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Devious Hides

lightbulb_hideWe especially liked the micro cache that was disguised as the head of a large machine bolt affixed to a tractor. But we’ve come across plenty of other memorable containers and devious hides. 

lightbulb_hide_openPeople fashion containers out of hollowed-out rocks,pine cones and even rubber snakes.  And they disguise even conventional containers so well that you can stand right next to them and not know what you’re looking at.  What are the most memorable hides you’ve ever encountered?  Describe what the owner did to throw you off the trail and how you finally figured out the secret. Or maybe you were the one doing the hiding.  We like those stories,too.

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20 comments to Devious Hides

  • Laura Goodwin

    The most clever cache that we’ve come across thus far was one whose name listed it as numbers:###.# (don’t want to divulge or compromise the cache). Google Maps and my GPSr took us to in front of our local public library. We always print the cache information off on our printer,so we looked at the sheet again. Then,it dawned on me:the numbers in the name were its dewey decimal numbers. I had just recently taught my daughter about those. We rushed to the shelf and started counting down until we found the book with that exact number on the spine. My daughter picked it up and opened the book. Taped inside the front cover was a geocaching log to sign. As I recall,it was an “adventure”book. Gee,I hope no one ever checks that book out! That would be a definite DNF for a few weeks,at least until the book was returned!

  • Stephen O'Gara (Ventura Kids)

    We’ve found over 16,000 geocaches,and many of them were quite devious. I’ll try to give you a couple of the more memorable ones. A clever cache is memorable if it is AT the coordinates,AND you just can’t seem to find it. No bush hides,No digging in dirt,No sorting of rocks….just simple clever hides. I’ll leave off the GC numbers,because geocaches come and go.

    One of my favorites was hidden by Agoura Charger in California.
    We approached the cache area. Imagine a giant canopy of Oak Trees about 40 feet above your head blocking out most of the sun. There were about a dozen mature trees in this mostly dirt field. We tried repeatedly to get a good reading by exiting the area and returning,yelling out the final distance to each other. We were quite certain the cache was going to be on one of the giant Oak Tree trunks in the area. But every time we returned to what looked like Ground Zero,we were no where near any of the Trees…. we were just kinda out in the middle of the dirt field,under the giant tree cover.
    Many things went through our minds…Perhaps we entered the coords wrong…Perhaps the coords themselves were wrong…Perhaps the cache was buried…Perhaps the cache was stolen or muggled (a Harry Potter term).
    We searched the area carefully,not knowing what size the cache was (it was marked as unknown size). We found nothing.
    My daughter Theresa was visiting us today,and really wanted to find a clever cache. We decided on this one because I heard about it from a couple of local cachers at the last big event we had. We hold events monthly to discuss our geocaching journeys with other geocachers. Theresa kept running around between the trees saying “Let me find it”. I really didn’t want her to have her first DNF here (Did NOT Find).
    Theresa also wanted to make sure we did NOT have to follow the 7 minute limit again. The 7 minute limit was created by us to ensure we never waste too much time searching for a geocache. We start our little timers as we exit the Jeep and give ourselves a maximum of 7 minutes to find the cache. If the cache has not been found when the 7 minute alarm goes off,we leave. Yes,we leave. 7 minutes is the limit. I assured Theresa we would violate the 7 minute limit if we didn’t find this clever cache by then.

    Theresa decided some Brain work was needed….after all…Agoura Charger was known for some devious hides,and we already searched the area and found nothing. Obviously we were not looking in the right spot. Theresa asked me how the latitude and longitude numbers worked,and where exactly would they position us. She concluded that the spot was right in the middle of nothing,under the tree canopy. Theresa also concluded that the cache,in order to be exactly AT the coordinates,must be directly over our heads!
    We split up and started scouring the tree canopy above. Theresa spotted a great big pinecone in the Oak Tree branches right above our heads. She was laughing and jumping around gleefully…. “A pinecone in an Oak Tree?…I found it,I found it!”she yelled.
    She was very happy until I explained that we need to actually sign the logsheet….that was 40 feet above us.
    After a bit of searching the area,we found the other end of the string and lowered the cache for signing. We left the area happy and satisfied that we found the cache. It was another great adventure geocaching.

  • Stephen O'Gara (Ventura Kids)

    Some geocaches are considered to be “standard”caches.
    The Lampost cache is one of them. Some shorten the name to LPC.
    These hides are very tough to find for a new geocacher.
    But once you find one,you can quickly find them all.
    A LPC is hidden under the skirt of any lampost.
    Most lamposts have a skirt to cover up the unsightly bolts at the bottom of the pole. Just slide the skirt up a bit and place a small or micro geocache on the base. Slide the cover back down and you are done.
    I’d like to add a warning here regarding the cozy little space under a lampost skirt….bugs love to make their homes there.
    I’ve seen piles of crickets,beatles,spiders,ants,termites,and many other critters pour out of there upon lifting the skirt…so be careful to stand back just a bit.
    Now…knowing that…I once found a geocache under a Lampost skirt…
    As I lifted the skirt I saw nothing. Knowing that sometimes the cache is magnetic,and could be stuck up under the skirt,I leaned down and looked up under the skirt. Just as I peeked up under the skirt,a giant wiggling spider fell on my face! Panic set in as I dropped the skirt and backed up…the giant wiggling spider fell to the ground and was chasing me as I moved backwards! It seemed like forever before I realized that I was backing downhill,and the spider was just rolling along with me. I moved to the side and watched the spider roll along down the hill. After gaining my composure,and waiting for Sandy to quit laughing,we walked over to the spider. We quickly realized it was made of rubber,which made it wiggle,and the geocache was cut into the rubber body. Ever since then I love LPC’s.

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  • Mike Robinson

    In the Lake of the Ozarks area of Missouri,I found one of my favorite caches. The owner asked that you bring a gallon of water with you to the cache. When we arrived at the coordinates,we found a 4ft section of PVC pipe attached to the back of a telephone pole. When you poured the gallon of water into the top of the PVC pipe,a small cache similar to a medicine bottle floated up to the top for you to grab. The PVC pipe had small drain holes drilled in the bottom so that the next hunter would have to have their own water to fill it again. I loved this one.

  • Pink Paisley

    Re Dewey numbers.

    I own a cache like that here in the UK. I have made a false book and placed it (with blessing) in the reference section of our local library. The beauty is that it can’t be borrowed from that section.

    The “book”,and the cache are called Huey,Dewey and Louis go Caching in Silkingrad. The spine of the “book”has the name of the cache and “Pink Paisley Publishing”printed on it. Silkingrad is the local nickname for the town.

    I have never had any negative feedback. Yet.


  • Pink Paisley

    Sorry,reading the thread upside down! That was a reply to the top of the page!


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  • EFB01

    One favorite find was a dreaded gazebo geocache. The gazebo had elecrical outlets around the perimeter –the cache was a phony outlet held in place with velcro.

  • I’ve seen quite a few great cache hides including magnetic signs that hide a log sheet underneath,a micro in a small stick on the ground when the clues are pointing you to look at all the rocks,a stump that didn’t really belong in that spot.

  • pualanijo

    I have two favorites:one is a multi call “Fight Club”(GC1TNFV) and the other is Sqirrel (GC1WYF2). I like to take people to these caches. The owner is very devious,especially in the multi.

  • Once I was tricked by a same geocache described by Cbk. Werewolf. It really isn’t obvious,and only a few people have discovered it. Devious,indeed.

  • This going a few years back now,but my dad used to have these geocaches for VHS tapes;they were basically a specially designed case that resembled a book! The case would split in half and allow the tape to be added/removed,then you would place the case on a book shelf with the spine facing outwards.

    The finish on the case was very realistic and if you were to add the case to a normal bookshelf you would never have known.

    I have no idea as to what the real purpose was to the design,aside of posh people wanting to hide their VHS tapes in a more aesthetic manner and that might suggest that as they had lots of ‘books’that they were more articulate!?

  • I love the VHS tape box idea! I remember those cases,which are now historical relics. But they can find second life as GC containers. Great container for a library hide.

  • I discovered geocaching from an acquaintance. What a fun activity. Anyway,on one of my first outings I knew I was in the right area,but simply couldn’t find the cache. Sometimes I can stare at something and simply not see it. The hardest find (in terms of being in the location,then spending time looking for it) was a small magnetic box (those used to hold keys) that was magnetically attached under a small metal box only inches from the ground. I got to the point I was crawling around feeling everything. When I brushed my hand under the small metal box I felt the smaller box magnetically attached.

  • My toughest cache was just two blocks from my house in Albuquerque,NM. I had some relatives in from California,and I just wanted to show them how to actually find a cache,so we chose that one because it was close by our home. The four of us looked and looked,and were about to give up before my sister from California spotted a tiny magnetic box located next to a bolt high up on a stop sign. We laughed and laughed at ourselves because we were standing right under the thing for a very long time. Well,it was enough to get my west coast relatives hooked on Geocaching. They love it more than I do now.

  • I just love stories like this because they define “the joy of geocaching.”What gets people hooked is often a devious hide or a particularly clever container or clue. It’s an experience that makes clear what a creative game this is and how much ingenuity the players bring to it. It’s so much more than just an ammo box in the woods!

  • NCWaterDude

    Several Years ago,I hunted a cache (I don’t want to give anything away as it is still active.). The person took some letters that means something with the name of the cache and put it in the clue. When decoded,obviously three letters appear. The owner then gave a date that was relevant to the name. When I went to the site,I found a Transformer amongst a bunch of shrubs,trees,and lampposts. I immediately saw why the owner named the cache and date the way it was. I had to chuckle,because the Maintenance tag for the transformer was identical to the coded letters with the date.

    I spent visit after visit searching the trees,shrubs,and lamppost for the micro. Finally,in frustration I decided to carefully peel of the transformers maintenance tag. It popped right off,and it turned out it was a flat sheet magnet. On one side was the letters and date. On the other was the log.

  • mrori11

    So far my favorite hide was so simple to make but very tough to find. The Cacher cut a black ink pen in half,put the black cap over the now shortened hollow ink pen tube. He then stuck down in a ground in the middle of an old unused black cinder school track so just the tip of the black cap (1/2 cm.) was exposed. So simple,so cheap,so easy to make and so very nasty. Many people said it was gone…. But he would just reply with a LOL.

  • terri

    This one has sooo many people wondering.. the watch list on this cache is huge..896 watchers. only 1 find and 323 w dnf…(gc1764c)

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