As a northern North Dakota geocacher, a large portion of the year means winter caching. I don’t (always) let the white blanket of snow keep me inside under a quilt reading a book (even though I love this as a follow-up option to geocaching!). So, if you have the appropriate gear, brace yourself for the cold and enjoy these 5 perks of winter caching.
Not only do you have a GPS with satellite view, but the snow allows for a bonus tool – footprints. Previous finders’ successes help you in your search too. You can feel like Harry Potter with the Marauder’s Map, finding secret passages that lead to the cache. Check the recent logs to see how well you can trust the footprints.
Those “sticky” tree hides may not be so tricky in the winter. Deciduous plants lose their leaves, helping caches perhaps show their real colors and pop from their hiding spots. Containers hidden under trees, next to trunks, or in bushes will hopefully prove to have easier terrain ratings.
I love coffee drinks. Chai Tea. Frappe. Cappuccino. Macchiato. Mocha. Winter lets warm coffee really preform, making the drinker feel all toasty, especially if that drinker is a geocacher wading through ankle deep snow, during a wind-chill advisory, and fumbling with a log book and pencil with frozen fingers. Treat yourself!
Most camouflaged containers use greens and browns, but those colors aren’t as common in winter. Boom. Un-camoflaged.
Where is everyone? The colder the day, the less likely it’ll be to run in to people at parks, country roads, hiking trails. Snow is a great muggle-repellent.
Bonus Perk – Wildlife
Pheasants and deer are so much easier to see in my neck of the woods from November – March, making for some great sight-seeing. Farmland has been harvested, flat and barren eating grounds, creating easy wildlife viewing areas.
Can you think of more winter caching perks? Please let me know!
Thanks for reading!