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geocaching

A high-tech treasure hunt in which trinkets are stored in a waterproof container ("geocache") that can be located in the wilderness or in a public venue, typically not in plain view. The GPS coordinates of the cache are published on the geocaching website, and the object of the hunt is to locate the cache and enter your name in the log book as well as move objects from one cache to the next. In addition, geocachers may want to share their experiences online. Like a traditional treasure hunt, the contents of one geocache may provide the coordinates to the next one. As of mid-2008, there were more than 600,000 geocaches around the world.

Trackable Travel Bugs and Geocoins
A major goal of geocaching is to track an object as it moves across the country or around the world. In order to track the movement, Groundspeak, Inc., the founder of the geocaching website, developed the "Travel Bug," a physical tag with an identifying number. Groundspeak also issues ranges of IDs for minting "geocoins," which are commemorative coins with tracking numbers, and other sites have issued their own geocoins. When geocachers find Travel Bugs and geocoins, they post their IDs online to update the trackable's new geocache location. For more information, visit www.geocaching.com. See portable GPS.


Specialized for Geocaching
Although any portable GPS can be used to locate a geocache by entering latitude and longitude, Garmin worked with Groundspeak to enable coordinates and descriptions to be downloaded to Garmin units via a USB connection to the computer. In addition, geocache data can be transferred wireless between two Garmin users in close proximity. (Image courtesy of Garmin Ltd, www.garmin.com)
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The Geocaching Association of Great Britain was set up to forward caching in the UK and to help new cachers learn about the game.
To get started, a member of the geocaching community hides their geocache, determines its location using GPS technology and posts a brief description of the geocache and location coordinates online at a geocaching website.
So geocaching is when you've got your online account, GPS device, and logbook all connected to your phone.
It works like this: Geocachers log on to the website Geocaching.
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Either way, they truly love the land and have come to enjoy the way that geocaching aids them in exploring new trails or scenic points.
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When Chad Cameron's dad first showed him a GPS unit a few years ago, he had no idea that five or six years later, he'd be putting it to good use teaching a geocaching course at Tennessee's Cleveland State Community College.
And with the advent of the geocaching app and GPS increasingly fitted on smartphones, the popular craze is no longer restricted to gadget enthusiasts and geeks, but embraced by professionals and families alike.
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt played around the world with the aid of a GPS-enabled device.