New To Geocaching? Perhaps you have heard about it, but aren’t really sure what it is all about. Or how to get started. Or perhaps you are a seasoned veteran with 500 “finds” to your credit. Whatever your skill level or interest, Klamath County is/was one of the first areas in the state of Oregon to embrace geocaching. And boy did we embrace it.
Here are a few questions and answers to help you get started –
What Is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt. Armed with a smart phone or GPS, you download a set of coordinates that tell you the location of a cache. Players seeks caches hidden by other geocachers. When you find a cache, the idea is to take something from the cache, and, to leave something behind in return. Caches generally contain a log book so you can record your presence as well as leave a note for future cache visitors.
There are numerous Apps out there for geocaching, but the most popular is found at Geocaching.com.
The catch is that you have to find the cache. The cache-owners are pretty good are hiding the caches. Hints help you locate the cache, in addition to the coordinates found on the GPS/Smart Phone.
What Is In A Typical Cache?
You could find almost anything in a cache, depending on its size. Small toys, books, LEGO bricks or mini-figs, stuffed animals, music CDs, CD-ROMS, tapes, non-perishable food items, and the log of course.
The smallest caches, known are microcaches, typically just have a stub of pencil and a few slips of paper to serve as a log–it’s rare for these caches to have any goodies.The value of items in a cache is virtually nothing. The exception might be if you find what is called a “Trackable” cache.
How Much Does It Cost To Play?
Geocaching is free. And most of the downloadable apps are free but there are a few that may charge a nominal fee (e.g. up to $10.00).
Who Goes Geocaching?
Anybody and everybody who enjoys the outdoors and wants to look for treasures goes geocaching! Seriously, it’s a family-friendly activity that can be played anytime, anywhere, in any weather conditions.
Most caches have a difficulty rating associated with them so if you’re bringing small children, you might want to pick an easier cache that’s no more than a quarter mile walk in the park. On the other hand, if you are in good shape, some caches will take you deep into the woods.
What Precautions Should Be Taken?
Take the same precautions you’d use if you were going on a hike. Tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to return. Bring maps, water, sunscreen, and a cell phone. Watch for poison oak, ticks, snakes, and other critters.
Anything Else I Should Know?
Have Fun !