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Old 02-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #31
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Trackables can take on different forms but are generally either coins or look like different shapes of dog tags. i.e. fish shaped dog tag painted to look like a fish.

Anyway, they have a code on the back. The owner registers the code on line. The finder enters the code online and logs which cache they found it in. The finder then drops it off in a different cache. This process moves the trackables. (I have ones that just travelled over 1,000 miles) Owners often set "missions" for their trackables like "please take me West" or "I want to travel Europe"

That's awesome. I'll have to keep an eye for them. I might even start one myself once I get going again.

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That's awesome. I'll have to keep an eye for them. I might even start one myself once I get going again.
Ya you find your first one its awesome

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My girl and I try and go after caches that require some work. Be it off-roading, or a good long hike. Park & grabs are for the lazy. I actually started a Get Off The Sofa series. As you can imagine they aren't very visited. Blows me away how people can call P&G's fun.
P&G's have missed the point of caching in my opinion.
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My girl and I try and go after caches that require some work. Be it off-roading, or a good long hike. Park & grabs are for the lazy. I actually started a Get Off The Sofa series. As you can imagine they aren't very visited. Blows me away how people can call P&G's fun.
P&G's have missed the point of caching in my opinion.
I'm new to the caching game in fact I'm going to take the kids for a p&g to get my feet wet. I agree with you. I need to keep my tail in gear off the couch. I have a jeep and will trail. I thought that with my Droid and my Garmin it would be a great way to explore and find new trails. I also want to find old historic sites and I there isn't a cache there then I hope to place one near by. New Mexico has some great history that we have yet to truly exploring.
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We just bagged our first. No luck with the first 2 but I will find those ones. We were in the right location but no dice.
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I'm curious.... Will someone explain this to me? Sounds like a good time and something I might enjoy...
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I'm brand new so check out geocaching.com and then YouTube. Basically a global treasure hunt of varying types of locations and caches. For me its a family friendly activity in the jeep. There's urban, kicking, and jeep trails to explore. Some caches have a treasure that you can replace with equal or greater value. Others may have a trackable that may end up over seas. You just need a gps like a Garmin or a smart phone like an iPhone or Droid.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:18 PM   #40
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Ya you find your first one its awesome

I was looking around on the geocaching site and I can't fund where to search for trackables. I found the page that tells all about them and the log page, but no search. So are these things you just stumble across or is there a way to know where they are?
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I have the app and on the left it will tell you with a dogtag icon.
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I have the app and on the left it will tell you with a dogtag icon.

wow just went and looked at the app... $10 on Android


I'll stick to writing down coordinates and printing out maps lol


I did look on the webpage again and I saw that there are icons beside it that indicate what's in the cache!
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I was looking around on the geocaching site and I can't fund where to search for trackables. I found the page that tells all about them and the log page, but no search. So are these things you just stumble across or is there a way to know where they are?
Yeah, kinda confusing. Third link from the top you'll see one that says "Play" then go to "Hide and Seek a Cache". On the next page you can type in your address or zip code and it will find caches within a certain mile radius.
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wow just went and looked at the app... $10 on Android

I'll stick to writing down coordinates and printing out maps lol

I did look on the webpage again and I saw that there are icons beside it that indicate what's in the cache!
That's the price of a burger and fries.
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The app is definitely worth it!
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #46
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I downloaded the app as soon as it was available. For $10 bucks its a great tool. This latest update is great it allows you to do many things I have been waiting for. It allows me to whip out my phone anywhere and search for caches no matter where I am. Takes about 30 seconds and I'm on it. I really like the feature that let's you save a cache for another time. Even if you don't have cell service it works. The info about the cache is voluble when your having a tough time finding one. Some people will post what they did to find it. It really is a great app for the avid Geocacher.

Using a Garmin or any other GPSr is good as well, however. If your just punching in coords then your limited to just that. Unless your downloading the Geocaches straight to your Garmin the cache info is there as well. But going by coords alone will no doubt end up disappointing. Let say you head out after a geocache that is a 1/2 or 1 mile hike. You punch in the numbers and go. When you get there the cache is not on the numbers. It could be 30 feet away but not having the cache info will then have you pissed.

My girl and I set out to find our first 5 Geocaches. By the time we got home. We payed for the premium members fees. And downloaded the app. Us along with our three kids have had great times hiking around in places we never would have thought of had it not been for Geocaching. Partner that with a jeep. Man what a good time.

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We just bagged our first. No luck with the first 2 but I will find those ones. We were in the right location but no dice.
Don't let that discourage you from heading back out. As you become more experienced. You will know what to look for. For all you know it was starring right at you. Has happened to us when we first started. Now it takes a bit to keep us from finding a cache.
My suggestion is start with easy ones. As time goes you will find them even before you get out of your vehicle. Trust me on that.
Good luck and happy caching.
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Geocaching.com.
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I was looking around on the geocaching site and I can't fund where to search for trackables. I found the page that tells all about them and the log page, but no search. So are these things you just stumble across or is there a way to know where they are?
Trackables are placed in Geocaches. The cache listing will tell you if it contains one or not. However. Many caches show having one but the person who took it either lost it or forgot to log it so it show there but in reality is not. That happens for sure. The app allows me to log on the spot so I don't forget to log it as found and in my possession.
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We haven't done this in a couple years. I must admit, we are hoarding a "JEEP". And we haven't placed it yet...I know, we are bad geocachers....
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Yep, Geocacher here! (My handle is Chief301 over there too...)

Been Geocaching for a couple of years now, but brand new to Jeeps. I have to admit that Geocaching was one of the activities I had in mind when I finally decided to get a Jeep ��

I've visited some pretty cool places that I wouldn't have known about if someone hadn't put a cache there....I think that's the best part!
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I use GSAK Geocaching Swiss Army Knife to load the cache inormation into my Garmin Oregon 450 and 550 and I use my Droid running C:geo and the geocaching App which I paid for. I also use my Garmin Nuvi to navigate the streets to the cache, then use the handheld unit.

Chief301: I see from your gallery of photos that you've discovered that geocaching takes you to the most interesting places!
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For shame! You should drop that baby in the nearest cache. I've had almost every trackable I've bought, lost to people who won't drop them including six feral hog tusks hitchhikers that were really cool and unique. People see them and they simply keep them.

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For shame! You should drop that baby in the nearest cache. I've had almost every trackable I've bought, lost to people who won't drop them including six feral hog tusks hitchhikers that were really cool and unique. People see them and they simply keep them.

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I have only had one trackable make it back home. We did drop it in Hawaii and it made it back to ky. So that's cool. I'm afraid to let it go again though!

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We and friends enjoy taking off on a geocaching adventure in our jeeps. We placed a couple of caches but want to start placing more.
Here's one that only has been found once since placing it.
GC3BY3C

We also try to find at least one geocache while on vacations. I'm going to check out trackables.
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We've had nearly as much fun seeking caches as we've had wheelin'... often the two go together for us. We've wandered all over the desert SW and have found some pretty cool places. Abandoned mines, WWII training sites, prehistoric human footprints, cave art, and intaglios, crashed planes and the list goes on and on. Sometimes you just stumble on something really unusual like the following picture shows.

The "Q" you see the foxy lady with the Golden Retriever in is the first letter spelled out on the ground "QUARTZSITE 11MI -->", and next to the word Quartzsite, is a compass rose clearly showing North and visible from the air. Each 20' tall rock grouped letter was painted white, though the rocks don't show it well in the photo. It was used by WWII aircraft pilots training in the desert near Quartzsite AZ. Patton and his troops were all over that area too.

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For shame! You should drop that baby in the nearest cache. I've had almost every trackable I've bought, lost to people who won't drop them including six feral hog tusks hitchhikers that were really cool and unique. People see them and they simply keep them.

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I'm not so sure about dropping that jeep. Maybe carry it with you and log as visiting the caches you find. And when your ready to let it go. Pass it along to a fellow Geocacher/Jeeper. Jeep trackables go missing to often.
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Well, ya know the Bantam Jeep Festival is coming up, maybe, just maybe, we will start a new cache in Butler, PA.....
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Last year at Bantam they had a geocaching event you could sign up for but it booked up really fast.

I'd love to go again this year but I hear it's over Fathers Day weekend and my wife and I travel to see our dads. Really bad weekend to have it if you ask me
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I didn't know they had a geocaching event...totally missed that one! We would have loved to have done that! We will be looking for that event this year, if they offer it! Zed, sorry to learn you won't be making it this year

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