Is this geocaching as fun as it seems? Does anyone have any interesting stories? It's kind of weird that there's little secret caches of goodies around the area I live where people visit once in a while.
It can be a fun little way to discover an area you've never been or learn history about the area you are in. i like to do it when i get to a new city, youc an learn a lot about a city based on it's geocaches and the facts that are given in the description. sometimes it can be a real pain in the ass to find, almost to the point where it's more of an unpleasant experience then a good one. That's why i don't look for micro's anymore, fuck those little things. It can also be a fun date activity if you don't have anything else to do.
>>603676 This. It's a good way to find nice spots in areas you don't know.
>>603473 It can be fun for a while, some caches even have riddles to solve in order to find the logbook. The "goodies" are mostly junk you'd find in kinder-eggs, at least in good old europe. So after a while it's just: Find the cache, jolt your name down, log it online, repeat.
>>603473 Not fun, but you will get to see some nice places as you hunt for it.
I've never found anything that was interesting, it's a hipster pastime at best.
Only good thing I found was a tiny Buddhist shrine, from the outside it was just a small wooden box about the size of a shoe box built into a drystone wall, when you open the door it was full of brightly coloured reflective and shiny things like mirrors, coloured tin foil and tiny fake jewels, plus a Buddha statue glued inside, it was beautiful like a secret shrine or something, sadly I lost all the pictures I took of it in a hard drive crash a few years back.
>>603473 Geocaching is literally just puttign garbage in the wild and hiding it. I stalk geocaching forums around my area and go hunt them down, then throw them away, or somethings destroy them in a camp fire.
You fuckers need to learn a little thing called "leave nothing but footprints/leave no trace".
>>605485 The idea of a geocache is to be discrete and not easily found. Yes, sometimes people just leave junk but a lot of the time there are interesting things in them and sometimes have interesting stories written in the logs. I am all for the "leave no trace" mindset, it pisses me off to no end when I go out hiking and there are beer bottles/cans just a few feet off the path or any number of other trash, but a geocache is an exception. Even if it is just trash, it's trash that gives some the incentive to actually go out into the wilderness and enjoy it a little. Maybe if they enjoy it enough they will actually give a fuck about where they leave all their other trash.
>>603473 The biggest thing I have against geocaching is that you're just following a gps. Being in the woods should just be you going into the woods and finding stuff on your own. Something about looking at a screen to find some crap that some other dude put there a few days ago just seems stupid. Go find a dump ditch from the early 1900s and you'll find way cooler shit.
Once found a huge zip lock bag of 8mm/super 8 home movie size film reels with footage of a bunch of old national geographic style locations. Used to take a handful with me on hikes and place them in caches just to mix things up for people instead of plastic mcdonalds crap you always find.
>geocache with a record of actually being found >drive to its location, park >I am now <30m away >use cell phone GPS to get close >it is probably another film canister >spend upwards of 15 minutes right on top of where the GPS says it should be, looking for this tiny ass canister >"muggles" looking at you like you're a creep >finally find it, inside is a waterlogged piece of paper with names and dates scrawled on it. Contribute >mark it as found on cell phone >drive to the next one and continue the Easter egg hunt I thought it would be cool to have to travel to interesting places and access difficult locations. Not looking under a light pole in a Publix parking lot.
>>605653 There are quite a few in interesting and difficult locations to get to, then there are some in some pretty public, easy to access places so that anyone can participate. If you don't like the easy ones, don't go for them.
I went geocaching while on a camping trip with my colleges geology department. It very fun and adventurous when you go offtrail and at night. Going urban geocaching during the day is just sort of dumb.
I don't purposely look for them, but when I stumble across one, which I have a couple times (or something similar to a geocache), I'll write down my name in the log book and be on my way. Don't leave anything, but don't take anything either.
Around my hometown and throughout the Great Lakes States in general, there's a similar activity where you make a unique stamp of your own by carving it in an eraser, and you find these pencil boxes with log books in them, and put your stamp in the book rather than your name and a little goodie. Kinda neat, too.
>>603473 I've never done it but I've found around half a dozen in my times. I totally loot them. One was an ammo can and I emptied it and took the can. Revenge for y'all kicking over my beautiful cairns you assholes.
You find all kind of cool hidden places or areas you wouldn't usually think to go, I don't really enjoy any of the urban ones though.
Anyone who destroys them should fucking kill themselves, its literally a small hidden box and not hurting anything in your precious wildlife, not to mention the park rangers have to give the go ahead for ones hidden in places like state forest.
>>605653 Thats why there are difficulty and terrain ratings. Go for the ones with terrains over 3 and they are usually interesting. Or if you like puzzles, ones with high difficulty.
Also check favourite points, the ones that are just a shitty box next to a tree don't get favourites.
1: No /out/ experience, just likes to talk about gear on the internet 2: Enjoys day hiking in scenic areas. 3: Does occasional overnight camping, goes out to escape humanity, brings a shitload of unnecessary gear, hates cairns or anything that reminds them of humans in camping areas frequented by people daily(you) 4: Does short and long term camping, minimizes gear, likes exploring remote areas and because of this is fascinated by the story behind any evidence of humans, in the occasional to rare event they find any. 5: Thoroughly understands primitive camping methods and doesn't need any gear or convenience. Has camped for longer than a month straight. Human trash = potentially useful object.
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