Geocaching: High tech treasure hunting for everyone

Technically Speaking

Caches can be in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be found hidden at ground level, up in trees, and in many creative above-ground locations. Because of safety issues and restrictions from the property owners, caches are rarely buried underground. So, even though we’re comparing this fun activity to treasure hunting, you should leave your shovel at home. No digging should be necessary.

There are various types of caches to be found. “Moving Caches “require the person who finds the cache to move it to a new location and log the new coordinates online. “Multi-Caches” involve two or more locations and require a visit to one or more intermediate points to discover the ultimate coordinates for the actual cache. Fun variations on the treasure hunt theme keep the activity fresh and exciting.

Whichever type of cache you’re hunting for, you should find at least a logbook inside the cache to let others know that you were there. Sometimes the cache owner may leave little things inside for you to take as a remembrance of the search. You may also be asked to leave something in trade for the next person. The geocaching.com website can give you more details about the rules and etiquette of the game.

Geocaching has a social aspect as well. The website “Geocaching in Central New York” is a great place to find other geocachers in Central New York and discuss all aspects of the sport from equipment to geocaching events. They post meetups where geocachers can get together to swap stories and find caches.

If you are intrigued, we encourage you to give geocaching a try. It’s a great way to combine technology and the great outdoors to make a fun and healthy activity for all. If you have any questions about this or any other topic, please feel free to stop by the Dewitt Community Library for answers to all your information needs.

Paul Morrell is assistant director for computing and technology services at DeWitt Community Library and Scott Mosher is paralibrarian for technology.

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