100 Plus Geocaching Terms

100 Plus Geocaching Terms


If you are a regular reader or have spotted the menu bar at the top of this blog you will know that we are keen geocachers. We love nothing more than spending a few hours hunting through the briar and bramble for tiny pots, hidden by equally enthusiastic hiders. As weird as that sounds it really isn't that odd.

If you don't already know what Geocaching is then I'd advise checking out my post What is Geocaching first. the rest of you read on for 100 plus Geocaching Terms.

The idea of this post is to provide a long list of terms that you may come across if you take up this fun hobby, when we first started there were often words or phrases that we just didn't understand. We ended up researching as much as we could, and these are the ones we have found most useful, just skip below the image for the full list, and if you fancy sharing it please feel free to pin the image.

100 Plus Geocaching Terms - learn some of the more technical terms
100 Plus Geocaching Terms
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100 Plus Geocaching Terms

1
ALR
>> 
Additional Logging Requirement - Logging requires more than just signing the cache log – Geocache.com states: All ALRs must be optional for finders of a geocache.
2
Ammo Can
>> 
Ammunition boxes (also known as or ammo cans) are those big green metal boxes that were designed to transport ammunition safely.
3
Archive
>> 
To Archive a cache means to permanently remove it from the listings. It’s important to note that a geocache owner can archive their own listing but cannot unarchive it! The alternative is a temporary disable.
4
ATCF
>> 
As The Crow Flies
5
Attributes
>> 
The Icons that you find on caches on the geocaching website – Full details of each can be found here: Geocaching Attributes Icons
6
Beach Tube
>> 
The sort of tube used to hold keys or money when swimming at the beach, Makes a good Nano.
7
Bison Tube
>> 
A small, metal container used for micro-caches. The name comes from the original manufacturers Bison Design.
8
Blinky
>> 
Often used as another term for a Nano. It stems from a form of magnetic torch, that works as a magnetic micro if the battery is removed.
9
Bookmark
>> 
A feature for Premium Members that allows you to save links to caches in your own bookmark lists (see below) the bookmark can be given (or leave as default of the cache title), and a notes can be added.
10
Bookmark List
>> 
A collection of Bookmarks.
11
Booty
>> 
The loot found in a cache. More often called Swag
12
BYOP
>> 
Bring Your Own Pen
13
C:Geo
>> 
A free android app for geocachers
14
CAAR
>> 
Caches Along A Route. Another Premium Member feature that allows you to identify other caches along a particular route.
15
Cache and Dash or C&D
>> 
A cache placed conveniently for speed finding, often by roads or car-parks., Also Park and Grab, P&G or PNG
16
Cache or Geocache
>> 
Short for Geocache.
17
Cacher or Geocacher
>> 
One who participates in geocaching
18
Camo
>> 
Short for Camouflage
19
Challenge Cache
>> 
A cache that requires you to fulfil a challenge or other Geocaching related activity before you may actually search for the cache. You may have to have a certain number of caches already etc.
20
Charter Member
>> 
Geocachers who bought a Geocaching Premium Membership the first year it was offered and every year since.
21
CITO
>> 
Cache In, Trash Out. The idea is to collect rubbish and clear up the area as you hunt for caches.
22
Clip Lock
>> 
A type of container, with clips to hold the lid on (usually plastic)
23
CO
>> 
Cache Owner
24
Collectable
>> 
A status assigned to any trackable item that people can keep it in their possession, and do not have to physically move it to another geocache. Conversely, non-collectable trackable items can be easily grabbed, dropped, discovered, etc. More about trackables here.
25
Constellation
>> 
The configuration of GPS satellites overhead at any specific time. Some constellation configurations are better than others for calculating your position.
26
Coordinates
>> 
A pair of numbers (latitude and longitude) that pinpoint an exact position, or waypoint, on the Earth. 
27
Creed, The
>> 
The Geocachers creed, the voluntary creed all Geocachers follow - The Geocaching Creed
28
D/T
>> 
Cache Difficulty and Terrain rating. The difficulty number is first, followed by the terrain rating. Each rating ranges from 1 to 5 in 0.5 steps. A 1/1 cache is the easiest 5/5 the hardest.
29
Dipping
>> 
Logging a trackable into a cache then removing it again.
30
Disable
>> 
Used to mark a cache temporarily unavailable
31
DNF
>> 
Did Not Find - a sad act when you can't locate the cache
32
Drunken Bee Dance
>> 
The bizarre movements of geocachers as they try and pinpoint the cache, like watching a bee dance in the hive- Also known as Bee Dance
33
Film Can or 35mm
>> 
35mm film container, most common micro cache.
34
EarthCache
>> 
An EarthCache is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature of our Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational - Types of Geocache
35
Event Cache
>> 
An Event Cache is a gathering of geocachers or geocaching organizations. The Event Cache page specifies a time for the event and provides coordinates to its - Types of Geocache
36
Fizzy Challenge
>> 
To find at least one cache of every difficulty/terrain combination (81 unique combinations).  Fizzy Challenge caches may also require you to find each of different types of caches: EarthCache, Event Cache, Letterbox Hybrid, CITO Event, Multi Cache, Traditional Cache, Unknown Cache, Virtual Cache, and Webcam Cache.
37
FTF
>> 
First to the Find - the first person to locate a new cache
38
GC Code
>> 
A unique identifier associated with every geocache listing. The GC Code starts with the letters "GC" and is followed by other alphanumeric characters, such as GCK25B.
39
GeoCoin
>> 
A Coin size token used as a trackable.
40
Geopile
>> 
Unnatural piles of sticks, stones etc. hiding places for Geocaches, they are NOT always on the ground!
41
GeoStripes
>> 
The arm and leg scratches you WILL get from brambles. You have to earn your stripes!
42
Geotrail
>> 
A series of caches spread out to encourage you to explore an area of interest.
44
GPS or GPSr
>> 
A GPS receiver. The “r” in GPSr just means receiver
45
Ground Zero or GZ
>> 
The spot on your GPS where the cache is located.
46
HIPS
>> 
Hidden In Plain Sight
47
Inventory
>> 
A list of your non-collectable trackables
48
Jasmer Challenge
>> 
A challenge to collect a cache placed in every month since the start of Geocaching (you will very probably have to travel for this one!)
49
LEO
>> 
Law Enforcement Officer (The police)
50
Letterbox or Letterboxing
>> 
51
LN
>> 
Left Nothing
52
Log
>> 
A piece of paper left in the cache for noting your name on. Indicates you found the cache. It may also refer to the act of logging the find on the Geocache website or app.
53
LPC or Lamppost Cache
>> 
A common hiding place for micro caches, this exploits the fact that the shroud (or “skirt”) on lamp posts that cover the anchor bolts are usually not secured, and can be lifted up to provide a hiding place. The term LPC is sometimes intended to be a derogatory reference, since LPC hides are generally all the same and require little skill or imagination.
54
McToy
>> 
cheap plastic toys often left in caches, originally referred to the happy meal toys
55
MEFF
>> 
Most Esteemed First Finder
56
Member
>> 
Usually refers to a paying member of the Geocaching.com community
57
Micro
>> 
A small cache, ranging from 35mm film canisters to tiny magnetic post smaller than a thimble
58
Micro-spew
>> 
A derogatory term for a collection of micro caches, in obvious often uninteresting places.
59
MKH or Magnetic Key Holder
>> 
Magnetic Key Holders are the sort of box designed to hide keys for your car etc.
60
Muggle
>> 
A non-geocacher (taken from the Harry Potter series of books).
61
Muggled
>> 
A cache that has been discovered by non-geocachers and often destroyed or moved.
62
Multi-Cache
>> 
A Multi-Cache involves two or more locations. The final location will be a physical container. - A type of Cache
63
Mystery or Puzzle Cache
>> 
A type of Cache. Coordinates listed on the cache page are often bogus, and the final coordinates must be solved for through a series of steps or instructions. Also known as a Puzzle Cache. - Types of Cache
64
Nano
>> 
A part of the Micro cache genre but tiny.
65
NIAH
>> 
Needle in a Haystack. A small cache in a place with multiple locations for hiding
66
Night Cache
>> 
 A type of cache that can only be seen at night
67
PAF
>> 
Phone A Friend, what else would you do if you needed help?
68
PI
>> 
Poison Ivy, take care!!
69
Pocket Query or PQ
>> 
a Pocket Query is a custom geocache search that you can create and download on a daily or weekly basis.
70
Power Trail
>> 
A path with lots of caches placed close together, allows cachers to increase cache counts easily
71
Preform
>> 
plastic test-tube shaped container with screw-on lid.
72
QR Code
>> 
A type of barcode, sometimes seen on or near Geocaches (more often used for another game though)
73
Reviewer
>> 
A volunteer who checks caches before validating them on the official site. Caches must adhere to the guidelines found here: Geocaching Creation Guidlines
74
ROT13
>> 
A common cipher used in puzzle caches and the likes
75
R.O.W.
>> 
Right Of Way
76
Signal
>> 
The official Frog mascot of Geocaching.com
77
Signature Item
>> 
Signature items left by cachers, from personal calling cards to unique items
78
SL
>> 
Signed Log
79
Spoiler
>> 
A log entry (online or in the app) giving away the location of the cache
80
STF
>> 
Second To The Find
81
Swag
>> 
The items left behind in Geocaches for finders to swap
82
TFTC or T4TC
>> 
Thanks For The Cache
83
TFTH or T4TH
>> 
Thanks For The Hunt
84
TN
>> 
Took Nothing
85
TNLN
>> 
Took Nothing, Left Nothing
86
TNLNSL
>> 
Took Nothing, Left Nothing, Signed Log
87
TNX4GC
>> 
Thanks For The Geocache
88
TOTT or TOT
>> 
Tools Of The Trade
89
Trackable
>> 
A tag with a unique code that can be attached to an item. The trackable is then carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world, and its progress can be followed on Geocaching.com. Also known as Travel Bugs, TBs, and GeoCoins. More about Travel Bugs and trackables.
90
Traditional Cache
>> 
A Physical cache that has a log as a minimum. - Types of Geocache
91
Travel Bug, Bug or TB
>> 
A Trackable item that is moved from Cache to Cache, each one has a unique code that allows you to follow it's journey.
92
UPR
>> 
Unnatural Pile of Rocks
93
UPS
>> 
Unnatural Pile of Sticks
94
Virtual Cache
>> 
These refer to physical locations but there is no physical cache. Cachers show proof of a visit with a photo, or by answering a questions etc. - Types of Geocache
95
Watchlist
>> 
User maintained Lists set up to receive notifications on specific geocaches and/or trackables. Users receive a copy of each posted log via email.
96
Waypoint
>> 
A Reference point for a physical location. How you find caches
97
WebCam Cache
>> 
A type of cache, where you must get caught on a webcam
98
WhereIGo Cache
>> 
A WhereIGo cartridge is a set of locations that you must find or a set of instructions to accomplish, in order, to get to the final cache location - types of cache
99
XNSL
>> 
eXchanged Nothing, Signed Log
100
YACIDKA or ACIDKA
>> 
Yet Another Cemetery I Didn't Know About (I love these 2)
101
YAPIDKA or APIDKA
>> 
Yet Another Park I Didn't Know About (I love these 2)

I hope you have found these useful, if you did please share them with anyone else you think might. And if you have any terms that you think we have missed, please leave a comment below I'd love to add more.

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