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jmgratz
07-22-2009, 09:36 PM
Do we have any Geo caching folks out there. I made my first find several days ago at Thousand Trails Lake Conroe. I am just getting started doing it. Kindof interesting. I go an app for my I phone which gives you directions and lists of all of the caching in your area. Even has a compass that tells you how many feet you are from it when you get close. Cool.....:D

TXBobcat
07-22-2009, 09:59 PM
Jim
I am a member of the geo cache web site. I don't have a GPS to Geo Cache yet.
Which one are you using...

This is one I had been looking at.
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Color GPS

I want a hand held but I also want one that will give me the altitude.

BC

Bob&Patty
07-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Jim, if you ever get out to Calif. There lots of cach's out in the high desert areas close to us. Bob:D

jmgratz
07-22-2009, 10:19 PM
I actually have been using my I phone. There is a geo-cach application that you can download. The app gives you a listing of cachs close to your location, allows you to save them, then displays them on a map. You can follow the map to the cach. When you get close to it you can load a compass which displays the compass and how many feet you are from the cach. It will also give you basic information about the cach i.e. difficulty, what it is in (ammo can etc) and other basic info about it. What I like about the app is it will display the cachs on a satelite map, hybrid map or drawn map. I looked at the online site but haven't joined it yet, but plan to.

h20skih
07-22-2009, 10:29 PM
Geo caching can be alot of fun. We have found quite a few here in Colo. on our camp trips. Make sure if you find one, you log it on the web site to update info. Some people have been from along ways away. Kinda Cool!:cool:

Ray LeTourneau
07-22-2009, 11:43 PM
We haven't done any in the last year or so but have had fun with it before. We still get the monthly newletter through the website. Our new Magellan Maestro 4350 has the option to give you directions to co-ordinates. It will guide you to the closest street, park you and guide you on foot to the co-ordinates. It may be pretty cool with the new GPS. Maybe we could have a section in the forum for it? Or just continue in this section.

TXBobcat
07-23-2009, 12:25 AM
That would be a good section for Geo Caching. I know I would look it over. I am intrested in learning to do caching.

BC

2010augusta
07-23-2009, 02:30 AM
I had a smaller garmin hand held color unit, but it never seemed to work right and I really wanted one that could do navigation and routing. Last year I bought a Garmin Nuvi 750 and it is great. My DW has a Nuvi 260 too. Both work on foot and in the truck. I love the large screen. If it weren't 104 degrees here I might try to take the dogs out and do some geo-caching.

brunsje
07-23-2009, 09:48 AM
Our daughter, Coastiegirl04 in the geocaching world, has been caching for years. She has placed caches in Wisconsin, Louisiana, and Ohio (our front yard for one) where she has been stationed with the Coast Guard. We have often been caching with her -- it is a lot of fun. Hope to get into it more ourselves when we retire next year and become semi-full-time RVrs.

Lilywhite
07-23-2009, 06:04 PM
We have been Geocaching for years. Its a lot of fun and a good family activity. My husband is looking for a new hand held as ours is getting old and he really likes to get new toys (not to mention that one of his friends just got a new one and it has more bells and whistles). We make a point of looking up caches for areas that we are traveling to - various places in Canada and the US.

A fun way to spend a day and get to see areas of towns you might not see.

Jody

Ray LeTourneau
07-23-2009, 10:06 PM
What's even more fun are the looks you get from people that are trying to figure out what the heck you're doing.

Motair
07-24-2009, 05:08 PM
The wife and I have been geocaching since 2003. Before we take the 5er out on a trip, I make a point of downloading the caches in the area where going, and upload the the info to the GPS, and laptop. I know what you mean about funny looks. I have had an Oregon State Trooper asking what I was doing. I explained it to him, then he started helping me looking for the cache.

happycampernc
07-26-2009, 06:40 PM
I would be one of the people looking at you and wondering the same thing. A few of the children in the local elementary school got a chance to do some geo cacheing and I still have no clue.

Motair
07-26-2009, 08:16 PM
Check out the web page. The have loads of information, tips, and also a helpful forum regarding geocaching.

www.geocaching.com (http://www.geocaching.com)

jmgratz
07-26-2009, 08:58 PM
Basicly Geo-caching is treasure hunting. There are 'treasures' placed throughout the world and clues are out there for you to find the treasures. Most are trinkets, but you never know. The fun is in the hunt for it.

slick42
10-01-2009, 08:11 AM
I have been Caching with a friend and thought it was way cool!!! A tip for newbees is bring alot of water and depending on where you are BUG SPRAY !!!! :>)
I am going to download the app onto my Iphone and try it for myself. Should I download a free one or which one should I use??

Big Al and Donna
10-01-2009, 09:27 AM
I have been caching with my Grand Daughter (Christa's Cache) on the web site. She has placed about 6 in the mountains of Idaho, and everytime we traverl I look up hides where we are going. It is fun unless you have to walk miles and then it gets to be nap time

Motair
10-02-2009, 07:40 PM
Slick,
I suggest you subscribe to the Geocaching web site. That will give you access to the forum http://www.geocaching.com/forums/ (http://www.geocaching.com/forums/) any questions you have regarding the software for your phone, I suspect has already been answered.

jmgratz
10-24-2009, 12:39 PM
There is a good article about Geocaching in the Escapees magazine. Also there is a new Geocaching BOF for Escapees.

olcoon
02-06-2010, 11:32 PM
My wife & I have been geocaching for a few years, and really enjoy it. We've done it in a few states. Haven't been able to go for about 3 years because of my physcial problems, but thanks to modern medicine that should be taken care of not.
We are awaiting the delivery of our first RV, and we both just retired, so look out caches!!! About the funniest thing that happened to us was we were looking for one, and finally found it in an old ammo can, bad thing was a family of possums had taken up residence under it! Got them to leave & logged the cache! We've got an older Garmin Map76S that we use.

Deereguy
02-20-2010, 12:37 AM
We started Geocaching about a year ago on the Texas coast and really enjoyed it. I was looking for something I could do with my 12 year old grandson and this is it. We have had a ball being together and hiding and finding geocaches. I use a Colorado 400t and I am very happy with it. Wish it would warm up so we could get started back again!

sunriverman
02-20-2010, 08:07 PM
Just purchased the Garmin eTrex Vista HCx $249 local retail on sale. Sophisticated unit with all the bells and whistles except radio. Probably way more that I needed for Geo caching. I have all the zip codes of the places I will be over-nighting. Just plug in the zip code when you arrive into the geocaching.com site and up comes sites in the area. Easy to tansfer the waypoints from your computer to your handheld or enter the location manually. Especially fun in the desert as we are headed to Borrego Springs on Monday. Have fun. Rod

Recovered from 25-May-2010
06-04-2010, 06:16 AM
We've been at it off and on for a number of years. Still using an old Garmin eTrex Legend. Newer ones are much more sensitive. This past winter while volunteering in Texas State Parks, we found several and the park manager at Fort Parker SP had us place two in his park. It's fun and keeps you moving for sure.

Rockerga
06-04-2010, 08:59 AM
Trackrock in north Georgia (Blairsville area) now offers Geo-caching. We had a BLAST on Memorial Day weekend with all the other families; some quite the pro's, but mostly newbies and a lot of children. AN ABSOLUTE WONDERFUL TIME! The children made it a very fun experience and they did not even realize they were learning!

dieselsweetheart
06-20-2010, 07:40 PM
We are really, really, new to geocaching....I had never heard of it until my hairdresser started talking about it. We are 1 for 3 on finds....we'd like to get more into it but I think we need to get that handheld GPS you all are talking about. Currently we are using the auto GPS...Garmin Nuvi.... it worked for our one find but maybe we need something a little more detailed. Maybe do some together in Nashville? We could put together a group of interested folks...

Ray LeTourneau
06-20-2010, 10:10 PM
We are really, really, new to geocaching....I had never heard of it until my hairdresser started talking about it. We are 1 for 3 on finds....we'd like to get more into it but I think we need to get that handheld GPS you all are talking about. Currently we are using the auto GPS...Garmin Nuvi.... it worked for our one find but maybe we need something a little more detailed. Maybe do some together in Nashville? We could put together a group of interested folks...
That's an interesting idea. I wouldn't mind doing a "caching" day.

cookie
06-20-2010, 10:19 PM
Ray, we could have done that in the Dells. I got hooked on it in TX last winter.
It's fun.

Peace
Dave

Recovered from 25-May-2010
06-20-2010, 10:23 PM
Did our first geocaching this weekend in WI with friends. Loved it! Used the Groundspeak iPhone app. Worked great. We are 2 for 2. There were many caches in our CG - but we spent time on the 2 only. Fun stuff.

If a couple people want be the champions for it, it would be fun to do in Nashville. Cheryl? Dave? :)

mesteve
06-21-2010, 03:53 PM
We are really, really, new to geocaching....I had never heard of it until my hairdresser started talking about it. We are 1 for 3 on finds....we'd like to get more into it but I think we need to get that handheld GPS you all are talking about. Currently we are using the auto GPS...Garmin Nuvi.... it worked for our one find but maybe we need something a little more detailed. Maybe do some together in Nashville? We could put together a group of interested folks...

Cheryl, we have used several GPSr's and my wife like the nuvi 650 the best. I have/use an Oregon 400 that I can get wet, but she won't really go out in the rain anyways. When using hte nuvi, we just switch it to off-road mode and use the dashboard. It shows a distance, walk till it starts going up, then turn left or right, which ever way the numbers go down. This works well as long as you are not going for a cache that may have a longer, but easier path to get at it as it will take you on the most direct route. Accuracy is great tho.

It will take a little time for you to compensate for the error inherant with the GPS of some +-10 ft in a clear sky with no trees. Add clouds or some tree cover and that accuracy can drop off quick and you need to use your geo-sense to figure where it will be hiding.

This is 6 years and ~650 finds of experience so I have done it a time or two, have more did-not-finds than I care to admit, and have fun every time.

TXBobcat
06-21-2010, 05:26 PM
I have been interested in learning to Geo Cache also. I have the 465t which will go abut 3hrs on the battery. I don't know if it has a walking mode, I don't think so but it will have to work. can't afford another hand held right now.

Could someone start a thread for us that have not been caching. I am a member of the GEO Caching (http://www.geocaching.com/) website. I would like to see some steps on how to get started.

I have seen some of the photo's that some friends took of places I would never have thought to look for. They told me that they have caches hidden in some very unique places. It was better than having a tour guide.

This is what I would like to do..

BC

dieselsweetheart
06-21-2010, 08:26 PM
Sounds like a great idea...to meet other folks interested in geocaching at Nashville. Maybe we can have a table just for that? I'd like to learn more. So anybody interested bring your GPSs and something small you might have to leave in a discovered cache. I know the general rule is to take something and leave something when you discover a cache.

mesteve
06-22-2010, 07:33 PM
Could someone start a thread for us that have not been caching. I am a member of the GEO Caching (http://www.geocaching.com/) website. I would like to see some steps on how to get started.

Without reinventing the wheel... Read this (http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=8749)...

David Broadbent
08-07-2010, 12:28 AM
Jim
I am a member of the geo cache web site. I don't have a GPS to Geo Cache yet.
Which one are you using...

This is one I had been looking at.
Garmin eTrex Legend HCx Color GPS

I want a hand held but I also want one that will give me the altitude.

BC



good, most gps will give the altitude although it is a very good unit it has a very basic map and is not detailed. for the good map software it costs 129-300 dollars.

for you the etrex is not very compatible with geocaching. as you would be constantly downloadin clues, discription, pictures and coments.


what i recomend for everybody is the MAGELLAN EXPLORIST GC wich has altitude, road maps that show you rivers, lakes, streets and even parks. and the map software is very detailed and has the whole world on it. it will also give you 200 of the most poular geocaches on the unit. and a 30 day prenium membership to geocaching.com



AND FOR THE BEST PART. it is paperless geocaching, and that means that your discription, photos, hints and atributes all loaded onto the gps READMORE ONLINE

hope that helped:)

JJnLilly
08-07-2010, 07:33 AM
Without getting into a "mine is better than yours" discussion, get one that suits YOUR needs. I've found that knowing the altitude is not relevant when geocaching as locations are given with coordinates only. I've had an early model Garmin eTrex hand held and it works fine. Have also used other more expensive (with lots of bells and whistles) units and brands. Get what you want to use and are comfortable with.

dieselsweetheart
08-07-2010, 09:49 AM
Can we schedule a geocaching seminar next year in Goshen? I am out of commission right now for this sport but I would like to really get into it when I am fully recovered... others may be interested in learning more about this "sport"!

jbeletti
08-07-2010, 01:33 PM
Can we schedule a geocaching seminar next year in Goshen? I am out of commission right now for this sport but I would like to really get into it when I am fully recovered... others may be interested in learning more about this "sport"!

Sounds good to me Cheryl. We would just need a champion to produce the seminar. Sounds like fun. The team could pre-hide some caches in the CG.

Jim

dieselsweetheart
08-07-2010, 05:18 PM
excellent!!! Thanks! So...anyone with experience in geocaching who would like to lead this seminar....let us know!!! And hopefully by then I will have more experience with it too...