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Types of Geocaches

Caches may require that you solve puzzles or arithmetical problems, to climb trees or explore caves and caverns. Based on the definition of tasks, caches can therefore be divided into different categries.

The most important caches are:

The "TRADITIONAL"

The original type of a geocache consists of, at least, a container and a logbook. For those looking for a traditional cache, the given co-ordinates provide the exact location of the cache.

They are often hidden in a specific or distinctive location.

For a traditional cache the precise co-ordinates for the hidden cache are made known. Nevertheless, the search can be difficult, because the cache is very well camouflaged, difficult to reach or a lot of skill and expertise are required to access it.

The "MULTI-CACHE"

A multi-cache comprises of at least two different stations. You can find clues at the first station to guide you to the next station or to the final cache.

It is only at the final cache in a multi-cache that an actual container will be found. Normally, at the other stations, clues will lead you to the next one.

The "MYSTERY CACHE" or "PUZZLE CACHE"

Mystery or puzzle caches can contain difficult puzzles to be solved in order to identify the co-ordinates for the actual cache.

The puzzles can be of different types and difficulty (mathematical puzzles, literary tasks, Internet research, sudoku, picture puzzles, decoding etc.). The ascertained co-ordinates are either the cache itself (as with the traditional cache) or the start of a multi-cache.

The "EVENT CACHE"

The event-cache is an experience, which begins or takes place as a specific time.

Most event-caches are multi-caches with specific stations or requirements, which exist temporarily or which must be surpervised by skilled personnel.

The Cache Container

Geochaches can be hidden in different types and sizes of containers. These are normally waterproof and can withstand changing temperatures. Different colours and shapes of containers can optimise hiding places and camouflaging possibilities.

The "Nano" - Treasure

The nano-cache is a tiny cache container, with a diameter of approximately 1 cm. The logbook is simply a small slip of paper. These containers are oftenmagnetic so that they can be sometimes hidden on momuments or on similarly inconspicuous locations.

The "MICRO-CACHE" or "MINI-CACHE"

Micro-caches normally consist of a 35 mm film canister or something smaller. Due to the small size of the container, often just a small roll of paper exists as the logbook. You should also take a pen along. Micro-caches are regularly used as an intermediate stop as part of a multi-cache and contain clues regarding the next station or for the geocache itself.

The "SMALL" Cache

The geocache container for a "Small-Cache" is normally a small (tupperware) box, not bigger than a lunch box. Within this container is a logbook and pen. There is no exchangable item here.

The "REGULAR" Size

The "Regular" sized cache is the most commonly used cache. The container used here is a normal tupperware box or a small ammunitions box. Within is a logbook, a pen and sometimes an exchangeable item.

The "LARGE" Variety

A "Large" type of geocache container is very seldom seen. It consists of a 19 litre (or more) sized container and is therefore very difficult to hide. Sometimes very big ammunitions boxes are listed as "Large".

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