Helen Edley loves to spend her time outdoors geocaching with friends.

M expert – Geocache: the hunt is on

Geocaches are hidden worldwide and hunting for them is a great adventure for families, couples, singles, seniors or school groups.

  • Feb. 20, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The challenge and excitement of geocaching involves using a GPS enabled device to follow digital waypoints to a location and then attempting to find a hidden container – the cache. If you find the container, you will triumphantly add your name to the logbook and in some cases, trade special ‘swag’ or trackable items.

Geocaches are hidden worldwide and hunting for them is a great adventure for families, couples, singles, seniors, community or school groups – just about anybody.

The only tool required is a GPS or GPS enabled device like a smartphone, and a sense of adventure. You’ll be surprised to find yourself in new places in your own community that you didn’t know existed. There’s a bit of secrecy surrounding the activity, so as to not spoil the secret hiding locations, so make sure that nobody is watching when you retrieve and re-hide the container.

While involved in the activity, geocachers are known by a unique username. You will see geocaches hidden by ‘Amandazon,’ ‘Landsharkz,’ ‘Sailaboat,’ ‘Clueless in Qualicum,’ ‘sole seeker’ and more.

To learn more, visit Geocaching.com,  read the Geocaching 101, watch the Geocaching in two minutes video and then head out and have some fun! You can help your family maintain a healthy active lifestyle during spring break and summer vacation with this fun-filled activity.

Helen and her husband Chris have been geocaching since 2005. In 2006, they launched landsharkz.ca, a geocaching supply company which serves the geocaching community worldwide.

 

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