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Offline oldfatguy

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Show us your geocaching gear
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:59:28 AM »
Here are the items in my geocaching pack.

Staring at the lower left is my GPSr, with lanyard that has a small compass and thermometer attached.  For urban caching, I will attach this to a belt loop. When out in the wild, I will attach this to the shoulder strap on my pack.  (In the event of a fall, I like to have everything attached.  This also makes it much more difficult to leave the GPSr behind.)   At least one set of extra AA batteries are stashed in my pack. This lanyard is made of about 20 feet of paracord.

Moving to the lower center, the green canvas bag contains my specific geocaching tools:

Needle nose pliers
Compact mirror – this works well for looking under benches and other areas
Extendable magnet – used for reaching some caches
Small yellow “grabber”
–   pushing the button on the end extends out fingers for grabbing items

Tape measure – for measuring, also for reaching some magnetic caches.

Moist towelette – for cleaning up afterwards

A couple of different pens
(always good to have a backup or two when signing the cache log)

Continuing around to the right:
Multi-tool, flashlight, glowstick (caching at night makes things more interesting…)

Back toward the center
Small first aid kit with tape, band aides, antiseptic, etc.

Extra carabiner (I usually have a couple of these)
Bug spray - In warm weather, I attach this to the outside of the pack
Sun screen in warm weather (but not in this picture)

Sharpie marker – for signing the more challenging caches.

Upper right – fire kit
Lighter
Magnesium bar with steel attached, hacksaw blade for grinding magnesium and striking
Pill bottle of petroleum jelly cotton/drier lint for tinder
Magnifying glass and fensel lens magnifier
I have since added some waterproof matches in an emergency whistle container
(this also has another compass)

Top center
Handheld compass
Rain poncho

I also carry extra log sheets in a film container in case I find a cache with full or ruined log sheet.  I put a couple of ziplock bags in my pack as well.  Over the winter, I added an emergency blanket.

The pack is a CAMELBAK Transformer with a 3 liter bladder.  Two sections are removable and there is MOLLE strapping on the main section of the pack.  I have added a paracord section to the waist strap, giving me another 25 feet of paracord.  Any geocoins, travel bugs and assorted other swag are stashed in the back section for easy access.  

With this pack, I just fill the bladder, grab my hiking staff and I’m ready to hit the woods.

The thermometer and tape measure are used for some Earthcaches where temperature and/or measurements are required.  You will always want to read through the logging requirements of the caches you are going after to find out it there are any special measurements needed.  The only other thing I have come across were a couple of Earthcaches that had you measure the alkalinity of the water using pool test strips.

For urban caches (those just around town), I don’t always take the full pack, but just grab the green canvas bag, a couple of pens in my pocket, (my edc knife of course) and GPSr.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2010, 01:07:53 PM by oldfatguy »
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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010, 12:18:13 PM »
Good looking setup OFG. I will try to post a pic of my gear in a little while.
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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2010, 01:08:19 PM »
Thanks, Woodsman.  This also doubles as my bug out bag.
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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2010, 04:39:54 PM »
i carry my breeden sgh a swedish firesteel some trioxane and a few bandaids

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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2010, 08:03:17 PM »
I carry my everything bag that I carry everyday to work, shopping, hiking, and etc...



The content is:

rain jacket (light weight)
surefire torch
multipliers
gloves
FAK
survival kit (testing and reviewing)
Sigg water bottle
Bug Juice
Markers and pens
coffee sleeve (I try to go green and when I am an urban warrior at the coffee shop)
chem light
lip balm
thumb drive
windproof lighter
tide stick
nail clippers
change pouch
headphones
and other misc items - constantly evaluating and changing for daily use




I bring along when I go geocaching my Garmin Colorado





my daughter brings the trinkets to leave, extra pens, Ziploc bags, and etc to maintenance other caches - most importantly our calling card




When I am traveling and geocaching on the fly, I use my Droid Geocache app.





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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2010, 08:50:15 PM »
Great setup for geocaching fastmover.
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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 08:23:36 AM »
Here in So-Cal a lot of time I'm geocaching on my mountain bike and I have most of the gear being shown here in the post in my camebak. My biggest fear out here is I've come across a ton of rattlesnakes near caches so I have to be really careful  when I'm out in the back country by myself.

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Re: Show us your geocaching gear
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2012, 09:45:36 AM »
Here in So-Cal a lot of time I'm geocaching on my mountain bike and I have most of the gear being shown here in the post in my camebak. My biggest fear out here is I've come across a ton of rattlesnakes near caches so I have to be really careful  when I'm out in the back country by myself.
Yeah, it is always wise to poke into a dark hole first with a stick before reaching in.
I was looking for one in a gazebo and was feeling along under benches.  I had checked a couple and then stopped and looked under the next one...glad I did - saw a nice little wasp nest covered with mean looking little guys.
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