GCPC EPISODE 424 – Trackables, Travelers and Other Geocaching Game Pieces

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Streamed live on Oct 28, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We go back to the basics about geocaching Rated Gamer Gear and their differences. Great discussion about travel bugs, trackables, geocoins, tags and hitch hikers.

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Show Notes Episode 424

GCPC EPISODE 424 – Trackables, Travelers and Other Geocaching Game Pieces

Trackables

Geocaching Definition – Trackable
A trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online. Also known as Travel Bugs, GeoCoins.

Geocaching Definition – Travel Bug
A trackable tag with a unique code that attaches to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.

Geocaching Definition – Geocoin
A Geocoin works similarly to a Travel Bug® in that they are trackable and can travel the world, picking up stories from cache to cache. Geocoins are often created as signature items by geocachers and can also be used as collectibles.

Difference Between Collection and Inventory
Trackable Collection – The Trackables Collection is a list of Trackables that you have removed from circulation. You can select Move to Inventory if you would like to send the Trackable on another journey.

Trackable Inventory – The Trackables Inventory is a list of Trackables currently in your possession. To “drop” one in a cache, visit the cache page and post a log while selecting a Trackable from the list. To place a trackable in your collection and remove it from circulation, select Move to Collection.
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Just a thought:
Geocaching RE-Definition –
Keep Non Cache To Cache Items as Trackables
IE – anything that does not physically go from geocache to geocache
T-Shirts, name tags, auto tags, any other item with a trackable code
Call any geocache items with a geocache ID that pass from one geocache to another as Travelers

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Pathtags, Tags and Hitchhikers

Pathtags Definition:
A pathtag is a small (1″ diameter) coin that is left as signature items by some geocachers. The design on the face of the coin is customized, while the other side holds a generic design and a serial number. They’re often mistaken for geocoins, but there are three main differences between geocoins and pathtags. The most important difference is that pathtags have nothing to do with GroundSpeak and are not trackable at geocaching.com. Another difference is that the tags are not individually trackable – all tags of the same design have the same serial number. While it is possible to track where the tags were logged, it is not possible to track the path of an individual tag. Finally, tags are usually meant to be kept by the finder, instead of being moved like activated geocoins.

Tags Definition:
Cachekinz, WildOnes, etc.
A non travelbug tage with a trackable gc code. Works the same as a travel bug.

Hitchhikers Definition:
Geofleaz
A tag that attaches to any other geocache game piece. It normally does not have any trackable code with it.

Other Game Piece Discussion:

Ways of obtaining geocoins
Online
Events – Auctions, Vendors, Other Geocachers
GeoTrails

Travel Bug Suggestions
Drill a hole thru it
No emotional attachment
Things happen – no long lifespan

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