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Posted: 6/13/2003 10:20:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 11:18:52 AM EDT by BenDover]
This is wierd enough to get me interested. Apparently you go to the Geocaching website ([url]http://www.geocaching.com[/url]) and identify locations of hidden caches placed by other participants. Then you use handheld GPS units and basic nav skills to locate the cache. Once you locate it, you take something from it and put something back in. Then you log it on the website. What is wild about this is that there are over 56,000 caches in 175 countries and thousands of participants. I live in a very rural area and there were already 24 caches within a 20 mile radius of my small town of 6,000 people. Kind of cool.
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There are tons of sites in my area too. Gonna try it next weekend.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 10:33:56 AM EDT
Have GPS, will travel. Sounds like it might be fun, could lead to discovering new shootin' spots too.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 10:57:59 AM EDT
I think I will give it a try. Maybe I can put my Garmin to some good use since it sits on the shelf most of the time.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:02:53 AM EDT
If you find a fired RG NATO 7.62 casing in the cache, chances are I left it. It has become my trademark trinket to leave.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:06:04 AM EDT
I have one in central Arizona. It's an excellent second use for ammo cans. Decent exercise, and can teach good navigation skills. When you get good enough, try it without a gps and find stuff with a map and compass.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:26:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 11:26:30 AM EDT by freeride21a]
i use same site [url]www.geochaching.com[/url] fun stuff if i might add. There are some GREAT places here in Southern california to hide things.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:27:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 4:04:54 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]
... I've developed inexpensive, intermediate ranged, off-the-shelf componetized, smart programmable "cruise" RPV aeroplanes, guided by palm pilots and cheap Magellan GPS units. Warhead: Tannerite. ... Hell, if I can't find it, [b][red][size=4]I'll blow it the fuck up[/b][/red][/size=4]!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:34:16 AM EDT
The wife and I were talking about this the other day while walking at night after I found the link posted ...she thought it would be fun... I get to go buy a GPS now....
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 11:56:00 AM EDT
cool... maybe I will put an AR15.com watch in one.... hehe if I ever get a GPS unit.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 12:15:11 PM EDT
I have done several in a few different states and I also leave live ammo in the stash.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 12:17:08 PM EDT
I've geocached every dump I've taken where I hike. Want the coordinates?
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 12:54:46 PM EDT
SWEET! Now you've got me thinking....
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[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 2:55:36 PM EDT by Boomholzer]
There is one on my way home from work...... maybe ill look for it on way home. I alway keep GPS locator and extra batteries in truck. Im not sure if the coordinates given are spot of cache or what the deal is. [url]http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?pf=&ID=41001&decrypt=y&log=[/url]
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:27:36 PM EDT
My better half and I have been geocaching since last summer. It's a blast! You gotta try it! Excellent exercise, and it takes you off the beaten path to some really interesting and beautiful places that you might not see otherwise. Plus you have the thrill of the hunt. What more could you ask for? I highly recommend it.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:33:23 PM EDT
A friend of mine does it with his kids. Like said before, there's lots of neat places you'd probably never see if you weren't looking for them. The kids take all their happy meal toys they collect and put them in the caches.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 3:42:57 PM EDT
Sounds like it might be pretty cool; I may have to try this out.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 4:06:17 PM EDT
well, i printed out the above link and located the plaque and then the hidden box on my way home from work. This one was pretty easy. I'd like to find some that are hidden in forests or state parks, that would be fun.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:36:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Boomholzer: well, i printed out the above link and located the plaque and then the hidden box on my way home from work. This one was pretty easy. I'd like to find some that are hidden in forests or state parks, that would be fun.
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Did you take something, leave something and log it to the database?
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:37:52 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AZ-K9: try it without a gps and find stuff with a map and compass.
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[ignorant] How d'ya do that?[/ignorant] Scott
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:42:57 PM EDT
Thanks for the tip, BenDover. I went to their site, typed in my zip code, and found that there was a cache less than a mile from my house! So I got the family together, got out my trusty GPS , and we located it. Cool! I'm going to take the boys to a couple of other caches this weekend.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:43:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AZ-K9: I have one in central Arizona. It's an excellent second use for ammo cans. Decent exercise, and can teach good navigation skills. When you get good enough, try it without a gps and find stuff with a map and compass.
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... Jacob Waltz did it in the Superstition Mountains.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:48:58 PM EDT
I am thinking I might try to stash one in Minerva for Bulletfest -- call it the CAMPYBOB's BulletFest Cache 2003. Maybe put some spent brass, an empty beercan, and a polaroid of an S-10 in it.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 5:51:47 PM EDT
Sounds interesting.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 7:50:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 8:24:44 PM EDT by 8531sgt]
Checked my zip and there's around 1200 within 100 mi of home base. Some look fun. Looks to be a good way to get the kids into landnav while taking in the scenery. Several interesting ones within 5-10 mi of our house that are hiddin in the woods. And after reading the history and faq's on caching I see why there's so many around here. The first cache was about 7 miles from our place. Small world I guess,,,,
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:05:06 PM EDT
I use plastic morter round cases to hide my stuff not the more expensive ammo boxes others seem to love. Waterproof as well.
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 8:13:37 PM EDT
Very, very cool! I am on it! Thanks for the heads up!
Link Posted: 6/13/2003 10:19:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/13/2003 10:22:12 PM EDT by Garand1911]
my brother and i did a cache, it will be up 2 years in sept, it even got publicized on the front page of the local small town newspaper. [:D] then some dickhead who operates a facility nearby complained to the geocache website people about it being on private property and encouraging trespassing. well that guy is full of shit cuz its on Federal Public Land (BLM), and is on the OTHER SIDE of a hill away from his place, the entire hill is BLM. and the only access that i know about to get to the cache is on public road. well we finally got it back online after a week. look up "Silver n Gold" by d-duck in the antelope valley, of SoCal
Link Posted: 6/14/2003 6:24:22 AM EDT
We've been doing this sonce March, it is great fun for the family. Try some benchmark hunting too.
Link Posted: 6/14/2003 7:00:55 AM EDT
Okay, I need more sleep. I thought the title said "Geocatching." Wow, people are building catapults and throwing Geo Metros. But whose the idiots doing the catching/ [whacko] Sounds like fun though. I'll have to see if there's anything around here.
Link Posted: 6/14/2003 5:15:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BenDover:
Originally Posted By Boomholzer: well, i printed out the above link and located the plaque and then the hidden box on my way home from work. This one was pretty easy. I'd like to find some that are hidden in forests or state parks, that would be fun.
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Did you take something, leave something and log it to the database?
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No you just sign your name.
Link Posted: 6/15/2003 12:38:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/15/2003 1:09:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By WILSON: BenDover, try it - you'll like it!
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Talk about double meaning...
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Link Posted: 6/16/2003 5:56:48 PM EDT
Went out this weekend and tried it. Seven or eight locations within a couple of miles of the house. Like others have said it was pretty good practice and fun for the kids.
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