Warm! Warmer! Hot! This applies to our current climate situation as well as to treasure hunting by geocaching. This entails tracking down secret hideaways, the “caches”, using geographic coordinates by means of a GPS receiver or precise maps. The “cache” contains a “logbook” and usually small bartering objects – pure excitement and surprise included. Take advantage of the sunny weather and play along. You’ll see here how easy it is …
You find the cache of your choosing online
Just google “geocaching” and take a look at one of the many caching websites. Here you’ll find numerous “caches” disclosed with your geographic coordinates, which you can track down using a GPS receiver.
The basic equipment includes a GPS receiver and torch
A GPS-compatible smartphone can be used. Apps such as “c:geo” or “Geocaching” offer the possibility of searching for the cache by smartphone.
If you have precise maps, the cache can also be hunted without a GPS receiver at all. It’s best if you adapt your equipment to the difficulty level of the cache tour: You should always have a good torch on you, such as our Torchlight 5F, but climbing gear may also be necessary.
Procedure with logbook and bartering objects
The geocache is generally a watertight container, in which the logbook is located. To document your successful search, enter your nickname and the date and time in the logbook. Many caches contain bartering objects: You can take something with you if you replace it with something else. Since children are also avid treasure hunters, these objects should be appropriate for any age. Important: do not deposit food or objects that could lure animals. Then re-hide the geocache in the place where you found it.
Discretion when finding and hiding
Part of the fun is the search and exchange process not being perceived by incidental passers-by. So the cache should remain concealed from so-called “Geo-Muggles”. That’s what we call those who are uninitiated in geocaching – in honour of the “Harry Potter” series, in which people without magical powers are called “muggles”.
Respect the geocaching rules
Before you begin your first geocaching tour, you should first read up on the rules found on the relevant caching websites. For example, that caches may never be buried …
Learn the most important abbreviations
TFTC, for example, is the salutation for a logbook entry and stands for “Thanks For The Cache”. DNF means that the cache could not be located and stands for “did not find”. And what does FTF stand for?
Working in a team makes the search even more fun
Take friends and acquaintances along and tie the whole thing together with a delightful picnic, the weather is in agreement! Or look in forums and on caching websites for kindred spirits.
Let others know that you are on a geocache tour
Geocaching is just a small adventure – but an adventure nonetheless. Let a friend or your family know about every tour that you undertake and how long it takes you.
Bring light into the darkness: with the UV Torchlight 5F
Whether you are pulling the cache from the depths of a hollow tree stump, out of a cave or after dusk – thanks to our ultra-compact UV Torchlight 5F, you can always see better. The torch supplies a 1 watt high power UV black light LED, which emits a very intense UV light. In addition, the titanium black housing is water-resistant and made of a very hard and scratch-proof aluminium alloy and is therefore ideally suited for outdoor activities.
Take advantage of our current offer: Order the UV Torchlight 5F reduced from £17.56 to just £14.04 incl. VAT – now in the Trotec shop!