Getting Started

Okay, so you think you might like to try this. Follow these steps to get started!

Step 1:
Go to http://www.geocaching.com and sign up to be a member. It is free.

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Step 2:
Using the tabs at the top of the page, select “Play” and then “Hide and Seek a Cache”. Insert the postcode or address of the area in which you will be searching. You will be given a list of caches in and around that area. Click on the underlined description name of the cache of your choice.

Step 3:
You should now be able to see all the details of the cache, including how big it is, how difficult the terrain is, a description of the location, any tips or hints, as well as the most important piece of information, the coordinates. Make a note of the coordinates as well as the GC code which is the unique code assigned to this cache. The GC code is the combination of letters and numbers starting with GC, found on the right of the page above the “Navigation” box. You can also use this listing site to read what other geocachers say about this cache. Below the coordinates, click on “5 logs” or “10 logs” to view these comments.

Step 4:
Before you rush out to find the cache, you WILL need a GPS device and by this I do not mean your car GPS. You will need something that is hand-held and mobile that can travel with you once you leave your vehicle. You may already have such a device perhaps on your watch or you may be an expert compass reader and able to navigate only with a compass. However, if like me you do not have those devices, then a great GPS system can be downloaded onto your phone. I highly recommend using the official geocaching app if you have an iPhone – “Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc.” which is excellent

iPhone app

iPhone app


There are others, though, that are free and you might need to do a little shopping around, depending on the mobile phone that you have.

Step 5:
Select your mode(s) of transport:
1. Car
2. Bicycle
3. Feet
4. Motorbike
5. Scooter
6. A combination of the above
We tend to travel by car until we get as close to the cache as we can, then we use our feet for the remainder of the hunt.

Step 6:
If you are travelling by car, you can navigate to the site either by entering the coordinates into your car GPS and these will direct you as close as possible to the site. OR, you can simply use the “Driving Directions” on the Geocaching.com website. Once you are as near as you can be by car/bicycle etc, then you will need to use your hand-held GPS device to navigate off the track. If you are using the iPhone app, you will be able to simply enter the GC code that you recorded in Step 3 and the phone will automatically link to the website and provide you with metre-by-metre directions on how to arrive at the coordinates.

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See my next page “Ready to Go!” for some tips on what you need before you leave the house.

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One response to “Getting Started

  1. All explained very clearly. So interesting. I’m sure lots of families will get involved and enjoy every moment.

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