Geocaching…What is it?
Wikipedia defines this as:
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container (usually a tupperware or ammo box) containing a logbook. Larger containers can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching is most often described as a “game of high-tech hide and seek”, sharing many aspects with orienteering, treasure-hunting, and waymarking.
Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. As of October 12 2009, there are over 919,800 active geocaches over the world.
After going to the http://www.geocaching.com/ website, I found several potential geocaches (and their clues) that were near me:
Clues are in black (to hide them). Just highlight the text to reveal what they say.
1) Cobnor Cache
N 50° 49.540 W 000° 52.513
Just outside the carpark at chest height in bush.
Situated at the cobnor public car park this cache is the ideal place to start a walk around Cobnor point to take in the views of Chichester Harbour.
2) Channel Head Bosham
N 50° 50.398 W 000° 51.575
Stand at the junction of the paths facing down the channel. Look Right and its under a bush.
The cache is situated on the harbour path and as such the grouns is rough and in places the footpaths are narrow and not suitable for wheelchairs. In wet weather expect to get muddy!
3) Buried at Chidham
N 50° 49.775 W 000° 52.918
Ask the Ladies. Hazel usually knows where to look!
The cache is outside of the graveyard so there is no need to rummage around graves!
4) Sea Dog
N 50° 49.226 W 000° 51.926
The cache is located on the shoreline and provides excellent views across the harbour. Needless to say, boats and seabirds of all types are to be found in abundance.
After attempting to find the “Cobnor Cache” on my own and failing (I attempted this at night), I tried again a few days later, however this time I invited my good friend Dan J.
We attempted to find both the “Sea Dog” and the “Buried at Chidham” caches during the night, again to no avail. We both went back the next day to attempt try and find the caches during the hours of light, first attempting the “Channel Head Bosham” cache, but after 30 minutes of searching, getting thoroughly muddy, we still could not find this particular one.
So we attempted to find the “Cobnor Cache” as it was nearby, but unfortunately after approximately 20 minutes of searching, checking both our GPS units, we STILL could not find the cache. We were getting desperate and were starting to lose the will to geocache.
We attempted one more cache before we called it quits. So we headed to the “Buried at Chidham” one again. We were adamant that we could find this one…We searched for approximately about 5 minutes…and suddenly….WE FOUND IT!!!!!!
We were so happy, we had found the hidden box! We took the box out, shouting and giggling like children in a particularly new, and particularly big sweet shop. We signed the logbook, and refused to not leave anything. On my keyring, I had my old AVG Antivirus keyring from one of my earlier ventures. So I left the AVG keyring, and gained a Bart Simpson keyring. A good swap if you ask me!
All in all, it was a fantastic adventure. We thought we were going to be disappointed, but right in the end, Daniel found and rescued our hopes. This will DEFINITELY be something I’ll be doing again. It is so fun when you find it, and there are thousands of caches all around the world. Quick! Go and see if there is a cache right in your home town! Head to http://www.geocaching.com/ today and sign up, I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed. Bring family and friends. But please make sure you follow the correct etiquette, please practise Cache In Trash Out.
And if you do decide to do this, let me know! Plant your own cache, I know I will!