What is Geocaching?
Welcome to the world of curiosity! Geocaching is a international game for all ages. Geocaching was created in the early 2000’s by people who were involved with community cleanups. They wanted people to be able and get to see the nature. People from very diverse backgrounds geocache. Many families have taken it up to discover things off the beaten path. For adults, it is the thrill of the hunt and looking at things that are in all around us. For kids, it’s a treasure hunt to find a cache, being able to log it, and the possibility of retrieving a hidden treasure. I recently discovered this game and my whole family has become addicted to the intrigue. Geocaching is an event that allows you to look at the world in a whole new perspective.
Geocaches can be anywhere and in many different forms. The definition of Geocaching is “an outdoor treasure-hunting activity that uses Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices.”, and many of the geocaches we search for are traditional caches. These are physical caches that we can either sign a log inside, or find a cache and document it via photographs, video, or logging your find on one of the many geocaching websites that are out there.
I wanted to create this page as a way to explain geocaching and share this adventure with my readers. Possibly get create a new family game for everyone to enjoy. There are many questions about geocaching and I am still learning. The greatest resource for geocaching is the official website: Official Geocaching Website. There you can sign up for a free account. This will allow you or your family to create a team name. The free account will allow you start on Geocaching. There is a premium account which gives you full access to all geocaches for approximately $30 a year.
So what equipment do you need to start Geocaching? You can start with your cell phone. Geocaching.com has an official free application. The GPS Global Positioning System on your phone will work with the app so no equipment is needed to discover geocaching. Once you have become vested into Geocaching, you can upgrade your GPS to a handheld device that can provide you greater accuracy. The joys of having your phone while Geocaching is you can photograph your find with the whole family. What a fantastic way to get some outdoor time in with your family or just by yourself.
It’s a fun activity to either do by yourself or with your family, so I encourage you to try it once.