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A Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching in 3 Steps

A double-whammy, a magnetic and camouflaged
A double-whammy: a magnetic and camouflaged geocache

Geocaching Back to Basics

Geocaching is actually pretty basic when you write it out—someone hides a geocache and challenges anyone to try to find it. Whether you’re new or a geocaching veteran, it’s good to renew some of the other basics. It makes geocaching an adventure worth sharing.

1)      Warm up: Brush up on your geocaching knowledge with the new What is Geocaching? video. Be a pal and share it with your fellow geocachers to start them on the right path.

2)      Finding basics: This is a big one, ready? Magnets exist. We even know how they work. Geocache hiders love to use magnets to secure a geocache under or on a metal object. They have also mastered all sorts of camouflage. See the image in the newsletter? It’s a double-whammy: a magnetic geocache that looks like a bolt. It’s easy to learn even more tips and tricks from friendly geocaching veterans, just attend a local Geocaching Event.

3)      Logging basics: BYOP. It means Bring Your Own Pen. When you finally track down the geocache, sign it with your username, the date and, if there’s room, some details about your adventure. Then, log your experience online or through the Geocaching App, maybe add a photo and BOOM—you’ve earned a smiley for your Geocaching profile.

There’s more to know and more to uncover (even for the experts). Stumped on something? Have a question about what TOTT* means? Chime in here in comments or on the Geocaching Facebook page for answers and advice.

*Tool of the Trade