Sunday, May 24, 2009


Go Geocaching - wikiHow

How to Go Geocaching

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Geocaching is an increasingly popular, inclusive, fun and healthy pastime for individuals of all ages. It is also great for groups like families, friends, classes and youth groups working as teams. The core of the sport consists of using a handheld GPS receiver unit to guide you to a destination, where a hidden container (or "cache") is stored. Once found, you log your visit in an included logbook, and optionally trade one of the many contained "goodies" for one of your own. This wikiHow will guide you through the basics of the sport. On your mark, get set, go!


  1. Acquire a GPS receiver either by purchasing, renting or borrowing one. Certain Garmin models have the capability of "paperless geocaching" described in the Tips section, below.
  2. Create an account with one of the caching sites listed below. Membership is free, although some sites offer "premium" member status that will allow access to additional features. There are caches on several different sites, so explore them and decide which you prefer.
  3. Use the search feature on the website to find a list of caches near you.
  4. Choose a cache which interests you. Record any details or hints on a notepad or by printing the page out.
  5. Create a waypoint in your GPS unit for the cache, using the latitude and longitude coordinates from the cache's webpage.
  6. Bring a small item for trading at the cache. It should be something you are willing to give away, but might be of some interest or value to another person.
  7. Use your GPS unit's "navigate" feature (or equivalent) to produce an arrow on the screen pointing you to the waypoint you have just created.
  8. Using the arrow as a guide, make your way towards the cache.
  9. Once you find the cache, take note of how it has been hidden. You will need to replace it in an identical fashion.
  10. Open the cache and browse the trinkets and goodies within it. Consider if you would like to take anything in exchange for the cache item you have brought along with you. You should always trade something of equal or greater value to keep the sport fair and honest. You are not required to make a trade if you don't want to. Alternatively, you can help "restock" a poorly filled cache by leaving your item and taking nothing.
  11. Find the logbook within the cache. Make a new entry in the book noting the date, time, your caching site username, and a line or two about your journey. Also log what you traded by including what you took and what you left, even if it was nothing.
  12. Close the cache back up securely and hide it in the exact same place and manner in which you found it.
  13. Return home and log back into your chosen caching website. Find your chosen cache once again and use the "Log Your Visit" feature (or equivalent) to record that you found the cache. Include the same kinds of details that you wrote in the cache logbook.

Things You'll Need


Entering Coordinates

Trackable Items

Terms and Expressions


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Sources and Citations

Geocaching 101: Caching with Kids A Free Trailmix.Net seminar

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