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 Posted: Tue Aug 11th, 2009 02:35 PM
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After a search for Geocaching turned up no hits on this subject here on Handloaders Bench, I thought I would create this thread. I placed it here in survival because it does help teach Orienteering skills as well as map reading, GPS usage etc.

So to the uninitiated ...What is Geocaching?

Taken from

http://www.geocaching.com/ website.

Getting Started with Geocaching

Geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing) is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a Geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the Geocache.


It is very family friendly but I have been having a good deal of fun running down some of these caches myself.

If you’re like me I asked myself why would I want to participate in this activity since I already have many Hobbies.

1. It’s a good excuse to use that GPS that is sitting in the Bug out Bag.

2. It’s an activity that you can involve the wife and kids in...Or in my case the Grandson.

3. It’s a good excuse to get up out of the Lazy Boy and get a little exercise.

4. And dang it....! Its just plain fun.

The link above will lead you to a website that will tell you everything you need to know to get started.

Get out and try it.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 12th, 2009 12:59 AM
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How many have you found?

Do you take something as a treasure?  Do you leave something new....what is it?

 

 

Scott (never found any of them) B



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 Posted: Wed Aug 12th, 2009 02:46 PM
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I have less than 10 finds so far myself.  And yes I have found Treasure boxes which contained Geocoins, Travelbugs as well as small toys etc...

I picked one of these Travelbugs up from a cache at Lake of the Ozarks (About 95 miles to my North) the owner of the bug wished it to go from his home in North Carolinia to California. So I dropped it in a cache I found West of my location (about 30 miles) on I-44 which is part of Route-66.  This cache is frequented by Truckdrivers and Travelers so hopefully I helped get it on its way to its destination. 

I keep a few trinkets in a fanny pack to drop in and trade, I bought a bag of plastic Lizards and Frogs for this purpose. Some people even leave money for the kids to find and I have even recently seen tickets to the Local Zoo ear marked for the next child that finds them.  

There is always a log book to sign as well.

I have also logged in two FTF's (Failed to Find) as sometimes the hides are either in rough territory or just hard to find.

Its a fun activity that doesn't even necessarily require a GPS.  You can obtain the coordinates from the Free Geocaching website, plug them into Google Earth or even Google Maps to obtain the location...and then just drive there and look for it.

Last edited on Wed Aug 12th, 2009 02:51 PM by rat31465



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I do the geocaching thing as well great way to learn about your surrounding areas as well have seen things and been places that i didn't know were here. I have 600 finds and need to get out there and get more. :m249saw:



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I use GPS for hunting, but don't count on it for SHTF. I expect they will either take it down or put error in it. A compass and map is far better choice for SHTF.



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I bought a GPS this year a Dakota, by garmin and I love that thing. I play with it more and found it to be extremely accurate. Really nice to find my deer cameras, I always forget where i put them



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While I was at the park playing some disc golf with my girlfriend last summer (a cheap way/excuse to get outside lol) I saw these two people acting odd with a container. They stuck the container under the bench... A bit alarming lol. So after they left I went over there and found the container and read the little note. Here I thought they were acting sketchy...

This is something I wouldn't mind getting into. Could you guys recommend me an affordable GPS? Not sure on prices... But don't want to buy a cheap thing that won't work.

600 finds! WOW nice.



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I've been geocaching for several years on and off. Mostly during nice weather of spring, summer, autumn. I have over 1,100 finds and 3 hides of my own. It is a lot of fun and gets you outside. The coolest thing is when it takes you places you never even knew existed and find historical places within just a couple miles of home. You can do it with a phone that has a GPS built in or the most expensive GPS on the market. If you are really interested, the official geocaching website is http://www.geocaching.com/   A friend of mine got his family into it when the kids would rather play video than go for a hike. Now they love geocaching and he doesn't have the heart to tell them they are hiking :lol:

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I love that Dakota by Garnin. So simple to use Evan I caught on to it fast. The nice thing it is touch screen and like I said simple to use. It was around 160.00 dollars. It does more things than I know how to use. Sitting in the house it catches satilites



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ive got almost 50 finds - mostly around home.

ive always had fun looking for things, and i shadowed a conservation officer for a day and he went out looking for a few new ones to make sure that they werent in dangerous places ( i was at letchworth state park )

it was fun and ive been puttering arround with it for a while.

its a great way to get out of the house.



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Fun is one thing but like Robert said a map and compass is what he depends on. We have maps of all states around us and those touching them plus county maps of about 50--many of them topos. Why not be prepared with something that is not dependent on the gub switch/button.



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I love maps. I got the handheld gps originally to mark my favorite fishing spots and such. It also has the topo maps on it. Then a friend of mine introduced me to geocaching and I found it was a lot of fun too.



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Geocaching is great. I got into it when I was at a local park with my daughter and accidentally found one. After opening the container and seeing the little toys inside my daughter exclaimed, "It's treasure!" Been doing it ever since with her and my son. They love it! I use Garmin 64S.. absolutely fantastic little unit.



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I used to do geocaching coupled with stream fishing. I would leave a couple donor lures in my cache and ask the next person to take/replace one with one of theirs if they so chose to.

It was fun. Alas, two young kids later and wayyyy too many hobbies my geocaching days are over at least for a while.



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Sounds a lot like "letter box hunting". Letter boxing is a box that you find and sign the chart in the box, and leave a note for the next person.



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