Geocaching became popular as an interactive outdoor hobby just over 10 years ago. Today there are an estimated 1.3 million caches worldwide. Take a break from the usual afternoon hike, and try geocaching on your next camping trip.
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What is Geocaching?
Seekers participate in an outdoor treasure hunt using a GPS enabled device. By following a specified set of coordinates, they're led to hidden containers called caches. There are a variety of reasons why this simple game is the perfect adventure for your next camping trip:
- It's a family activity that involves kids and adults.
- It encourages outdoor activity.
- It teaches map-reading skills.
- It's cost effective: free.
- It can be done anywhere in the world.
- It helps you discover new people, places and things.
How Does it Work?
Use the GPS coordinates of your current location to search geocaches at geocaching.com, or through the app. The GPS guides you to the cache, a sealed container, where treasure and a logbook are hidden. It's customary to sign and date the logbook, choose a treasure and replace it with a new trinket before returning the cache to it's spot.
Who Can Geocache?
Geocaching is great for all ages and abilities, but it's a particularly great activity for families. Because most campgrounds are located near a mountain or woods, it's easy to find one that is close to you.
Step-by-Step Guide to Your First Geocache
Your next geocaching adventure is just a few simple steps away.
1. Sign Up
Sign up for a free account at the website. If you're already on the go, download the smartphone app and use that. A free version is available to try before you buy.