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Geocaching: How important is having a dedicated GPS device instead of a smartphone?

In addition to the good advice Tullochgorum gave, I have been Geocaching for a couple years, i did it for about a year with just my phone, later i bought a dedicated GPS device, used it for awhile ...
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What to look for on the site of a geocache?

I've been geocaching for 12 or 13 years. I'm no power cacher, but I do have a few hundred finds. But you know what? I also have a couple hundred no finds. Some may have been missing at the time, ...
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Letterboxing vs Treasure hunts

The biggest difference between letterboxing (at least on Dartmoor, its original home) are: letterboxes are usually intended to be left out indefinitely. they're put out for anyone to find. It's ...
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Letterboxing vs Treasure hunts

According to the Treasure Hunt wiki page, Letterboxing is considered a form of treasure hunting. Clues are distributed by various manners, including orally, and lead to a specific destination. A ...
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Geocaching: How important is having a dedicated GPS device instead of a smartphone?

Modern smartphones are at least as accurate as dedicated GPS devices in most conditions. Just turn off battery intensive apps to preserve battery life if you will be out for an extended period. But ...
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Why can't I log a Geocaching "Cache Buddy"?

The thing you found is what's known in Geocaching as a Trackable. They come in various types, such as "Geocoins", "Travel Bugs", etc., but they're all things that are (usually) ...
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What to look for on the site of a geocache?

Since you describe it as "near your residence", it's probably what is known as an "urban micro": a small, camouflaged container attached to something like a street sign or a lamp post.
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Garmin Etrex 10

Yes, your GPS device can tell you the distance to a location. You will first need to load the cache locations onto it. Both the manual and the quickstart guide that came with it have information on ...
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What are good items to leave in a geocache?

I used to leave lanyards, hair ties or scrunchies, sewing kits, excess usb leads (short ones) pencils and sharpener, batteries with date left on it, even a clean, ironed hanky and a small microfibe ...
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Why can't I log a Geocaching "Cache Buddy"?

I am no expert on geocaching at all, and have never even participated in the sport, so take my advice below with a grain of salt. What I did was google search geocaching "Helium the Alien" ...
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Geocaching: How important is having a dedicated GPS device instead of a smartphone?

If you want to find everything, you'll probably need a good GPS. But it's entirely possible to work without any device at all. I started geocaching only this year, and have found almost every cache ...
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What to look for on the site of a geocache?

My friend often goes out with her sister who is the geocasher. By looking in a different way, she often finds the ones her sister does not. Going down on her knees (even belly) to look from the ...
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Taking only the part that I need from OSM to my Garmin

Another solution if you have a computer running Windows or Mac is to use Garmin BaseCamp™. It's free. I'll describe the full procedure for windows, for Mac there should not be too much difference. ...
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Etiquette/protocols/conventions for geocache logs

About the closest thing to an official answer to your question that I know of is this geocaching.com blog post, which says (boldface original): Caches can be logged online as “Found” after the ...
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Is it possible to delete Geocaches from a Garmin etrex without plugging it into the computer?

This is late - however, potentially useful for others in the future. Long story short - you can't delete files that have been added to the memory via computer! All the information, including that ...
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What are good items to leave in a geocache?

I agree with the idea for using Challenge Coins for geocaching. We do this with our website, our sailing community does geocaching games all the time.

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