Geocaching: the art of treasure hunting

 

AntGPS.pngA couple of years ago we got introduced to the phenomenon of Geocaching. At work they organised an event in which they eXplained the principles of Geocaching and in groups let us search for a couple caches.

For those people who dont know what Geocaching is let me take a quick minute to eXplain:

Geocaching is an outdoor activity, in which you use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device (smartphone) to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back eXactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boXes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets.

It so happens that i missed the organised event at work but i was curious to how this Geocaching works so i downloaded an app on my iPhone and started looking for one of those “hidden treasures” on my own for the first time. I felt the little kid in me appear and decided that i just needed to get my kids into this as well… So i took them for a bikeride, carefully planned enroute a couple of nice geocaches and before i knew it they were also hooked on the new “treasure hunting”! Even my wife didnt mind stopping by some locations after the saturday football matches of the boys to go find a treasure.

Before we knew it we started making some friends of ours new enthousiast Geocachers and found out quite some friends and aquantances already participated in the cache hunt from time to time, we just never knew! Sometimes these searches lead to some pretty weird or even embarrising situations… Like the story of a friend that went looking for a cache which was hidden deep inside some bushes with his 6 year old daughter. When he came out of the bushes with his kid there were some bypassers that looked rather funny at that adult man emerging out of the bushes with this little kid… They quickly took off but they did find the cache!

There are a couple of apps to use with your smartphone when you like to start Geocaching yourself but the one i use (free app with the possibility to upgrade to premium to unlock more options and socalled Premium-caches) is simply called Geocaching Intro. It lets you navigatie to dozens of caches near you and you can also “log” the caches you find. If you like to get to know more about Geocaching there are many websites to eXplain the basics from starting to look for your first cache as well as all the things you need to know to place you own cache for others to find.

I can just recomment trying it one day and im curious if you liked it so if you did or you are an already a veteran Geocacher please leave me a message to tell me about it… Happy hunting!

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