Geocaching – Unique Terms You Need to Know


All sports and hobbies have their own unique terms.
For example:

Hikers break trail, ascent, reach the summit, bushwhack off trail, are cautious on talus slopes…etc.


Skiers refer to alpine slopes, boot bindings, groomed corduroy, freestyle…and much more.


Cyclers do flip whips, get gnarly, and eat it…the list goes on.


Golfers talk about holes, fores, bogeys, birdies…and so on.

Problem is, if you are not familiar with the terms, it all sounds like meaningless drivel or a  bunch of gobble-dy-gook.


Geocaching has its own lingo.


The hobby of geocaching has its own set of unique terms, and to help you understand what all of this geo-speak means, we’ve compiled a glossary of 10 basic geocaching terms.


Ammo Can – Ammo cans safely transport ammunition, or bullets. However, in the glossary of geocaching terms, it is a popular choice of traditional geocaching container.


Bug – Also known as a travel bug, this trackable tag carries a unique code and travels via person to person, from cache to cache. Following its progress around your city, your state, your country, and the world is fascinating and lots of fun.


BYOP – This acronym means Bring Your Own Pencil. Consequently, when you see a cache owner using this term in their cache description, you know that you need to bring your own writing utensil in order to sign the geocache log book.


Coordinates – Geocaching relies on a pair of numbers (latitude and longitude) that pinpoint an exact location on the earth. It’s imperative that coordinates are accurate for hiding a geocache or locating one.


Find Count – The number of geocaches a player has found.


Logbook – A  logbook is a physical record of every geocacher that has found a cache. Usually made of paper, logbooks come in various shapes and sizes. Some are small notebooks, others or a simple strip of paper.



Muggle – A term used to mean a non-geocacher. It comes from the Harry Potter series meaning a non-magical person.


Power Trail – A path with a large number of hidden geocaches. This allows cachers to easily increase their find count.


SWAG – An acronym for Stuff We All Get and this applies to trading trinkets left in geocaches.


Virtual Cache – This is the opposite of a traditional cache in that geocachers discover locations rather than containers. The challenge is to find the location of a virtual cache and follow the instructions for logging the cache.  You may be required to take a picture at the location, answer a question about the area, etc. These geocaches have been grandfathered in and can be found, but can no longer be created.


In conclusion


Geocaching terms are unique to the game and like any other activity that you become involved with, the more you participate, the more you become familiar with its lingo. The glossary of geocaching terms is ever changing and being added to. This is not an inclusive list, but we hope we have answered some of your fundamental geo-speak questions.



Want to know more?

For the meaning of geocaching acronyms check out our article Geocaching Geo-Speak. What is it?

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