Sunday, March 18, 2012

Geocaching App Adds Offline Maps, Trail Maps, Other Features

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The folks over at Groundspeak recently announced that the popular Geocaching app has been updated with some features that geocachers have been requesting for a long time now: offline maps. Although it’s only available for Premium Geocaching members, this feature will be nice when you’re somewhere that has zero cell signal—as is common when you’re out geocaching in the wilderness.

Other updates added with the most recent patch include a My Lists beta and trail maps, and pending logs. It’s unclear whether all of these features are available for free members as well as Premium members, unfortunately (so if you’re a free member, please chime in below and let me know). We’ll take a closer look at each of the new updates below: read more

6 Tips for Creating the Best Geocache

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While hunting down wild geocaches is fun, at some point you may want to create and hide your own geocache. It’s a whole different ballgame, with lots of things to consider, including making sure you have accurate coordinates, most people don’t want to just hide a cache—they want to create a memorable cache that will be enjoyed for years to come. But it isn’t as hard as you think. Here are six tips for making your geocache really shine:

1. Be original

Anyone can hide a piece of Tupperware or an ammo case in the woods. If you really want your cache to be memorable, then making it something original is key. Use an unusual (but waterproof) container, make it themed, or add a puzzle element. There are tons of options; so be creative! read more

7 Reasons You Should Go Geocaching More This Year

 

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All around us, hiding sometimes almost in plain sight, are troves of treasure and an entire community that is dedicated to finding (and rehiding) them. The game is geocaching, and it is becoming more and more popular not only in the United States, but across the globe. To get started, all you need is a cell phone, a Groundspeak account, and some motivation.

Here are some reasons to geocaching more this year:

1. It’s great exercise

Whether you’re hiking through the woods or searching discreetly downtown, geocaching is fantastic exercise that involves lots of movement. In fact, if you look, there are plenty of stories of people who lost tons of weight by geocaching regularly!

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Groundspeak Announces 5 New Country Souvenirs

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There are many different facets to geocaching, and whether you’re in it for the bragging rites, the glory, the travel bugs, or the exercise, it’s a great game. One of the most overlooked parts, and in my opinion one of the most fun, of geocaching is the souvenirs that you can earn to display. You can read a full explanation of souvenirs here, but basically they are digital badges that you can earn by finding a geocache in a specific location or attending an event.

Recently, Groundspeak, the minds behind Geocaching.com, recently announced that they were adding five new geocaching country souvenirs to its massive list of souvenir locations. All of these can be accessed immediately, and can be earned by logging a cache or attending an event in any of these countries. Without further ado, here’s the list:
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Geocaching Souvenirs Explained

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Geocaching is a surprisingly multi-faceted game. Designed as an adult treasure hunt, finding a geocache and logging it can be a thrill. Inside, you might find any kind of fun trinket to commemorate the event, but many times geocachers will neither take nor leave anything. The thrill is in the hunt and the prestige in being able to log a new geocache. For these intrepid geocachers, souvenirs and the bragging rights are almost better than swag.

What are souvenirs?

Souvenirs are a sort of digital badge that is displayed on your Geocaching.com profile to show off your accomplishments. There are some which are only available for a specific location, event, or only for accomplishing specific tasks or things. As a result, many people are proud of their souvenirs and work to try and collect as many rare souvenirs as possible. read more

Top 10 Geocaching Acronyms You Need To Know

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Geocachers simply love their acronyms. It’s not uncommon to open a logbook or read the notes on a cache only to find a string of what looks like alphabet soup. And, while some of them are standard, many geocachers make up their own acronyms which makes things extremely complicated. However, there are a handful that everyone should know.

1. FTF – First To Find

This acronym is often written in logbooks or online when a geocacher is the first one to a newly created cache. Getting an FTF is pretty exciting and something that many geocachers strive towards. read more

Missing APE Cache Found in Seattle

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Easily one of the greatest and most compelling mysteries in the geocaching world has to be the location and fate of the fabled APE caches. Sought after by millions of Geocachers around the world, many of these caches have been reported missing (most likely ‘muggled’) or simply located in hard-to-find spots, like the one in Brazil.

However, it looks like one of the original APE caches was recently found in Washington, thanks to a dedicated team of geocachers. The missing cache, Mission 9: Tunnel of Light, was found more than 3,000 times before being muggled and eventually archived in 2011. But, now that it has been found, the debate has begun about what to do with the cache. read more

8 Things Only Geocachers Will Understand

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Geocachers are a pretty fun and crazy bunch. I’ve not been geocaching for very long, but the more people I meet and the more caches I find, the more I love the hobby. It’s not only rewarding, but the community behind it is pretty much awesome. I also get to pretend to be a pirate, so there’s that. There’s a lot that goes into searching for a cache, but all of the joy, sorrow, bruises and scrapes is worth it when you finally find the cache.

It really is amazing to see what cachers will do to write their name on a piece of paper, isn’t it? So, for all of you geocachers out there who have struggled with a DNF for the thousandth time or climbed up a tree for a piece of tupperware, I have a short list a list of things just for you: read more

List of Geocaching Abbreviations

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Geocaching, more than most hobbies, has a lot of etiquette, rules and lingo that you simply won’t see anywhere else. Most of the terms are fairly easy to understand with some context clues, but the plethora of abbreviations can easily become overwhelming for new cachers.

So, today I’ve put together a list of some of the abbreviations I’ve run across along the translation: read more

10 Tips for Geocaching Etiquette

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When I first started geocaching, I was a little overwhelmed by all of the rules and things that go along with it. The community is, thankfully, pretty helpful and there are a lot of resources online but I find that one of the things that is rarely talked about is the etiquette for when you’re caching.

Today I have a list of my top ten tips for geocaching etiquette that I think every good geocacher should follow: read more