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  1. 41 minutes ago, CAVinoGal said:

    If I remember correctly, when I've received promo trackables and activated them, the trackable page had the boilerplate (copy/paste) text already on the page, and I could add my own personal TB story.  I had to take photos, and hashtag them on my Instagram and/or post to geocaching's blog page when I released it.  The email confirmation that you would receive a TB should have contained instructions...it seems this promo has more responsibility on the finders.


    Have you activated it yet?  

    I have activated it, but I have not finished or published the page. All that automatically got filled in was the name. The email only gave vague instructions...no mention of a copy/paste thing. I am going to reach out to someone else who received the same one and ask them about it as well.


    None of the links bring me to what I need.

    1 hour ago, Max and 99 said:

    Did your notification come with any instructions? I don't think you should attach it to anything unless it's WoW related. 

    See the picture above ^^

    1 hour ago, Max and 99 said:

    Have you read the geocaching blurb about the promotion? Does it have any of the text you're seeing on the other travel bug pages?


    It has similar text....this is another one of the same type: https://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=8897597

  2. 9 hours ago, Johannis10 said:

    I like caches which are not hidden and which can be seen from afar. The only difference is that the muggles do not recognize this as a cache, only the cachers who have read the listing. Example: I created a stone and stainless steel dragon sculpture for a cache. In addition, I have attached a stainless steel sign with an old dragon saga from the area. The geocachers know, they have to pull up the sign and then find a description, of how to drag and rotate the sculpture, to get to the cachebox.

    That sounds interesting, however, I think that it would be difficult for me to pull off as a first cache.

  3. 9 hours ago, Goldenwattle said:

    With busier locations, to assist with keeping the cache safe, I think they should be easy to find and extract caches, with very good hints. If people spend too much time looking for the cache, it draws attentions to what they are doing and the cache, and then muggles might look too.

    That makes sense!

    9 hours ago, Goldenwattle said:

      Tricky to find caches should be reserved for places where people can search unnoticed.


  4. 9 hours ago, Jayeffel said:

    GR , PPC, and such are not hard -- but are a bit too common.

    That's almost all that are in my area. 

    9 hours ago, Jayeffel said:


    I would refrain from trying a very difficult cache right away. 


    9 hours ago, Jayeffel said:

    And as mentioned, be sure the coordinates are good, I have been at many caches were the coordinates indicate a place up to 50 feet from the actual spot. That may be the instrument I use though. Remember, the coordinates have a built in 30 ' radius. I try not to give specific hints or wording in the description that tell you exactly where it is. Okay to point in the  right direction though. 

    I'm a bit worried that I won't be able to get accurate coordinates, but that's a bridge to cross later, after I have more stuff figured out.

    9 hours ago, Jayeffel said:


    And wherever you place it I would recommend placing it where parking is reasonably close and SAFE.

    I hadn't thought of that, thank you!


  5. 1 hour ago, cerberus1 said:


    I'm not sure (things change) that advanced searches can be done by basic members, but it's easy to use whatever search you use now to find FPs.

    I don't think that they can.

    1 hour ago, cerberus1 said:

     Simply look at "all nearby caches" on the left of any local cache page if you'd like, and that forever-scroll will show FPs in line with each cache. 

    Head to a couple, and you'll get an idea what other folks in your area may think is cool (if that is something you're interested in). 

    Thank you so much!

  6. 12 hours ago, niraD said:

    Caches in busier locations get muggled more frequently. Bigger caches in busier locations get muggled much more frequently. The reason such locations have so many micro-caches is that those are what survive. One pattern that I've seen many times is an urban/suburban park or other location seems to call out for a cache. So a series of larger caches are hidden there, each lasting only a short time before it is muggled and archived. Eventually, someone hides a micro-cache, perhaps even a puzzle micro-cache, and that's what survives. And that's why the urban/suburban cache scene has so many micros.


    Keep in mind that muggles can spot a cache not only when it's in its hiding spot, but also when a geocacher is searching for it, or retrieving/replacing it. Even if a larger cache won't be spotted when it's in its hiding spot, will geocachers be able to find, retrieve, and replace it without drawing undue attention to it?

    That's a good point, I hadn't thought about that!

    12 hours ago, niraD said:


    Other than muggling, maintenance is mostly a matter of choosing a container and camouflage that can stand up to the elements. And that can depend on your location. Some containers that are fine in the desert do poorly in humid locations, or in locations that get snow and hard frosts in the winter. And so on.

    Thank you!

  7. 26 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:


    When we started, the "language of location" was the theme, and we've pretty-much stuck by that.   

    Isn't there a nice place, or unique area near you ?  Someplace where you say, "Wow, this is cool" ?  Wanna share it ?   ;)

    We feel the location is more important than the container (but always use a quality container).

    Have you searched your area for what caches have the most Favorite Points ?   Depending on what you're looking for, an option too.

    I hadn't thought of doing that- is that an actual search you can use a filter for on the website, or do you just look through?

    26 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

    I'd just place one I'd  like to do and see what others think.     :)

    For example, I'd want to place a cache far into the woods, and maybe even off a tree limb requiring rope. 

    That sounds wonderful!

    26 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

    But the caches near me with the most FPs are simple traditionals, or gadget caches (even if they're not working properly...).

    There aren't any gadget caches near me, unfortunately

    26 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:

     - Like your swag BTW...


    Thank you so much!! I need to make some more, I just ran out.

  8. 52 minutes ago, Goldenwattle said:

    Without reading everything that's been written here, I would suggest a place not too far from where you live, so you can easily attend to any problems the cache might have. The first cache can be a learning curve to problems that you must attend to, so don't place it far from home. For instance, lots of beginners place nanos, without realising how quickly the log fills and how often then the CO must visit it to place a new log. (Please don't place a horrid nano :laughing:). Other problems; such as leaking cache containers. There must be a reasonable place near where you live that you can put a cache. A view, a picturesque garden on an alleyway between houses, outside an historic building, an old church, a building with interesting architecture, or just a cute little hidden 'gem'. For instance, I found this cute little area near where I live to place a cache. There are houses all along the left of the picture and a main multi-lane road to the right, but in between, this hidden 'gem'.



    Another place close to where I live; interesting public gardens built by local residents on public land for all to enjoy. Highlight what's interesting and local. I suspect the local government authorities added the seating, after the locals adopted and built the garden. Plants were donated from people's gardens. That makes something to write about in the Geocache Description.


    Thank you for that, that really helped me think about different locations. Both of those spots are beautiful, and those are also beautiful pictures!

  9. 1 hour ago, niraD said:

    What kind of cache do you want to own and maintain for the long term? What kind of cache do you want to be known for among the local geocaching community?

    My area is mostly filled with easy nanos with the occasional larger, more interesting ammo can, and the occasional more creative nano, so I think that I'd like to add some larger ones/small ones that deviate from bisons in trees, lamp skirts, fake rocks, and guard rails.

    1 hour ago, niraD said:


    I've started mine with a few trinkets, but I haven't tried to fill them up, and I haven't put anything particularly valuable in them. I used either trinkets that I had on hand, or inexpensive trinkets that were somehow related to the theme of the cache. Craft stores often have assorted wooden shapes (painted or unpainted).

    Do you ever do an FTF prize?

    1 hour ago, niraD said:


    Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to own and maintain for the long term? Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to be known for among the local geocaching community?

    I'm not entirely clear on which caches require more maintenance than others- I'm assuming caches with a lower D/T rating need more maintenance, both with log and container?


    I'd like to be known for either having really good spots for caches, or having creative hides, or having cool puzzle caches. There isn't really anyone filling any of these roles in my immediate area at the moment.

    I feel like I'd have a lot of fun doing really creative hides, so I think that I may go with that+good locations. 

  10. 31 minutes ago, black_cat1 said:

    I have, but I'll reread it.

    After rereading, I haven't found anything that really answers my questions- I have a better understanding of the rules of hiding a cache, but not a better understanding of what direction it would be advisable for me to go in when hiding my first cache.

  11. Hello all! I've been geocaching for a while and would like to look into hiding a cache. Is there anything that I should or shouldn't do? Would it be better to go for something basic like a guardrail or lamp skirt one, or something out in the woods? Should I do a 'normal' container (ammo can, tupperware, etc) or something fancy like this or this  container? Should I do a regular or something smaller? If I have a container with space, should I put swag in it? I've found a variety of caches, but should I wait until I've found more to hide one? Thank you so much for any help?

  12. Had an idea and didn't want to make a whole new thread:

    The official earrings from the GC website aren't really my style, but I was thinking of getting a tag, taking the number, and putting it into custom earrings:



    (NOT a real TB code, just random numbers and letters that I put in as an example)

    It would also apply to something like this:


    Thoughts on this idea?

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  13. 30 minutes ago, dennistubaplayer said:

    When I hide a cache, I usally look for a place that is kind of out of the way to increase it's life span. I also might look for an area that has some kind of history that is enough to set the area out of the ordinary. When I hid my first cache, I took the quote I found in Geocaching 101 to heart. 

    "When you go to hide a geocache, think of the reason you are bringing people to that spot. If the only reason is for the spot, then build a better cache." Also, I would recommend getting some caches under you're belt, (I'd say about 20) and taking the quiz

    Don't worry, I'm not going out and hiding caches tomorrow. I like to plan things about 223498 years ahead of time :) 

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  14. 11 minutes ago, TmdAndGG said:

    I would start with something lower (But please not a 1/1!), but it's totally up to you. I think our first hide was originally a 1.5/1.5, But then we ended up changing it to a 2.5/1.5.

    Unless you're talking about our finds. I honestly prefer a higher D/T rating. Our first find was a 2/2 (Although I'm pretty sure it deserved a higher T rating). I believe the most common DT in general is 1.5/1.5. 

    I was talking about hides. Why did you end up changing it?

  15. 2 minutes ago, cerberus1 said:


    Rare these days.   :)

    When you're refilling the cache with swag every time you do maintenance means most think the hobby is a "treasure hunt"...

    I'd bet there's more than a couple new folks that don't even realize that someone other-than the site places and fills them.


    When I want something I buy it. 

    Not to be rude, but a cache with dollar store carabiners (there's a cache with that name nearby...) doesn't mean much when you use real ones for safety.

    Most of the time I'll leave something  (if there's room in the "small" pill bottle meant as a container), otherwise it's TNLNSL.  

    I've tried like 6 different translations as 'TNLSNSL' and I cannot for the life of me figure out what it means.

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