How to Play Geocaching

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How to Play Geocaching

Geocaching is a present day treasure hunting game that uses GPS enabled devices. Geocaching is played by millions around the world. The objective of the game is for participants to navigate a set of GPS coordinates to find hidden geocaches or containers at the location. Depending on the size of the geocache or container, it may contain a logbook, pencil, trinkets, coins and other non-valuable items. The logbook contains vital information about the people who were responsible in hiding the geocaches. Participants would need to sign the logbook, not necessarily putting their real name, so that others will know how many have already been to that location.

To start on the adventure, a participant must have the following: GPS that has the capability to accept custom waypoints, supplemental map loaded on the GPS-enabled device, coordinates of the geocache and of course basic necessities like food, extra clothing and water. Geocaches are hidden in the most unexpected places so participants must be prepared for any condition. Handheld GPS device is the preferred tool since they are portable and easy to carry.

Below are the steps to play Geocaching:

  1. Register for a free Geocaching membership.
  2. Check the hide and seek cache page.
  3. Enter your area or postal code to start your search.
  4. From the list, choose a specific geocache and click on its name.
  5. Once the coordinates are revealed, enter the number into your GPS device.
  6. Using the GPS coordinates, head out and find the hidden geocache. The coordinates will assist you in tracking the geocache.
  7. When you find a geocache, sign the logbook and return the geocache where you found it.

 

Just like any other sport, Geocaching has a set of rules that must be followed. This includes:

 

  1. When a participant takes out an item from the geocache it is only proper to replace it with another suitable item.
  2. It is also expected of the participant to write about the treasure he/she found on the logbook inside the cache.
  3. The participant should also share his/her experience with other participants. There are websites that are dedicated just for Geocaching.
  4. Items placed inside the geocache should comply with law. Ammunition, drugs, alcohol and the likes should not be placed inside the geocache.
  5. Refrain from putting anything edible in the geocache since it may lead animals to it and get chewed on or destroyed.
  6. Since geocache locations vary – from mountains to roadside to parks to urban setting – it is advisable to travel with a friend or family member. And always remember to bring food and water.
  7. Follow the instructions specified on the geocache.

Geocaching is relatively easy to play especially if you are a nature lover or adventurer. It is an outdoor sport ideal for families or groups of friends. It is also a good way to meet new friends or acquaintances that share the same passion. There are groups or associations formed specifically for this outdoor sport and they can be accessed wherever you may be.

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