Geocaching Takes You on a Modern-Day Treasure Hunt
On treasure maps of old, X marked the spot. Today’s treasure might be marked N 41 51.649 W 085 46.433.
Confused? Then you probably haven’t heard about geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing).
Geocaching, a modern-day treasure hunt activity, uses global positioning systems (GPS), handheld radio-based navigation systems that give a location’s longitude and latitude “address” with coordinates. For example, N 41 51.649 W 085 46.433 will lead you to Camp Tamarack in Michigan.
To play, someone must first hide a cache, or container, with an object inside. The hider gives the seeker the item’s coordinates, and the seeker uses GPS to find the item. “It sounds simple, but it can be quite hard,” says Erik Sherman, who wrote the book “Geocaching: Hike and Seek With Your GPS.” “The GPS signal will get you within about 40 feet of the spot, but some people are fiendishly clever in how they hide the cache.”
Caches have been hidden in all kinds of places, such as the heart of Manhattan, Antarctica and even 120 feet under water.
THE FUN IS IN THE FINDING
Bringing home the treasure might be the goal, but “the real fun is the search itself,” Sherman says.
And when you find a cache and take a trinket, you must leave a trinket for the next finder.
Life Scout Khris Brown, 17, of Troop 963, Valparaiso, Ind., has participated in geocaching with his troop.
“My favorite part is hiding the caches,” he says. “It’s fun to see how long it takes the other Scouts to find it.”
Geocaching is a great way to hone your navigation skills.
“Bring a compass with you because GPS units can have trouble under heavy tree cover,” Sherman advises. “And be sure to remember where you entered the area so you can get back out.”
REMEMBER THE RULES
Avid geocacher Dr. Mary Stevens, who mapped out the first geocaching course for a national Scout jamboree, says there are four basic geocaching rules:
1. Safety: Stay far away from traffic or railroad crossings. Don’t place a cache higher than six feet or require dangerous climbing or swimming to retrieve it. Avoid hiding caches near electrical switch boxes. And always enforce the buddy system.
2. Respect the environment: Never bury a cache in the ground. Avoid sensitive ecosystems. Don’t place caches in archaeological or historical sites. Don’t deface any object.
3. Respect private property: Get permission from landowners to hide caches. Caches are not allowed on national park lands, national wildlife reserves, military installments and school properties.
4. Be a positive ambassador for Scouting by following the Scout Oath and Law.
For the best online geocache information in the world, check out geocaching.com and its excellent frequently-asked-questions page.
Finally a group of people who understands my obsesion you know you obsessed when your out walking and you see so many places to hide a cache
To answer ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS…
The question: Can’t go geocaching without a GPS.
Answer: Use the geocaching app, download it on Google Play Store, or Apple Apps Store
I’ve gone geocaching but I never found a single cache because of safety hazards.
Don’t forget the one on the ISS!
I have found geocaches on two continents and in two countries and 12 states. It is an awesome hobby and you can do it anywhere, literally!
if you have a iphone i read that you can buy a $10 geocashing app
They should have a geocaching merit badge.
they do have a geocashing merit badge
I have it. Got it at Merit badge extravaganza. less than one day. now I am really in to it.
I was geocaching befor i heard of this website. It kind of dosn’t obey the rule of leave no trace. It is realy fun. 😀
PS: You dont need a GPS to geocache. I don’t have one 😀
It might seem that geocaching violates the Leave No Trace statement of scouting, but not if you follow the rule “Cache In, Trash Out” rule.
In the end, Leave no Trace is really about leaving the environment better than we found it.
If you don’t have a gps you shoud go to R.E.I. they have a secion of geocaching
to burgerholic and Jman, you can buy a GPS at any Target, Walmart, and yes camping stores like REI
to sweatmaster: it WOULD be a cool idea, but you cant leave food as a trinket, it probably wouldnt fit in the cache anyways.
its sort of hard when you dont have a gps
i wonder if freeze dried ice cream would make a good trinket…..
Food is considered against the geocaching guidelines to put in caches
When I went geocashindg i found a cansas coin
My family loves to go geocaching. We can get the kids outdoors and away from video games and the tv.
I love to geocache with my family
You can also use programs such as google to find geocaches. That’s actually how I found my first two caches.
id like to hunt it!!
i love geocaching
I have cash not even a 5 min. walk from my house and it is in an army amo box!
Sometimes, global positioning systems locators are too precise and too exact. Some ways of describing a location are archaic when using a map, compass and land features (topography) to locate a given treasure. Sometimes, coordinates don’t give reference to intermittant streams or directions such as turn left at the field stone well and go straight for the large hickory tree which is growing near the blackberry plants.
We’ve been geocaching since March of 2005 and currently have found over 2,700 geocaches and hidden 203 for others to find. My family and I enjoy geocaches that involve either hiking or visiting local parks the most. One of the toughest that I’ve found involved a nine mile roundtrip hike along the Youghigheny River in Western Maryland. The hike was easy until the last half mile which involved either bushwhacking through VERY dense foliage along the rive or boulder hopping in the river.
What a GREAT day!
Gecaches are available through the following websites:
The largest website by far is http://www.geocaching.com with 861,388 active geocaches around the world. In the last 7 days, there have been 793,526 new logs written by 95,805 account holders.
As to hunting for geocaches without a GPSr, it can be done but is a little harder than geocaching with one. We actually geocached for three months without a GPSr and found around fifty geocaches. Most were urban (city) hides that we found by zooming in on the maps as far as we could and then using the description in the cache page and the hints provided when needed.
If you have any general questions about geocaching please feel free to ask here in this thread or send me an email via the geocaching website. Type in my profile name and then click on send a message.
WHERE ARE THE COORDINATES FOR THE BSA HUNT !!!!!!!
I would LOVE to do that!!!
I LOVE BOYS LIFE
Go to your council and get the coordinates from them, If you don’t have a Global Positioning Unit (GPS) then ask to borrow one from a good friend, or look it up on Google Earth.
it is sooooo fun you just go onto a geocache website and find the coordinates close to whre you live or where you are going on a trip! its really easy and really fun
on the main geocaching website i geocache all the time
Where are the coordinates?
Where are the coordinates released?
where do you get the coordinates????????????????? AAAUUUGGGHHHHHH
Geocaching is fun and you don’t really need a GPS. It makes it easier to use a GPS but instead you can use relative location to find the caches.
geocacheing is so fun, ive found all sorts of caches from rocks shaped as abraham lincoln to a magazine
I dont have a gps is there a way to do it with out one
I’ve heard about geocashing in a fiction book, so
i didn’t know it was real, i want to try
i’ve been geocaching for a long time andi’ve found lots of caches
I want to go geocaching but I don’t have a GPS. 🙁