Geocaching: A Digital Adventure

Geocaching was created in 2000. Nearly 15 years ago, and has grown steadily ever since.

Imagine adding a digital treasure hunt to your summer-time adventure, mix that with a time-capsule and a wedding guest book and you’ve got Geocaching. Sure, this is just our metaphor for it, but I’ll explain. Confused? Read on, friends.

A Digital Treasure Hunt

What I mean is that you will be following a handheld device that uses GPS to lead you to your treasure. According to their website, Geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

“Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

The process is pretty simple, although it does require that you sign-up for a membership.  A premium membership allows you to sort caches by the most popular, terrain & difficulty, among other categories.  Signing up for the basic membership is free, then let the search begin.

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Source: Geocaching.com

To start off, you enter your zip-code on the site and it populates a list of geocaches for you to choose from. Select one, enter the coordinates into your GPS, and you’re off!

These caches can be found all over the world, ranging from large cities to vast nature preserves.

A Time-capsule (of sorts)

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Source: Geocaching.com

The caches can come in all different shapes, sizes and degree’s of difficulty to find. Some may be sitting out in the open in the subway, others maybe as camouflaged as a rock on the beach. Each one can contain nearly anything that the previous explorers placed in it.  However, there are a few rules when it comes to the items inside.

The general rule is this: if you take an item from the geocache, you must leave something of equal are greater value for the next person to find. For all intents and purposes, this is where the intrigue and excitement enters the picture. Because you never know what “treasure” might have been left for you to find.

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Source: Geocaching.com

Of course, there are rules around the common sense of placing items in these geocaches.

Due to the fact that people of all age ranges search for these caches, treasure hunters are not allowed to put things like knives or explosives in the geocaches. We think it goes without saying, but of course no illegal substances or alcohol is allowed either.

 

A Wedding Guest Book

Within each geocache, the one consistent item you will find is a logbook of all those adventurers who discovered it before. A written list of everyone who was in attendance (just to complete the metaphor.)

You simply sign your name, date it and then log your findings in your account on geocaching.com. And, of course, share your treasure discoveries on social media.

The items found within these geocaches can vary based on  their size, but the one consistent item will be this logbook of all those adventure-hungry geocache members whose footsteps you’ve followed.

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Want to learn more? Watch the video!

 

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