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When viewing a list of geocaches in my area, I am confused by what D/T means? For exampel, for a cache it may say D/T is 1/1.5.


I'm sure when I hear the answer, I'll have to smack my head that it is obvious.


Found my first geocache today, BTW


D/T = Difficulty Rating / Terrain Rating


Time to smack your head?

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As a new cacher, you might try only looking for the "Difficulty" '1' or '2' caches for a while. The more Difficult ones, with a rating of '3' or above, might be too frustrating until you have more experience and learn about the clever cammo cacher use . . . :lol:


Check out this thread to see what you might encounter. :)

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Here are the commonly 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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