Getting Started...

 
What is geocaching?
  • Geocaching is basically an outdoor scavenger hunt-type game in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver (GPSr), or other navigational device, to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches"). A typical cache is a waterproof container containing, at minimum, a logbook and a pencil. If the container is large enough, it may contain small "trade items" - toys or trinkets of little value.
Who can geocache?
  • Anyone and everyone!!
    Geocaching is available to all people (and animals) - any age, gender or ability level - as long as you have a sense of adventure and enjoy the outdoors.
Are there any rules?
  • While there are numerous guidelines published on the official geocaching website, there are only a few rules:
1. If you take something, leave something (keep it family friendly).
2. Sign the logbook.
3. Replace the container how you found it.
4. Log your experience online. 
What do I need in order to find a geocache?
  • First, you'll need an account at geocaching.com - it's free and the only thing needed is a valid email address. Your account will allow you access to geocache page listings. These "cache pages" provides a description of each geocache; the container size, the general difficulty in finding it, a terrain rating, a small map, a hint in case you need a little help, and most importantly, the coordinates. It's a good idea to print the cache page off and take it with you. Next, you'll need a navigational device, whether its a GPSr, a smartphone or something else, it is the tool that will lead you to "ground zero" - the term used to refer to the area in which the geocache container is hidden. 
REMEMBER - a navigational device will only get you to within 10-15 feet of a geocache, the fun begins when you put the device away and start looking for the container on your own.
 
Today, there are well over 750,000 registered geocachers, and over 1 million active geocaches placed in over 240 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. AND....the closest one is most likely just outside your front door and a short walk away.
 
So, Where do I begin?
  • Find out more about geocaching at Geocaching.com. A good place to start is Geocaching.com's resource page. If you can't find the answers you're looking for, there are plenty of people in the forums that are available to help you with your questions.