In today’s world of growing electronics and entertainment there are many ways that you can connect and relate to other, however this trend has seemed to move the focus of fun from the outdoors to indoors.
Hiking is a very old past time that builds character, resilience and stamina as well as orientation skills, making it a wonderful activity for anyone old and young. Geocaching is a modern activity which goes along very with hiking, offering the thrill of a treasure hunting with group cohesion on a worldwide scale in a very indirect fashion. With the use of GPS , Geocaching is essentially an activity where those involved locate and find various objects in caches all around the world that have been carefully cataloged via a central database (such as the website geocaching.com) which serves as a way of keeping track of all the items.
These caches usually contain common small objects of basically no monetary value but that is beside the point. Geocaching offers a chance to combine hiking with a treasure hunting, offering opportunities for fun and exercise as well as honing your orientation and tracking skills. It is an excellent way to explore and get in touch with what is out there, so below have provided some tips and hints on what you need to get started Geocaching:
To start you will need a handheld GPS device, a smartphone with GPS functionality or a map and compass . These tools will allow you the ability to search for the caches you will be looking for from the database that you searched. Moving is much easier that way.
Register to a Geocache Site
There are more than one site that can help in your tracking, so you could choose whichever one you like best, however some websites do offer some extra services, so choose whatever sounds preferable. If you are competing with friends or colleagues then it may be a great idea to all use the same site.
Check the database for caches
There are literally caches found all over the world, everywhere. and anywhere. This has been building for a some time now thanks to a cult like dedicated following across the globe so chances are you might be walking past a cache or two every day without even knowing it. Caches may be in rather inconspicuous places such as under a rock next to a trail or even in the middle of a city park.
Choose the right one
Different caches have different difficulty levels so you should choose ones that are appropriate to your level of navigating skill. You might have serious difficulties finding some of them. The idea is that you are given a few tips and you are meant to find the place yourself within some small range of your given coordinates on the website where the information on the cache is listed.
Bring a small item for exchange
A big component of Geocaching is that when you take something from a cache that you leave something behind for others to find. This is how you can never tell what you will find. You could find stuff that was originally from somewhere like Europe for example but in locations halfway across the globe from there.
Remember its best to leave no items of particular no personal or monetary value since they may disappear if someone decides to keep them. There are specific geocaching coins, pins and micro capsules which offer ample opportunities to leave messages and whatever your heart desires inside a cache. Depending on what’s inside the cache you may either take nothing out and just leave your item for circulation for other travelers to use or you can simply take nothing out and leave nothing if you aren’t interested in the contents. Always remember to leave the given cache in the exact same condition you have found it, up to concealing it the same way it was hidden to promote consistency.
There you have it some basic Geocaching Tips and Tricks to get you started and using your GPS for fun instead of work.