Any geocachers?

Discussion in 'GPS / Geocaching & Mapping Applications' started by litehiker, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. litehiker

    litehiker New Member

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    I've been reading through the forums since I joined a few weeks ago, and came across the old geocachng threads. Since the most recent one was dated in 2004, I thought I'd resurrect the topic, as I also am a 'cacher. I started the game a little over a year ago, after purchasing a Magellan GPS for hiking. Since then I have found 289 caches, and have hidden 9. It's a great way to find hiking trails or parks in your hometown that you may not have known about, as well as getting you to some interesting sights when you are traveling. I will probably plan some of my camping trips based on the available caches in an area.
    In case you've never heard of it, the game consists of getting coordinates to a hidden geocache, which could be anything from a small log book to sign as proof of your find, to a large container full of items to trade. Then you go out and try to find it. Some are out in the woods, some are in Walmart parking lots. Kids love it, as well as us big kids <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Wink">.
    To learn more check out the official website, you have to register to see the locations, but it is free. If you click the link on the left that says "hide and seek a cache" you can put in your zip code and see how many are already out there near your home, you might be surprised! geocaching.com

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  2. phipps

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    Budding 'cacher here! Got a Garmin Vista C a couple weeks ago, but the weather has NOT been cooperating. My son and I are itching to get out and start looking. We've got several spots eyeballed for placing caches, as well.

    Gary N8WSQ

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  3. GeoCaching Fools

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    The kids and I have been geocaching for several years and love it!! Geocaching is a great way to see new areas, meet fellow cachers, and help to clean up the countryside. We always carry bags with us and try to leave the area cleaner than when we found it.

    To add a little fun to our cross-country camping trips, I research the roadways we plan to take and try to find caches to stop at along the way. Some of the caches are located by our gas stops and some are located in the middle of nowhere. I like the caches that are in the middle of nowhere because once in a while they are located close to a historical marker or a scenic overlook.


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  4. litehiker

    litehiker New Member

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    We save the plastic containers film comes in and stuff a plastic grocery bag inside, and apply a label that says C.I.T.O kit. We leave them in caches that are in areas in need of cleaning up. We also carry extra bags and do the C.I.T.O thing when we cache. (For you non-caching folks [we cachers call you muggles] C.I.T.O stands for Cache In~Trash Out.)

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    We have been geocaching for 2 years now and have found some amazing places right in our back yard that we never even knew were there. It has certainly provided us with hours and days of enjoyment and some aggravation as well! Keep on caching.

    Life is short...play hard
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    I do a little with my old Meridian Gold. I have had it for a few years now.

    Happy Camping!

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  7. svanarts

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    My kids and I go geocaching. My son just likes to come along but my daughter is really into it. My wife likes the fact that all 3 of us leave her alone at home to go geocaching. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    I do paperless geocaching with my trusty Palm T3, Cachemate, and my Garmin Bluetooth GPS receiver. Works great.

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    We have been geocaching for about a year now and really enjoy it and have discovered so many great places that we would have not otherwise seen. We have met a few nice folks as well who we thought were just muggles! (but really cachers). It is amazing how many caches are within just a couple of miles of home.

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  9. litehiker

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    I thought this topic might get more replies than the thread fom 2004, the word is getting out about our little game.

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    I've been caching for a couple years now. I don't cache near as much as I used to. I've gone back to school and don't have the time to cache.

    I'm far more selective in the caches that I search for since there are far more caches in boring or disappointing locations, and lots more urban micros hidden in lamp posts and under benches. If the location doesn't appeal to me, I'll pass it over unless I haven't found a cache in that state.

    But I do try searching for a cache on each camping trip.

    F_M

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  11. NvrCln

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    We've been Geocaching for 5 years now. Not avid cachers, but we do it on and off. So far we've cached in 7 different states and 2 countries. We've been on a little lull since the kids were born, but once they hit the age where they think it's fun, the game is back on!

    By the way, nice choice in trucks and pups LOL!

    Alan ('70), Kelli ('70), Ryan ('05) and Makenna ('07)
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    Nights camped in 2008 - None yet, but 16 planned so far!

    Nights camped in 2007 - 6 (4 in the in-laws MBCruiser, 2 in the Stallion)
     
  12. litehiker

    litehiker New Member

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    I hear what you are saying F_M, and I agree with you. I keep wondering if I will ever make it to 300 finds due to how picky I have become.

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  13. themanfromvan

    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    Brandee - If you ever come to PA be sure to look for 'themanfromvan's Clarion Secondary Trail Cache'.

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  14. litehiker

    litehiker New Member

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    If I ever get up that way, sure!

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    We geocache, in fact that is why we are looking for a pop up. We like to visit state parks and camp and cache while in the area and the tent camping has got to go!
     
  16. GetOutSide

    GetOutSide Let's go get lost...

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    It always sounded like something that was right up my alley, but I never got around to it, and then one day someone stole my $600 waterproof Garmin and I haven't ever replaced it. Like to try though - any chance I can use my Droid? Is there an app for that? Any advice on how to get started would be appreciated.
     
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    The BF and I geocache. We didn't do much this year had too many other activities going on but we will most certainly be doing it next summer more and maybe a few cache and grabs through the winter months. We use my Garmin 60cs and iPhone and his Blackberry.
     
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    We are geocachers. While we've been doing it for some years now, we don't have a lot of finds because we like to hike to neat places to find the caches. Our last trip to Cheaha SP in AL gave us the opportunity to pick up 7 more finds and there are LOTS more to find there. While I've been caching with a new-to-me DeLorme PN60, my DH has used his Droid using the cgeo app.
     
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    We are Geocachers as well, just started a year ago. We hike a lot with our 9 year old and after a couple miles she can get a little whiny. Searching for a cache though changes everything and keeps her interested. I use my Motorola Droid but we bought her her own Geomate Jr. that she can use on her own. It was a bit pricey at $65 but worth it. Anything to get our daughter excited about a nice long hike is worth it!
     
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    mschepac South Jersey

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    We also started about a year ago. For us winter is our caching season. Summer is reserved for camping and other things. We did some this past summer and found the bugs to be a bit much. Also, winter has more protection when bushwhacking and far less mugglers. That is just our thing...
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