There’s a lot of outdoorsy fun to be had with geocaching! Whether it sounds like something that may be up your alley – or not so much – it’s an interesting game that’s capitalizes upon your GPS device and all its capabilities.
What is Geocaching?
By definition, geocaching is a game for GPS owners that involves a certain element of surprise and adventure. It involves a cache hunt, which can be a great way to more fully explore the many useful and fun features on a GPS device.
The basic premise is to encourage various individuals or organizations to establish caches in different locales all across the globe, and post the locations of these on the World Wide Web.
Next, GPS aficionados can use the location coordinates to search out the caches. Once a cache is found, it can offer its locator a variety of hidden and often surprising rewards. The only request made of the player is that he or she is asked to leave something for the cache if he or she does take one of the prizes.
The Rules of Play
Because geocaching is still a relatively new phenomenon, its rules have as yet remained very simple. They are as follows:
1) Place a cache anywhere you want.
2) Post the position of the cache online.
3) Locate a cache.
4) Once found, take a prize from the cache.
5) Add a prize to replace the one taken.
6) Write about what happened in the cache logbook.
What Does a Cache Contain?
At its most basic, a cache may have nothing more than the logbook, which contains information about the founder of the cache, and any notes from the cache’s previous visitors. It might feature details about local sites of public interest, or humorous anecdotes about what it took for visitors to get to the cache site. If a cache is a bit bigger, it might contain CDs and DVDs, money, or even jewelry.
Geocaching is also known as Global Positioning Stash hunt, or the GPS Stash Hunt, though the term ‘Geocaching’ is the standard term employed when describing the game.