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5 Reasons Why Hiking With Geocaching is Fun

5 Reasons Why Hiking With Geocaching is Fun

Geocaching has enjoyed increasing popularity for several years. More and more people are discovering this hobby in the fresh air, which promotes the inner play instinct, offers mental and sporting challenges and often takes you to special and worth seeing places. IndenBergen answers the most frequently asked questions about geocaching.

What is geocaching?

In principle, geocaching can be understood as a form of modern scavenger hunt, the aim of which is to use coordinates to find a hidden treasure, the so-called "cache". This is usually a watertight container containing a log book for entry and sometimes a number of small trade items. Treasure hunters use either a simple GPS device or one of the many geocaching apps for smartphones to set out on their quest. There are now millions of different geocaches worldwide, which are divided into different categories and levels of difficulty. A lot of additional information is also available on special geocaching websites and the right caches can be found for every taste. Geocaching can be done alone, but also with the family

How did geocaching come about?

Geocaching as we know it today originally arose from so-called “letterboxing”, which dates back to 1854. English walking guide James Perrott from Chagford first hid a bottle with his visiting card on Dartmoor and gave tips to other walkers on how to find it. The search was therefore based on clues and also with a compass; Coordinates have not yet been shared. Later, tin cans were hidden instead of the glass bottle. The proud find could then leave his business card or even a postcard or a letter behind. GPS devices were used for searches for the first time in the 1990s. Germany's first geocache was hidden and found in 2000 near Berlin.

What types of geocaching caches are there?

Caches usually come with some sort of assignment that divides them into categories. These are the most common types:

  1. The Traditional Cache: As the name suggests, this type of geocache is the most original of all types. The location coordinates of the cache are given directly. This does not mean, however, that this is the simplest type of cache per se. The container can be very imaginatively hidden and camouflaged.
  2. The multi-level cache: With this geocache, also called multi-cache, at least two or more intermediate stations lead to the actual cache. At these intermediate stations there are indications of the next location. So perseverance is required. A real cache container with a log book normally waits for the finder at the target location.
  3. The Mystery Cache: If you want to find this cache, which is also known as the Mystery Cache, you first have to do your homework at home. In order to get the coordinates, a puzzle has to be solved, for example in the form of a mathematical task or a picture puzzle. The received coordinates can either lead to the final cache or to the starting point of a multi-level (multi)cache.

What sizes of geocaching caches are there?

Caches are divided into different sizes. So before you go on a search, it is helpful to look at the cache information available online on geocaching websites to see how large the respective cache is. Of course, the size determines the possible hiding places and knowing what you are looking for can make it much easier to find. The most common cache is the "Regular". Tupperware is often used as a container, which contains a logbook and mostly exchange items. However, there are also tiny and oversized caches.

Is geocaching suitable for beginners?

Yes, in any case! The beauty of geocaching is its versatility. Because all geocaches are not only divided into types and sizes, but also sorted according to difficulty, so that everyone can choose something to their own taste. When dividing the categories, both the terrain and the general task difficulty of the cache are evaluated. So if you fancy a leisurely Sunday walk, you'll get your money's worth, as will active mountaineers who want to spend hours on a treasure hunt. And if it's raining, you can solve the riddle of the next mystery cache while relaxing on the sofa at home.

Can you do geocaching with kids?

Of course, geocaching can be a lot of fun, especially for children! In the details of the respective cache, it is usually stated whether the cache is suitable for children or can also be reached with a stroller. Geocaching is an ideal outdoor activity for children of all ages as it allows them to explore their surroundings through play. Geocaching can be ideally combined with the next hiking tour and brings fun and excitement. Children can play detective to their heart's content and the locations of caches are often also special places or sights where many interesting things can be discovered.

What equipment do I need for geocaching?

The equipment geocaching enthusiasts need depends very much on the cache one is trying to find. A GPS device is suitable for determining the cache position, but your own smartphone is usually sufficient for simpler caches. Nowadays there is a choice of different free and paid geocaching apps. Outdoor clothing and food is recommended depending on the terrain and length of the hike. Treasure hunters should also remember to take small trade items with them if they plan to trade an item from a cache container. In the case of small caches, it is also advisable to have a pen with you for the entry in the logbook. For challenging geocaches, climbing equipment or a flashlight can be important helpers.

5 reasons why hiking with a GPS device makes sense

A GPS device makes it much easier to find the way on hiking tours. It is handy, powerful and the perfect companion for many emergencies. There are now countless manufacturers and possible uses. Whether it's leisurely hiking, ski touring, long-distance hiking or when you're on the bike, the small handheld computer shows where to go. And you don't need any training or great technical knowledge to operate it, the use is completely intuitive and definitely easier than folding up unruly hiking maps. IndenBergen has put together 5 reasons why you shouldn't set off on a hiking tour without a GPS device these days.

1. Stay on the right path - even if it's confusing

We all know the problem that arises when several hiking trails cross. The signs are there, but pointing in such different directions that we can no longer see the way because of all the signs. Or we are traveling in a country that doesn't believe in signage at all. Then one is regularly close to despair. This cannot happen with a GPS device and a previously installed track. The handheld computer reliably shows which turnoff you have to take, guaranteeing that you stay on the right path. Even in rain, fog, storms and darkness, it helps enormously to continue following the hiking trail in the right direction. Even if the path is blocked, you can reorient yourself with the GPS device and find a solution.

2. Rugged, Rugged, All-Terrain GPS Device

Nowadays there are some valuable mobile phone apps that guide you through the terrain just as safely as the GPS device. But even if we stay on the right path with the smartphone, it is certainly not ideal for hikes. It doesn't matter whether it's biting cold, torrential rain or glaring sun - the robustness of GPS devices far exceeds that of mobile phones. They are waterproof and have a more powerful GPS receiver and can therefore provide reliable assistance even in extreme situations. They cope much better with falls and contact with rock. GPS devices are not only the first choice for hikers and mountaineers on normal hiking tours, but also for mountaineering and ski tours.

3. Accurate location - whether it's an emergency or a change of plan

You don't always make it to your destination when hiking or mountaineering. Sometimes injuries, weather or material problems make things difficult. Then it is important to be able to summon help quickly. With a GPS device, you can determine your exact position at any time and communicate this to both rescue workers and the mountain rescue service. Unfortunately, unforeseen situations do not only arise in the mountains, even when you are on an expedition or in a remote national park. Even if you hike together and at some point you don't find each other again, the exact location can be helpful. Our tip: familiarize yourself with the functions of the GPS device beforehand. This is the only way to react quickly in an emergency.

4. Geocaching - Fun for kids too

Nowadays there is hardly a child who does not want their own smartphone. But that doesn't always have advantages. It's all the more fun when you 're allowed to use the GPS device on a geocaching tour . With the help of the simple hand computer, the children can go on a treasure hunt. Even if there is no concrete geocaching on the way, a bit of imagination from the parents is required to book the tour as a success. Passionate cachers, however, can never do without their GPS device and sometimes use the luxury version. The caches can only be found using their coordinates.

5. Pastime and puzzle fun - not only on tour

How far is it actually to Moscow? Or how many hours does it take to circumnavigate the Zugspitze ? Such questions can be easily clarified with a GPS device. So if you are sitting in the tent in heavy rain and have to while away the time, such a device can quickly banish boredom. Or even with children, puzzles are always welcome. Whether sunrise or moonset - facts from nature can be answered very easily with the GPS. So if you forgot the little “do not fret” game at home when touring a hut, you have to use the small handheld computer. Now it's all about who can think up the most exciting questions and whether there really is an answer to them.

Conclusion

If you decide to use a GPS device when hiking, you should think very carefully about which functions you want to use. Not every GPS device offers every possibility. Since there are many manufacturers in different price ranges today, think about what is important to you in advance. Points such as reception and handling, navigation and maps, equipment and electricity are the most important. Long-distance hikers have different requirements than cyclists and tourers need more functions than leisure hikers. Garmin , Satmap, Falk and A-Rival are just some of the manufacturers where you can buy a high-quality device. You have to invest between 150 and 500 euros if you want to own a good GPS device.

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