Geocaching Acronyms

Ever wondered what all those initials are about? Here's a starter list of the acronyms used by geocachers.


BOCP - Base of Concrete Post LWF - Log will Follow
BOP - Base of Post MTT - Multi-Trunked Tree
BOT - Base of Tree NA - Needs Archiving
BYOP - Bring your Own Pencil/Pen NM - Needs Maintenance
C&D - Cache and Dash P&G - Park & Grab (US)
CITO - Cache In Trash Out PAF - Phone a Friend
CO - Cache Owner PMO - Premium Member Only
COTD - Cache of the Day PQ - Pocket Query
DNF - Did Not Find QEF - Quick Easy Find
EO - Event Organiser RAF - Replaced as Found
EOW - End of Wall RHS - Right Hand Side
FTF - First to Find SL - Signed Logbook
GC - Geocoin STF - Second to Find
GPSr - GPS Receiver TB - Travel Bug
GZ - Ground Zero (Cache Coordinates) TFTC - Thanks for the Cache
ICP - Ivy Covered Post TFTE - Thanks for the Event
ICT - Ivy Covered Tree TFTH - Thanks for the Hide/Hunt/Hike
LHS - Left Hand Side TN - Took Nothing (from the Cache)
LN - Left Nothing (in the Cache) TNLN - Took Nothing Left Nothing
LOFTS - Logged Only For The Smiley TNLNSL - Took Nothing Left Nothing, Signed Log
LTF - Log to Follow TTT - Triple Trunked Tree

Less Common Geocaching Acronyms


AMIAT - Another Micro in a Tree OFTN - One for the Numbers
AWP - Additional Waypoint OPS - Obvious Pile of Sticks/Stones
CRAP - Cache Retrieved as Planned SBA - Should be Archived
DISCO - Disguised Container (Scotland) SOOP - Something Out of Place
FIGS - Found in Good Shape TAF - Text a Friend
MKH - Magnetic Key Holder TOTT - Tools of the Trade
MKS - Magnetic Key Safe UPR - Unnatural Pile of Rocks
NiAH - Needle in a Haystack XNSL - Exchanged Nothing, Signed Log

This list of acronyms was modified from the list published in the GAGB's Seeker Magazine Issue 24 (January 2015). You can read all past issues here, where you'll find equally informative articles.

A good glossary, explaining some of these acronyms, can be found here.