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Try Geocaching this Summer


What is Geocaching

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (usually a container or marker) at that location. Geocache containers range from small to large and usually contain items which you can swap for one of your own. The rule is to only take treasure if you leave some treasure! The containers usually also include a logbook where you can write the date of your visit. You can share your experiences online with the geocaching community at websites such as geocaching.com and give feedback on the geocaches you have visited.

How does it work

So you’re ready to give geocaching a go! What exactly do you need to do? Follow our handy guide below.

  • Register and prepare: To get started, you need to create an account on a geocaching website or app. The most popular platform for geocaching is Geocaching.com, but there are others available as well. Once you have an account, you can use the platform’s search function to find geocaches near your location or in places you plan to visit.
  • Obtain coordinates: Geocaches are hidden at specific GPS coordinates, and each cache listing includes latitude and longitude information, which you need to locate the cache accurately.
  • Choose a cache: Geocaches come in various sizes and difficulty levels, ranging from easy urban caches to challenging wilderness caches. Read the cache description, difficulty rating, and hints provided to decide which cache you’d like to find.
  • Use a GPS device or smartphone: Load the cache coordinates into your GPS device or smartphone with a geocaching app. Many smartphones have built-in GPS capabilities, making them suitable for geocaching. The app will guide you to the cache location with the help of a map and compass.
  • Search for the cache: When you reach the general area of the cache, start searching for it. Caches can be hidden in a variety of ways, such as under rocks, inside containers, camouflaged as natural objects, or tucked away in small hiding spots. Use the hints and descriptions provided to aid your search.
  • Sign the logbook: Once you find the cache, sign the logbook with your geocaching username and the date of your find. This step is essential to log your visit and share your experience with others who may find the cache in the future.
  • Trade items (optional): Many geocaches contain small trinkets or toys. If you want to participate in this aspect of geocaching, you can take an item from the cache as long as you replace it. Trading items isn’t mandatory, but it adds an element of fun and discovery.
  • Log your find: After you’ve found the cache and signed the logbook, return to the geocaching website or app and log your find online. Write about your experience, share any pictures you took, and give feedback on the cache’s condition.

At UB-Reg you can share your finds with friends and even set up your own geocache for them to find!

What do I need to take

Take wet weather clothing just in case, as well as refreshments – geocaching can involve lots of exercise! Take a pen with you to record your find and a little trinket to leave behind. Read this article by geocaching.com on what to take with you geocaching.

Be sure to stay safe and if possible, let someone know the area you’ll be heading out to. Have fun and happy geocaching!