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See also the [[Lexicon]].
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== A ==
 
== A ==
  
 
== B ==
 
== B ==
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* [[Banners]] - A banner is a small graphical image that you can include on your own website which contains information about your hides and finds.
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* [[Bonehead]] – getting in the background of someone else's geocaching photo, usually at an event cache.
  
 
== C ==
 
== C ==
[[Geocache |Cache]] - See [[Geocache]].
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* [[Geocache |Cache]] - See [[Geocache]].
 
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* [[Geocache |Cache Creep]] - The cumulative effect of geocachers returning a cache to a very slightly different position each time it is replaced. Over time, the cache "creeps" into an entirely different place.
[[Geocache |Cache Creep]] - The cumulative effect of geocachers returning a cache to a very slightly different position each time it is replaced. Over time, the cache "creeps" into an entirely different place.
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* CIH - Cache In Hand. Written in logs as a shortcut to say you actually physically found the cache.
 
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* [[CITO]] - Cache In Trash Out - When out geocaching, take a bag with you and pick up trash along the way!
[[CITO]] - Cache In Trash Out - When out geocaching, take a bag with you and pick up trash along the way!
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* [[Compass]] - A low tech direction finding device.
 
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* [[Confluence]] - A confluence is defined as a flowing together; a meeting place (often of rivers).  In our case a degree confluence is the exact spot where an integer degree of latitude and an integer degree of longitude meet.
[[Confluence]] - A confluence is defined as a flowing together; a meeting place (often of rivers).  In our case a degree confluence is the exact spot where an integer degree of latitude and an integer degree of longitude meet.
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* [[Coordinates]] - A set of numbers in latitude and longitude that define a location on earth. In geocaching terms, this is where the cache should be located.
  
 
== D ==
 
== D ==
[[Datum]] - A datum is something used as a basis for calculating and measuring. In the case of GPS, datums are different calculations for determining longitude and latitude for a given location. Geocaching uses the WGS84 datum for all caches. WGS84 stands for World Geodetic System 1984.
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* [[Datum]] - A datum is something used as a basis for calculating and measuring. In the case of GPS, datums are different calculations for determining longitude and latitude for a given location. Geocaching uses the WGS84 datum for all caches. WGS84 stands for World Geodetic System 1984.
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* [[Terrain_and_difficulty|Difficulty]] - A subjective rating on how difficult it will be to locate / find the [[cache]] once you get to [[Ground zero]].
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* DIDO - Drive in, drive out. An easier cache to find as they could drive all the way to the cache location.
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* [[Logging_DNFs|DNF]] - Did Not Find - a log reporting that a [[geocacher]] searched but did not find the [[geocache|cache]].
  
 
== E ==
 
== E ==
  
 
== F ==
 
== F ==
[[FTF]] - First To Find. Usually found in the forums or written in the online or physical log books.  
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* [[FTF]] - First to find. Usually found in the forums or written in the online or physical log books.
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* [[FTF Hound]] - First To Find Hound. One who revels in finding a new [[cache]] first.
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* [[FDF]] - First Day Find, a cache found within 24th hours or 1 day after it was hidden.
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* FHAYMD - Fascinated to hear about your mobile device. An appropriate reply to "Sent from my mobile device".
  
 
== G ==
 
== G ==
[[GAxxxx]] - [[Geocaching Australia]] waypoint identifier.
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* [[GAFF]] - Geocaching Assistance Finding Factor.
 
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* [[GAxxxx]] - [[Geocaching Australia]] waypoint identifier.
[[GCxxxx]] - [[Geocaching.com]] waypoint identifier.
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* [[GCxxxx]] - [[Geocaching.com]] waypoint identifier.
 
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* Geoart - A collection of geocaches, sometimes [[Traditional cache|Traditional]], sometimes [[Virtual cache|Virtual]] laid out to form some kind of shape or symbol.
[[Geocache]] - The object for which you seek in [[Geocaching]].
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* [[Geocache]] - The object for which you seek in [[Geocaching]].
 
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* [[Geocaching]] - A hide and seek game using [[GPS]] technology.
[[Geocaching]] - A hide and seek game using [[GPS]] technology.
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* GPFAC - Great place for a [[cache]]
 
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* [[GPS]] - A system of satellites used for geocaching.
[[GPS]] - A system of satellites used for geocaching.
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* [[GPS]] - Common term for [[GPS receiver]].
 
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* [[GPS receiver |GPS]]r - The device used to track the [[GPS]] Satellites.
[[GPS]] - Common term for [[GPS receiver]].
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* [[GPX]] - GPS Exchange Format - Geocachers use GPX files to download cache coordinates into their GPS receiver or other software.
 
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* [[Great circle]] - A great circle is a circle on the surface of a sphere that has the same circumference as the sphere, dividing the sphere into two equal hemispheres.
[[GPS receiver |GPS]]r - The device used to track the [[GPS]] Satellites.
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* [[Ground zero]] - Ground Zero (GZ for short). The place where your [[GPS]] indicates the [[cache]] should be located.
  
 
== H ==
 
== H ==
[[Haystacking]] - Hiding a cache in a place that has an exremely large number of possible hiding places.
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* [[Haystacking]] - Hiding a cache in a place that has an extremely large number of possible hiding places.
 
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* Hint - Listed on the cache description page but encoded. Decode the hint if you need some extra assistance to locate the cache.
[[Hitch hiker]] -  A hitchhiker is an item that is placed in a cache, and has instructions to travel to other caches. Sometimes they have logbooks attached so you can log their travels. A [[Travel Bug]] and a [[Swaggie]] are examples.
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* [[Hitch hiker]] -  A hitchhiker is an item that is placed in a cache, and has instructions to travel to other caches. Sometimes they have logbooks attached so you can log their travels. [[Travel bug]]s and [[Swaggie]]s are examples.
 
 
[[Huckle Buckle Beanstalk!]] -  What you call out when you are out finding caches with other teams, and you see and locate the cache before they do. It also  confirms to  Noobies that they are really out with loonies! this is an aboscure way to say you found it! - see this website for an explanation [http://www.ultimatecampresource.com/site/camp-activity/huckle-buckle-beanstalk.html huckle buckle beanstalk ]
 
  
 
== I ==
 
== I ==
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== L ==
 
== L ==
[[Letterboxing]] -  Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching, but you use a series of clues to find a container. Once you find the container (or letterbox), you take a carved stamp from the box and stamp your personal logbook. You then take your carved stamp and stamp the letterbox's log book.
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* [[Large cache]] - Of the 4 physical cache sizes, this one is the largest.
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* [[Letterboxing]] -  Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching, but you use a series of clues to find a container. Once you find the container (or letterbox), you take a carved stamp from the box and stamp your personal logbook. You then take your carved stamp and stamp the letterbox's log book.
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* [[Listing_a_cache|Listing]] - Publishing a new geocache for others to find.
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* [[LOC]] - The original download format for the search results page on geocaching.com which is an xml file containing a miminal amount of information about a particular cache.
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* [[Listing_a_cache|Logging]] - The act of writing the online log.
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* [[Logo]] - The various logos used by Geocaching Australia.
  
 
== M ==
 
== M ==
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* [[Maintenance]] - The function of checking on your hidden caches to ensure that:
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** The [[cache]] is still there
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** It hasn't been eaten by [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A387029 The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal]
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** The [[cache]] container retains it integrity and is not leaking.
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** Everything inside the [[cache]] container is still in good condition.
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* [[Micro cache]] - Of the 5 physical cache sizes, this one is the second smallest, only supplanted by a nano. Nano's are only recognised at Geocaching Australia.
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* [[Multi-cache]] - Also known as an [[offset cache]], this cache is not found at the listed co-ordinates. The listed set of co-ordinates will generally lead you to a location where you may be required to gather additional information which will be used to find the final [[cache ]]location. There may be a [[cache]] at the listed co-ordinates, but in general terms, this [[cache]] will have a puzzle or additional co-ordinates to visit which you must do in order to find the actual [[cache]]. This different from a [[Mystery cache]].
  
 
== N ==
 
== N ==
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* [[Nano Cache]] - A tiny cache, with enough room for a tiny log only. - Don't...Just Don't.
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* [[Neighbours]] - Cachers that live close to your home coordinates, as stored in your profile.
  
 
== O ==
 
== O ==
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* Opencaching.com - [[Garmin|Garmin's]] Geocache listing website (no longer available).
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* Opencaching - A Geocaching listing website collective, not to be confused with [[Opencaching.com]]. Countries with OpenCaching websites include the [http://www.opencaching.us United States/Canada/Mexico], [http://www.opencaching.de Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy/Spain], [http://www.opencaching.pl Poland], [http://www.opencaching.cz Czech Republic], [http://www.opencaching.no Norway/Sweden], [http://www.opencaching.nl The Netherlands]  and [http://www.opencaching.org.uk The United Kingdom]. There are competing sites that list other geocaches as well, but there are often fees and/or usage restrictions associated with those sites. [[Geocaching Australia]] is not affiliated with the Opencaching websites, but is supportive of their efforts.
  
 
== P ==
 
== P ==
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* [[Phone a friend]] - Calling another [[geocacher]] or the [[owner|cache owner]] when you can't find the [[cache container]] at [[GZ]]
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* [[PM]] - Private Message sent between users on the Geocaching Australia Forum.
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* [[Power trail]] - Many [[cache]]s placed along the one walking trail, resulting in near saturation levels.
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* [[Cache Proximity]] - The distance of one [[cache]] from another.
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* PNG - Park 'n grab - A quick and easy cache to grab. No real skills required.
  
 
== Q ==
 
== Q ==
  
 
== R ==
 
== R ==
[[Magnets |Rare Earth Magnets]] - Made from Neodymium Iron Boron [[Magnets |magnets]].
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* [[Magnets |Rare Earth Magnets]] - Made from Neodymium Iron Boron [[Magnets |magnets]].
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* [[Regular cache]] - Of the 4 physical cache sizes, this one is number 3 in increasing size.
  
 
== S ==
 
== S ==
[[STF]] - Second to find. Especially disappointing if the finder is expecting to be the [[FTF]]
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* STF - Second to find. Especially disappointing if the finder is expecting to be the [[First to find]]
 
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* [[Spoiler]] - A spoiler is information that can give details away and ruin the experience of something. For example, telling someone the end of a movie before they see it. In geocaching, a spoiler gives away details of a cache location and can ruin the experience of the hunt.
[[Spoiler]] - A spoiler is information that can give details away and ruin the experience of something. For example, telling someone the end of a movie before they see it. In geocaching, a spoiler gives away details of a cache location and can ruin the experience of the hunt.
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* [[Small cache]] - Of the 4 physical cache sizes, this one is number 2 in increasing size.
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* [[Stash note]] -  A stash note is a sheet of paper placed inside the cache container indicating that this is a geocache, what geocaching is and what to do if accidentally found.
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* [[StatPack]] -  The Geocaching Australia StatPack is designed to allow you to create your own statistics.
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* [[Status]] - Is a cache available, unavailable or archived? This indicates [[Status]]
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* Swag - Trinkets and goodies, usually child friendly, that can be taken and swapped with other objects of similar value.
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* [[Swaggie]] - A Swaggie is a uniquely Australian trackable hitch hiker that can be placed in a cache.
  
 
== T ==
 
== T ==
  
[[TFTC]] - Thanks For The Cache , Alt. TFTH - Thanks For The Hunt.
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* [[Terrain_and_difficulty|Terrain]] - A subjective rating on how difficult you will find it getting to GZ.
 
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* TFTC - Thanks For The Cache, Alt. TFTH - Thanks For The Hunt.
[[Travel Bug]] - A Travel Bug is a [[Geocaching.com]] [[Hitch hiker]].
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* [[Traditional cache]] - A standard cache that has at a minimum, container and a logbook. The [[traditional cache]] can be found at the co-ordinates which are provided on the cache page.
 
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* [[Travel bug]] - A Travel Bug is a [[Geocaching.com]] [[Hitch hiker]].
[[TNLN]] - Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Usually found in cache logbooks for folks that enjoy the thrill of the hunt more than the material contents of the cache.
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* [[Trigpoint]] - A form of [[Virtual cache|Virtual]] geocache, usually somewhere scenic.
 
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* TNLN - Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Usually found in cache logbooks for folks that enjoy the thrill of the hunt more than the material contents of the cache.
[[TNLNSL]] - [[TNLN]] + Signed Log
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* TNLNSL - Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Signed Log
  
 
== U,V & W ==
 
== U,V & W ==
[[Virtual Cache]] -  Adapted from "Virtual Reality," virtual means "nothing there." So a virtual cache means there is no cache container. It's the location that is the [[cache]] itself. Nothing is normally traded, except photos and experiences.
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* [[Virtual cache]] -  Adapted from "Virtual Reality," virtual means "nothing there." So a virtual cache means there is no cache container. It's the location that is the [[cache]] itself. Nothing is normally traded, except photos and experiences.
 
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* WAAS - WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, but that doesn't really describe what it is. Not available in Australia.  See  [http://www.garmin.com/aboutGPS/waas.html Garmin About WAAS].
[[WAAS]] - WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, but that doesn't really describe what it is. Not available in Australia.  See  [http://www.garmin.com/aboutGPS/waas.html Garmin About WAAS].
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* [[Waypoint]] - A Waypoint is a location on Earth defined by a set of [[GPS]] [[coordinates]].
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* WWJHI – Where Would Jesus Hide It - geocache hider sarcasm for "I feel like being a bastard"
  
 
== X,Y & Z ==
 
== X,Y & Z ==

Latest revision as of 15:41, 3 September 2015

See also the Lexicon.

A

B

  • Banners - A banner is a small graphical image that you can include on your own website which contains information about your hides and finds.
  • Bonehead – getting in the background of someone else's geocaching photo, usually at an event cache.

C

  • Cache - See Geocache.
  • Cache Creep - The cumulative effect of geocachers returning a cache to a very slightly different position each time it is replaced. Over time, the cache "creeps" into an entirely different place.
  • CIH - Cache In Hand. Written in logs as a shortcut to say you actually physically found the cache.
  • CITO - Cache In Trash Out - When out geocaching, take a bag with you and pick up trash along the way!
  • Compass - A low tech direction finding device.
  • Confluence - A confluence is defined as a flowing together; a meeting place (often of rivers). In our case a degree confluence is the exact spot where an integer degree of latitude and an integer degree of longitude meet.
  • Coordinates - A set of numbers in latitude and longitude that define a location on earth. In geocaching terms, this is where the cache should be located.

D

  • Datum - A datum is something used as a basis for calculating and measuring. In the case of GPS, datums are different calculations for determining longitude and latitude for a given location. Geocaching uses the WGS84 datum for all caches. WGS84 stands for World Geodetic System 1984.
  • Difficulty - A subjective rating on how difficult it will be to locate / find the cache once you get to Ground zero.
  • DIDO - Drive in, drive out. An easier cache to find as they could drive all the way to the cache location.
  • DNF - Did Not Find - a log reporting that a geocacher searched but did not find the cache.

E

F

  • FTF - First to find. Usually found in the forums or written in the online or physical log books.
  • FTF Hound - First To Find Hound. One who revels in finding a new cache first.
  • FDF - First Day Find, a cache found within 24th hours or 1 day after it was hidden.
  • FHAYMD - Fascinated to hear about your mobile device. An appropriate reply to "Sent from my mobile device".

G

  • GAFF - Geocaching Assistance Finding Factor.
  • GAxxxx - Geocaching Australia waypoint identifier.
  • GCxxxx - Geocaching.com waypoint identifier.
  • Geoart - A collection of geocaches, sometimes Traditional, sometimes Virtual laid out to form some kind of shape or symbol.
  • Geocache - The object for which you seek in Geocaching.
  • Geocaching - A hide and seek game using GPS technology.
  • GPFAC - Great place for a cache
  • GPS - A system of satellites used for geocaching.
  • GPS - Common term for GPS receiver.
  • GPSr - The device used to track the GPS Satellites.
  • GPX - GPS Exchange Format - Geocachers use GPX files to download cache coordinates into their GPS receiver or other software.
  • Great circle - A great circle is a circle on the surface of a sphere that has the same circumference as the sphere, dividing the sphere into two equal hemispheres.
  • Ground zero - Ground Zero (GZ for short). The place where your GPS indicates the cache should be located.

H

  • Haystacking - Hiding a cache in a place that has an extremely large number of possible hiding places.
  • Hint - Listed on the cache description page but encoded. Decode the hint if you need some extra assistance to locate the cache.
  • Hitch hiker - A hitchhiker is an item that is placed in a cache, and has instructions to travel to other caches. Sometimes they have logbooks attached so you can log their travels. Travel bugs and Swaggies are examples.

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J

K

L

  • Large cache - Of the 4 physical cache sizes, this one is the largest.
  • Letterboxing - Letterboxing is similar to Geocaching, but you use a series of clues to find a container. Once you find the container (or letterbox), you take a carved stamp from the box and stamp your personal logbook. You then take your carved stamp and stamp the letterbox's log book.
  • Listing - Publishing a new geocache for others to find.
  • LOC - The original download format for the search results page on geocaching.com which is an xml file containing a miminal amount of information about a particular cache.
  • Logging - The act of writing the online log.
  • Logo - The various logos used by Geocaching Australia.

M

  • Micro cache - Of the 5 physical cache sizes, this one is the second smallest, only supplanted by a nano. Nano's are only recognised at Geocaching Australia.
  • Multi-cache - Also known as an offset cache, this cache is not found at the listed co-ordinates. The listed set of co-ordinates will generally lead you to a location where you may be required to gather additional information which will be used to find the final cache location. There may be a cache at the listed co-ordinates, but in general terms, this cache will have a puzzle or additional co-ordinates to visit which you must do in order to find the actual cache. This different from a Mystery cache.

N

  • Nano Cache - A tiny cache, with enough room for a tiny log only. - Don't...Just Don't.
  • Neighbours - Cachers that live close to your home coordinates, as stored in your profile.

O

P

Q

R

S

  • STF - Second to find. Especially disappointing if the finder is expecting to be the First to find
  • Spoiler - A spoiler is information that can give details away and ruin the experience of something. For example, telling someone the end of a movie before they see it. In geocaching, a spoiler gives away details of a cache location and can ruin the experience of the hunt.
  • Small cache - Of the 4 physical cache sizes, this one is number 2 in increasing size.
  • Stash note - A stash note is a sheet of paper placed inside the cache container indicating that this is a geocache, what geocaching is and what to do if accidentally found.
  • StatPack - The Geocaching Australia StatPack is designed to allow you to create your own statistics.
  • Status - Is a cache available, unavailable or archived? This indicates Status
  • Swag - Trinkets and goodies, usually child friendly, that can be taken and swapped with other objects of similar value.
  • Swaggie - A Swaggie is a uniquely Australian trackable hitch hiker that can be placed in a cache.

T

  • Terrain - A subjective rating on how difficult you will find it getting to GZ.
  • TFTC - Thanks For The Cache, Alt. TFTH - Thanks For The Hunt.
  • Traditional cache - A standard cache that has at a minimum, container and a logbook. The traditional cache can be found at the co-ordinates which are provided on the cache page.
  • Travel bug - A Travel Bug is a Geocaching.com Hitch hiker.
  • Trigpoint - A form of Virtual geocache, usually somewhere scenic.
  • TNLN - Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Usually found in cache logbooks for folks that enjoy the thrill of the hunt more than the material contents of the cache.
  • TNLNSL - Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Signed Log

U,V & W

  • Virtual cache - Adapted from "Virtual Reality," virtual means "nothing there." So a virtual cache means there is no cache container. It's the location that is the cache itself. Nothing is normally traded, except photos and experiences.
  • WAAS - WAAS stands for Wide Area Augmentation System, but that doesn't really describe what it is. Not available in Australia. See Garmin About WAAS.
  • Waypoint - A Waypoint is a location on Earth defined by a set of GPS coordinates.
  • WWJHI – Where Would Jesus Hide It - geocache hider sarcasm for "I feel like being a bastard"

X,Y & Z