Do You Activate All Your Trackables?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.  

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We recently asked: Do you activate all of your trackables?

After tallying all the answers, we found that it, well, really depends on what you plan to do with your trackables.

So here is what we heard:

  • Terry on FB shared: I did not activate coins previously but I just went through and did proxies of all the coins and set those free. So now, yes, I do. A year ago...no
  • Adam shared: Previously I didn't activate my personal coins. Recently I decided that didn’t make any sense since the whole point of them is that they ARE trackable. So now my coins are active but in my collection so they can't be moved.
  • Kathleen shared: I am trying to get them all activated. Some I've been waiting to see what I'm going to do with them (TB tags).
  • Another Adam shared about his coin collection. He said: Not all of them, there are a few that I keep to sell or trade with. Usually these are duplicates that I own that are popular. Unactivated coins come at higher value in trade even though you can adopt coins that are activated. Strange concept that I understand. Like most collectors I keep my coins, Activated and unactivated in pristine condition in a private collect to be admired by friends and family.

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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.  

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We recently asked: Did you attend a CITO (Cache In Trash Out) event last week?

After tallying all the answers, we found that 44% weren’t able to attend, but 56% of cachers did attend CITOs, and some more than one!

So here is what we heard:

  • Debra on Twitter shared: I hosted my first one!
    • Way to go Debra!
  • Kathy on FB was a go-getter! She shared: Four on Saturday, then one on Monday!
  • Ben shared: Yes we did. It was so close to our house we could walk along the creek to it.
  • Kip didn’t attend one, but he was doing it regardless. He Shared: Unfortunately, no. Not one in my town, the town I was in over the weekend had theirs mid-week. I did CITO while hunting though.
  • Dave shared: No I am recovering from knee surgery.
    • We hope you’re feeling better quickly Dave!
  • I attended our local CITO and we had great turn out. There were some rock climbing classes going on that we worked around, and they all thanked us for our cleanup work.

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Do you prefer to hide or find geocaches?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.

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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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!

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: What is the one wild animal you hope to never encounter while geocaching?

After reading through all the answers, we found that it mostly came down to lions, tigers and bears. Well, cougars and bears mostly, followed by rattle snakes. Next runner up is a mean muggle!

So here is what we heard:

  • Matthew on FB shared: I can hopefully scare off a bear with my bear-spray or magnesium flare, but a cougar? Them cats will drop out of a tree onto your noggin before you even know it.
  • Doug shared: It's hard to limit to just one. Around here, I'd say rattlesnakes, coyotes and cougars. I also hope to never encounter an alligator.
  • Kathleen shared: Rattle snake..... Although I don't care much for spiders either.
  • Kip shared: Grizzly bear. Up here in Montana that's really the only reasonable answer. Except for free-roaming a-holes. Those are always bad.
  • Tim suggested: My Ex-wife
  • Alan was a little less explicit: Living in Ohio we only have muggles to fear.
  • Charlene shared: Muggles!!! Other than that, I'm not afraid of much. Angry wasps kinda suck.
    • Yes they do Charlene!

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What One Item Do You Most Use for Cache Maintenance?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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

We recently asked: What one item do you most use for cache maintenance?

After reading through all the answers, we found that new log books or log paper tops the list handily. Next runner up is plastic or poly bags to keep those logs dry.

So here is what we heard:

  • Ron on Twitter shared: Seems like log sheets would top my list, and poly bags. Lots of wet logs not in bags
  • Kelly on FB shared: The one item that I have had to use for cache maintenance is a new log, than followed by a whole new container.
  • Jeff-N-Cheryl shared: Most of the time the first thing I grab is a paper towel. Doesn't pay to replace the log if it's still wet inside the container.
  • Cleve shared: Camo duct tape.
  • There you have it folks; in addition to your pen or pencil, you should try to always carry replacement logs and baggies while out caching!

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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!

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How many favorite points do you have remaining or available to reward? Geocaching Question of the Day!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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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.

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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-

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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-

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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 Facebook, Twitter and Google+  a question about geocaching.

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-

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Thanks, and Happy Caching!