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Guest Post: Many Hands Make Geocaching Light Work

By Vince Migliore (GC handle: FolsomNatural)

If you typically geocache alone, consider buddying up to enhance your experience. When two or more people go out together on a geocaching venture, the fun gets multiplied and the chores get divided.

I often cache with one or two friends. One person drives, another acts as navigator, and the third handles documentation. The driver gets the group to the cache location and takes instructions from the navigator. When there is no convenient place to park, the driver will drop the others off to search while he or she circles the block.

Sometimes we have both a vehicle GPSr and a hand-held unit. The vehicle GPSr gives instructions on where to turn and how to get to the general location; the hand-held units are used to close in on ground zero and for off-road searching.

Teamwork: Vince Migliore makes use of his tree-climbing skills.

Before we leave for each adventure, we print out a map of the caches we expect to locate that day. The navigator then uses that map to punch the next set of co-ordinates into the GPS. While moving along, he/she tells the driver how far we are from the stopping point.

Next, we all get out and search for the cache. With several sets of eyes, and our cumulative experience, the searching phase goes much faster than when you’re working alone.

The third person, if there is one, takes care of the paperwork. This helper also has a list of the intended caches and writes notes on where each was found, the difficulty, the condition of the log, and whether or not we traded any swag or travel bugs. If there are only two of us, the navigator takes care of the paperwork.

I’ve found that partnering with other geocaching enthusiasts opens up a whole new dimension to the sport. We have a great time joking with each other, sharing experiences, helping with equipment, and making the search much faster.

As a group, we have a much broader network of friends to call upon if we are having trouble finding a cache. Where I would normally find only two or three caches per hour by myself, with others you often multiply the final find count.

We also bring varying skill sets to the hunt. One person might be good at climbing trees, while another is better at squeezing into small spaces, and a third is expert at spotting those tiny nanos. We like to think of our joint efforts as the three of us comprising one perfect and talented geocacher. Together we can do just about anything.

Give it a try. Once you have a cadre of friends to explore with, you’ll be amazed at how much more fun you have with this hobby. Good luck!

*Material for this article was printed with the permission of Vince Migliore, the author of Creative Containers for Geocaching. The just-released paperback is available from Amazon for US$9.95. To see more clever geo-designs, visit his website Creative Cache Containers.

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  1. Nick Hudson on Facebook

    I very rarely cache alone these days. More is certainly merrier! Plus it is rare to go for a day’s caching without also sneaking in a visit or two to a pub, when caching with friends! 😀
    (Mmmmmm…..beer!)

  2. Kylie Walker on Facebook

    Hear, hear Nick … though for my regular geo-pal and I, it’s normally a sneaky trip through a KFC drive-thru.

  3. Nighthawk700

    Most of my cache finds are on the way to/from work, so I wind up going it alone. But it is nice when I can team up with others. The book at the bottom of the posts reminds me, whatever happened to the creative container contest? Was a winner announced? Can we see some of the entries?

    1. kjwx

      You can read all about it here, Nighthawk700 …

  4. Vince

    As an aside to Nighthawk – – here in the ‘States we had an event called Creative Cache Container Contest ( #GC3PN4W ) which showcased some interesting cache designs. A few photos from that event are viewable from the gallery section for that page. Someone designed a Cryptex which won first prize. There were many votes for a hollowed out bovine leg bone, a hand-made metal praying mantis, and pine cones with hidden caches inside.

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