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Hi, I am a muggle really as you guys have confounded me. I tried to find the Caches in Bray, Ireland at the Town Hall and at Christ church. I have read all the text but find myself scratching at knots on trees as I have not held one of these things in my hands so I don't know how to look. (Also my fellow Muggles were starting to stare so I hightailed it out-of-there). I know the one at the townhall is there coz, madningly, someone found it the day after I looked.. Is there a really easy one in Bray to find??? Does anybody meet in Bray? M

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Hi, I am a muggle really as you guys have confounded me. I tried to find the Caches in Bray, Ireland at the Town Hall and at Christ church. I have read all the text but find myself scratching at knots on trees as I have not held one of these things in my hands so I don't know how to look. (Also my fellow Muggles were starting to stare so I hightailed it out-of-there). I know the one at the townhall is there coz, madningly, someone found it the day after I looked.. Is there a really easy one in Bray to find??? Does anybody meet in Bray? M

 

I live in Bray :D. I've found both those caches and they are absolutely tiny - smaller than you could probably imagine right now. They're nanos (google nano geocache). I'd recommend you look for something bigger to start off with. There are plenty of larger container caches in or around Bray Head. Try GC3BNRE, GC3P89R or GC43 to start with.

Also, I am hosting a CITO event next weekend in Bray, if you want to meet some fellow geocachers: GC58T2J

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Hi, I am a muggle really as you guys have confounded me. I tried to find the Caches in Bray, Ireland at the Town Hall and at Christ church. I have read all the text but find myself scratching at knots on trees as I have not held one of these things in my hands so I don't know how to look. (Also my fellow Muggles were starting to stare so I hightailed it out-of-there). I know the one at the townhall is there coz, madningly, someone found it the day after I looked.. Is there a really easy one in Bray to find??? Does anybody meet in Bray? M

 

I live in Bray :D. I've found both those caches and they are absolutely tiny - smaller than you could probably imagine right now. They're nanos (google nano geocache). I'd recommend you look for something bigger to start off with. There are plenty of larger container caches in or around Bray Head. Try GC3BNRE, GC3P89R or GC43 to start with.

Also, I am hosting a CITO event next weekend in Bray, if you want to meet some fellow geocachers: GC58T2J

Great points!

 

My advice is to seek caches with a larger size. Stick with "Regular" and "Small" caches for a while. Also, filter caches as you seek them not only by size, but also lower difficult and terrain (often referred to as "D/T") ratings.

 

When I started, I did just that. It helped me gain some confidence, and learn what to look for. But, there is no replacement for community. Be sure to attend some events, and you'll get to know more about the game quite quickly.

 

Cheers!

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A common recommendation for beginners is to stick with small small.gif size, regular regular.gif size, and large large.gif size caches. Until you're more experienced, avoid micro micro.gif size caches, some of which are smaller than most beginners can imagine (sometimes called "nanos"). Save those for later, after you have some experience.

 

Also, stick with caches that have a difficulty rating of no more than 2 stars stars2.gif. Save the more difficult ones for later. You may also want to choose caches with easy terrain ratings. (The difficulty rating tells you how hard it is to find the cache once you get there. The terrain rating tells you how hard it is to get there.) And it is often best to start with traditional 2.gif caches, which will be at the published coordinates. Multi-caches 3.gif or mystery/puzzle caches 8.gif or other cache types can require more work just to figure out where the container is located.

 

Under ideal conditions, a consumer GPSr will be accurate to about 3m (10ft). That applies both to your device, and to the cache owner’s device, so you may find the container 5-6m (16-20ft) from ground zero under ideal conditions. Under less than ideal conditions, both GPSr readings can be much less accurate. Once you get within that distance of ground zero, put your device away and look around for places where a container could be hidden.

 

Where would you hide something? Do you notice anything unusual? Is anything too new, too old, too organized (e.g., UPS: an Unnatural Pile of Sticks/Stones), too symmetrical, not quite the right color or shape, etc.? Don’t look only on the ground; the cache may be knee-level, waist-level, eye-level, or overhead. How might the container be secured in place? With magnets? With a hook? With string? With fishing line? With something else? Does anything move when you touch it? (Be careful when touching things though.)

 

Go ahead and read the cache's additional hints (if provided), and read the past logs and look at any photos in the cache's image gallery. They may help you understand what you're looking for, and how/where it may be hidden. It may also help to look at some of the cache containers available online. For example, check out the cache containers sold by Groundspeak. Also, take a look at the Pictures - Cool Cache Containers (CCC's) thread in the forums.

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