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.

Skirt and Lamppost with GPSA 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.


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  1. […] length of the log, in my opinion, ought to reflect the thought placed into the placement. Skirt caches might only rate a TFTC but a rating of 3 or higher ought to be more detailed. The placers of these […]

  2. […] Hot dog! The cache is 50 feet behind me…. and it’s a skirt cache! […]

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