Geocaching is a sport where Global Positioning System or GPS units are used to locate caches of treasures. Geocaching is a great twist on the classic game of treasure hunting, which allows people from all over the world to explore other parts of the globe. If you want to engage in geocaching and if you want to host your own treasure cache, here’s how you can choose the location where you will hide the goods.
- Sign up. Begin by signing up on geocaching organizations. Most of these are found online, some of which are for free while others come with a small fee. Sign up and then register yourself as someone who will hide a cache that is open for participants to locate. What makes signing up important is that it is your venue for declaring to geocaching enthusiasts that your goods are up for grabs.
- Close to home. One of the best locations for hiding the geocache is locations that are close to home. As much as possible, scout your area for a few weeks or months in advance and choose a location that is challenging not only for people from overseas but also for geocaching hunters who live close by. This is also a great opportunity for you to explore your own area, especially since people have a tendency to neglect the sights in the places where they themselves live.
- Interest. Another factor that will determine the location is the interest level in the particular area. You should also consider the fun that the geocache players will experience as they search for your treasure. If you have national parks or areas of interest, you can consider placing the cache in these areas as a way to promote local tourism and expose the various players into the charms and natural beauties of the region where you live in. elaborate global capitals and nature reserves are some of the areas which make for interesting geocache locations.
- Physical difficulty. Next, consider the physical difficulty that you expect players to get into as they search for the geocache. There are some areas that can be accessed by simple walks, while there are other areas that can only be accessed by kayaking, hiking, mountain climbing, and other extreme means of travelling. The physical difficulty will determine the type and number of players who can participate in the game. Sometimes, entire families will search for the geocache if it is not too physically strenuous. If it is difficult however, only hardcore geocaching fans will participate.
- Input the coordinates. Once you have determined the location, you will need to bury or hide your treasure, and then input the location coordinates into the geocaching organization’s site. This will then be the number one clue which geocaching hunters will use to find the treasure.
If you have never selected a location for a geocache before, you can start with simple activities first. As you get better, you will be able to choose trickier and more challenging locations. Once the location has been determined, the game is one and you can expect the geocaching hunters to start streaming into the area.