Newbies’ Guide To  Geo-Caching Caz Mockett BarCampSheffield2 November 2008
What is Geo-Caching? <ul><li>Geocaching is a sport which started in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>It’s basically high-tech treasu...
Geocaching.com <ul><li>You must have an account on geocaching.com in order to find out information about the caches </li><...
Seek A Cache <ul><li>To find a cache, enter your location/post code: </li></ul>
Seek A Cache <ul><li>Search Results come up as a list: </li></ul>
Seek A Cache <ul><li>Or you can view them on a map: </li></ul>Click on the Cache Name for more details
Seek A Cache <ul><li>If you aren’t logged in, you get: </li></ul>
Seek A Cache <ul><li>If you are logged in, you get: </li></ul>
Types of Cache <ul><li>There are quite a few different cache types: </li></ul>
Common Types of Cache <ul><li>The most common is a Traditional Cache  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full co-ordinates are supplied...
Common Types of Cache <ul><li>Event Cache </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>There are five sizes of cache. The most common is  Regular  (eg Ammo can): </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>Good sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are also classed as  Regular : </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>Smaller sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are classed as  Small : </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>There are also a lot of  Micros  about (eg 35mm film pot): </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>And then there’s the evil little  Nano  – usually magnetic – and very well hidden: </li></ul>
Cache Sizes <ul><li>Here’s a  Nano  from the wild, showing its log book wound in the lid: </li></ul>
Hiding Places <ul><li>Caches can be hidden in  many places, but some of  the most common are: </li></ul><ul><li>In bushes ...
Hiding Places <ul><li>In trees – can you spot this one?: </li></ul>
Hiding Places <ul><li>Under bridges – watch out for Trolls: </li></ul>
Cache Location Hints <ul><li>You often get an extra clue to help </li></ul><ul><li>Could this be the crock of gold at the ...
Cache Location Hints <ul><li>Dave may be down the drain, but the cache isn't! </li></ul>
Logging Your Find <ul><li>So you’ve found a cache – what next? </li></ul><ul><li>Sign the logbook you find inside the cach...
Understanding The Logs <ul><li>Each log entry has a little icon next to it </li></ul><ul><li>Found The Cache </li></ul><ul...
Trackable Items <ul><li>As well as regular swap items, you may also find special trackable items in a cache </li></ul><ul>...
Trackables - Geocoins <ul><li>Geocoins (GCs) each have their own unique tracking number engraved on one side </li></ul><ul...
Trackables – Travel Bugs <ul><li>Travel Bugs (TBs) are tags which can be attached to  another item </li></ul><ul><li>They ...
Trackables – Trackabulldog <ul><li>Trackabulldogs are geocoins which think they are Travel Bugs! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s st...
Trackables – Logging <ul><li>Just like logging your visit to a cache, it’s important to record when you move a coin from o...
Trackables – Logging <ul><li>Your Trackables page will look like this: </li></ul>
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>You can get started with geocaching if you have an iPhone or other GPS-enabled mobile </li></ul...
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>The latest version of the App lets you log in to Geocaching.com so you can find extra caches if...
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>If you have switched on  Location Services  in settings, you will get a list of  caches close b...
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>You can also use the Trackables tab to look for a specific Geocoin or Travel Bug </li></ul>
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>Once you have selected a cache to find from the list, pressing the Map button will place a red ...
Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>If you don’t have the Geocaching App, you can still find a cache by manually  inputting its co-...
Equipment - GPSr <ul><li>If you have £150+ to spend, you might consider getting a handeld GPSr such as this Garmin eTrex V...
Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Once your GPSr is warmed up, it will indicate how many satellites it has a fix from, a...
Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Select the Find > Geocache menu </li></ul><ul><li>It then displays a list of the neare...
Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Pressing the Go To button will display a Compass for you to follow </li></ul><ul><li>O...
So Why Bother Geocaching? <ul><li>It gets you out and about – often visiting really interesting places you might not other...
So Why Bother Geocaching? <ul><li>It’s a lot of fun to do with friends, family etc – and can be combined with the daily do...
But Be Prepared <ul><li>For mud, nettles, brambles and creepy-crawlies! </li></ul>
But Be Prepared <ul><li>To get lost, frustrated and confused! Take a map! </li></ul>
But Most of All <ul><li>Have fun </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the outdoors, but respect the countryside code </li></ul><ul><li>...
So What’s Hidden Locally? <ul><li>There are one or two hidden in the city centre </li></ul><ul><li>Why not join us for a c...
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  1. 1. Newbies’ Guide To Geo-Caching Caz Mockett BarCampSheffield2 November 2008
  2. 2. What is Geo-Caching? <ul><li>Geocaching is a sport which started in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>It’s basically high-tech treasure hunting </li></ul><ul><li>Users log in to www.geocaching.com to find the location of hidden caches around the world </li></ul><ul><li>Once they know the co-ordinates, they must go out and find the box </li></ul><ul><li>Once found, you sign the logbook in the box </li></ul><ul><li>And log your find on geocaching.com </li></ul>
  3. 3. Geocaching.com <ul><li>You must have an account on geocaching.com in order to find out information about the caches </li></ul><ul><li>It’s free for basic membership </li></ul><ul><li>Premium membership costs $30/year which gives you extra features </li></ul><ul><li>Each cache has a reference Waypoint such as GC1H6HY </li></ul>
  4. 4. Seek A Cache <ul><li>To find a cache, enter your location/post code: </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seek A Cache <ul><li>Search Results come up as a list: </li></ul>
  6. 6. Seek A Cache <ul><li>Or you can view them on a map: </li></ul>Click on the Cache Name for more details
  7. 7. Seek A Cache <ul><li>If you aren’t logged in, you get: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Seek A Cache <ul><li>If you are logged in, you get: </li></ul>
  9. 9. Types of Cache <ul><li>There are quite a few different cache types: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Common Types of Cache <ul><li>The most common is a Traditional Cache </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full co-ordinates are supplied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s one box to find and log </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multi-caches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These specify the co-ordinates for the first cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the first, and co-ordinates for the next cache can be found in the box, and so on </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mystery Caches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solve a riddle or look for specific clues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These give you the cache co-ordinates </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Common Types of Cache <ul><li>Event Cache </li></ul>
  12. 12. Cache Sizes <ul><li>There are five sizes of cache. The most common is Regular (eg Ammo can): </li></ul>
  13. 13. Cache Sizes <ul><li>Good sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are also classed as Regular : </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cache Sizes <ul><li>Smaller sized sandwich/lock & lock boxes are classed as Small : </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cache Sizes <ul><li>There are also a lot of Micros about (eg 35mm film pot): </li></ul>
  16. 16. Cache Sizes <ul><li>And then there’s the evil little Nano – usually magnetic – and very well hidden: </li></ul>
  17. 17. Cache Sizes <ul><li>Here’s a Nano from the wild, showing its log book wound in the lid: </li></ul>
  18. 18. Hiding Places <ul><li>Caches can be hidden in many places, but some of the most common are: </li></ul><ul><li>In bushes </li></ul>
  19. 19. Hiding Places <ul><li>In trees – can you spot this one?: </li></ul>
  20. 20. Hiding Places <ul><li>Under bridges – watch out for Trolls: </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cache Location Hints <ul><li>You often get an extra clue to help </li></ul><ul><li>Could this be the crock of gold at the rainbows end? </li></ul>
  22. 22. Cache Location Hints <ul><li>Dave may be down the drain, but the cache isn't! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Logging Your Find <ul><li>So you’ve found a cache – what next? </li></ul><ul><li>Sign the logbook you find inside the cache </li></ul><ul><li>Make a note of the cache Waypoint </li></ul><ul><li>Log your visit online at geocaching.com </li></ul>
  24. 24. Understanding The Logs <ul><li>Each log entry has a little icon next to it </li></ul><ul><li>Found The Cache </li></ul><ul><li>Did Not Find (DNF) </li></ul><ul><li>Note – eg dropping off a Geocoin </li></ul><ul><li>Needs maintenance – if the log is full, etc </li></ul><ul><li>There are other acronyms which you will see: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TNLN = Took Nothing, Left Nothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SL = Signed Log </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TFTC = Thanks For The Cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FTF = First To Find </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Trackable Items <ul><li>As well as regular swap items, you may also find special trackable items in a cache </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>There are several types of trackable items that you can log on geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geocoins (GCs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel Bugs (TBs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackabulldog – a kind of hybrid between the two </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Trackables - Geocoins <ul><li>Geocoins (GCs) each have their own unique tracking number engraved on one side </li></ul><ul><li>They are often issued to commemorate an event </li></ul><ul><li>The owner can give the coin a specific “mission” – ie visit caches near rivers </li></ul>
  27. 27. Trackables – Travel Bugs <ul><li>Travel Bugs (TBs) are tags which can be attached to another item </li></ul><ul><li>They still have a unique tracking number </li></ul><ul><li>The owner can give the TB a “mission” too </li></ul>
  28. 28. Trackables – Trackabulldog <ul><li>Trackabulldogs are geocoins which think they are Travel Bugs! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s still the same principle with them having a unique number on the back </li></ul><ul><li>It’s just a different name – just to add to the confusion! </li></ul>
  29. 29. Trackables – Logging <ul><li>Just like logging your visit to a cache, it’s important to record when you move a coin from one cache to another </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching.com lets you remove, place or discover a geocoin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Log a Remove when you take a coin out of a cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It will then appear in your inventory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Log a Place when you put the coin in a new cache </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don’t take a coin, you can log it as Discovered if you record the tracking number </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. Trackables – Logging <ul><li>Your Trackables page will look like this: </li></ul>
  31. 31. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>You can get started with geocaching if you have an iPhone or other GPS-enabled mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Groundspeak have made a Geocaching App for the iPhone. It costs £5.99 from the App Store </li></ul><ul><li>You can just use the Maps application, but its much more long-winded </li></ul>
  32. 32. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Future versions will let you log your finds directly from your phone </li></ul><ul><li>For the moment, it’s just an easy way for you to find caches close to your location </li></ul>
  33. 33. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>If you have switched on Location Services in settings, you will get a list of caches close by [not indoors!] </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting the cache name will display more info about the cache </li></ul><ul><li>You get the location, hint & description, plus a button show you a rudimentary compass </li></ul>
  34. 34. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>You can also use the Trackables tab to look for a specific Geocoin or Travel Bug </li></ul>
  35. 35. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Your job is to get your blue “I am here” blob to coincide and then you are at the cache location </li></ul><ul><li>Now all you have to do is rummage about and find it! </li></ul>
  36. 36. Equipment - iPhone <ul><li>If you don’t have the Geocaching App, you can still find a cache by manually inputting its co-ordinates into the Mapping application </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching.com provides them in a different format to decimal, which is the easiest to type in </li></ul><ul><li>You may find the Waypoint Conversion page helpful </li></ul>
  37. 37. Equipment - GPSr <ul><li>If you have £150+ to spend, you might consider getting a handeld GPSr such as this Garmin eTrex Vista HCx </li></ul>
  38. 38. Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Once your GPSr is warmed up, it will indicate how many satellites it has a fix from, and show you your current co-ordinates </li></ul><ul><li>You can walk about until the co-ordinates shown match the published of the cache </li></ul><ul><li>Or you can use some of the built-in caching features to help you out </li></ul>
  39. 39. Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Select the Find > Geocache menu </li></ul><ul><li>It then displays a list of the nearest geocaches which you have previously saved to the unit </li></ul><ul><li>Selecting the Waypoint number provides more details: </li></ul>
  40. 40. Equipment – eTrex Vista HCx <ul><li>Pressing the Go To button will display a Compass for you to follow </li></ul><ul><li>Or if you select the Map option instead, you are given an arrow and path to the current cache </li></ul><ul><li>By default, the eTrex only ships with very basic maps </li></ul><ul><li>More detailed topgraphy can be bought on MicroSD </li></ul>
  41. 41. So Why Bother Geocaching? <ul><li>It gets you out and about – often visiting really interesting places you might not otherwise go to </li></ul>
  42. 42. So Why Bother Geocaching? <ul><li>It’s a lot of fun to do with friends, family etc – and can be combined with the daily dog walk too! </li></ul>
  43. 43. But Be Prepared <ul><li>For mud, nettles, brambles and creepy-crawlies! </li></ul>
  44. 44. But Be Prepared <ul><li>To get lost, frustrated and confused! Take a map! </li></ul>
  45. 45. But Most of All <ul><li>Have fun </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy the outdoors, but respect the countryside code </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Get the bug – it’s addictive  </li></ul>
  46. 46. So What’s Hidden Locally? <ul><li>There are one or two hidden in the city centre </li></ul><ul><li>Why not join us for a cache hunt later? </li></ul>

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