CacheCrazy.Com: Pathtags are fun! by: Kim from Bugleann

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pathtags are fun! by: Kim from Bugleann

What's a Pathtag?  Pathtags are fun little personal items that geocachers have been trading or leaving in caches as their signature items.  My geocaching name is Bugleann and I'm a huge Snoopy fan, so my friend Brian designed this Pathtag for me.  Isn't is cute? This is my personal Pathtag....

Brian also designed his "Caching for Christ" tag for himself and also designed our friends "Tomeagle55" tag....

Pathtags are single sided, metal tags and are about the size of a quarter.  Many geocachers have them made and leave them in caches for other geocachers to find.  If you find a Pathtag, you can keep it.  That's how they differ from Travel Bugs, which you can't keep and have to move from cache to cache.   The Pathtags are magnetic, so it's easy to mount them to a magnetic board to display them.  They also have a hole punched into them, so you can slide them onto a keychain or wear them as a necklace.

When you first order them you design what you want and upload the design to the Pathtag site.  They make a blueprint, you approve it, they do a design set up and dye mix and then they make your tags.  The first time cost with the design and set up is about $ 110.00 for 50 tags.  After that you can re-order more and you won't have the set up costs anymore.

Pathtags have a huge variety of designs on them, from cartoon characters, to pets, to themes like hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, camping.  Some people have tags made for some of the yearly geocaching events.  Other tags support our military, the scouts or different illnesses.  The design possibilities are endless!

You can leave them in caches, trade them with other cachers at events or trade them with other cachers around the globe through the Pathtags website.  You can scroll or search through literally thousands of different pathtags and when you find one you like, you just email the owner and ask them if they'd like to trade tags.  They have an opportunity to see which tags you are offering and then they can accept or decline.  I've traded tags with other cachers from as far away as Australia and the Netherlands.

I currently have about 40 tags that I've collected, but my favorites are any that have to do with Snoopy or any of the Peanuts characters....

Pathtags are just fun to trade, kind of like baseball cards when I was a kid.  So keep your eyes peeled next time you're looking through a cache container.  You never know what you might find!

Post by Bugleann (Snug Harbor Bay)


Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

I just got into pathtags in September, and they are a great deal of fun. Thanks for sharing some of yours.

Here is a link to mine: If you wish to trade, my username is 'debaere'.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I sent you a trade request thru Pathtags.

Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

This is an interesting post, Pathtags I have never seen in the UK or I've never noticed them. Several local catchers have small personnel cards they leave in suitable caches.

So OK will keep my eyes open.

Marty Marquette said...

I was at a Geocaching in Space event and was given a path tag for the first time.
I think it will add that little extra to Geocaching that will make it even more fun.
The start up cost is a little steep for me right now - but definitely I want to create my own when I can afford it.

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