What is geocaching? Geocaching is a real outdoor treasure hunt that uses GPS-enabled devices. The participants navigate to certain coordinates and try to find the geocache, a hidden container.
All you need is a GPS device or GPS-enabled phone, so you can navigate to the cache, and a free membership on a geocaching portal such as geocaching.com or opencaching.de
How is it played? At the simplest level, geocaching requires these 8 steps:
- Register for a free basic membership.
- Visit the “Finding & Hiding a Cache” page.
- Enter your postal code and click on “Search”.
- Select any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the cache in your GPS device.
- Use your GPS device as a support in finding the hidden geocache.
- Enter in the logbook and put the geocache back in its original hiding place.
- Report your geocaching experiences and show your photos online.
Where are geocaches hidden? There are Geocaches around the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in places that are important to them or that reflect a particular interest or ability of the owner. These places can be very different. You can find yourself at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street.
A compact two-minute presentation of Geocaching can be found on the video here. For information about geocaching, please visit geocaching.com or opencaching.de