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reserved box

A 'reserved' box on Atlas Quest is a placeholder for a letterbox to be listed on Atlas Quest later. This allows you to determine a box number for a box that has yet to be planted, in case you want to include that information in the letterbox. Some people might use it for a list of the stamps they've carved but have yet to plant‐a to-do list of sorts. Reserved boxes can only be seen by the person who listed it until it is converted into a public box type. Additional details about reserved boxes can be found in the help pages.


A retired letterbox is one that is no longer available and will not be replaced—at least not for the foreseeable future. Any letterbox listed as unavailable will automatically be changed to retired if it hasn't been replaced within one year.

rock stashing

Rock stashing is a fun outdoor activity that combines elements of orienteering, letterboxing, earth caching, and old fashioned treasure hunting. It is easy to get started. 'Stashing is inexpensive, family-friendly, healthy, and best of all it is environmentally safe.

It's a lot like letterboxing, except instead of hiding boxes, we hide rocks. Environmentally friendly, beautiful rocks. You can paint them (with non-toxic, environmentally-safe paint), or if you aren't the artistic type, just leave a particularly noteworthy rock for others to find. Perhaps it's uniquely shaped, or a rare type of rock for the area. In urban areas, if you paint the rock, it should only be on the bottom side of the rock so others will not discover it by accident.

To learn more about rock stashing, visit the Rock Stashing board, or visit the official Rock Stashing New England website.


Another term for leg.