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First Geocaching Excursion! Answered

Well, Today I plan to go on my first geocaching excursion, I don't have a GPS, but I know the area, and I'm not going to far from home. I'll report back, with pictures, and any goodies I come across! Wish me luck! :D

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Instructablewizard
Instructablewizard

11 years ago

my family has been geocaching for over 2 months now we have already found26

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

12 years ago

So neat! I heard about this on NPR a while back and I've always wanted to do it since since. Just looks amazing! Plus, it's a great excuse to finally buy another tech toy and get Jace out of the house with his (or our, I guess.) fancy new camera. :P

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

I took these pictures with my fancy new camera. :D

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 12 years ago

Good quality to what type of camera is it?And ya Geochanging is mostly what I use it helps me navigate through the city.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Nikon D40.

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FaqMan
FaqMan

Reply 12 years ago

k thanks.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

12 years ago

Today was my first geocaching excursion. :D I used the GPS for our boat, so it was a little buggy on land. The only reason I haven't done this before was because I doubted there would be any caches in my area (nothing ever is). Turns out I was wrong. I found four cashes and only took two things. Too bad I discovered this just as break ended... :(

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Its so fun! CameronSS mentioned it, so I looked into it, thinking there weren't any in my area, WRONG. There are actually quite a few!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

There's a ton of them! My camera ran out of batteries, so I don't have that many pictures. I found a Geocoin! :D

Picture 24.pngCIMG0337.JPGCIMG0339.JPGCIMG0338.JPGCIMG0341.JPGCIMG0340.JPGIMG_6165.JPGIMG_6166.JPG
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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

:O Awesome! I can't wait till my GPS comes in the mail!

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 12 years ago

Cool, I can't wait to get a working GPS :D.

Here's my soon to be cache and a possible Geocoin design sketch (front and back):
By the way, here's the source of the first picture of my previous post.

CIMG0347.JPGGeo front.jpgGeo-Back.jpg
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puffyfluff
puffyfluff

12 years ago

That's always interested me. I've never looked for any sites near me, but I probably should.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

12 years ago

I hope you're taking Instructables stickers with you! How are you going to geocache with out a GPS? I thought the currently popular systems all used waypoints...

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

I wish I had Instructables stickers.. I just printed off the logo, and URL, and cut them up. I didn't go searching for very many caches, b/c I don't have a GPS, but I was still able to find some.

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11010010110
11010010110

Reply 12 years ago

no

let the nature be as is - without robot stickers or any other reminders left by visiting human beings

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

-_- I meant, I put the little pieces of paper IN the geocache, along with whatever I put into it.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. PM Eric (or other staff) and ask him to donate a few. Mention what good advertising it will be. The worst he can do is say no. ;)

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

OoooOOoo.. Good idea..

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

. Nacho's Rules For Living: . #8 - They'll never say yes if you don't ask.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 12 years ago

> Instructables stickers . Excellent idea! . > geocache with out a GPS? . Shouldn't be too hard for someone familiar with "old fashioned" orienteering and Trig. Euclid is your friend.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 12 years ago

Geocaching pre-dates GPS. I think it even pre-dates the interweb.

They used these things called map references, with a clue to guide you to the actual location.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

12 years ago

. Kewl! . There is a geo-cache spot a few miles from my house that is listed on many of the GC web sites.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 12 years ago

There's one that I walk past every day!

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

12 years ago

I did a few near me before, surprisingly there are loads in the city centre, which is impressive, though alot of them require some work, one in the park near me aswell, it was easy enough...

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Gjdj3
Gjdj3

12 years ago

Sweet! I bet there's nothing in my area though :(.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

You can always check your area!

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Gjdj3
Gjdj3

Reply 12 years ago

Awesome! I just did. There's a cache within walking distance of my house! I'm excited now. This stuff is cool.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

:D

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

12 years ago

I've done geocaching twice once we were in the woods and that was hard we ended up leaving with a spoon and fork Then we did it in school, which was awesome

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

12 years ago

Darn you and your super awesome camera that can take good macro pictures... I have a few geocaches around here I think I'm going to try to find sometime, as soon as I learn how to use my dad's GPS.

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Chicken2209
Chicken2209

Reply 12 years ago

what is your avatar? i see a dinosaur... I think

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

It's a dinosaur :D

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

Beads

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Sunbanks
Sunbanks

Reply 12 years ago

That's crazy how much detail there is and how easy it is to see it.

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11010010110
11010010110

12 years ago

take some friends with you and have awesome trip ! especially if its more then 1 day enjoy and hack ! and let the pictures be on lower priority protect well any electronics you take with you - so youll be able to drop the backpack with them or go in water etc without risk

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cainunable
cainunable

12 years ago

Hopefully you enjoyed the caching enough to go out and purchase a GPS device now and really be able to get into it. You can find used and refurbished ones online pretty cheap now. Half the fun of caching is getting out to explore new places.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Yeah, I've been looking on eBay mostly. Do you recommend any specific GPS?

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cainunable
cainunable

Reply 12 years ago

Any of the Garmin handhelds should work great.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Ah, thanks! :-)

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

12 years ago

You did put gifts back didnt you?

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

Yep, along with a piece of paper with instructables stuff on it.

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CameronSS
CameronSS

12 years ago

I'm off in a few minutes on a Geocaching excursion of my own...there's a nice big biking/walking/anythingwithoutamotor trail in Topeka, with some nice caches hidden alongside. I've found two of them, I'm after two more, and there's one way on the end that I don't plan to find today.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

12 years ago

Cool! I also am curious as to how one does it without a GPS though...

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

I went to all the familiar places, I could imagine where they would be. :D

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CameronSS
CameronSS

12 years ago

Somehow I was expecting this...
hee hee