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Tip of the Day 12/20:Swag

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss swag.

Swag is…

Not exclusive to geocaching. Contrary to popular thought,swag is not an acronym,nor is it a recently invented term. The word has been around for several centuries. It has a number of meanings,but the one utilized in geocaching stems from “swag”[...]

Tip of the Day 12/13:Lock and Lock

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss the Lock &Lock.

A Lock &Lock is…

A food-storage system that features a recessed,soft-rubber gasket in the lid and a hinged latching mechanism on each edge of the lid,which snaps into the container’s sides. An excellent choice for a geocache container,it [...]

Tip of the Day 12/6:Hula Wave

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss the Hula Wave.

A Hula Wave occurs when…

Some GPS receivers (mostly Magellan units) automatically engage in a location-averaging function when they detect that the unit is moving slower than a certain speed. To avoid this,the “hula wave”is used. This involves holding the unit [...]

Tip of the Day 11/29:Drunken Bee Dance

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss the Drunken Bee Dance.

A Drunken Bee Dance is…

The movement of a geocacher,trying to pinpoint Ground Zero,chasing the directional arrow first in one direction and then in another. Drunken Bee Dances produce a zigzagging track log.

—————————- Thanks to Prime Suspect and his [...]

Tip of the Day 11/22:ATCF

In this week’s post for Geo-Jargon Monday,we’ll discuss ATCF.

ATCF means…

As The Crow Flies;point-to-point mileage,irrespective of roads or barriers. This is not a true point-to-point distance,as the distance calculated by a GPSr is actually measured using a mathematical model of the curvature of the Earth.

—————————- Thanks to Prime Suspect [...]

Tip of the Day 10/25:Travel Bug Hotel (and Prison)

Last week,we explained travel bugs. This week’s Geo-Jargon Monday tip will describe what a “travel bug hotel and prison”are.

Travel Bug Hotels are…

Geocaches with the intent of serving as an exchange point for travel bugs. They are almost always regular-sized or large containers.

Travel Bug Prisons are…

A travel bug hotel that [...]

Tip of the Day 10/18:Travel Bug

In this Geo-Jargon Monday,we’d like to tell you what a “travel bug”is.

A travel bug is…

An item that travels from cache to cache. Each item has a unique tracking number (assigned by Geocaching.com),which allows you to follow its journey. A travel bug is not a trade item,and you are [...]

Tip of the Day 10/11:WOFM

In this Geo-Jargon Monday,we’d like to tell you what “WOFM”is.

WOFM means…

Watch out for Muggles. Since Muggles (non-geocachers) are often blamed for caches that have disappeared,cachers often try to be as inconspicuous as possible,which takes practice if you’re trying to look under a bench on which someone is sitting or [...]

Tip of the Day 10/4:TOTT

In this Geo-Jargon Monday,we’d like to tell you what “TOTT”is.

TOTT is…

Tools of the trade. This generally indicates that some type of tool or instrument may be required to retrieve or gain access to a cache. The nature of the tool is usually not specified,but there may be hints within the [...]

Tip of the Day 9/27:Three Musketeers

In this Geo-Jargon Monday,we’d like to tell you what “Three Musketeers”is.

Three Musketeers is…

A method of group cache hunting,which takes its name from the Musketeer motto,“All for one and one for all.”Unlike the Huckle-Buckle-Beanstalk method,as soon as one person in their group finds the cache,the hunt is [...]


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