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:
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:
- Travel Bug
- Pathtags (not trackable at geocaching.com)
- Vehicle Travel Bugs (A TB for your Car/Truck)
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!