Haven’t Heard About Geocaching?

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By Oceana Setaysha

It’s A Camping Activity You’ll Love!

If you’re an outdoors person, if you love camping, hiking and long walks out in the wilderness to nowhere in particular, then we have a new hobby you’re going to love. Not only does it fit perfectly into all the things you already enjoy, it actually improves them, helping you find unusual and hidden places you may not have come across otherwise.

It’s called geocaching.

 

What Is Geocaching?

Geocaching 2Geocaching is the world’s biggest treasure hunt.

Or at least, that’s what how the largest community of geocachers describe it. Basically it’s like a game of hide-and-seek that you can play on a phone or GPS out in the world, but instead of looking for a person you’re looking for a ‘cache’. Caches are containers hidden in all kinds of places, and they are the playing pieces of the geocaching universe. Globally there are more than 2.7 million geocaches, varying in just about every way. Sometimes they’re the size of a fridge magnet, other times they’re as big as a moving box, always hidden just out of sight.

The aim of geocaching is to find a cache using the GPS coordinates, or the Geocaching app, and then sign the logbook inside. When the cache is a bit bigger, geocachers often leave behind little knick-knacks to trade and swap. These are called ‘swag’ and are an unnecessary but fun part of geocaching.

Ok that’s the basics, of course there is more to learn, but we’ll cover as much as you need to get started!

 

Why Will Geocaching Improve Your Next Camping Trip?

Geocaching might sound a bit geeky, but the truth is there are so many reasons to try geocaching, and so many ways for this cool activity to make your next camping trip something really spectacular. Here’s just a few of them:

 

You’ll See New Places:

Geocachers are placed by passionate hikers and campers just like yourselves, except unlike you they’re often local and have a strong knowledge of the area.

This means they know about amazing little places ‘just off the beaten track’ that you might never have found yourself.

 

Geocaching 5It’s A New Challenge:

If you love hiking in one area, but you feel like you’ve done all the hikes and camped in all the places, geocaching will give you a new lease on that environment.

Almost everywhere is home to at least a few geocaches, meaning you can ‘discover’ a location all over again through the game.

 

There’s A Sense Of Adventure:

Finding things is just fun, that’s why Easter Egg hunts were always such a ball. The same goes with geocaching, and when you join the game there’s a new sense of adventure to every place you go to.

It’s hard to stop yourself from checking nearby caches, and you’ll always be on the lookout.

 

Geocaching 3You’ll Join A Worldwide Community:

Depending on where you cache, geocachers might not run into each other that often. But as a community they are tight-knit, friendly and always happy to share a geocaching story or experience. Joining the geocaching universe unlocks a whole new group of outdoor lovers to share your passion with.

 

Are There Really That Many?

Yes, there absolutely are.

Instead of chasing numbers about how many geocaches are in each continent or state, we thought we’d just show you. As we said before there are about 2.7 million geocaches hidden all over the world, and that number grows every day as more and more people join the game. Here is a map of the United States (and surrounds) that shows you just what that means. You can see this yourself on the Geocaching.com website, and the more you zoom in, the more caches appear.

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What Are The Costs?

Upfront, the costs for geocaching can be absolutely nothing. Geocaching.com offers their own free app so you can try the game out for absolutely nothing. If you like it, you can buy the paid app, which has more functionality, or even get a premium membership. The cost of the membership varies from country to country, but in the United States its $29.99/year. If you have your own GPS, you can program it quite easily to find geocaches, and you’ll need a premium account for this.

 

When Can I Start?

Why not right now? Jump onto Geocaching.com and see what caches are near you. Familiarize yourself with the game and then get planning for your next trip. Believe us, it will change the way you camp!

Blogger & Multiple Contributor at

Oceana Setaysha is a hiking-lover, geocacher and outdoors fanatic who loves nothing more than a long walk on a cool day, sleeping in a dome tent under the stars, and cooking on an open fire.

She lives in Darwin within Australia’s famous Northern Territory and is always on the lookout for new adventures, new walking trails, and new geocaches.

She moves around Australia a bit using her photography skills which you can check out on her website http://oceanasetaysha.com/

10 thoughts on “Haven’t Heard About Geocaching?

  • December 2, 2018 at 6:20 am
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    I never heard of Geocaching before. It really seems so much fun. I like exploring adventure activities and would love to try it out here in India.

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  • May 10, 2017 at 2:33 am
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    I actually heard of geocaching a long time ago! I was never really sure if I’d enjoy it, but the sheer number of caches looks amazing! I feel like I would love this!

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  • May 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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    You have introduced me to something absolutely new. This looks very interesting.Haven’t stumbled upon anything like this in India.

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  • May 8, 2017 at 1:07 am
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    This sounds like a lot of fun! It’s like an innovative treasure hunt but you’d have to be really good in using GPS. It’s very engaging and adventurous. It feels like an Amazing Race competition too.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 9:51 am
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    I have never heard of Geocaching before and the treasure hunt during the camping trip is so much fun. I also love that how it can leads us to the off-the-beaten path, which is my kind of travel. Its always exciting to search the treasures in different places and see whats inside these caches.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 8:20 am
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    I heard already about Geocaching, but not that much yet. Now as I read your post I must say this sounds absolutely amazing. Outdoor activities, hiking – this sounds like a lot of fun of course anyway and in combination with this little “treasure hunt” – that must be really cool. Even the map with all the markers of Geocachers speaks obviously for itself. This is something that pleases many many people. I will read more about this since this sounds really interesting.

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  • May 7, 2017 at 4:14 am
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    Geocaching is so much fun! Certainly, in many respects, it was a kind of precurser to Pokemon Go in the regard that in was a game that encouraged people to go explore. I actually do this every time I go to the USA to visit my soon-to-be in-laws and it’s not only a great way of taking in a place, it’s a really great bonding experience

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  • May 7, 2017 at 1:29 am
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    Wow I’ve actually never heard of Geocaching before! I’m definitely an outdoors kind of girl and loves hiking and camping, so I’m surprised I haven’t, but glad you’ve told me all about it! That’s crazy how there are over 2.7 million geocaches hidden around the world!! Love the America map, as I’m actually doing a 3 week road trip around Grand Canyon, Arizona, Utah and California so will be doing lots of hikes around the area! Will definitely be taking a look at their website 🙂

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  • May 6, 2017 at 5:58 pm
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    Geocaching is so much fun and a great way to get outside more. To be fair, the only caches I have found have been ones I have stumbled across while hiking. Still, it is so exciting to find one and see what’s inside!

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  • May 6, 2017 at 11:54 am
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    I’ve never heard of Geocaching until now. Thank you for enlightening me. Great write-up! Sounds like a lot of fun!

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