10 Tips for The Coolest Geocaching at the Coldest Temperatures

GCV3AH Georgia on my mind in Georgia, Eurasia, by GPearl

GCV3AH Georgia on my mind in Georgia, Eurasia, by GPearl

What’s a little snow when you’re determined to up your find count? When the temps go down, it’s time for you to get up and get caching. Here are 10 tips for geocaching in a winter wonderland:

1. Safety first

Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Take a friend (or two) with you, because safety truly does come in numbers.

Be safe and dress in layers for optimal fun! GC4P57G - Oakridge GeoTour #30 - Salt Creek Snow Play Area

Be safe and dress in layers for optimal fun! GC4P57G – Oakridge GeoTour #30 – Salt Creek Snow Play Area

2. Dress for success

Dress in layers for optimal comfort. Your base layer should wick moisture away from your body, an insulating layer should keep you warm, and your outer shell should protect you from the elements. Waterproof boots and gloves are mandatory since you’ll be “digging” snow away. Lastly, listen to your mother and wear a hat – it’s cold outside!

3. Go the distance…

If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Get yourself a pair and learn how to put them on properly to fully enjoy your journey.

 

4. …but know your limits:

You’ll get cold, tired, and numb. The cold weather can make a quarter mile feel like ten, and you’ll exhaust easier. Not to mention it gets dark earlier in the winter. Be alright with turning around sooner rather than later and grabbing the geocache another day.

5. Extra juice

Bring backup batteries for your GPS device. Cold weather causes batteries to drain faster than in warm weather.

6. BYOPencil

Pencils work in any temperature, but pens can freeze up when it’s cold. Make sure you can sign that log!

BYOPencil so you can sign that log!

BYOPencil so you can sign that log!

7. Can it be done?

Has this cache been found since the last time it snowed, or should this one wait until the spring thaw?

8. TOTT

Brings Tools of the Trade such as a small shovel for snow, and a screwdriver to pry open frozen containers. But be careful – plastic containers can crack easily in cold temperatures.

The right tools and equipment are essential

The right tools and equipment are essential

9. Winter Attribute

If you’re a Premium Member, run a Pocket Query for geocaches that have an “Available During Winter” attribute.

10. Walk on water

Some geocaches can only be accessed after a lake freezes over in the winter.  How’s that for a new challenge?

GC54PT8 mäyrämäki - A snowy cache in Finland

GC54PT8 mäyrämäki – A snowy cache in Finland

 

If snowmageddon is just too overbearing, cozy up with a mug of hot cocoa by the fire and solve some Puzzle Caches. Or, you can always wait until spring to start your streak all over… Again. ;-)

Thanks to the Blue Mountain Rest  - New York Adirondacks for this great pic and loving geocachers.

Thanks to the Blue Mountain Rest – New York Adirondacks for this great pic and for loving geocachers.

Need some extra inspiration? Check out our Winter Geocaching Pinterest Board. Make sure to share your tips for winter geocaching in the comments below!

 

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