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I know I am a newbie to geocaching..... but is there different criteria for winter caching? I would prefer to look for cache that are in trees or some how above ground. I don't think that my gps is accurate enough for the under the snow stuff (I could be digging for days <_< ). Living in Northern Minnesota, the snow is expected sometime this week. <_< Let me know what you think. Thx JimJax and the 3 dogs.

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First of all, welcome to the game, Jim!

 

I think you'll find that caching in the winter has its own challenges as well as rewards. Your GPS will probably function better since the leaves are all gone and there's no tree cover.

 

You might even prefer the lack of bugs and spider webs. :anibad:

 

I know snowfall in Northern Minnesota is going to be quite a bit different from what we expect down here in Illinois, but if you're already used to life in the outdoors up there, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

 

I wrote this article a couple years ago. You might want to check it out for a few tips:

Caching Through The Snow

 

Bret

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First of all, welcome to the game, Jim!

 

I think you'll find that caching in the winter has its own challenges as well as rewards. Your GPS will probably function better since the leaves are all gone and there's no tree cover.

 

You might even prefer the lack of bugs and spider webs. :anibad:

 

I know snowfall in Northern Minnesota is going to be quite a bit different from what we expect down here in Illinois, but if you're already used to life in the outdoors up there, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

 

I wrote this article a couple years ago. You might want to check it out for a few tips:

Caching Through The Snow

 

Bret

 

This will be my first winter geocaching too! I am looking forward to it!

 

Thanks for the link to the article. I am heading off to read it now!

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Welcome to the game! I do have a suggestion for winter caching - steel toed boots. They're the next best thing to a sledge hammer for loosening frozen logs/rocks/branches from the ground where you think the cache might be.

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First of all, welcome to the game, Jim!

 

I think you'll find that caching in the winter has its own challenges as well as rewards. Your GPS will probably function better since the leaves are all gone and there's no tree cover.

 

You might even prefer the lack of bugs and spider webs. :anibad:

 

I know snowfall in Northern Minnesota is going to be quite a bit different from what we expect down here in Illinois, but if you're already used to life in the outdoors up there, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

 

I wrote this article a couple years ago. You might want to check it out for a few tips:

Caching Through The Snow

 

Bret

 

Bret:

Thanks for the article! You have renewed my hopes of feeding my new addiction. We have snow expected later this week and I can hardly wait until the weekend for the challenge.

Jim

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Hi JimJax -

 

Usually if the cache hider feels the cache can be found in the winter they'll mark it with the winter friendly attribute (the snowflake). Sometimes though a cache that can be found in the winter will have a totally different way to get to it (longer hike, snowmobile, etc). Winter friendly caches are typically above ground level although they could still be under a little snow too.

 

Normally, as you can imaging, finding a cache under 3 feet of snow is pretty hard.

 

- Pear Head, Duluth

 

http://www.MnGCA.org

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I would rather cache in the snow, i hate the heat and weeds

 

Ditto that for me too.

 

That winter attribute is very subjective. I have seen no definition. To me it could be whether the park is open in the winter months, or if the cache is high above ground, and not likely to be hidden under a foot of snow. Definately not a time to be hunting micros in the woods.

 

Another vote for a nice winter caching article. I see Mr. Cybret is one away from 1800 finds. Do we suspect some snow caching at the end of the week for you!? :rolleyes:

 

Brad

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Another vote for a nice winter caching article. I see Mr. Cybret is one away from 1800 finds. Do we suspect some snow caching at the end of the week for you!? ;)

 

Brad

 

Nope

 

It was a nice warm fall day, actually! :)

 

As much as I hate the snow I'm looking forward to winter caching too. No bugs, better tree cover.

 

Of course, winter caching does have its share of dangers.

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:rolleyes:

 

Bret

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I do have a suggestion for winter caching - steel toed boots.

 

Not a good idea if it gets really cold. With less insulation and a STEEL plate, you will get frostbite a whole lot faster on the toes than non-steel toed boots. They're your feet, do what you want, but I like having all of my toes, and pink(not black)! :anicute:

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Not a good idea if it gets really cold. With less insulation and a STEEL plate, you will get frostbite a whole lot faster on the toes than non-steel toed boots. They're your feet, do what you want, but I like having all of my toes, and pink(not black)! :unsure:

 

Polar Fleece or Wool socks are good, but I've never had a problem. If you keep moving enough, usually you'll build up a bit of body heat hiking to the location so frozen toes aren't an issue.

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We tend to cache all year around , sometime some of those longer hikes are much more enjoyable in the fall and winter months as those pesky vampire bugs are not around .

Just remember to dress for the weather and its all good !

 

Star

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31 degrees this morning. The frost is definitely on the pumpkin as the old timers still say.

 

No worries here. I'm off to slightly warmer climates for the weekend. :unsure:

 

Bret

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Yep, no doubt winter caching has its challenges. But it also has it's joys:

 

Jan 05, Indianapolis Museum of Art Gardens:

 

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Yep, no doubt winter caching has its challenges. But it also has it's joys:

 

Jan 05, Indianapolis Museum of Art Gardens:

 

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Wow, that's beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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A big enough snow can hide anything, but if you find it despite the snow you can feel twice as great.

 

I do a one question I'd like to ask and I don't want to start a thread for it,

how do disposable cameras hold up in caches during the winter? I have one out and I'm wondering if I should pull it during the winter or leave it in, I would hate to lose a single picture it might have.

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I've never known there to be a problem with a disposable camera left out over winter. You might want to check the instructions on the side of the camera, though. I'm sure if there's a problem they would mention it there.

 

What you do have to be careful of is pens freezing and exploding, or simply not working at all in the winter. That's one reason to put pencils in your caches instead of pens.

 

Bret

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Don't forget, on the weekends, you are almost guaranteed a find...just follow all the other cachers footprints, they usually go right to the cache!

 

Brad pointed out to me that I have NEVER found a cache in the month of December. (I HATE COLD & SNOW!) Looks like I may have a new challange for myself!

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I've never known there to be a problem with a disposable camera left out over winter. You might want to check the instructions on the side of the camera, though. I'm sure if there's a problem they would mention it there.

 

What you do have to be careful of is pens freezing and exploding, or simply not working at all in the winter. That's one reason to put pencils in your caches instead of pens.

 

Bret

I prefer pens but I know they freeze from loooong experience, I went out last weekend and replaced the pen with a mechanical pencil, no need to sharpen. Forgot to leave extra lead though, but what it has should last through many signings anyway.

Picked up some quality SWAG for my two new caches, one location is firm, I'm still scouting around for the perfect spot for the second. Nay wait to list them until my birthday, November 18. That just may be cool. :P

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Don't forget, on the weekends, you are almost guaranteed a find...just follow all the other cachers footprints, they usually go right to the cache!

 

Brad pointed out to me that I have NEVER found a cache in the month of December. (I HATE COLD & SNOW!) Looks like I may have a new challange for myself!

 

Long range forcast for this winter is warmer than normal, could be your year. :P:)

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First of all, welcome to the game, Jim!

 

I think you'll find that caching in the winter has its own challenges as well as rewards. Your GPS will probably function better since the leaves are all gone and there's no tree cover.

The other side of this is if you're hiding caches (or have a cache you hid during the summer that people have said the coordinates are off) winter is the perfect time to get much better accuracy for cache coordinates.

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2qwerqE, very nice photo, but you're killing me posting it this close to deer season. :)

 

I find hiding in the winter to be the challenge. Especially when you want the FTF chase to be worth it. I've added a considerable hike to a cache I placed in winter, just so I wouldn't leave tracks right up to the cache.

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We did our first winter caching last year. When I was 9 months pregnant with Ali Kat, darn Coin Quests!! But I figure if I (who am always cold, believe it's not warm until it's well into the 80s, and was about to pop out a kid can go caching in the snow) ANYONE CAN!! And the GPSr recpetion is AMAZING in the winter, also a good time to grab caches that some sick people put near swamps....there's no bypassing the marsh in the winter...

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I am preparing to travel to MI next week for a family birthday celebration -- I have lived my entire life in the desert Southwest and am nervous about being really cold. looking forward to using caching as a good reason to get out and play in the snow.

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my parents were just up there in northern mn during the storm winter caching is perfectly capable and is somtimes funner its more challenging when it comes to terrain and is harder to find i prefer winter caching but the trails sometimes give it away :P

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I haven't done any caching under lots of snow yet, but i would imagine one of the cheap hiking sticks from walmart with the guard busted off would make a great snow probe for caches.

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I haven't done any caching under lots of snow yet, but i would imagine one of the cheap hiking sticks from walmart with the guard busted off would make a great snow probe for caches.

 

No need to "bust" the guard off, it's threaded on, just unscrew it. :blink:

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Winter caching has both positive and negitive factors. On the positive side, few muggler problems to report, snow can be your friend as footprints can be more help then any clue given.. The swaming bug factor is gone. Like other cachers have said, the umbrella of leaves are not a factor with your GPS, making locating the place easier On the negitive side, long wet walks can be almost not do able. Snow can make for good cammo, but so can leaves and overgrowth. But the biggest factor has to be the cold, a nice 2 mile walk on a 70 degree day would be crazy with a -20 degree wind blowing by your nose. Best advice, read the posting and logs, choose your caches wisely and winter caching is a lot of fun. Those caches that seem wild for the winter will be waiting for you on that 1st spring day.

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