Geocaching: A Real World Treasure Hunt (all you need is your phone!)

By: Emily Smith | emily.smith@activecities.com

Geocaching is a real-life hide and seek scavenger hunt that has rapidly grown in popularity since it started in 2000. If you don’t know about this recreational activity, it’s time you gave it a try.

Treasure MapUsing a handheld GPS unit, or smartphone (equipped with the Geocaching App) you literally embark on a treasure hunt and attempt to locate a hidden container, marked by exact latitude and longitude coordinates. The containers are hidden by other Geocachers, and usually have a log book for you to sign your name upon finding it. Sometimes there are even objects inside, which can be taken, so long as you switch it out with something else.

Only requiring a free basic membership, and a GPS enabled device, and some hunting binoculars (read more about best hunting binoculars here), virtually anyone can get in on the action. With today’s technology, Geocaching has changed the way we navigate our natural landscape, moving from the old school “map and compass” method to a user-friendly “plug and play” method. With directions, hints, and clues all leading to a cache (all of varying sizes and difficulties) the excitement is never-ending. In fact, there are currently more than 1.4 million registered Geocaches hidden throughout the world! Suffice it to say, there are enough caches around to keep you active and forever searching. To learn more, and get started, visit www.geocaching.com

Check this gallery of geocaches around the world: