Tools of The Trade

TOTTs.  You know, all that geo-retrieval crap you pack with you to make the Geocaching find in those “tricky” spots.  Everyone else’s bag seems to be a lot more loaded up than mine these days, a fact for which I both regret and am thankful, simultaneously.  I like to bike or hike to caches, so that bit about carrying around 20 pounds of gear just isn’t me- but am I missing something?  Am I making the find more difficult/impossible?  What could I improve on, folks?

I’ll show you mine if you show me yours, or at least tell me what I am missing…

All I carry Geocaching in my tool bag besides the GPS, phone and pen nowadays is:

  1. A Leatherman or short knife
  2. A strong magnet
  3. Some string
  4. A compass
  5. A flashlight

That’s it.  I’ve heard about mirrors and  seen someone pull out hemostats for a nano cache, but never used them myself.  How often do you need this sort of thing and what was the most complicated “needs a tool” cache you ever ran across?  Oh- and what’s in your Geocaching tool bag?


About Peter

Peter is a Geocacher, competitive cribbage player, surfer, amateur magician, golfer and star watcher (the astronomical kind). In his day job for Datalink, Peter is a Senior Manager with their Cloud Service Management Practice helping customers build, manage and improve their legacy IT and Private Cloud infrastructures through Automation, Orchestration and clean living. We're not so sure on the clean living.
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0 Responses to Tools of The Trade

  1. Father Calipers says:

    I carry a Leatherman Squirt, which is miniature version and can fit in your pocket. That comes in handy when you dash for a cache without your backpack.

    I always carry little packets of wet-wipes. Especially handy (pun intended) for caching with the kids or those older caches covered in rat poo.

    What do you carry your water in? One hand on a GPS and the other carrying a bottle of water makes signing logs or crawling rocks a pain.

  2. kinzuakid says:

    I run with a backpack. It is a little one to be sure, but it gets the job done for bottles of water. I am about to upgrade the geo-bike with a GPS mount for my Garmin 60cx and a Camelbak for the summer hikes/bikes.
    Unlike normal (read: have common sense) people I plan on mauling MTRP this summer.

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