What’s In Your Pack ?

Geocachers and Campers need the right tools. Geocachers just need more. . .









What’s In Your Geocaching Pack

  • I’ll never forget going to my first event and while mingling around I ran into just one of the nicest geocaching couples you ever want to meet. They were elderly though you couldn’t tell it by the sparkle in their eyes or the pep in their conversation. We talked about everything geocaching and for me at the time I had less than one hundred finds and you could just tell they were in the tens of thousands. He must have known how fascinated I was and without missing a beat he pulled out a plastic fork from the virtual toolchest in his breast pocket.
    “Know what this is for?”, he asked with a big grin. “This little gizmo is the best for getting those sharp burs out of your clothes without getting poked.”
    “What a great idea”, said I. I know in Maryland there is a very sharp bur that grows all over the place, planting into your shoes, socks and pants. If you even try to gently pull them out you immediately get pierced with sharp needles. What a simple yet effective answer to a problem I had delt quite painfully with for a while. How many other home made what-cha-ma-callits were out there there and could be shared with other geocacher?
  • Turned out to be GEO13 who currently is ranked 11th in the world. With over 39,499 finds.
  • Dave DeBaeremaeker:
  • High power flashlight. The cheap low power ones’ just don’t cut it.
  • Extra socks
  • Diapers – if caching with a toddler/infant 🙂
  • Pens – lots of em. A sharpie also helps for those hard to sign logs.
  • A towel. Always know where your towel is to be a real hoopy frood.
  • I also carry a carabiner… handy for tying up the geo-dog when you are in an area where she has to be on the leash, but you need to drop the leash to do a hunt.
  • Bug spray designed for tick repulsion! very important 🙂
  • I also normally keep some sort of snack – jerky or granola bars – never know when you get hungry on the trails, and that stuff keeps for a while so I can store it longer term without issue.
  • Rope… bring rope, always helps
  • Gloves
  • Hiking stick has been employed as a long distance pokey device.
  • Pliers on my leatherman has been used many many (many!) times as tweezers or just a fing-longer.
  • A boat a couple time 🙂
  • Water. For those pesky “fill this tube with water” caches.
  • Beverly Edwards
  • Love my 3watt cree flashlight and my Log Roller for those nasty nano logs. A fork or ice pick is useful when a cache is in a recess as there is NO WAY I am going to stick my hand in a hole here in TEXAS.Contest Question
    • When obtaining data for a GPSr unit or geocaching application. What file format is currently used?
    • Answer at the bottom of show notes.

HHH’s Recommendations

  • Letherman: A multitool chock full of handy options that fit quite nicely in any geocachers pocket or pouch.
  • Tweezers
  • A space pen.
  • Battery Case
  • A Utility Mirror
  • Head Lamp Light: 30” telescoping magnet
  • 2” ‘snake’ mirror (so-named for more’n 1 reason!!)
  • Pickle/Olive Grabber
  • Golf Ball Retriever
  • Rope Ladder
  • A Red Uniball Powertank pressurized pen – for signing logs.
  • Ball of string and a few paperclips.
  • Swiss Army kife with tweezers and toothpick.
  • Backup GPS unit
  • Duck Tape
  • Sample subpoenas:
  • They give me a reason for skulking around places that are not ordinarily skulked around. I can explain that I am looking for so-and-so. After that, people generally leave me alone … and when they don’t I ask their name as I look through my stack of subpoenas.
  • Bandanas:
  • One for use as a cover-up to hide the GPSr or cache container from muggle eyes, makeshift water bottle carrier, cache location/trail marker, container and swag dryer, dirt remover, and many, many other uses one doesn’t know until you need it. The second, hopefully clean, to stem the flow of blood. Stuff happens.
  • Extention pole grabbers you use to hang Christmas lights
  • 6 foot length of string with neodymium magnet on end for those rare occasions where a magnetic cache has fallen to earth and isnt retrievable bare handed.
  • CellSensor EMF Detection Meter – made to detect cell phone radiation and electromagnetic fields but can be used to locate those tiny little magnetic nanos.
  • A roll of wrapping or packing tape The tape works great for grabbing the ticks off my clothes, and I can count how many I nabbed at the end of the hike.
  • A pair of buckskin gloves.
  • A clipboard to “look official” so as to ward off muggle attention. That sounded good but I use something a little smaller and more convenient. It’s a small spiral bound pocket notebook. You can flip it open and lay the GPS over or under it if need be. It cammos the GPS hand well.
  • Package of diaper wipes. It’s great when you get plant sap on your hands and other things
  • An orange vest and a hard hat just in case I need to look even more ‘official’ than just the clipboard.
  • Mechanix brand gloves when reaching into nooks and crannies, and when climbing (coral outcroppings are sharp).
  • Ziplock bags, and used plastic grocery bags for trash and such.

Answer to Contest Question: GPX files

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