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Geocaching Advice for Beginners

GeocachingSo you are a beginner geocacher and are looking for some great advice. Or perhaps you’re a veteran cacher and you want to give some awesome tips to the geocaching newbies in your life. We went on a hunt for the best geocaching advice to give a beginner, and decided to ask the experts (aka PodCacher listeners). Sometimes a question like this can generate verbose replies, so in the interest of brevity, we enlisted the help of the 140 character limit of the Twitter world. Here are the resulting tips and tricks.

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For fun, advice and safety, beginners should find an experienced geocacher to go caching with. Attend an event and introduce yourself.

Please type more than TFTC (thanks for the cache) on your online log, log DNF’s (did-not-find’s) and don’t hide your own cache till you find at least 50.

Carry extra batteries for your GPSr and flashlight.

Bring bug spray with you.

Don’t give up. Read all clues thoroughly and keep an open mind; there are some diabolical cache hiders out there.

Start with simple ones. Don’t give up. Don’t rely

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Show 481.0: Sole Caching

On our geocaching podcast today, we share about a CITO weekend coming up in Great Britain.

We also have a story of geocaching and genealogy, a question about asking permission, the story of 3 continents in one day, earth sandwich geocaches, shoes that tell you where to turn and much more.

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Log Drying Tips

Geocache logsheetOne thing we love to share on our PodCacher show are tips and tricks – for newbies and veteran cachers alike. On one show we talked about geocaching on a very rainy weekend, which is a bit unusual for us here in Sunny San Diego, but it does happen! We encountered a small container with a rolled up log that was completely drenched. Now as you all know, there are few things worse than a totally wet log in a geocache (well, except no geocache at all!). The one requirement for logging a geocache and getting a smiley (other than actually finding it) is to sign the log. This is very hard to do when the paper is damp or soggy. It’s always a good idea to carry spare logbooks or logsheets with you in your cache bag. But the downside to replacing the log is that all the prior signatures will be gone! If you CAN dry out a log, that’s an awesome thing to do for the cache owner.

Geocache Log Drying TipSo on our recent rainy

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Show 480.1: PMM – Proactive Police & Poison Ivy

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On this geocaching midweek micro we chat about some proactive police officers, and a potential way to desensitize yourself from poison ivy reactions.

Police: Birdshot in suspicious device in Beavercreek

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Drug regimen builds immunity to poison ivy

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5 Things Your Kids Will Love About Geocaching

Kids Love Geocaching

Family GeocachingBeing with YOU
Younger kids especially are longing for time with Mom and Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, friend, you get the idea!). Take them geocaching! We have found that our son kinda doesn’t care WHAT we do, as long as we do it together as a family. You may think this doesn’t apply to older kids, but you might be surprised. We have heard from many families who shared how communication with teenagers was improved on geocaching hikes.

Being OUTSIDE
The fresh air and the sunshine (or the rain can be fun too, especially if there are a lot of puddles to jump in!). Running up that hill over there, climbing on that fence. The sticks and rocks and bugs that will find their way into pockets. The flowers that will be brought to you clutched tightly in small hands (for you, Mommy!)

Sean flowers backpackThe EXPLORATION
Learning about and exploring the world around them. Searching through bushes or rocks that may be hiding the treasure. Finding out about themselves. Gaining skills in

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Show 480.0: Murphy’s Laws in Geocaching

On our geocaching podcast today, we share some stories based on Murphy’s geocaching laws.

We also have a story of caching by freighter, a bonus news item about police joining the geocaching craze, tips for tracking cache to cache distance, items added to the PodCacher Treasure Cache and much more.

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How to Host a Geocaching Event

Geocaching Event with PodCacher

Geocaching Event with PodCacher

It’s August and Geocaching HQ has announced the “7 Souvenirs of August” challenge. When you find certain types of geocaches, you can earn 6 different souvenirs. Earn all 6 and you unlock a special 7th souvenir. Sounds great! But wait. To earn the Socializer Souvenir, you must attend some sort of event – regular, mega or giga. You check the calendar and there are NO events near you, at least none that you are able to attend due to your schedule. You start to panic. How will you get that Socializer Souvenir?! Never fear. The answer is simple. Host your own event. That’s what we are planning to do.

This post is for those of you who have never hosted an event, or have only hosted a few and are still feeling a bit unsure about the process. We aren’t talking about a mega event, a multi-day event, an elaborate or expensive event. A geocaching event can be a lot of fun without being complicated or costly. Here are a few tips and

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Show 479.1: PMM – International Geocaching

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On this geocaching midweek micro we chat about some tips for international geocaching and mention an upcoming post on How to Host an Event.

2 Continents 1 Day

5 Tips for International Geocaching – guest post by Josh and Liz of Peanuts or Pretzels Blog

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5 Tips for International Geocaching

A Guest Post by Josh and Liz aka Peanuts or Pretzels

We really enjoy Geocaching during our international travels because it gives us a unique adventure. But there are a few things that you need to think about when you are planning to go geocaching while on vacation / holiday. We learned these lessons the hard way on our first trip to Europe. We didn’t plan ahead of time to go geocaching and we had a more difficult time finding our way. Basically, you could say that we did it the hard way! We made it work, but it kept us on the tourist path and we missed out on some caches that we have since looked back on and wish we could have found. After that first geocaching experience in Europe, we realized that we needed to be a bit more prepared. We’ve gotten a lot better at geocaching internationally since then, so as a result, here are our top 5 things that you need to know to go geocaching internationally.

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Show 479.0: Savalen 2014

On our geocaching podcast today, we wrap up our travel caching adventure in Norway including a chat with the brave ladies who jumped off the boat to find a cache as well as an interview with Santa!

We also have a story of turning strangers into geo-buddies, some audio feedback about taking the more beautiful route, the ultimate geocache-hiding material and much more.

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