Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices such as your mobile phone. There are literally millions of Geocaches hidden round the globe, so you can play pretty much anywhere.
Players use the App to identify the location of local geocaches which can range from simple tupperware boxes to containers cunningly disguised to blend into the environment. The map then guides you to a specific set of GPS coordinates where you attempt to find the geocache (container) using clues from the person who has left it. When you find it, you open the container and sign your name with the date, and then replace it where you found it for the next person to locate.
My family have been ‘Geocachers’ for a few years now and it’s a great way to turn a walk into an exciting adventure – you never know what you are going to find! We have searched close to home, in Scotland and in France so far. Containers can be very creative and we have found them disguised as rocks and even a snail shell. Some caches have little gifts inside and before Covid we always used to have a supply of small treasurers with us to swap with anything we took.
We started by finding caches that other people had hidden and then we progressed to hiding our own. The children loved making the watertight containers and rolling up the paper to put inside, each cache has to be given a name; ours include 999 Emergency and Ice Cold. There was of course great excitement when the App lets us know that someone had found our cache.
Basic membership if free, there is an option to pay for a premium version which gives access to more advanced caches, this costs £24 per annum. Click here to view the Apple App and the Android version can be found here on the Google Play store.