Geocaching

Finding a Cache

Geocaching is a fun activity for the whole family. In order to make sure you enjoy finding your first and subsequent caches, here are some simple rules to follow:

Before You Start

Make sure that you have some basic tools. You will need a hand-held GPS unit and a good map of the area.

Choose a Cache to Find

Locate a cache in your area by visiting the geocaching website at www.geocaching.com. For your first find, look for caches that aren't too difficult to find and are placed where the terrain isn't too challenging. Until you have a few hunts under your belt, read the clues and comments from others who have found the cache.

Be Careful

Stick to existing trails as much as possible when looking for the cache. Be careful not to disturb natural areas or damage the environment ("Leave No Trace"). Bring a trash bag so that you can carry out any trash you may find. You may also want to find out what the trails are used for. Best not to be surprised by a horse or bicyclist!

Play it Safe

Bring along a friend, it's easy to get focused on your GPS instead of where you're going. Also, look for holes, downed trees or other things that might block your path. Bring plenty of water and insect repellent and be sure to wear shoes and clothing that are appropriate for the area. Let someone know where you are going and when you'll be back.

After the Find

Enter your name and comments in the logbook. If you're so inclined, take an item and leave an item. Reseal the cache and place it back as you found it. Log your find at www.geocaching.com and e-mail the cache owner. Be sure to report any damaged or abandoned caches.

Things to Bring:

  • a friend
  • a GPS unit
  • a map
  • plenty of water
  • insect repellent
  • a bag to carry out trash
  • a compass
  • a pen or pencil
  • something to trade

Things to Do:

  • tell someone where you're going
  • create a waypoint
  • check your surroundings
  • log your find in the logbook
  • report your find to www.geocaching.com
  • Have Fun!