Common Abbreviations and Terms

There are a lot of common abbreviations and terms in "Geocaching Lingo" - I'll cover the most common ones here, but if I've missed any, just ask!

Common Terms
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Cache = Geocache

Cacher = Geocacher

Caching = Geocaching

Ground Zero = Immediate area where the geocache is hidden
Sig Item = Signature item - sometimes cachers will buy personlized items like pencils, carribeaners, wooden nickels, etc. with their geocaching name on them that they use as trade items

Log = Log sheet or log book

Muggle = Non-geocacher

Coin = Usually refers to a geocoin

Multi = A multi cache - a cache with smaller caches (stages) that provide information to find the final geocache

Swag = Items for trading


Common Abbreviations
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TB = Travel bug

TNLNSL = "Took Nothing Left Nothing Signed Log"

TFTC = "Thanks For The Cache"

FTF = First to find

STF = Second to find

DNF = The dreaded sad-face - "Did Not Find"

If I've missed any let me know and if I know it, I'll add it.  :-)

Here are some more abbreviations (suggested by Kevin - thanks!):

GZ - Ground Zero

TFTH - Thanks for the Hide (a derivative of TFTC)

GPSr - Global Positioning System receiver

PnG (P&G) - Park and Grab

CnD (C&D) - Cash and Dash

CITO - Cache In, Trash Out - Refers to an ethic whereby cachers try and leave an area in better shape than they found it by picking up any trash they encounter after finding a cache.

14 comments:

Christine said...

Excellent list and blog! Glad to see other geocachers blogging. My boys and I have been caching for about 5 years now, tons of fun, great activity for homeschoolers too! Would love to exchange buttons if/when you get one!

My homeschool site is http://www.besthomeschoolplace.com

Kevin said...

For addition to your abbreviation list -
GZ - Ground Zero
TFTH - Thanks for the Hide (a derivative of TFTC)
GPSr - Global Positioning System receiver
PnG (P&G) - Park and Grab
CnD (C&D) - Cash and Dash
CITO - Cache In, Trash Out - Refers to an ethic whereby cachers try and leave an area in better shape than they found it by picking up any trash they encounter after finding a cache.
There are also BM (benchmark) and WM (waymark), but I'm not sure this blog will incorporate those.

Carole said...

Christine, thank you for prompting me to make a button! :-) Wow, 5 years - I don't meet too many people that have been caching that long, that's awesome. And yes, I'm sure you find plenty to teach your kids about in all the cool places geocaching takes you! If you still want to trade buttons, it's there now for the taking. :-D

Anonymous said...

Huh, you should come out here in the west. We have people that have been geocaching for upwards of 6-7 years. And they have a lot of finds. Thanks. have a great day. greenworldfeather
P.S. I am not one of those long time been caching people.

Ashlee said...

what is a cash mobile?

Anonymous said...

A cache mobile is the car you use while you're caching. =)

Desi said...

And what's Q & E?

Anonymous said...

YAPIDKA (Yet another park I didn't know about)

YACIDKA (Yet another cemetery I didn't know about)

Grandpa and Grandma said...

One term for your abbre. page I did not know E.G.G (easy gaurd rail grab)

Chad said...

What is a cash and dash? there are several in my neighborhood and I can't figure out what the term means!

Thanks,

tmcgee60@yahoo.com

Carole said...

Hi Chad!
The term is actually "cache and dash" and it refers to a geocache that is an easy and quick find. A small geocache hidden in a guardrail that's right at the edge of a parking lot is a good example of a "cache and dash". I would say that if the geocache can be found in 5 min. or less by the average geocacher, then it could be called a "cache and dash". Hope that helps! :-)

Anonymous said...

What is a CO means?

Cool_ice said...

this might help everyone.

http://geolex.locusprime.net/

CO means Cache Owner

Northstar Mapping & GIS said...

What does LPC means? It is used in the Geocache GC1TDT9 "Old Sorrel"

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