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What is Geochaching

Was ist Geocaching

It all started in 2000 after turning off the selective availibity of the GPS signal by the U.S.
Since then, civil satellite navigation has been possible with pinpoint accuracy down to a few yards.

Dave Ulmer decided to make use of this for himself. On May 3, 2000, he hid a bucket containing a CD, a video cassette, some dollar bills, a book, a slingshot and a can of beans in a forest in the state of Oregon. He put the geographical coordinates on the Internet and challenged visitors to his homepage to look for the stash. The first finder got in touch with him just one day later.
And, with that, geocaching (geo = Greek for “earth” and cache = English for “secret store”) was born.

A little while later, Jeremy Irish created the website on which geocachers can publish their geocaches.
AWhat all geocaches have in common is that they consist of at least a container with a logbook. The finder enters his or her name into the logbook and then hides the container again in exactly the same spot.


There are different kind of Caches



The "Traditional cache" is located directly at the published coordinates.




Doing  a “Multi cache” the geocacher has to go through various stations before finally getting to the final container. At these stations he or she finds clues for getting to the next station or the final cache..




If you want to find a “mystery cache” you first have to solve a riddle to get the starting coordinates.





Earth-, Letterbox-, Wherigo-, CITO-, Event- Caches are all further types of Cache.

Geocaches can be found all over the world – in cities, forests, under water, on mountains and in remote locations – pretty much everywhere, in fact.



Happy Caching!

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