Geocaching

Written by Tadashi Moody
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Geocaching is an intriguing and fast growing game of hidden treasures, played by participants from around the world using GPS receivers. In this challenging and rewarding activity, individuals or groups place a cache--a secret stash consisting of a logbook and any number of other items--somewhere on the globe. Users can obtain the coordinates of a cache from the Internet, and use a GPS unit to find it.

The Rules of Geocaching

The rules of geocaching are relatively few and simple, which not only makes the game flexible, but keeps it interesting as well. If you find a cache, you must sign the logbook, and if you take something out of a cache, you must put something back. And once you are done, you must make sure to put the cache back exactly where you found it and in the same condition.

The rewards of geocaching lie not only in finding the caches, but in the process of finding them as well. Cache locations may range from the deceptively simple--such as a small logbook placed discreetly in an urban environment--to the extremely challenging. Some caches have even been placed on the side of rocky hillsides or even underwater, requiring the use of specialized rock climbing or scuba gear to get to them!

The contents of a cache may be a simple as a logbook, but also can contain treasures like books, maps, jewelry, cd's, money, or even coordinates to other caches. Geocaching players quickly become adept in the skills and art of navigation, as proper use of maps, compasses, and the all important GPS unit are essential. A simple handheld GPS unit costing as little as $100 can get you started in the wonderful world of geocaching.


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