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What is Geocaching? How to Begin Geocaching? Tips for Geocaching with Kids Geocaching Codes Safety Tips for Geocaching

How to Begin Geocaching?

Where to Start?

It is very easy to begin geocaching, all you need is access to a computer and the internet.  Visit the website www.geocaching.com and register for your free account.  Once you have set up an account you can then begin to locate caches. You can look up geocaches in a variety of ways:

  • Address

  • Zipcode

  • State/Province

  • Country

  • Latitude/Longitude

Chances are, there are probably several geocaches within a 3-5 mile radius of your house.   

Once you have entered your criteria a list of locations will be displayed in a chart similar to the one below. It will contain the direction and  number of miles from your location as well as the date that the cache was created and the last time it was found.  The icon column will explain the type of cache at that location.  There are a variety of different types of caches to name a few:  traditional cache, multi-cache or micro cache. Details about the various types of caches will be provided if you click on the icon.  If you will be caching with children stay away from micro caches, these tend to be small like film canisters and will not contain the "goodies" that kids will be looking to swap.

Sample from Geocaching.com

 

 

Icons (D/T) Placed Description Last Found
SE

0.9mi

(1.5/1) 1 May 10 All Star Activities by Sample (GC0000) Pennsylvania 2 June 10

You must be logged in to your account to get the exact coordinates of the cache and to be able to click on the description to get details regarding the area, as well as clues and comments from those who have found the cache.  Be sure to pay close attention to the comments you will find they often contain valuable information.  The (D/T) rates the difficulty (mental challenge involved with finding cache) and terrain (physical enviroment) for the cache.  The easiest terrain is a one and the hardest is a five.  You should start with the caches near where you live that have easy terrain and difficulty (Note: a 1/1 or 1.5/2 rating).  .