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Are any of you guys geocachers?

Hi! Have you guys heard of geocaching? I joined today, and it seems really cool! Plus, (correct me if I'm wrong) I heard that other BCers put books in geocaches sometimes, so think it's a nice way to release books as well!
What do you think about it? Have you had any catches via geocaches? If you are on and want to send me a message, my username is Readermax, just like on BC.

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Hi! Have you guys heard of geocaching? I joined today, and it seems really cool! Plus, (correct me if I'm wrong) I heard that other BCers put books in geocaches sometimes, so think it's a nice way to release books as well!
What do you think about it? Have you had any catches via geocaches? If you are on and want to send me a message, my username is Readermax, just like on BC.
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Yes, quite a few bcers are geocachers, and have posted numerous things about it over the years.

Here are some of the more recent posts that touch on geocaching:
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9007768
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8989752
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8960440
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/543198
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/541536

If you make a search yourself, you'll find posts on the subject going back many years. I specifically remember one that discussed your mention of putting bc books in caches. My answer was (and is) that I don't like to do that because the two activities are, for me, in opposition to each other. I WANT bc books to be easily found by anyone, but I want geocaches to stay very hidden from all muggles.
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Very good point! The geocachers might be inclined to continue sending that book via caches exclusively.
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Very good point! The geocachers might be inclined to continue sending that book via caches exclusively.


Well, it wouldn't bother me if geocaching finders chose to do that, any more than it would if someone who found one of my books in a Little Free Library chose to re-release it in another (or the same) LFL. And I know that some finders *don't* release the books in the same type of place; here's one of my geocatch releases, which turned up some time later at a Starbucks:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13642158/

I've had some very nice catches of geocache releases, including a couple that I posted in this Site Watch thread:

http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/554108

The first one was re-released to a different geocache; no new release notes for the second one yet. I'm just glad to see them being journaled!
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I am. I've had some nice catches from books I left in caches - though most caches are too small for even the tiniest books, it seems. Here are some recent ones that I posted in Site Watch:

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/541259

https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/538331

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though most caches are too small for even the tiniest books, it seems

I've come to the conclusion many geocaches don't bother reading on the geocaching site, example caches that make each of the sizes. Mintie tins are NOT small sized caches; they are micro. And regular sized caches are the size of ammunition boxes, not lunch boxes. (Or not a usual person's size lunch box :) )

Yes, I am also a cacher. I have on a few times left BC books in caches, and eventually (be patient) many have been logged. I have also found several in caches.

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I sometimes do it, most caches around here are too small for a book, however leaving BC books near geocaches, often results in them being logged by geocaching people in my experience.
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as it was a hobby we both enjoyed doing together.... But we've pretty much stopped doing that about 2.9 years ago and have moved on with other activities.

Most of the geocaches we found were too small to place books inside of... There were a couple of large geocaches I left books inside of, but they were never claimed by other geocachers.
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and if the cache is big enough I will put books into them.
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I try...

but am still really a beginner. I have only released one little book in a GC, and it has 3 hops in Germany! http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/13552597/

I have lots of tiny happy meal books hoarded but I haven't found a small label in German that I'm totally happy with...

Have you joined the Bookcrossing Geocachers Facebook Group? Sometimes cache catches are posted there. :)
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Me too!

I love geocaching and do keep some 'small' books for placing in the larger caches, although don't get many journals from it. But I'll always take some books to hang on stiles, fences or to tie in trees along the caching route and they often do get journals - one walk, two hobbies satisfied :)
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My son and I geocache when ever we can. We have discovered all sorts of wonderful places near and far while hunting for treasures. I have a travel bag off all sorts and sizes of suprises. My favorite are small charms that I buy from ctaft stores.
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...for certain values of "cute": it was a magnetic nanocache (smaller than the tip of my little finger, just room enough for a thin strip of paper for the log) that was hidden inside a piece of chewed gum! Well, a plastic version of same, but it looked quite realistic, as if somebody had stuck a wad of gum on the back of the stop-sign. (Luckily the cache description included a hint to reassure the finder that it was okay to touch the thing!)

When caches are too small to contain BC books, I sometimes leave books nearby - not so near as to lead muggles to the cache, but somewhere in the vicinity. I dropped a book on a bench on the nearby hiking/biking trail ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14717132/ ).
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chewed gum

Those nano caches are quite common here. I had one years ago, but after the birds too it three times I archived the cache. Besides, I had gone off having nano caches and decided no more. So now I have no nano caches.
There used to be a humorous local nano cache. One of the few I understood the reason for using a nano. (Usually with a bit more consideration of the surrounds there is most times a place for at least a micro.) It was outside a local brothel on an iron sculpture of a naked woman. The nano was one of the nipples.
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It was outside a local brothel on an iron sculpture of a naked woman. The nano was one of the nipples.


Oh, that's hilarious! Though I'd feel even more awkward reaching for a statue's nipple than I did reaching for a wad of gum.
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Yeah, I've had one of the wad of gum ones too. And the fake rocks, and a fake AA battery...etc. I like them when they're appropriately placed.
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https://www.flickr.com/---/album-72157633010110067/
Seen only when down low and looking up. By then the searcher is close, which I have been told has got some 'reactions'. The spider is bigger than a hand.

Smaller spiders guarding a chest cache.
https://www.flickr.com/---/album-72157633010110067/

https://www.flickr.com/---/album-72157633010110067/

And a 'friendlier' cache. Housed where it can watch the big trains passing, or at least hear them, as normally it has a cover over the entrance.
https://www.flickr.com/---/album-72157633010110067/
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I love those! I've encountered a spider one (plus a few caches guarded by actual spiders!) and a very cute bat-themed one. And then there was the pair of caches hidden a couple of miles apart in a local conservation area: one was in the form of a lightbulb, suspended from a tree well off the trail, and the other was a light switch!
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But does the switch turn the light on? Now THAT would be a cool pair of caches!
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Death Cache ( https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14466245 ), a German book about a lethal trap disguised as a geocache. If the book becomes available in English I expect I'll get a copy, though the reviews of that one seem mixed.

Edited to add a link to a Goodreads list of "best fiction with geocaching":

https://www.goodreads.com/---/72286.Best_fiction_with_geocaching
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Yes, I've thought that a trap could be disguised as a geocache. Nasty thought.
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...was dropped in a Microbe-themed travel-bug hotel:

https://coord.info/TB4WZ3B

[I don't know how much of that is visible to people without geocaching accounts, but I hope at least the trackable description and photo can be seen.]
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Cute TB and it's getting photographed. It's nice when people take that trouble.

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