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A '''Hitch Hiker''' 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.
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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.
  
The most common hitch hikers are [[travel bug]]s and [[geocoin]]s trackable at [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com].  However, there are other types of hitch hikers (including geocoins) that are trackable at other sites. Furthermore, hitch hikers 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.
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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.
  
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 hitch hiker remains its owner. Therefore, these hitch hikers 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 hitch hiker from a cache. Removing a hitch hiker does reduce the "interesting stuff" that the next person will find in the cache.
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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.
  
Other hitch hikers may be considered trade items. You are expected to trade fairly for such hitch hikers, and you then own them (until you give or trade them away).
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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]
 
* [http://www.geocaching.com/ Geocaching.com]
 
* [http://www.travelertags.com/ TravelerTags.com]
 
* [http://www.travelertags.com/ TravelerTags.com]
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* [http://www.geokrety.org/ Geokrety] (a non-commercial TB alternative)
 
* [http://www.pathtags.com/ Pathtags.com]
 
* [http://www.pathtags.com/ Pathtags.com]
* [http://www.geocoin.net/ Geocoin.net] ([[geocoin]] tracking)
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* [http://www.gpsgames.org./ GPSgames.org] treats hitchhikers the same as moving caches
* [http://www.sigitem.com/ SigItem.com] ([[signature items|signature item]] tracking)
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* [http://www.gpsgames.org./ GPSgames.org] treats hitch hikers the same as moving caches
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There are also personal sites that track personal hitch hikers, such as [http://www.geofish.net/ Geofish.net] (the digitalfish tracking site).
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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).
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== See also ==
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjSbSsSSTIM What are Trackables?] (GoGeocaching channel on YouTube)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN9jdgM8BDU Finding a Trackable - What to do?] (GoGeocaching channel on YouTube)
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un_NSs-HkxY How to Log a Trackable] (GoGeocaching channel on YouTube)

Latest revision as of 23:03, 18 November 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).

[edit] Sites That Track Hitchhikers

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

[edit] See also

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