Different Types of Geocaches You May Want to Try

Though the geocacher new to the game may not realize it at first, there are many various types of geocaches that can be put into play – and all can make for great fun. Here we’ll overview a few of the more common types.

Different Cache Sizes

There are several categories of cache sizes for all caches that fit in a physical container. These include ‘micro,’ which is generally a 35 mm film canister or even smaller, and generally only will only contain a logbook. The next size up is ‘small,’ which would be a Tupperware container that is sandwich-size or even less, coming out to smaller than one liter or so in volume. The small size will typically hold a few trade items in addition to the logbook. The next size up, ‘regular,’ is your average ammo can or tupperware container. And finally, the largest size is roughly a 20 liter (or 5 gallon) bucket or bigger.

tupperware-geocache


The Traditional Cache

The original type of cache, as we have discussed previously in this blog, consists of a container and a logbook at the very least. In addition to these items, it may also contain trade items, as determined by the person who hid the cache. These may include small toys, CDs, and the like.

Multi-Caches

The multi-stage cache has myriad variations, the most common of those being one in which the first container that the seeker finds will contain additional coordinates leading to the next location in a string of locations. Another variation on this would be a series of waypoints, and each of these would provide the partial coordinates of the final geocache’s location.

Offset Caches

Offset caches are another play on the multi-cache idea. They can be found in the multi-cache category on the geocaching website when the seeker is selecting a type of cache. In an offset cache, when its coordinates are published, the coordinates actually lead to an existing physical landmark like a plaque or historical monument. Once the seeker finds this spot, he or she will look for information that appears on the marker (note: the information must already exist on the
marker, as public and private property must never be defaced) that can then point the seeker to the next location on the geocache hunt. And the hunt continues!

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