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==What is...==
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The barest of definitions include an item that moves from geocache to geocache. This item can be a fuzzy animal, a die-cast car, or a coin.  Really the possibilites of what a hitch hiker can be is endless.
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A '''Hitchhiker''' is any item that moves from geocache to geocache. This item can be a fuzzy animal, a die-cast car, a coin, or anything else the originator could imagine.
  
As a main stream geocacher, by far the most likely hitch hiker one will encounter will be the [[Groundspeak]]-branded [[Travel Bugs]] trackable on geocaching.com.  However, there are other flavors from other sites and types which may include [[geocoins]].
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The most common hitchhikers are [[travel bug]]s and [[geocoin]]s trackable at [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com].  However, there are other types of hitchhikers (including geocoins) that are trackable at other sites. Furthermore, hitchhikers do not need to be trackable at all: the most basic form is an item attached to a note that asks the finder to place it in another cache or to further some other goal.
  
A hitch hiker doesn't have to be part of any online site or trackable. The most basic form is an item with a note attached asking the finder to place them in another cache or to further some goal.
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According to the [http://www.geocaching.com/track/geocoinfaq.aspx Geocoin FAQ] and [http://www.geocaching.com/track/travelbugfaq.aspx Travel Bug FAQ] at Geocaching.com, the person who activates a hitchhiker remains its owner. Therefore, these hitchhikers are not considered trade items. They cannot be kept (because they remain the property of their owners, who released them to the wild), but they can be taken from a cache without leaving anything in exchange. Note that it is always acceptable to "trade up" by leaving a trade item when removing such a hitchhiker from a cache. Removing a hitchhiker does reduce the "interesting stuff" that the next person will find in the cache.
  
Some consider a hitch hiker a trade item, some do not. This will depend on one's ideas of "ownership" of the hitch hiker.  Some consider the hitch hiker to remain the property of the person who created the hitch hiker and released it to the wild.  Some consider it a trade item and therefor subject to the same rules such as transfer of ownership.  On geocaching.com the hitch hiker's page will remain under the control of the person who orignated the item and some claim the proof the hitch hiker remains the property of the orginator and is not a trade item.  Therefor it is not traded for like a trinket.  Still others don't feel right taking something and not leaving something.
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Other hitchhikers may be considered trade items. You are expected to trade fairly for such hitchhikers, and you then own them (until you give or trade them away).
  
==Sites That Track Hitch Hikers==
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==Sites That Track Hitchhikers==
  
[http://www.geocaching.com geocaching.com]
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* [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com]
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* [http://www.travelertags.com/ TravelerTags.com]
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* [http://www.geokrety.org/ Geokrety] (a non-commercial TB alternative)
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* [http://www.pathtags.com/ Pathtags.com]
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* [http://www.geocoin.net/ Geocoin.net] ([[geocoin]] tracking)
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* [http://www.sigitem.com/ SigItem.com] ([[signature items|signature item]] tracking)
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* [http://www.gpsgames.org./ GPSgames.org] treats hitchhikers the same as moving caches
  
[http://www.travelertags.com travelertags.com]
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There are also personal sites that track personal hitchhikers, such as [http://www.geofish.net/ Geofish.net] (the digitalfish tracking site).
  
[http://gpsgames.org GPSgames.org] On GPSgames.org, a hitchhiker is the same as a moving cache. List the object you want tracked just like you would list another cache. Then, either place the object in another cache or let it move freely on its own. Listing and tracking hitchhikers is always free on GPSgames.org.  
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== See also ==
 
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjSbSsSSTIM What are Trackables? - Geocaching.com Presents] (YouTube)
There are personal sites that track personal hitch hikers, as well.
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN9jdgM8BDU Finding a Trackable - What to do? A Geocaching.com Presentation] (YouTube)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un_NSs-HkxY How to Log a Trackable - A Geocaching.com Presentation] (YouTube)

Revision as of 00:37, 18 July 2013

A Hitchhiker is any item that moves from geocache to geocache. This item can be a fuzzy animal, a die-cast car, a coin, or anything else the originator could imagine.

The most common hitchhikers are travel bugs and geocoins trackable at Geocaching.com. However, there are other types of hitchhikers (including geocoins) that are trackable at other sites. Furthermore, hitchhikers do not need to be trackable at all: the most basic form is an item attached to a note that asks the finder to place it in another cache or to further some other goal.

According to the Geocoin FAQ and Travel Bug FAQ at Geocaching.com, the person who activates a hitchhiker remains its owner. Therefore, these hitchhikers are not considered trade items. They cannot be kept (because they remain the property of their owners, who released them to the wild), but they can be taken from a cache without leaving anything in exchange. Note that it is always acceptable to "trade up" by leaving a trade item when removing such a hitchhiker from a cache. Removing a hitchhiker does reduce the "interesting stuff" that the next person will find in the cache.

Other hitchhikers may be considered trade items. You are expected to trade fairly for such hitchhikers, and you then own them (until you give or trade them away).

Sites That Track Hitchhikers

There are also personal sites that track personal hitchhikers, such as Geofish.net (the digitalfish tracking site).

See also

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