Geocaching

You may want to know what Geocaching is…
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Participating in a hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of your GPS. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. A cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they take something from the cache, that they try to leave something to replace the item.

You will need a GPS…
A GPS is a electronic device that can determine your approximate location (within around 6-20 feet) on the planet. Coordinates are normally given in Longitude and Latitude. You can use the unit to navigate from your current location to another location. Some have their own maps, built-in electronic compasses, voice navigation, depending on the complexity of the device.

You don’t need to know all the technical information about a GPS to Geocache. All you need to do is be able to enter what is called a “waypoint” where the geocache is hidden.

Rules for Geocaching…

  1. Take something from the cache
  2. Leave something in the cache
  3. Write about it in the logbook

What is usually in a cache?
A cache can come in many forms but the first item should always be the logbook. In its simplest form a cache can be just a logbook and nothing else. The logbook contains information from the founder of the cache and notes from the cache’s visitors. The logbook can contain much valuable, rewarding, and entertaining information. A logbook might contain information about nearby attractions, coordinates to other unpublished caches, and even jokes written by visitors. If you get some information from a logbook you should give some back. At the very least you can leave the date and time you visited the cache.

Larger caches may consist of a waterproof plastic bucket placed tastefully within the local terrain. The bucket will contain the logbook and any number of more or less valuable items. These items turn the cache into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the founder or someone else ay have left there for you. Remember, if you take something, its only fair for you to leave something in return. Items in a bucket cache could be: Maps, books, software, hardware, CD’s, videos, pictures, money, jewelry, tickets, antiques, tools, games, etc. It is recommended that items in a bucket cache be individually packaged in a clear zipped plastic bag to protect them.

Where are caches found?
The location of a cache can be very entertaining indeed. As many say, location, location, location! The location of a cache demonstrates the founder’s skill and possibly even daring. A cache located on the side of a rocky cliff accessible only by rock climbing equipment may be hard to find. Some caches may require long difficult hiking, orienteering, and special equipment to get to. Caches may be located in cities both above and below ground, inside and outside buildings. The skillful placement of a small logbook in an urban environment may be quite challenging to find even with the accuracy of GPS. That little logbook may have a hundred dollar bill in it or a map to greater treasure. It could even contain clues or riddles to solve that may lead to other caches. Some lucrative caches could be better than winning the lottery when you find it. Hope that the person that found the cache just before you left a bigger prize than he found!

This page has been adapted from the web site at: http://www.geocaching.com/ 
You may go to that web site for more information.

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