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.

All this past week we’ve been asking questions about the Geocacher’s Creed. Though Cache Advance nor I personally were involved in creating the Geocacher’s creed, we are the current custodian of it. When I heard some years ago that it was going offline, I was able to gain permission to acquire the creed and the web domain as well. As a service to the community, we pay for the hosting and keep it alive.

We recently asked: The Geocacher's Creed was last updated in 2005. Is it still relevant?

Approximately 99% of cachers agreed that it is still relevant. So here’s what we heard:

  • MUDac on Twitter shared: Yes. Just like #LeaveNoTrace, it will always be relevant..
  • Tom on G+ shared: "Be inconspicuous in retrieving, signing in, and replacing a cache to avoid vandalism." Almost always a fail. People trying to not look suspicious...look even more suspicious. I've learned to just tell curious people what I am doing.
    • Tom I would have to agree! My first strategy is to just look like I know what I’m doing, that I belong, when looking for a cache. If that fails and a muggle asks, I’m happy to explain geocaching to them. Those curious muggles will usually make great cachers!

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about the Geocacher’s Creed. You can to, if you-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Wow, it is hard to believe, but Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are here! Are you ready?

As you know, at Cache Advance we've been crazy busy getting our geocaching gear assembled, packaged, stocked in the Cave and ready to ship out from our door to yours!

As we do every year, we put together our helpful gift guide presenting our top 10 Geocaching Gifts for this season!  You are sure to find something here that will warm the heart of the geocachers on your list.

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

Untitled design (10)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 (or gift to yourself!) 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.

33efeb5d-7ee2-4bdc-a387-89d09a50cbe72. Go Fish Geocoins - $12

Inspired by a coloring contest, these fun Go Fish! Geocoins were minted for the Go Fish! Multi Events held around the world in mid November 2016.

We minted 16 versions in all: 10 versions chosen by committee, one version won a Cache Crate coloring contest, three more are our Cache Advance versions, and Groundspeak did two versions as well (available at geocaching.com).

Now you can get yours if you weren't able to attend an event, or round out your collection if you did! The Go Fish coins measure 2" tip to tail and are a variety of finishes and lots of fun colors. Pick the versions you like best, or take a whole school of Fish!

3. Jumbo Micro Cache Capsule - $9.95

RothcoCapsule-1This 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.

4. Garmin Oregon 700 - $399.99

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The wireless Wi-Fi link and Bluetooth links on your Oregon 700 makes it easier than ever to enjoy a superior geocaching experience. You can set your device to automatically stay up to date with all the latest caches from Geocaching.com. No more manual entry of coordinates or printing out cache details on paper.

 

5. Trackable Grab Bags - $15-$50
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A fun and random 'grab-bag' of trackables! Will include geocoins, tags or Cachekinz, all trackable at Geocaching.com. Perfect for stocking-stuffers, small or larger gifts, events, or just for fun trade. All un-activated and trackable at geocaching.com.

6.  The Outside Box Gift Subscription

disc golfThe Outside Box is this year's new Monthly Subscription Box from Cache Advance with the mission to help you have and spend more time outside.  Each month we'll send you the supplies you need to play outside, one fun activity at a time, and the gear to help keep you safe and prepared for adventure!  Check out our unboxings on the blog here.

7.  Charlie - The Podcacher Chihuahua Cachkinz! - $6.49

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This adorable Chihuahua named Charlie is ready to go geocaching with you or travel the world to help spread the word about all the geocaching goodness to be found at PodCacher.com.  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, this fun traveler also comes with a chain so that it may be attached to another item.

Priced at $6.49 each, you can purchase a litter of 5 or more for only $5.75 each!

8.  Waterproof 30 Cal Ammo Can, Green or Purple!  - $9.95

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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...! Other features include: Water-resistant O-ring seal, Double padlock tabbed, Molded-in stacking ridges, Heavy-duty, latching systems

9.  Tool A Long Hiker - $9.95

A perfect stocking stuffer or hanging ornament gift for your tree!  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.

Tool-A-Long-HikerIncludes:

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

10.  Not sure what to get??  How about a Gift Certificate to Cache Advance!

Let the geocacher that seems to have everything shop for the gear they need - give them a gift certificate from Cache-Advance!  Perfect for last minute gifts.

What are your favorite geocaching gift ideas?  Share them with us in the comments!

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GQotD-RecapHey 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.  This weekend, we went back to replay some of our older questions and found one about challenge caches.

We recently asked: Have you completed any challenge caches yet?

  • After tallying all the answers, we found that everyone who replied has completed at least one challenge cache.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Louis’s comment on G+ was a shared by many. He says: Several.  And there are several more on my "Grab it when I'm in the area" list.
    • James on FB had a different opinion: I've done quite a few over the years but my attitude toward them has changed over time. Back when they were few and far between, I took on most of them. But now that you can't hardly swing an ammocan without hitting one, my usual response to a new one being published is "meh". I'll do them if I've already qualified (making them essentially just a traditional cache) but otherwise, my interests are elsewhere and I don't usually bother with them.
    • Kevin on FB shared: Yes, I like the variety of caching they can encompass. I'm actually working on a meta-challenge (100 challenge caches found)
    • Don shared: Yes, plenty. They add a lot more interest to geocaching than just doing individual caches!

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

GQotD-RecapHey 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.  This weekend, we went back to replay some of our older questions and found one about puzzle/unknown caches.

We recently asked: How many puzzle/unknown caches have you found, and what is this % of your total finds?

 

  • After tallying all the answers, we found the average for puzzle caches is 9.7% of cacher’s total finds.
  • So here’s what we heard:
    • Chad on FB shared: 229 (12.7%) - that will spike to over 300 between now and Pi Day as we're doing a couple puzzle series runs.
    • The Boxman Crew shared: 1288 puzzles found, 21.52% they are some of our favorites.
    • Terry on G+ is new to geocaching and shared: 0%  hoping to find my first one on Pi Day.  I've only found 21 caches so far.
    • Callahanmatt on T shared: 64 or 2.62% but hopefully more now I have the 'How to Puzzle Cache' book!
      • I hear that is a great book!
    • For those wondering, I have found 429 puzzle caches, for (5.58%) of my total. I’m a bit behind in logging but this shouldn’t change too much. Time for me to get my thinking cap back on!!

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

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: What type of cache was your first find? (traditional, letterbox, multi, etc)?

After tallying all the answers, we found that about 95% of us found a traditional cache for our very first find. Although there were a smattering of other types too! So here’s what we heard:

  • Kari on G+ shared: Did three caches our first day out. The first was a traditional but I never would have cached again if we hadn't found the third, which was a really cool multi.
  • GeoTruckr on Twitter shared: traditional, log only, found without any navigation system other than me! 2 blocks from my home, near historic marker!
  • Bruce shared: Traditional. Took two tries. First gps wasn't very good.
  • wh00_KZN shared: mystery cache ... my wife introduced me to geocaching by taking me to GC2JVRB as she knew i loved puzzles history and nature.
  • TwentseMug shared: It was this puzzle cache that transformed me from muggle to geocacher.
  • Robert on Facebook shared: A small traditional I found under a few feet of snow in the middle of winter in Michigan. I still have a little trinket that I grabbed from it.
  • My first find was an ammo can in the woods of north Idaho. Hillside, deep tree cover and a cheap GPS… but I finally found it and felt like a kid on Christmas morning, and was instantly hooked.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about everyone’s first find stories –there were way too many cool stories to share! Catch them all, if you-

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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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GQotDPinterestHey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  This week we're running a "Flashback Friday" recap on the Geocaching Question of the Day.  We'll be back to normal next week.  

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: How many Letterbox Hybrid caches have you found?

After reading through and tallying all the answers, we found that on average cachers have found 34.8 Letterbox Hybrid caches.

So here is what we heard:

  • Heidi on G+ shared: None yet, but sure have found quite a few letterboxes near the caches.
  • Robert on Facebook shared: I've only found 30 but I've hidden 33
  • Eric had a good reminder. He shared: It's not really about the numbers is it? But 55 for the record, now I must find more!!!!
  • Brent on Facebook shared: 15, not a lot around my area , and still need to go find one for the June #GeoChallenge
  • For those wondering, I have logged 47, and of course I’ve probably found a good dozen actual letterboxes near geocaches.

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Don't forget! Tune in for the #GQotD every week on the Podcacher Podcast!

Do You Filter for Certain Terrains?Hey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  This week we're running a "Flashback Friday" recap on the Geocaching Question of the Day.  We'll be back to normal next week.  

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: Do you filter for certain terrains often?

After reading through all the answers, we found that it generally depends on what your geocaching goals are, and your limiting factors, such as equipment or physical ability.

So here is what we heard:

  • Sandi on FB shared: Depends. If I'm on a road trip I might not want to stop for T3.5 & up. But if I'm on a caching road trip then I will include them all.
  • Bart shared: If I am running a PQ for a night caching run and I don't know the area well I will filter out anything over a 2.
  • Nora shared: of course ! I have trouble with my hip and knee so I try not to do much over a 2- 3 T . I know if I push to hard I'll end up visiting my doc a few times that week after. I don't need to damage my body further. I f I'm having a bad week I don't do harder than 1.5.
  • Mike shared: No. Unless I have a particular goal in mind.
  • Jo on G+ shared: Yes.  We used to only do that for caches along a route so we'd only grab "easier" ones on a road trip.  Now we do it more frequently since we have a 3 year old.

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

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!

Don't forget! Tune in for the #GQotD every week on the Podcacher Podcast!

Are Geocache Icons Important to You? Geocaching Question of the DayHey Cachers! This is Lookout Lisa from Cache Advance, and I’m your host for the Geocaching Question of the Day.  This week we're running a "Flashback Friday" recap on the Geocaching Question of the Day.  We'll be back to normal next week.  

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: Are geocache icons important to you?

After reading through all the answers, it really was a mixed bag, and really depended on your geocaching goals.

So here is what we heard:

  • Jim on Facebook shared: No. But they do come in handy when I want to ignore or filter.
  • Danno on Twitter shared: they are not anymore. First two years I cared about icons and numbers now I just want to have fun.
  • Jo on G+ shared: Yes and no.  It's great to see those statistics and to try to find more of a type that is under represented.  But at the end of the day, we'll go after pretty much anything.
  • Tom shared: If I'm using the map, yes. If I'm looking for what to find, yes. Otherwise, no.
  • Michael shared and interesting way to, well, ‘profile’ another cacher. He shared: Not important to me, but when I look up another cacher it is the first thing I look at to see what they are interested in.
  • Irene on Twitter shared: Yes they let me know what kind of cache I am trying for & there are challenges where you need different icons.
  • Don on Facebook shared: Yes, to help me identify the different types of caches in an area. I will make a special trip for a type of geocache.

As always, we really enjoyed hearing about cache icons, 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!

Don't forget! Tune in for the #GQotD every week on the Podcacher Podcast!

This month's geochallenge has been issued!  Will you accept the challenge?

To help you with this #geochallenge, we thought we would give you a Trackable 101 to help you accept the challenge:

Trackables 101

What are trackables you ask? They are items that are uniquely identified (special unique code on each one) that are meant to travel from place to place, person to person.

Maybe you’ve heard of those traveling gnomes that people take with them on trips and then take their picture at scenic spots? Or how about Where’s George Dollars that you can track by the serial number to see where this dollar has been spent before?

Trackables are usually found in geocaches -but not always! They move from place to place, picking up stories along the way. You can add your own story, or live vicariously through each trackable’s adventures.

Trackables come in many forms, such as:

Here are some great hints to help you learn more about trackables, and some basic etiquette for handing trackables.

A Travel Bug is a trackable item that moves from place to place, picking up stories along the way. More here: www.geocaching.com/track

Trackables usually have goals. Read the trackable page, recent logs online or in the cache logbook, and look for a goal tag with many trackables. Don’t move it contrary to its goals.

Pick up a trackable? Log it ASAP. If you hold onto it more than 2 weeks, you should email the owner as a courtesy.

You do not have to leave a trackable in order to pick one up.

Don’t wish to pick up a trackable? You can discover it. Tells owner that it is not missing.

Do not log a discover if you haven’t actually seen or handled a trackable.

Don’t grab trackable from other geocacher until it is dropped into a cache or event. You may mess up miles or goals.

Is the trackable missing? Mark it as missing on page. Prevents others from looking for it.

Promo trackables: jeeps, diabetes. Do not collect and hoard; these are meant to be shared.

Many trackables have their own icon that will show on your profile at geocaching.com when you discover or grab them.

Some trackables aren’t in caches; they are on cars, shirts, bikes, etc. These are usually discovered.

Many geocachers buy and keep their own collection of trackables and will share at events to be discovered, or even trade online.

If the trackable goal is known and you cannot fulfill it, place it where someone can, or pass it person to person to fulfill its goals.

Do you have any  more tips to add?  Please do so in the comments!

Geochallenge of the month is about Trackables!