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.

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by J.D. Parkman, Custom Coin Project Manager

In my last post I talked about the great time I had at Geocoinfest 2015.  I also hinted at an interview with one of the organizers.  Here it is and I think it is great as Brady Holmes (bjmccacher) provides all sorts of insights on preparing for and holding a major event. 

In the picture above, Brady is on the far left.  Continuing to the right we see the rest of the committee members Steve Skalak (whichwaydidigo), Coby Boring (TwoFingersDown), Jason Judt (GeoJudt), Andrew Duschene (8601delphinium), and Dave Sanderson (TeamDAAK).  Enjoy the interview on how this gang put it all together!

(Not entirely positive but I'm giving credit for the photo to Keith Petrus, TheFTFGuy of FTF Geocacher - the magazine for Geocachers,   www.ftfgeocacher.com.  He's the cool guy who put up with my fold early/fold often strategy sitting next to me at the poker event!)

CA: Who hatched the idea of hosting a Geocoinfest?

BH: While multiple of us on the committee dreamed of hosting a mega, we really didn’t know it was possible until Jason Judt presented the idea of putting in a bid for Geocoinfest. We actually put in a bid for 2014, and were passed up, but then won the bid for 2015!

CA: How was the committee formed?

BH: Jason originally choose the “most addicted” coiners in Nebraska to join the committee, and then he added a couple others that had some special skill sets that we knew we would need to pull this mega event off.

CA: How does the bidding process for the event work?

BH: For Geocoinfest each year, Mark Clemens announces that he is looking for potential bids for the next year. You then have to provide info like a venue, hotel info, and airport info. It’s the bidder’s responsibility to put the bid together how they want. Early on in our bid process, we decided we wanted the wow factor on every portion of our Mega, so our bid, was very well done. Our bid was put together by Jason, and it was basically a movie with music.

CA: Nice!

CA: When did the committee learn that Geocoinfest was awarded to Nebraska?

BH: We found out sometime July of 2014, that we would host Geocoinfest 2015. We started our coin process immediately, and we still didn’t get them in until the week before the event! Just a heads up to all mega event planners, START EARLY!!!

CA: How long does the process take from application to approval?

BH: We applied in 2014, and finished behind Houston. So it was about a 2.5 year process for us. Honestly, losing that first year, was probably for the best, because it allowed us more time to plan even a bigger and better event.

CA: I remember in Houston when the announcement was made for Omaha that you guys came parading through the room wearing your T-shirts, handing out balsa wood airplane kits, and launching assembled versions about the room.   Now I don’t solve mysteries for a living but that told me you already had the awesome venue in the bag.  Is that true?

BH: Absolutely! We signed the venue up sometime midyear 2014. We were lucky enough to get a little support from our state Geocaching organization – Nebraskache. Their donation allowed us to pay the deposit for the SAC Museum. When we walked into the venue, we knew immediately, that it was what we had to have. As I mentioned before, that WOW factor was part of our goal, and we knew this was the right location. Having the airplane in the hangar, was just another piece of the puzzle.

CA: Was it hard to arrange the Strategic Air and Space Museum for the venue?

BH: Not at all! We signed a contract over a year before our event! Of course there are always little hiccups, their event planner switched careers about a year before our event. So we had to regroup, and work out all the details with the new event planner. She was great to work with, and made things very easy on us!

CA: How did the committee for the event work?  Was each person assigned a task like “You, book the SASM.  You, find a place to hand out registrations.  You, make breakfast…” 

BH: We had a few pre-assigned. One member was in charge of all the volunteers, so he basically handled the registration table. Another was in charge of the workshops, so he stayed in that area. A few of them, handled everything else, and me personally, I socialized, it’s what I’m best at!!!

CA: I have been a vendor at many mega events.  You guys made vendors feel welcome, important, and we were well taken care of.  I lost count of how many times a representative came around asking if we needed anything.  This had to be a conscious decision by the committee.  Talk about how you guys came to this conclusion and why you implemented such an awesome caretaking plan.  

BH: I take this as a complete honor that you are saying this! It was my biggest goal of the day, was to make sure you all were taken care of. One of the reasons we wanted an option for food on site, was when we travel to other megas, we notice that vendors cover each other’s booths so they can go eat. We really wanted to give them all an option so they didn’t have to leave if they didn’t want to. We also felt with food onsite, with the amazing venue, that maybe our attendees would stay on site all day, which would help the vendors sell more product. Megas aren’t megas without the vendors. Priority number 1 – take care of them!!!

CA: Ya hear that people!  Start EARLY and take care of the vendors, LOL!

CA: The coin sets were indeed spectacular.  Detail for us how many different coin designs you guys created. 

BH: Personally, I have never designed a coin, neither have 3 other members on our committee! 2 of our members, have designed personal coins. Those 2 are also members of our state Geocaching organization (Nebraskache) and we design a coin each year, so they have both worked on those designs.

CA: Who designed each of the coins?

BH: One of the nights at GCF 2014 in Houston, a group of us sat around a small table with Christian Mackey, and our idea was born! Chris is an amazing asset to have, he has done this so many times, and knows so much about the process, that he made our lives easy! Working with him and Bev on the main event coin, was absolutely amazing. Jon-Paul Barr handled our welcome event coin. For years, our state logo has been Nebraska – The Good Life. Last year, they decided to change it, and a lot of us were upset by this. We are proud to be from Nebraska, and loved The Good Life. When you enter the state driving, the signs say that, Welcome to Nebraksa – The Good Life. So, we wanted to include that in the design. Brainstorming for this coin was so much fun. It really was a group effort. When we presented it to JP, he took the ball and rolled with it. We also minted a fundraiser coin, which was really vital in our fundraising process, and I highly recommend it to other committees planning megas. Jason Judt, our committee chair designed the coin, and presented it to us, with a few of our ideas, he tweaked a few things, and the coin design was complete! The coins really were part of the wow factor that we were looking for at each portion of the event.

CA: How many of each design were produced?

BH: Fundraiser Coin: 25 XLE, 65 LE, and 110 RE

Welcome Event: AE 40 (only available via Jon-Paul Barr), 110 LE, and 200 RE – we sold out of all available coins within 30 minutes of opening the doors at the welcome event.

Main Event Coin – 350 RE, 200 LE, 100 XLE (VIP), 85 (Friends/Sponsors), 15 Committee/Special Attendee Version

CA: How large was the event day crew?

BH: We couldn’t have pulled off the without our approximately 80 volunteers

CA: Talk about the event from the perspective that time has passed.  What would you have done differently?  What would you do the same again?

BH: Every big event has hiccups. We had a couple issues with people grabbing the wrong registration bags, we could have maybe done something a little different there to help with the registration process. One of our biggest issues was with the funnel cake vendor. They couldn’t be inside the hangar because the cooking oil. I think it would have been better to leave the back hangar doors open a bit, and put them out there so they could be seen. A little better sound system would have been nice, we were told that people on the opposite corner from the main stage couldn’t hear announcements. Outside of those items, all very minor, I think it was a perfect event!

CA: What advice would you give a group considering hosting a Geocoinfest?

BH: Plan ahead! Stay ahead of the game. Keep organized. Don’t be afraid to talk to local businesses about sponsoring. Choose an amazing venue. Cater to the vendors, without them the attendees will get bored! Mint an amazing coin, it is Geocoinfest! Use Facebook and other social media to your advantage. Through this process, I was super vocal on Facebook. I joined all the neighboring states Facebook groups, and made announcements on these pages every so often! Most of all, have fun, and enjoy the new relationships you grow during this process!

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!

As always we really enjoyed hearing about your outdoor activities, and you can too, if you-

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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!

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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NightGeocaching-PinterestNight geocaching opens a whole new world of discovery!  Here are a few tips to make your twilight geocaching experience a good one!

While caching for the traditional night cache with reflectors, etc, you may come across traditional caches too that while designed for day finding have the added bonus of difficulty and terrain. Keep watchful for dangers like low branches, trip hazards and watch for those along with you, especially children. Glow sticks around children's arms helps keep everyone together.

Weather and the environment
Know what to expect from the weather, it's not so easy to see clouds rolling in as while day caching. Plan your routes carefully and know what might lay over that hill, it could be a lake or cliff!

Follow the cache owners instructions
Tacks are usually spaced evenly and usually in the same manner, height, etc. If you lose the next waypoint, go back to the last waypoint and look again. It might mean coming back another night if the waypoints are missing or covered by plant growth. Taking shortcuts or pushing beyond just to make a find may have serious results. Sensible geocachers plan their routes thoroughly before leaving the house, especially during darkness. Make sure to mark where you parked your vehicle and marking waypoints at trail junctions is also helpful.

Dress appropriately
Take waterproof and windproof clothing such as a Gore Tex clothing if it looks like there may be rain, and remember to bring extra clothing. Wear loose and comfortable clothing if hiking on particularly hot and humid evenings, don't underestimate the dehydrating effects of hiking in warm temperatures. Have the proper footwear, a daypack to carry extra items should be sufficient. Reflective clothing will make you look more like you’re supposed to be there and less like some prowler while caching in urban areas.

Water
Hiking around looking for a geocache is often more strenuous than many geocachers may imagine. Have ample amounts of water, electrolyte drinks are a bonus to keep you hydrated through the night.

Keep Charged up

Many geocachers use smartphones to find their way to caches, and a dead battery halfway there can put an end to your night hunt.As well as ensuring that phones and GPS devices have full charges before leaving, remember you should take extra smart phone batteries along.

UV 9 LED Flashlight Blacklight

Flashlights
Nightcaching means bringing extra batteries, consider taking spare flashlights too, because bulbs can die. LED lights use less power, are tougher and provide a great beam of light. Head mounted flashlights are another great addition, they allow hands free movement to hold your GPS device and better balance when navigating in the dark. Some flashlights have a "Red light" feature that keeps light to a minimum and your eyes will be used to the darkness.

When night caching in neighborhoods keep your light beams from piercing homes and windows, bringing attention to yourself may also bring the police with questions about your activities.

Make sure it's ok to go after dark
Some locations like parks, have access rules between sunset and sunrise. Read all posted signs and check rules via park internet sites. Most cemeteries are off limts after dark. Keep your voices lower too, sound travels easily in quiet night surroundings and you could be waking unhappy muggles.

Take your night caching hides to a new level! GeoGlowBots recharge in daylight, glow brilliant green for 12 hours and are magnetic.

Know the caches you are seeking while night caching
Read the cache descriptions. Be familiar with the difficulty and terrain ratings, size, and what you will be looking for; actual night caches usually involve reflective tacks, etc. sometimes different colors, shapes or placement means you should turn right or left or are about to find the final cache. Check the logs too, has the cache been found lately and what did previous finders encounter. Check the attributes page, is there thorny or poisonous plants, animals? You could encounter animals you might rarely see during the day but are plentiful at night, a surprised porcupine or skunk might shorten your evening adventure.

Bring the correct gear
Gloves, pencil/pen GPS, and your geosenses. Not only are night caches out but probably mosquitos, so bring some repellant along in case. A whistle is also something you should carry while caching...especially at dark.  Click here to see more of our Night Caching Gear in the store!

Let someone know where you are going and when to expect your return
If your GPS fails or you get lost or in case of a trail injury, having someone waiting for you to get home safely is a very valuable resource.  Night caching in a group can be safer and more fun as you find your way to nightcaching.

How many times have you been geocaching at night?  If you have some tips to share, please do in the comments!  Have fun and discover the world around in a new light!!