‘Geocaching? It’s the worst hobby ever!’ said no Geocacher ever!
It’s hard not to be biased when explaining the best hobby around, but we’ll give it a shot!
Geocaching, simply put, is a world-wide treasure hunt, using GPS technology such as your smartphone, to find containers at various locations.
The coordinates of these containers (geocaches) can be found on the website: www.geocaching.com where players (geocachers) browse the map and choose a geocache they’d like to attempt. After travelling to the location, a geocacher will begin their search until the cache is in hand! Signing the logbook inside confirms their visit and the cacher can then record their find on the website, turning the cache listing into a yellow smiley on their map. Job done!
In summary, the game involves ‘using multi-million dollar satellites to find tupperware in the woods!
BUT, I’ll let you in on a little secret… the caches are not always tupperware!
Nor are they always in the woods!
The world of caching is home to so many different types of caches in so many different locations; the game holds something for everyone. Containers can vary from a tiny metal bolt to a large shed; they can be camouflaged as a stick or in plain sight, disguised as a bird-house! Caches can be found behind your average road signs, at the very tops of trees and even inside sea caves! You may already have been walking past a geocache every day!
You can even attend event caches, just like the Aberdeenshire Mega 2019, where geocachers often have the chance to try something new or simply have a good natter about their recent caching adventures (because, you know, the rest of the world (muggles) just don’t quite understand the appeal of the ‘plastic box’!)
AND, to top it all off, geocaching allows you access to all the local knowledge of the area. With caches placed by locals, you discover new locations, new walks, places of historical value and great viewpoints you may never have realised were there. Geocaching is, without doubt, the best way to explore the secrets of the locals!
Welcome to the world of Geocaching!