Everybody loves a good Easter egg hunt but what if it could be much more?
If you’re an adventurer and haven’t yet received an arrow to the knee then you might want to try something called Geocaching, which is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.
What is geocaching?
Geocaching is essentially a global treasure hunt. Willing adventurers use a Global Positioning Service (GPS) device –such as a smart phone – to search for a hidden “cache”. If you want to get involved ,there are several sites out there including www.geocaching.com, after that you can search for catches in your area , read all the clues and hints (usually coordinates, locations and pictures) – Then your off! Registration is free for basic membership, although you do have the option to go premium.
Geocaches can be found all over the world. It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse. They may be at your local park, at the end of a long hike, underwater or on the side of a city street, The point is you will never know!
Easter egg hunting
The easter holidays can be a great time to try this out, the weather is getting warmer (ish) and the children are off for the holidays – so why not take them on an adventure and get a chance to visit new places! Think of it as a easter egg hunt but with over 5 million eggs worldwide! It actually is really easy, within minutes of searching for a geocache (A container hidden that includes, at minimum, a logbook for geocachers to sign) we found many suitable locations to start our adventures on! after taking a short walk round the local area, travelling through the depths of colchester’s ancient ruins we eventually found what we were looking for! OK, so it wasn’t like we’d found some jewels galore but, we’ got some fresh air and experienced a small sense of triumph.
I want to hide a Geocache!
Before considering your first geocache hide, the site suggests that you find a variety of caches in your area. Seeing caches in a variety of locations, in different containers and hidden by a variety of users will help you understand what makes a great cache hide. This makes it more likely that you too will hide an interesting cache that everyone will enjoy!
As you prepare to place your cache, you should visit their Guide to Hiding a Cache and the Geocache Listing Guidelines. It is important that you understand these guidelines before submitting a cache for review.
The Caching critics
Why would anyone be against against an innocent treasure hunt? Well imagine you are resident of your local town and you see people loitering around in places where they shouldn’t be, suddenly you find they are holding a suspicious package – This could lead to alarm amongst the unexpecting. In fact not that long ago an incident like the one above did occur in the US and a bomb defusal team was sent in only to that it was a tupperware box.
Before going on a hunt make sure to check that you will not be breaking the law and as always be careful on your adventures as a man-eating-monster-slaying-cyclops-platterpus may eat you!
Have you tried geocaching before? or would you rather stay at home all nice and warm with your chocolate eggs? Let us know in the comments section below…