Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Travelling and Caching 1 - #Top20Caches

Wow, an amazing weekend here in Beautiful British Columbia, and now a week so warm you'd think it's summer already. So on that note, let's talk a bit about summer geocaching plans!

We are really curious to hear from YOU, amazing geocachers and explorers, as to how you would geocache and explore when you go to a new town or city.

So on that note, our first question for you is:

When visiting a new town or city, what are the "top twenty" geocaches you try and find?

  • Top 20 favourited caches?
  • Top 20 high-terrain caches?
  • Top twenty caches to complete a challenge (and what challenge)?
  • Top twenty puzzle caches?

Let us know by replying to this post, or sharing your thoughts on our Facebook page linked to this post. Heck, if you don't need many characters, share in on our Twitter feed as #Top20Caches

We're really looking forward to hearing your feedback on this topic and others as we get into the summer and prime Geocaching season!

And remember, wherever you are looking for a #Top20Caches, to "Cache Safely, and Cache Often!"

The LANMonkeys

Sunday, 27 March 2016

The 2016 Great Podcast TB Race!

In case you hadn't heard yet - and are interested in podcasters getting competitive and trash-talking each other (well, I don't know about that) - my friend and fellow Geocaching podcaster has accepted my challenge for an "across the continent" TB race, and we will be updating race progress each week on our respective podcasts.

Michael Miller of the Cache and Release podcast handed me a pretty fancy trackable to bring back to Vancouver, BC and I left my trackable with him when we recently visited Orlando, Florida. 

We each dropped them off in a cache and they are on a mission to get "back home" but it's not just about which one gets home first. We've devised a point system where there are 5 points for being the first TB back home, but an additional point for each state or province visited, plus a point for every photo someone takes with the TB. 

 For more info on the TB race and just some general fun in Disney World's EPCOT Canada Pavilion, check out this video

To hear the latest updates on the race, you can also tune in to the Caching in the Northwest podcast.

And most of all, remember to always "cache safely, and cache often!"

- The LANMonkeys

Monday, 11 January 2016

"The Rules"

Hi Geocachers!

This week's Podcacher podcast featured a snippet of "The Rules of Geocaching" as defined by the LANMonkeys.

A while ago we started building a set of rules to optimal geocaching, and every once in a while we add to them. Since they got a little plug on Podcacher (thanks Sonny, Sandy, and Sean!) we thought we'd share them with you all.

#1 Cache safely, and cache often.
 Our geocaching motto, and just a good concise rule.

#2 Always carry two pens and some paper.
 One pen is never enough. You lose it and you're hosed. If it stops writing, you're hosed. And make one a sharpie.

#3 Always carry a knife. In fact, carry two knives. You’re gonna want a knife.
I can think of fewer things more useful to have than a knife. One can be a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman, and the other a good survival or hunting knife. So one is practical and can serve as many TOTTs, and the other can help you fend off wild beasts or FTF competitors.

#4 Don’t be the last person at an event (unless you want all the left-over TBs).
Stay and help cleanup, make sure you spend time socializing and meeting new cachers, but please - PLEASE - don't be the last person there or you WILL go home with the 10-pin bowling ball or 6 foot stuffed hot pepper trackable.

#5 Don’t walk and read an electronic device at the same time.
Unless you are OK with concussions. Then, by all means.

#6 “Poke it with a stick” - thanks HeadHardHat, this is always good advice.
OK, yeah. We stole this one. But seriously, do you want to put your hand in THERE?!
#7 Tell everyone to stay hydrated repeatedly.
So yes, Mr. LANMonkey does tend to go on about staying hydrated. But it's important people! Bring fluids, stop for drink breaks, and stay hydrated. Often. And safely.

#8 Tell someone where you are going, when you are coming back, and make sure they care.
Always a good practice to make sure someone knows where you are going, and when you'll be back. But what if they don't care? That doesn't help at all

#9 Take more pictures than you think you need.
It's free right, so why not? And everyone else will wait around happily while you take photos of the TB you are dropping off in different poses around the cache, various angles of the view past the trees, and - hey! Did you see that squirrel? It's TOTALLY different than the other one! Get a picture, quick!
#10 Always bring a compass.
Your phone has a compass? Your GPS has a compass? Great. Bring an actual compass. Don't argue with me. Just do it.

#11 Bring more batteries than you think you need.
Double A's, external phone chargers, those are ideal. Motorcycle batteries are great too, but tend to be a bit on the heavy side. But you can't beat the 12V and deep cycle

#12 Read the signs. Heed the signs. Take pictures of the signs. Signs.
 Earthcache interpretive signs. Plaques for the virtuals. Poison Oak. Cliff ahead. Don't feed the ducks. All extremely important signage.

#13 Don’t throw down. You don’t want to be “that Geocacher.”
'Nuff said.

#14 Never take directions from someone on a ride-on mower.
 Seriously. One time we rescued a family from the top of a long hike up a hill who had taken the wrong way based on information they had been provided by a "local" they met at the bottom of the hill on their ride-on mower. And thus was born rule #14.

So that's it. 14 rules so far.

We're open to adding to the rules and are really curious if you have any we haven't though of yet. 

So what rules would you agree with, disagree with, or add? 

In the meantime, don't forget rule #1!
"Cache safely, and cache often!"

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Tell CachingNW.com What You Wish New Cachers Knew

OK guys, so here's the latest grand idea from Caching in the Northwest.

This week (Thursday, Sep 3 at 9:00pm) on the show we're going to talk about all the things you wish you knew when you first started geocaching. Or, to look at it a bit differently, all the things you wish those new to the game knew before they went looking for your cache.

What we'd like to do next is after sharing and discussing your feedback on this topic live on the show, we'll put the key points together in a downloadable small document you can print off and share with new cachers or leave in geocaches for them to read.

So Northwest Geocachers, are you in?

Send us your ideas or phone them in to us at 253-693-TFTC, or join us live on Google Hangouts September 3, Thursday night at 9:00pm Pacific and share them in the live Q&A.  Heck, you can even share them on any of our Social Media channels!

Google+     Twitter     Facebook      YouTube     

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Helena Geotour - Day 2!

Join us on our second day of exploring the greater Helena area. 

We found out that White Pelicans actually live natively in Montana - crazy! We thought they only lived on the East coast. We're such North Westerners. :-) We also visit the spot near Helena along the Missouri river where Lewis & Clark camped, hike up a small mountain/big hill, and show you a little sampling of downtown Helena.

Oh, and that geocoin? Check it out here. These are custom made in Montana, and trackable on Geocaching.com like any other geocoin. You can also choose the colour you prefer when you claim yours. How cool is that?

So thanks for joining us once more, and remember - 

"cache safely, and cache often!"

The LANMonkeys.

Monday, 31 August 2015

4 Podcast Giveaway - WitzEnd's Favourite Freemont Spot

You've waited so patiently, it's time you were rewarded!

In order to be entered into the drawing for the 2015 Block Party "4 Podcast Giveaway" contest you'll need to listen to four different podcasts and hear the favourite Freemont spot from the four hosts who met up at The 2015 Block Party.

Well, here's the answer from Caching in the Northwest host, WitzEnd!

Now remember, to be entered into the contest, Listen to this week's episodes (starting Aug 30) of
PodCacher, GeoGearHeads, LANMonkey's Geocaching Adventures and Caching in the NorthWest

to find out which iconic Fremont, Washington landmark each host found to be the most interesting.

Yes, you must listen to all 4 shows!
Title an email "Fremont Landmarks" and in the body of the email, write all four landmarks and who chose it.
Address your email to feedback@cachingnw.com
Deadline: September 6th, 2015 at midnight (PST)
Winners to be chosen at random from all correct entries.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

We Want To Give You Prizes!

We really do - if your name is on this list below, you ARE a winner from the #GeocacheRoadTrip contest.  If you haven't claimed your prize yet that's a tragedy! So check the winners list below. 

If your name is on that list, look at the list below THAT, of "available prizes remaining" and email us at GeocachingRoadTripContest@gmail.com with your first and second choice of prize, and we'll get back to you to arrange delivery.

It's just that easy to claim your awesome prizes!


Most Creative Use of Hashtag - Donners

Most Aesthetically Pleasing - Scruffster 

Wildest Adventure - Airrooster

Lackey's Favourite - Dora Mor

Honourable mentions:
  • Alarobic
  • Retro
  • Cacheikers
  • m-Eazy
  • Subwaymark
  • PeppermintPatti53

Prizes to be claimed:
  • "How to Puzzle Cache" book by ChildofAtom
  • Munzee.com MunzPack
  • Munzee.com MunzPack
  • CoinsAndPins.com Travel Boobie
  • OpenCaching.NA water bottle
  • Landsharkz.ca $15 Gift Certificate
  • Landsharkz.ca $15 Gift Certificate
  • WorldCaching.com $15 Gift Certificate
  • CoinsAndPins.com geoachievement coins
  • CoinsAndPins.com geo-achievement patches