Winter Geocaching Tips and Motivation
It’s winter time in the U.S. and many other Countries on this side of the World. That means less geocaching for some, but for others it just means that they have slightly more of a challenge now.
My goal for this post is to provide some tips for cache owners and hunters during the Winter months . But I also want to provide some motivation and remind you that Geocaching is not only fun; it’s mentally and physically healthy! So don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors. Get out there and have some fun finding caches, while improving your health at the same time.
Winter Geocaching Tips and Reminders
1. Safety – Obviously the first reminder is the most boring, but most important too. Be SAFE! People have been tragically killed in accidents while caching and during the Winter months there are more hazards than ever! Never go geocaching alone! It doesn’t matter who you are or how fit you are. Anyone can slip, bust their head open, lose consciousness and freeze to death. I know that sounds bad, even morbid, but it’s a reality, so please keep it in mind.
2. Cache Maintenance – Probably the biggest issue with cache containers in the winter months, especially in areas with heavy snow, is wet logs. The most important thing is to use sturdy containers that are air-tight. But it’s also a good idea to keep moisture packs in your caches. Above all keep up your responsibility of checking on and maintaining your cache(s) more frequently during the winter. If you don’t maintain any caches, you can always help out your fellow cachers by bringing alog some small zip lock bags for those caches you find that need protection from the elements.
3. Watch your tracks – If you’re caching in the snow or mud think about your tracks. Lots of tracks are like a big arrow and muggles like following big arrows
4. Use Pencils – In freezing weather, pens will not work in many cases. Be sure to carry a few pencils along with you.
5. Don’t damage frozen containers – If you go geocaching in freezing weather you are almost guaranteed to come across multiple caches that are frozen shut. Don’t ruin the cache by hitting it against hard object in an attempt to open it. You couuld break the seal and ruin the fun for everyone. Take along some cheap, throw away hand warmers. Often times holding one or two hand warmers against the lid will melt away the ice enough to open it. Also your car heater will do wonders.
That’s all I have for now. Don’t let the cold keep you inside all winter. Geocaching is fun year round. It’s up to you whether or not you go out and collect on those fun times or not
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