Are you sick of that eternal poles routes? Want more challenge? It takes more and more difficult to motivate for a walk to your children? Like to visit beautiful places both in cities and in the countryside? Would like to get you to special places that the general public does not know where to find? Do you like scavenger hunts and treasure? Then geocaching is for you!
What is geocaching?
It is a relatively new outdoor sport, which was made possible by the expansion of the selective availability of the Global Positioning System (GPS) on May 1, 2000. On May 3, placed the American Dave Ulmer the first cache, which was already found on May 6 on two occasions.
A cache is a generally waterproof box containing at least a logbook in which the finder writes his name.Now there are in the Netherlands alone thousands of caches hidden. In your area there are boxes of all sizes hidden. Sometimes the boxes are smaller than a roll of film, sometimes they are as big as buckets. In the smallest caches is only a paper (logrol) the name of the finder to note, in larger caches are often many small stuff (goodies) as erasers, key chains, tops and other small toys.These goodies are especially good with the children’s taste. It is intended that these toys are exchanged for something of at least equal value.
Although the value attributed to this kind of stuff quite subjective, yet it feels its intent to do. It should also be fun for the next cacher to find the cache. The cache found, log on to www.geocaching.com where you have a free account is required to make first. Of course you have to find caches required. Device with GPS Most smartphones nowadays you can get along without caching. GPS and geocache app A handheld GPS device is a must if you are looking for a more robust device that can take a beating and with the battery life. New are pretty pricey stuff, but they often Marketplace allows you to tap the head for a few bucks.
There are three main types can be distinguished, namely the traditional caches, multi and mystery.
Traditional The traditional (tra) is the simplest form of geocaching. On geocaching.com is the coordinate where the cache is found just given, and you can go directly to where the cache is hidden. However, it pays generally bother to read the cache page carefully because most caches are placed in particularly beautiful places, or in places where interesting things to say about this.
Multi A multi cache a lot like a scavenger hunt. On the site you will find the starting coordinate, and there is an indication must be found to determine the next point. (Waypoint) At the end of the journey sufficient data are collected to determine. The end coordinate Many multi-’s run through a special area where the cache page can tell you more. Many multivitamins are particularly suitable as original city tour, where you will see more than a beautiful church or a special Geveltje.
Mystery When a mystery is the intention to go home to the puzzle. On the cache page is a puzzle that must be the coordinate at which the cache is located can be determined. Solved first stateSometimes it can be controlled via a checker on the site or the solution is correct.
To make it even more fun, there are coins and travel bugs (TB) that have to travel. From cache to cache Tb’s shape similar to military identification tags. These trackables each have a unique code and are owned by a cacher that she sent on tour. Often get the TB’s and coins an assignment (eg TB wants to visit caches that are on the water to a rubber bath duck). Trackables These are just like the caches logged on internet and so the owner can follow the journey of his or her trackables. For the finder is an additional challenge to the contract by trying to satisfy.
Basically, you have a good pair of walking shoes, a GPS device and a pen to write, so plenty to go geocaching in the log.Depending on your goals, needs and preferences, you need more. There are caches which must be dived whether or whose walking twenty kilometers. Climbed The cached page is here, often using icons, information given. This will be the necessary equipment to be adjusted. Provide adequate food and drink, because when the proper route is not immediately found, a journey may take longer than expected. A first aid kit is not a luxury. Be aware of ticks and careful nature. And above all, beware of muggles(non-cachers) and try unseen log. There are informative books about GPS and geocaching, but there is also fiction where geocaching plays a (big) part.