If you are in search of a new outdoor activity, Geocaching might be the answer. Simply put, Geocaching is a treasure hunt suited for everybody regardless of age. The items that you have to find are called (geo)caches, but you can’t take them home with you. Why? Because their value is symbolic; the real prize is the experience of going out into the unknown and exploring new places.
It might sound confusing at first, but let me explain the main aspects.
What exactly is a geocache?
The cache is basically a container that holds various items inside. Its dimensions vary from micro (which means it is as small as a film canister) to large (which might be the size of a shoebox or even bigger). Both types are fun for different reasons: the micro ones are harder to find and the regular ones often enclose other articles, such as little plastic figures.
Regardless of its dimensions, a geocache usually contains a logbook.
This is a piece of paper where people sign their name and the date they found the geocache, then put it back and hide the cache in the same way they found it. After that, you open the app and log the geocache as found.
Trackables are special items. They are physical objects that travel from one container to another. They can be anything, from official game coins to T-shirts. Players who find them in one place have to relocate them in a maximum of two weeks and log the change onto the app to let the other players know of the change.
What do you need to start Geocaching?
The only essential item is a smartphone with a mobile data connection. All you have to do is to download the Geocaching app, make an account, turn on the location setting on your phone, and you’re ready to go! The app will show you the geocaches hidden in your area or in whatever location you want to explore.
Once you choose a particular cache, the app will show you the details, such as the description of the zone, difficulty, the cache’s dimensions, and its coordinates. Moreover, it will guide you to your chosen destination via the navigation feature. But what if you want to find a cache in a park? You can’t possibly search everywhere! Rest assured, geocaches usually have certain clues or riddles that will lead you to it. Think outside of the box, check the hiding spots carefully, and you will succeed!
Before going further, I have to mention that the app shows only simple geocaches. The more difficult ones are available if you upgrade your account to a premium one. The price is affordable, and you should be able to cancel it anytime.
Why should you try it?
And if you find yourself in a new city for college, you can discover it by searching for caches. An exploration game is the best way to deal with a change in your life. Likewise, you can go on a cache hunt while on vacation and learn something new about the area as well.
I hope I have sparked your interest in Geocaching because it’s an excellent way to spend your time outdoors, exploring. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Who knows, maybe someday our paths will cross while searching for the next cache!