Frequently Asked Questions About Geocaching

Those new to the exciting, high tech game of Geocaching may have many questions about what it is and how to play. Here, we try to answer a few of these for you.


What Do You Do When Geocaching?

Geocaching is an exciting adventure game played by Global Positioning System users with handheld GPS devices. If you’re looking to become acquainted with your GPS, taking part in a cache hunt is the perfect way to do so. When searching for a geocache, the user can take advantage of all of the amazing features and capabailities that GPS has to offer.

In essence, the plan is to have organizations and individuals set up caches the world over, and then share the coordinates of these caches online in internet postings that all can see. Next, GPS users can take these coordinates and use them to locate the caches, and the treasures they often contain. All that is asked of the visitor upon finding a cache is that he or she leave something for the next person to find and enjoy.

How Is It Pronounced?

‘Geocaching’ is pronounced like ‘geo-cashing,’ as in ‘cashing a paycheck.’

Is Geocaching Really That Difficult?

It may seem like locating the geocache will be relatively easy once you have the location coordinates, but it’s deceptively so. While it’s one thing to see the coordinates of where something may be on a map – or more specifically, on your handheld GPS device – it’s truly a very different thing to have to go out into the real world and find it. And that’s where the fun comes in!

Is There Any Literature Available That Can Help Me Use My GPS for Geocaching?

Yes! If you’re looking for basic instructions as to how to utilize your GPS device in the outdoors, there are many books that you can find that will be of a great help. One such valuable text is called ‘GPS Made Easy: Using Global Postioning Systems in the Outdoors,’ but there are many others that may suit your purposes as well. Of course, your GPS unit itself will come with instructions as to how to enter in a waypoint, one of the most important tools to have mastered when beginning your geocache search.

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