Cam Roberts

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Geocaching an Explanation

Geocaching has become one of my favorite hobbies or pastimes. It has taken me to unbelievable locations and vista’s. As well as high mountain passes to deep gorges, to rocky beaches in foreign countries. It is a great activity to get out and about with family and friends.

In simplest terms Geocaching (GEO-Cash-ing) is a worldwide hide and seek treasure hunt. People hide a container then useing GPS they mark its coordinates. Those coordinates and a description are then posted on the website: You look for coordinates near you and use your gps to go find it.

It is very simple to get started:

1. Sign up for a free account at

2. Get a GPS or download APP for smartphone

3. Enter coordinates into GPS device

4. Then go hunting!

There are a few things to consider when you go looking for the cache, such as its difficulty and terrain rating, and container size and type.

Difficulty and terrain ratings are based on a 1-5 system with 5 be the hardest. A difficulty of 1 would suggest that it should either be obvious or would be found in a couple minutes by even inexpirenced cachers. A rating of 3 should probably take 5 to 15 minutes depending on skill and luck. Difficulty ratings of 5 are typically very hard. A 5 can take hours, or months. I think luck has a lot to do with getting 5’s, they are quite a challenge. Terrain ratings are similar, a 1 is wheel chair accessible, not only can you get there in a chair but you can reach the cache from the chair. A 3 could be on top of a hill or a short hike, but a 5 gets extreme. Some require technical rock gear, or scuba gear, or other hazardous terrain. Needless to say a 5/5 should be nothing short of epic.

The type of cache and container can vary signifigantly. For more info on types of caches check here: but here is a short run down on the most common. Traditional cache means that there is one container at the location. Multi-cache is simply that. You find one and get clues to find another location to find another until you finally find the cache with the log. There are puzzle caches, where unlike a multi there is only one container but to find it you must solve a puzzle.

Containers are only limited by the hiders imagination. The smallest being a nano, usually about the size of the head of a 1/2 in bolt. Then micro, usually a film canister or match holder. Smalls are usually size of an altoids can. Then regulars, are similar in size to the classic ‘ammo box’. Then they can be large, some have been as large as trash cans or barrels. As far as how they are camoflaged it is limitless. A basic for nearly every cache is it will be painted black or brown or covered with camo tape. But here are some examples of other caches I have found. A stick that unscrewed, electrical panel, rock, rebar, telephone pole marker, fence post cap, knot of wood, a mock grave site (with a legend attached “dos desperatos”), magnetic strip. But i dont want to take all the fun away, google cool geocaches and you’ll see some crazy stuff.

Once you find it, most caches contain trade items. These items are typically kid stuff, think dollar store, the rule being if you take something leave something. There is always a log, which you should sign and make comments. Also, not if it looks like the log is wet, or the container damaged or removed as when you log it on the website you can inform the owner of the problems. When you log your visit on you basically want to tell people your experience in finding it. A lot of short hand is used in logs and people get lazy. Someone may write TNLN (took nothing left nothing) or SL (signed log) or TNLNSL, or TFTC (thanks for the cache) you get the idea.

Geocaching is highly addictive, more so because basically anywhere you go there are caches nearby. Just please remember to stay safe, respect the environment and hide the cache how you found it. Also if your going off into the woods, its not a bad idea to mark your car as a waypoint!  See you out there.

G-O TREKKER   – Cameron


September 22, 2010 - Posted by | Hobbies, Outdoor Pursuits

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