The world of Geocaching is an amazing one that is full of excitement, adventure and lots of educational opportunities. But have you ever been out and about locating a cache and have no idea what some of the terminology means? Never fear, the Examiners are here! We will get you up to speed with some of the most common acronyms and terms used in this wonderful world.
BYOP- Bring Your Own Pen. This is one of the most common terms you will come across during your travels. As mentioned in previous articles, a lot of caches will not have room for a pen or pencil. Always have one handy if you intend on signing a log.
CO- Cache Owner. Simple and doesn’t really need too much of an explanation. Sometimes you will view a log that a fellow cacher found the cache they were searching for after contacting the CO. The CO is able to give you the most accurate information on the cache, contents and location.
DNF- Did Not Find. This is the term used when someone has been unsuccessful in finding a cache they set out to find. Feeling ashamed at their unfortunate circumstance, there are some people that do not wish to log this. Do not feel bad. Every great geocacher will come across this issue. Logging a DNF can help future geocachers and alert the CO if it is, indeed, missing.
FTF- First To Find. Always an exciting acronym, the FTF reaps all of the benefits (which, sometimes, are none but pride) of being the first geocacher to locate a newly placed geocache. A lot of the time, the CO will congratulate the FTF on the item description section for the geocache. Sometimes the CO will also place valuable trinkets or swag so the FTF receives a small reward.
GZ- Ground Zero. No explosions happen here. This term is in reference to the exact coordinates for a designated cache.
TNLNSL- Took Nothing Left Nothing Signed Log. A quick and easy way to say that you found the cache, looted none of the swag, opted against adding to the inventory of the cache and that you signed the log. You will also see this broken down into simply TNLN, TNLS(omething) and SL. There are many variations of this.
TB- Travel Bug. When first geocaching, this seemed odd to me. I thought to myself, why are so many of these caches covered with bugs? To put those with phobias of insects at ease, these are not real bugs. They are trackable items with distinct codes to log that you found them. We will delve more into this later.
TFTC- Thanks For The Cache. Did you have fun locating the geocache? Let the CO know with this simple acronym. All geocachers love to know that others enjoy the fruits of their hard labor.
There are several more acronyms or phrases in the geocaching community. These, hopefully, will get you by in the early stages of your development. Happy Caching!