If you’ve been geocaching for a little while, you’ve probably heard cachers talk about being premium members of the geocaching.com website. Some people will swear by it whilst others will feel that it adds nothing to their caching experience. As a result it can sometimes be difficult to fully understand what benefits premium membership actually confers. So this month, I thought I would look at some of the main reasons you might want to become a premium member. read more
Well, I have good news and bad news. Last week I saw that the folks over at Groundspeak have revamped a really important part of the popular geocaching.com website: the search tool for finding all of those fun caches. That’s the good part. The bad part is that I’m not 100% sure that the new search feature is worth the trouble. read more
Hiding your first geocache can be a pretty exciting thing, but it isn’t as simple as just stuffing a tupperware container under a log and calling it a day. There are plenty of things you need to consider, and geocaching.com recently released reworked their Hiding a Geocache page with some fantastic information designed to help new geocachers hide caches successfully and responsibly.
Here are some of the main things that you should consider when hiding a geocache: read more
Everyone loves pie–all that sweet, delicious fruity, gooey, sugary filling stuffed between two flaky golden crusts of amazing. Pie is pretty much the best. But, what about Pi? For years, this irrational number has spawned an surprisingly rational national celebration of pie, math and, of course, more pie.
Well, this year’s Pi day happens to this Saturday and it isn’t just ANY Pi day–it’s the first time in a century that the date (3/14/15) falls perfectly in line with the actual irrational number (3.1415…). So, to celebrate this most auspicious Pi day, the folks over at Geocaching HQ have declared that there are not one, but two souvenirs available to intrepid Pi-loving geocachers out there! read more
Nature is a precious thing and it saddens me to see how poorly some people care for it. We’ve only got one Earth, so doesn’t it make sense to protect it? I think that Geocachers in particular are more appreciative of the natural beauty and fragility of the environment, and geocaching.com has sponsored an international “Cache In, Trash Out” (CITO) event to help do their part. read more
With spring looming, a new season of geocaching is nearly upon us. With it comes an influx of new people to the hobby. Regular geocachers will be familiar with the concept of a geocaching kit bag but for the benefit of those just starting out, this month we’re going to go over the basic items you need to geocache efficiently and safely. read more
It’s that time of year when we can’t help but look back and review what we’ve accomplished in the past year. Accompanying it is the inevitable list of resolutions for the year ahead and it’s a safe bet to assume that at least some of them will include aims along the lines of “eat less” and “exercise more”.
This is where Geocaching can help. Not only is walking along trails, clambering up embankments and battling undergrowth considered good exercise, the fresh air brings its own health benefits as well. As a result, to “Geocache more” is a good resolution to have.
But what if you’re trying to find some motivation to encourage you to get out geocaching more regularly? Well, here are some ideas for geocaching challenges that can make perfect resolutions for the year ahead. read more
Becoming a geocacher can be slightly overwhelming. Not only do you have to learn how to use a GPSr to get to your location and then hunt for a geocache, but there’s also a wealth of information, acronyms and unwritten do’s and don’ts to contend with.
One of the areas that is a constant source of confusion are trackables. I wrote an article last year introducing what trackables were and how you went about logging them but there are a number of unwritten rules that a lot of newbies get wrong. So here to help them out are five things they never tell newbie geocachers about geocoins and travel bugs. read more
It’s natural for geocachers to want to showcase their accomplishments but all too often that can boil down to simple numbers or statistics. Some geocachers aren’t interested in the number of caches they find but just want to showcase that they attended a special event or found a cache in a different location.
For a number of years, cache owners have created online virtual badges for attendees or finders to display on their profile page. These can range from showcasing attendance of a specific geocaching event to having completed a series of caches. The problem with these is severalfold. They are arbitrary and depend on the cache owner taking the time to create the graphic and provide the code for you to add to your profile. You then need to go in and manually add them, meaning that if you’re not familiar with HTML or web programming languages you can easily get yourself into a mess. read more
It might seem like something pretty common sense, but making a geocache look like a pipe bomb is probably not the brightest idea if you intend to have a long lasting cache. In Omaha last week, a geocache was spotted by park goers and reported immediately to the police, who promptly cordoned off the entire northern part of the Memorial Park. The bomb squad was called in to investigate only to find the ‘bomb’ was simply a harmless geocaching container covered in camouflage duct tape. read more