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Show 217.1: PMM – Packing for GW7

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On this geocaching nano-show Sonny takes you on a short sound-seeing tour around our house while he tests out a geeky recording set-up. Also, Sonny & Sandy chat about getting ready for Geowoodstock 7, and some topics we have in store for the next show.

Check out Sean’s ducky bath and Sonny’s recording hat:
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Have a Great Weekend!
Go get ‘em!


Short Delay on show 216

Due to late-breaking news and a non-disclosure agreement, this week’s show deployment time is delayed until 12:01 am Pacific Time.


Trekking Poles

We recently got a question sent to us from listener Rainer asking about Trekking Poles. Here was our response:

Hey there!

Well we certainly wouldn’t consider ourselves experts, but here’s our take on it.

I (Sonny) like the adjustable aspect. Some models twist and some use push buttons. Find the ones that adjust easily. When you go uphill you can make them short and then make them longer when you go down hill. It’ll make sense to you when you do. Of course don’t adjust on every little hill, just on large ones that go a long way.

Find grips you like. It’s the part that touches your body ALL day long, if you don’t like the grips, it can be miserable. Gloves are not a bad idea too.

I like poles that have shocks in them. Some other people do not. On mine you can “lock out” the shock effect so they become more like rigid poles. Nice.

I never use the rubber feet on my treking poles, but do have one on the single hiking stick (much like a staff). The trekking poles have

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Road Trip

We’re headed out on a weekend road-trip to Central California. We’re traveling out there to be with family for a memorial service and celebration of Sandy’s Uncle who recently passed away.

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Geocaching Trade Item (SWAG) Ideas

IMG_4797CI’ve previously written an article on what NOT to place in a geocache (and why) and included a few suggestions of what actually makes a good trade item. In this post I’d like to answer another question we’ve been asked numerous times.

Where can I find decent swag / trade items?

Inexpensive trade items (note, I didn’t write “junky, used, trash items) can be found all around you. Sometimes you just need to know “where to look”. Get it? … “Where to look?” Just a little Geocaching joke there … ahem. OK.

One of the places that I like to hunt for swag / trade items is at trade shows. Conventions and trade shows come in all sorts and sizes, but in general, if you walk the “vendor floor” of most conventions, you’re bound to find lots of give-away knick knacks. As always, use discretion when choosing which things to actually place in a geocache. I’ve found that if you’re friendly to a vendor, you might ask for a few extra to

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Back up and on the road

PodCacher.Com is back up. Woohooo!!! For several days now this site has been down and unavailable. We’ve gone through multiple issues with our web hosting service … grrr. As you can see, we’ve resolved the issues and are back in business!!!

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Have a great weekend and go get ‘em!!!

Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache and a few that you should

IMG_4801BAs a Geocacher, you know that one of the things that can make finding a cache fun is the treasure, the goodies, the swag, the trade items that you might discover (especially for younger hunters). If you’ve been geocaching for a while, you probably also know that the quality and appropriateness of swag can vary widely from cache to cache. If you’re ready to hide a geocache, or if you’re bringing items to trade, here are a few things you should know.

Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and cache contents should be suitable for all ages. Keep in mind this scenario: Young kids could go geocaching without an adult, ride a bike or hike to a cache and find it all on their own. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to make sure that you follow these guidelines (from Geocaching.com) for trade items.

Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and any illicit material should not be placed in a cache.

If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a cache that you own and this is reported,

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4 Keys to a Great Geocaching Container

ammocan2So you’ve been Geocaching for a while now, you’ve found your share of tricky and clever geocaches and you feel that you’re ready to try your hand at hiding your first cache. One of the most important decisions you’re going to make is choosing the right kind of container for your hide.

Containers come in all shapes, sizes, materials and levels of quality. What things should you look for when choosing your container? No worries, below I’ve listed several aspects which I consider to be “must have” attributes to any good geocaching container. Read on, intrepid adventurer!


The location you’ve chosen can sometimes determine, or at least suggest an appropriate container size. For instance, although some geocachers have done this, a tiny micro container hidden in a vast wooded area may not be the best selection. Unless you’re intentionally trying to frustrate the finder by hiding a “needle in a haystack” type cache, you’re going to want to select a container that’s small, medium, or even large for these spaces. Deeps woods that don’t have a lot of traffic are the perfect places for nice

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