One of the most popular urban caches is the lamppost cache. I’ve even seen some geocachers lament “Another Lammpost!?!” Until I began caching in town, I hadn’t realized how ubiquitous city lighting is.
Although most lamppost caches are skirt caches, not all skirt caches are lamppost caches. My first skirt cache was when I geocached in Cedar Hill State Park.
A lamppost cache is usually a cache hidden in the metal box used to hide the bolts and screws of the lamppost from the general public. To get at a lamppost cache, you have to lift the metal box. There’s plenty of space underneath the metal box to hide a small cache (in my experience, usually film cannisters).
A skirt cache is a cache which a geocacher gets to by lifting something. Imagine someone raising a skirt to get at the treasure hidden underneath. When I geocached in Cedar Hill State Park, I had to raise several low-growing branches of a cedar tree to get at the camoflauged tennis ball cannister hidden near the trunk of the tree.
Lamppost caches are perfect for newbies in cities; they’re everywhere. They’re good for rainy days; sometimes you don’t even need to leave your car. They’re also perfect for when you’re feeling down after a series of DNFs; they’re an easy find.