Cache In Trash Out! Local Organisations Let’s Go In an effort to give back to the parks and other environments Many local Geocaching or areas have regional GEOCACHING! that allow the placing of geocaches, organisations. Often times these participants often practice what they groups hold Geocaching meets, or call “CITO,” that is, they “Cache In Event Caches where they play and Trash Out.” Geocachers do their games, discuss their finds and usually part to remove trash and debris from eat! Geocaching clubs are always very the environment and leave the area as happy to work with local officials and untouched as possible. park representatives to help set geocaching policies. Many Geocachers carry garbage bags Event Caches are a great way to get with them and even introduced to Geocaching without organise special having to go out and buy a lot of Do “CITO Events” to equipment. If you’re not sure if you have a love for beautify parks and Geocaching is for you yet, contact the outdoors, a fondness environments. some local cachers about the time and for high-tech toys and an ad- place of an event cache in your area. venturous spirit? If so, Geocaching Do’s & Don’t’s Want to Know More? might just be the hobby for you! Do If you would like more information about Geocaching, feel free to contact the Thousands of people in over 200 countries are discovering the pastime known as Geocaching get permission where needed before • hiding a geocache. Geocachers in your area via the forums (pronounced “Geo -cashing”). It’s • fill the cache with family-friendly objects. on Geocaching.com or visit the adventure/sport that has • respect the environment—practice CITO www.geocachinguk.com. families and individuals using the while caching and leave the area as internet, hand-held GPS’s and their undisturbed as possible. eyes and wits to search for • mark your container plainly so that it is “treasure” hidden all over the obviously a Geocache. world! The odds are that sometime • perform regular checks on any caches in the past few you have hidden. years you’ve Don’t been within a few feet to a • ever bury a cache. few m iles of a • trade items that might be harmful (like geocache and lighters or knives) or family un-friendly. "The Groundspeak Geocaching Logo is a didn’t even • put any food items in the cache. These trademark of Groundspeak, Inc. know it! Used with permission." can attract animals who might be Brochure produced by Geocacher-U.com harmed or might damage the container. In May of 2000, the United States government officially removed “selective availability” to the Global How Does Geocaching Work? Containers are typically water- Positioning System satellites. This tight and often are transparent An inexpensive hand-held GPS can meant that civilian GPS units now so that the contents are clearly receive signals from the 26 Global visible to anyone who might Positioning System satellites in orbit possessed greater accuracy than they stumble across it accidentally. over 12,000 miles away! previously were allowed to have. Within days a GPS enthusiast hid a container in 2 3 the backcountry of Oregon, posted the After receiving the The finder takes coordinates and other coordinates on the internet and told information from the something from the 1 A Geocacher container as a memento others to “go find it!” website, another Geocacher carefully chooses a of their visit, leaves something uses a hand-held GPS to look The phenomenon of Geocaching location and fills a for the next player, signs the container with items to for the cache. sprang from that one simple posting! As logbook and returns the trade and a logbook. The GPS receives signals container to its hiding place. it has grown in the years since, it still He then registers his from the Global Positioning Later, they will log their visit maintains the sim ple guidelines of those System satellites to give the on GEOCACHING.COM so new cache on early days—find the cache, take user their current longitude that others can read about GEOCACHING.COM to something, leave something, and sign share it with the rest of and latitude. However, the their adventure. the logbook. the world. Geocacher has no idea of the altitude of the cache location or the terrain or what kind of Getting Started structure the cache container might be hidden in. This is Getting started is a hand- part of the easy. If challenge of Geocaching is a great activity for you have finding the young and old held GPS and internet access, you’re cache! alike. Whole halfway there! families form Hand-held GPS geocaching teams • Log onto GEOCACHING.COM and enter units start at and spend time about £90. searching together! the country or the latitude and longitude of where you want to go geocaching. Variations of the Game • Enter the longitude and latitude of the geocache you want to search for into your As Geocaching has grown several variations of the game have evolved. Some are: GPS. You will probably also want to print Micro-Caches Multi-Caches Offset Caches Event Caches out a copy of the geocache sheet. Small caches often A cache in which the The posted A meeting where • Go get it! Search in the area your GPS hidden in 35 mm film finder must follow a set coordinates take you several Geocachers leads you. Usually GPS accuracy will be canisters, usually with of instructions and go to a location where get together for a limited to a thirty-foot area. Keep this in just a log-sheet. Very to several locations you must continue by day of fun. These mind as you search for the cache. often these are hidden before finally finding using a compass and are usually held in • When you find the cache, take something in urban settings with the cache container. map (and your wits) parks or other from the container and leave something the challenge being These are a great way to find the final cache public areas. you’ve brought with you. Sign the finding them without to offer a guided tour container. logbook and then return the container to being noticed. of an area. its hiding spot for the next finder.