Explaining Geocaching

A lot of people have been asking me – what is Geocaching. Sorry I haven’t had much time to answer. We have been putting up a new show here and in between that I have been trying to see all the beautiful ports of the Mediterranean. From a Google search I did, I found a really good explanation here and you can also look it up and read the description on Wikipedia or go to the Geocaching website

But here is my version of it:

Basically it is a treasure hunt, held outdoors – much like an easter egg hunt. It is popular with adults and also families with kids (think easter egg!) What you are looking for is a container, of varied size and shape, that is hidden or camoflauged well. Depending on the size of the container, it might contain small items or toys for trade, and a notebook for you to sign your name.

There are also traveling items that you can move from one cache to the other, and the owner of that item can track its progress around the world. Some of them are so small that they only contain a small bit of paper for you to initial.

Part of the fun is keeping the game a secret – so while you are searching you can’t let anyone else see what you are doing. It’s a bit like being a spy. These objects are often located right under people’s noses!

You need 2 things to play this game – The first is a free membership at geocaching.com You can create your code name and then view all the geocaches in your area. You can even view your town on a map to see were they are located.

The second thing you need is a GPS device – or a phone with a GPS program. Once you find the web page of the cache you would like to find, you can enter the GPS co-ordinates into your machine (or hook it to your computer and send it straight to the device) The GPS will show you a little arrow and get you close to the cache, and even count down in meters or feet – but once you find the approximate location you will have to find the cache yourself!

If you are planning to do this in a city, you don’t really need a GPS – you can copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Maps (maps.google.com) and you will be able to see pretty much the exact location on the map.

It’s really not as complicated as it sounds. I was afraid of all the numbers when I started – but realized it’s not too bad.

The fun is getting out, into nature, finding and enjoying parks and places you haven’t before.

Different Geocaches I have found:

Under a rock is a common theme

A funny container – a film cannister inside a rubber chicken, hidden in rocks.

My own Geocache that I made, with a Rubber Duckie theme, hidden inside a hollow stump

A clever one in Japan, disguised as an electrical panel and attached by a magnet

Another clever little one in Japan, attached with Velcro to the back of an information board

This one is “virtual” (Windmills in Rhodes, Greece)- find the location with your GPS and take a picture to prove you were there.

Found in the Rain in Montreal – magnetic and hidden inside a pole

One I replaced (it had gone missing) in Myanmar – it is hidden inside this gold Buddha.

For Peter – here is Forstinning. Most of the geocaches near you are a bit more complicated, involving the solvling of some riddles or puzzles, and leading you to one place that might give you clues as to your fiinal destination. The ones marked by a question mark may have puzzles to solve. The ones marked with the orange boxes means there are more than one cache to find – the first one may have clues towards the final destination. The closest regular caches would be here and here – indicated by the green treasure box icon. The second one seems to contain a traveling item right now.

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5 Responses to Explaining Geocaching

  1. Jul says:

    >What a cool idea! I might have to start playing.

  2. >Amazing how much you do of geocaching but it looks so neat, especially all of the photos you will have of the memories. Love the one in Greece!

  3. Peter says:

    >Wonderful, GREAT, exdraodinary!Thank you so much for that perfect explanation. The whole world can be informed with that illustration of geocaching.The guy behind the little yellow church is really impressed!

  4. Peter says:

    >Ah, and yes of course, I`ll try to find the geocaches in Forstinning. But it seems to be very complicated. Perhaps I have to organize some friends to to that job.Thank you again and Good Luck for your New Show. We all hope that we can participate in a few days, when you probably post a part of it. Perhaps is a short video possible?Forstinning is missing you!

  5. Beverly says:

    >Thanks for the summary. I had never heard of that before!

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