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Geocaching

as a hobby

Geocaching is a treasure hunt for the modern age, using GPS to find hidden caches around the world. It’s a fun way to get exercise, explore new places, and meet fellow adventurers. All you need is a smartphone or GPS device and a sense of adventure to get started.

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📼 Videos

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YouTube | What is Geocaching?
What is Geocaching?
YouTube | THE MOST EPIC MULTI GEOCACHE EVER! (The Bridges and Arches of Central Park)
THE MOST EPIC MULTI GEOCACHE EVER! (The Bridges and Arches of Central Park)

🎙️ Podcasts

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Spotify | What is geocaching?
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Spotify | S1E9: Geocaching 101 – Advice for Beginners
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Spotify | A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching
Spotify Embed: A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching
Spotify | Geocaching Podcast
Spotify Embed: Geocaching Podcast
Spotify | Geocache Talk – Geocaching Network
Spotify Embed: Geocache Talk - Geocaching Network

Global Phenomenon: With over millions of geocaches hidden worldwide, there’s an adventure waiting in almost every corner of the globe.

📜 Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Cache: The hidden container you search for in geocaching.
  • Geocaching: A real-world treasure hunt using GPS to find hidden containers.
  • GPS: Stands for “Global Positioning System” – helps you find hidden caches.
  • Coordinates: Numbers (latitude and longitude) that pinpoint the exact location of a cache.
  • Waypoint: Another word for the coordinates of a hidden cache.
  • Muggle: Someone who doesn’t know about geocaching.
  • BYOP: Bring Your Own Pen – some caches don’t have a pen for signing the logbook.
  • Logbook: A physical notebook where geocachers sign their name after finding a cache.
  • TFTC: “Thanks For The Cache” – a message left by geocachers to show appreciation.
  • Swag: Small tradable items left in caches for geocachers to take and replace.
  • DNF: “Did Not Find” – logged when you searched but couldn’t locate a cache.
  • Terrain (T) & Difficulty (D): Ratings assigned to a cache describing the physical challenge and puzzle difficulty.
  • Trackable: A physical object with a unique code that geocachers can track as it travels from cache to cache. Trackables often have a goal, such as visiting a certain number of countries or traveling a specific distance.

More terms: Geocaching > Getting Started with Geocaching > Glossary of Terms

How to start geocaching as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

  • Download the official Geocaching app and start the adventure.

📚 Books

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Community Connection: Geocaching connects you with a global community of like-minded adventurers. You can share your experiences online, participate in events, and even hide your own caches.

🪜 How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

YouTube | Hiding a Geocache
Hiding a Geocache
YouTube | Finding a Geocache
Finding a Geocache

📄 Articles

Further reading.

🌐 Websites

Go-tos for information.

All Ages & Abilities: Geocaching is an inclusive hobby enjoyed by people of all ages and physical abilities. There are caches designed for everyone, from easy strolls to challenging hikes.

🍿 Movies

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YouTube | GIFF 2023 Reel
GIFF 2023 Reel
Vimeo | Geocaching How-Tos: Finding Your First Traditional Geocache

FAQS

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What do I need to get started with Geocaching?

The essentials for geocaching are a GPS device (or a smartphone with a GPS app) and access to a geocaching website or app like Geocaching.com (both free and premium options available).

Is Geocaching expensive?

Geocaching itself is very affordable. The basic gear (GPS or smartphone) you likely already have. Caches typically contain small tradable items, so you don’t need to spend money to participate.

Is Geocaching safe?

Geocaching is generally safe, but as with any outdoor activity, being prepared is key. Let someone know where you’re going, watch out for uneven terrain or wildlife, and dress appropriately for the weather.

Is Geocaching good for kids?

Geocaching is a fantastic family activity! It gets kids outdoors, teaches them navigation skills, and encourages exploration and problem-solving. Just make sure to choose caches suitable for their age and ability level.

What are some things to respect when Geocaching?

Always be respectful of the environment and private property. Cachers take only what they leave and leave only footprints. Be mindful of muggles (non-geocachers) and hide caches carefully after retrieving them.

Watch the official Geocaching Etiquette tutorial.

I don’t have a GPS device, can I still Geocaching?

Yes! You can download a geocaching app on your smartphone that uses its built-in GPS. There are free and paid geocaching apps available.

Where can I find caches to go to?

Geocaching.com has a searchable database of millions of geocaches hidden worldwide. You can search by location, difficulty, type, and size.

What if I can’t find a cache?

Don’t worry! GPS accuracy can vary, and caches can sometimes be muggled (accidentally taken by someone who isn’t geocaching). You can log a “Did Not Find” (DNF) on the cache listing and consult online forums for hints from other geocachers.

What should I do when I find a geocache?

Sign the logbook, exchange one of the items if you wish (leave something of equal or greater value), and log your find on the geocaching website or app.

Can I geocache anywhere?

Geocaches can be found all over the world, but you should always respect private property and sensitive areas. Some places may have restrictions, so check local guidelines.

Can I hide my own geocache?

Yes, once you’re familiar with the game and have found a few caches, you can hide your own. Just make sure to follow the guidelines provided by the geocaching website for hiding a cache.

📱 Apps

Smart assistance.

YouTube | Inside HQ: Geocaching® App
Inside HQ: Geocaching® App

Environmental engagement: Geocaching often includes an element of environmental stewardship, such as CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) events, where geocachers gather to clean up parks and trails.

📦 Products

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Courses

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YouTube | Geocaching Etiquette
Geocaching Etiquette

📍 Near You

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Lifelong Learning: Geocaching can take you to historical landmarks, natural wonders, and hidden gems in your own neighborhood. It’s a fun way to learn about local history, geography, and the world around you.

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💡 Tips

Additional advice for beginners.