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Geocaching: A Good Original Way to Combine Hiking and Treasure Hunt Together!
If you are a person who enjoys hiking outdoors and who loved treasure hunts, you should definitely try Geocaching now. What is Geocaching? It is simply a recreational game in which participants try to find hidden treasures near their home or anywhere in the world! In this article, I will explain the game of Geocaching and everything you need to know before start playing.
How Geocaching work?
Geocaching is a very simple game and you will not need many materials to play. The most important item will be that you have a GPS so you can enter the coordinates of your caches in it. Geocaches are what we can call the treasures let's say. So how to play? You will have first have to create you an account on the official Geocaching website (https://www.geocaching.com/play) Once you are register, you can start searching for Geocaches who are close to you home. You have different options when it come to the difficulty of the Geocaches. Some of easier to find than others and you should start with easy ones if you are a beginner. If you want to find Geocaches near your home, you can enter your postal code and you will have many Geocaches that will appear on a map. After you decide which Geocaches you want to do, you will have to enter the GPS coordinates or the location of your Geocaches, so you can follow the GPS directions and start your treasure hunt! You will also need basic hiking material like a bag pack, a flashlight, some food and water, bug spray and sun protection.
Geocaches can be find everywhere in the world. Geocachers often hide caches in locations that are important to them and that reflect a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be diverse. They can be in a city park, after a long hike, underwater or along a city street. Therefore, if you are playing Geocaching, it is important to keep your eyes open and to be ready to search everywhere! The game of Geocaching can be play every season of the year. That is right! You could play Geocaching during the summer but also during the winter. You will just need to adjust your equipment depending of the season. Be also careful to check the Geocaches that you want before going on a hiking. Some caches are not available during certain period of the year depending of the temperatures. The owner of the cache can desactivate his cache during the winter for example. The disponibility of the cache is always available on the website.
What Geocaches look like?
The beauty of Geocaching is that you never really know what you will find in a Geocache. There is plenty of options possible but mostly you will find objects of little value like coins and little toys. In addition, you will find a logbook in every Geocache that you will find. It is very important to sign this logbook, so the owner of the Geocache know that you found his cache. You can took what you find in the Geocache, but you will have to put an object of similar value that the one that you take if you decide to keep the treasure. You can also decide to create your own Geocache and put a treasure in it for people to find. You can put Geocaches in almost every public place. Just remember that it is important to do not place a Geocache on a private propriety of a private land. You have also to be careful to don’t put food in a Geocache. Since caches are mainly hidden on trails, you do not want to attract wild animals to the location. They also exist many different types of Geocaches and I will explain them in a future article.
With all these information, you are now ready to start playing Geocaching and join many Geocachers who are playing this great game all around the world. You may discover awesome treasures during your games and this is a fun way to combine hiking while having fun. In the next article, I will make a return on the history of Geocaching and I will explain in more details some aspects of the game.