What Is Geocaching?

 

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What is Geocaching? To put it very simply, geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game where players use GPS tracking devices to locate hidden treasures (caches) that have been placed by other geocachers. This game can be played by people of any age (children to seniors), and done anywhere in the world. Geocaches can literally be hidden anywhere and geocache containers can take on all different shapes and sizes; from large ammo cans hidden along wooded areas and hiking trails, to small containers hidden in urban areas near buildings and parking lots. Sometimes geocachers get very creative and create custom handmade containers that makes the geocaching experience that much more enjoyable.

Tools Needed

The only real tool you need for geocaching is an electornic device equipped with a GPS tracking system. You can use anything from a simple smart phone with GPS tracking enabled to a hand held GPS receiver for more accuracy.

Garmin GPSMAP 64st

Garmin GPSMAP 64st

Garmin Rino 650 GPS

Garmin Rino 650 GPS

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Garmin GPSMAP 64s

Garmin Monterra GPS

Garmin Monterra GPS

Garmin eTrex 20

Garmin eTrex 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Types of Geocache Containers

Geocaching containers can be found in all shapes and size and vary greatly in appearance. In general cache containers came in many different sizes and can be broken down as follows:

Micro– A micro cache is a container who’s total volume is less than 100ml. An example would be a 35 mm film canister or any other tiny storage item that only contains a logbook or log-sheat. A “nano” cache is a tiny 10ml geocache container that only holds a small log-sheet.

Small – A small container is one that is 100ml or larger; however, not bigger than 1L. An example would be a small tupperware container.

Regular – A regular geocache container is 1L or larger, but less than 20L. An example would be a large plastic tupperware container or an ammo can roughly the size of a shoebox.

Large – 20L or larger. Example a large bucket or storage bin.

Creative Geocache Containers

A Unique and Creative Geocache Container is one that stands out among the rest, for varying reasons, and provides a fun and memorable caching experience. A common theme among geocache builders is the birdhouse. The birdhouses are usually constructed to conceal the cache contents; however, keeping wildlife out. The birdhouse itself may be a puzzle you have to solve to get to the logbook or they can be easy to enter; however, once inside the reveal a surprise.

Other Creative Geocaches include micros that are disguised as everyday objects. Examples being; loose timber with false bottoms, plastic toys with bison tubes inside, containers that appear to be rocks, or even caches that appear to be bolts; however, are able to be taken apart to reveal a log book.

Whatever the type, these Unique and Creative Geocache Containers provide a fun and memorable experience for the cacher.

Unique Creative Geocache Container

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