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Tip of the Day 9/10:Parking Garage Ploy

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

Parking Garage Joy of GeocachingUrban geocachers are fond of placing containers in parking garages and providing coordinates that get you searching in the wrong place. Here’s how it works:The coordinates take you to the outside of a building. You start searching in the bushes and underneath railings,but your GPSr still points you to a location about 20 feet inside the building. You assume this can’t be possible because geocaches are never hidden inside. You chalk this discrepancy up to GPSr “signal bounce,”but you should really trust your device.

Chances are that the cache is actually located on the top floor of the garage building. That’s because geographic coordinates don’t account for height. A cache that’s 20 feet away and five stories up has the same coordinates as one that’s just 20 feet away.

Our advice:If you’re outside a public building and the coordinates indicate that the cache is inside the building,look up. Chances are that there’s a garage on top and you’re better off putting on your climbing shoes,hiking to the summit and continuing your search there.


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