If you are a geocacher and want to prove that you have actually found a cache, you should know all about the geocache log.
The geocache log is the single most important thing that you can find inside a cache to prove you were there. Signing the log is the proof that you found what you set out to find – the physical geocache. Of course, you should also log your visit online so that the cache owner can see the note, but its the paper log that you seek.
If you are just learning how to geocache, you should know that there are several types of geocache logs that you will come across depending on the size of the cache.
If you have yet to find a nano cache, you will not believe the nano log. This is usually a very small strip of paper that you have to sign the long way because it is so thin. The hardest part of dealing with the nano log, besides getting it out of the cache, is rolling it up and getting it back in.
The geocache log inside a micro cache is sometimes a pain to deal with like the nano, but there is more there to work with so you can usually sign easily. These are still most commonly a rolled strip of paper, though it is much longer. Because of this, if you are the last one to sign you may be there a while rolling the whole thing back up to replace the cache.
Small log books start to get much easier. They may be made of paper rolls but you may also find a small bound log book as well, making these little geocache logs really easy to work with, sign, and find in the cache. You can buy pre-made small log books specifically for geocaches.
Regular log books the the greatest to sign because you normally get a small notebook. There are special geocache log books in this size as well, but the mini-notebooks are quite common. Thats nice because theres no rolling of paper and geocachers can leave a little not for the cache owner with the extra space.
Where To Buy Geocache Logs
If you need a geocache log you can check the official geocaching site for official log books or, if your cache size permits, use a small spiral notebook. For the micros and nanos you can just cut a strip of paper to fit your container and roll it up. Dont forget to put the geocache name at the top.
Protect Log Books
Dont forget, its wet out there. The nano and micro will be OK, but in a small or regular geocache you should place your geocache log in a baggie to prevent water damage.
Keep Logs in Good Shape
If you are geocaching, protecting the log book and keeping it in shape should be a priority. All cachers need to help out here. Bring paper and baggies with you every time you go out. If the baggie is ripped or missing, add a new one for the cache owner. That will protect the log for the next person. If the log book is full, add some paper to help them out until they can come out to maintain the cache.
While youre out geocaching, one thing that you should know is that a writing utensil in a geocache cannot be counted on. It may be missing, broken, or frozen. You should always bring your own writing utensil when you head out into the wild to insure that you will be able to sign the log.
Remember, a found geocache means a signed log, so if you want to become a geocacher you need to find them. Since you now know all about the geocaching log, grab your baggies, some paper, a writing utensil, and go find another cache.