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5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching Stardom

Rock Star move at a Geocache

Rock Star move at a Geocache

The basics of geocaching are inspiring in their simplicity. A geocacher hides a geocache and challenges others to find it. That’s it. And it’s easy to unlock the joy of geocaching when you discover clever hides and share the adventure with good friends. Becoming a great geocacher is all about remembering the little things. If you follow these five quick steps every time you geocache, you’ll be ready for Geocaching stardom.

1)      Bring a Pen – There are few rules in geocaching. But one rule is that you need to sign the logbook. Always pack a pen to make sure you’re ready to sign your Geocaching username, the date, and leave a note.

2)      Leave No Trace – Be kind to the geocaching game board (which is the entire world). Make sure to Cache In Trash Out (CITO) when you geocache. Pick up litter along the way and leave geocaching locations free of trash.

3)      Write a Great “Found it” or “Didn’t find it” Log – When you find a geocache, or even when you don’t find a geocache, make sure to share the spirit of adventure. Write a log detailing the geocaching journey for the geocache owner and for other geocachers.

4)      Put the Geocache Back Where and How You Found it – It’s tempting. You ask yourself, “Wouldn’t the geocache be better hidden if it were just over there?” Resist the temptation. The geocache owner placed the geocache at a specific location for a reason and will need to find the geocache when it needs maintenance or when other geocachers need help finding the geocache.

5)      Move Trackables Along – If you remove a Trackable, like a Travel Bug ®, from a geocache make sure to post a “retrieved” log and move the Trackable along to another geocache as soon as possible.

These five steps will have you rocking the geocaching world in no time. What geocaching tips would you add? Post your thoughts in comments below. Oh, and don’t forget a 6th step: repeat steps 1 – 5 often!

 

 

  • Guest

    6. DON’T hit the needs maintenance or needs archive buttons just because you couldn’t find it. No matter how great a cacher you think you are just because you can’t find it doesn’t mean it’s not there!!

  • http://twitter.com/ozghnomg Özgehan OMAĞ

    i like this.. i will translate this article in turkish and publish it in my blog

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Definitely post a link to your blog. We love to watch as geocaching spreads around the globe. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Andrew

    As for point number 3, people should only write quality logs for quality caches. There is no way I am going to write a “great” and detailed log for every nano under a light or in a pine tree.

  • FirebladeNL

    Don’t forget to write down any hints or information that’s in a cache needed for the bonus cache of that series (I tend to do that A LOT!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/darcey.martinez.5 Darcey Martinez

    Award favorite points. I know cachers that act like parting with a favorite point is like giving away their life savings. Show some gratitude for people whom do good work. It takes time to place a cache and a favorite point is a great way to acknowledge the efforts.

  • http://blog.geocaching.com Eric Schudiske

    Great input – that’s so true. I’m thinking about having a Favorite Point Friday soon, where people would award Favorite Points that they have left in the bank. I know I have a couple floating around. Sound like a good idea?

  • Geocaching Joy

    #6 When hiding a cache, make sure you think about where you hide it, Think about the reason you are bringing the cacher to the area, for not every guard rail needs a pill bottle & not every shopping center needs a cache. Just placing caches without thought, may just be spoiling an area within the distance requirements, that possibly could have been a better place for a cacher to find a cache.

  • TheLegoFool&Missus

    Awesome. And I agree with adding the number 6… Thanks for sharing! Posted to FB and soon to my blog

  • Gary Gotham

    Introduce someone new to this wonderful, wonderful passion of ours on a regular basis.
    Muggles are merely cachers in the making. :-)

  • Fishwomania

    Be KIND to Mother Nature when placing and retrieving a cache! I have seen too many trees being damaged by climbers who break healthy and viable limbs.

  • ulf78

    This photo is taken at GC17QRE Punta de N´Amer – Cova de ses Crestes
    We did similar moves and lot of funny pictures there :-)

    So my recommendation: take Breaks, enjoy the view, have fun and take pictures

  • model12

    Pens are OK. Pencils write 1005 of the time though, and are especially good for the half of the world that caches in sub-zero weather… ;-)

  • Bandyrooster

    It’s nice to give back to the community and hide at least one cache yourself.
    The steps you listed were all very good ones!

  • Webfoot

    Sadly, #3 has fallen by the wayside. No matter what type of container was hidden, no matter where it was hidden, a geocacher should be able to give at least 50 words back in their log, even if it was a LPC hide. Too many cachers today, IMO, are so into numbers that they can’t do that. Copy and paste logs help no one. They don’t help the cache hider, nor do they help future finders, because all future finders see is a quick log and so they emulate the same thing ad nauseum.

  • Chrysalides

    Pens are better on logs that are wet (unfortunate, but it happens) as well as on waterproof paper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barb.jernigan.3 Barb Jernigan

    Even lame nanos need good logs, too, Andrew. But people should warn you about ME (the Tygress). EVERY cache gets decent log. Why? Because what’s the point, else?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tjhavenith Tim Havenith

    Take Tweezers! :)


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