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Getting Started in geocaching
For an explanation of what it is and what to do, here is a link to Geocaching 101.

Getting started for free
1.  Sign up for the free membership in geocaching.com.  Decide later about the premium features.
2.  Using a smart phone, download the free app (Android or iOS) from geocaching.com Because the app restricts access to only low terrain/low difficulty caches, consider it just for getting started.  There are other free and paid apps without restrictions.  
3.  Start searching with a friendThe first few can be hard until you get the pattern.


Adventure Lab Caches - Tips for Getting Started

The Geocaching Adventure Lab app is still experimental that is playable but has some quirks. Like s lab cache, it usually goes to a virtual location. It uses location and a question to verify the find.  They count for total finds.

They are only visible and playable from the app. Download the free Adventure Lab app to a smart phone, Android or iOS, with location services turned on.

Scroll through the intro pages to log in using your geocaching ID and password. On the bottom are three selections, Explore (a local map), Discover (a wider search), Profile (exit/sign off). On the Explore option, look for a red dot, and tap on it.

Read the description. It will indicate the number of locations. Each location is a find. Press Start. The default location sequence is the order they are in the system. Look for a red dot on a map, a distance indicator and the name of the next location.

There are two choices depending on how far to go. For a live driving map, click on the blue triangle/white arrow. For walking directions, click on View Details.

View Details gives to a description of what you are doing next. Click on the navigate/GPS symbol in the upper right hand corner for the compass It works best when  you are close. When close, get back to the details description to find the Answer? box. If you are not close enough, the message is Get Closer.

Click on the Answer to find the question screen. Enter the answer. If you are correct, you get a confirmation. If there is another location, the next one is brought up to repeat the process.

There is an Android bug that does not let you restart the app correctly. Go to the tab icon in the lower left corner to find apps running in the background. Find the app and click X to close down the app. It now can be restarted normally.


GPSr Review
Updated March, 2021
It has been a few years since this section has been updated.  New models are here, old models went obsolete.

Here is a 2021 review of GPS receivers.  CIGA does not endorse any brand or model.  

The Garmin GPSMAP series has been a long favorite among geocachers.  The 64s or 64sx, introduced in 2014, may be on sale, because the 64 is no longer the latest model.  The small letters indicate add on features that drive up, or lower, the price.   For example, the 64x was listed at Costco for $200.  Other versions, may be $250 or higher.

The latest GPSMAP model is the 66s with a price of $400.  Note to GSAK users, check GSAK before buying new models to determine if it is supported.  GSAK no longer gets regular updates.

Entry level hand held receivers
Hand held GPS receivers are more accurate than smart phones and are more durable.  For all day use, handhelds are better. 

The Garmin eTrex 22x is $160 on Amazon.  Some older model may be around still but lack functionality.

Advances in technology have made entry level devices much more appealing, especially for people who are sensitive to cost.  While an entry level device works fine, eventually some cachers out grow it and want the extra features.  Common differences to consider are screens, button design and internal memory. 

Garmin is the most popular brand.  Magellan is second with a strong following.

MAPS
The standard map that comes with a device is adequate but not detailed.  Buying detailed maps, such as streets and topo, from the manufacturer is expensive.  There are free maps,  for Garmin GPSFIleDepot.com, for Magellan, maps4me.net/

For Garmin users, the map site has a detailed street map.  Use Garmin's free BaseCamp to install the map into the device's memory.  For extra maps. like topo and trails, insert a micro SD card.  A memory size of 8 gig may be enough , although a 32 gig card costs about the same.  For Garmin, copy the maps into a folder on the card called Garmin (with a capital G).  In the device's system menu, select maps and enable or disable the maps.

GSAK 
One of the first tools cachers get is Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK).  It allows pocket queries to be loaded to a GPSr and supports volume posting of finds.  In 2019, it became free.   

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