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|−|A Geocache consists of a [[container]] and a [[ good hiding spot]]. |+|
of a [[container]] a [[spot ]].
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|−|A [[ Geocacher]] will learn of the general [[ location]] of a Geocache, and he/she will proceed to search for the cache. |+|
of the [], the .
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|−|When the [[ Geocacher]] finds the cache, he or she will sign a [[ log]], and depending on the [[ size]] of the cache, will [[take]] or [[place]] an [[item]] in the cache. |+|
[] the cache , or [], and [].
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|−|A [[ Hitch hiker]] may be [ [taken]] from or [[placed]] in a cache. |+|
[[hiker]]be from cache .
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|−|Without Geocaches, the sport of [[ Geocaching]] would not exist. |+|
|−|there are many sizes of caches. |+|
|−|Event Caches |+|
|−|you arnt allowed to place any new virtual or webcam caches but there are still caches out there of these types from when you could |+|
|−|--[[User: Seared Ice|Seared Ice]] 14:55, 14 Aug 2005 (EDT) |+|
Revision as of 08:02, 6 August 2008
Geocaches, or "caches", are the key playing pieces in the sport of geocaching. As the object of the game is to find these caches, they come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and may be hidden in obvious to maddeningly obscure locations.
In the most fundamental sense, a geocache will consist of a container placed at a location of interest, the coordinates of which have been posted online, enabling other players to find the same spot using their GPS receivers. What makes a location interesting can vary wildly from cache to cache. At many geocache locations, the surrounding area has some attractive feature, be it a bit of local history or simply a gorgeous view. Sometimes, however, the sole draw to the geocache's hiding place is the fact that there is a geocache there.
Inside a Geocache
A classic geocache: A regular size cache in a military-style 50mm ammunition box.
Upon finding a geocache, most cachers decide to open it, in order to access the goodies inside. Practically every geocache contains some form of log for successful seekers to sign with their name (or geocaching handle), and the date. Depending on the size of the cache, the log may or may not also have room for additional comments.
While this is not true for smaller caches, many geocaches also contain trade items (or "swag") of various sorts. These items are fair game for anyone who opens the cache to take-- provided, of course, that they leave an item of equal or greater value. A larger list is given in the trade items article, but typical trade items include toys, memorabilia, coupons, and signature items.
Caches may also contain hitch hikers. Hitch hikers are items branded with unique serial numbers, allowing them to be tracked on the Geocaching website. While it's acceptable for cachers to keep the other trade items they find as their own personal belongings, hitch hikers, as their name suggests, are designed to travel from cache to cache. As such, it is expressly against the rules for players to keep hitch hikers that they find as their own.