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What Does (d/t) Mean?


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When listing Geocaches, many attributes are listed (e.g. cache type icon, name, description). There are also two numbers in brackets above the cache size icon. The title appears to be (D/T). What does these numbers mean?


I've looked through the various FAQs and can't seem to find the answer.




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delirium tremens (DTs): A serious alcohol-withdrawal syndrome observed in persons who stop drinking alcohol following continuous and heavy consumption. It involves profound confusion, hallucinations, and severe nervous system overactivity, typically beginning between 48 and 96 hours after the last drink.


(somewhat how I feel when the GPS is turned off for a week) :laughing:

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Hi, welcome to geocaching.  The D=Difficulty.  The T=Terrain.  The higher the number the more difficult the hide is and terrain.  The rating system goes from 1-5.


Hope that helps.

Thanks, I didn't know either :laughing:

And here are the accepted definitions:


Difficulty rating:

* Easy. In plain sight or can be found in a few minutes of searching.

** Average. The average cache hunter would be able to find this in less than 30 minutes of hunting.

*** Challenging. An experienced cache hunter will find this challenging, and it could take up a good portion of an afternoon.

**** Difficult. A real challenge for the experienced cache hunter - may require special skills or knowledge, or in-depth preparation to find. May require multiple days / trips to complete.

***** Extreme. A serious mental or physical challenge. Requires specialized knowledge, skills, or equipment to find cache.


Terrain rating:

* Handicapped accessible. (Terrain is likely to be paved, is relatively flat, and less than a 1/2 mile hike is required.)

** Suitable for small children. (Terrain is generally along marked trails, there are no steep elevation changes or heavy overgrowth. Less than a 2 mile hike required.)

*** Not suitable for small children. (The average adult or older child should be OK depending on physical condition. Terrain is likely off-trail. May have one or more of the following: some overgrowth, some steep elevation changes, or more than a 2 mile hike.)

**** Experienced outdoor enthusiasts only. (Terrain is probably off-trail. Will have one or more of the following: very heavy overgrowth, very steep elevation (requiring use of hands), or more than a 10 mile hike. May require an overnight stay.)

***** Requires specialized equipment and knowledge or experience, (boat, 4WD, rock climbing, SCUBA, etc) or is otherwise extremely difficult.

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