It’s that time of year when the weather gets chillier in the Northern Hemisphere and hotter in the Southern, when radio stations are bombarded with the tinkle of jingle bells, and many geocachers are hoping for special TOTTs, trackables, and geo-gear to arrive in their stocking. That’s right — the holiday season is upon us!
For anyone looking for a special geocaching gift, we have all of your needs covered in our geocaching holiday gift guide. Below is a list of items that are sure to bring a smile to any geocacher who receives them. All of the items are available on Shop Geocaching for geocachers in the U.S. and Canada and many of the items are available from our international retailers.
Shop Geocaching* is the official online store of Geocaching HQ, and carries a wide variety of geocaching supplies, tools, trackables and gear. The Shop Geocaching warehouse is located in Seattle, just a couple miles away from Geocaching HQ and is run by just five people, known as the Shop Boyz.
When COVID-19 first began impacting the Seattle area in March, the warehouse closed down to protect the safety of both the Shop Boyz and geocachers. In May, the State of Washington allowed the Shop to reopen as long as specific safety measures were taken. Learn how the Shop Boyz are staying safe during COVID-19.
Perfekte Geschenke für die Geocacher in Deinem Leben zu finden, ist wie das Finden eines Geochaches – beides beschert Dir ein Lächeln. Die gute Nachricht: Wir haben genau das Richtige für Dich. Bei einem unserer internationalen Vertriebspartner findest Du die perfekten Geschenke für Deine Geocaching-Freunde.
Dieses Mal möchten wir zur Weihnachtszeit ein besonderes Lächeln auf Dein Gesicht zaubern. Für eine begrenzte Zeit erhältst Du ab einem bestimmten Mindesteinkauf von einem teilnehmenden Händler kostenlose grüne Travel Bugs® in limitierter Auflage. Dabei kannst Du je nachdem wie viel Du erwirbst mehrere kostenlose Trackables bekommen (solange der Vorrat reicht)!
Cache In Trash Out®, also known at CITO, is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers around the world have been dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places. Through these volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources.
Geocachers around the world celebrate International Cache In Trash Out Weekend annually by hosting and participating in CITO events in their local area. Events might be focused on litter clean-up, removal of invasive species, revegetation efforts or building trails. Together, we make an enormous positive impact. Did we mention that we also have a bit of fun while we’re at it?
The 13th Annual Cache In Trash Out Weekend is scheduled for April 24-27, 2015. So it’s time for you to roll up your sleeves. But what should you bring? What should you do? And my goodness, WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR? Don’t worry steadfast geocachers – we gotcha covered!
If you’re hosting a CITO, make sure to have:
A well stocked first aid kit
Directional signs so people can find the CITO location
Garbage bags – lots and lots of garbage bags
More garbage bags
Extra work gloves to protect hands
Necessary tools such as shovels, buckets, rakes, etc.
Water and snacks
Safety vests for high-traffic areas
A lanyard for your whistle, camera, GPS, or any other gear you may need within reach
If you’re attending a CITO:
Definitely dress for the weather, and for the area you’ll be working. For example, if you plan to clear blackberry bushes, shorts probably aren’t your best choice. Always bring work gloves, water, snacks, sunscreen, plus any tools that might come in handy like a grabber, shovel, or rake. Pro tip: labeling your tools with your name and phone number is a great idea in case your tools get mixed up during the event.
What about CIRO (Cache in, Recycle Out)?
Did you know that blue is the new green? Recycling bags are for anything that we can reuse, so make sure to bring some recycling bags to pick up those discarded water bottles, beer/soda cans, and the like. We found 50 bags selling on Amazon (30-gallon capacity) for about $20.00.
You’ve worked hard. You smell like sweat and garbage. You’ve taken good care of Mother Earth. How about treating yourself to something pretty like a CITO Geocoin, Travel Tag, patch, pin, or a fresh T-shirt?
Make it a daily habit:
Why wait for a special event? How about you always bring an extra bag or two, and help keep Mother Earth happy whenever you’re out searching for that next smiley?
Will you be attending or hosting a CITO event this year? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Earlier this year, the Geocaching HQ video team followed a team of brave geocachers on an endeavor that is unprecedented in the Geocaching world. Their ultimate goal: to find the most difficult EarthCache in the world. The video detailing their journey is now live for the geocaching community.
EarthCaches were created as a joint partnership with Geocaching.com and the Geological Society of America. There’s no physical container, but each EarthCache teaches you an Earth science lesson. Once at the coordinates, geocachers must answer certain questions in order to log a find.