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Geocaching Info

What is Geocaching???
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. 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. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

What are the rules in Geocaching?

Geocaching is a relatively new phenomenon. Therefore, the rules are very simple:

1. Take something from the cache

2. Leave something in the cache

3. Write about it in the logbook

Where you place a cache is up to you. 

What do I need to Geocache?
Compass (optional)
Hiking Staff
Palm (for paperless caching)
Water bottle (get a camel backpack)
First Aide kit
Bug Spray (especially during the summer)

Ammo Box Geocache

Traditional Cache

Tupperware Geocache

Types of Geocaches

There are several variations on the "traditional" geocache.

  • Micro-cache: too small to hold anything more than a log book
  • Small cache: bigger than a micro, but not quite full sized
  • Regular cache: the "normal" size for caches; usually a well sized tupperware or military ammo can
  • Large cache: a really big cache that is a five gallon bucket or larger. This size of cache is a rare treat.

Multi Cache

Mystery Cache

Other types of geocaches include:

  • Multi-cache: requires a visit to one or more intermediate points to determine the coordinates of the actual cache
  • Mystery/puzzle cache: Coordinates listed are not the coordinates for the cache, the seeker must solve a puzzle to find the actual coordinates.
  • Event cache: a meeting for geocachers, found by date, hour and coordinates.
  • Cache in Trash Out (CITO): A variation on the event cache, where geocachers get together at a particular location and clean up the trash on the trails.
  • Webcam: a location with a public web cam. You must have someone watching the camera on a computer to "capture" your image
  • Virtual: a location to visit simply for what is already there. To prove you visited the site, you are generally required to either email the cache owner with requested information such as a date or a name on a plaque, or by posting a picture of yourself standing at the site with GPS receiver in hand.

Links for beginners
Buying a GPS
GPS for Beginners
Finding your first Geocache
Hiding your first Geocache