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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is a global treasure hunt where adventurers use GPS to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches," at specific locations marked by coordinates. It's a fun way to explore the outdoors, challenge your navigation skills, and discover hidden gems. Each find is a small victory, a story waiting to be told. Ready to embark on your own geocaching adventure?
L. S. Wynn
L. S. Wynn
L. S. Wynn
L. S. Wynn

Geocaching is a relatively new activity that combines hiking, treasure-hunting and the Global Positioning System (GPS). For more information on GPS, you can read the wiseGEEK article titled: What is GPS?

Geocaching involves two separate parties, which are composed either of individuals or groups. One party hides a cache anywhere in the world and records the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates using a portable GPS device. The cache is usually composed of a small plastic container that houses some small items such as toys or coins.

Geocaching combines hiking, treasure hunting and GPS.
Geocaching combines hiking, treasure hunting and GPS.

The coordinates and related information regarding the location of the hidden cache are publicized, usually on internet sites such as geocaching.com. Geocachers search for these hidden caches using their own portable GPS devices in conjunction with maps and clues. When they finally discover the cache, they may take a few of the items and leave a few different ones for future geocachers.

Geocaching teams are comprised of either individuals or groups of people.
Geocaching teams are comprised of either individuals or groups of people.

Geocaching is a popular new hobby and provides yet another reason to explore the world around us. Discovering a hidden cache after a long search is a surprisingly rewarding event. There are thousands of caches all over the world waiting to be discovered by anyone who wants to participate.

As geocaching becomes more and more popular, some participants are adding new levels of complexity to keep it interesting. For excample, some geocachers hide caches in particularly difficult locations such as underwater or up in a tree. Some geocachers hide caches in series such that a first cache includes instructions to discover another cache and so on.

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    • Geocaching combines hiking, treasure hunting and GPS.
      By: joda
      Geocaching combines hiking, treasure hunting and GPS.
    • Geocaching teams are comprised of either individuals or groups of people.
      By: BabylonDesignz
      Geocaching teams are comprised of either individuals or groups of people.
    • Geocaching often includes treasured items that can be sought after by players.
      By: Steven Wright
      Geocaching often includes treasured items that can be sought after by players.
    • The best GPS for geocaching has a long battery life, as geocachers are always on the move and seldom have time to recharge devices.
      By: vetal1983
      The best GPS for geocaching has a long battery life, as geocachers are always on the move and seldom have time to recharge devices.
    • Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt that uses GPS to find the treasures of the hunt.
      By: JackF
      Geocaching is a modern-day scavenger hunt that uses GPS to find the treasures of the hunt.