Have you ever seen someone seem suspicious near a tree, lamppost, sign or anywhere else? Well, they might be doing something called Geocaching or they may actually be doing something dodgy! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates. When in the right area, they attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. You can search for many different types of geocaches. The most popular are traditional and multi-caches. Traditional caches are the original geocache and the most straightforward. These geocaches will be a container at the given coordinates. The size may vary, but at a minimum, all these geocaches will have a logbook. Larger containers may contain items for trade and trackables.
Multi geocaches involve numerous locations and a physical container with a logbook at the last location. Another common type is a mystery cache. These caches can include riddles, decrypted codes or puzzles to get your hands on to the coordinates.
Geocaching is such a good sport/hobby because it leads you to places you never would find because locals want to show you special places.
There aren’t just caches! Geocacher’s host events where they talk about difficult geocaches, share food and make friends.
Incredibly, Geocaching is free with the basic membership. You can invest and pay to be a premium member. The premium membership provides a few more features but you can still do a lot with a basic membership. You don’t need a special GPS device to do it. You can download an app on your phone if it has GPS!
Some examples of Geocaching apps are:
- On iPhone I recommend Cachly which is £5
- On Android I recommend C:Geo which is free.
Geocaching is a worldwide game. If you’re going on holiday, there’s a high chance a Geocacher is there. Where there is a Geocacher, there are geocaches!
It’s a game for everyone, children, and grown ups. I could have blabbered on more about Geocaching.
If you sign up and have some questions, there are forums where you can ask them. Facebook groups are also very good. I can also help if I can!
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