Types of caches

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Traditional Caches

A traditional cache is the most common type of geocache, described in what is geocaching. It is a container of some sort containing a logbook.


A multi-cache involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint or a set of coordinates to find the second "waypoint", and the second waypoint has hints or coordinates to the third, and so on.

Virtual Caches

Virtual caches are created in locations where placing a traditional cache would be impossible. There is no container of any sort at a virtual cache site. Instead, a hunter finds the location that the coordinates take them, and then prove they were actually there by taking a picture of themselves and their GPS unit or by answering specific questions about the location. Virtual caches are difficult to get listed, since traditional caches are preferred on the gc.com listing site.

Letterbox Hybrid

A letterbox is another form of treasure hunting using clues instead of coordinates. In some cases, however, a letterbox has coordinates, and the owner has made it a letterbox and a geocache. To read more about letterboxing, visit the Letterboxing North America web site.

Webcam caches

A webcam cache is a location with a public web cam. You must have someone watching the camera on a computer to "capture" your image so that you can post the image on the cache page and log a find.

Event Caches

An event cache is a set of coordinates along with a date and time to meet there. People can indicate on the website if they plan to attend, and log a "find" if they actually do. Event caches are great ways to meet people, trade travel bugs, and swap caching stories.

Locationless Caches

Locationless caches are sometimes referred to as "reverse" caches. In a locationless cache, the "hider" posts a description of a site without coordinates. "Finders" try to find locations that match the description, and they post coordinates to those locations. Note that this type of cache currently has a moratorium on it, and no new caches of this type can be placed on the geocaching.com listing site.

Other Types

  • Earth caches
  • Moving caches
  • Puzzle (unknown) caches
  • More. . .
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