What is Geocaching? Geocachingis a high-tech hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.
Who Geocaches? Everyone! Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
What is GPS? GPS stands for Global Positioning System. A GPS is a navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by computing the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver. In other words a GPSR using satellite signals tells you your exact location anywhere in the world.
The Father of Geocaching isDave Ulmer. The first Ggeocache was placed in Oregon in May of 2000. The founder of Groundspeak isJeremy Irish.Groundspeakis a computer database allowing fellow cachers to find and log caches. Groundspeak developed the current web site www.geocaching.com. The Whens, Whos & Wheres of Geocaching…
What are the different types of caches in Montana? Traditional-cache located at a coordinate on the web-site Multi-cache-given several coordinates until you reach final cache destination Mystery-a puzzle must be solved in order to discover final coordinates to locate cache Virtual-an interesting location for adventure seekers to visit (Sea World) Earth-Virtual cache with no physical cache, just a location that will bring you to a point that allows you to learn something about the earth (Grand Canyon, Earthquake faults, Continental Divide) Letterbox Hybrid-Gives step by step directions to find a cache without a GPSR, usually a stamp inside the letterbox (historical fact-begun in England by man in a small village who was trying to get a letter to London, put the letter in a box at a crossroads with noted attached asking for the next person coming through to take the letter further toward London)
Every game has it's rules… Rule #1 – If you take something, leave something! Rule #2 – Sign the log book! Rule #3 – Log your find at Geocaching.com …andguidelines… Guideline #1 – Tread lightly and leave no trace! Guideline #2 – Replace cache in original hiding spot! Guideline #3 – Cache in, trash out!
Acronyms TFTC - Thanks For The Cache TNLN - Took Nothing Left Nothing SL - Signed Log DNF - Did Not Find FTF - First To Find TB - Travel Bug BYOP - Bring Your Own Pencil Muggles - non-geocachers Swag - trade items Cache - geocache container Ground Zero - final coordinates reached Trolls - wildlife Geo-dog - man’s best friend Geocaching Lingo Slang
Where can I go geocaching? There are 833,877 active caches around the world. There are 273 caches in Helena.