Geocaching Tips for Beginners

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1. Don’t look for the container – As odd as that may sound it’s a good piece of advice. I, like many new Geocachers, remember looking for the container. I was always looking for something sticking out from a hole or hanging from something.

During that time, as you can probably imagine, I didn’t find many caches. It wasn’t until I started looking for good hiding spots, as opposed to containers, that I

started finding just about every cache I hunted for.

2. Look at a street map ahead of time if possible – I can’t tell you how many times I put in the coordinates of a cache, wrote down a few details and jumped in the car to find it, only to realize the cache was 50 feet away, on the other side of a river or something similar lol

It’s always a good idea to look at a map and check out the streets and rivers before heading out, or at least taking a street map along with you. Your GPS will point you in the right direction, but unless you have street maps loaded into, which most don’t, it can’t tell you the best possible route.

 

3. If you take Children along, be sure they understand the importance of discretion – Our son, Aaron, is only 2 y.o. so we don’t have to worry about this with him yet, but I have taken my niece and nephews out to find a few caches and they had me stressed out the whole time!

Kids are hyper and many kids enjoy Geocaching, so it’s not uncommon for them to get excited and run around everywhere, crawling over things etc. In some cases it’s OK, but in many cases it’s important to keep a low profile, so no “muggles” will come and discover the cache after you do! So if you take children along be sure that they understand that you don’t want other people to know what we’re doing, so they need to be calm and discreet.

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  1. Erika Jean (@airrikajswan)
    Erika Jean (@airrikajswan)03-07-2009

    I’m with ya on #2! Nice blog. I subscribed and added you to my blog roll!

  2. wood5fam
    wood5fam05-27-2009

    We’re not really new to geocaching, but have been pretty frustrated when we get right to the end and then never seem to find the actual cache. I think all of the 8 or 9 that we have found so far have been with friends that already knew where they were. My kids love to go, but I’d like to actually find something to keep their enthusiasm. I try and go for the larger caches. I liked your #1 comment. What are we doing wrong? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  3. uluboy
    uluboy06-15-2009

    wood5fam – don’t be discouraged. Even experienced cachers have trouble at times. Generally, the more congested an area, the harder the hides. Sometimes you get on a roll, sometimes you get stumped. There are some caches that have taken me three or four visits to find them. One such cache, located in another state (and about 20 miles from our hotel), too me three tries: #1 tried-and failed-to scramble up one canyon wall; #2 tried-and failed-to scramble up another canyon wall; #3 realized that all I had to do was walk a little further, go around the corner into a third canyon, and walk right to the cache.

    If you keep getting stumped by a cache, take a look at the logs. Is the location off? Is the reception bad? Any hints about the hiding spot? A lot of cachers will post some hints and corrections in their log when they think the original description is off.

  4. The Perky Penguin
    The Perky Penguin08-21-2011

    I totally agree with you on your fist point, thinking like the hider would. I am going out in Cranfield today so will try out your tips and write back…

    The Perky Penguin >

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