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A game that’s great for families
For those who have not heard of this activity, geocaching is a treasure hunting game played in the real world. It involves looking for ‘caches’ which are hidden, often in plain sight. You can download a free app for your mobile phone which lists the locations of the caches using GPS coordinates. You can then go out and explore.
First you need to find the location which you can do with the app, however, more dedicated players often prefer to use GPS trackers for better accuracy. Once you have found the location, you then have to start searching. Depending on the type of cache which you are searching for, this may be harder than you think!
Types of caches
Traditional caches vary in size. There are normally a few small trinkets inside along with paper and a pen. The idea is that you sign the paper to show that you have found it and you can also take one of the items as long as you replace it with another item of the same or higher value. So far on our travels, we have found caches containing things like stickers, bracelets, rubbers, badges and small pet figures. This is great for children! Other traditional caches are much smaller and only contain a piece of paper. These ones can be much trickier to find.
There are also caches which are called multi-caches which involve finding the location to then be given coordinates to another location and so on until you find the final cache where you will be able to log your visit. Another type of cache are puzzle catches which involve solving a puzzle to find the coordinates of the cache. These can be quite complex so are better for more experienced players.
Once you have gained experience you could even make your own cache and see how many people find it!
What you need
- Access to a site such as geocaching.com to find out where the caches are located.
- A GPS device (Latest Deals website have some great offers).
- A pen for signing logs.
- Some small trinkets for swapping.
Other things that you may find useful!
I am a big fan of geocaching so I thought that I would share with you a list of reasons which I think are some great benefits to geocaching.
- Exercise – you can walk miles without even realising it!
- Outside fresh air fun
- It is a great family activity
- Kids love trading trinkets
- You can do it alone or with your dogs!
- Once you have a good GPS enabled device, there is very little cost involved.