A few weeks ago the Georgia Discovery Educator Network sponsored a day of Geocaching on the square in Decatur.
It was great fun for all of the teachers and family members who attended. Almost everyone was brand new to the activity, and everyone had fun and learned the basics.
Have you heard people talking about Geocaching but you’re still unsure how to get started? All you need is a cellphone, a willingness to go outdoors and walk or hike (you can decide how much energy you’d like to exert), and a love of treasure hunting.
Here are some tips for beginners (otherwise known as Muggles) who want to start Geocaching.
Go to this article to see a tutorial video and a few websites with basic information.
Download the Geocaching Intro app by Groundspeak. It is a FREE condensed version of the $9.99 full version, and it will help you get a feel for things before spending money.
Learn about the symbols on the app and explore the app before you leave home! It is difficult to read your screen and figure things out in the bright sunlight if you are a beginner. After you find your first cache it will make more sense.
Pack a backpack with a few basic supplies- water, a flashlight, a compass, a pencil, etc. and charge your smart phone.
Recruit a friend to go with you and use the buddy system. It is much more fun to treasure hunt with a buddy.
Open your Geocaching app and find your current location, then find the closest cache- check out the distance from your location, the terrain difficulty, and the cache difficulty level. You’ll need to choose a low difficulty level for your first cache. (I suggest the “One Foot in the Grave” cache at the Decatur Cemetery for a first-time cache if you’re in the area- it is great!)