution for better health and fitness this year? Even if you didn’t make a resolution, we’d like to challenge you to get out geocaching more! Geocaching is a great way to mix up your day and get outside. Not every cache run has to be a trek out to the woods. Chances are you pass fun and quick Urban caches every day on your way to and from work, school or running errands.

Whether the new year inspired you to be more active, healthier, or you just want to break up your daily routine, caching can help you meet your goals in a new way.

If you’re looking for a way to get outside more or increase your activity level consider plotting a short caching route during your daily activities or before or after work/school. Park further away than you usually do or walk the whole way. Be sure to set the Trip Odometer on your GPS at the beginning of your jaunt and see how much extra distance you rack up just grabbing a few caches -you might be surprised. Just assess the difficulty level of your targets before you head out so you stay within your schedule, and watch the clock. You’ll find it’s a great way to get some exercise in without having to hit the gym. You also may find yourself more relaxed and able to focus better getting a little more activity throughout the day.

Take Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit with you!
Take Dr. B's Cache Repair Kit with you!

Of course the weekends are still open for bringing along the family, friends or your best four-legged pal and heading out for that trek into the woods! Or maybe you’ll want to show everybody your new favorite Urban caching route. Either way it’s a great time to go caching.

Do you have any suggestions or tips to share for working geocaching into your fitness plans?

GeocacheHey 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: Are there certain geocache attributes that you avoid when seeking?

After tallying all the answers, we found that about a third of you don’t avoid any particular cache attributes. The main attributes that most cachers avoid are: Needs Maintenance, Front Yard Caches, Tree climbing, Boat and Scuba required.

So here is what we heard:

  • Jo on G+ shared: Not overall, but sometimes we'll exclude certain attributes during a specific trip.
  • James on FB shared: .. I go for every cache I can get my hands on
  • Kim shared: I'll at least take a stab at all of em.
  • Jerry shared: Nope. (But if the last log says the unforgivable "I hid it better", I pass.)
    • Probably wise Jerry!
  • Barbara shared: I don't go if it says I need a boat. Also think twice about a cache on someone's front yard.
  • Lori shared: Disabilities cause me to look in advance. Wish some cachers would use them. Its so disappointing to get to a cache and see that there is no way I can get to it . Side note: if you claim a t-1 it better be handicapped accessible, more times than not I can't get it.
  • Gene shared: I gave up tree climbing for Lent many years ago and I only go after water caches if somebody has a canoe and wants me to go with them.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about cache attributes, 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: When you are not geocaching, what other outside activities do you do?

Beyond the good handful of “Huh, wait, there’s more to do outside than geocaching?”, we heard a good variety of things. The main other activities that geocachers do include hiking, biking, camping and canoeing or kayaking. And outdoor photography was an honorable mention.

So here is what we heard:

  • Kari on G+ shared: Hiking, cycling, camping, canoeing, motorcycling. My wife also does triathlons (so add swimming and running to our team activities).
  • Charlie on FB shared: Hiking, biking, storm chasing, and just general touring. And, all the while, looking around and thinking "Hmmm, that would be a good place to put a cache."
  • Robert shared: Though I do have other interests and hobbies none of them are outdoors. Thankful for geocaching as it has helped me to keep fitter and healthier by encouraging me to enjoy more of what our beautiful country of New Zealand has to offer.
  • Sydney shared: I've been going camping since I was about a year old. In fact that's what brought me to find out about geocaching
    • Sydney you reminded me that I found my first geocache back in 2002 on a camping trip in the Idaho Panhandle. That was a ton of fun, and an ammo can in the woods too!

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Have an answer to add?  We'd love to hear your comments below!

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.

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

We recently asked: What is your on your geocaching wish list?

We just published a blog with our top 10 geocaching gifts, so it was really fun to read through everyone’s wish lists. I am going to do a top 4 list for you, based on everyone’s responses:

  • #4 on this list was gear and gadgets to help with geocaching
    • Mike on FB shared: Just got a kayak on black friday, hoping to get an action video camera like a gopro for better quality YouTube videos.
    • Mark shared: Ammo cans and good rain pants for caching in western Washington.
  • #3 on the list is Geocoins.
    • Tony shared: I have a list of geocoins I'm hoping to get.
  • #2 on the list is a Cache Crate Subscription!
    • Josh shared: Cache crate with the added Trackable option would be great as well! I watch the unboxing videos by the GCDoc. Very cool stuff! --Well thanks Josh!
  • And #1 on geocachers wish list is: More time to geocache
    • RJ on Twitter shared: more money and time off to go caching.
    • Darryl shared: More time off work so we can travel and cache more.

While we at Cache Advance probably can’t help you with more time off to go caching, we can surely help you be prepared with all the gear, Geocoins and Cache Crates, so you’re prepped and ready to go when you do find time to caching! And be sure to check out our blog for more gift ideas.

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

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Do you have any wishlist items to add?  Share them in the comments below!

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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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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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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.
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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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

GQotDLogo1Hey Cachers, I’m Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day!  I’ve been caching since 2002 and have been in the business of geocaching since 2005.

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

We recently asked: Is the first geocache that you found still active?

Press the play button below to hear Lisa's recording recapping the answers we received:

 

Transcript:

We recently asked: Is the first geocache that you found still active?

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that
    • Exactly half of these first finds were archived, and the other half are still active.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Tentmantent on T shared: Sadly no, but there is another Cache in exactly the same location!
    • Jo on G+ shared: No, the owner moved and archived it.
    • Garry on G+ shared: Yes, it's called 'The Tardis'.  How could that one ever not be active?
    • Ken on FB shared: Yep, still there. I found it in 2003. It's had 298 logged visits.
    • Arne on FB shared: yes, and I’ve adopted it as well.

As always we really enjoyed hearing about cacher’s first finds, and you can too, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!