How to Geocache

Who doesn’t love an outdoor adventure involving treasure hunting?

First off let me explain a little about what a geocache is. In its simplest form, a geocache is a container hidden by someone, outdoors with items inside that have been put there by the owner of the cache, and by people who have found it over time. It has a GPS coordinate and details about it like the size, and where it is located on a map at geocaching.com 

Then you log that you found it on the website. You may trade items inside by taking something and leaving something in return. There’s a log book in each cache you can sign and leave comments. You have to have a membership to use the website.

Now that we have that explained, there’s more to it than that.

It’s like treasure hunting. You don’t know what is inside until you find it. And looking for it is the funnest. Another benefit you get from going geocaching is you get the opportunity to see a new place and maybe even discover something you never knew was there. I’ve found this to be true countless times and those geocaches near something of interest are my favorite. 

Popular types of caches

Regular geocache

There’s the regular geocache that is classed as regular, small, or micro size. Regular size is like an ammo box, pencil box, or a large plastic container with a lid. Small is usually like a Play-doh tub or something the size of a cup. And Micro is like a film container or a tube. 

Earthcache

An earth cache has no physical container to find. It’s a geography lesson really. You navigate your way to the GPS coordinates listed on the website and once you are there you have to look at your surroundings and answer the questions listed on the website. Then you give your answers to the cache owner in whatever way they choose. They will review your answers to see if you got them correct and you will then get credit for finding the cache. 

Multi-cache

It’s a series of caches or steps you have to take to find the final cache. Directions are listed in the details on each one.

Mystery cache

These involve puzzle solving in order to receive the coordinates for the cache. 

There are a few more types of caches than this but these are the most popular.

All you need is a geocaching.com membership, a GPS device or GPS enabled smart phone, and a way to get around and you have yourself a whole lot of adventure time on your hands!