What Is a Locationless Geocache?

What is a locationless cache? What is a cache? What is love? What is exciting?

Ask numerous people and you’re likely to receive numerous responses. None wrong, but perhaps none totally define “it” for you.

Locationless caches are sometimes referred to as “reverse” caches. In a locationless cache, the “hider” posts a description of a site without supplying coordinates. “Finders” try to find locations that match the description, and they post coordinates to those locations.


Traditionally, that is what these are. Some of the more straightforward locationless caches were: Kugle Balls, Liberty Bell replicas, US flag, Superfund sites, etc.

“Finders” then would seek Kugle Balls, Liberty Bell replicas, US flag, Superfund sites, etc. and post the coordinates to the cache page. Because there was no logbook at these places, it was customary for photographic proof to be submitted. Usually this was a photograph of the object in question and the person holding a GPSr.

Some locationless caches began stretching that definition. 3 Steps Around the World required one to link three locations together: the first linked to the last one the player before him had posted, the second linked to his first, the third to his second. Then the next player linked to his third.

There was one that required one to listen to a radio show. Another celebrated a speeding ticket. Then there were the ones where the task kept changing.

As time went on, it was harder and harder to classify this activity under the geocaching umbrella. If geocaching is using a set of coordinates recreationally to locate something, then locationless caching was mis-named. Eventually, one site banned them outright.

TC.com offers locationless caching. There are plenty of the kinds of tasks highlighted above listed here: sternwheelers, Revolutionary War headstones, statues of famous people, etc.

The quoted definition above certainly does not do justice to the game played here. Many, including me, had to re-evaluate what locationless caching is.

Because of its roots with geocaching, there has been, it seems, a need to use a GPSr. But a quick look at the Locationless To Do list quickly highlights several locationless caches listed here where one does not need a GPSr whatsoever. Many of this type of cache listed here has re-defined the style. Are you willing to find an okapi while wearing a viking hat? Sit in solitude for 18 hours or more? Donate blood? Take martial arts classes? Provide to Human Genome Project? So, technically, I wouldn’t even really call it a GPS game at all, although most, I suspect, would.

I name the activity The Neverending Scavenger Hunt and each listing as a hunt. For me, that encapsulates the activity better so I do not become hung up on whether or not a GPS is required, whether I can visit a set of coordinates posted to see what someone else has highlighted, etc. For me, the game is completely separate and distinct from geocaching. And fun! And addicting!

So, to go about playing this game here at TC.com, you’ll want to look through the To Do List. Read through the listings and find something of interest. The listing will describe for you what needs to be done. Most listings reflect hunts that can be done worldwide. Most listings describe the requirements for posting a Found It! log. Photographic proof is still a hallmark of most hunts, so a camera will be needed.


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