The Dangers of Geocaching
Geocaching is a fun sport, but it is important to note that it also carries risks for participants.
Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity that can take you to distant places. It has become so popular and played by so many that it is considered as a sports activity. Geocaching is currently being played in 200 countries with over 5 million participants.
What Geocaching Entails
The objective behind the sport is to locate caches hidden in unlikely places, whether deep in the forest, park or even in the city. The geocacher uses coordinates to find the cache, and these coordinates are downloaded from different geocaching websites into a GPS receiver, smartphone or any other web-enabled devices. They can also use a compass and map to help locate the cache.
A cache is a container where trinkets are kept. These include pennies or quarters or small tokens that do not have sentimental or monetary value. The cache should have a logbook and pen where the finder can record his or her journey then signs the logbook. The person doing the hiding should be creative in doing his or her task.
What’s Dangerous About Geocaching, You Ask?
Geocachers, especially those who are just beginning to play the sport, are not too aware of the dangers it entails. The excitement of having to look for a cache far outweighs the dangers it posts. The danger is not only for the seeker but also for the one doing the hiding.
When looking for a cache, keep in mind that you may be taken to places that may be wooded or full of trees and plants. Keep in mind that these places might have bees and other dangerous wildlife. It is also ideal to check the path you are walking so that you will not accidentally fall or slip and die while looking for a cache. If the cache is hidden on streets or a sidewalk, make sure that you are out of harm’s way such as fast moving vehicles or a throng of people walking your way.
There’s also the danger of being lost whether you have a GPS receiver and compass on hand or not. You should have a map with you always especially if you are out in the forest. Also, it is important not to leave the trails. Eventhough at times you think that it’s leading nowhere you must continue walking the trails. Following questionable trails might keep you longer and there is a chance that you will get lost.
How to Ensure Safety and Well-Being Before and During Geocaching Trips
The best thing to do when heading out and looking for caches is to have someone with you so that when an accident does happen, someone can help you. If there’s no one you can possibly hunt with, be sure to inform others of your impending journey and where you are headed. And it is important not to disregard your gut feeling. If something does not feel right, don’t do it.
Make sure that you have all the things needed for your adventure. There’s a checklist posted on geocaching websites of all the things you must have when heading out.
Lastly, stay alert always. Although it is important to stay focused on the trail and coordinates, you should also stay in tune with your surroundings.