Even though geocaching has been around for over 10 years, it's surprising to find that many people have never heard of it, or if they have, how to geocache.
So what is it?
Some people describe geocaching as a high-tech treasure hunting game.
Geocachers hide a container called a geocache (or cache for short) somewhere and record the co-ordinates of its location using a GPS receiver. These co-ordinates plus a description of the location and possibly a hint about how to find it are entered into a huge online database at www.geocaching.com.
Other geocachers can then search for caches near a particular location – wherever they may be in the world. Every country in the world has at least one cache. Even Antarctica has caches.
If you want to participate you need to register at www.geocaching.com. A Basic Membership is free and allows you to view the co-ordinates of the geocaches. A Premium Membership is very economical at US$30 per year and provides a wide range of useful features compared to Basic Membership.
You will need to buy or borrow a GPS receiver in order to find geocaches. However there are individuals who manage to find geocaches by referring to a map!
Many geocachers have become concerned about the increasingly poor quality of geocaches that are being placed.
This Progeocaching site is aims to show people how to geocache properly and help to put the quality back into the game.