The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Geocaching | Hobby Help
A perfect weekend pastime, geocaching is gaining in popularity all over the world.
Whether you’re enticed by the strong community feel, the chance to get out in the great outdoors or simply want something fun to do with the family on a Sunday afternoon, we’ve got all you need to know about one of our favourite activities.
This fool proof guide to geocaching will have you from total newbie to expert cacher faster than you can say ‘cache swag’ – see, you’re already learning!
Here’s all you need to know about your soon-to-be favourite hobby.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which players use GPS technology to search for geocaches.
These are hidden or camouflaged containers placed all over the world by other members of the geocaching community – usually filled with knick-knacks and small items.
Geocachers obtain the coordinates for caches and log their findings – a bit like a modern day, high-tech treasure hunt.
While we will go into more detail about the specifics of geocaching later on in this guide, the basic premise as follows.
Players register on Geocaching.com, the most popular geocaching website, enter their postcode and obtain coordinates for geocaches around them.
The geocache pages may also include extra information, photos and difficulty rating.
Geocache members then navigate to this certain set of coordinates where geocaches are hidden, using their smartphones or other GPS devices.
Once the geocache has been found, users can trade items and log their findings, both online and in the logbook which is most likely inside the geocache.
Thinking that this sounds easy-peasy? Traditional geocaching certainly can be, but there’s a lot more to it than just hunting down Tupperware boxes!
With a whole load of extra challenges and components to this game, geocaching is a great activity to get into – as you can make it as easy or as challenging as you like.
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