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  1. What do the icons stand for in an event listing?
  2. How do I post a photo and link it to the event?
  3. How do I edit my profile?
  4. What is the chick's name on Atlas Quest?
  5. I added my child as a sub-account, but she wanted to change her trail name. How do I delete the first sub-account I created for her?
  6. How do I transfer an image to the carving material?
  7. What do I do when I find a geocache?
  8. How can I help prevent my stamp from being traded out for a trinket?
  9. What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?
  10. Kentucky State Parks
  11. How do I add my LTC to a tracker?
  12. What is the best way to cut an LTC sheet from a 12x12 sheet of paper?
  13. What is an "Add-on Box"?
  14. Why don't some letterboxers like geocaching?
  15. What are some hot-button topics?
  16. What glue do I use to mount a stamp?
  17. What can you do when a stamp won't accept ink very well?
  18. What carving material is recommended?
  19. How can I see more detail through tracing paper?
  20. What should I think about before joining an LTC Swap (tracker)?
  21. Is there a BlackBerry app for Atlas Quest?
  22. Who do I report to if there is no letterbox at the site designated?
  23. How do you agree to the Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer?
  24. Why do we place letterboxes?
  25. What is a signature stamp?
  26. What is letterboxing?
  27. How do I search the message boards?
  28. How do I post to a specific board?
  29. I picked up a "traveler" from a traditional letterbox, but the definition of personal traveler doesn't match. What did I find?
  30. How do I trade an LTC?
  31. How do I make a letter book?
  32. How can I clean old ink off of stamps?
  33. What other websites are available for international letterboxes?
  34. Why do people keep their logbooks private?
  35. What are Treasure Hikers?
  36. How do I search by location?
  37. How do I make my own Glue Dots?
  38. What can I use as a trail name?
  39. What is a whitelist?
  40. Florida State Parks
  41. Can I make my own embossing powder?
  42. What do the icons on a personal traveler represent?
  43. How do I add a map to my profile under Free Flowing Thoughts?
  44. 1. Gwinnett County Parks
  45. What is a substitution code?
  46. What is a geocoded location?
  47. What is an Eevil Letterbox?
  48. Is there a clue guide available for downtown Charlotte, NC?
  49. My background color is now green. How do you change it?
  50. What is an LTC?

What do the icons stand for in an event listing?

Last Updated: March 20, 2014 12:12:18 PM


The event will be held outdoors such as at a park, perhaps with a pavilion or other facilities available.
The event will be held indoors at a restaurant or similar location where food or drinks may be available for purchase.
A multi-day event where letterboxers are encouraged to spend the night together at a campground.
Tag sale, birthdays, weddings, and other non-letterboxing events that letterboxers are welcome to attend.
The event will be held at a pub or other adult-only type of event.
An online event, such as in a chat room or other online location.
An unspecified subtype, or anything that does not fit the categories listed above.


The event is a potluck--bring some food, drinks, or eating utensils and prepare to eat!
The venue allows letterboxing opportunities.
Pets are allowed at the event.
This event is a meet-and-greet--i.e. a letterboxer from out of town is visiting and the welcome mat is being rolled out!
There is an entrance fee, parking fee, or some sort of expense associated with this event.
The date and time of the event is a mystery and must be figured out from clues.
The location of the event is a mystery and must be figured out from clues.
A raffle will be held at the event and there's a good chance that the organizers of the event will need raffle prizes if you have anything available.


This attendee is available to drive a carpool to the event.
This attendee wants or needs a ride to the event.

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How do I post a photo and link it to the event?

Last Updated: March 16, 2014 08:06:26 PM

From your event listing, click the 'Upload' button with the photo on it and upload your photo. The first photo you add to this event album will, by default, be the 'cover' photo for the event, but you can change the cover image from the album.

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How do I edit my profile?

Last Updated: March 16, 2014 09:08:14 AM

On your profile page, there are three edit links in the top right corner. The first link will allow you to edit the contents of your profile. The other two links are used to edit your interview or signature stamp image, respectively.

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What is the chick's name on Atlas Quest?

Last Updated: March 16, 2014 09:04:44 AM

Marjorie Quack, born in Indianapolis and in a relational ship with George.

See also: What's up with the chick logo?

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I added my child as a sub-account, but she wanted to change her trail name. How do I delete the first sub-account I created for her?

Last Updated: March 11, 2014 09:07:52 AM

Don't delete the account at all. Log into her account and use the Account Info page to change her trail name instead.

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How do I transfer an image to the carving material?

Last Updated: March 8, 2014 10:15:56 PM

There are many different kinds of transfer methods, and everyone has their own personal preference. It is a good idea for a new carver to try a few different methods to see which ones work best for them.

Pencil and Paper Methods

Laser Printer / Copier Methods

Ink Jet Printer Methods

See also

What printer/toner combinations work with which transfer methods?
Transferring an Image to a Carving Block Tutorial

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What do I do when I find a geocache?

Last Updated: March 8, 2014 10:13:39 PM

All geocaches contain a logbook or log sheet that you can use to sign in with your trail name and the date, if you want.

Some geocaches contain trade items. If you decide to take a trade item, remember to leave an item of equal or greater value and to document the trade in the log. You can always write TNLNSL (took nothing, left nothing, signed log) if you decide not to trade.

If the box contains a trackable item, do not take the item unless you intend to leave it at a different geocache in the near future. Geocaching trackables are similar to letterboxing hitchhikers.

Whether you sign in or not, and whether you trade or not, always return the geocache to the place where you found it!

For more information, see the Geocaching 101 Tutorial at

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How can I help prevent my stamp from being traded out for a trinket?

Last Updated: March 8, 2014 10:08:18 PM

Occassionally geocachers stumble upon a letterbox while searching for geocaches. When they do they may assume that what they found is a geocache (or terracache or some other version of the geocaching game). Geocaching involves the trading of trinkets whereas letterboxing involves the trading of stamp images. Your stamp may inadvertently end up traded out for another object. The geocacher means no harm because they are playing the game the way they know how, they may never have heard of letterboxing and don't know that letterboxers exchange stamp images not trinkets.

So one way to prevent your stamp from being traded out would be to educate those that stumble upon your letterbox.

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What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?

Last Updated: March 6, 2014 03:34:14 AM

Stamp Types

The creator promises you'll find a genuine, 100% hand-carved stamp in the letterbox and not a store-bought or custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a unique, custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a store-bought stamp rather than a hand-carved or custom-made stamp.


The creator does not specify the location of the nearest city for this letterbox. They may have specified the state or country of its location, but you're expected to discover the actual starting point for the hunt yourself. From a technical standpoint, a location is considered a mystery box if the location has no name, address, and city. If the location spans less than one mile, it is not a mystery. And if a location is "somewhere within a city," the owner of the box can specify if it's a mystery location or not. And finally, just because you solve a mystery and add a custom location, the letterbox is still considered a mystery box-adding a specific custom location will not remove this icon.
This picture represents a bonus box, where the clue for the box will be found (usually) in a pre-existing nearby letterbox.
A Word of Mouth (WOM) box. The clues are distributed somewhere other than online, such as via e-mail, postal mail, or delivered in person.

Hike Types

This letterbox is located indoors -- perfect for those cold, wet days when you really do not want to go outside.
A drive-by letterbox, as defined on this website, is a letterbox that requires perhaps 5 to 10 minutes to nab from the time you park your car. A drive-by letterbox will be hidden within eyesight of where one parks, or at least so close that if it were raining, the person would take the box to their car to stamp in.
A stroll is something that's less than a mile round-trip of walking, which would take most people less than 30 minutes to complete (find and return to their starting point) but still too far out to be considered a drive by.
A walk is something that requires 1 to 2 miles round-trip of walking/hiking, which would take most people between 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
A hike is a box that requires 2 to 4 miles round-trip of hiking, which would take most people between 1 to 2 hours to complete.
A trek is 4 to 8 miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete.
An backpack is 8 to 15 miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete.
An thru-hike requires 15 or more miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people a minimum of 8 hours to complete.

Note: Use a little common sense with these icons. A flat, paved, 1-mile trail would be a stroll. A rugged 1-mile trail that climbs 1,000 feet in elevation gain would be a walk. Even though both trails are one mile long, they would each fall into different categories since the difficulty level is very different. There are no hard or fast rules regarding this-just use a little common sense. A typical hiking trail that's two miles long would normally be a walk, but if the walk requires an extreme climb going up thousands of feet on a rarely maintained trail, mark it as a hike.


An urban letterbox, as defined here, is located in an area where one is unlikely to experience "The Great Outdoors". Like in a big city, such as New York city. A rest area in the middle of nowhere is an urban box. A large city park with trees and hiking trails is not an urban box. The 'setting' for the letterbox is urban, not necessarily the location, if that makes any sense.
A snow friendly box is rather a squishy concept. Some people might consider a box that requires several miles of cross-country travel using snow shoes or skies as snow 'friendly,' while other may not. Other boxes might be quite findable if there's an inch or two of snow on the ground but may no longer be easily found if there's a foot or two of snow on the ground. In theory, though, a snow friendly box is one in which important landmarks in the clue would not be covered, nor will digging through layers of snow be required to find the box.
A pet friendly letterbox is located in an area that allows pets to roam, usually with a leash requirement.
This letterbox is available only for a limited time. A limited time letterbox is either a box that is planted for only part of the year or a box that you intend to retire within the next three months. Letterboxes planted in regions that are covered in snow for nine months of the year or in stores that require a visit during store hours do not count as limited time boxes.
A bike friendly letterbox is located in an area where bicycles or mountain bikes are permitted and have plenty of room to roam. For instance, while it is legal to ride ones bicycle on busy city streets, it is not considered bike friendly if there are no designated bike lanes available for use near the letterbox. And while many trails may be accessible to mountain bike, it is not considered bike friendly if the trail is for hikers only.
The trail or path to the letterbox should be accessible by wheelchairs or strollers the entire way. However, the letterbox itself may not be reachable from a wheelchair or stroller, and those using them may need assistance from others to actually acquire the box. The letterbox may be planted too high or low for someone in a wheelchair to physically reach, or too far off from the main trail for a wheelchair, but as long as an assistant can retrieve the box and bring it back for the wheelchair-bound person, it's considered wheelchair accessible.
You'll be expected to use your head on this one in order to decipher the clue. The code might be easy or hard-this image promises nothing on that count-the only thing it does promise is that the clue won't be straight-forward as most.
A box that requires some sort of special or unusual equipment like for scuba diving or rock climbing, or even something as simple as a ladder. A compass is not considered "special" equipment for letterboxers!
The owner or author of the letterbox has indicated that the box requires repairs, but for whatever reason, they aren't able to do it themselves and are asking for your help, should you choose to look for the letterbox. Maybe the container is cracked and needs replacing. Maybe the logbook is soaked and needs to be replaced. Maybe a torn ZipLock needs replacing. Whatever it is, this icon is a call for help!
This image marks letterboxes that require a compass in order to find. The lack of this picture means the clue doesn't require a compass OR that the creator of the letterbox did not specify a compass requirement. It's generally a good idea to always carry a compass in your letterboxing kit, though, so you'll always be prepared.
This letterbox requires payment of some sort of fee-probably a parking or entrance fee-in order to find. The lack of this picture does not necessarily mean no fees are required. The creator may not have specified fees, or perhaps fees were added since the box was planted. It's always a good idea to carry a few extra dollars in case of an unexpected fee or two.
Those who plant letterboxes are able to point out their favorite plants by assigning them the Planter's Choice Award. They might do this because they consider it one of their best boxes, or perhaps it has sentimental value. Whatever the reason, the planter wants you to notice this box.
The blue diamond marks letterboxes that are highly recommended by other letterboxers. If your time is limited, you might want to focus on finding a Blue Diamond letterbox.
Each week, the highest rated box on Atlas Quest is designated the Box of the Week. Use this to search for boxes that have reached such lofty heights.
Some people like to find boxes that are 'historic,' and using this option in one's search can help narrow down the possibilities. A historic box, in this case, is any letterbox that was planted at least ten years ago and has been listed on Atlas Quest for at least five years.
Some letterboxers want to find that elusive box few people ever find or even search for. Searching for 'rare finds,' in this case, will return all boxes that have not had a recorded find for at least one full year.

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Kentucky State Parks

Last Updated: March 3, 2014 08:42:46 AM

Kentucky does require pre-approval and a permit before you can plant a letterbox in Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky Geocaching page (Also applies to letterboxing)
Instructions for Establishing a Letterbox Site
Letterboxing Application and Permit

Help Home > Land Manager Policies > Kentucky

How do I add my LTC to a tracker?

Last Updated: March 2, 2014 09:05:29 AM

You can only add a card to a tracker if you are a member, so first make sure to join if you haven't already.

On the tracker page, press the "Add Box" button. You can specify the card either by name or by its unique box number. Enter one of these in the appropriate box and press the submit button. If there is only one matching card listing, it will be automatically added and you will be returned to the tracker page. If there were multiple matches, you will need to choose the correct card from the options provided, or enter a new name or box number.

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What is the best way to cut an LTC sheet from a 12x12 sheet of paper?

Last Updated: March 1, 2014 07:22:58 AM

You can get 16 LTCs from a 12x12 sheet of paper. You start by cutting the 12x12 into four 5x7s, then cut those into quarters. You'll be left with a small square scrap of paper in the middle of the original sheet. Link to a video showing how.

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What is an "Add-on Box"?

Last Updated: February 25, 2014 01:37:36 PM

An add-on box is a single letterbox that invites finders to add another stamp to it based on the theme of the box. The first add-on box was Jay's Tool Box in Troutdale, Oregon. It was tool themed and planted in a tool box. It began with 3 small stamps and a log book. It survived in its location for over 7 years before being muggled. Just before it went missing it had collected over 80 stamps from boxers that had visited from all over the country. Hitchhikers should not be placed in add-on boxes due to the high likelyhood of confusion. If you plan to contribute a stamp, keep it small! Most should be 1.5" or smaller. Be sure to email the placer with your contribution so they can add it to the clue.

If you are planting an add-on box, think about your location. Is it easy to take someplace and sit for an extended time to stamp in? If your box ends up with a considerable number of stamps, it can take up to an hour to stamp in. Is your hiding place big enough for a bigger container in the event that it fills up? Think about your theme. Are there lots of possibilities for people to use? Start with a few but don't try to do them all, leave ideas for others.

When it comes to listing stamps added to an add-on box, they should be listed in the 'other' category (if they are listed at all), since you're merely contributing a stamp to an existing letterbox and not creating an entirely new letterbox.

If you like hunting for Add-on boxes, use the keyword search term, "growingbox."

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Why don't some letterboxers like geocaching?

Last Updated: February 19, 2014 05:52:28 AM

Sometimes when a geocacher finds a letterbox, they think they've found a geocache or a game which includes trading for the "swag" inside the box. So they may take the stamp and leave a trinket.

To help prevent this problem see:

How can I tell if there are any geocaches near the spot I want to hide my letterbox?
How can I help prevent my stamp from being traded out for a trinket?

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What are some hot-button topics?

Last Updated: February 19, 2014 05:43:17 AM

There are certain subjects that, when discussed, invariably wind up in heated discussions that wind up causing hurt feelings and other problems. They shouldn't, but like a moth to a flame, it happens. Unless you have a very thick skin, it's suggested that you don't delve too much into the following subjects:

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What glue do I use to mount a stamp?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 06:19:17 PM

Some suggested glues for mounting a stamp to foam include:

More Kirbert tips:

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What can you do when a stamp won't accept ink very well?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 06:14:36 PM

Condition the stamp using any of these methods:

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What carving material is recommended?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 06:09:36 PM

Different carvers often prefer different materials. The two most popular materials used are Speedball's Speedy-Stamp and Stampeaz's OZ Kut.

Other carving materials (not necessarily popular or recommended!) include:
A few comments about some of these:

OZ Kut

OZ Kut is the latest iteration in the quest for a PZ Kut replacement. It is smooth to cut with a gouge and the pop out problem from previous trial batches has been conquered.

Firm Kut
Way too hard for the exacto knife. My hand hurt when I was done and I had trouble getting detail in there well. Image transferred ok. (Reviewed by Shark Boy and Lava Girl)

It's very good. As long as you don't have huge inked in spaces, it doesn't need to be sanded, but really, sanding it takes about 10 seconds and makes the ink take better. No chemical treatment is necessary.

It's a matter of learning how to carve it. It behaves differently than other rubbers, and in most ways it surpasses them. The only thing I don't like about it is the way a knife cuts through it. I just can't get a clean cut with a knife.

I also haven't had a perfect transfer yet. I haven't figured out the right iron temp, but I like the material well enough that it's worth all the trial and error. It's definitely worth a try if you're putting an order in anyway. (Reviewed by Fiddleheads)

Ecocarve (Nasco) "the brown stuff"
Well, it's not quite PZ Kut; but, it was pretty darned good. [The image] transferred well and it actually lightened the brown color which rubbed off on the transfer paper. This made the contrast between the transfer and rubber easier to see. It cut well and I really liked how the rubber lifted out after each cut. So far this is the best alternative I have tried for the orange stuff. I'd rather carve on this and adjust to it instead of having to learn how to carve on the much softer pink stuff. (Reviewed by Shark Boy and Lava Girl)

Orange PZ Kut (no longer manufactured)
Has a trait that no other carving material has: When you make a slit with a razor knife, you can see the slit. With all the other materials, after making the slit it closes up and you cannot see it without bending the rubber so the cut opens up. As a result, the orange PZ Kut is strongly preferred among many carvers who use razor knives extensively. Note that it does nothing for those who carve primarily with gouges, though -- in fact, people who carve using gouges tend not to like orange PZ Kut at all; they usually prefer the white PZ Kut.

Says right on the package that it "cuts like butter", and that's true -- it is very easy and smooth to carve. It is soft enough, however, that physical damage and wear can be an issue. If your image consists of broad inked areas, there won't be any problem, but if the image includes any thin lines or tiny dots -- which involve narrow ridges or points on the surface of the rubber -- these features can easily get rubbed away or damaged.

Speedy-Stamp (Speedball) "the pink stuff"
It is excellent. Speedy-Cut, by the same company, is ivory in color and should be avoided like the plague. It crumbles when carved, and sometimes dries out and breaks into pieces when stored in an outdoor letterbox.

Safety Kut (Nasco)
Inexpensive ($1.35US 4x6" piece), available in various sizes, some carvers feel that the blade doesn't glide through the medium smoothly enough for their liking. It inks up well (little, too no pooling with markers, a light sanding will make it ink up even better.) Downside: not good for fine detail work. It's tough to get sharp edges. (Review by Lone R)

Safety Kut has a texture that is similar to Mastercarve, but not quite so buttery. It cannot handle the detail or fine lines that PZ Kut does, but it does pretty well. Over a large number of prints, the edges will begin to wear, but not as badly as Mastercarve or that crappy Speedball stuff. It also doesn't get crumbly over time like the Speedball. (Review by Thunderbird)

Don't make the mistake of thinking that erasers are the cheapest way to go. On a per-square-inch basis, the PZ Kut is likely to be the cheapest material you'll find -- and that's including the shipping cost. If you order five pieces, you pay the same shipping cost as when you order one. And you can order the "B" grade to save a bit more money yet. And don't forget how much gas you're saving not having to drive around town to find it!

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How can I see more detail through tracing paper?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 06:07:05 PM

When using the Pencil transfer method, it can sometimes be diffcult to see a lot of detail through the tracing paper. To see much clearer, it helps to have a source of light "backlighting" your image, much in the same way a doctor sees an x-ray more clearly with a light board. Since not everyone has access to a backlit board, here is an alternative. You can use a lamp. With the assistance of pictures, here is how.

  1. Find an appropriate lamp. You need to find a lamp that has a flat shade that is hard enough to write on. Even if it is rounded you should be able to trace ok, unless your image is very large.
  2. Then find your image and tape it/them to the lamp You can actually find multiple images and tape them together to create one image.
  3. Then trace your image.
  4. Then remove the tape holding your tracing to the lamp and you have a quality tracing!

Another alternative, during daylight hours, is to tape your image and tracing paper to a window. This has the advantage of providing a flat surface.

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What should I think about before joining an LTC Swap (tracker)?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 05:42:15 PM

Be willing and able to:

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Is there a BlackBerry app for Atlas Quest?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:56:33 PM

Sorry, but no, there are current no native BlackBerry apps for Atlas Quest at this time. If you are interested in developing one or know someone who is, please have them contact Green Tortuga to access that AQ API.

It's been reported that BlackBerry devices running 10.2.1 and later can install and run the Box Radar app for Android.

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Who do I report to if there is no letterbox at the site designated?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:50:41 PM

Besides recording finds, you can also record attempts on a letterbox if you believe that the box is missing. Use the same same link as you would for Recording a Find--it does double duty for attempts as well. AQ will give you the option to mark the box as a find or an attempt, and it'll give you space to leave a comment that will be sent to the owner and all planters of the box. If you do leave a comment, you'll usually have the option to post it publicly as well where a wider audience can see it.

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How do you agree to the Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:48:46 PM

If you follow clues for any box listed on Atlas Quest, you are implicitly agreeing to the Waiver of Responsibility and Disclaimer. There is no button to click to formally agree to it--let's face it, most people click "Agree" to just about anything without reading it anyhow. We don't want to waste your time like that, but if you do follow any clues to boxes listed on Atlas Quest, you've implicitly agreed to them whether you wanted to or not!

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Why do we place letterboxes?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:33:53 PM

Inky Jedi's Do you plant letterboxes? says it all!

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What is a signature stamp?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:31:12 PM

A signature stamp is a unique stamp that represents yourself in some manner, and can be stamped into logbooks you find to show you've been there. Most letterboxers will urge you to create a hand-carved stamp rather than a store-bought one because we enjoy seeing what others can create. No artistic talent necessary! Carving a stamp is surprisingly quick and easy to do with the right guidance and tools, and our stamp carving tutorial is an excellent place to get started. Many first-time letterboxers, too eager to get out and start finding letterboxes before carving a signature stamp, will use their thumbprint. Many experienced letterboxers who forget to bring their signature stamp have been known to use this method as well!

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What is letterboxing?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:29:00 PM

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with "treasure-hunts" in parks, forests, and cities around the world. Participants seek out hidden letterboxes by cracking codes and following clues. Small boxes are hidden in various locations--usually outdoors, though many are planted indoors as well--and the creator of the box will release clues so others can go out and find them later. The box is expected to have a logbook that finders can log into and a unique stamp, usually hand-carved, that the finder can stamp into their own personal logbook as a record of all the letterboxes they've found. Most letterboxers have a unique stamp to represent themselves, called a signature stamp, that they stamp into the logbooks found inside letterboxes so others who find the letterbox later know they found it.

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How do I search the message boards?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:26:11 PM

The simplest, quickest, and most common search you'll likely run on the message boards is to look for posts with a specific keyword or phrase within the message. You can run this type of search from most any message board page just by entering the keyword in the search box in the upper-right corner of the page. For more advanced search options such as searching for posts by specific members, on specific boards, during a specific timespan, and more, use the dedicated Search Messages page.

A few things to know about keywords searches. First, searches are case-insensitive, so capitalization will not matter. Second-and this is important-keywords with just one or two letters or numbers are not recorded. If you try to run a search for "Rt 10", for instance, it simply will not work because the AQ database does not track such small words. Continuing with the example, you could search for "Route 10", but that would return all posts with the word "route" regardless of whether there's a 10 after it or not.

Some common words are automatically ignored such as and, then, don't, etc. These are called stopwords, and the full list of stopwords used are:

a's, able, about, above, according, accordingly, across, actually, after, afterwards, again, against, ain't, all, allow, allows, almost, alone, along, already, also, although, always, am, among, amongst, an, and, another, any, anybody, anyhow, anyone, anything, anyway, anyways, anywhere, apart, appear, appreciate, appropriate, aq, are, aren't, around, as, aside, ask, asking, associated, at, available, away, awfully, be, became, because, become, becomes, becoming, been, before, beforehand, behind, being, believe, below, beside, besides, best, better, between, beyond, both, box, boxed, boxes, boxing, brief, but, by, c'mon, c's, came, can, can't, cannot, cant, cause, causes, certain, certainly, changes, clearly, clue, co, com, come, comes, concerning, consequently, consider, considering, contain, containing, contains, corresponding, could, couldn't, course, currently, definitely, described, despite, did, didn't, different, do, does, doesn't, doing, don't, done, down, downwards, during, each, edu, eg, eight, either, else, elsewhere, enough, entirely, especially, et, etc, even, ever, every, everybody, everyone, everything, everywhere, ex, exactly, example, except, far, few, fifth, first, five, followed, following, follows, for, former, formerly, forth, four, from, further, furthermore, get, gets, getting, given, gives, go, goes, going, gone, got, gotten, greetings, had, hadn't, happens, hardly, has, hasn't, have, haven't, having, he, he's, hello, help, hence, her, here, here's, hereafter, hereby, herein, hereupon, hers, herself, hi, him, himself, his, hither, hopefully, how, howbeit, however, i'd, i'll, i'm, i've, ie, if, ignored, immediate, in, inasmuch, inc, indeed, indicate, indicated, indicates, inner, insofar, instead, into, inward, is, isn't, it, it'd, it'll, it's, its, itself, just, keep, keeps, kept, know, knows, known, last, lately, later, latter, latterly, least, less, lest, let, let's, letterbox, letterboxed, letterboxes, letterboxing, letterboxer, like, liked, likely, little, look, looking, looks, ltd, mainly, many, may, maybe, me, mean, meanwhile, merely, might, more, moreover, most, mostly, much, must, my, myself, name, namely, nd, near, nearly, necessary, need, needs, neither, never, nevertheless, new, next, nine, no, nobody, non, none, noone, nor, normally, not, nothing, novel, now, nowhere, obviously, of, off, often, oh, ok, okay, old, on, once, one, ones, only, onto, or, other, others, otherwise, ought, our, ours, ourselves, out, outside, over, overall, own, park, particular, particularly, per, perhaps, placed, please, plus, possible, presumably, probably, provides, que, quite, qv, rather, rd, re, really, reasonably, regarding, regardless, regards, relatively, respectively, right, rock, said, same, saw, say, saying, says, second, secondly, see, seeing, seem, seemed, seeming, seems, seen, self, selves, sensible, sent, serious, seriously, seven, several, shall, she, should, shouldn't, since, six, so, some, somebody, somehow, someone, something, sometime, sometimes, somewhat, somewhere, soon, sorry, specified, specify, specifying, still, sub, such, sup, sure, t's, take, taken, tell, tends, th, than, thank, thanks, thanx, that, that's, thats, the, their, theirs, them, themselves, then, thence, there, there's, thereafter, thereby, therefore, therein, theres, thereupon, these, they, they'd, they'll, they're, they've, think, third, this, thorough, thoroughly, those, though, three, through, throughout, thru, thus, to, together, too, took, toward, towards, tree, tried, tries, truly, try, trying, twice, two, un, under, unfortunately, unless, unlikely, until, unto, up, upon, us, use, used, useful, uses, using, usually, value, various, very, via, viz, vs, want, wants, was, wasn't, way, we, we'd, we'll, we're, we've, welcome, well, went, were, weren't, what, what's, whatever, when, whence, whenever, where, where's, whereafter, whereas, whereby, wherein, whereupon, wherever, whether, which, while, whither, who, who's, whoever, whole, whom, whose, why, will, willing, wish, with, within, without, won't, wonder, would, would, wouldn't, yes, yet, you, you'd, you'll, you're, you've, your, yours, yourself, yourselves, zero

Any word you attempt to search for in this list will be ignored.

Search Operators

By default, Atlas Quest will return all searches that include one or more of the keywords you specify. You can, however, change that behavior through the use of operators. Supported operators include:
Operator Result
+ A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in every post returned.
- A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any post returned.
( ) Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions
* An asterisk is the truncation operator. Unlike the other operators, it should be appended to the word, not prepended.
" A phrase that is enclosed in double quotes matches only posts that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed.


Search Results
apple banana find posts that contain at least one of these words
+apple +juice find posts that contain both words
+apple -macintosh find posts that contain the word "apple" but not "macintosh"
+(apple banana) -macintosh find posts that contain "apple" or "banana", but not "machintosh"
apple* find posts that contain "apple", "apples", "applesauce", "applet", etc.
"some words" find posts that contain "some words of wisdom", but not "some noise words"

Help Home > Message Boards

How do I post to a specific board?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:22:48 PM

When you write a new post, you'll see two drop-down lists. The first is labeled Group and the second is labeled Board. By default, the group will be set to the Everybody group, and the board options will show only the boards assigned to that group. If the board you're looking for is in the everybody group, simply select it.

If the board you are interested in is not in the Everybody group, you must change the group to the one that has the board. For instance, all boards for US states and regions are in the United States Letterboxing group. If you change the group to this, the board options will change to include all of the state and regional boards in the United States.

More of the most commonly used message boards are in the Non-Traditional Boxes group and the Yakking It Up group.

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I picked up a "traveler" from a traditional letterbox, but the definition of personal traveler doesn't match. What did I find?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:12:22 PM

The LbNA website calls all non-traditional letterboxes into a single category called "travellers" (or "travelers" depending on the page you are viewing--the spelling seems to shift from page to page)--lumping hitchhikers, fleas, cooties, postals, virtuals, and personal travelers into a single catch-all term. In AQ-speak, it would be the same as calling it a non-traditional letterbox. In England, they always use the term 'traveler' rather than 'hitchhiker.'

In any case, you almost certainly found a hitchhiker, and you treat it like you would any other hitchhiker. If the hitchhiker's goal is to get closer to a specific location, help it along in the correct direction if you can, but don't sweat it if you can't. Just rehide the hitchhiker with another letterbox and hope the next person to find it can move it along in the correct direction later.

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How do I trade an LTC?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:07:44 PM


Active Lists Automated

When you start creating art for group swaps you may find yourself making a few extra... what to do with the extras? Trade them as individuals! And the easiest way to get a list out of the cards you have available for trade is to give'em a link... a link that automatically keeps track of your active LTCs.


Once you've signed up for a swap, the leader will provide details like the number of cards you need to make, orientation requirements, special instructions and the due date. You just need to make your cards, list them on AQ, add them to the tracker and mail them by the "send by" date, or make sure that you send with enough time for them to be received by the swap host by the "receive by" date. Bubble mailers will protect your cards and you can use them almost indefinitely when you prepare them according to the following instructions.

Prepare Envelopes for Mailing with Clear Packing Tape

Mail the cards to the host and you're done. While you are waiting, join another swap, make more cards for trading, or go boxing!

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How do I make a letter book?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 04:01:19 PM

It's very easy. Once you've selected the book you'd like to use, make a thin solution of glue and water. Apply the solution in between and arround the pages you'd like to be the walls of the "box". Don't forget to separate the glued pages from the dry ones with something like a plastic bag while the glue dries.

Once the glue is dry, mark the perimeter of your future "box" with a pencil. All that has to be done now is for the section of the pages that you marked to be cut out.

This video shows the process of making a secret compartment book.

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How can I clean old ink off of stamps?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 03:52:49 PM

Do not use anything with a scent, like baby wipes, on letterboxes planted in the wild - that can attract animals. Also, some of them contain alcohol which may be damaging to the carving medium. There are commercial stamp cleaners that work very well. But if you don't want to carry a bottle of cleaner, damp paper towels in a plastic baggie works just fine. They are very lightweight and compact to carry. One paper towel per small ziplock bag is recommended because once a towel becomes dirty, it tends to bleed the ink into the other clean towels in the same bag. Please remember to pack the towels out with you and dispose of them properly.

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What other websites are available for international letterboxes?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 03:49:44 PM

LbNA does support non-North American letterboxes under the generic heading of "Other Countries." LbNA and Atlas Quest are the two main locations for both US and non-US letterboxes, but you can find a list of additional letterboxing websites in the Link Directory for Letterboxing Portals.

If you learn of any new websites that should be added, please do so.

Help Home > Etiquette, Conventions, and Rules

Why do people keep their logbooks private?

Last Updated: February 18, 2014 11:02:03 AM

By default, all new accounts on Atlas Quest are set so an individual's finds are private, so most private logbooks are probably like that simply because the person hasn't changed their default settings.

However, some people may explicitly choose to keep their online logbook private for any number of reasons including (but not limited to):

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What are Treasure Hikers?

Last Updated: January 29, 2014 11:44:56 PM

Yep. We're all treasure hikers in the general sense of the word... each little piece of art set free in the world is a treasure to plant and find.
But there is a larger game afoot to encourage more boxes on longer distance trails and paths, and that game is Treasure Hikers!
Mama Fox, of the Little Foxes, came up with the original idea and it wasn't long before other states wanted to kick up their hiking heels as well.

Treasure Hiking is a fun way to set hiking goals while letterboxing and earn cool pathtags or other accessories!


Here's the only rule: One point for each mile hiked while letterboxing, either finding or planting, on hikes of 1 mile or longer round trip.

If you have a question about whether something fits the Rule, use your own judgment, bearing in mind that we are operating on the honor system when you report your points. If you need clarification, read through the Suggestions and Footnotes below. The FAQ list is found below the table showing participating states and state coordinators. If you have questions about the program in one of the participating states, please contact the coordinator for that state.

Friendly Suggestions:
Other Footnotes:
If you are interested in starting a program for your state, contact one of the state representatives listed below:
Participating stateWho to contactHow to contactStarting DatePathtags Available
Alaska KnottyKnitterDirtMonkeyAQ Mail1/29/201425, 49
CaliforniaTurtlegirl 19AQ Mail4/1/2009
ColoradoThe3DTsAQ Mail1/1/2010
ConnecticutKit Kat 61 or The QuackersAQ Mail6/1/2009 25, 50, 75, 100
FloridaMonkey Wrangler AQ Mail5/1/2009
Georgia Buttercup, Hawkeye AQ Mail3/20/2009
IllinoisNitrocatAQ Mail4/24/2009
KentuckyEeny Meany Miney MoeAQ Mail3/1/2009
MaineAiphidAQ Mail5/1/2009 25, 50, 100
MassachusettsgraywolfeAQ Mail4/25/2009 50, 100, 150, 200
Michiganthe hicks from the sticksAQ Mail5/22/2009
MinnesotaSandcastleAQ Mail7/1/2012
New HampshireBubbaloo MagooAQ Mail5/21/2009
North CarolinaThe Little Foxes, The Wolf family, Knit WitAQ Mail3/1/200925, 50, 100
Ohio Mn8X AQ Mail3/1/2009
OregonMystic DreamerAQ Mail3/20/2009
Rhode IslandSouthpawAQ Mail6/30/2012 25, 50
South CarolinaGreycrazyAQ Mail3/1/2009 25
TennesseeScouttrekkieAQ Mail3/4/200925
TexasPI JoeAQ Mail1/1/2010 25, 50, 100
Virginiawee3AQ Mail6/1/2009
WashingtonCampFireLadyAQ Mail3/20/2009

There are other similar hiking incentive programs. Contact the organizer(s) listed for the program.
Program nameWho to contactHow to contactStarting Date
New York Letterbox Hiking ChallengeJackbear, Scout, or SahalieAQ e-mail4/2/09
NC Mountain ChallengeDixie or The Little FoxesAQ e-mailin planning stages

Frequently Asked Questions
Really the program is on the honor system, and we prefer that you have fun in the spirit of the game and count your points using your own conscience.
However, some questions get asked regularly so, for the sake of consistent answers (and the sanity of the moderators), this section was added.

What if the box is a one mile hike but I get lost and travel for 3 miles? How many points would that be? Only one. No extra points for being directionally challenged.
Can I go get 10 drivebys at .1 mile each and say that's one mile? No. None of these are qualifying boxes. A qualifying box must be a one mile hike (round trip).
Can I use a bike instead of hiking? No. The program is for hiking. There's nothing stopping you from making your own Treasure Biking program, though.
Do attempts count? No. They don't count as finds and they don't count toward points in this program either. However, if you take a box with you and plant it at one mile or more you could get a point for that.
What if I start a 6 mile hike but I don't finish it? I only do 3 miles one day, then next week I go back for the farthest boxes and do 6 miles? Do I count 9 miles total or only 6? You should count 9 miles total. You did 3 miles one day and 6 miles another day. Just because the boxes happened to be in a series does not change that you hiked 9 miles total on 2 separate days to qualifying boxes.
Can my dog get a pathtag? If your dog walked the distance with you, go ahead and order one for his collar too!
What if I walk a mile to get to a driveby box? Then can I count it? No. A qualifying box is one that is one mile in hike length for anyone to get to. You can't make it a qualifying box by just setting your own starting point.
If I am in a park where there are several separate letterboxes listed and I can find them all by stringing them together to make a hike greater than one mile, can I receive pathtag points? The Treasure Hikers program was originally envisioned as a way to encourage planting boxes on longer hikes in areas where the tendency seemed to be planting drivebys. While many of the coordinators still adhere to the idea that the box you are seeking should require a hike of one mile or more, we also recognize that there are some areas where finding a mile-long trail may be a challenge. Follow your conscience. If you live in such an area, consider planting an urban box that might incorporate a mile-long "sightseeing tour" of your city in the clues.
I heard New York was doing things a little different, what's the deal with that? The New York organizers were inspired by the original Treasure Hikers group, but being New Yorkers, wanted to put a little different spin on it. A Challenge Patch is available for different miles accomplished, 25,50, 75, and 100 instead of a pathtag. They also honor attempts and maintenance, and any other excuse you have to get out and letterbox. As with the Treasure Hikers, the New York Letterbox Hiking Challenge encourages participants to challenge themselves to go on longer hikes. For more information on the NY guidelines, go to:NY Letterbox Hiking Challenge Patch Guidelines
What about partial miles? If we hike 3.5 miles round trip can we round our points up to 4? Rounding up from the halfway point is technically taking credit for mileage that you didn't really hike. Most of the members are rounding down to the whole if the fraction is under a half and rounding down to the half if it is over the halfway point. The beauty of the tracking widget designed by Wassa is that you can input exact mileage without rounding at all. If you truly want credit for that partial mile, use the widget tracker. :-) In addition, as stated above, each individual hike must be at least one mile round trip to begin with. No hiking .7 miles one week and .3 the next and adding them together for one mile.

Help Home > Getting Started

How do I search by location?

Last Updated: January 18, 2014 06:50:09 PM

The location-based search can take various forms:

If you use the trip planner but Atlas Quest cannot find the requested route, the search will be converted into a linear search and the ALONG part will be ignored.

Search Options

Advanced Search Option

The Use Exact Locations options seems relatively straight-forward, but it's actually trickier than you might expect. For instance, what if there's a mystery box whose location is listed as "somewhere in Northern California"? If you run a search for mystery boxes in California, even if you "use exact locations," you'll usually still want it to return boxes somewhere in "Northern California." People expect AQ to sort boxes into certain levels-address, city, county, state, and country. Any box that doesn't fit neatly into a category (such as "Northern California") can be problematic, and for searching purposes, AQ will "upgrade" Northern California into a "California" level, allowing it to show when you run an "exact" location for boxes in "California." Otherwise, you might miss such a letterbox completely.

Another example where "exact" can be a little fuzzy is park names and addresses. What if one person lists the location of their box as "Lincoln Park, 2323 Elm Gove Road" but you run an "exact" search for "Lincoln Park"? Most people would expect this to match even though, technically speaking, it's not really exact. Close enough, though!

So that Use Exact Locations option isn't accurate in the strictest sense of the word. It is possible, however, to force AQ to run an exact search in the very strictest sense of the word-set the radius of your search to 0. It's somewhat of a hack and for most people, you shouldn't ever want to use this option. But if you find yourself ever wanting to run a very strict exact location for your search, that's how you do it.

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How do I make my own Glue Dots?

Last Updated: January 17, 2014 06:00:17 PM

Glue dots are a fast and easy way to attach layers of paper and embellishments to your cards. You can get rolls of 200 to 400 of them for around 5 dollars. You can make them yourself with Alene's Tack it Over and Over Again glue. These are much more economical and you can create any size you want.

  1. cut strips of waxed paper
  2. drop dots of the glue onto it (leave space between the dots)
  3. let it dry until it is clear

The glue dots are ready to use or you can cover with another strip of waxed paper and save for another day.

Other possible materials for dotting the glue onto are the glossy side of backing sheets from address labels (or any labels) and discarded plastic leftover from laminating projects. Glue dots release from both of these materials very easily. The plastic is very durable which makes it reusable indefinitely.

Help Home > Letterboxes > LTC

What can I use as a trail name?

Last Updated: December 18, 2013 12:28:10 PM

Trail names may include any of the 26 letters from the English alphabet, the numbers 0 through 9, spaces, underscores (_), periods (.), dashes (-), single quotes ('), and exclamation marks (!). Trail names are not case sensitive, so you would not be able to create an account name such as "green tortuga" since "Green Tortuga" is already taken. Additionally, all spaces and punctuation marks do not count towards a 'unique' trail name, so neither would you be able to register "GreenTortuga," "Green-Tortuga," "Green_Tortuga," etc.

All trail names must include at least one letter or number.

And, of course, you cannot use a trail name that someone else has already registered, or a variation of such a trail name.

The most requested punctuation mark asked to be allowed is the ampersand (&), but that character is specifically not allowed since it's a special character used for HTML text and the encoding issues are just plain messy. You can ask, but it will likely never happen.

You can change your trail name from the Account Info page. The only effect this has is that your trail name is changed--you still have all of your plants, finds, message board posts, etc.--everything is the same as before, except that your trail name is different. For a month, nobody else will be able to use your old trail name, and for a time anyone who runs a search for your old trail name will be able to see that you changed it. Other than that, though, it's the same as if you had the new trail name the entire time.

Keep in mind that this is the way other letterboxers will address you at gatherings, events and whatnot. It's helpful if the name you choose is actually pronounceable.

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What is a whitelist?

Last Updated: November 19, 2013 11:13:23 PM

A whitelist is a list of everyone you allow to see your letterbox. A whitelist is a good way to limit your boxes to close friends or family.

Whitelists are specified as contact groups. The primary purpose of contact groups is to contact groups of people you know, but they also do double duty as whitelists and exceptions if you choose to use them in that manner. A letterbox with a whitelist restriction will require members to be logged in in order to see them on Atlas Quest to check if they are on the whitelist.

To apply a whitelist to your boxes, you must be the owner of the letterbox, then follow these steps:

  1. Create a contact group. You'll probably want to make the group private and give it a name such as "My whitelist" or "My friends," then add everyone who should be a part of that group.
  2. While listing a letterbox, change to the Restrictions page. If you have any contact groups (which you should now, if you did step #1), they'll all be listed as options for whitelists. Select the appropriate whitelist for your restrictions.
  3. Save the box. You're done!

To add or remove someone from a whitelist, edit the contact group that is being used for that purpose. You do not have to edit or change the box listing in any way to apply such changes.

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Florida State Parks

Last Updated: November 14, 2013 07:07:14 PM

Letterboxing is allowed in Florida State Parks, but you do need to get verbal permission before planting from the park manager.

Describe the location, how you intend to hide it (digging is not allowed) and provide a description of the container. The park manager will consider the site attributes and give verbal permission for you to hide the letterbox in the location. Archaeological, ecological and historical areas are typically off limits. Also consider frequent flooding, fire frequency, animal habitat, etc. before requesting permission.

Letterboxing in Florida State Parks
Environmental Responsiblity in Florida State Parks

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Can I make my own embossing powder?

Last Updated: October 25, 2013 07:01:08 AM

yes yes yes!

Contributed By: Mrs Anesha Marshall - England
Use clear embossing powder and Powdered Pearls, or Pearl EX Powders and create beautiful colors of Embossing Powder

In an empty embossing powder jar, mix and shake well, clear embossing powders with what ever color you like of Faerie Dust, Powdered Pearls, or Pearl EX Powders! You can get some really beautiful effects by embossing with it!

Added by FloridaFour: You can also mix different colors of embossing powder. My favorite is to add red or black powder, then just sprinkle a tiny bit of silver or gold onto that.

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What do the icons on a personal traveler represent?

Last Updated: September 23, 2013 11:58:30 AM

Stamp Types

The creator promises you'll find a genuine, 100% hand-carved stamp in the letterbox and not a store-bought or custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a unique, custom-made stamp.
The letterbox contains a store-bought stamp rather than a hand-carved or custom-made stamp.


A trail-only personal traveler means you must find the owner while on the trail in order to nab the stamp.
A limited time traveler means you better get the stamp soon, because it won't be around much longer!
The brain icon represents a mental challenge which may require research or solving a tricky puzzle.

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How do I add a map to my profile under Free Flowing Thoughts?

Last Updated: September 18, 2013 02:20:18 PM

First visit-

Click on the states you wish to select. Copy the code given and paste it into the free flowing thoughts section of your profile. You will need to replace the <img src="http with [img:http and then change the > to a ].

Also if you would like it to be in its own section, place a "++ Map" just prior to the code.

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1. Gwinnett County Parks

Last Updated: September 13, 2013 12:22:57 PM

Gwinnett County regulations and application for letterbox or geocache (effective 04/2103) can be found at:

Caches are limited to conservation parks and must be labeled with their permit number.

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What is a substitution code?

Last Updated: August 25, 2013 09:43:46 AM

A substitution code, also called a substitution cipher, is when one thing takes the place of another. For example different letters, numbers, symbols, pictures might stand for letters of the alphabet. The word "code" might be represented as 3,15,4,5 or perhaps as X,L,W,V. In the numerical example numbers substitute for letters of the alphabet. In the second example a backwards alphabet substitutes for the normal one. Letters, numbers, symbols might substitute for syllables or words in a code.

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What is a geocoded location?

Last Updated: August 23, 2013 05:29:59 PM

A geocoder is a system that takes an address or other location and converts it into latitude and longitude coordinates. You might hide a letterbox in Lincoln Park, Seattle, WA, but Atlas Quest needs to know the exact coordinates of this park to make sure it shows up properly when people run a search for letterboxes near Seattle. For most cities, parks, and other points of interest, AQ will figure this out automatically using geocoders. Entering a location here will attempt to convert your human-friendly text into a location that computers can easily read and process.

When listing names of places, it's usually best to type in the full, official name of the park or location. Use a name such as "Montana de Oro State Park" instead of "Montana de Oro SP." Use the city name "San Francisco" instead of abbreviating it to "SF." The geocoders might be able to figure out your abbreviations, but they make fewer errors and better matches when you don't use them. It also helps when you include commas to separate each part of a location, so a search for "Milan, MI" may work better than a search for "Milan MI" (without the comma separating the state from the city.) Other punctuation is usually best if it's left out. (A search for "SW 23rd St" is more likely to generate better results than a search for "S.W. 23rd St.") Usually these little things won't matter, but in rare cases, they actually can make a difference!

One of several things might happen when you attempt to list a location:

Regardless of what happens, the last item in the list of possible matches will include a link to 'Edit Custom Location.' If it becomes clear that the suggested geocoded locations aren't what you're looking for, use this link to override the geocoder. Before clicking it, find the best match possible for your location-Atlas Quest will pre-populate the geocoder override with whatever match you select which can speed up the process. Click the best possible match from the list, then click the 'Edit Custom Location' link. (If you don't select a best possible match from the list, AQ will pre-populate the next page with the first location in the list.)

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What is an Eevil Letterbox?

Last Updated: August 23, 2013 10:22:06 AM

An eevil letterbox is a letterbox in which the clue goes beyond the mundane or simplistic. Often used to describe mystery boxes, the term eevil is a badge of honor to those who go the extra mile to create a box with creative or difficult clues. The term eevil was originally coined by Dancin' Bat of PA back in 2005.

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Is there a clue guide available for downtown Charlotte, NC?

Last Updated: August 9, 2013 06:14:18 PM

Yes. After answering this question repeatedly, it just seemed to make sense to put one together. Every box listed in this guide as well as the tips to each box has been done only with permission of each planter. By listing it in Wiki, anyone can update it to keep the information more up to date (or add or remove their boxes as they see fit). You can also check the revision date of this question listing to see when the guide was last updated.

If you'd like a visual map of the guide you can see a google map here or contact The Wolf Family with a private e-mail address to have a better version sent to you.


This is downtown Charlotte -- the nation's second largest banking center-expect it to be busy during the week. That being said, you won't have problems with parking in these 'boxing areas. You should be able to find free parking at or near each area. If you go during rush hour in the morning or late afternoon expect the traffic to crawl. If you go on the weekends all parking is free on the streets and it is oftentimes practically vacant unless there is an event (at Panther's Stadium or the Bobcat's Arena).


Elmwood/Pinewood United
Elmwood/Pinewood History
The Confederate
GAQLBE09: Registered Nurse
What's that behind you?
Hic Jacet (Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery 2011 box)
Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous
They Moved to North Carolina Because...
RAY'S SPLASH PLANET (215 N. Sycamore)

GAQLBE09: Go Green
Park in the lot here and you can walk to the locations within a couple blocks
ALL of these boxes were created by the Middle School age children of Trinity Episcopal School

Trinity in the Park
Covered in Vines
Three Poles
You can see the school from here. You just made a loop back to the school. Now start back at the school and follow these boxes out to Alexander Street Park://

Stone Plus Crack

Pond Life
Alexander Street Park
You are now at Alexander Street Park at 916 N. Alexander St.

A.S.P. Letterbox


Street parking is free on weekends. See clue for other parking recommendations. You can also just take the Lynx line here (see the clue for more information).

Center City Walking Tour

Check the links in the clue for the times that ImaginOn is open. You will need to go inside the building for the clues to the box.
The clue for the Center City Walking Tour also includes a route to the box:
Settlers' Cemetery
And when you get to the
Grande Disco location in the tour you will be able to pick up the clues for
Queen Charlotte Sophia

At the end of the Center City Walking Tour Series you can easily pick up several more boxes as part of the "tour". If you do this the one way total mileage is just over 2 miles. If you walk back to 7th Street it will be a total of 3 miles.
From Disco Chicken, continue down Tryon to Stonewall. You will be in the location for

Lynx Light Rail Line Series: Charlotte Observer

Then back to Disco Chicken and cross Tryon and you will be at The Green where you can pick up:

Moon and Stars

Cross through The Green and cross the street and go into the Convention Center.
Keep going straight through following the signs to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
When it puts you back out on the street, go pass Buffalo Wild Wings to the front of the NASCAR Hall of Fame and you and do these boxes:

Lynx Light Rail Line Series: NASCAR Hall of Fame
Lynx Light Rail Line Series: Moonshine Runners

You end up on Stonewall at the end of these clues.
Head up Stonewall pass the NASCAR Hall of Fame to the Stonewall Station for the Lynx (you'll see the overstreet tracks ahead). You can ride this back to the 7th Street Station.
Or you can under the overstreet station and take a right on College St. And then head about 8 blocks down College St until you get to 7th St. Look right and you'll see where you started on 7th.

Lynx Light Rail Line Series: Historic South End
(pick up the light rail from downtown and get off at the East/West Blvd stop or see the clue for driving info.)
Both of these have easy access free parking//
I highly recommend trying these unique boxes

La boulangerie
Hope is the Thing with Flowers
Latta Arcade

The clue guide has all the boxes in the area listed regardless of their current status (they are only deleted from the guide if they are retired). Please check the status of the listed boxes to see if they are currently available

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What is an LTC?

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LTCs are Letterboxer Trading Cards.

They are a variant of ATCs or Artist Trading Cards. ATCs are small pieces of artwork created for the sole purpose of trading with other artists. So, LTCs are created with the intention of trading with other letterboxers. What makes the card an LTC is that the design contains an image that is hand-carved and hand-stamped. Other embellishments and stamps can be used, but the hand-carved stamp must be part of the art on the front of the card.

LTCs were suggested on AQ (Atlas Quest) by a letterboxer and became a reality when Mama Cache hosted the first swap. She wrote up the first guidelines and they are still in effect today. You can read about how they came to be and the guidelines on her Letterbox Trading Card page.

LTCs are usually made of card stock or similar heavyweight paper. They measure 2.5" by 3.5" (the size of a baseball card), and can use any medium or combination of media.
Construction paper is a poor choice because of the acid content which will shorten the life of your work. Seek out acid free options to come closer to archival quality (long lasting) art work. Scrapbooking papers and card stocks offer a wide variety of acid free choices. Watercolor papers and some art canvases are also good bases. Cards have been made from a wide variety of base materials such as fabric, fused beads, very thin wood, etc.

More information on techniques can be found in AQ's LTC Category. If you use facebook, lots of help, feedback, and techniques can be found in the Letterbox Trading Cards group.

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