Groundspeak has established a set of formal requirements for logging a cache online. Any requirements beyond those are additional logging requirements. These extra requirements are not permitted in most cases.
The only official requirements for logging a geocache find are to
- locate the container,
- retrieve the log, and
- sign the log.
Geocachers may log their find online once they have done this. Most geocaches require nothing more than these simple steps.
But there are a few notable exceptions where additional logging requirements are allowed. These have additional logging requirements. And some have no physical log element to them at all.
- Earthcaches require emailed answers to questions.
- Virtual caches are all about the location at the posted coordinates.
- Challenge caches challenge you to achieve some goal before logging a find.
- Webcam caches require geocachers to take their picture with a public web cam.
- Event caches require the geocacher to attend an event at the posted time and place.
- CITO caches are special events where geocachers help improve local facilities.
Earthcache Additional Logging Requirements
Earthcaches teach earth science lessons about particular geologic features. There is no physical log or container at an earthcache. Instead, cachers must answer some earth science questions based on the features they find at the cache location. In some cases they may be required to collect data from multiple additional waypoints They then email their responses to the earthcache owner
Virtual Cache Additional Logging Requirements
Virtual Caches do not have containers or log books. Instead of signing a log, cachers provide some other proof of their visit. Many virtual caches ask for an answer to a question. The answer may be on a nearby sign, building, or several nearby objects for example. Cachers then email the answer to the cache owner. Other virtual caches may call for the cacher to post a picture of themselves or their GPSr at the location.
Challenge Cache Additional Logging Requirements
Challenge caches require geocachers to meet some prerequisite before claiming the find. Cachers will need to achieve some geocaching related challenge. Once they meet the challenge, they may log the cache online. Cachers may locate and sign the physical log at any time, even before they meet the established requirements.
Webcam Cache Additional Logging Requirements
Webcam caches direct cachers to find a webcam at the posted coordinates. The website that displays the image or even controls the camera is also provided in the cache listing. The finder then takes a picture of themselves with the webcam to claim the find. There is no physical container or log book. Emailing the image from the webcam to the cache owner, or posting it in their log is the only requisite to logging the find online.
Event Cache Additional Logging Requirements
At events, mega-events, and giga-events, geocachers gather at the posted time and place. Events can take many forms for many purposes. They can range from a small group of friends to Huge affairs with 5,000 or more attendees.
Events are not required to provide a logbook to sign, and many events do not do so. However, s
Cache In Trash Out Additional Logging Requirements
CITO events are a particular type of event cache. Attendees take part in improvement projects at parks, wilderness areas, and other local facilities. As with all other types of events, log books are not mandatory to provide. And if provided, a signature is optional.
Optional Logging Requirements
Cache owners cannot demand any more activities beyond basic logging requirements for traditional, physical geocaches.
Cache owners may request that finders perform other logging activities. But the extra activities must be optional.
Some of these caches that do have additional logging requirements develop quite a following. Many cachers seek out earth caches. Some others love virtual caches more than any others.
Challenges can add an element to the game and spark the imagination. Often, these caches come with a few extra steps. And those can add variety and fun to a geocaching trip.