What are Geocaching Trails
Geocaching trails keep participants interested by providing them with new ways to play the sport.
Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity that has become popular over the years. Some people do it as a hobby while the more competitive ones do as a sport. Geocaching is currently being played in over 200 countries with more than 5 million participants, young and old alike.
What is Geocaching All About?
The idea behind geocaching is to find hidden caches. Caches are containers with trinkets, a logbook and a pen. Trinkets are non-valuable and are often small items that can be traded among geocachers. These can be hidden in the forest, a park and even in the city. Participants can either do the hunting part and look for the cache, or he/she can actually hide the cache. Geocachers would need to look for coordinates online to know where the caches are. Coordinates are downloaded into a GPS receiver or any other web-enabled device. With the downloaded coordinates the geocacher heads out to find the caches.
Following the Geocaching Trails
Geocaching trails are a succession of geocaches linked together by a common theme. These geocaching trails or series of points are more of a self-guided, goal-oriented plan. There are geocaching trails that have no limit; it can expand from one county to many different counties. In fact, there’s a geocaching trail that expands up to 10 counties, and there are between 10 and 20 geocaches in each county. The participants looking for the caches are oftentimes taken through scenic land or rugged terrain.
Choosing a Geocaching Trail
Participants are free to pick which geocaching trail or caches to seek. The choice is more often than not made based on the location, what type of terrain to expect and how difficult it would be to maneuver. Sometimes there is an incentive when a participant finds a certain number of caches along the trail.
There are hundreds of these trails in many different countries. One of the largest geocaching trails is the Allegheny Geo Trail, encompassing 10 counties through Northwestern and North Central Pennsylvania. Other similar trails are listed on many websites. The websites contain the name of the geocaching trail, location and description. Some would even include the number of caches to look for.
The list of geocaching trails includes Great American Power Trails, found in different states or counties, trials set-up by a group of geocaching enthusiasts themselves and geocaching trails found in different countries as well.
Additional Considerations for Geocaching Trails
Before deciding on which trail to follow or choose, ensure that you know what you are getting yourself into. The trails listed online provide description of the trail and caches as well. The trails also have rules that the participant should not take for granted. The rules also state as to how many caches you need to find before getting a reward or token, most of the time in the form of a geocoin. In some trails, a passport is given in order to keep track of the caches that have been found. A stamp is usually included in the cache so the participant can use it to stamp his/her passport. The stamp must be returned inside the cache for others to use.