Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Geocaching: GPS treasure hunts

Are you feeling bored, as though you could do with some adventure and some time out-of-doors? Do you have a GPS-enabled device and a love for unearthing small treasures?

Geocaching might be just what you need!

Geocaching is a user-community-driven game. Players can find caches near them, load the coordinates onto their GPS device, and go treasure hunting! There is an online community where people keep track of which caches they've found, log their experiences, comment on and rate the caches, and post caches for others to hunt down, once they have gotten a hang of the game and its rules.

With five million geocachers worldwide, you should be able to find a cache not too far from you.

Here's an example of part of a Geocache suitable for beginners near one of the University of Michigan's well-known landmarks, the Rock.

Part of the fun is getting to the treasure, signing the sheet, and replacing it with no one not in the know noticing-- for that reason, most Geocaches are placed in locations a little more out-of-the-way than this one. Some larger caches have various items in them, and players are asked not to take anything unless they replace it with something equivalent for later players to find.

Sound like something you'd be interested in? Have questions? Check out the Geocaching FAQ.