Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices, usually in the form of an internet phone. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, put there by other members. There are geocaches located all over the world in cities and countryside alike. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Membership is free, and once you are member you are ready to go hunting for your first geocache. Simply enter the coordinates of the cache you want to find from Geocaching.com into your GPS device, put on some shoes and pants and go out into the wild.
Geocaching combines location-based gaming, social networking, treasure hunting, GPS navigation, and outdoor recreation. The hobby was started in 2000 by a GPS enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, seeking to test the accuracy of the improved GPS signal available to civilians. In recent years Geocaching has boomed in popularity, with the wide availablity of GPS able mobile phones, this has brought the ability to geocache to the masses. Consequently the game has caused quite stir, there has even been cases of geocaches being mistaken for terrorist devices!
Today, more than 1.4 million geocaches have been hidden, and found by more than 4 million people worldwide. More specifically, the United States and Germany lead the world in this activity, with the Czech Republic, Canada and the United Kingdom following.
Geocaches come in all manner of shapes and sizes, making searching for some of them a real challenge, especially when they are disguised as a pigeon or a tree branch! Inside a geocache is a logbook with a list of previous people who have found it, along with there comments and stories. Larger caches may contain a logbook and any number of items. These items turn the adventure into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the cache owner or visitors to the cache may have left for you to enjoy. Remember, if you take something, leave something of equal or greater value in return.
This is definitely for the outdoor enthusiast, even you havn't started geocaching already, then your missing out, get on the band wagon and go find some treasure!