Geocache’s come in many different sizes and styles from the easiest known as ‘traditional’s’, to the trickier ones which can be referred to as ‘unknown/mystery/puzzle’s’, to the informative and slightly more unusual ‘EarthCache’s’. There really is a cache type for everyone out there and as soon as you start caching you’ll soon find a type that you enjoy finding more than others. For us at the moment we’re hooked on puzzle caches!
Here’s a quick lowdown on what they all mean. 🙂
The original and most common form of geocache, use the given coordinates on the cache page to find this geocache and you will be greeted by a container with a logbook. If you’re lucky enough to find a large geocache you might also be able to trade some items, known as geo-swag. Remember to trade up though by leaving something of equal or greater value 😉
Finding this type of geocache requires a little more effort, the end product is the same in that there will be a container with a logbook but, in order to get there you need to have visited at least a couple of coordinates with each different place giving you a clue as to the whereabouts of the next location until you reach ground zero where you will find the cache.
I tend to refer to these as ‘puzzle caches’ as they require the geocacher to work the coordinates out, usually from home using information hidden on the cache page. Some are trickier than others but often lead to the most satisfaction when you reach the correct solution and discover the correct coordinates of the geocache, again this will usually be a container of some description with a logbook.
We really like EarthCache’s although there aren’t too many of these about. They usually highlight an interesting geographical feature of the landscape, and have a series of questions about how the Earth has formed at that particular location. Once you have the answers to the questions you email them to the cache owner to claim the find. Often there is not a physical container with a logbook to sign with these caches but cache owners may require a photograph of your fine self at the location to prove that you visited.
A precursor to Geocaching, this hobby harks back to the 1850’s and was originally a very basic style of geocache with a bottle and a business card. It transformed into what it resembles now which is much more similar to a traditional geocache other than it contains a rubber stamp which you stamp into your own letterbox book. There aren’t too many of these about though.
Held by geocachers for geocachers these are one time events with given coordinates, arrive at the time and place given meet some other like-minded people, swap stories or Travel Bugs, sign the logbook and be on your merry way. A really great way to meet your local geocaching community.
Cache In Trash Out Events (CITO)
Like an event cache but with the sole purpose of making the environment we all cache in a nicer place. Think wombles. Litter picking, weeding, planting trees and trail clearing are just a few of the things you can expect from attending one of these events. Geocachers are always encouraged to CITO every time they cache, so why not start getting into the habit by making sure to take your rubbish home with you when you’re out geocaching. 🙂
We’re hugely excited to be attending our very first Mega-Event this year (2014) in Kent. To be classed as a Mega-Event there needs to be over 500 people in attendance. Mega-Event’s offer geocachers a day of planned activities and usually fall over a weekend so that people can camp/glamp or hotel it in the vicinity of the event and carry on caching together on the other days. They are usually held annually, and sometimes have a theme.
Wherigo’s are slightly separate from Geocaching but have integrated themselves nicely into the game. Cacher’s load a ‘cartridge’ onto their device and once at the given coordinates load up the cartridge and follow the instructions. They are best described as an interactive multi-cache and have a container with a logbook at the end of the cartridge to confirm that you’ve completed it. You also need to log into the Wherigo website to make your official confirmation. We really like these variations on Geocaching but there aren’t too many about sadly. Perhaps we’ll add one to the map at some point. 🙂
Geocaching HQ Geocache
The Geocaching HQ Geocache in Seattle…who doesn’t want to go here and find the huge Geocache stacked full of Travel Bug’s and geo-swag? I know I do!
GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit
Specifically designed to introduce people to the world of Geocaching, these are usually pop up events and are hard to come by. Find one of these and take part in it and you’ll be one of the few Geocacher’s who can claim this type of cache as a find!
A new experimental type of Geocache. If Geocaching HQ have come up with a new idea for Geocaching then this is the way that they’ll let you know about it. They released one recently which ran through February 2014, I created one for MrBizkitz and it was quite a nice idea, who know’s whether they’ll roll some more out in the future? Hopefully! 🙂
Grandfathered Geocache Types
No longer available for creation some of these Geocaches are still around to be found.
The coordinates for these caches will take you to somewhere unusual and are similar to EarthCache’s in that there is not usually a container to be found but a question to be answered in relation to what you can see at the coordinates. You will probably need to have a photograph of yourself at the location. Read the cache page carefully, I’ve been known to get this wrong before! Very embarrassing! Saying that they’re great caches and definitely worth a look. 🙂
Place yourself in front of the webcam, find yourself on the webcam’s internet page, capture a screenshot of yourself there and upload it to the cache page to log your find. Sounds easy but you’ve got to be quite competent with your tech for this one. Not too many of these around as you’d expect but it’s great when you do find one. A popular one in London is the Beatles Abbey Road one. 🙂
Project A.P.E. Cache
A.P.E. stands for Alternative Primate Evolution and consist of fourteen caches placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox’s release of Planet of the Apes. Only one still remains. Might be a while until we get to this one as it’s tucked away in Brazil!
10 Years! Event Cache
You’ll need a time machine for this one as this was only around for Event Caches that were held between April 30th – May 3rd 2010 to celebrate the 10 years since the introduction of Geocaching.
Locationless (Reverse) Cache
Almost the opposite of a traditional cache. To log this one you’ll need to find an object and then log its coordinates. They are now more commonly know as ‘Waymarks‘.