Did you know that there is a global society of treasure hunters searching for hidden items every day? There is, and what they do is called geocaching. I’ve been a geocacher since college – it’s a super fun way to explore new places, stay active, or even find something new in your own backyard! If you’re looking for a hobby that you can take on your travels and do either solo or in a group, geocaching is perfect for you.
What is Geocaching?
Essentially, Geocaching is a global scavenger hunt that anyone can become a part of. Caches, or small containers, are hidden at precise GPS coordinates all over the world. When you find one, usually there will be a log where you can sign your name and maybe a small token. If you keep it, be sure to replace it with one of your own!
How Do I Get Started?
You don’t need much to get started – just a GPS device and a free membership to the official geocaching website. You can also download apps like Cachly to save maps offline, find hints, and store photos of your finds.
Where Are the Caches?
Caches can be anywhere – inside the trunk of a tree, at the bottom of the ocean – I found my first geocache in the base of a lamp post outside of my sorority house in college. Anytime you visit a new city, take a hike, or visit a beach chances are you can easily find a few caches. You never know where your hunt will take you – that’s the fun of it!
DNF: Stands for Did Not Find. You headed to the GPS coordinates, followed all the hints, but couldn’t find the geocache. This results in a DNF.
FTF: Stands for First To Find. Geocachers can leave the coveted “FTF” on the physical log inside the geocache or when logging their find online.
Power Trail: A path with a high number of geocaches in close proximity. It’s like shooting geocaches in a barrel!
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