Cache parameters

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Cache name

Each cache has it name. While several caches can have identical names, this should be avoided. Also, using non-specific names such as "A81 # 589" should be avoided. A cache name can be up to 60 characters long.

Cache size

Cache sizes for all caches that have a physical container.

  • Micro (35 mm film canister or smaller, typically containing only a logbook)
  • Small (decon container, sandwich-sized Tupperware-style container or similar, holds trade items as well as a logbook)
  • Regular (larger tupperware-style container or ammo can)
  • Large (5 gallon bucket or larger)
  • Extra large

Cache type

Each cache has its type defined.

Cache-traditional.png Traditional

This is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.

Cache-multi.png Multicache

A multi-cache ("multiple") involves two or more locations, the final location being a physical container. There are many variations, but most multi-caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has hints to the third, and so on. The coordinates indicate the location of the first stage cache only. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered a multi-cache.

Cache-quiz.png Quiz

The catch-all of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a related reference point, such as a nearby parking location.

Cache-moving.png Moving

A moving cache changes its location after each find. Everyone who found it, moves it to a new location and publishes the new coordinates in its log in the service. Log a note of your intent to hunt for it so others know you going after it. If you find it and take it, please log your find quickly. If possible leave an indicator like an "X" on the ground in its place to signal to a following geocacher that it's gone. When you rehide it, please conceal it well and make sure your coordinates are accurate. When you post that you have rehidden it, please include the new coordinates and new difficulty/terrain rating. When you report the new location, please make a new entry (Post a Note) so owner cache receive an email message to alert of the new position.

Cache-virtual.png Virtual

A virtual cache is a cache that exists in a form of a location only. The reward for these caches is the location itself and sharing information about your visit. In order to log a find, you need to convince the cache owner you've been at the spot indicated, this is usually achieved with a password to be read on the site.

Cache-webcam.png Webcam

These are caches that use existing web cameras. The idea is to get yourself in front of the camera to log your visit. The challenging part, however, it that you need to call a friend to look up the web site that displays the camera shot. You will need to have them to save the picture to log the cache. If you are a tech-head you could use your wireless modem and save the image yourself on your laptop.

Cache-event.png Event

Occasionally, local geocachers and geocaching organizations designate a time and location to meet and discuss geocaching. After the event the caches of this type are archived. The coordinates indicate the location of the event.

Cache-unknown.png Unknown

All others caches, which do not fit to any category described above.

Cache-podcache.png Podcast cache

A PodCast cache is a geeky / techy fun “game” of treasure hiding and finding. Small containers are hidden for you to find. Audio clues are recorded on an MP3 file that you can listen to with an MP3 player. Listen to the clues, follow the directions and find the “treasure chest”. When you find it, sign the enclosed log book to document your success!!!


The co-ordinates denote the position of the cache (taken from GPS). If the co-ordinates do not indicate the precise position of the cache, all the information necessary to find it has to be included in the cache description.


The country where the cache is placed.

Difficulty level

The level of difficulty of the task and of the terrain, rated 1 (easiest) to 5 (hardest).

Time and way

The values on the length of way (one way only) and the time necessary to find the cache (total). These values of course depend on external conditions and are optional. However they are often useful, particularly for Multicache and Event caches. If you provide them, please try to give reasonable estimates, otherwise best enter zero (means no value given).


The attibutes allow to narrow the search criteria for a cache.

Atrybut-danger.png Dangerous Searching it can involve significant level of risk of injury or other dangers.
Atrybut-nature.png Nature Placed in nature.
Atrybut-monument.png Historic site Placed at a historic site.
Atrybut-disabled.png Disabled access The cache is accessible on a wheelchair.
Atrybut-fast.png Quick cache Finding it should take no more thank 15 minutes, including the access time (from the nearest parking space).
Atrybut-children.png Children-friendly A pleasant and secure search. The cache is recommended for searching with children less than 6 years old.
Atrybut-gpsfree.png GPS Free A GPS receiver is not required to find this cache.
Atrybut-period.png Accessible at certain times only Accessible in certain hours or days only. The access may be associated with a charge. The details of the access restrictions, and any fees should be described in the cache description page.
Atrybut-torch.png Torch needed A torch is required to find this cache.
Atrybut-dig.png In ground Buried in ground. May require use of a spade and/or protective gloves.
Atrybut-equip.png Special equipment required A non-standard piece of equipment is required - may be a boat, rope etc. A small spade or an E-tool, a flashlight and a pair of protective gloves are considered to belong to the standard equipment)
Atrybut-geohotel.png Hotel for GK
Atrybut-password.png Password required To log entry password required
Atrybut-compass.png Compass required A compass help to find place where is hidden cache
Atrybut-Pencil.png Pencil required A pencil is required to write entry in paper log.

Short description

Brief information on the location, terrain, altitude, etc. 120 characters max.

Full description

Details about the cache, including contents of the cache, what the container looks like, etc. You can be as brief or as detailed as you like. However all the information necessary to find the cache should be included in this section, together with all the potential dangers, associated with the quest.

Additional information

Enter any additional hints or spoiler information in this field. This information will be encrypted on the site until a geocacher clicks on a link to decrypt it, or decodes it on the trail. Text within brackets [like this] will not be encrypted. Please keep your hints short, so decoding it on the trail is easier. If you don't have a hint, leave it blank.

Date of hiding

The date of hiding the cache. If the date is in future, the status of the cache is automatically set to "Temporary not available". You have to change it to "Ready to search" the day then you hide the cache (does not apply to "event" type caches).

Log password

An optional password required to log the cache found. Leave it blank in order not to require any password. Passwords are generally intended for virtual caches only, and not recommended to be used for caches of other types.


The images are optional and can be uploaded only after the cache has been registered. Basically, a cache should be findable based on the text information only. Please try to be conservative wrt the number of images uploaded, one or two should be enough in most cases. The image file size is limited to 100KB.