(Frequently Asked Questions)
| Caches in and
around my Area
So what is this 'geocaching' thing anyway?
Simply put, geocaching is treasure hunting for the 21st century. Armed with a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates that tell you the location of a cache, and a healthy sense of adventure, players go out and look for caches of goodies hidden by other geocachers. If one of the goodies in the cache strikes your fancy, you can take it--provided you leave another goodie in its place.
In addition to the goodies, caches nearly always contain a log book of some sort so that you can record your thoughts and scribble a note for future cache visitors.
Sounds fun. So what's a GPS receiver?
So what does one find in a typical cache?
Some caches contain a disposable camera. The camera isn't a goodie to be taken though; just take a picture of yourself and tell the cache owner if you snap the last photo. The cache owner can then recover the camera, develop the film, and put your smiling mug on their web page along with all the other visitors to the cache.
The smallest caches, known are microcaches, typically just have a stub of pencil and a few slips of paper to serve as a log--it's rare for these caches to have any goodies.
How much does geocaching cost?
What should I NOT put in a cache?
Who goes geocaching?
Most cache listings do have some sort of difficulty rating associated with them so if you're bringing small children or your grandmother with you, you might want to pick an easier cache that's no more than a quarter mile walk in the park. On the other hand, if your grandmother is a divemaster that has logged over thousand dives, you and she should grab your SCUBA gear and try your luck finding that cache I heard about on the bottom of the Red Sea!
What precautions should I take?
Who invented geocaching?