A geocache (sometimes known as a "cache") is what we are placing and hunting in Geocaching. It could be a box of stuff in the bush. Or perhaps a film canister in an urban environment. Or maybe a webcam on a beach! You'll only know if you try it!
The types of geocache are as follows:
- Traditional cache - a hidden stash comprising at minimum a log book
- Multi-cache - a set of waypoints leading to the final cache
- Virtual cache - a cache with no cache container
- Locationless cache - a cache with no location, find a cache that matches the cache description and use the co-ordinates of the find to make your log.
- Moveable cache - find it, take it, hide it somewhere else
- Beacon Cache - a Multi-cache that uses technological means to determine one or many subsequent waypoints
- Event cache - a gathering of geocachers
- Mega event cache - a gathering of more than 500 sttendee geocachers
- Giga event cache - an especially rare event with regularly more than 5000 attendees
- Webcam cache - take a picture, get a smiley
- Mystery cache - a catch-all to cover other possible caches that don’t fit easily within the other cache types or where the hider doesn't want you to know!
- Trigpoint - climb a mountain, take a picture, get a smiley
- plus more... see the complete list of Cache types.
Each cache has a particular terrain and difficulty.
Other variations of geocache to be aware of are: