Geocaching Terms Explained

When you start off on your Geocaching adventures you might come across some of the following terms and abbreviations used online. Use this dictionary to decipher your fellow treasure hunter’s messages.

Geocaching boxMuggled/Plundered: When a geocache is vandalised or stolen

Geo-muggles/muggles: Those unfamiliar with Geocaching

FTF: First to find

DNF: Did not find

Drive/Dump: A cache placed next to a road or car park with little thought

Log & Dump: A carelessly placed cache, left unhidden in its original location

Plasma Bandits: Mosquito's

Smurfs 292: meeting another geocacher in the woods

TNLN: Took nothing, left nothing

TNLNSL: Took nothing, left nothing, signed logbook

Giga-Event: An event surrounding a cache that’s attended by 5,000+ people


Geocache variations:

Drive-bys/Park n grabs: Great geocaches for beginners

Multi-cache: One or more intermediate check points which contain the coordinates of the next checkpoint. The final point will contain the log book

Night Cache: Designed to be found at night, usually with a number of reflectors. You’ll need a flashlight to find the final cache

Mystery/Puzzle: Solve a puzzle or discover information in order to find the cache. This could be a padlock combination or solving a riddle to find a location name

Letterbox: A letterbox is a cache with a rubber stamp and a log book instead of a standard paper log book

Moving/Traveling: The finder uses the log book, trades trinkets and then hides the cache in a different location. By updating this new location on the listing, the finder becomes the hider and the next finder continues the cycle.