Geocaching is an interesting hobby I started around 10 years ago (although I did neglected it for a few years). If you think of a global treasure hunt which gives you a reason to go visit interesting places, combined with a GPS, and a website, you’ll get an idea of what it is about. You can lookup my profile on geocaching.com to see where I’ve been (or check the maps below).

You can play the game in a number of different ways - going for volume of caches, quality, speed (10 countries in one day!) etc, or just use it casually to explore new locations. I use it as a way of tracking the countries I’ve visited, and to find interesting locations to photograph.

Web: I found a splendid Firefox search plugin for geocaching, based on the Geocaching Quick Search service which allows you to search for GC#### cache IDs, Cache Name, Keywords, AU, UK, US Post/Zip codes, Caches Found/Hidden by Username, Cacher Profile. You can search from the form to the right of this page (duplicated with permission), or you can bookmark the original - http://boulter.com/gqs/ - which works great if you’re on the road with a mobile phone browser.

Mobile: If you’re on the road and just need to log caches or look up travelbug missions, there is a WAP/mobile version of the geocaching.com website that works on any phone with a WAP or web browser. There are also a large number of apps available for iPhoneAndroid, and WebOS, and I believe groundspeak have just started opening up their data to 3rd party app developers - so we should see more of these over the next few years.

Stats: You can see my found-count to the left, however I think the more interesting statistic is the number of countries that I have cached in (which was up to 22 as of June 2009, and is now 33 as of mid 2014). I have also hidden 5 caches, although only sandman2 and sandman4 are still active (and one of them I transferred to a friend in the UK when I left).

TravelBugs and Geocoins are items that get moved from cache to cache, and recorded on the geocaching.com site. I currently have 7 travelbugs in play. These are BottleOfBecksUpperClassTelecomBugJobFindBritish Rock RelocationGlowBug and the GWVI Traveller Geocoin. Of these, UpperClass was the winner in the distance stakes, having made it to NZ on Virgin before getting lost, however it has recently lost out to TelecomBug which travelled over 20,000 km around Europe before going missing.

Gear: If you’re interested in getting started down the road to geocaching, you can go take a look at some of the GPS devices I’ve recommended in the past via my Amazon.com GPS or Amazon.co.uk GPS stores, or take a look at my blog posts tagged GPS.  The geocaching forums over at groundspeak also have lots of advice on the subject of which GPS.

For geocaching I look for a unit with good battery life, a good screen, capability to store maps on SD card, an electronic compass (2-axis if possible), and barometric altimeter if you want to know how high you’ve climbed. Paperless caching features (which are the ability to download cache details directly to the device) are also a given these days.

Whilst you can use ANY GPS (or smartphone) for geocaching, my recommendation at the moment if you’re just getting started would be the Garmin eTrex 30 (US). If you want a slightly more advanced unit with camera and a larger screen, the Garmin Oregon 550 (US) is good. If you would like to combine an outdoor GPS with a unit that’s suitable for using in the car as well, then take a look at the Garmin Montana 650 (US).

Amazon.co.uk links for the Garmin eTrex 30Garmin Oregon 550 and Garmin Montana 650.

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Safety: It’s always best to let someone else know where you’re going before you head out geocaching, especially if you’re caching solo - in which case, get yourself setup with online tracking via SocialHiking with ViewRanger on your smartphone or Spot Connect (UK) or Spot Connect (US).  While caching think about your own safety before you venture into any potentially dangerous areas (and read @johnnygeo’s blog about electrical safety).  Hiking in any backwoods or mountainous area can be dangerous, and shouldn’t be attempted without proper prep, training and gear, including map, compass, waterproof, food, etc. If you lose the trail - stop and go back. Creating your own trail in the Alps can lead to serious injury or even death.  Alpine trekking advice (in French)

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esandman has 490 Finds on 490 unique Geocaches

Statistics generated on 20/09/2014

Cumulative Finds by Month
Cumulative Total
Annual Totals


Finds by Month
  2014       2013       2012       2011       2010       2009       2008       2007       2006       2005    

  2004       2002       All  

2014
  7
7
1
1
1
1
1
1
Total finds 10
Days caching 8
Average finds per caching day 1.3
Overall finds per day 0.0
Average finds per week 0.3
Average finds per month 1.2
Month: JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Days caching:     511 1   

2013
  1
1
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4
4
3
3
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11
11
1
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Total finds 23
Days caching 16
Average finds per caching day 1.4
Overall finds per day 0.1
Average finds per week 0.4
Average finds per month 1.9
Month: JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Days caching: 11  3316 1  



Milestones
Milestone Date Interval   Code   Cache Name
1 21/09/2002 United Kingdom GC50AC NineStar001
100 10/03/2007 1631 days France GC10RY8 La promenade Grenobloise
200 25/04/2008 412 days Egypt GCJG9J Cheops V
300 29/08/2009 491 days France GC1GM5N Le lac de la Muzelle
400 16/09/2011 748 days Switzerland GC2FYFE Oberrothorn 3414m
490 10/09/2014 1090 days India GC356KJ Gongmaru La

esandman should reach 500 finds in 300 days (9 Caching days) on 17/07/2015

and 1000 finds in 15300 days (418 Caching days) on 10/08/2056

Finds by km from Home
  Number Percent  
< 10 61 12.4 % 61
10 - 20 43 8.78 % 43
20 - 30 14 2.86 % 14
30 - 40 11 2.24 % 11
40 - 50 5 1.02 % 5
50 - 100 2 0.41 % 2
100 - 200 17 3.47 % 17
200 - 500 27 5.51 % 27
500 - 1000 117 23.9 % 117
> 1000 193 39.4 % 193

Average Distance: 2443 km

Finds by Type
  Number Percent  
Traditional 441 90 % 441
Virtual 22 4.49 % 22
Multi 13 2.65 % 13
Earth 8 1.63 % 8
Event 2 0.41 % 2
Mystery 2 0.41 % 2
Webcam 1 0.2 % 1
Mega Event 1 0.2 % 1


Finds by Difficulty Rating


Finds by Terrain Rating


Finds by Owner
  Number Percent  
1 - vilcanota 57 11.6 % 57
2 - Jean CLOU 9 1.84 % 9
3 - miarnaud 8 1.63 % 8
4 - fk_isere 7 1.43 % 7
5 - h_mtreasurecache 6 1.22 % 6
6 - LE PERE NOEL 6 1.22 % 6
7 - Chris n Maria 5 1.02 % 5
8 - Shin.jp 5 1.02 % 5
9 - currykev2 4 0.82 % 4
10 - graniteman84 4 0.82 % 4
  Number Percent  
11 - micka38 4 0.82 % 4
12 - Red.Roaming 4 0.82 % 4
13 - Stuey 4 0.82 % 4
14 - alex38 3 0.61 % 3
15 - bthomas 3 0.61 % 3
16 - doudou38 3 0.61 % 3
17 - frozboz 3 0.61 % 3
18 - islander1988 3 0.61 % 3
19 - Licorice 3 0.61 % 3
20 - mrunte 3 0.61 % 3

esandman has also found caches placed by 295 other people

USA - 85 finds in 8 States - (16%)
States cached in
 1 2 - 5 6 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 50
 51 - 100 101 - 200 201 - 500 501 - 1000 1001+

 California:67,  North Carolina:5,  Pennsylvania:4,  Virginia:3,  New York:2,  Ohio:2,  Texas:1,  West Virginia:1


Europe - 367 finds in 23 Countries
European Countries cached in
 1 2 - 5 6 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 50
 51 - 100 101 - 200 201 - 500 501 - 1000 1001+

 France:149,  United Kingdom:81,  Belgium:13,  Portugal:13,  Luxembourg:11,  Spain:11,  Switzerland:11,  Bulgaria:9,  Iceland:9,  Italy:9,  Romania:7,  Germany:6,  Netherlands:6,  Denmark:5,  Hungary:5,  Ukraine:5,  Sweden:4,  Liechtenstein:3,  Austria:2,  Czech Republic:2,  Ireland:2,  Malta:2,  Turkey:2


World - 490 finds in 33 Countries
Countries cached in
 1 2 - 5 6 - 10 11 - 20 21 - 50
 51 - 100 101 - 200 201 - 500 501 - 1000 1001+

 France:149,  United States:85,  United Kingdom:81,  Belgium:13,  Portugal:13,  Japan:11,  Luxembourg:11,  Spain:11,  Switzerland:11,  Bulgaria:9,  Iceland:9,  Italy:9,  Romania:7,  Germany:6,  Morocco:6,  Netherlands:6,  Denmark:5,  Egypt:5,  Hungary:5,  Ukraine:5,  China:4,  Jordan:4,  Sweden:4,  India:3,  Liechtenstein:3,  Qatar:3,  Austria:2,  Czech Republic:2,  Ireland:2,  Malta:2,  Turkey:2,  Canada:1,  Nepal:1


Finds by Weekday
319 Weekend Finds (65.1%) : 171 Weekday Finds (34.9%)


Finds by Container


Finds by Month


Finds by Year Cache Placed


Highest and Lowest Elevations
Code Cache Name   Country   State Resolution Elevation
GC356KJ Gongmaru La India India 152.7032318m 5260 m
GC98C3 Djebel Toubkal Morocco Morocco 152.7032318m 4125 m
GC3PTTR Mount Fuji ????? Japan Japan Shizuoka 152.7032318m 3730 m
GC4H49X The Highest Post box in Japan 2 Japan Japan Shizuoka 152.7032318m 3703 m
GC24JQF Etna Vulcanos Italy Italy Sicilia 152.7032318m 2948 m
GCGW2Z Geek Peak United States United States California 9.5439520m 2660 m
GC1ZQY0 Le circuit des lacs # Le lac de la Fare France France Rhône-Alpes 152.7032318m 2644 m
GC1Z7NK De la Omu, cu drag Romania Romania 152.7032318m 2487 m
GC1113G The Highest Accessible Cache in Western Europe France France Rhône-Alpes 152.7032318m 2452 m
GC1VV8M Le plateau d’Emparis #2 Le lac Noir France France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 152.7032318m 2442 m
... ... ... ... ... ...
GCJYEF T-aye! United States United States California 76.3516159m 2 m
GCJYNV DNA United States United States California 76.3516159m 2 m
GCWRMB Den Røde Postkasse Denmark Denmark 1.1929940m 2 m
GC198 Amsterdam Urban 1 Netherlands Netherlands Noord-Holland 19.0879040m 1 m
GCBD9C Foreshore #1 United Kingdom United Kingdom Eastern England 610.8129272m 1 m
GC3QFAM Pier 15 NYC United States United States New York 76.3516159m 0 m
GCN1RZ Phoenix Netherlands Netherlands 19.0879040m -2 m

Average elevation of all finds: 502.9 m

Elevation Chart
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Some Numbers
Overall Total Finds: 490 finds in 230 caching days over 4373 total days (5.26 %)
Overall Averages: 2.13 finds per caching day, 0.11/day, 0.78/week, 3.41/month
Last 365 Days: 11 finds in 9 caching days over 365 total days (2.47 %)
Last 365 Days Averages: 1.22 finds per caching day, 0.03/day, 0.21/week, 0.92/month
Most consecutive days with finds: 5, from 01/05/2012 to 05/05/2012
Most consecutive days without a find: 721, from 22/09/2002 to 11/09/2004
(Current streak): 1, 10/09/2014
Most finds in a day: 10 on 11/05/2008; 10 on 01/06/2008; 8 on 12/02/2005
Best weekend caching: 15 finds, on Saturday 10/05/2008 & Sunday 11/05/2008
Best week caching: 24 finds, from Monday 05/05/2008 to Sunday 11/05/2008
Most finds in a calendar month: 38, in May 2008
Most Cache Types in a day: 3 ( ) on 02/12/2006
Most Countries in a day: 3 (Liechtenstein Switzerland Austria ) on 02/11/2007
Note: includes locationless caches.
Most States in a day: 3 (Ohio : United States, West Virginia : United States, Pennsylvania : United States) on 21/12/2007 Note: includes locationless caches.
Fastest 100 finds: 221 days from 01/11/2007 to 08/06/2008
Last 100 finds: 1118 days
Total cache-to-cache distance: 388394 km, Note: includes locationless caches.
9.70x Earth Circumnavigation,
1.010x Distance to the Moon
Maximum distance in a day: 3097 km - 4 caches, on 30/01/2010
Note: includes locationless caches.
Nearest cache found: Basilique du Sacré Coeur GC1VKAR France
Furthest cache found: 9905.2 km, Sumida Park GC1251V Japan
Most Northerly cache found: N 65° 48.885, Nordurland 4 - between the falls GC1DJZQ Iceland
Most Southerly cache found: N 8° 54.211, Kerala Backwaters GC21NA4 India
Most Easterly cache found: E 139° 48.137, Sumida Park GC1251V Japan
Most Westerly cache found: W 122° 30.564, Young Folks GC13962 United States
Cache centroid: N 56° 42.379 W 4° 43.663
Youngest cache found: 22/09/2013, Labyrinthe GC4NTGJ France
Oldest cache found: 21/01/2001, Amsterdam Urban 1 GC198 Netherlands
Caches found which are now archived: 176 (35.9 %)
Log Length, words: Total Words: 12713, Average: 25, (Total Characters: 68301)
Longest: GC159WX 275, Shortest: GCM40F 1




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