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What is Geocaching?


Geocaching in a Nutshell

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor “treasure” hunting game.  Geocachers use a handheld GPS device (or smartphone) to navigate to a set of coordinates.

Then they follow the clues and hints and attempt to find the Geocache (container) that is hidden!

Everyone plays the game a little differently.  But for us, we love how Geocaching takes us on an adventure, and adds some fun and excitement to daily life…as well as our travels around the world.

Map of Geocaches in North Ameri

Geocaching Facts

  • More than 2.7 MILLION active Geocaches hidden
  • Worldwide — there is even a cache on Antarctica & Mount Everest
  • Some caches are even hidden underwater
  • Difficulty and terrain range from very easy (on the side of the road) to extreme
  • Most are located around towns, in historic places or scenic locations
  • Many caches are hidden along hiking trails
  • Most USA State Parks have Geocaches hidden throughout
  • Historic places & National Parks have “Virtual” Caches
  • Anyone can play – kids to 70+ years old!

Geocaching Resources

 

Geocaching 101:  All Stories & Topics

 

Here we’ve compiled all the Geocaching 101 stories — which will help you learn about how to get started Geocaching!

Geocaching 101:  Geocaching Glossary of Terms

Geocaching 101: Geocaching Glossary of Terms

When we started to get into our hobby of Geocaching, we began seeing Geocaching terms and Geocaching acronyms that we weren't familiar with.  It took us some time to realize what they meant.  So to help you explore the fun world of Geocaching, we pulled...

What Does a Geocache Look Like?

What Does a Geocache Look Like?

When someone wants to know more about geocaching, one of the first questions is typical "What does a geocache look like?"  But the answer is not as simple as one would think.  For starters, hiding a geocache is all about creativity.  Being creative is...

Geocaching 101:  What Types of Geocaches are there?

Geocaching 101: What Types of Geocaches are there?

The game of geocaching isn't only searching for tupperware in the woods & signing a piece of paper.  While there are caches like this, there are also several other types of geocaches, which enhances the fun of the game.  Some geocaches may have you go to...

Geocaching Supplies for the Beginner Geocacher

Geocaching Supplies for the Beginner Geocacher

We were all beginners at some point and knowing what Geocaching supplies you need to start can be tough.  To those who are just getting into geocaching, it can be quite exciting venturing into this new world.  However, expert cachers know that it's not...

Geocaching 101:  What do I need to go Geocaching?

Geocaching 101: What do I need to go Geocaching?

The great thing about Geocaching is that anyone can do it, and they can be found just about anywhere, but you may ask yourself what do I need to get started geocaching?  Whether you prefer to explore a city or go hiking on a trail out in the woods, there are...

What is Geocaching? A Treasure Hunt Around the World

What is Geocaching? A Treasure Hunt Around the World

What is Geocaching?  Well, do you enjoy playing games?  How about solving puzzles?  Do you like watching the Amazing Race or movies like Indiana Jones or National Treasure?  If so, then check out the coolest game you have probably never heard...

Geocaching 101:  What is in a Geocache?  Treasure?

Geocaching 101: What is in a Geocache? Treasure?

When we start explaining geocaching to someone, the first question they ask is ‘What's in a geocache? Treasure?’  This is a tough question to answer.  Depending on your age and personal interests, it could be either “Yes or No.”  So we will do our best...

Geocaching Bag:  Must Haves for Your Next Adventure

Geocaching Bag: Must Haves for Your Next Adventure

We have found that geocaching goes well with our outdoor activities.  Since we enjoy combining all of these things into our trips, it's essential to have a good geocaching bag that meets our variety of needs.  We have found that our Mountainsmith Tour TLS...

Geocaching 101:  Getting Started with Profile & App

Geocaching 101: Getting Started with Profile & App

Whenever we describe the hobby of geocaching to people we get asked the same question, ‘How Do You Get Started Geocaching?’ and it always starts the same, download the geocaching app. So we decided to put together a few beginner steps to help curious adventure...

Geocaching Events: What Is A Mega Event?

Geocaching Events: What Is A Mega Event?

One of the many aspects we love about Geocaching is the community of cachers and Geocaching Events. Geocaching Events are a great way for geocachers from all over the world to get together for a long weekend filled with stories and adventures.  Besides meeting...

Why Go Geocaching?

Why Go Geocaching?

Why go Geocaching?  We have been asked this more than once.  There are so many great things about geocaching that attract us to this outdoor hobby that we have listed it out for you. Our First Geocaching EXPERIENCE Our first geocaching experience was during...

Geocaching Supplies for Winter Geocaching

Geocaching Supplies for Winter Geocaching

Unlike the NFL or NBA, Geocaching doesn't have an off-season and you will need geocaching supplies to go geocaching in the winter.  You can go geocaching 365 days a year, and every 4 years you can go for 366 days. Rain or shine, hot or cold...you can always go...

Geocaching 101:  What is a Geocaching Trackable?

Geocaching 101: What is a Geocaching Trackable?

One aspect that we enjoy about Geocaching around the world is Geocaching Trackables.  Geocaching Trackables are tags or coins with a code on it that you can log and track your miles as it travels from cache to cache.  It's fun to send them out into the world...

10 Geocaching Resolutions to Keep

10 Geocaching Resolutions to Keep

The New Year is upon us, which means new Geocaching Resolutions.  As Geocachers, we love setting goals for ourselves and improving our stats.  So we've put together some ideas for Geocaching Resolutions to keep for the upcoming year.  If you have already accomplished...

Geocaching Gifts for the Geocachers in your Family

Geocaching Gifts for the Geocachers in your Family

It's that time of year for gift giving!  Are you having a tough time deciding what to get the geocacher in your life?  Well with the help of our friends at Cache Advance, we have come up with 7 great gifts that geocachers will love, regardless...

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