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Saturday, 9 August 2014

A- Z of summer: Day 8 - H

Day 8 is the letter H. The topic is Hunting treasure.

I have not actually done this yet as it has been raining but it is on my list of things to do. We have been before and had lots of fun. I just don't have any pictures of the day.


All kids like to hunt for treasure. As parents we all do it at various times of the years... easter egg hunts for example. It gets the kids moving and away from the electronics or the tv.

What is Geocaching?

Quite simply it is a real life treasure hunt. Like any treasure hunt, the goal is to find the treasure, in this case the geocache (container). There is 100's of 1000's hidden all over the world. Each geocache has specific co-ordinates and using GPS technology you hunt for them.

What to do?

Firstly, you need an account. You can sign up here. After you have registered you simply go to the Hide and Seek a cache page and input your post code to find caches in your area. Once you have picked your cache you simply input the co- ordinates into your GPS device and off you go.

There is different size caches. Many are hidden in places which are important to the person hiding the cache. All contain a log book and often a pencil. When you have found the cache you simply sign the log book and very carefully put it back in place, covering it if need be so it is exactly how you found it. Some caches contain items. These are free for you to take out and swap with something else. The rules are that it must be of the equal or same value. Good ideas for swaps are loom bands, party bag toys, things that are small but no food because it attracts wildlife.

You can find more information about the different types of caches here

Most people use the gps on their mobiles to find caches. You can of course buy a GPS device if you wish but personally i find most of the ones we found to be slightly off regardless. It is advisable that you take a pencil, some small gifts and maybe wear wellies, depending on where you go. The whole idea is to get you visiting places in your local area that you may not have been before. Geocaching can involve alot of walking but it is great fun for all the family. Best of all, apart from possible bus fare or petrol, the day out is free. You could even take a picnic and visit a country park so you wont need to pay for food.

Has anyone been Geocaching? What are your experiences or thoughts?

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