These are geocaches that use existing web cameras that monitor various areas like parks or business complexes. The idea is to get yourself in front of the camera and save a screen capture from the website where the camera is displayed in order to log a find.
Greensboro, North CarolinaThis was a great camera as it updated real time and was live. Apparently, we were lucky to seek it out after the construction nearby had been completed.
Apex, North Carolina
Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
- Locate the links before the trip. I saved mine in an Evernote file and also added a shortcut to each on my iPhone screen. In my Evernote file, I will note special instructions like "Park closes at dusk", "campus webcam not available on weekends", "hold your GPS aloft like Thor".
- If the links from the cache description do not work, scroll through recent logs. We have been able to find mobile-friendly URLs in the logs.
- Make sure the webcams are viewable on your phone. If it doesn't work on mine, TaGeez will try it on his Android. His phone has several alternate browsers and can typically find one to work. We've even downloaded special apps if the webcam requires JAVA.
- To save frustration, determine how long it takes for the camera to refresh. Some are live feeds and some can refresh every 15 minutes. One mentioned it refreshed hourly after 9 pm.
- Have a back-up plan. On each trip we've sent the links to a friend back home in case we're in an area with low cellular capabilities.
- Tap your local geocaching Facebook group when in a pinch. We've received urgent pleas on the Southeastern Michigan Geocaching Facebook group for help.
- Read the recent logs to make sure the camera is working. If not, check with the CO to confirm if selfies are allowed. We carry a mini tripod in our caching bag and will set it up on the car trunk.
- Clothing choices can make a difference. View the live image beforehand and determine the best color choices so you'll stand out in the picture.
- Stand in open spots or under street lights. If it's night and there is no bright light about, bring your own.