Geocaching

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  1. Loujess

    Loujess Read Only Funster

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    Has anybody heard of this? Sounds like fun and I wonder if it could be combined with MHing.

    http://www.geocaching.com

    Ivy
     
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    We Olde Fartes do it all the time.

    Park van in field and need GPS to find our way back.
     
  3. G2EWS

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    Hi Ivy,

    I have a friend who takes his Grand Daughter geo caching all the time. They have items which have travelled all over the world.

    Not something I have managed to get into.

    Regards

    Chris
     
  4. madbluemad

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    I havent got a clue, I dont know where I am and the batteries have run out in me thingy :shout:

    Jim
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  5. Loujess

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    No, I would need to be inspired. Then again, apparently there is a cache hidden not to far from here so who knows.

    Ivy
     
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    ...been doing Geo Tagging for couple of years which I find more interesting and useful. I carry a little QStarz GPS logger which I download the log periodically to the pc and then the supplied software puts the GPS co-ords into the photos which can then be be put on the internet in places like Google earth. Helps when you want to reminisce and think of returning to favourite place.

    Some newer high end cameras have an inbuilt GPS and tag them automatically.
     
  7. wizzer59

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    Mmm looks interesting, quite a few near me so I might be able to combine this with walking the dogs:Smile:
     
  8. Geo

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    Chase me:RollEyes:
    Geo
     
  9. Red Sonja

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    Thats what I thought it said at first Geo Catching:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    How fast you running Geo:Rofl1:

    Sonja
     
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    my bro does geo-caching and really enjoys it.

    only thing is he borrowed my hand held Garmin GPS unit and i've never seen it since. :Sad::Angry:
     
  11. TonyIsh UK

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    Great Fun (more if you have older grand children)

    Finding caches is not as easy as you may think, they can be hidden in many ways. Themed caches are intresting to follow.

    My wife found one in a rotting tree trunk. It was a 35mm film canister hidden in a rubber frog !! at first sight it seemed to be a rather dead frog, (don;t ask how we discovered it was dead :cry:

    There is a Nelson themed cach of about 5 or six places with caches about Nelsons life and they are spread from Suffolk to London to Portsmouth.

    Some clues are like crossword puzzles, and some you have to collect information like a treasure trail to build up the information where the cache is hidden.

    You can find them over most of europe. A friend of ours followed a "treaure hunt" trail to a cache in France and ended up at the local private cave (as in wine seller) , where the prize was a tipple !!

    A GPS unit is essential and an understanding of maps, loading POIs is an advantage.

    Go for it !

    Rgds
     
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    Been at it for a few years now.

    A bit like hi tec orienteering. We have founds all kinds of interesting places that we would have missed otherwise.
     
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    I've just started out on this Geocaching malarky. Found three so far and so bought myself a hand held sat anv (Garmin). SWMBO thinks I'm a bit sad. WE do a fair bit of walking and cycling when away in the van and I find it gives a bit of purpose to the hike. There are lots out there and the puzzle ones appeal to me as well., you've got to solve clues to find the co-ordinates. Ah well at least I'm having fun.:Smile:
     
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    Been doing it since last summer, great fun. Helps you get to know your way round strange places and you often learn a lot about the history as well. There are nearly a million caches hidden worldwide.
    Over the winter I've been doing it mostly locally by car, but now the warmer weather should be coming and I'll be away at weekends, I'll be doing it from the motorhome more and further afield. Handy because you have the toilet on board and can make yourself a brew instead of having to take a flask. :Smile:

    Young kids seem to enjoy it, but my older teenagers weren't interested, so I either do it on my own or with like minded friends.
     
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    Yes, great fun wherever you are.
    No need to cover great distances - well worth a try.
    Can highly recommend http://www.groundspeak.com/
    :thumb:
     
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    I've been a cacher for about 5 years though time has been an issue most recently. It combines brilliantly with caravanning (I'm planning a MH) as it will often take you to brilliant places you might not otherwise have found and sometimes gives a bit of local history. I use a PDA which also has TomTom for road navigation. The dogs love it, though Beth tends to cry if we take too long over a find. You'll find caches in the most unusual places. However there is a problem..... its very adictive. Once you've found one, you'll want to look for another.
    Happy hunting
    Brynric
     
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    quit fast so Ive ben told, theres rumours HE is the STIG:Eeek:
     
  18. JJ

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    I wonder if skills developed with this pastime would have helped me find my wallet?

    JJ
     
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    no wonder yourve had no time to chatch me a few hoppers
     
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    The hoppers are all in life jackets at the moment Seb... would be a bit chewy...

    JJ
     

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