You have now reached the cache location - so what do you do? Several steps are necessary to keep this game interesting to all. Let's take the steps one by one.
There are several types of caches- you must follow the directions on the web page to get credit for the find.
A quick summation of the most popular:
Cam Cache: Generally you must stand in the view of the web cam holding your GPS unit in view. Someone (maybe you have to call your friend on a cell phone) must call up that cam on the web, confirm you are in the picture and then save the image as a JPG file. Then you post the JPG to the geocaching website to get credit. Sounds complicated but really it isn’t.
Virtual Cache: When you find the caches location, answer the questions on the web page and then email those answers to the cache owner. Do not post on the web site as that would be giving away the answers to the next player. Then you can log the find on the web page.
Multi Cache: These caches require that you go to more then one location in order to find the final cache. Each step will lead you to the next. At the final step, you can sign the log.
Puzzle Cache: These can be very interesting to find. You must solve a puzzle question to find the coordinates to the cache. These puzzles can range from easy to solve to extremely difficult (you might require the help of an Enigma Machine).
Event Cache: This is a where many of the geocachers in the area get together to have a little community fun. Attend one in your area as soon as you can-you will learn a lot from the more experienced cachers that attend. And more importantly, we usually eat quite well at the event.
And finally the Traditional Cache: There are several categories based on size. Large-Maybe a five gallon paint can hidden deep in the woods. Medium-About the size of an Ammo box or Loc-n-Loc container. Small-A small Loc-n-Loc or other container. Micro-These usually only contain a log book. A typical micro would be a magnetic key holder or a 35mm film container. The last type is the Nano-This is very small and is just large enough to hold 2-3 aspirins. The log is a scroll of paper and you should sign by only using your initials.
Each of the above caches may contain trade items. The rule is, if you take something, you must leave something. (You may find a special item in the cache called a Travel Bug or Geo Coin. These items will have a special tracking number on it or attached to a metal dog tag. These are not trade items!!! If you take one, be sure to follow the instructions on moving it to another cache. Be sure to log your “grab” and your placement on the TB web page.)
After you have found the cache and made your trades and signed the log, be very sure to replace the cache as well or better then you found it. Do not leave it just laying around so that muggles (non geocaching playing people) could find and take and/or destroy. A lot of work went into placing many of these caches and we should respect the placement.
After you return home, log your find on the appropriate web page. Add your interesting comments that are fun to read but do not give away how the cache is hidden. IMPORTANT: Be sure to log your Did Not Finds (DNF). It is good for the game and your reputation to be honest in your caching skills. This also will help the cache owner determine if the cache has been muggled (destroyed or stolen).
It is proper if you have tried for a cache several times, to email the owner for additional hints.
YOU HAVE REACHED THE CACHE
The next page will contain information on building and hiding a cache.