Discovering Perth, Geocaching, Perth, Australia

A few weeks ago, Travis and I begun geocaching. I had not heard much about geocaching until Travis purchased his GPS and didn’t stop talking about what it could do, how it could do it, how cool it was etc etc. I figured geocaching would be a good way of exercising, whilst not actively thinking of about exercising and went along for the adventure.

The official Wikipedia definition of geocaching:

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world.

So far we have searched for five caches, with three successful finds. The first three caches we selected were relatively close to our houses, and required a 2-3km walk to the location. Our most recent cache was slightly further (about 7km) from Travis’ house, so we drove and then walked (I know, we could have walked the whole way, but it was getting dark!).

At this stage, we seem to be sufficiently skilled in locating the general vicinity of the cache, however we have spent some amount of time within the 5m radius from the cache (according to the GPS) searching high and low for the cache. Perhaps this is commonly the most difficult part of geocaching, or maybe we have a bit more learning to do!

After a few searches, we have so far encountered large eight-legged insects, climbed rocks and suffered minor injuries. The injury was inflicted on Travis whilst exploring a cliff face marked “Cliff Risk Area”. Despite all this, our efforts have rewarded us with beautiful views around places we’ve never explored. It’s also fascinating to see what’s inside a cache, who has been there and where in the world particular items have travelled.

My personal tips for geocaching would be: bring insect repellent, a camera and wear comfy, closed shoes.

Anyone for a game of chess?

Careys Find

  • Cindy

    Hi Sonya & Travis,

    Just a question on Geocaching…It sounds interesting and i’d like to try it but do you have to get a specific GPS that finds caches or can you use just any GPS? I’ve got a GPS but I haven’t really played around with it – I thought all it could do was get me from A to B without getting lost.

    Cindy :-)

  • Hi Cindy

    You can use any GPS as long as you can input latitude and longitude coordinates as a waypoint (the place the GPS will take you).

  • Mandi

    Wow! I didn’t even know this existed. What does the actual container look like? Is there a physical container? Do you leave something behind? hehe
    Sounds intriguing.

  • Mandi!

    The container is generally clear with snap locks. Inside it are trinklets from other explorers, and a logbook which you sign upon finding the cache. It’s fun! You should try it. I bet there are plenty in NYC.

  • G’day

    Saw your recent logs on a couple of my caches, so welcome to the world of geocaching. I hope you are enjoying the game.

    Have fun.

    Andrew

  • Brooke

    Hi,

    Im really interested in this.. Can anyone point me in the right direction. First thing I suppose is to buy a GPS. Any reccomendations?

    Cheers,
    Brooke

  • Hi Brooke

    First have a read through Geocaching.org, and the Getting Started with Geocaching page.

    Then buy a handheld GPS, I highly recommend the Garmin eTrex H , you can pick one up for around $120, I still own mine.

    That is pretty much all you need to get started.

    Travis