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1 Geocaching Basics. 2 What is geocaching? What is a geocache? Why would I want to go geocaching? Brief overview of the GPS system How to find your first.

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1 1 Geocaching Basics

2 2 What is geocaching? What is a geocache? Why would I want to go geocaching? Brief overview of the GPS system How to find your first geocache. The next step… hide your own cache.

3 3 What is geocaching? An outdoor adventure game for GPS users of all ages. (GPS = Global Positioning System)

4 4 What is geocaching? 1.A weatherproof box is hidden in the woods. 2.The location of the box is published on the internet. 3.Others go out and find the box.

5 5 What is a geocache? A weather-resistant container such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box A weather-resistant container such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box

6 6 What is a geocache? Sometimes very small (Micro-cache) 35mm film container Altoids Tin Magnetic Hide-a-key Sometimes very small (Micro-cache) 35mm film container Altoids Tin Magnetic Hide-a-key

7 7 Whats in a cache? Logbook Logbook Trinkets to trade Trinkets to trade Examples: toys, books, coins, tools, games, etc. Examples: toys, books, coins, tools, games, etc. Information sheet that explains the container and geocaching, as well as contact information. Information sheet that explains the container and geocaching, as well as contact information. Disposable camera (optional) Disposable camera (optional)

8 8 Variations on the game Traditional caches Traditional caches Multi-caches / Offset caches Multi-caches / Offset caches Mystery / Puzzle Mystery / Puzzle Event caches Event caches Travel bugs Travel bugs

9 9 Whats the point? Visit and explore new places. Visit and explore new places. Excitement of finding Hidden Treasure. Excitement of finding Hidden Treasure. Family friendly outdoor activity. Family friendly outdoor activity.

10 10 Global Positioning System GPS is a system of 27 satellites (24 active, 3 reserve) to calculate your position. GPS is a system of 27 satellites (24 active, 3 reserve) to calculate your position. Satellites transmit their current position down to Earth via radio waves. Satellites transmit their current position down to Earth via radio waves.

11 11 Latitude & Longitude Latitude Number of degrees North Or South of the equator Longitude Number of degrees East or West of Greenwich, England.

12 12 Latitude & Longitude N43 o W88 o

13 13 GPS receivers

14 14 Where do I find out about nearby geocaches? Visit the website: Visit the website: Key in your zip code. Key in your zip code. Over 25 Caches within 5 miles of here! Over 25 Caches within 5 miles of here!

15 15 Wisconsin Geocaches

16 16 U.S. Geocaches

17 17 Worldwide Geocaches

18 18 What do I need to get started? A sense of adventure A sense of adventure A GPS receiver A GPS receiver A computer with internet access A computer with internet access Compass (optional) Compass (optional) Bug Spray or Parka Bug Spray or Parka

19 19 What are the rules? If you take something, leave something. If you take something, leave something. Leave the cache as you found it. Leave the cache as you found it. Respect private property. Respect private property. Cache in – Trash out Cache in – Trash out

20 20 Cache In / Trash Out (CITO) While searching for a cache, geocachers are encouraged to pick up and tote out trash they find along the way. While searching for a cache, geocachers are encouraged to pick up and tote out trash they find along the way.

21 21 How To Find A Geocache

22 22 1. Learn About The Cache Print out the cache page and take it with you

23 23 2. Enter Co-ords into the GPSr Waypoint Name Waypoint Note (Optional) Latitude and Longitude (Co-ordinates)

24 24 3. Follow The Little Arrow When the arrow points straight up, you are going in the right direction. How far you have to go Direction you SHOULD go Direction you are going (Typically only works while moving) Direction you SHOULD go

25 25 4. Use Your Compass Dont leave home without one! Take a short break… allow the GPSr to settle, then use your compass to zero in on the actual geocache site. Pace off the distance shown on the GPSr. Use your compass to help you find civilization if your GPSr were to ever quit.

26 26 5. Look Around Look for anything unusual or out of place. Look in places that YOU think would be good to place a cache. No luck? Enlarge your search area.

27 27 6. Woo Hoo! Found It! Sign the log book. Trade items if you wish. No inappropriate trading items please. (this is a family activity) Leave something of equal or greater value compared to what you take. Re-hide the cache back in the same spot.

28 28 The Next Step Go out and place your own geocache for others to find! Show off a favorite area Show off a favorite area Think up some creative and innovative variations Think up some creative and innovative variations Show off how sneaky you can be Show off how sneaky you can be Be sure and ask permission of land manager(s) Be sure and ask permission of land manager(s) Be mindful of sensitive environmental areas Be mindful of sensitive environmental areas

29 29 Todays Temp. Caches

30 30 Todays Temp. Caches

31 31 Thank you!


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