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Shorter days and autumn weather might make you want to curl up on the couch and let caches be caches — but the shadows of the night can be the best time to seek some of the most exciting geocaches around: Night Caches.
Night Caches are best searched for in the dark. Not for the easily spooked, these caches come in all types — Traditional, Multi, Mystery, Wherigo caches amongst others — and often feature scary tales.
If you’re intrigued to go on a ghostly geohunt at night, make sure to come prepared with a flashlight or headlamp, some extra batteries, and maybe even a glow-in-the-dark pen.
To find Night Caches, you often have to follow reflectors that guide you to the hide or glow-in-the-dark ink that can only be seen in the dark and requires a UV flashlight.
Some geocache owners include ‘Night Cache’ in the cache’s title to make it clear that their cache is best found at night. Others can be identified through one or more of these attributes:
Another way to learn about the best Night Caches is to ask a fellow geocacher about their favorites. They can create a list with their recommendations and share it with you. We did so ourselves and created this list of some of the most favorited Night Caches and other haunted hides.
Which spooky Night Caches are on your list? Share in the comments or on social media using #hauntedhides.
Souvenirs, badges, and icons are all virtual pieces of art for your profile to discover, display, and collect on your geocaching profile page. But each serves a different purpose, and they’re located on different parts of your profile. Let’s break it down:
Souvenirs are associated with a particular location (such as a country) and may also be bound by time (such as International EarthCache Day). They are added to your profile by geocaching.com. There are two ways to earn souvenirs.
The first is to log a geocache within a souvenir zone, such as a country. For instance, if you logged a geocache in the state of Washington in the United States, you would receive a Washington State souvenir.
The second is to log a geocache within a predetermined time frame, such as a special day. For instance, if you logged a geocache on the 3rd Saturday of August, you’d earn the International Geocaching Day souvenir.
Badges are associated with a statistics or completing particular tasks such as:
- Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)
- Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)
- Number of caches owned (10 caches)
- Number of trackables moved/discovered, and so on
Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen.com:
They are occasionally awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the HQ Duck Dash badge. And here’s what a badge on a profile might look like:
Icons are associated with trackables, Travel Bugs, and geocoins. Many are unique and represent specific trackable series such as events, Geocaching Employees (often lovingly referred to as “Lackeys”), or promotions.
Here are some examples of digital icons for trackables:
Custom Promotional Icons:
And here’s what a trackable icon on a profile under the “Trackables” tab might look like:
Whatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons can add an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show your geo-accomplishments? Tell us in the comments below!
Some of the best geocaches are found off the beaten path.
Like this one…
…and this one….
…and definitely this one.
With our latest Geocaching® app update, we added the Trails map type to help you find these hard-to-reach geocaches and to find the caches hidden right in your neighborhood park. This feature uses open-source maps to show trails in cities, parks, and wild spaces.
Here’s a peek inside the app:
Select your preferred map type.
Navigate to a geocache using Trails.
Do you have tips for finding geocaches in rugged terrain? Tell us in the comments below!