Well, surprisingly now you can. I was amazed to not discover this before .
But now, as I did , I want to share it with you .
Instead of a worn map marked with an X, you use a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates and (optionally) clues. And instead of hunting for a buried chest, you're looking for a cache of goodies hidden in an eco-friendly site above ground.
Caches are hidden all over the world by fellow geocachers who put together a hodgepodge of trinkets, a logbook and pen or pencil, and perhaps a disposable camera. This hoard is then stuffed into a weatherproof box and hidden under a rock, behind a tree or maybe even in a more urban locale.
The geographical coordinates of these containers—some no bigger than a film canister—are posted on one of several Web sites for fellow geocachers to follow. One of the first and still most popular sites is geocaching.com. Check it out beforehand to find a cache near you, updates to the game, and photos and stories shared by fellow geocachers.
Caches often use a 5-star system to rate the level of difficulty and the terrain.
Basic Geocaching Guidelines
Though always evolving, geocaching does follow a few fundamental guidelines. Among them:
- Do not place caches on private land without permission or in national parks or wilderness areas at all.
- Do not cross private property without permission to reach a geocache
- Do not include offensive or inflammatory material in a cache
- Maintain a "tread softly" and Leave No Trace philosophy.
Geocaching and GPS units go hand in hand. Even the most basic of units is enough to track down the location of a geocache. But to get a visual acquaintance with the area you'll be searching, a map is a must. Your GPS can tell you the straight line between 2 points, but unless the route's waypoints have been preloaded into your unit, only a map can show you that squiggly path between you and your destination.
Geocaching employs the skills of problem and puzzle solving: You'll sleuth for and identify clues, learn navigation and orienteering, and you may get an introduction to other related games such as letterboxing.
- Move your ass out and go explore !
- Take your phone , a pen and get ready to climb in a tree if need it !
- Take a small souvenir you might want to leave behind. Sometimes you find something for you and you should replace it for the next adventurer!
- After you find your first cache , and realise how amazing the game is, for sure you want to put your print on it and hide yourself a cache for others to find!
- Believe it or not, you don't have to go and travel the world to find a cache, unless you want it. Most likely there are so many around you , like on your street or really close by.