Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by The Velvet Curtain, 27 Aug 2007.
I do, Do you?
It sounds ace but I don't know anyone doing it up here...I saw a programme on it and it looked very fun!
I do, just done one today as a matter of fact - GCJ82C. My first for a few months - too much cycling.
Gnarly just about covers it. I'll link up the photos taken today in a bit. The bloke who put this up is very prolific round here and I've learnt quite a bit about the local history and geography from doing these. They're a great way to discover unknown places or to approach them from another angle.
I haven't got a gps either and have found over 100 by map reading alone.
(I do have a gps but it's a german panting shepherd)
Nice location Longers, I tidied up a couple in south Leics this weekend. Off walking in Scotland in a couple of days and hope to bag the one on top of Ben Nevis (GCG6XD), I've picked up a TB to take with me.
It's basically a global treasure hunt using your hand held GPS. People hide small caches and publish the lat/long co-ordinates to their location on a main website. There are often puzzles to solve to find the exact spot either on your journey to it, or at home on the web.
Caches tend to fall into three catagories - kiddy friendly in local parks or countryside, fiendish puzzles or those in more extreme locations.
If you have a GPS just google geocache, the whole thing is explained on the main site.
If you don't have a gps - get an OS Explorer 1:25,000, a ruler, a compass and a working knowledge of how to use them. It's given me some of the best walks I've done in years. You can also plan it round bike rides too.
Photos from today (no spoilers):- http://www.flickr.com/photos/11737479@N03/1251089282/in/set-72157601697326654/
It's news to me as well, this is the first I've heard of it also but sounds fun and will make walks and rides interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me too - Not done one in a long time though.
Which reminds me, I must lose those two TB's that have been in me desk for months!!
We found our first today (3 actually)
Found the main website through another forum
I use my Garmin edge to locate and it works well
Good effort Lifeson. When I put those waypoints in, to see where you been, the darned site says "site not published" or some such tosh. Where were you?
In the Black Country:
from the geocaching.com site
Couldn't find three as well
Was beginning to think it was a waste of time then found three on the trot!
Happy treasure hunting.
You will be looking for more won't you?
Certainly will sir
Can't believe how many there are around the area!
Why not start a Cycle chat cache?
find it, move it on, post co ordinates?
Separate names with a comma.