Geocaching, a term most people haven’t heard of. It’s more or less like treasure hunting with modern technology using GPS. The secret world of Geocaching has been around since 2000, after the upgrade of GPS (Global Positioning System) technology. The U.S. government with the use of 24 satellites made the navigation system accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.
Originally called the “Great American GPS Stash Hunt” and merely just a way to test the true accuracy of GPS tracking devices. Dave Ulmer of Oregon posted his idea and tracking coordinates with the sci.geo.satellite-nav community. Concept, hide a container in the woods and document coordinates with the use of GPS. Log that you’ve found it, leave a treat and take a treat.
Today Geocaching is spread across the globe. There are more than 2.5 million geocaches around the world. Read up about it online, discover how to hide your own Geocache, discover locations to find a Geocache, and connect with the community of Geocachers and volunteers.
Step 1: Create an account.
You can sign-up online or download the app with your iPhone or Android. You can also purchase handheld GPS devices for your hunts if you don’t have an iPhone or Android.
Geocaching is membership based, offering a basic membership for free and a premium membership is $9.99 for 3-months and $29.99 for 1-year.
Find a Geocache to Explore
Step 2: Find a Geocache.
Do your research. Be prepared before going on your cache hunt. Picking a hunt is based on the level of difficulty and terrain you wish to pick in the area you’d like to explore.
Piedmont Park Geocache Hunt Location
Step 3: Geocache.
This is the best part. The hunt. Just simply following to coordinates. It can be a bit tricky. Look for hints if you need to but enjoy exploring.
Piedmont Park Geocache Hunt
The beginning of the Piedmont Park Geocache. This hunt is called Old Stumpy and his friends. Just follow the GPS to find it. There are no hints or clues for this one but you can find it by simply following the coordinates.
Found Geocache Piedmont Park
Old stumpy and his friends hunt was fun. It was a traditional cache with a terrain of 1.5 and difficultly of 1.5 tucked in Piedmont Park. Good way to learn how to grasp the concept of Geocaching and one I would recommend for beginners.
Geocache Cape Henlopen Delaware
The first Geocache adventure. The state of Delaware is small with tons of hunts to choose from. This is Cape Henlopen State Park. It sits on the coast of Delaware and originally used for military defense. Now it is known for its beaches, fishing off the pier, trails, hunting and more. This is a fun and easy cache to explore with lots of history.
Found Geocache Cape Henlopen Delaware
It took a while to get used to the GPS navigation for this first experience. But overall the cache was fairly easy to find. Opening the case, that was the hardest part.
Share Your Geocache Adventure
Step 4: Share your adventure.
Log in at the cache. There will be a notepad and pen or pencil to sign and date. Leave a treat like a coin, a button pen, small souvenir or the like. And don’t forget to take a treat. Place the geocache where you got it. Tell about your experience online.