The Geocaching Blog Presents: “Geocaching Without GPS”

Eric Schudiske on December 1, 2011, 6:30 am

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[Editor’s note: This video contains spoilers and was filmed with cache owner permission.]

Ed Scott

Ed Scott (edscott) admits, “I’m sort of obsessed with maps.”  The Pennsylvania, USA geocacher discovered more than 2,500 geocaches using only maps, aerial photos and his wits. Watch Presents: “Geocaching Without GPS” to see how edscott geocaches without using a GPS device.

He says, “In the beginning I preferred to do it this way. Then after that it became, well, people expect me not to have a GPS. So that’s what I’ll keep on doing.”  The geocacher does use a GPS device occasionally, but says he’ll never use a GPS device 100% of the time.

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  • Cream1soda

    Thank you! I heard a lady telling a group that you could not go Geocaching without a gps. She got mad when I said “yes you can” Sure hope she watches this video!

  • NH

    We have a couple here in Oregon that don’t use a GPS either. chamois-shimi & special K. I don’t see how you guys can do it, I have a hard enough time WITH a GPS…lol

  • gui look

    I go geocaching with my dad and he has his phone with a GPS… when i go on field trips and to places on my own with friends i don’t have a GPS so i have the geocaching app on my iPod… get some maps and since the GPS on iPod 2nd gen is C**p i use a compass over my iPod maps… :p its fun and works great!
    like the movie!

  • Coolrain82

    I met someone in a geocaching scavenger hunt (hosted by molly) that can geocache without any device.

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  • Isabelle

    My husband and I only recently discovered geocaching but we’re absolutely hooked! We do all of our geocaching without a GPS device, as we don’t own anything that technologically advanced between us. Sure, our hit rate is only about 65% and looking for some types of cache e.g. those hidden in forests is really difficult, but for us, therein lies the challenge. Plus we see far more of our surroundings than we would if we were focused on a GPS device. Planning a trip involves a lot of research and drawing maps, but it’s definitely worth it!

  • Bella Anne

    Haha that’s awesome!! But what do you mean by : like in the movie?
    what movie!?! :) thxxx

  • tim powers

    Have found 1000 cahes and logged 1000 trackables without using agps or any other device(cell phone)


  • noGPSnoMaps

    For all the purists, the real trick is finding geocaches without a GPS and also without a map or looking any geocache locations up. That means you have to come across them by chance because you are an inquisitive person truly immersed in your outdoor surroundings.

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