Newbies

If you are a total newbie, here is the site for you. Geocaching U

Another good one. Beginning Geocaching

When you don’t understand the geospeak. Geolex

A really good site for info on Hiking poles.

Geocaching: A Great Way To Get Outdoors
Author: Chuck Fitzgerald
If you’re tired of hiking the same trail or picnicking at the
same park, then Geocaching may be exactly what you’re looking
for. Geocaching, pronounced gee-o-cashing, is the high tech
version of a treasure hunt. Armed with nothing but a handheld
GPS unit and a thirst for excitement, you’re off for new
adventures and the likelihood of finding a hidden cache.
Here’s how it works. Geocachers seek out hidden treasures
utilizing GPS coordinates posted on the Internet by those hiding
the cache. So to geocache, you’ll need a handheld GPS receiver.
GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is the only
system today able to show you your exact position on the Earth
anytime, in any weather, anywhere. GPS satellites, 24 in all,
orbit at over 11,000 miles above the Earth. The satellites
transmit signals that can be detected by anyone with a GPS
receiver. Using the receiver, you can determine your location
with great precision. But just as important, you’ll be able to
locate other things too, such as a geocache. There are a variety
of GPS receiver models to choose from starting at about $100.

Once you’ve got a GPS unit, you’ll need to know where the caches
are hidden (hint: they’re everywhere). When a cache is hidden,
the cache’s coordinates are submitted to a website for all to
see (www.geocaching.com). Enter the coordinates into your GPS
and you’re ready to go. Did I mention there are more than
100,000 caches in over 200 countries?
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Armed with a GPS and the coordinates,
how tough can it be? In an urban area, easy access is typically
available in the way of roads and trails. But what about on a
mountain? What if there aren’t roads nearby? It’s entirely
possible to be a few hundred feet from something and not be able
to reach it (across a river or two hundred feet below the cliff
you’re on are good examples). After you try to find a few
caches, you’ll understand a number of the nuances of actually
finding the cache. That’s the fun part. Once you find the cache,
there are a couple of simple rules. Sign the logbook and if you
take something from the cache, be sure to leave something.
But what about placing a cache? That’s fun too. Just be sure to
follow the rules as outlined at www.geocaching.com. Once you’re
a seasoned geocacher, you’ll try your hand at travel bugs,
geo-teaming and benchmark hunting.
If you have only a couple hours to search for a cache, try to
find one that is close by. If you have a couple days, take a
family trip and make an overnight adventure out of it. Using
your GPS along with your sense of adventure, you are bound to
spend more time out of doors with people you enjoy. What could
be better? Get Outdoors!

2 Responses

  1. Hi, I am still looking for the cions I had at the last meeting. If I can’t find those same ones I will give you the numbers for others that I have registered. Nice chatting with you this evening and hope to chat with you at the next meeting.

    Hugs Take Care

    Marie

  2. Here is a geocaching site for newbies… If you don’t mind a little shameless self-promotion…

    http://geocaching.trailmix.net

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