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Tip of the Day 9/9:Newbie? Attend a local event!

If you’re a newbie to geocaching,or a newbie to that funky GPSr you just got,or want to find people to go caching with,or want to know about the best caches in your area,consider attending an event cache in your area. Like any other kinds of cache,event caches can be just about anything. Sometimes they’re held at a pizza place and people just get together to chat and get answers to questions. Sometimes they’re complicated —a series of geocaching-/GPSr-related games,for instance. But they’re always a fun way to get to know your geocaching neighbors.

Here are some tips for going to events in your area (or any area you’re visiting!):

  • Before you attend an event,be sure to log your intent on the event cache page. This gives the organizers a much-needed expectation of attendee numbers.
  • Read the event cache description carefully. Some events are “come as you are”gigs,while others request that you bring food (potluck-style),and still others are geocoin-swapping forums where visitors furiously trade trackables. That being said,if you show up empty-handed at a party where everyone else has brought something,chances are good that fellow cachers will share what they have. Even events that suggest bringing food become more potluck than private stores. Such is the sharing nature of the geocaching community.
  • Chat it up with as many people as you can. Geocachers are open to having their conversations interrupted by a stranger or newbie.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit that you’re new to the game,the area,or the group. This is often an ice-breaker among even the most tightly knit organization. Admitting you’d like to learn more about the area or brush up on a skill or even learn more about your new GPSr will usually get you lots of helpful advice.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask people for their phone numbers and offer your own. Building a database of lifelines can prove invaluable if you find yourself in the woods looking unsuccessfully for the same prize for an hour.

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Tips for event planners coming next Thursday!

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