Trackable Etiquette

Trackable Etiquette


Trackables are “game pieces” that add another level of fun to geocaching. Trackable owners generally assign them goals such as to “cross the Atlantic” or “visit 5/5 geocaches.” The geocaching community helps Trackables reach their goals by moving them from cache to cache.
How do you know when you have found a Trackable?

Although Trackables come in many shapes and sizes, each one has a tracking code—a unique series of letters and numbers—stamped on it.  This code allows geocachers to follow the items’ real-world travels online. A Trackable will also contain text indicating that it can be tracked on Geocaching.com or Groundspeak.com. The most common Trackables are Geocoins and Travel Bugs®.

If you find a Trackable in a geocache, you are not required to trade anything for it, but please take it only if you are willing to follow some general Trackable etiquette:


•    Log that you have retrieved the Trackable from the geocache as soon as you can. This way the Trackable owner, cache owner, and anyone who may be searching for the Trackable knows that it is moving.

•    Check the Trackable’s goal by inputting its tracking code here before placing it in another cache. The idea is to place it in a cache that will move it closer to its goal.

•    Drop the Trackable in the next geocache and log that you have done so. If you need to keep the Trackable for more than two weeks, please email the Trackable owner to inform them.

Remember that Trackables are owned by other members of the community who are eager to see where their Trackable moves next. Before you take an item from a geocache, please check to see whether it is a Trackable and, if it is, only take it if you are willing to help it on its journey in a timely manner.

Learn how to log a Geocoin or Travel Bug or buy your own Trackable at Shop Geocaching.

Trackables sindSpielsteine‘” welche einen zusätzlichen Spaßfaktor zum Geocaching hinzufügen. Die Besitzer von Trackables legen im Allgemeinen Ziele wieÜberquere den AtlantikoderBesuche nur 5/5 Geocachesfest. Die GeocachingCommunity hilft dabei diese Ziele zu erreichen, in dem Sie Trackables von Cache zu Cache transportiert.
Woher weißt Du, daß Du einen Trackable gefunden hast?

Obwohl Trackables in vielen Formen und Größen vorkommen, hat jeder einen TrackingCode eine eindeutige Folge von Buchstaben und Zahlen eingestanzt.  Dieser Code ermöglicht Geocachern, die Reisen dieser Gegenstände online zu verfolgen. Auf dem Trackable befindet sich auch ein kleiner Hinweistext, dass er auf Geocaching.com oder Groundspeak.com verfolgt werden kann. Die häufigsten Trackables sind Geocoins und Travel Bugs®.

Wenn Du einen Trackable in einem Geocache findest, ist es nicht notwendig, wenn Du Ihn herausnimmst etwas als Ersatz hineinzulegen. Du solltest jedoch folgende TrackableEtikette beachten:

    Wenn Du einen Trackable aus einem Geocache entnimmst, so logge dies bitte so schnell wie möglich. Dadurch weiß der TrackableOwner, der CacheOwner und jeder der nach diesem Trackable sucht, dass dieser sich bewegt hat.

    Überprüfe das Ziel des Trackables wenn du seinen Code hier eingibst, bevor du Ihn in einen anderen Cache ablegst. Die Grundidee ist, dass Du den Trackable in einen Cache legst, welcher Ihn näher an sein Ziel bringt.

    Lege den Trackable in den nächsten Geocache und logge dies online. Wenn es nötig ist, dass Du einen Trackable länger als zwei Wochen behältst, melde dies bitte dem TrackableOwner.


Denke daran, Trackables sind Eigentum von anderen Mitgliedern der GeocachingGemeinschaft, welche gerne sehen wie sich Ihr Trackable weiter bewegt. Bevor Du einen Trackable aus einem Geocache entnimmst, überprüfe daher bitte, ob Du ihm beim Erfüllen seines Zieles helfen kannst.

Erfahre wie man einen Geocoin oder Travel Bug® loggt oder kaufe Deinen eigenen Trackable im GeocachingShop.


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Teile jetzt Deine TrackableGeschichten mit anderen und habe die Chance auf diesem seltenen und begehrten Moun10Bike Trackable.

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Finde jetzt Rabatte von 10% oder mehr während der Trackable-Woche
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Geocaching.com Caption Contest 17 – Win a Barely Coveted Prize

WINNING CAPTION: “That spider must have eaten some Chernobyl Travel Bugs.” -Berdings 


Try your caption writing skills in the seventeenth installment of our Geocaching.com Caption Contest.   You could become the proud winner of a barely coveted prize! What caption would you write? “They always said the light at the end of the tunnel was a train… but…”  You can do better!

Barely Coveted Prize

Submit your caption by clicking on “Comments” below and explore the captions that other geocachers entered. Please include your geocaching username in all entries.

You can sway the vote.  “Like” the caption that you think should win.  If you think your caption should win, convince friends and strangers to “like” your caption.  Lackeys will then decide between the top captions to crown the winner of this Geocaching Caption Contest.

Click this image to see the winner of the 16th Geocaching.com Caption Contest

The winner typically receives a barely coveted prize from Groundspeak Headquarters. But this contest you could actually win a coveted prize: the Compass Zipper Pull.

Click on the image to the right to discover the winning caption from the previous Geocaching Caption Contest.

14 Lackeys voted to award the winner of the sixteenth Geocaching.com Caption Contest a barely coveted prize.

Explore the wit and wisdom of geocachers by checking out all the Geocaching Caption Contests.


“Night Caching” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found Video

Geocaching doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets. For some geocachers, the thrill of the treasure hunt just begins when darkness falls. Watch this video to follow geocachers as they navigate through the night to find a multi-cache in California. Find out how the clues for this cache stay invisible during the day and even to most muggles at night.

Look for geocaches with this “recommended at night” icon to find a night cache near you. Premium Members are able to run a Pocket Query to search for geocaches with specific attributes, such as “recommended at night.”

You can explore more videos that capture the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Geocaching.com Lost & Found video gallery.  Explore 4×4 geocaching, watch a Travel Bug® go around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.


“Echo Canyon Summit” GC18C9B GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 22, 2010

View from the route to "Echo Canyon Summit" geocache

“Echo Canyon Summit” (GC18C9B) takes geocachers to a vista over looking Scottsdale, Phoenix, and a kaleidoscope of desert colors in Arizona, U.S.A.

The micro cache is rated a difficulty 3 and a terrain 3.5. Hands-On Cachers hid the geocache in January of 2008. The first line of the cache notes reinforces the high terrain rating. It reads, “Strenuous hike up Camelback Mountain.”

You’re also warned to watch out for muggles. This hiking path is a high traffic area. The cache owner says it’s the muggles in the area that increase the difficulty rating for “Echo Canyon Summit.”

Still, more than 100 geocachers have found the bison tube cache.  The hike is even suitable for athletic children. The cache owner does warn about the desert heat if you attempt this cache in the summer.

View from near "Echo Canyon Summit" geocache

Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.


24 Hour “Epic Adventure” Nets More Than a 1100 Geocaches

foomanjoo, f0t0m0m and Steve from Ventura_Kids along the Alien Highway


What about 2010 will you remember in the next decade, or even next year?  The answer to that question is easy enough for a group of close friends and geocachers from the West Coast.  F0t0m0m, Foomanjoo and Ventura_Kids found 1157 geocaches in Nevada in a span of just 24 hours. This is the highest number of geocaches to be found in a 24-hour period.

Screen-shot from the E.T. highway

The four geocachers (Ventura_Kids is a team of two) spent 24 straight hours geocaching on September 27, 2010. They all piled into one vehicle to track down geocache after geocache on a power trail known as the Alien Highway. In an interview with “Latitude 47,” Steve from the Ventura_Kids said the memory of those fast-paced hours will last for years. But the world record of 1157 geocaches in  24 hours that they set may not last that long.

Latitude 47: I think a lot of people will simply say “Why?” Why attempt the world record?

Ventura_Kids: Because it’s FUN!!! When we heard about the Alien Highway, we were thrilled. There were 1021 geocaches all in a row and each were just over 528 feet apart. We decided it would be an “EPIC” adventure and we would remember it for years.

Latitude 47: What was your total? You held the previous world record. How much did you break your previous record by this time?

Ventura_Kids: We found 1157 geocaches in 24 hours. Our previous record was 566 finds….but Sandy broke her leg on that run.

Latitude 47: Did you use all 24 hours?

Ventura_Kids: Sandy and Steve

Ventura_Kids: Yes. We found 1,108 caches in 18 hours along the main Extraterrestrial Highway segment. We also found 20 caches in the first two hours on the way to the E.T. Highway, and 29 caches in the 4 hours following the main run, until the clock expired. We geocached on the Alien Highway in Nevada, from Alamo to Tonopah. We only stopped to add gasoline to our fuel tank, using the 5 gallon cans we brought with us (“wasting” about 40 minutes).

Latitude 47: What’s your advice for those considering a record run like this?

Ventura_Kids: Choose your team carefully, and remember to enjoy yourselves out there. Be safe.

Latitude 47: What do you say to those who say, “It’s not about the numbers?”

Ventura_Kids: It’s ALL about the numbers. Everyone follows them differently. As an example; I still haven’t completed even one Delorme challenge, and we have over 24,000 finds. Geocaching has something for everyone. Play it your way, and enjoy the journey.

Latitude 47: If your record is broken would you attempt to regain the record?

Ventura_Kids: Certainly. We love this type of geocaching.

What geocaching memories are you going to remember next year and in ten years?