Tutorial: Start Geocaching

As warmer weather approaches, it’s a great time to get back into the Geocaching mood. For the not-so-many of you out there who don’t know what Geocaching is, it’s sort of an internet treasure hunt in which coordinates are posted online that will lead you to a physical box, often loaded with some trinkets. To start geocaching, all you need is a GPS. (As a side note, you may not even need one, though it will be harder. See this video.) Once you have your GPS, make an account with Geocaching.com. It’s free, but you can get a premium membership for some extra features. Once all that is figured out, you’ll need to locate a cache near your home. If you are using the internet from your house right now, it’s unlikely there won’t be cache within 1 km of where you are. (For example, there are 101 caches within a 5 km radius of our home, which is in a small town not far from a big city.) Choosing a cache for your first find is important. There are difficulty and terrain ratings for every cache, and anything above a 2 for either may be too difficult for a newbie. It’s totally up to you, but you can also click the box labeled ‘Highlight beginner caches’ and the site will suggest caches it thinks is easy for beginners. Once you have chosen a cache, you should print out the cache description. A map with the geocache and its surroundings could also be helpful, especially if you are not using a GPS. If you are, simply type the coordinates onto your GPS, and head off! Finding the actual cache can be tricky, as the cache owner will often put them in devilishly cunning places. Also, most GPS’s are only going to be accurate to about ten feet or so, so you’ll have to rely on intuition to get you the last few yards. This is all part of the game, and Muggles (non-Geocaching folk) could never imagine the excitement and happiness of finding a cache, especially if it took many tries and visits to the cache location, or if it was in a hard-to-reach location. We hope you find this intro to Geocaching helpful and inspiring, but if you need more info, head over to Geocaching.com, where you will find guides and videos on how to find your first Geocache, the rules of the game, and much more!!!

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  1. You can do some without a GPS

    You must now head towards the beach
    But left through field just as it’s reached.
    The first is hidden in far off trees –
    May need to get on hands and knees;
    Go through the gate and you’re too late.
    Twixt tree and horse and horse and tree
    The back of Rutland Stud you be.
    Through hidden gate and passed the seats
    Where next to go? I do not know.
    Go round the bend – there’s nothing new,
    Between 23 and number 2.
    Through a hidden door that’s hard to see
    Do not go far, stay where you be.
    Rest a while and sign your name –
    That is after all, the point of the game.
    Passed 229 on the path you must stay
    But enjoy the view along the way.
    Which way to go, Oh, how to know.
    Go left? Go right? Not dark but light.
    Across the road and through two gates
    By the bridge a treat awaits.
    Now climb the hill which is not steep
    Go passed the horses and the sheep.
    Go through the gates which slow you down
    Soon you’ll be heading back to town.
    The path now splits, do not go straight,
    But turn and stop and think and wait.
    A cache is here, way down low,
    But how to retrieve I do not know.
    Turn away from childrens play.
    With end in sight your car you see,
    Please rest a while, don’t step on me.
    I am small and I’m discreet –
    I’m hidden here around your feet.
    One of mine.

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