ST. GEORGE – It’s a hide and seek, a treasure hunt, a race and an adventure all wrapped up in one, it’s geocaching and it’s literally everywhere across the globe. Co-hosts Paul Ford and Grady Sinclair go geocaching together in St. George and one takes a trip back … to the future in this Episode 30 of the “No Filter Show.”
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A little bit about Geocaching
Although the “No Filter” guys selected a cache, if one accepts their spoof, five years earlier, Geocaching actually emerged in 2000 somewhat simultaneously with the launch of GPS technology.
For the official word on the geocaching network, visit Geocaching.com. There, you can register and become one of over 10 million geocachers worldwide, using your mobile phone, computer or GPS device – and your feet, bicycle, four-wheel drive sometimes and especially your personal radar for intrigue, curiosity and even gamesmanship.
Whether your interest is the hiding or the seeking of a geocache, setting a “Travel Bug” in motion with instructions for it to reach some faraway destination, or joining in a community of adventurers and special Geocache-related events, geocaching can lead you to places you might not otherwise find.
To give you an idea of the inexhaustible possibilities, there are nearly 3,000 records of geocaches of all different sizes and shapes located at various levels of access difficulty within a 25-mile radius of St. George’s 84770 ZIP code. To begin a hunt, start at the find a geocache Web page.
Geocaching comes with rules designed to keep the game enjoyable for all participants, the most basic of which are three-fold:
- If you take something from the geocache, leave something of equal or greater value
- Write about your find in the cache logbook
- Log your experience at www.geocaching.com
When you create a geocache, you register it and wait for its approval before it goes live for the finding; a seasoned geocacher will review your cache and may mentor you through the process to ensure your hide is a good one.
Geocachers observe certain guidelines for placement and contents of geocaches; and they are asked to respect and preserve the surrounding areas heeding the organization’s “Cache in, Trash out” motto.
Explosives, ammunition, knives, drugs and alcohol, for example, are not to be placed in a cache. Promotional materials for businesses and organizations are inappropriate in geocaches. Food and heavily scented items, even a chapstick, should not be placed in a cache as they draw the attention of animals who will find a way to get into and often destroy the cache. Some areas, national parks, for example, are off-limits to geocaches. Geocachers maintain their caches regularly.
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St. George News Editor-in-Chief contributed the written report to this post.
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