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Letterboxing Glossary

Every hobby has its jargon and often-confusing lingo, and letterboxing is no different. The following are more than 100 of the terms you'll come across as you explore letterboxing for the first time (as well as some terms related to some similar treasure hunting activities). Besides definitions, you'll also find illustrations and plenty of links to related terms, articles and web sites. If you can't find a word or phrase, or have suggestions for the glossary, please let me know!


abandoned letterbox

adopted letterbox

armchair treasure hunt

baby wipes

bearing

benchmarking

blaze

bonus box

bookbinding

box in, bag out

bushwhacking

cairn

caretaker

carving

cats eye ink pads

clue

cluesheet

compass

confiscated letterbox

Connecticut State Forest Letterboxing Program

coordinates

cootie

cuckoo clue

Dartmoor

declination

degree

difficulty

discussion groups

Douggerware

drive-by letterbox

dye ink

ecoscavenging

eraser

event

exchange

F count

first finder

flashlight

flea

found

gathering

geocaching

global positioning system

GPS unit

GPS

hand carved

highpointing

hitchhiker hostel

hitchhiker

host

image transfer

ink pad

journal

LBNA Announcement List

LBNA Discussion List

LBNA logo patch

LBNA merit badges

LBNA

Leave No Trace

letterbook

letterbox series

letterbox

letterboxer

Letterboxing North America

Letterboxing Order of the Purple Heart

Letterboxing WebRing

letterboxing

library letterbox

litterbox

log

magnetic declination

map

MasterCarve

MIA

microbox

missing letterbox

mount

mystery letterbox

National Park Service

orienteering

orphan

P count

pace

parasite

personal journal

personal letterbox

personal stamp

personal traveller

PFX count

pigment ink

planted

plumberís gasket

postal letterbox

postcards

private letterbox

Purple Heart letterbox

PZ Kut

questing

repair kit

rubber stamp

signature stamp

Silent Douggerware

SitRep

slackboxing

Smithsonian Magazine

snail mail letterbox

soft block

South Shore Quests

Speedball blades

Speedball knife

Speedball Linozips

Speedy Cut

Speedy Stamp

spoiler

Sport Orienteering

Staedtler Mars Eraser

stamp carving

stamp pad

step

store-bought stamp

talk list

trail blaze

trail name

trailer hitch

traveller

travelling event box

trekking pole

unclaimed letterbox

unpublished letterbox

urban letterbox

Valley Quest

virtual letterbox

waiver of liability

waterproof container

WOM letterbox

word of mouth letterbox

work gloves

X-acto knife