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Tip of the Day 8/31:Your GPSr is Fooling You

In this week’s Tech Tuesday tip,we’ll give you a clue on how to use technology to help you geocache.

For security reasons,the U.S. government won’t let the civilian GPS network be too accurate. That means that even the best GPS receivers give you no better than 3-meter (10-foot) precision. A little high school [...]

Tip of the Day 8/30:Shorty Pen

In today’s Geo-Jargon Monday,we’d like to tell you what a “shorty pen” is.

A shorty pen is…

An ink pen that has been shortened enough to fit into a small cache container. There are companies that sell them online (like ShortyPen.com) or you can scour dollar stores or bargain aisles at stores like Walmart [...]

Tip of the Day 8/27:Stay on the trail!

In our Find It Friday tip,we’d like to give you a clue about what to do when searching for a cache.

The best piece of geocaching advice we’ve ever received,the one we try to remember and curse ourselves when we ignore is simply this:Stay on the trail as long as possible. We’ve [...]

Geocaching News 8/26/2010

Using GPS for Survival Geocaching

Spinning off of geocaching for recreational use,geocaching can also come in handy for survival purposes.  Here we will explore some of the ways that a GPS unit can be employed from an emergency preparedness standpoint…

Reference:Using GPS for Survival Geocaching

Geocaching Brings Out the Kid in [...]

Tip of the Day 8/26:Getting your kids to read through geocaching

There are almost endless possibilities to link geocaching with education. Here’s one of them:

If your kids aren’t too keen on reading,use geocaching as a kind of stepping stool. Have them complete sentences plucked from books you’ve assigned them in order to figure out coordinates. The number of letters in a missing word can [...]

Tip of the Day 8/25:Writing a memorable online log

Geocachers who hide caches do it for other players. It takes time,energy,and lots of thought to hide a geocache. After all this hard work,the payoff for hiders is the logs that are written by players who find the cache during its lifetime. The hider can choose to receive an email every time [...]

Geocaching News 8/25/2010

“The Geocaching Triad”Geocaching.com’s Lost &Found Video

This video follows Ohio,USA geocachers Keith Lemons (keithlemons) and Nancy Steyer (27jack) as they visit the three caches required to complete the Triad. Beware,the video containers spoilers.

The Triad is one of the crowning achievements of geocaching. Geocachers must log three specific geocaches:the APE [...]

Tip of the Day 8/24:How to Search Geocaching.com

Groundspeak likes to say that in geocaching,“You are the search engine,” and it underlines that point by providing some of the weakest search functionality of any website we’ve seen. For example,to search for a user,you must know the exact syntax of the user’s geocaching handle or you’ll get an empty search result.


Tip of the Day 8/20:Touch and pull everything you can

In our third Find It Friday tip,we’d like to give you a clue about what to do when you get to Ground Zero (GZ,or the spot that your GPSr’s coordinates exactly match the coordinates of the cache listing).

When you’ve absolutely just looked everywhere you can and thought about where you’d place the [...]

Tip of the Day 8/19:Geochecker

There are few things more embarrassing in the geocaching world than for a cache owner to discover that the solution to a puzzle cache leads to the wrong coordinates or that multiple solutions exist. Hopping mad players will let owners know in no uncertain terms about the disruption this causes.

Geochecker is a great online [...]

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