The basics of digital treasure hunting
How to have fun geocaching!
- Familiarise yourself with your GPS receiver and bring along reserve batteries.
- Choose a geocache to suit you - terraine and level of difficulty! The easiest geocache has a 1 /1 grade, while a geocache with a 5/5 grade is the most difficult to locate and reach.
- Read the description of the geocache carefully, with attention to detail. Bring the clues with you. A map can be very helpful too.
- Remember that the search for a cache can often be met with obstacles of nature and can take longer.
- Take care not to be seen by other muggles (geocachers & hikers) while searching for the cache. No one else is allowed to see where the caches is hidden.
- Take plenty of water, food and reserve clothing along.
- Invite friends and family along - it will make the search even more fun!
- Advise at least one other person of what you're doing and where you intend to go!
- Define your car or your starting point as a "waypoint" in your GPS to ensure you find your way back.
- Within a radius of approximately 15 meters, depend on your eye and instinct - instead of just the GPS receiver.
- Remember that geocaches are always "visibly hidden" and never buried. However, they are often very well camouflaged.
The same rules apply to everyone!
- Enter your details in the cache logbook, which is located in the container!
- Leave the cache exactly as you found it (hidden of course)!
- Share your experience and photos with others in the Internet on www.geocaching.com
A good reason to hike!
Geocaching combines the most modern technology with fun in nature and offers a great opportunity to explore the local and wider environment.
Even better and funnnier is when you geocache with friends!