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:

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 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!

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
  • 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.

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

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