Do you like hiking and/or treasure hunting? Want to be a modern day pirate and hunt for treasure. No, Im not talking about jumping on a video game console and playing Minecraft or illegally downloading media from the Internet. Geocaching is a fun activity that requires more skill and an inclination for the outdoors.
According to www.geocaching.com
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Many GPS devices have a built in geocaching function such as the Garmin eTrex 30 which I like to use base on its small lightweight size and durable nature. Although many phones are equipped with GPS devices such as this simply need 2 AA batteries when it dies and your ready to go again. It is $100 more expensive then its predecessor the eTrex 20 but I was willing to pay a little extra for the barometric altimeter, a 3-axis compass and wireless sharing. not to go off topic but when purchasing the maps or bundles be aware of the difference between 24K and 100K maps. With GPS devices the smaller the number the more detailed and closer the area it will cover so for backpacking the 24k maps are much better. Unfortunately the bundles do not offer the more detailed maps so you need to purchase them separately. Here is a link to a page where they can be purchased:
Garmin 24k maps
Not only did I purchase maps but I also purchased the eTrex 30 case and the backpack tether attachment to secure it to my packs front shoulder strap for easy access.
Next, connect your device to a computer and go to opencaching.com. You can read more about the rules and etiquette of the game and also search for geocaches. Once you find some that you like you can directly download them to your GPS device and start the hunt.
Don’t forget to bring something to leave behind if you are going to take what is in the geocache container. Also, there are different kinds of geocaches so read the details before you go on the hunt. Some of the containers are small so make sure what you bring will fit. I found this geocache and decided to keep the booty and replaced it with a key chain of my own.Keeping the booty makes a nice memento of the journey. Have fun out there and I hope this was helpful.