Team C.O.B.R.A. Geocachers
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to start geocaching?
To start geocaching you'll need a GPS unit that is capable of giving you your coordinates (latitude and longitude).  The GPS must be portable as you may find yourself trudging through the bush.  A car GPS WILL work but is generally less accurate.  A nice handheld unit is recommended.  Next you will need to create an account at  There you go.  You are ready to geocache.  A palm pilot is always handy as well to cache paperlessly or perhaps a small laptop or netbook.
What are the rules in Geocaching?
1. If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value.
2. Write about your find in the cache logbook.
3. Log your experience at
Where are caches found?
It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These unique locations on the planet can be quite diverse. Make sure to read the cache descriptions carefully, especially the difficulty and terrain ratings as some cache finds can be technical and physically challenging. For instance, a cache located on the side of a rocky cliff accessible only by rock climbing equipment may be hard to find. An underwater cache may only be accessed by SCUBA. Other caches may require long difficult hiking, orienteering and special equipment. Caches may be located in cities both above and below ground, and outside of buildings. Even the skillful placement of a small logbook in an urban environment may be quite challenging to find even with the accuracy of a GPS. Have fun and remember to share your geocaching experiences online.
Can I move a cache once I find it?
Do not move a cache from its original location. If you feel that the cache may not be located in the correct location, please email the cache owner directly or post a log on the cache detail page, notifying the owner of your concern. It is an owner’s responsibility to maintain cache placement.
How do I hide a cache?
Before considering your first geocache hide, find a variety of caches in your area to familiarize yourself with the activity. Then, review our
Guide to Hiding a Cache and the Geocache Listing Guidelines before submitting a cache for review.
What do I do if I find out that a cache has gone missing?
If you visit a cache location and the cache is missing, make sure to log the cache as one that you "Did Not Find" so the cache owner is notified. Cache owners who repeatedly receive "Did Not Find" logs should check to see that their cache has not been removed. As a geocacher, if you notice that a cache detail page has an unusual number of "Did Not Find" logs, please let the local reviewer know or
contact us. We rely on the geocaching community to let us know the status of caches in their area.
What should not be placed in a cache?
People of all ages hide and seek caches, so think carefully before placing an item into a cache. Explosives, ammunition, knives, drugs and alcohol should not be placed in a cache. Respect the local laws. Food items are always a bad idea. Animals have better noses than humans, and in some cases caches have been chewed through and destroyed because of food items in a cache. Please do not put food in a cache.
Can I go geocaching with Team C.O.B.R.A.?
Sure.  Send us an email through the contact page.  We're always interested in meeting new people! Heck.  We may even like you.
How do I place a cache as a Team C.O.B.R.A. member?
If you are a registered member of Team C.O.B.R.A. and you have found a place to put a cache do the following:
     -Create a name for the cache. (Team C.O.B.R.A. Series: <Your cache name>
     -In the PLACED BY field enter Team C.O.B,R.A.: Niagara Division (Or wherever you are from.  It will still log to your user.  but cachers will know it was placed by a Team C.O.B.R.A. member.)
     -In the website field enter the Team C.O.B.R.A. website.  (
     -If you wish to use a C.O.B.R.A. symbol from the PHOTOBUCKET account simply enter the direct link in that field.
There you go!  All finished.  Wait for it to be published.  Cachers love Team C.O.B.R.A. caches.  Try to make them challenging and unique! 
What is a travel bug or geocoin?
A travel bug is a numbered item that is being tracked online with a specific destination in mind by the person who started it.  A geocoin is a coin that travels from cache to cache.