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Information on cache descriptions

Name: Please choose a comprehensible name, which describes the cache or the location. Use different names for different caches.

Cache type: There are several ways to design a cache:

Traditional Cache: The coordinates point directly to the cache stash. The cache is a container with a logbook, and no puzzles or quests must be done to find and open it.

Drive-In: A traditional cache with a parking area very nearby. No special equipment is needed to find and retrieve the cache.

Multicache: The coordinates do not point to the stash, but at the trailhead for seeking the cache. Starting there, the cache can be reached by finding intermediate stages and/or solving puzzles. The solutions must be possible on site.

Quiz cache („Mystery“): A puzzle must be solved to determine the (starting) location of the cache. From there on, it may continue like any other type of cache.

Math or physics cache: To find the cache, you have to solve one or more sophisticated math or physics problems.

Moving Cache: The cache is changing positions. For example, it will be placed at a new location by each finder, who logs the new coordinates and maybe a new quest or puzzle at Opencaching. Or the cache is attached to a vehicle, whose coordinates have to be determined.

Virtual cache: There is no container at the cache site and no logbook. Instead a puzzle or quest must be done on site – e.g. taking a picture or finding somthing written on a plate –, before the cache can be logged online.

Webcam cache: A public webcam is utilized to solve the cache. Usually the webcam must be found and a picture of the geocacher be taken. The picture will then be appended to the online log. There is no container or logbook.

Event cache: A meeting of geocachers; anyone may attend.

Unknown cache type: The geocache does not fit any of the types listed above.

Cache size: Size of the cache container; common sizes are:

  • nano: tiny, size of a thimble
  • mikro: e.g. a film canister or a „PETling“
  • small: between 100 and 750 ml volume
  • normal: up to three litres
  • large: as big as a bucket
  • very large: everything which is even larger

Coordinates: The hiding place of the cache, or the first stage, trailhead or parking area of a multicache. If the coordinates have to be found by solving a puzzle: An arbitrary coordinate in the target area, so that the cache may be found on maps and the distance may be estimated.

Country: In which country is the cache location? This information is important especially for near-border caches.

Rating: Difficulty and Terrain: Difficulty of the tasks necessary to find and unhide the cache / how demanding is the way to the cache?

Indications for difficulty rating:

1: can be found within a few minutes, well suited for beginners
2: easy to find for experienced geocaches; may be demanding for beginners
3: demanding cache – even experienced cachers may seek for a while or need multiple attempts; inappropriate for beginners
4: an extraordinary challenge or a very difficult puzzle; will need lots of experience and skills or may take more than a day.
5: extremely difficult to solve or find

Indications for terrain rating:

1: flat area with evenly paved ways, maximum 0.8 km (halve a mile) total route; suited for handicapped people
2: no major changes in altitude; paved ways, paths, lawns etc.; maxium total route of 3.2 km (2 miles); suited for small children
3: pathless or steep area, some undergrow, maximum 16 km (10 miles) of total route; not suited for small children
4: pathless area with dense vegetation, very steep with necessity to use hands, or a route of more than 10 miles
5: can only be done with special equipment and skills; finding the cache requires climbing, diving etc.

Effort: How much time and way is to be expected, beginning at the starting point or parking lot, to find the cache and return to the starting point? Please assume that the geocacher is experienced, but will struggle to solve the one or other puzzle or quest. If you cannot pin down the time needed, keep the default of 0 h / 0 min and describe the effort. If you estimated the time assuming use of inline skates, a bicycle or car, please mention it in the cache description.

Waypoints: If you published this cache also at other geocaching websites, you are encouraged to enter the corresponding waypoints here. geocaching.com waypoints have the format GCXXXXX, with XXXXX being up to 5 capital letters and/or digits. Navicache waypoints have the format NXXXX.

Cache attributes: Use the attributes to specify properties of your cache, which may be selected by the search function. Attributes may be estimated and depend on your knowledge of the site (e.g. frequent occurance of ticks). As searcher and finder of a cache, you may tell the owner about the usage and helpfullness of attributes or make suggestions. When describing your caches, please assume normal, dry weather conditions.

See below for a complete explanation of cache attributes.

Short description: Try to subsume your cache by a few words!

Description: Enter any information which is needed to find the cache, but avoid spoiling it by telling too much! Additionally you can explain why you hide the cache here or e. g. what this monument is about.

Hint: For the case the geocacher has no clue how to find it, give her a final aid to unhide it!

Hidden on: The date when you did hide the cache. If you enter a future date, the cache will be listed as "temporarily not available", and you will have to change the state to "available" when the cache is hidden. For an event cache, enter the planned date of the event.

Password to log: If specified, every finder has to enter this password when logging online. He will not be able to log "found it" without password. Case does not matter. Be careful when using 0, O, i or j, because these characters may be confused.

Show all cache lists: This setting is enabled by default for new caches and can be changed afterwards. If enabled, all public cache lists that contain this cache and which are set to "visible for all users in cache listings" are displayed above the cache description text, right of the attributes. Otherwise, only lists of the viewing user and of the cache owner are displayed.

Terms of use: Please read our terms of use carefully! We tried hard to make them brief and fair.

Pictures: Pictures may be uploaded after entering and saving the cache listing: Open the listing and click "Edit" at the second-to-top menu. Look for the section "Pictures" and click on "Upload a picture".


 Cache attributes

Properties / Dangers
Dangerous area

Dangerous area
The cache is located within a dangerous area. Use this attribute to mark non-obvious dangers, like high-traffic roads, steep ground or falling rocks. Security measures should be taken or the cache be omitted, especially when geocaching with children, large groups or at unfavourable weather conditions.

Active railway nearby

Active railway nearby
There are active railroads nearby. Please be careful, keep a safe distance and cross the rails only at level crossings etc.!

Cliff / Rocks

Cliff / Rocks
There are cliffs or dangerous rocks nearby. Beware of falling rocks at the lower side, and be careful at the upper side of cliffs - especially with children and while mountain biking. It can be very dangerous to take a steep slope towards a cliff, because you may not notice in time where the former ends and the latter starts.

Hunting

Hunting
The geocache is placed within a hunting ground. At twilight and in the dark, a flashlight or headlight should always be used for security reasons. Be considerate when meeting hunters.

Thorns

Thorns
There are thorns near the cache. Wear appropriate clothes.

Ticks

Ticks
There are seasonably many ticks in this area. It is recommended to wear long trousers and to check yourself for ticks after geocaching. There are risk maps for tick-borne encephalitis in the internet, e.g. for Germany at sites like www.meningitis.de (look for FSME there).

Abandoned mines

Abandoned mines
This cache leads into a (former) mining area. There may be dangers by collapsing adits, or you may need to enter adits. Be careful and use appropriate equipment, especially in the dark. Old mines may be covered by historic preservation.

Poisonous plants

Poisonous plants
There are poisonous plants near the cache. Take care and prevent children and dogs from touching or eating them.

Dangerous animals

Dangerous animals
The area is inhabited by possibly dangerous animals, e.g. rabies areas, venomous snakes, scorpions or bears.

Properties / Infrastructure
Parking area nearby

Parking area nearby
A nearby parking area is situated as starting point for doing this cache. If no free parking is available, add the "access or parking fee" attribute.

Public transportation

Public transportation
This cache is located outside of urban areas and has a public transport station nearby. Don’t set this attribute for geocaches in urban areas that are commonly equipped with public transportation.

Drinking water nearby

Drinking water nearby
There is drinking water along the trail or near the cache. This attribute is useful especially for planning event caches, longer hikes or caches at probably dirty locations like caves.

Public restrooms nearby

Public restrooms nearby
There are public restrooms along the way or near the cache. This attribute is useful especially for planning event caches or extensive multicaches.

Public phone nearby

Public phone nearby
There is a public phone along the way or near the cache. Especially for event caches you should enquire for nearby phones and set this attribute if applicable.

First aid available

First aid available
There is a first aid station, call box, mountain rescue or similar arrangement near the cache. This attribute is useful especially in demanding areas, like climbing caches, cave caches, high mountains or at the water. Check if you can add emergency phone numbers (like a mountain rescue) to your cache listing.

Properties / Route
Near the parking area

Near the parking area
The geocache is located close to a parking area, only a few steps away - it’s a "cache and dash".

Long walk

Long walk
This cache requires a long walk - more than 5 km round trip. In the mountains and other steep areas, the distance for a "long walk" may be shorter. Walking shoes and appropriate equipment are recommended.

Swamp, marsh or wading

Swamp, marsh or wading
This cache requires passing swampy or marshy ground or wading through shallow water. Wear appropriate clothes. After rainfall, the terrain may be very demanding or not passable at all.

Hilly area

Hilly area
One or more ascents lie between you and the cache.

Some climbing (no gear needed)

Some climbing (no gear needed)
This cache requires some climbing and you may have to use your hands, but you won’t need climbing gear. Be very careful during rainy weather or before thunderstorms!

Swimming required

Swimming required
This cache requires crossing a river or a lake. The water is steep.

Properties / Waypoints
Letterbox (needs stamp)

Letterbox (needs stamp)
There is a stamp in the cache for stamping your personal logbook, and the cache’s logbook will be stamped with your personal stamp. Take care not to mix up stamps and to leave the cache’s stamp in the cache! Frequently letterboxes can be found without GPS, maybe with a compass and paces from a location - add the "without GPS" attribute for those.

Point of interest

Point of interest
There is a point of interest at the cache, like a nice scenic overlook or a larger castle ruin. This place is worth visiting it even without a geocache nearby.

Moving target

Moving target
This geocache is moving around. For example, the owner might regularly move the cache from one place to another, or the finders will do this task and post new coordinates in their log entries. The owner must update coordinates in the cache description after each move.

Webcam

Webcam
There is a webcam at the target location. You must record a webcam picture of your visit and include it in your "found" log entry. There may be additional requirements like a geocaching banner on the photo. The webcam’s address is included in the cache description, and it must be publicly accessible, i.e. no user account or similar is required.

Wihin enclosed rooms (caves, buildings etc.)

Wihin enclosed rooms (caves, buildings etc.)
This geocache is not hidden in the open air, but within a building, a cave or similar.

In the water

In the water
This cache or one of the stages is placed underwater. You may have to enter the water, swim or dive.

Without GPS (letterboxes, cistes, compass juggling ...)

Without GPS (letterboxes, cistes, compass juggling ...)
This cache can be found without a GPS device. No additional coordinates are used besides of the starting coordinates.

Safari Cache

Safari Cache
This geocache can be found at different places. The places to look for are explained in the cache description. They must be located "away from home" and exist for a considerable period of time, so that they can be re-visited later. There is no container and no logbook; instead the find must be documented by a photo and noting the coordinates.

Restrictions / Preconditions / General
Access or parking fee

Access or parking fee
You must pay an access or parking fee to access this cache, e.g. if the cache is located within a theme park. If there are alternative free parking areas nearby, please include them in the cache description. Please note our current terms of use regarding "commercial geocaches".

Overnight stay necessary

Overnight stay necessary
This cache cannot be done within a single day or a single night. You will have to visit the location for more than one time, or you must stay overnight. Preparation time is not included in this calculation, but only the time on site.

Restrictions / Preconditions / Time
Only at night

Only at night
This geocache can be found at night only - it is a so-called night cache. There may be reflectors which have to be flashlighted and will point to the hiding place, or other special night-caching mechanisms.

Available 24 hours

Available 24 hours
This cache can be done both at daylight and at night, and on all weekdays.

Only available at specified times

Only available at specified times
This cache can only be done at certain times of day - see the cache description for more details. For example, the cache may be placed in an area with restricted opening hours.

By day only

By day only
This cache shoud be attempted during daylight only. For example, the area may be dangerous and contain cliffs or abysses. Or using flashlights may be inadvisable because it would look suspicious within a residential area.

Not at high water level

Not at high water level
This cache can be done only at low or normal water level. At flood or high-tide it is not accessible.

Restrictions / Preconditions / Seasonal
All seasons

All seasons
This cache can be found the whole year round, while difficulty may depend on seasons. Specify difficulty for good conditions.

Breeding season / protected nature

Breeding season / protected nature
Don’t seek this cache during animal breeding season! Please indicate in the cache description which time of year must be avoided. Also, pay attention to the local terms and signs regarding nature protection.

Snow-proof hiding place

Snow-proof hiding place
This cache can be found even after heavy snowing. All stages and the geocache are hidden in a snow-safe way: they will not be covered by fallen snow an not by snow-piles created by snow-clearing vehicles.

Only available during specified seasons

Only available during specified seasons
This cache can be done at certain seasons only - see the cache description for more details. For example, the cache may be placed in a corn labyrinth, which only exists from bloom to harvest season.

Restrictions / Preconditions / Listing
Only loggable at Opencaching

Only loggable at Opencaching
This geocache is listed at Opencaching only. This attribute will enable users of other geocaching platforms to find interesting OC caches quickly.

Other cache type

Other cache type
This is none of the standard, pre-defined types of cache. Use this attribute for special, unusual caches.

Restrictions / Preconditions / Tools needed
Special equipment

Special equipment
You will need special equipment which is not specified by other attributes, e.g. a laser pointer, walkie-talkies or a car jack.

Compass

Compass
A compass is required.

Flashlight

Flashlight
A flashlight is required for finding this cache. Don’t forget spare batteries!

Climbing gear

Climbing gear
For this cache, you will need climbing equipment and the knowledge how to use it properly. If you are a beginner, don’t do it alone but use the support of an experienced climber or mountaineer.

Cave equipment

Cave equipment
This geocache is hidden in a cave, and you should use appropriate equipment to access it. Beware: Even small caves may confront you with unforeseen problems and dangers, like thunder storms (water!) or a sprained ankle. Have advice first from cave-experienced people! Also take care of protected nature; e.g. bat places must not be disturbed.

Diving equipment

Diving equipment
You will need diving equipment to find this geocache. The water depth of the cache location is specified in the description. Please note that secure diving requires special training. Without diving experience, you may search this cache in company of a diving teacher.

Watercraft

Watercraft
This cache usually can be found only using a watercraft. Swimming is impossible because of the distance or currents. See the cache description for more details.

Restrictions / Preconditions / Preparation needed
Investigation

Investigation
You must investigate additional information before you can seek this cache. This commonly applies to puzzle/mystery caches.

Puzzle / Mystery

Puzzle / Mystery
Puzzles or mysteries have to be solved before or while seeking this cache.

Arithmetical problem

Arithmetical problem
Before or while seeking this cache, arithmetical problems must be solved which go beyond very basic calculations.

Ask owner for start conditions

Ask owner for start conditions
Before doing this cache, you must ask the owner for the starting conditions. E.g. the cache may be linked to certain events at varying dates.

Recommendations / Prohibitions / Persons
Suited for children

Suited for children
This geocache is suitable for children. All challenges can be solved by child in the age of 10 to 12 years and the terrain has no risks (like highways, abysms). There should be a large geocache container with trading items inside and the challanges are interesting.

Handicap: Blind

Handicap: Blind
This Cache can be found by blind people.