Geocaching - Combining Fitness with Treasure Hunting

Geocaching is a great way to stay fit with family & friends Geocaching is a great way to stay fit with family & friends

Looking for an outdoor adventure that combines fitness, friends, and treasure hunting? Check out geocaching!

Perfect for Friends & Family

Looking for an outdoor activity that combines fitness, adventure, and treasure hunting? One that friends and family of all ages can participate in? Geocaching may be the perfect activity for you!

What is Geocaching?

Geocaching involves searching for containers that are hidden by other geocachers in nearly 2 million different locations around the world. Searches are made using hand-held GPS devices (Global Positioning System), and other information listed on numerous websites by other geocachers.

Geocache
Geocache

Geocaches are typically small plastic containers, or military surplus ammo cans, and contain a logbook and pencil as well as other inexpensive "treasures" that can be traded.  If you take an item from the cache, you should replace it with an item of equal or greater value.  

Caches are located in diverse places, from wooded trails to underwater to city streets.  Some websites, such as Geocaching.com, rate geocaches by level of difficulty, cache type, and cache size.  This allows you to start with a simple geocaching trek in your local area, and then work up to more difficult finds.

What Kind of GPS Device Do I Need?

Your GPS device doesn't need to be expensive or elaborate.  You simply need the ability to enter a waypoint and navigate to that waypoint.  In fact, many GPS-enabled smartphones can even be used.  Here is a fantastic geocaching app for your iPhone! Or if you prefer a stand-alone GPS device, here is a great option to check out.

 

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay is an airline pilot living in the Midwest with his wife and three children. As an avid runner and cyclist he has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and cycling "century" rides, and serves as the race director for the Run for the Ridge 5K. His favorite activities are those he shares with his family. Visit Brian on Google+

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