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What Is Geocaching in English?

FAQs Jackson Bowman August 16, 2022

: a game where players are given the geographic coordinates of a cache of items they search for using a GPS device.

What is the main purpose of geocaching?

Participants use their navigation skills to find hidden containers or geocaches. Geocaching is a kind of global treasure hunt by people looking for caches or hidden hiding places of objects. Geocaching can also be described as a series of hide-and-seek games where hiders provide online clues to seekers.

Why is it called geocaching?

The term geocache originated, where geo refers to the earth and cache refers to a repository for treasure or to the technological term referring to computer memory used to retrieve commonly used information. All of this combined to describe the adventure of geocaching.

How do you play geocaching?

What should you not put in a geocache?

Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and illegal materials should not be cached. If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a cache you own and this is reported, the cache may be temporarily disabled.

What happens if you find a geocache?

What are some dangers of geocaching?

Top of the dangers is you may not find the cache. That might not sound so bad, but if you have an intense desire to find that specific item, you can spend many hours in the woods or on the road. Sometimes people (kids) or groundsmen take caches from their GPS location.

Can you take stuff from a geocache?

While some caches host trackables or unique SWAG items, some geocaches aren’t so lucky. Etiquette around geocaching SWAG is simple. When you take something, leave something of equal or greater value.

What is inside a geocache?

Traditionally, geocaches are waterproof containers (e.g. Tupperware or ammo boxes) in which you will find a log book for you to sign. You can also sign the online logbook to prove you found it. Some caches even contain “treasures” or trinkets to trade.

Does geocaching cost money?

There are many public geocaches out there. You can find them without paying a penny (other than your gas and the cost of a GPS). That’s why you geocache for FREE. You don’t have to pay anything… and you can still geocache.

How do you explain geocaching to a child?

What is geocaching? Geocaching uses a smartphone app to find hidden “caches” in your neighborhood or on the trails. Caches are containers of all sizes that can be camouflaged to blend in with their surroundings. Inside there will be a log book to sign, with larger caches also containing various trinkets to trade.

How do you geocache for beginners?

Geocaching basics

Use your smartphone app or GPS to navigate to the cache. Keep an eye out so you can spy on the cache’s camouflaged hideout. Once you find the cache, sign the log, swap an item, and put everything back as you found it.

Are geocaches illegal?

Geocaching is an illegal activity in the wilderness of the National Forest when personal property is left unattended. Caches are not allowed in wilderness areas.

What are geocache prizes?

Small toys, keychains, and other treasures found in the cache – that’s Geocaching SWAG – or Stuff We All Get. SWAG is often something homemade or represents a geocacher, his interests or his origins! Geocachers trade loot by replacing items in the geocache with something of equal or greater value.

How old do you have to be to geocache?

Although individuals under 16 are welcome to the geocache, their parent or legal guardian must own and administer their accounts.

How many geocaches are there?

There are more than 3 million active geocaches worldwide. Geocaches are hidden in 191 different countries on all seven continents (even Antarctica)!

References:

  1. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/geocaching/
  2. https://www.girlguides.ca/WEB/Documents/ON/Camp_Email_Attachments/Camp_Orenda_Geocaching.pdf
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2BPPw-OJzo
  4. https://www.podcacher.com/trade-items-no-nos/
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiBBwVGB3iI
  6. https://faculty.elmira.edu/dmaluso/sports/members/matt/page4.html
  7. https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2019/12/swag-to-leave-in-geocaches/
  8. https://www.winfieldsoutdoors.co.uk/blog/geocaching-for-beginners/
  9. https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/57331-are-you-going-to-charge-us-to-go-geocaching/
  10. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/geocaching-kids.html
  11. https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/gps-geocaching.html
  12. https://wilderness.net/toolboxes/documents/geocaching/FS%20Geocaching%20Policy%20Paper%20DRAFT.pdf
  13. https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2018/05/the-difference-between-swag-and-trackables/
  14. https://www.geocaching.com/policies/en/terms-of-use/
  15. https://newsroom.geocaching.com/fast-facts

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