Geo-Words

Sometimes when you first start geocaching, it can be a little confusing to know what all the acronyms and geo-words are. Below is a list to help you get started with the new lingo.

Acronyms

  • ALR = Additional Logging Requirement
  • BYOP = Bring Your Own Pen
  • CITO = Cache In, Trash Out (event type)
  • CO = Cache Owner
  • CSI = Cache Satisfaction Index. Generally with a number 0 (being bad) to 5 (Excellent)
  • D5 = Geocache with very high difficulty rating
  • DNF = Did Not Find
  • DOP = Dilution of precision, describes the geometric strength of satellite configuration
  • D/T = Difficulty/Terrain rating.FLTF = Full log to follow
  • FTF = First to Find. (Often wrapped as {FTF} to aid in auto stats gathering)
  • GC = Geocache, also the geocaching.com website/cache Also GeoCoin.
  • GCA = Geocaching Australia, geocaching.com.au website/cache.
  • GPS = Global Positioning System
  • GPSr = GPS Receiver
  • GPX = file type used GPSs and apps for cache data exchange
  • GSAK = Geocaching Swiss Army Knife utility
  • GZ = Ground Zero – where the cache was (or rather should be) located/found.
  • LTF = Log to Follow
  • NINO = Nothing In, Nothing Out
  • P81 = Project 81 – challenge to find caches to complete the whole 81 D/T matrix/grid.
  • P366 = Project 366 – challenge to complete the whole 366 day calendar with GC finds (doesn’t have to be the SAME year).
  • PAF = Phone A Friend – often employed trying to avoid a DNF!
  • PM = Private Message (eg email, off-forum message, etc)
  • POI = Point of Interest
  • QR = Quick Response code (a square matrix-barcode)
  • SPOR = Suspicious Pile of Rocks
  • SWAG = Stuff We All Get – or toy swaps, popular with families
  • STF = Second to Find.
  • T5 = geocache with very high terrain rating (eg. needing a boat, scuba or climbing gear)
  • TB = Travel Bug trackable tag (also used for other similar trackables/tags)
  • TFTC = Thanks for the Cache (recommend never to be used alone as a log entry!)
  • TFTE = Thanks for the Event (recommend never to be used alone as a log entry!)
  • TFTH = Thanks For The Hunt/Hide
  • TNLNSL = Took Nothing, Left Nothing, Signed Log.
  • TOTT = Tools Of The Trade
  • TTF = Third to Find.
  • UPS = Unusual Pile of Sticks/Stones
  • WP = Waypoint – location of a stage of a multi-cache or similar along the route to GZ

Jargon

  • Geoart = A series of puzzles with virtual waypoints designed in a shape and visble on a map
  • Geocrap = undesirable swaps
  • Geocoin = a coin or medallion-like trackable
  • Geocheck(er) = a website that can be used to check the calculated coordinates of GZ.
  • GeoMobile = Your method of Transport (eg car)
  • Geotrail = A path made by previous cachers that can lead to a cache.
  • GeoWidow = The spouse you don’t see much of anymore.
  • Geoyak = kayak – often useful for water-based T5 geocaches
  • GroundSpeak = The company that runs geocaching.com
  • Muggle = a non geocacher, usually can be found at GZ making life difficult!
  • Nano = tiny cache smaller than a Micro, but still classified as a Micro
  • Pathtags = collectible, round, metal dog-tag with inlayed enamel colors traded, given away or left in geocaches.
  • Trackable = generic term for objects that have a code number which allow them to be tracked through geocache visits (either grabbed, dropped or just visited).
  • Travel Bug = usually a military-style dog-tag trackable, but with some variations on the theme.
  • Unloved days = days since the last find on a cache
  • Challenge = A cache which asks you to meet certain goals / requirements to claim the find. eg, Find 100 traditional caches.