We are always pleased to see walkers staying in our cottages and through one couple this week from Holland we have learned of Geocaching. We were quite surprised that we had never heard about this walking pastime, which turns out to have millions of enthusiasts worldwide. We then learned that there are quite a few “caches” in the hills around Cantueso and that a search tends to lead walkers to special areas they would otherwise not get to see. Dirk en Netty Eijlers from Pijnacker in the Netherlands took this “selfie” at El Torcal. They made several walks from Cantueso in search of caches and succeeded in finding all but one. They also mentioned that over the last few years they have found over two hundred caches in several countries. Phew, that must have involved a lot of kilometers!
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the everyday, where the possibility of a new discovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.
There are more than two million geocaches waiting to be found throughout the world, in more than 180 countries. It’s easy for anyone from families to business travelers to top tier athletes to begin the journey by downloading the Geocaching app or visiting Geocaching.com.
• Watch the 75second What is Geocaching? video to learn more.
• Learn about the History of Geocaching.
1. A geocacher hides a geocache, lists it on Geocaching.com and challenges others to find it using the Geocaching app or a GPS device.
2. As a minimum, geocaches contain a logbook for finders to sign. After signing, finders log their experience on Geocaching.com or with the Geocaching app and earn a reward in the form of a digital smiley.
3. Some geocaches contain small trinkets to exchange. If a geocacher takes something from the geocache, they replace it with something of equal or greater value.
4. Geocaches are put back where they were found for the next geocacher.
Who are geocachers?
More than 6 million people call themselves geocachers. There are geocachers living in nearly every country on Earth. Geocachers are families with children, grandparents, technogeeks, photographers, hikers—anyone can be a geocacher. Geocaching offers a broad appeal, in large part because it’s bound only by a location and someone’s imagination.
Where are geocaches found?
Geocaches can be in the forest, parks, urban locations—nearly anywhere you can think of. It is common for geocaches to be placed in storyworthy locations. Most people in North America and Europe live within a short walk of at least one geocache.
How do you hide a geocache?
A geocacher chooses a waterproof container and a location to hide it. Once a geocacher has accurate coordinates for their chosen location, they submit it for publication on Geocaching.com.
Geocaching provides a set of guidelines for geocache placement. The guidelines include
important rules that keep geocaching fun (and legal) for everyone involved.
Now we all know so let’s get started it sounds like fun. No doubt like we did you will log on to the Geoching website and enter your own postcode to see what is nearby. We were amazed and would like to hear about your experiences.
And just in case you wonder what a cache looks like, Dirk and Netty have sent these pictures of two that they discovered. They are rather elaborate and at the other end of the scale you might find a simple plastic box, but good fun all the same.