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Newbies Guide To Geo Caching

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Published on December 2, 2008

Author: cazm

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My presentation given at BarCampSheffieldII, 29th November 2008.
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Newbies’ Guide To Geo-Caching Caz Mockett BarCampSheffield2 November 2008

What is Geo-Caching? Geocaching is a sport which started in 2000 It’s basically high-tech treasure hunting Users log in to www.geocaching.com to find the location of hidden caches around the world Once they know the co-ordinates, they must go out and find the box Once found, you sign the logbook in the box And log your find on geocaching.com

Geocaching is a sport which started in 2000

It’s basically high-tech treasure hunting

Users log in to www.geocaching.com to find the location of hidden caches around the world

Once they know the co-ordinates, they must go out and find the box

Once found, you sign the logbook in the box

And log your find on geocaching.com

Geocaching.com You must have an account on geocaching.com in order to find out information about the caches It’s free for basic membership Premium membership costs $30/year which gives you extra features Each cache has a reference Waypoint such as GC1H6HY

You must have an account on geocaching.com in order to find out information about the caches

It’s free for basic membership

Premium membership costs $30/year which gives you extra features

Each cache has a reference Waypoint such as GC1H6HY

Seek A Cache To find a cache, enter your location/post code:

To find a cache, enter your location/post code:

Seek A Cache Search Results come up as a list:

Search Results come up as a list:

Seek A Cache Or you can view them on a map: Click on the Cache Name for more details

Or you can view them on a map:

Seek A Cache If you aren’t logged in, you get:

If you aren’t logged in, you get:

Seek A Cache If you are logged in, you get:

If you are logged in, you get:

Types of Cache There are quite a few different cache types:

There are quite a few different cache types:

Common Types of Cache The most common is a Traditional Cache Full co-ordinates are supplied It’s one box to find and log Multi-caches These specify the co-ordinates for the first cache Find the first, and co-ordinates for the next cache can be found in the box, and so on Mystery Caches Solve a riddle or look for specific clues These give you the cache co-ordinates

The most common is a Traditional Cache

Full co-ordinates are supplied

It’s one box to find and log

Multi-caches

These specify the co-ordinates for the first cache

Find the first, and co-ordinates for the next cache can be found in the box, and so on

Mystery Caches

Solve a riddle or look for specific clues

These give you the cache co-ordinates

Common Types of Cache Event Cache

Event Cache

Cache Sizes There are five sizes of cache. The most common is Regular (eg Ammo can):

There are five sizes of cache. The most common is Regular (eg Ammo can):

Cache Sizes Good sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are also classed as Regular :

Good sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are also classed as Regular :

Cache Sizes Smaller sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are classed as Small :

Smaller sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are classed as Small :

Cache Sizes There are also a lot of Micros about (eg 35mm film pot):

There are also a lot of Micros about (eg 35mm film pot):

Cache Sizes And then there’s the evil little Nano – usually magnetic – and very well hidden:

And then there’s the evil little Nano – usually magnetic – and very well hidden:

Cache Sizes Here’s a Nano from the wild, showing its log book wound in the lid:

Here’s a Nano from the wild, showing its log book wound in the lid:

Hiding Places Caches can be hidden in many places, but some of the most common are: In bushes

Caches can be hidden in many places, but some of the most common are:

In bushes

Hiding Places In trees – can you spot this one?:

In trees – can you spot this one?:

Hiding Places Under bridges – watch out for Trolls:

Under bridges – watch out for Trolls:

Cache Location Hints You often get an extra clue to help Could this be the crock of gold at the rainbows end?

You often get an extra clue to help

Could this be the crock of gold at the rainbows end?

Cache Location Hints Dave may be down the drain, but the cache isn't!

Dave may be down the drain, but the cache isn't!

Logging Your Find So you’ve found a cache – what next? Sign the logbook you find inside the cache Make a note of the cache Waypoint Log your visit online at geocaching.com

So you’ve found a cache – what next?

Sign the logbook you find inside the cache

Make a note of the cache Waypoint

Log your visit online at geocaching.com

Understanding The Logs Each log entry has a little icon next to it Found The Cache Did Not Find (DNF) Note – eg dropping off a Geocoin Needs maintenance – if the log is full, etc There are other acronyms which you will see: TNLN = Took Nothing, Left Nothing SL = Signed Log TFTC = Thanks For The Cache FTF = First To Find

Each log entry has a little icon next to it

Found The Cache

Did Not Find (DNF)

Note – eg dropping off a Geocoin

Needs maintenance – if the log is full, etc

There are other acronyms which you will see:

TNLN = Took Nothing, Left Nothing

SL = Signed Log

TFTC = Thanks For The Cache

FTF = First To Find

Trackable Items As well as regular swap items, you may also find special trackable items in a cache If you find one, you can remove it – but they are not for keeps – you must put it in another cache as soon as you can There are several types of trackable items that you can log on geocaching.com Geocoins (GCs) Travel Bugs (TBs) Trackabulldog – a kind of hybrid between the two

As well as regular swap items, you may also find special trackable items in a cache

If you find one, you can remove it – but they are not for keeps – you must put it in another cache as soon as you can

There are several types of trackable items that you can log on geocaching.com

Geocoins (GCs)

Travel Bugs (TBs)

Trackabulldog – a kind of hybrid between the two

Trackables - Geocoins Geocoins (GCs) each have their own unique tracking number engraved on one side They are often issued to commemorate an event The owner can give the coin a specific “mission” – ie visit caches near rivers

Geocoins (GCs) each have their own unique tracking number engraved on one side

They are often issued to commemorate an event

The owner can give the coin a specific “mission” – ie visit caches near rivers

Trackables – Travel Bugs Travel Bugs (TBs) are tags which can be attached to another item They still have a unique tracking number The owner can give the TB a “mission” too

Travel Bugs (TBs) are tags which can be attached to another item

They still have a unique tracking number

The owner can give the TB a “mission” too

Trackables – Trackabulldog Trackabulldogs are geocoins which think they are Travel Bugs! It’s still the same principle with them having a unique number on the back It’s just a different name – just to add to the confusion!

Trackabulldogs are geocoins which think they are Travel Bugs!

It’s still the same principle with them having a unique number on the back

It’s just a different name – just to add to the confusion!

Trackables – Logging Just like logging your visit to a cache, it’s important to record when you move a coin from one cache to another Geocaching.com lets you remove, place or discover a geocoin Log a Remove when you take a coin out of a cache It will then appear in your inventory Log a Place when you put the coin in a new cache If you don’t take a coin, you can log it as Discovered if you record the tracking number

Just like logging your visit to a cache, it’s important to record when you move a coin from one cache to another

Geocaching.com lets you remove, place or discover a geocoin

Log a Remove when you take a coin out of a cache

It will then appear in your inventory

Log a Place when you put the coin in a new cache

If you don’t take a coin, you can log it as Discovered if you record the tracking number

Trackables – Logging Your Trackables page will look like this:

Your Trackables page will look like this:

Equipment - iPhone You can get started with geocaching if you have an iPhone or other GPS-enabled mobile Groundspeak have made a Geocaching App for the iPhone. It costs £5.99 from the App Store You can just use the Maps application, but its much more long-winded

You can get started with geocaching if you have an iPhone or other GPS-enabled mobile

Groundspeak have made a Geocaching App for the iPhone. It costs £5.99 from the App Store

You can just use the Maps application, but its much more long-winded

Equipment - iPhone The latest version of the App lets you log in to Geocaching.com so you can find extra caches if you are a Premium Member Future versions will let you log your finds directly from your phone For the moment, it’s just an easy way for you to find caches close to your location

The latest version of the App lets you log in to Geocaching.com so you can find extra caches if you are a Premium Member

Future versions will let you log your finds directly from your phone

For the moment, it’s just an easy way for you to find caches close to your location

Equipment - iPhone If you have switched on Location Services in settings, you will get a list of caches close by [not indoors!] Selecting the cache name will display more info about the cache You get the location, hint & description, plus a button show you a rudimentary compass

If you have switched on Location Services in settings, you will get a list of caches close by [not indoors!]

Selecting the cache name will display more info about the cache

You get the location, hint & description, plus a button show you a rudimentary compass

Equipment - iPhone You can also use the Trackables tab to look for a specific Geocoin or Travel Bug

You can also use the Trackables tab to look for a specific Geocoin or Travel Bug

Equipment - iPhone Once you have selected a cache to find from the list, pressing the Map button will place a red map pin where the box is located Your job is to get your blue “I am here” blob to coincide and then you are at the cache location Now all you have to do is rummage about and find it!

Once you have selected a cache to find from the list, pressing the Map button will place a red map pin where the box is located

Your job is to get your blue “I am here” blob to coincide and then you are at the cache location

Now all you have to do is rummage about and find it!

Equipment - iPhone If you don’t have the Geocaching App, you can still find a cache by manually inputting its co-ordinates into the Mapping application Geocaching.com provides them in a different format to decimal, which is the easiest to type in You may find the Waypoint Conversion page helpful

If you don’t have the Geocaching App, you can still find a cache by manually inputting its co-ordinates into the Mapping application

Geocaching.com provides them in a different format to decimal, which is the easiest to type in

You may find the Waypoint Conversion page helpful

Equipment - GPSr If you have £150+ to spend, you might consider getting a handeld GPSr such as this Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

If you have £150+ to spend, you might consider getting a handeld GPSr such as this Garmin eTrex Vista HCx

Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx Once your GPSr is warmed up, it will indicate how many satellites it has a fix from, and show you your current co-ordinates You can walk about until the co-ordinates shown match the published of the cache Or you can use some of the built-in caching features to help you out

Once your GPSr is warmed up, it will indicate how many satellites it has a fix from, and show you your current co-ordinates

You can walk about until the co-ordinates shown match the published of the cache

Or you can use some of the built-in caching features to help you out

Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx Select the Find > Geocache menu It then displays a list of the nearest geocaches which you have previously saved to the unit Selecting the Waypoint number provides more details:

Select the Find > Geocache menu

It then displays a list of the nearest geocaches which you have previously saved to the unit

Selecting the Waypoint number provides more details:

Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx Pressing the Go To button will display a Compass for you to follow Or if you select the Map option instead, you are given an arrow and path to the current cache By default, the eTrex only ships with very basic maps More detailed topgraphy can be bought on MicroSD

Pressing the Go To button will display a Compass for you to follow

Or if you select the Map option instead, you are given an arrow and path to the current cache

By default, the eTrex only ships with very basic maps

More detailed topgraphy can be bought on MicroSD

So Why Bother Geocaching? It gets you out and about – often visiting really interesting places you might not otherwise go to

It gets you out and about – often visiting really interesting places you might not otherwise go to

So Why Bother Geocaching? It’s a lot of fun to do with friends, family etc – and can be combined with the daily dog walk too!

It’s a lot of fun to do with friends, family etc – and can be combined with the daily dog walk too!

But Be Prepared For mud, nettles, brambles and creepy-crawlies!

For mud, nettles, brambles and creepy-crawlies!

But Be Prepared To get lost, frustrated and confused! Take a map!

To get lost, frustrated and confused! Take a map!

But Most of All Have fun Enjoy the outdoors, but respect the countryside code Caches are usually placed on public land, but occasionally you may find one on private land (placed with the owner’s permission) – so respect their property too Get the bug – it’s addictive 

Have fun

Enjoy the outdoors, but respect the countryside code

Caches are usually placed on public land, but occasionally you may find one on private land (placed with the owner’s permission) – so respect their property too

Get the bug – it’s addictive 

So What’s Hidden Locally? There are one or two hidden in the city centre Why not join us for a cache hunt later?

There are one or two hidden in the city centre

Why not join us for a cache hunt later?

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