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As you may have read in my livejournal, I am an avid geocacher. I've been active in this hobby since April 2001 and have visited over 28,000 geocaches in 10 States and DC.

What is Geocaching?

The Geocaching website, and the Geocaching FAQ in particular, has all the details.

Geocaching is a game where a geocacher hides a geocache container at an interesting location. (typically in a public park or forest, but some have placed caches in urban areas, or on private property with permission) Then the geocacher posts the coordinates to the Geocaching website so that other geocachers may use their handheld GPS receivers to locate the geocache. That's for a traditional cache. Of course, there are a number of variations on the theme. This page provides a rundown on all the types of caches there are.

As an example, here's the webpage for one of my geocaches. As you can see the coordinates (N39°... W075°...) are listed near the top of the page. Below the preamble, there is a description of the area and below that, there is an encrypted hint. And below that, there are log entries from geocachers who have visited the geocache. The log entries are where they share their adventures in getting to the geocache. Some geocachers have uploaded pictures they have taken to their log entries.

What does a Geocache look like?

Geocaches come in many shapes and sizes. Here are some common ones:

Ammo Can
This would be a military surplus ammunition container. It's a rugged metal box favored because it is durable and waterproof.
Rubbermaid Container
A commonly used plastic geocache container.
Round Plastic Jar
Also a fairly common plastic geocache container.
Decon Container
A smaller plastic container. Also military surplus.
Magnetic Keyholder
Small container usually containing only a log sheet and nothing else. A typical micro cache.
Altoids Tin
Another popular micro cache container.
Film Canister
A common micro cache container.

How are Geocaches Hidden?

Some examples:

  • Under fallen trees.
  • Under branches, leaves or tree bark.
  • In a bush.
  • In a hole in a tree.
  • In a pile of rocks.
  • In a rock crevice.
  • Between rocks.
  • In a guardrail. (typically magnetic caches)

Of course, there are geocaches hidden in many more creative ways. So you should keep an open mind when searching for them.

Other Stuff

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Caches I Have Found

Caches I Have Hidden

My geocaching profile

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