In this blog we will be answering the question “Are there different types of Geocaches?“.
The simple answer is yes, there are quite a few different types of Geocaches, we will list them and also explain them so you can understand what they mean.
This is one of the original geocache types to be found and are usually the most straightforward. These will be physical geocaches at the given co-ordinates on the geocache page on Geocaching.com. These can vary in sizes, from Micro to Large, and in all traditional geocaches, they will contain at least a log book as a minimum. Bigger caches will contain a few items for you to swap and they might even contain trackables.
Mystery or Puzzle Caches
Mystery or otherwise know as Puzzle Caches, are caches that can be found by solving different questions set out by the cache owner, the answers would then give you the co-ordinates to go find the cache location.
Multi-caches can involve two or more locations and the final location actually being the physical geocache. To find the different locations which are set up on the multi-cache, you will need to find clues to work out different sets of co-ordinates to find the different locations. The physical geocache will contain a logbook like a traditional geocache would do.
A EarthCache will more than likely be a special geological location where people can learn about a unique feature of Earth. These types of caches will also come along with some educational notes as well as the co-ordinates. Typically when you go to log a EarthCache, you will have to answer questions in order to log it correctly. These questions are usually about the geological location in which the co-ordinates took you too. More info can be found here – http://www.earthcache.org/
Letterboxing is another form of treasure hunting that uses clues instead of coordinates. In some cases, the letterbox owner has made their container both a letterbox and a geocache and posted its coordinates on Geocaching.com. To read more about letterboxing, visit Letterboxing North America.
An Event Cache is a gathering of local geocachers or geocaching organizations. The Event Cache page specifies a time for the event and provides coordinates to its location.
Cache In Trash Out Event (CITO)
Cache In Trash Out is the environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community. The main aim of this program is to clean up and preserve the natural areas that we enjoy while geocaching. These events are larger gatherings of geocachers that focus on litter clean-up, removal of invasive species, planting trees and vegetation and trail building.
A Mega-Event Cache is an Event Cache that is attended by 500+ people. Many Mega-Events offer geocachers a day of planned activities. There are often several days of additional activities surrounding a Mega-Event. These large events attract geocachers from all over the world and are often held annually.
This is one of the rarest geocache types available. A Giga-Event Cache is an event that is attended by 5000+ people. These events are similar to Mega-Events and may include activities, could last several days and are usually held annually. Since Giga-Events are so rare, they attract geocachers from all over the world.
Wherigo is a toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world. By integrating a Wherigo experience, called a cartridge, with finding a geocache, the geocaching hunt can be an even richer experience. A Wherigo-enabled GPS device is required to play a cartridge. Learn more at Wherigo.com.
Geocaching HQ Geocache
GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit
A find of this type represents attendance at the GPS Adventures Maze Exhibit or a regional variation. GPS Adventures Mazes are designed to teach people of all ages about GPS technology and geocaching through interactive science experiences.
A Lab Geocache is an experimental and extremely rare geocache type. These geocaches are a way for us to innovate and test—often at the molecular-level—new ideas to make geocaching even better.
Grandfathered Cache Types
These are geocache types that are still available to find, but no longer available for creation on Geocaching.com. The reasons for why each of these types was retired varies.
A Virtual Cache is about discovering a location rather than a container. The requirements for logging a Virtual Cache vary—you may be required to answer a question about the location, take a picture, complete a task, etc… In any case, you must visit the coordinates before you can post your log.
These are geocaches that use existing web cameras that monitor various areas like parks or business complexes. The idea is to get yourself in front of the camera and save a screen capture from the website where the camera is displayed in order to log a find.
Project A.P.E. Cache
In 2001, fourteen geocaches were placed in conjunction with 20th Century Fox to support the movie Planet of the Apes. Each geocache represented a fictional story in which scientists revealed an Alternative Primate Evolution (A.P.E.). Only a few Project A.P.E. caches still exist today.
10 Years! Event Cache
A 10 Years! Event Cache is a special Event Cache type for events held April 30 – May 3, 2010 to celebrate 10 years of geocaching.
Locationless (Reverse) Cache
A Locationless Cache could be considered the opposite of a Traditional Cache. Instead of finding a hidden container, you locate a specific object and log its coordinates. New locationless geocaches are now Waymarks.
We hope you now understand the different types of current geocaches, and past geocache types. They can be quite confusing for a newbie geocacher but you will soon get your head around these different types.
We hope you enjoyed reading this long (very!) blog, and hope you keep checking our blog for more posts!
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Geocache Type Images – Geocaching.com
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