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We recently asked: Do you prefer to hide or find geocaches?
After tallying all the answers, we found that the majority of cachers, 70% prefer to find, while 18% prefer to hide, and about 1 in 10 enjoy both equally.
So here’s what we heard:
Doug on G+ Shared: Find. I find there's a lot of pressure in hiding, and the saturation of the area means that the only place open for new hiders (since I've hidden none) are LPCs, and who needs more of those?
Jennifer on FB spoke for many when she said: Find. I've had too many issues with my hides so now my only "hides" are events I host. –Speaking of events:
Stale on FB shared: I love to hide and arrange events. My geocache #900 is in the reviewers queue right now.
Andy on G+ shared: I do a lot more finding - because hiding a good cache can be a lot of work. But I think hiding is much more rewarding, when you see a list of positive comments in the cache logs.
Joan shared: The find- especially after a DNF was just logged on that cache!
As always we really enjoyed hearing about hiding and finding geocaches, and you can too, if you-
It's no secret that Liz and I love spending our days outside exploring the world. From big cities, to National parks, museums loaded with history, to hiking on back trails. In fact, one of the reasons we love Geocaching is that it goes along perfectly with our travels. So it's important to be prepared for your Geocaching adventures at all times, and that includes having the right equipment in your Geocaching bag.
A Good "Geocaching Bag" is Essential
Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it's essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs. It's important that the bag not be too small, or too big. And for us, it needs to fit everything we need to be prepared for a day hike, or traveling and exploring a new city. Luckily for us, we've found the perfect bag for our geocaching adventures. In fact, we enjoy it so much that we refer to it as our "adventure bag!"
Our "adventure bag" is always stocked and ready to go at a moments notice.
Must Have's In Your Geocaching Bag
SmartPhone or a GPS & Spare Batteries
One of the first essential items for your Geocaching Bag is, of course, some kind of GPS unit. You may opt for a handheld unit, or you might be happy with the good ol' smartphone and Geocaching App. We started out using the Smartphone, but realized that it limited us when we wanted to get out into the wilderness. It also because a problem when we traveled abroad, those data roaming fees will get you!
No matter which item you prefer to use, you should always make sure it is fully charged - or that you have spare batteries on hand too!
Sun & Bug Sprays
Being an outdoor activity, you should always carry some kind of protective sprays. Whether it is for the sun or for bugs, you never know when you might need it. And it could make for a miserable experience (maybe more miserable AFTERWARDS) if you don't have it on hand. But it's not just the wilderness, you will also need these even if you are in the city! I can't tell you how many times we've gotten caught up while wandering around town, sightseeing and Geocaching. Only later did we realize that our faces were super sunburned!
Luckily, most stores sell small travel versions of bug spray and sunscreen. So it's easy to pop a couple of them into your Geocaching bag, that way you will always have them.
Don't Forget the Water!
It is critical to stay good and hydrated anytime you are outdoors, but it's especially important when you are out geocaching. As travelers, we make it a habit to bring a bottle of water wherever we go -- from sightseeing around town, to boat rides, beach trips, or a hike. It's a good habit to have.
And when you are geocaching in the wilderness, it's even more important to have water with you. So be sure to look for a Geocaching Bag that has space for you to carry a water bottle. Don't forget it!
Bring a Notebook and ALWAYS Have Extra Pens!
All cachers can relate to the "pen problem" at some point or another. So we make it a point to put many pens in our Geocaching bag, you don't want to be caught without...or without one that works! Also, you should consider bringing a small notebook too. Sometimes you need to take notes for multi-caches, or have another situation where you need to write something down or make calculations. So the notebook will definitely come in handy.
Nice-to-Haves in Your Geocaching Bag
For us, there are some other "nice-to-haves" that we include in our Geocaching Bag too. These aren't critical items, and some people might not are to bring them along. But for us, these items seem to be quite useful or enhance the experience. For example, we like to bring a small flashlight in case it gets dark or if we are looking inside a dark place. We also prefer to bring a small first aid kit as well as some snacks to munch on. We also like to bring an iPod and mini-boombox, which we turn on at a low volume when we are hiking. The sound helps to warn off wildlife, and makes for a peaceful walk in the woods for the two of us.
Lastly, we have a bag of trackables that always stays in the Geocaching Bag as well as some swag items - just in case we stumble across something we want to trade for inside a cache. If you take something out, you have to put something in. Always be good to your fellow Cachers.
Oh, and we also like to bring the camera along. You never know when you will come across an amazing site!
Tell Us What's in Your Geocaching Bag!
While this is our list of "must haves," we know that everyone has their own unique list from their experiences. So please, tell us what is in your Geocaching bag in the comments below. Cheers and happy caching!
We're Josh & Liz, expert travelers who love a good Geocaching adventure. Visit our website Peanuts or Pretzels to find out how we can help make your trip planning easier and more fun...as well as incorporating Geocaching into your next vacation!
We recently asked: What geocaching milestone are you working towards now?
After reading through all the answers, we found that cacher’s upcoming milestones basically fall into 3 categories. Numbers, like hitting 1000 finds; challenges, such as the Fizzy or Jasmer; and lastly, just to have fun out there while geocaching.
So here is what we heard:
Jason shared: 8,000 finds. I plan to make Mingo the milestone cache while driving to GeoWoodstock in a few months.
Ben shared: 5000 finds. Only about 30 to go now. Been caching over 9 years.
Derik on FB is working on two. He shared: At some point, I will get the Montana DeLorme challenge completed. I want to fill out my grid of old caches on a long trip West at some point, too--I only need 6 months. The older ones are fun.
Keith shared: Completing my D/T chart.
Tom on G+ shared: None. I use caching to find interesting places to practice my photography. In return, I often share high-quality (albeit small) photos as part of my log.
Nora shared: none right now. I'm just enjoying my caching with NO STRESS
I think my next milestone is getting all my fieldnotes turned into online logs, and then I’ll assess what’s next!
As always, we really enjoyed hearing about milestones, and you can too, if you-
We recently asked: How many Favorite Points do you have remaining, or available to award?
After reading through all the answers, we found that the number really varied. While some are very …shall we say “tight” … with over 2,000 yet to award, most cachers have less than 400 and many do keep it near 0.
So here is what we heard:
Rich on FB shared: 591 favorite points remaining. 150 awarded.
Jim shared: 417 left. I'm stingy.
Gerry agreed. He shared: I am stingy with my favorite points. I only give them out for unique caches. I have 159 remaining.
Matthew shared: 16 remaining. I've awarded 312.
Linsey shared: I have 28 left out of 157. I always give out less during winter because I tend to stick to easier, snow-friendly hides like LPCs, which are usually less impressive.
Bill shared: Five. I have been trying to be more generous with them lately, but as I have mined everything in my reach, I have to wait for an excuse to travel out of my "bubble."
I just peeked, and I have 615 remaining. Favorite points came out long after I had started caching, so overnight I suddenly had quite a few. I’ve gone back and awarded some to really memorable caches. To this day, awarding them is still not top of mind while I’m logging caches.
As always, we really enjoyed hearing about favorite points, and you can too, if you-
We recently asked: Have you ever spent an entire day (sun up to sun down) geocaching?
After reading through all the answers, we found that about 99% of us have spent an entire day (and night for many!) on a geocaching run.
So here is what we heard:
Bill on FB shared: Yes. First for one cache. 12 mile hike round trip. Then a semi power trail. Found 120. Both were enjoyable for different reasons.
Jason shared: A few times. My first time I found 100 in a day, I started at 2am and finished up around 10pm. That was about 6 years ago when the number of caches weren't as plentiful.
Ron asks: Are you saying that's not normal?
Ron, no, this is perfectly normal!!
Rhonda shared: Yes, we just did that Friday there in Spokane working on the Spokane History Geo Tour! We gave ourselves 2 days to do it so we could visit you on Saturday morning to turn in our passport, which we did! Thank you for the cool geocoin!
Congrats Rhonda! Sorry that I missed you last weekend; I was caching dawn to dusk at the Tri Cities Cache Machine! Well … there was a lunch break in there and I also did some selling and delivering of orders J
As always, we really enjoyed hearing about caching all day, and you can too, if you-
We recently asked: Is there a lot of FTF competition in your community?
After reading through all the answers, we found that FTF hounds and competition vary quite a bit over time and by communities.
So here is what we heard:
Don shared: It fluctuates. You'll have a period where there's several, and then other times where everyone seems either too busy or laid back to go for a FTF.
Tom shared: Not really. One guy goes for them all. The rest of us gave up. I now call him the coordinate checker.
Nora shared: There used to be. I think it's more the newbies who want them most now. We've been there and done that. It still fun, but If it's to early in the morning or late at night or raining Oh well. It is always fun when you go after a new one and have a FTF party with a few different teams running into each other. We have good folks in our area.
Tammi on FB shared: Yes, but after a few years the thrill has worn off, so we don't rush out in the middle of the night in our jammies anymore.
Jo on G+ shared: I'd call it moderate. There are several cachers who will try for a cache if they can. Many newer cachers are frustrated by someone they consider an FTF hound.
Jim shared: It's like the Indy 500 around here (San Diego area).
Ryan on Twitter shared: I can only dream of finding a FTF. I sometimes wonder if these people have jobs (other than Geocaching). I've lost all hope.
As always, we really enjoyed hearing about FTF competition, and you can too, if you-
Last night we lost one of our local geocaching community members, Larry Canfield. He had terminal cancer; we only found out he was ill very recently.
Larry was very well known in the Geocaching world by the name Cardinal Flyer. Larry, his wife and granddaughter (as Team Nimrod) hid "Caitlyns Caches" throughout the Inland Empire. Larry was a prolific geocacher and has 234 hides in the area. If you have ever cached in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area you've probably found at least one of his Caitlyn Caches, named after his beloved granddaughter, Caitlyn.
Pictured here is one of Jerry Martin’s (IE Chapter WSGA Representative), memories of caching with Larry. There will be an event in the next couple of months to honor/remember Larry.
In the meantime, we have contributed to the Go Fund Me campaign to help with costs and expenses. We encourage our caching community to pause for a moment, and to consider donating as well. Let’s help this family in their time of need.
We recently asked: What is your find rate of geocaches per day?
After tallying all the answers, we found that on average, cachers find 2.75 caches per day.
So here is what we heard:
Jim on FB shared: Sadly, now in my 8th year of caching, my find rate has dropped to a meager 4.4226 caches/day. I really liked it when I was up in the 6's /day but life gets in the way.
Josh shared: 1.5 per day. Just crossed our second year caching. Good start Josh!!
Matthew shared: It's currently Pi. 3.1436/day
wow that is very cool, as Pi Day is right around the corner!
My find rate is only 1.6 currently. That seems way down, but I have missed quite a few Cache Machines in the past 2 years. This will start to change as we’re headed to the Tri Cities Cache Machine next weekend, and we should pick up well over 100 caches on the trip!
As always, we really enjoyed hearing about find rates, and you can too, if you-
We recently asked: Have you ever found a tick on yourself after geocaching?
After tallying all the answers, we found that only 5% of cachers have not found a tick after geocaching!
So here is what we heard:
Doug on FB shared: Only while hiking with my family during my sabbatical from geocaching.
David on Twitter shared: only one? If you only found one, you weren't looking hard enough.
James on FB shared: Both during and after geocaching. And the rest of the day, I will be finding imaginary ticks crawling on me...
Ron shared: Yes, and they tick me off!
Tom on G+ shared: Yes, a number of times. While Minnesota may not be the tick capital of the world, it's still a major problem. Most tick contact in this area is between May and August, but they can show up any time between late March and mid November.
In 2014, I ended up with a case of Lyme Disease that took about 6 weeks just to diagnose. I got it from one of the ticks I came into contact with that fall. My wife, PJayCee, has also been treated for Lyme Disease.
Luckily Lyme disease is pretty rare here in the Inland NW. However, one of my local geo-friends was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease after a trip to Pennsylvania.
To be honest, we really didn’t enjoy hearing about ticks, but you can as well, if you-