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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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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 480.0: 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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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 474.3: PMM – GEAR Report

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On this geocaching midweek micro we share some results from the GEAR study and chat about tips for introducing friends to geocaching.

Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research (GEAR) Study

11 Tips to Introduce Geocaching

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11 Tips to Introduce Geocaching

11tipsintroYou know how it goes. You try to talk to your friends and family about your fun hobby called Geocaching. You get the typical “Geo-what?” response, or the quizzical look as you try to explain – the look that quickly turns into the bemused, long-suffering expression as you get more and more animated. Finally they try to end the conversation with a semi-sincere, “You’ll have to take me out with you sometime and show me.” Ah-ha! You’ve got them! Pick a date, put it on the calendar and start planning your trip. With these helpful tips, you’ll have a fun time AND you just might have some new converts to go geocaching with you!

1 - Take them to geocaches that you have found. I know, I know. It’s really tempting to try out a new hide that you’re dying to find – you gotta get those numbers up, after all!! – but DON’T. If you take some newbies to a cache you’re not familiar with and you run into ANY type of problem: a less-than-ideal location (think lots of trash), a broken container, difficult terrain, or worst

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Show 472.0: First to Find!!

On our geocaching podcast today, we’ll share some FTF (first to find) hunts and adventures.

We will also chat about the largest geoart in the world, feedback on creative ways to sign a log, more “old school” geocaching stories, computer generated camouflage and much more.

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Smile! You Are On Candid Caching!

A Guest Post by Dave DeBaeremaeker aka debaere

Geocachers carry all sorts of tools with them into the field when they cache: pens, notebooks, mirrors, rope, tweezers and many other things. There is another tool that you may already be carrying, that can be very useful for caching and you may not even realize it. That tool is a camera.

Obviously cameras can be used to take pictures of your adventures, but they also have other uses which you may not be aware of. This post outlines several of those uses.

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How to Attend a Geocaching Flash Mob

Our friend, Joshua aka geocachingvlogger created a great “tips” video on How to Attend a Geocaching Flash Mob. You can check out all of his amazing videos at The Geocaching Vlogger Youtube channel.

Enjoy the video, and get ready to take part in the Biggest Geocaching World Wide Flash Mob ever!! There are now 791 events in 52 countries participating! Find out more about the WWFM at GCWWFM.com