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What is a letterbox cache?

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 07:09 PM

Most cache types seem pretty self explanitory, but I can't figure out what a letterbox cache is.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 07:14 PM

There is a sister sport called letterboxing. Its similar to geocaching in that a box is hidden and people search for it. The difference though is that instead of using a GPS to find it, searchers use clues provided by the letterbox owner. And instead of trading and signing a log, letterboxers carry personal stamps and will stamp the logbook. The letterbox will also have its own stamp so finders will stamp their personal logbook with the letterbox's stamp.


A letterbox hybrid is a cache that is both a letterbox and a geocache. On this site it will be referenced by coordinates and you can use a GPS to find it. Letterboxers also should be able to find it using clues. As such it will usually be crosslisted on a letterboxing website. The two most popular in the US are Letterboxing NA and Atlas Quest.

For a cache to be listed here as a letterbox hybrid it must, at minimum, have a stamp. It also makes sense to cross list it on a letterboxing site or somehow advertize it to letterboxers, otherwise there really is no point in making it a letterbox hybrid cache.

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 07:16 PM

Direct from the "Cache Types" Page.

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A letterbox is another form of treasure hunting using clues instead of coordinates. In some cases, however, a letterbox has coordinates, and the owner has made it a letterbox and a geocache.



Here is a website that you can go to to learn more.
Letterbox Caches

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Posted 10 January 2007 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for the explantion.

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 06:17 AM

Podcacher (Podcast for Geocaching) has two shows on Letterboxing:

Part One Blog and Link (Show 79.0)
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Part Two Blog and Link (Show 82.0)

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