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  1. What do the icons next to a member's trailname mean?
  2. What are Treasure Hikers?
  3. Can I record finds for boxes that are not listed on AQ?
  4. Can I get board messages sent directly to my email?
  5. What do I put into the letterbox?
  6. How do I carve small letters?
  7. How is the Box of the Week selected?
  8. What are member group restrictions?
  9. What do all the options for printing multiple clues mean?
  10. How do I resurrect an old account when I no longer have the previous email address?
  11. Where can I find help with a clue in code?
  12. How do I make the degrees symbol on Atlas Quest entries?
  13. Where do I see my finds?
  14. City of Eugene
  15. How do I mark one of my letterboxes as "missing"?
  16. How do I figure out postal rates when sending an LTC?
  17. How do I transfer an image to the carving material?
  18. What is a 'tagged' letterbox?
  19. Is there an iPhone app for AQ?
  20. How do I list a mystery letterbox?
  21. Do different pictures on the home page mean something, for example the hats?
  22. What's the difference between the planters, owner, contacts and carvers of a letterbox?
  23. What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?
  24. Are there any other letterboxes planted on cruise ships and how would we find out about them?
  25. What do the icons on a personal traveler represent?
  26. What is a password hint?
  27. What do the icons stand for in an event listing?
  28. Washington on-the-Brazos State Park
  29. How do I fix the density maps on my profile?
  30. How do I change my stamp?
  31. How do I edit my profile?
  32. How do I add a map of US states or Canadian provinces to my profile?
  33. What printer/toner combinations work with which transfer methods?
  34. What's the Wassa Widget do?
  35. How do I log hitchiker or personal travelers?
  36. How do I update an F-Summary?
  37. What is an LTC?
  38. What's the difference between public, protected, and private groups?
  39. What do the icons on an LTC represent?
  40. What are the different types of letterboxes?
  41. Can you carve logos on stamps to plant legally?
  42. Where is the "Search for my letterboxes" function?
  43. Why is the auto-login not working for my account?
  44. How do I include a link in my messages?
  45. What happened to virtual boxes?
  46. How does embossing work?
  47. What is an F-Summary (Find Summary)?
  48. Hi does anyone know on the listings before a clue what a Circled F means. know that F means Found and X means not found. thanks
  49. Can I turn a single box into a series later?
  50. How can I unrecord a find?

What do the icons next to a member's trailname mean?

Last Updated: April 23, 2017 12:16:15 AM
View Profile Allows you to view this member's profile.
Contact Member Allows you to contact this member.
View Logbook Allows you to view this member's online logbook.
Add Note Read Note View and/or edit any notes you've taken about this member. If the notepad is blank, you haven't added any notes for this member yet. If the notepad has writing on it, then there are notes to read.
Planted 1 letterbox Planted 20-39 letterboxes Planted 300-399 letterboxes Trophies represent the number of planted letterboxes. Bronze trophies display your exact number of plants from 1 to 9. Silver trophies represent between 10 and 99 planted boxes (the number on the trophy is rounded down to the nearest 10), while gold trophies represent between 100 and 999 plants (the number on the trophy is rounded down to the nearest 100).
Found 1 letterbox Found 20-29 letterboxes Found 300-399 letterboxes Found 4,000-4,999 letterboxes Found 50,000-59,999 letterboxes Ribbons represent the number of found letterboxes. The ribbon gets an extra "point" at the bottom for every zero that follows the first digit. The ribbons are color-coded to the first digit roughly in a rainbow pattern from 1 to 9: 1 = red, 2 = orange, 3 = yellow, 4 = green, 5 = cyan, 6 = blue, 7 = magenta, 8 = purple and 9 = silver/grey.
1 message posted 20-29 messages posted 300-399 messages posted 4,000-4,999 messages posted 50,000-59,999 messages posted 600,000-699,999 message posted Stars represent the number of messages the member has posted to the Atlas Quest message boards. The number of stars or the size of the star increases as the count number increases. Each small star is worth one digit, and each big star is worth three digits. For example, two small stars = 10-99. One large star and one small star = 3 + 1 = 1,000-9,999. The biggest stars are color-coded to the first digit in roughly a rainbow pattern: 1 = red, 2 = orange, 3 = yellow, 4 = green, 5 = cyan, 6 = blue, 7 = magenta, 8 = purple and 9 = silver/grey. (If there are small and large stars, the color on the small star means nothing.)
New member since November 11, 2011 The stroller indicates that the user is new to Atlas Quest and will appear for the first two weeks from the time they signed up.
Profile updated November 11, 2011 Means that member has updated their profile within the last seven days. It may be nothing more exciting than adding a favorite food to the profile, or it may be they have filled out their interview!
Last Login: > 1 month Last Login: > 3 month Last Login: > 1 year The green, yellow and red battery indicators represent the last time the member logged into Atlas Quest. Green and still mostly full means they haven't logged in for at least 1 month. Yellow and half empty means that they haven't logged in for at least 1 quarter (3 months). Red and empty means that they haven't logged in for at least 1 full year.
Happy Anniversary! The picture of a cake means this user is celebrating an anniversary—the anniversary of the date they signed up on Atlas Quest!
Resting in Peace This is one icon you will never see next to your name, and you would probably prefer if others did not see it next to your name either since it means you have died. We won't delete your account if we find out about your death, but it lets other people know why you are no longer replying to AQ mail or maintaining your letterboxes. It also means there is a tribute section for you in the letterboxer obituaries.
Those with premium memberships at Atlas Quest get a feather in the cap to recognize their important contribution in helping to fund Atlas Quest. There are a few dozen hats available for premium members to choose, but you'll see a red or yellow feather in their hat regardless of the type they've selected. Additionally, as premium members, they get access to special features not accessible with a free membership. Learn more about the benefits of premium membership and how you can become one too!
Coffee Cup This icon is a premium member perk that indicates you've done an exchange with the person.

P-Count Icon Sequence

Bronze trophies (1-9 plants):
Silver trophies (10-99 plants):
Gold trophies (100-999 plants):
Winner's podium (1,000+ plants):

F-Count Icon Sequence

0-point ribbons (1-9 finds):
1-point ribbons (10-99 finds):
2-point ribbons (100-999 finds):
3-point ribbons (1,000-9,999 finds):
4-point ribbons (10,000-99,999 finds):

Message-Count Icon Sequence

1 small star (1-9 posts):
2 small stars (10-99 posts):
3 small stars (100-999 posts):
1 large star, 1 small star (1,000-9,999 posts):
1 large star, 2 small stars (10,000-99,999 posts):
1 large star, 3 small stars (100,000-999,999 posts):

What are Treasure Hikers?

Last Updated: April 5, 2017 01:00:28 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:
  • Each hike must be a minimum of one (1) mile in length round trip.
  • Maintenance should not count -- you will be doing maintenance anyway ;-))
  • Boxes and plants should only be counted once for the purposes of "hiking while letterboxing". So if you hike out to a box you have already found with a friend or for maintenance, enjoy the walk, but don't count the points. Or take a new box with you to plant.
  • The true Treasure Hiker Spirit is about hiking while letterboxing, and reporting is on the honor system, so let's all try to play fair and have fun. If you "cheat", you are only denying yourself boxes you haven't found, miles you haven't hiked, and beautiful places you haven't seen!

Other Footnotes:
  • Refer to your state's hiking motivator to find out when the start date for the program is.
  • Keep track of your hikes and boxes found, maybe like this or just add the Treasure Hiker Widget. When you earn enough points for a new pathtag, email your list to the state motivator and you will receive your tag!! List should include date, mileage, boxes found.
  • All hikes must be done IN the state you are requesting a tag from -- but ANY letterboxer is eligible- you don't have to be a resident of that state to participate. Trail miles earned in each participating state count toward that state's particular pathtag.
  • Refer to your state's hiking motivator for the cost of the tag (most are around $3 - $3.50). The cost is to recoup the upfront costs and shipping-- like state patches, no profit is made off of these.

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, 250
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
MassachusettsMATreasureHiking (aka ladybugsmom)AQ Mail to MATreasureHiking4/25/2009 50, 100, 150, 200
Michiganthe hicks from the sticksAQ Mail5/22/2009
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.

Can I record finds for boxes that are not listed on AQ?

Last Updated: April 3, 2017 08:12:04 AM
Since the day Atlas Quest went online, the number one feature request was the ability to list a letterbox as a find even if it isn't listed by the owner on Atlas Quest. Seeing as it's not a feature essential to the use of Atlas Quest, however, the option accessible only to Premium Members. If you are a premium member and try to record a find for an unlisted letterbox, Atlas Quest will show you a list of other unlisted boxes that people have recorded finding and allow you to add one of them or, if the box you found is not in that list, allow you to add a new one. The find will then be listed in your logbook and, if it's a traditional letterbox, count towards your F-count like any traditional letterbox.

For non-premium members, the answer is simple: You can't. You still have the option, however, of contacting the owner of the letterbox and ask to have his or her boxes listed. Often, the owner is more than happy to oblige. You can even offer to list the letterbox on the person's behalf—Atlas Quest does supported adopted letterboxes, and you can ensure the creator of the box still gets the appropriate credit. Do not list a letterbox without the author's permission. If someone is caught adding letterboxes that they do not have permission to add, the letterboxes will be deleted and the offending account suspended.

There is one exception to this rule: A few times each year, this premium member feature is opened for non-premium members to take advantage of. These days are variously called Free Listing Day or Hat Day since a theme featuring many of the premium member hats shows up on designated dates. What dates? It's random—it could happen on any day, and with absolutely no warning. Many non-premium members are valuable members of this community, and Free Listing Day is designed for them. Members who regularly check Atlas Quest and are active message board participants will likely be able to take advantage of Free Listing Day while those who log in infrequently will likely miss it.

If having an accurate found count is important to you, however, becoming a Premium Member is your best option. For just pennies a day—less than a pint of Ben & Jerry's best each month—you'll be able to record finds of unlisted letterboxes.

Can I get board messages sent directly to my email?

Last Updated: March 10, 2017 05:48:22 AM
Unfortunately, at this time, the answer is no.

What do I put into the letterbox?

Last Updated: February 27, 2017 11:00:02 AM
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Use the stamp in the logbook in your own logbook, and sign the logbook in the letterbox. If a ZipLock bag is torn or has a hole in it or something, it's okay to replace the bag, but putting items into the box is a geocaching gimmick, not a letterboxing one.

If this question is asking what does a person who is making a letterbox put into a letterbox then the answer is go out and find some letterboxes and observe what is found: usually that will be a stamp, maybe a cloth cover for the stamp so that it doesn't get ink all over, and a logbook. Most letterboxers carry their own ink and pen so those are rarely included.

How do I carve small letters?

Last Updated: November 19, 2016 09:07:33 AM
Remember to carve the mirror image so that when stamped they come out correctly. Use lots of magnification, go slowly and breathe.

How is the Box of the Week selected?

Last Updated: November 17, 2016 10:31:23 PM
The Box of the Week is chosen based on the votes provided when members record a find on boxes, much like how blue diamond boxes are chosen. In a sense, it's the very best of the blue diamonds.

The process is automated and far from perfect. Atlas Quest will pick the highest ranked box each Sunday morning, just after midnight, that has never been selected as a Box of the Week before. This does mean that letterboxes that have never been found or have no votes cannot be picked as the Box of the Week—but hopefully as people find them that will change! Additionally, only letterboxes known to be active and readily available to everyone (i.e. not restricted) will be chosen as Box of the Week. We want to encourage you to check out the finest examples of letterboxes anywhere, and those that are missing, retired, or even suspected of being missing will not be included. Even a box restricted to "Everybody" logged into AtlasQuest is considered a restriction.

Anyone who opts out of the blue diamond process for their letterboxes will not be eligible for the Box of the Week, under the assumption that they also feel the Box of the Week is morally wrong. However, once a box is a Box of the Week, it is permanent. Opting out at a later date will not remove the listing from the Box of the Week list. Nor will it be removed if the box later goes missing or is retired. Opting in will not make your boxes eligible retroactively, but it will make all of your boxes available in future weeks. Replacing a missing box will once again make that box eligible.

If one of your boxes is selected as Box of the Week, Atlas Quest will send you an AQ mail informing you of the selection. You'll also be ineligible to get another Box of the Week for a year to make sure others get a shot at it as well. No hogging them all for yourself! =)

What are member group restrictions?

Last Updated: November 17, 2016 08:58:00 PM
You can restrict boxes to people who share a common member group as you. By default, all boxes will go into the "None" group, that—not surprisingly—is not a group at all. It means that everyone can see the listing (assuming no other restrictions would prevent them from seeing it). If you want to limit your box to all AQ members, use the Everybody group. Every member signed up on Atlas Quest is in this group, so by restricting your listing to this group, the only people who won't see the listing are those who are not logged into an account. If you are a member of any protected or private groups, you'll be given the option to restrict your box to only other members of that group. Since anyone can sign up for a public group, those groups will not be available as options. (The Everybody group is actually a "system" group, in case you're wondering why that group has special treatment.)

What do all the options for printing multiple clues mean?

Last Updated: November 10, 2016 08:17:39 AM
Include table of contents?
If you're printing clues for a lot of letterboxes, it might help to also print a table of contents showing you the order the boxes. If you're just printing a few clues, you might consider that a waste of paper and ink and choose to skip it. The choice is yours!

One clue per page?
Some people prefer to cram as many clues as possible into a single page to save paper while others prefer to print each clue on a separate page so they can change the order easily. If you select this option, we'll try to print no more than one clue per page. Otherwise, we'll try to fit as many clues as possible on each page.

Allow split clues?
Sometimes a clue will spill off the end of a printed page and continue onto the next page. That's called a 'split clue' for our purposes, and requires that pages stay in the printed order so you can follow the clue from one page to the next and can be a hassle to deal with. If you don't allow split clues, we'll start the clue on a new page if it won't completely fit on the current page. (If the clue is so large that it can't fit on a page entirely by itself, it will still start on a new page, but split anyhow onto subsequent pages.) If you've selected the previous option to print only one clue per page, this option won't have any effect since one clue per page already prevents split clues.

Show QR codes to record finds?
If you use a smartphone to record your finds and attempts (but prefer paper clues for searches), you can choose to print QR codes that will take you directly to the record find/attempt page for the given box or series. If you don't use a smartphone or prefer to record your finds on a desktop when you get home, you'd have no reason to print such QR codes.

Use single-column layout?
Studies have shown that it's more difficult for people to read long lines of text than shorter lines of text. Thus, the reason that newspaper columns are that—columns. Some people don't like columns in their printed clues, however, and here you can choose if you want your clues to show up as multiple columns or just a single column. If you view/print clues to a small device like a smartphone, you won't see columns regardless of this selection—there's just not enough room for columns. But on a large desktop or most printed materials, you'll see two columns. Two columns can also save space on printed pages if the information on it is particularly narrow—it'll ensure that both sides of your page are printed on rather than just a single column with a lot of white space on the right half of the page.

If you're trying to print with two columns but aren't seeing them, check your Usability Preferences. Large and huge text print options may not split into two columns if there's not enough room on the page for it. Normal-sized text and smaller should comfortably fit into two columns.

Hide box details?
Some people feel that a lot of the stuff provided with clues is fluff because it's not needed to actually find the boxes. The owner of the box, the carvers, the plant date, the find summaries, etc. All fluff! Most people like seeing this fluff, however, and if you do, make sure not to check this option which will hide the fluff.

A note about older browsers

Some of these options won't work at all with older browsers. If you're using the most recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari or IE, no problem! Most people have relatively current versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari and all features will work fine. Internet Explorer often cannot be updated on older operating systems, however, so if you're on an older computer with Internet Explorer, many of these options simply won't work. The table of contents, QR codes, and hide box details options should work with all browsers on all computers since they don't rely on new CSS constructs to work correctly.

How do I resurrect an old account when I no longer have the previous email address?

Last Updated: October 11, 2016 07:35:11 AM

Where can I find help with a clue in code?

Last Updated: October 6, 2016 06:58:22 AM

How do I make the degrees symbol on Atlas Quest entries?

Last Updated: October 3, 2016 06:54:44 AM
On a PC press down the Alt key while entering on the number pad 248.
Or type & then deg;

Apple computer users hold Option + hit 0 (zero).

Where do I see my finds?

Last Updated: September 17, 2016 06:37:11 AM
Hover over My Page on the toolbar at the top of the AQ Home page. Then pull down and click on My Logbook. Click on the Action Space that says "Plants" and select "Finds".

Or click on My Page on the toolbar at the top of the AQ Home Page. Then pull down to My Profile. Click on the logbook icon to the right of your trailname. Switch "Plants" to "Finds."

City of Eugene

Last Updated: September 10, 2016 11:12:09 AM
POS Geocaching and Letterboxing Policy
June 10, 2013

The City of Eugene’s system of parks and natural areas is intended to provide visitors with safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities. The Parks and Open Space division (POS) actively manages these areas for multiple objectives including recreational use, aesthetic beauty, and protection and restoration of natural resources. The policy outlined herein establishes procedures to facilitate and manage geocaching and letterboxing activities on City of Eugene POS property. This policy applies to both geocaching and letterboxing.

The purpose of this policy is to protect park resources and the safety of all visitors and City staff, while providing reasonable opportunities for geocaching on Eugene public park land.

General Guidelines

  • Geocaches may be located only in POS-managed properties that are listed in Appendix A:
  • If a specific park or natural area is not listed in Appendix A, placing a geocache at that site is prohibited. See Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Map for park locations.
  • A park or natural area may be excluded from the list of approved geocaching sites for one or more of the following reasons: (1) Lack of developed areas and/or lack of maintained trails. (2) Lack of safe and legal parking in proximity to the park or natural area. (3) The presence of sensitive cultural and/or natural resources.
  • A City permit is not required to place a geocache, but all caches must be registered on Any unregistered geocaches will be considered abandoned property and may be removed without notification.
  • Caches shall comply with all guidelines established by
  • All caches on POS-managed lands shall be at least 528 ft. apart from another cache located in the same park or natural area with a maximum of 12 caches per park.
  • Each individual may place only one cache per park or natural area.

Geocache Placement

  • Geocaches are only allowed within 30” of the following: the tread of a maintained path or trail, other hardscape features such as patios or parking lots, or mowed lawn areas. Leaving the trail, hardscape or mowed lawn area to place or retrieve a geocache is not permitted. Unofficial footpaths or wildlife trails that are not signed or identified on park maps are not considered maintained trails. Islands not reachable via a developed path are not acceptable geocache locations.
  • Geocaches are also prohibited within 25 feet of any children’s play area.
  • Geocachers must “leave no trace”. This means not damaging the ground or vegetation while placing or locating a cache and, when placing a geocache, considering potential damage that may result from other geocachers searching for or accessing the cache location.
  • POS retains the right to remove, or have removed, any cache that is considered to be in an inappropriate location, causes undo damage to natural, physical, or cultural resources, or for other reasons consistent with the mission and management principals of POS.
  • Caches may only be placed in safe locations that do not pose undue risk to park visitors. Geocachers must review the topography of the location where the cache is to be placed and minimize the potential safety risks to the visitors trying to find the cache.
  • Geocaches and geocachers shall comply with all City of Eugene Park and Open Space rules, which can be found at Unless otherwise noted, all parks and natural areas are closed between the hours of 11:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Prohibited Activities

  • Geocaches may not be attached to any constructed or fabricated park amenity in such a manner as to damage the object or impede proper use. The physical placement or attachment of caches to any buildings or sheds is prohibited. Altering signs, fences, posts, trails, trail markers or buildings is prohibited. Attaching a small magnetic geocache to the back side of an interpretive sign is acceptable.
  • Geocaches shall not be placed in areas showing recent utilization by wildlife such as birdhouses, nests, or animal dens.
  • Offensive, illegal, perishable, or dangerous items are not allowed in any cache. All items placed in caches shall comply with the policies of
  • Night caching, earth caching, and Munzee placement on POS property are prohibited. Cache owners shall include wording stating the acceptable caching hours (within stated park hours) on their cache pages.

Cache Containers and Contents

  • All caches placed after June 1, 2013 shall be in see-through, waterproof (or sealable) containers that are no greater than 9”L x 6”W x 3”H. All caches shall be permanently labeled on the container’s exterior with the word “geocache” and the registered geocache “GC” code from in minimum 3/16” font.
  • Use of ammo cans and pipe-shaped containers is prohibited.
  • Caches which promote commercial, political, religious or other social agendas are not allowed.
  • Caches may contain only a logbook in which to record visits; a description of geocaching; and non-perishable, family-friendly items.
  • Caches that have not been maintained will be considered abandoned and will be removed and discarded.
  • POS is not responsible for any damage to, or loss of, geocaches or equipment. POS will dispose of any removed cache if unable to contact the owner of the cache to remove or pick up the items within five days.

Eugene Parks and Open Space Contact Information

For questions about geocaching on City of Eugene Parks and Open Space property, please call: 541-6824800.

Parks where Geocaching is allowed

See Eugene’s Parks and Open Space Map for park locations.

Acorn Park
Alton Baker Park
Amazon Creek (Fern Ridge Bike Path Corridor)
Amazon Creek Levees Greenhill to Fern Ridge
Amazon Headwaters
Amazon Park
Amazon Parkway (Hilyard- Martin)
Arrowhead Park
Ascot Park
Awbrey Park
Bailey Hill Natural Area
Berkeley Park
Bethel Community Park
Blanton Ridge Natural Area
Bloomberg Natural Area
Bond Lane Park
Bramblewood Park
Brewer Park
Candlelight Park
Charnel Mulligan Park
Chase Commons Park
Country Lane Park
Creekside Park
Crescent Park
Crest Heights Natural Area
Delta Ponds Natural Area
Edgewood Natural Area
Fairmount Park
Ferndale Park
Filbert Meadows Park
Frank Kinney Park
Friendly Park
Garfield Park
Gilbert Park
Gilham Park
Gillespie Butte Natural Area
Gimpl Ridge Natural Area
Glen Oak Natural Area
Golden Gardens Park
Grasshopper Meadow Park
Gudukut Wetland Area
Hawkins Heights Natural Area
Hendricks Park
Hilyard Community Center
Irwin Park
Jefferson Park
Kincaid Park
Lafferty Park
Lark Park
Laurel Hill Valley Park
Laurelwood Natural Area (golf course area off limits)
Lincoln School Park
Lone Oak Park
Mangan Park
Marche Chase Park
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
Maurie Jacobs Park
Melvin Miller Natural Area
Milton Park
Monroe Park
Mt. Baldy Natural Area
Murray Hill Natural Area
North Beltline Floodway
Oakmont Park
Owen Rose Garden Park
Petersen Park
Prefontaine Memorial Site
Rasor Park
Ribbon Trail Natural Area
Richardson Bridge
Roosevelt Waterway Corridor (Maple-Beltline)
Rosetta Place Park
Ruby Park
Santa Clara Community Park Site
Scobert Gardens Park
Shadow Wood Park
Shasta Ballfields
Sheldon Community Center
Sheldon Pool
Sheldon Sports Park
Skinner Butte Natural Area
Skyview Park
Sladden Park
Sorrel Way Natural Area
Spencer Butte Park Natural Area
State Street Park
Striker Field Park
Tandy Turn Park
Terra Linda Park
Trainsong Park
Tugman Park
University Park
Videra Park
Walnut Grove Park
Washburne Park
Washington Park
Washington/Jefferson Park
Wayne Morse Family Farm Park
Wendover Park
West University Park
Westmoreland Park
Wild Iris Ridge Natural Area
Willakenzie Park
Willamette East Bank Park
Willamette West Bank Park
Willis Park

How do I mark one of my letterboxes as "missing"?

Last Updated: August 25, 2016 07:22:19 AM
Scroll down on the page of the letterbox in question to the colored section which lists Carver and Status. Click on the arrow on the Status box and switch from Active to Unavailable, if you plan to replant, or Retired, if you do not plan to replant.

How do I figure out postal rates when sending an LTC?

Last Updated: August 18, 2016 04:14:46 PM
The postal system used to do rates by weight, however, now they are also based on size, flexibility, and thickness. Unfortunately, everyone working at your post office may not have received the best training on how to go about figuring this out, and they may not want to take the time to do so in a larger post office where there is a long line waiting behind you.

So, a postmaster gave some advice to pass along. Go to the web addresses were you can find the information on the standards of mail, and what it would then cost, and take a print-out to your post office. If they quote anything different than what you know to be right, show them the print-out. Or just tell them you know this package is a "First Class Mail Large Envelope" and should cost 80 cents or whatever the case may be.

First-Class Mail includes:
First-Class Mail Cards -- rectangular cardstock mailpiece not contained in an envelope.
First-Class Mail Letters -- small rectangular mailpiece no thicker than ¼ inch weighing 3.5 ounces or less.
First-Class Mail Large Envelopes -- flat rectangular mailpiece no thicker than ¾ inch.
First-Class Mail Packages -- a box, thick envelope, or tube weighing up to 13 ounces.
Presorted First-Class Mail -- for high volume business mail
Priority Mail® - Cost effective delivery in an average of 2-3 days.


First Class Mail
Postage Calculator
Physical Standards for Letters, Flats, and Parcels
United States Postal Service

How do I transfer an image to the carving material?

Last Updated: August 8, 2016 10:56:23 AM
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

  • Graphite Pencil Transfer (a.k.a. The Tracing Method): Place tracing paper on top of an image. Then, using a pencil, trace the image you want to carve. Once completed, turn the image upside down and place on top of the carving medium. Rub the image onto the material to complete the transfer. For more information, see the graphite pencil transfer tutorial.
  • Vellum Transfer Method: This is very similar to the tracing paper method, but the paper is thicker, the pencil transfers well, and the paper won't tear as easily. Vellum is sold in the scrapbooking section of craft stores. There are several different vellum paper patterns but just chose a plain semi-transparent sheet. Place the vellum over the image and trace with a pencil. Place the pencil side of the image onto the rubber and burnish (rub). A dry embossing stylus (a paper crafting tool) works well but so does the cap of a Sharpie or any other slightly rounded hard object.
  • Carbon Transfer Paper Method: Can be found at many craft or office supply stores. Use as you would in a receipt book/check book. Place the paper carbon powdered side down on the stamp material, lay your drawing over the carbon paper, and trace the image with moderate pressure.

Laser Printer / Copier Methods

  • Heat Transfer: This technique involves using an iron to transfer the image. Nosox has produced a video tutorial to get you started.
  • Acetone Transfer: Using an image printed on a toner copier or printer, secure the image face down onto your carving medium. Dampen a cotton ball, paper towel, or cloth or paper towel with acetone and rub the back of the paper, pressing hard to make a better impression. This will release toner onto the carving medium. Remove the paper while the acetone is still wet to keep the toner from re-adhering to the paper.
  • Xylene Transfer: This method is very similar to transferring using acetone. For help, see the tutorial by Mark B.
  • Wintergreen Oil Transfer:

Ink Jet Printer Methods

  • Clear Cellophane/Transparency Method: Using an inkjet printer, print onto a plastic sheet, then press the plastic against the rubber to transfer the ink to the material. If using inkjet transparencies, be sure to use the "wrong" smooth side rather than the bumpy side. Before you print, alter the image so what you're printing is gray rather than black. If it tries to print black, it'll put too much ink onto the plastic sheet and it'll form globs. By trying to print gray, it still applies black ink but less of it, which is what you need. You may need to change a setting on your printer setup to print using "black ink only", otherwise it may try to create gray by mixing colored inks. After printing, set the plastic sheet aside for a few minutes to dry. Then stamp it with your blank stamp material; the image will transfer. If it doesn't work right, clean everything up and try again until you get it right. Once you have the image on the rubber, it will smear if you touch it before it dries.
  • Quick Paper Transfer Method: Print to regular paper using your inkjet printer. When printing is complete immediately place image onto carving material. You may need to rub the back of the image with a blunt object as in the pencil and paper methods.

See also

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

What is a 'tagged' letterbox?

Last Updated: July 30, 2016 12:21:11 PM
A tagged letterbox is one that you want to identify with a certain characteristic later. When you run a letterbox search or view a letterbox, a small, colored icon shows up next to the box name of all boxes you've thus identified, a nice reminder for whatever it is you wanted to be reminded of. For example, you might tag a list of boxes that you think look particularly interesting so in later letterbox searches, you won't accidentally overlook them. Or another tag could mark mystery boxes that you've solved.

Using the Advanced Search page, found under the Letterboxes menubar option, you can even perform searches that will return only letterboxes you've tagged (or haven't tagged) with a specific color/shape.

Premium members have up to eight different tags (each with a different color) that they can use. Without a premium membership, you'll only be able to make use of four of them. You can tag an individual box from the box details page, tag multiple boxes from a search directly from the search results page, to set the tags while recording a find on a letterbox.

You can set the text for each tag option wherever you can add or remove tags from a box such as on the box details page by clicking the pencil next to the submit button. That's the edit button for text.

As for why you may want to tag letterboxes, that's up to you. Many people use it for different reasons, but here are some common ones:
  • Tag letterboxes you plan to find soon
  • Tag letterboxes that look particularly noteworthy
  • Tag letterboxes you've already attempted
  • Tag letterboxes from a specific event that you plan to attend
  • Tag letterboxes along the route you plan to follow on your next vacation
  • Tag letterboxes based on what part of your city they are located in
  • Tag mystery letterboxes you have solved but have yet to look for

Related Questions

How do I tag and untag letterboxes?
How do I remove all tags of a certain color from all of my boxes?

Is there an iPhone app for AQ?

Last Updated: July 23, 2016 04:14:12 AM
Clue Tracker is a letterboxing app that is compatible with both Atlas Quest and LbNA. Clue Tracker was created by MichKathy and TrailMark (Pearl Crescent).

- Find nearby boxes based on the current location of your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
- Find boxes by location, name, or box ID.
- View detailed letterbox information including last found date and series details.
- Show letterboxes on a map and get directions to a box.
- Built-in compass display (device support required).
- Record finds.
- Save clues and other letterbox information for offline use.
- Organize saved letterboxes into your own lists and reorder boxes to create custom itineraries.
- Share a list of saved letterboxes with another Clue Tracker user (or transfer the list to another iOS device).
- Sort/filter search results and lists of saved letterboxes.
- Set or modify the location of a saved box.
- Add Word-Of-Mouth (WOM) letterboxes.
- Add your own photos to saved letterboxes and WOM boxes.
- Add personal notes.

- Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later.
- Available on App Store.

There is a Clue Tracker AQ Forum where you can ask questions or make suggestions.

BoxFinder is another iPhone app for letterboxing, but was officially discontinued in July 2016.

How do I list a mystery letterbox?

Last Updated: July 9, 2016 08:02:25 PM
Any traditional letterbox that doesn't include a city is automatically listed as a mystery box. If it has a city listed, then it will not be a mystery box.

Do different pictures on the home page mean something, for example the hats?

Last Updated: July 6, 2016 04:26:53 PM
Atlas Quest regularly changes the theme that's displayed. For instance, during the Christmas season, we'll display a Christmas theme. Some themes may not be obvious, such as Picasso's birthday. Most themes will include a small, almost hidden link just below the login/logout button in the upper-right corner of the page labeled About Theme. Click on this link to learn more about the theme. Some themes that are more-or-less self-explanatory will not include such a link.

The small images, called icons, next to trail names, box names, and so forth do have specific meanings. If you hover your mouse cursor over the image, a tooltip will pop up with a brief hint about what the icon represents. In most cases, you can click directly on the icon to open a help page with more details about the icon's meaning. For instance, if you click on a hat by someone's trail name, a tooltip labeled "Premium Member" pops up. If you click on the icon, a page of Member Attributes pops up with a more thorough explanation of all of the icons that you might find by a member, including the hats.

What's the difference between the planters, owner, contacts and carvers of a letterbox?

Last Updated: June 18, 2016 10:26:29 PM
Find reports will go to everyone associated with the letterbox except the carvers, including the person who listed the letterbox if they are not already listed as the planter, owner or contact.

Only the planters receive credit for a plant. Some people like to count any letterbox they've carved the stamp for as a plant, but Atlas Quest does not for two reasons: (1) A hand-carved stamp is optional and it seems odd to get credit for planting a letterbox for a feature that's optional, and (2) if you later find the letterbox with your stamp, you can still record it as an official find. If you were getting credit for the box as a plant, you would not also be able to claim credit for it as a find.

Likewise, as much as we appreciate those who've adopted and maintain a letterbox, those are adopted letterboxes and do not count towards your P-count. However, they may count towards your F-count if you went out and found the box yourself.

The owner of a letterbox may change, sometimes quite often, and ownership can be revoked or transferred by the listed planter or owner. The carver of a letterbox cannot transfer ownership of the box to someone else—unless, of course, they are also a planter or owner.

Finally, there is a 'secret' piece of information included with every letterbox listing—the person who originally listed the box in the first place. Their name won't show up anywhere on the listing; it was originally designed to find people who list letterboxes without permission. However, if they have received permission to list the boxes, it also assumes you have permission to edit the boxes as necessary, and therefore the original lister of the box can also edit the boxes. Anyone designated as the owner or planter can edit clues, but not someone listed as a carver or contact.

If the carver, planter, or owner do not have accounts on Atlas Quest, leave the appropriate option blank and give credit where credit is due directly in the clues.

Table summary (powers and privileges):
Status Notified of a Find Credit for the Plant Edit the clue Transfer Ownership Expected Use
Owner Yes No Yes Yes The person who maintains the box
Planter Yes Yes Yes Yes The person(s) who physically planted the letterbox
Lister Yes No Yes No The person who listed the box on Atlas Quest
Carver Yes/No No No No The person who carved the stamp. By default, when a carver is added to a box, he or she is also added as a contact automatically, so most carvers will get notifications of finds, but this does give them the ability to opt out.
Contact Yes No No No People who should be notified whenever a find or attempt is recorded

What do the icons stand for in a traditional letterbox?

Last Updated: June 12, 2016 05:48:10 PM

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. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!
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! Premium Member Perk!
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.
Premium members can search for boxes that do not have the compass attribute. Premium Member Perk!
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.
Premium members can search for boxes that do not have the fee-area icon. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!
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. Premium Member Perk!

Premium Member Perk! = Search options that are only available to premium members.

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.
A backpack is 8 to 15 miles round-trip of hiking, and will typically take most people anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete.
A 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.


This is a happy letterbox—there are no reported issues with the box and no known repairs are needed.
This is a sad letterbox—it needs some help. Maybe there's a torn ziploc bag or maybe there's been a catastrophic box failure and the logbook is unusable or stamp severely damaged. If you help, by all means, please do!

Are there any other letterboxes planted on cruise ships and how would we find out about them?

Last Updated: June 9, 2016 10:22:01 AM
If you want to find letterboxes planted on or near cruise ships, you should search the database using the keyword "cruiseship" to filter the listings. Keywords are not required, but the search will produce a number of results.

What do the icons on a personal traveler represent?

Last Updated: June 9, 2016 09:35:28 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.
The impersonal traveler is much like the personal traveler in which it travels from place to place with a letterboxer, but it's often left unattended for other letterboxers to acquire such as at a campsite or on their vehicle.

What is a password hint?

Last Updated: May 21, 2016 04:46:21 AM
In case you forget your password, we will e-mail you your password hint along with a new, temporary password that can be used instead. Providing a hint is optional but highly recommended in case you lose or forget your password. You could even include the password itself as the hint. This is not recommended, however, since the password hint is not encrypted and therefore considerably less secure than the password itself.

What do the icons stand for in an event listing?

Last Updated: April 27, 2016 08:22:52 AM


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.
Events held at libraries, museums, schools and other places of learning.
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.
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.

Washington on-the-Brazos State Park

Last Updated: April 26, 2016 07:38:08 AM
Anyone wishing to place a letterbox in a Washington on-the-Brazos State Park should check-in with park staff first.

How do I fix the density maps on my profile?

Last Updated: April 22, 2016 08:59:02 AM
Premium members have density maps of their plants and finds automatically generated on their profile. States are filled in based on the location of your plants and finds on listed letterboxes where the location is known. Although simple and easy, this is not an infallible system. Mystery boxes may not be counted if AQ doesn't know what state it is in, and sometimes boxes—especially from events—are later relocated to other states making it look like you have finds in states that you've never even been to.

However! As premium members, you have the power to fix this by adding a custom location to such boxes. Be sure to include, at a minimum, the state where you actually found the box.

For instance, take the hypothetical situation where your find map is showing that you've found a box in Illinois—a state that you've never been to.

  • First, run an Advanced Search to search for all boxes in Illinois that you've found. Make sure none of the other settings that hide strikeouts, retired boxes, un-clued boxes and such are checked.
  • For any matches that are found, click the "edit" link next to the custom location box, and add the custom location. You only have to include a state for the maps to be accurate, but you can also add the city, park or address for additional precision.

Also, remember, you can add custom locations to your own boxes as well. For instance, if your only plant in Nevada was a mystery box listed as "somewhere in the United States", AQ won't show a plant in Nevada. But you can add a custom location to your mystery box to tell AQ that the box is really in Nevada and the density map of your plants will then show a plant in Nevada.

How do I change my stamp?

Last Updated: April 22, 2016 08:44:02 AM
Click the Replace Signature Stamp just below your signature stamp on your profile. The icon will look like this. From there, you'll be able to upload a new image which will replace the existing one.

If you need to rotate your image because your smartphone or other device uploaded the image with an incorrect orientation, you can edit your signature stamp by clicking the Edit button by your signature stamp.

How do I edit my profile?

Last Updated: April 22, 2016 08:39:02 AM
On your profile page, you'll find an edit link (the image of the pencil that looks like Edit) at the beginning of each section that you can edit. You can edit your own profile as well as the profiles of sub-accounts attached to your account.

How do I add a map of US states or Canadian provinces to my profile?

Last Updated: April 22, 2016 08:36:35 AM

Premium Members

Premium members can have both plant and find maps automatically generated for the United States. You'll only see the map if you actually have plants and finds in the United States. There is also an option to disable the maps on your profile if you'd prefer not to see them included, but the maps will be on by default.

Non-Premium Members (or areas outside of the United States)

Maps for the US or other regions can be added to one's profile by adding a link to an outside site like World66. Copy the code given and paste it into the free flowing thoughts section of your profile.

If you use the wiki markup option (most accounts do since that's the one enabled by default), 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.

What printer/toner combinations work with which transfer methods?

Last Updated: April 12, 2016 03:02:01 AM
Printer/CopierToner Cartridge/ManufacturerHeatAcetoneXyleneTransparency/Direct Transfer
HP Laserjet 4200 SeriesOfficeMax OM9881Great on PZ White and pink stuff, workable on PZ orange Mixed results on all tested blocks ?Can work with just rubbing, but better with heat
HP Laserjet 4 PlusHP 98A (92298A)??works great on the pink stuff?
HP Laserjet 5PHP 03A Toner Cartridge, HP C3903A?Produces very good image on Safety Kut and dollar store erasers (haven't tried other blocks)??
HP Laserjet 4300dtnHP 39Aworks on PZ Kut White and Orange, though heat setting should be lower with the orange???
Xerox Workcenter 5645Produces good images on pink stuff and PZ Kut white; faint but usable images on PZ Kut orange???
HP Laserjet 1022n?works fineyes??
Xerox XC356"old"Yes??Yes, when set on dark
ALPS Micro-Dry 1300 (no longer produced)ALPS dye sublimation ribbon cartridgesAbso-freakin-lutely amazing clarity on pink stuff; haven't tried anything else.n/an/an/a
Samsung ML-2010SamsungTransfer is always dark and crisp!???
HP Laserjet 2100HP?Works extremely well on white PZ Kut, and almost as well with orange PZ Kut??
HP Laserjet 2100M???worked very good on the pink stuff (clear, crisp transfer)?
HP Color Laserjet 4600dn *???worked okay on the pink stuff (transfer needs minor touchups before carving)?
HP Color LaserJet 1518 *HPworks on PZ Kut white and pink stuffworks on PZ Kut white??
HP Color LaserJet 2320 MFP *HPworks on PZ Kut white and pink stuffworks on PZ Kut white??
Xerox Docucolor 250 (Kinkos)???Amazing on the orange, ok on pink?
Toshiba e-Studio 45Produces good images on pink stuff and PZ Kut white; faint but usable images on PZ Kut orange???
Canon NP2020Transfers clear, dark image well on all materials???
Dell 1710nTransfers clearly on white and orange PZ Kut??
Brother HL-L2360DWBrother DR-630Clear, crisp iron/heat B/W transfers onto pink stuff and white PZ Kut; OZ dark, but not quite as crisp due to sheen???

*Before printing on a color LaserJet, configure the printer driver to "Print in Grayscale" to ensure that the printer only prints with black toner. In the printer Properties, click on the "Color" tab to find the "Print in Grayscale" checkbox.

There has also been discussion about using solvent cocktails with both inkjet and toner based printers, with some success. The most common of these are various carburetor cleaners containing methanol, sometimes referred to as the "napalm" option. There has not been sufficient data submitted to suggest specific a specific combination to try or to avoid.

What's the Wassa Widget do?

Last Updated: April 9, 2016 05:37:53 PM
This Widget will choose a random day, and display the Funniest Post of the Day, as determined by the number of times people voted via the [ Funny ] button.

How do I log hitchiker or personal travelers?

Last Updated: March 31, 2016 08:40:58 AM
From the Letterboxes column on the toolbar at the top of the AtlasQuest page, select Record Find. Type in the name of the letterbox and change the type to HH/cootie/flea (for hitchhikers) or traveler (for personal travelers). Search, type in the pertinent information and then hit the record find button at the bottom of the page.

It is also possible to record a find directly from the box details page of the box you found. Run a regular search like you normally would from the Simple Search page or Advanced Search page. Once you've found the listing for the box you found, use the "Record Find" button on that box's page.

How do I update an F-Summary?

Last Updated: March 31, 2016 08:34:46 AM
F-Summary is created automatically when finders record finding (or failing to find) a letterbox.

What is an LTC?

Last Updated: March 28, 2016 02:40:59 PM
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.

LTC Examples

What's the difference between public, protected, and private groups?

Last Updated: March 19, 2016 05:00:39 AM
A public group is visible to everyone, and anyone can join or leave the group at a whim. You are not able to restrict letterboxes or trackers to those in a public group—it wouldn't be much of a restriction if anyone could join whenever they wanted to, after all!
Protected groups are hidden from everyone except from those who are members of it. Nobody outside of the group can read messages on boards in a protected group, and members will be able to restrict boxes and trackers to members of their group. Any member of a protected group can invite non-members into the group.
A private group is almost identical to the protected group, except only group admins are able to invite new members to the group rather than any member of the group.

What do the icons on an LTC represent?

Last Updated: March 15, 2016 03:40:50 PM

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 card is an undersized card (inchies, twinchies, quisps, etc.).
The card is a standard sized LTC.
The card is an oversized card (bookmarks, postcards, etc.).


The stamp used for the LTC has been previously used in some other box, and not necessarily another LTC.
You must solve some sort of puzzle or other challenge in order to 'earn' this LTC.

What are the different types of letterboxes?

Last Updated: March 12, 2016 04:28:23 PM
Traditional: A 'traditional' box is the standard, run-of-the-mill letterbox with a rubber stamp, a logbook and requires clues in order to find it.
Hitchhiker: The original spinoff, hitchhikers have a rubber stamp and a logbook and travel from box to box, hitching rides between boxes from the letterboxers who find it. It is okay to leave a hitchhiker behind if you do not feel like carrying the hitchhiker to a different letterbox. The category has been extended to also include cooties and fleas (which can travel from person-to-person).
Postal: A postal is a rubber stamp and the logbook that's mailed from one letterboxer to another, usually through the USPS.
Personal Traveler: A stamp that a letterboxer carries that can be 'found'—usually by answering questions or doing something for that person. The clues will state what the requirements are to get the traveler.
LTC: Short for Letterboxer Trading Cards, an LTC are like baseball cards that can be swapped and traded. They are handmade by letterboxers and should include some sort of stamp in the image. A standard LTC has a fixed 2.5" x 3.5" dimensions, but a growing number of non-standard sizes and shapes are now being included in this category including inchies, quisps, postcards and bookmarks.
Event Box: A box whose sole purpose is to be present at an event or gathering for other people to stamp into. Typically, they're readily available on tabletops, in ice chests, and otherwise hanging around waiting for your observant eye to stumble onto them and usually don't require clues to find. Some event boxes might have clues. For example, if they're locked in a container and the clue is needed for the combination. (Not to be confused with a traditional box since the box itself isn't hidden and out of sight—it's just inaccessible until the combination is figured out.)
Other: For anything else that doesn't quite fit into any other category, it can be labeled as an 'other' box. Usually it involves a rubber stamp, but in a context that none of the other terms conveys.
Reserved: Use this for boxes that have not yet been planted but are scheduled to be planted at some point in the future. Your box will be assigned a unique ID number and once the box has been planted, you can convert it into one of the other types of boxes. Only you will be able to see your reserved boxes.

Can you carve logos on stamps to plant legally?

Last Updated: March 5, 2016 10:16:23 AM
While we cannot provide any sort of definitive legal advice, it seems reasonable to assume that you should get permission from copyright/trademark owners before using their logos if you want to be on the up-and-up.

However, it also seems doubtful that corporations are going to spend time and money going after you because you've carved a stamp of their logo for personal use—with the caveat that you aren't earning an income from the use of such logos or attempt to mislead others that they endorse whatever it is you are using it for.

Where is the "Search for my letterboxes" function?

Last Updated: February 22, 2016 09:05:47 AM
Under the My Page menubar option, select My Logbook. Choose Plants for action if it isn't already select, then click Go.

Why is the auto-login not working for my account?

Last Updated: February 15, 2016 12:09:36 PM
First, check for the obvious:

  1. Are you using a "private" window or session? Private sessions will delete your cookies after you finish using the website—including the code to log you in automatically.
  2. Is another member of your family or a visiting friend logging you out then logging into their own account?
  3. Are your browser preferences set to automatically delete all cookies upon closing the browser?
  4. Do you have cookies turned on?
  5. Some anti-virus software may delete cookies from your browser to prevent "tracking" or to hide websites that you have visited. What is else is your anti-virus software doing besides checking for viruses?

If one of those is not the problem, then a "cookie" in your browser has probably become corrupted. This most often seems to happen when someone imports data from one browser into another, such as from Internet Explorer into Firefox, but regardless of the reason, you'll need to delete the cookie.

If you're using Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Tools option.
  2. Click the Internet Options option.
  3. On the General tab, under Browsing history, click Delete.

Note: This will delete all of your cookies in Internet Explorer and you may have to log into other websites again as well as Atlas Quest.

If you're using Firefox

  1. Click the Tools option.
  2. Click the Options... option.
  3. On the Privacy tab, click the Show cookies... button.
  4. Click on the cookie for site with the name cAutoLogin6.
  5. Click on the Remove cookie button.

How do I include a link in my messages?

Last Updated: January 30, 2016 07:57:24 AM
If you type a link all by itself, it should automatically turn clickable with no additional effort.

If you want the link to be labeled with something other than the URL, check the Wiki Markup or HTML Markup help pages. Most people, by default, have their preferences set up to use the wiki formatting so try that (at first) if you aren't sure.

You'll also find many other tips for formatting your messages on those help pages including how to make text bold, italic, underlined, and more.

Wiki Markup:
HTML Markup:
Markup Preferences: (the last option)

What happened to virtual boxes?

Last Updated: January 23, 2016 08:04:54 PM
Virtuals are a slippery term to describe 'online letterboxes.' Historically, it required an online hunt through websites in order to solve a puzzle, but they eventually grew into one-word answers that could often be solved without any research at all. As standards went down, they were eventually moved into their own category. Eventually, people largely stopped using them and support was finally dropped at the end of 2014. You'll still find a few virtual boxes listed on private websites, however. To learn more about virtuals and chat with other fans of virtual boxes, join the Virtuals Group.

How does embossing work?

Last Updated: January 14, 2016 04:14:43 AM
OK, here is your handy, pocket guide for embossing, from a rubber stamper:

There are two types of embossing:
  1. Heat embossing; which gives your image a raised, glossy look
  2. Dry embossing; which uses a stencil to give your paper a raised look

Embossing powder is actually ground up plastic that you are melting onto your paper. You can use clear ink with colored embossing powder, or you can use colored ink with clear embossing powder. Each version has a slightly different 'look'.

For embossing to work you need to use PIGMENT ink. This ink stays 'wet' longer, and the embossing powder will stick to your stamped image. Colorbox inks are one of many brands of pigment ink and come in all sorts of colors. VersaMark is also a pigment ink but is clear (and actually gives you a 'watermark' look if you just stamp with it and don't add the embossing powder.) No matter how fast you are, the embossing powder will not stick to an image stamped with DYE-BASED ink. It simply drys too fast. Markers are ususally dye based so if you tried that and it didn't work, that's the reason.

After stamping your image, pour the embossing powder on and then tap off all excess powder. You should be able to tap the paper fairly hard without losing the powder sticking to the image. NOW is the time to look the paper over and brush off any stray particles of powder. Another option is to buy a little bag of rosin to rub on your paper BEFORE you stamp. This will cut down on the static and oils from your fingers, which is usually the reason you've got the extra particles in the first place.

Now, it's time to heat this powder. Don't try to emboss with a hair dryer. They do not get hot enough and they blow too hard, you'll end up with powder everywhere! If you don't have a heat tool, you could hold your paper above a lightbulb, the burner of your stove, or even your toaster... but that's a more difficult way to control the embossing process and you have a greater possibility of burning something (the paper, you, the house... you get the idea). So, I recommend you go ahead and just buy the heat tool in the first place. You'll be buying it eventually, because embossing is such a cool effect.

There are a couple of tricks to using the heat tool. Hold the tool about an inch or so away, and move it back and forth or in circles, just a little. If you wave it around too much, you're not getting the heat to the powder effectively. As you see the powder melt and get shiny, move to another section of the stamped image. It is possible to burn your paper, or the powder, so you do need to watch what's going on. When you see it get shiny, move on. If your embossed image turns out flat rather than raised, it means you had the heat on it too long. Once the powder has melted, it's done, and any further heat doesn't accomplish anything.

You may find it helpful to have something (wooden skewer, a chopstick, tweezers, etc) to hold the paper down so it doesn't blow away while you're embossing and you don't burn your fingers. Also, keep the heat tool away from your jar of embossing powder or you'll wind up with a solid mass of melted embossing powder.

TIP: I stamp and put embossing powder on 10 LTCs and then lay them on a non-stick cookie cooling rack. Then I use the heat tool to emboss them. No more burned fingers! -Rocklun

Certain kinds of embossing powders do not raise up as much. The glittery ones are a good example of that. Also Tim Holtz has some new distress powders that do not raise up or change colors. It's really cool, but if you're just starting out, start with just regular embossing powders at first.

If you have trouble with the glittery embossing powder, double check that it really is glitter embossing powder and not just glitter. Plain ol' glitter won't work in an embossing situation because there is nothing melting with it to keep it stuck to the image. You can emboss plain ol' glitter, if you use Heat & Stick embossing powder. In that case, you just emboss your image with the powder, heat it up and then pour the glitter on and tap to remove the excess.

Couple of tips when using the Heat & Stick embossing powder:
  • After embossing the image, RESIST the urge to touch it to see if it is sticky. It is, and it won't be after you've put your fingers all over it.
  • After applying the glitter, and tapping off the excess, you can give the image another quick shot with your heat tool. This will embed the glitter a little more and assures that the application is permanent.
  • Just accept the fact that when you work with glitter, it will be everywhere, including places you are sure were not exposed to the initial glitter application.

Here's a neat trick for getting a multiple-colored embossed image, without investing in a bunch of pigment ink pads: Glycerin. (If you buy special "embossing inkpads", you'll find the ink is glycerin-based, so that's the secret of it all.) This works best on images with large flat surfaces, not as well with line drawings. Dampen your finger and apply a very thin coat of glycerin to the surface of the stamp. VERY thin. Next, color your image with markers. You can do single color or multiple colors. Any nice juicy markers, such as your regular Marvys will do. You have to be careful that puddles of glycerin don't form in tight corners, or the image won't look very crisp. Anyway, after inking it all up, huff as usual, stamp, sprinkle on clear embossing powder, and heat it up. It gives you the versatility of pigment inks without buying them in multiple colors. Of course you can also buy the Marvy Matchable embossing markers, which are really nice too, but pretty expensive. A bottle of glycerin at the drug store is cheap and lasts a long time.

And here's another embossing trick that may or may not work for you. Some inkjet inks will emboss IF you work fast and use the "best" print quality. I have found that HP black ink works best - colored ink does not seem to work at all. Again, work fast or you'll get spotty embossing. Works best with small line graphics or lettering.

Ink from EraserMate pens also is embossable.

For dry embossing, you use brass stencils, a light table (or other backlight source) and a burnishing tool. Put the stencil on the light table. Taping the stencil to the light table helps keep it in place. Place the paper on top of the stencil. Then use the tool to "rub" the paper down into the grooves of the stencil. When you are finished, you have a raised image. The stencils can be found in hobby and scrapbooking stores.

A couple of tips when dry embossing:
  • If you rub your paper, lightly, with wax paper, the burnisher tool moves more easily over the paper.
  • Make sure you reverse the stencil and papers correctly, or you will end up with a backwards image.
  • If you are using a stencil image with an open space, you only need to rub the burnishing tool around the edges of the opening. No need to burnish the area in the middle.
  • You may want to experiment with using the depressed side of the paper, or a combination of the depressed and raised imprints for a different effect.
  • Other backlight sources would be to put a lamp under a glass table, or tape your paper/stencil to a window on a sunny day.

What is an F-Summary (Find Summary)?

Last Updated: November 23, 2015 08:28:29 AM
Clue pages now include a summary of the finds (and attempted finds) of each letterbox which is called an F-summary for short. For instance, you might see a box with an F-summary of FFFFFFFFxxxFFxx. These are the last 15 finds and attempts made on the letterbox. Each F represents a find while each x represents a failed find (i.e. an attempt).

In this example, there were 8 finds, then 3 attempts, then 2 finds, then 2 more attempts. Perhaps the box went missing, then it was replaced, then it went missing again. Or maybe those 3 successive attempts were people who just couldn't find the box because it had been replaced in the wrong location and the 4th person who looked for it realized it was behind the wrong tree. Or maybe the 3 attempts were a single group of people looking for a box and failed to find it so they all marked it as an attempt.

The point is, there are a lot of ways to interpret this data, but sometimes it's useful just to see what sort of patterns they make. A lot of attempts interspersed with finds might suggest the box is particularly tricky to find. A long series of finds followed by a long series of attempts probably means the box is missing.

If someone has chosen to hide the finds or attempts on one of their letterboxes, no F-summary will be displayed.

Hi does anyone know on the listings before a clue what a Circled F means. know that F means Found and X means not found. thanks

Last Updated: November 21, 2015 05:57:05 PM
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Can I turn a single box into a series later?

Last Updated: November 9, 2015 08:20:05 AM
Yes. In the toolbar at the top of this page select My Page, then My Logbook, and the original letterbox which you planted. Choose Edit at the top of that page, then select Series Info and Add Box.

How can I unrecord a find?

Last Updated: October 13, 2015 08:41:52 AM
You can view a list of all of your finds in your logbook at Change the 'type' to the type of box that you inadvertently recorded a find on, so if you wanted to remove a find on a traditional box, make sure you're viewing the page for traditional finds. Then click the "Remove Find" link on the find you'd like to remove.