Geocaching



  • Due to flexible hours I get to grab my boys from School every Tuesday and Thursday, recently the better halfs sister got the app on my phone. What a fun thing to do, do any of you others fellas do it with your kids ? It's definitely easier taking advantage of Wellingtons unseasonal good weather at the moment. We're three from three so far, dreading the inevitable frustration of turning up and one of them not being there though !



  • Is it like trainspotting? Do you wear anoraks?



  • Is it like trainspotting? Do you wear anoraks?

    I've been assured by some cool people that's it's far less nerdy than it sounds.



  • heard the term plenty, but no idea what it involves!



  • Go to the App store and download it for free. It will give you maps of little capsules for you and the little TRs to find. You open them and sign your name, date etc. Boys and I will be going round the coast this avo to have a gander for some.
     
    Crucial, I am aware I am one of many blokes who talks to other blokes online about sport and other shit so my idea of cool might be skewed.....
     
    this applies to all of us.



  • seems to be a lot of different apps...
     
    think I saw JK post something some other time about doing Geocaching?



  • Did it years ago with a mate. Good bit of fun, gives you a reason for the walk, and can be quite challenging. Kids love it



  • Did it years ago with a mate. Good bit of fun, gives you a reason for the walk, and can be quite challenging. Kids love it

    I guess you take the kids along to carry the solar charging unit for your GPS?



  • Fucken disastrous day today. Either stuff is too well hidden or someone has moved them and ruined it. 0 from 2......
     
    Whichever way you look at it Geocaching officially "sux" now.....it's gonna be a tough road getting them out there again.
     
    NTA you sound geeky enough to answer this, the first three we found were all tiny capsules. Are there other things to look for too ? I have a feeling perhaps it was right in front of us, we searched pretty thoroughly but are there things other than capsules to look for ?



  • Assume these are virtual things you find?



  • Well, I can't speak for your little country, but over here I've found them in such varied containers as vitamin bottles, lunchboxes, and an old ammo box.
     
    Anything reasonably waterproof works well. People leave different things in there but I made a habit of leaving boot laces because they're practical. Some have travelling inhabitants like particular little toys that have made it halfway around the world.
     
    The people who do this aren't sadists, but sometimes they get a little over-eager or a bit smart-arsed about it.
     
    Like this fluffybunny:

    I guess you take the kids along to carry the solar charging unit for your GPS?



  • In seriousness - when I was doing it (which was before kids) you had to carry spare batteries because my mate could only afford a cheaper GPS, and the AAs in it would run out halfway through the day.



  • Hmmmmmmm, there was a big pile of empty booze boxes and other shit, are you telling me it might have been in there ?



  • Yeah we do geocaching. The kids love it especially my oldest. She's gifted and this really appeals to her.
     
    We've only been doing it since Feb and clocked up our 50th find last week. That was our target before we hide any of our own and actually have 2 here ready to go and 1 out there now waiting for approval and publishing.
     
     
    As to what you are looking for - all depends on the size they have it listed as in the app. Smallest are the micros which are kinda fingertip size then we seem to get a lot of eclipse mint tins and small systema containers as the next size up. Found a few lunch box size ones plus one that was actually like a big wooden chest.
     
    I know that frustration at not being able to find one you are looking for. I spent about 30mins once trying to find one. Did my head in. Logged a DNF (did not find) then some prick logged a find on it the next day. Still not been back but I must!



  • Yeah the first one I couldn't find is only about 400 metres from home so really want to get down there and have another look.



  • Assume these are virtual things you find?

    Nope actual containers know as "caches". Then inside them is a log book and often random little items that you can swap or add to. Some also contain items called "trackables" which you need to log if you take them and then place them in another cache - these could be random little figures with tag's on the as ID or geocoins which is as you would expect a coin.



  • Nope actual containers know as "caches". Then inside them is a log book and often random little items that you can swap or add to. Some also contain items called "trackables" which you need to log if you take them and then place them in another cache - these could be random little figures with tag's on the as ID or geocoins which is as you would expect a coin.

    The cynic in me wonders if some bored young fuckwits have deliberately ruined it ( ie moved or taken it ) for those of us around Wellys south coast, has that happened to you guys ?



  • Yeah. The term they use is "muggled'. Happens a fair bit but you can check the activity on the app and see when that cache was last found. Usually some good hints on there too if you are really stuck.
     
     
    It's amazing some of the places you find them and places you walk past all the time have caches hidden. We're all just unaware.



  • which app do you use, there are quite a few different ones.



  • I use the iphone one just called 'Geocaching'. The free membership is pretty good. Allows you to find any with 1.5 difficulty and 1.5 terrain rating or loss.
     
    Premium one just upgrades you to access all caches, ie those higher rated plus also those people have set up as premium members only.
     
     
    Some useful links
     
    Watch and learn --> https://www.geocaching.com/guide/
     
    NZ supplies. Not a lot but some stuff. --> http://www.cacheme.co.nz/
     
     
    Works well if you like fitness and the outdoors as you can go on some pretty awesome missions and caches are usually placed in places people think you should go to see the view or something else special. You will go and find a lot of places you didnt know about before.



  • Just read some of the logs ( didn't know you could do that ). Hopefully I can persuade the boys to come out again cos the two were found 3 and 5 days ago respectively !



  • You can view the caches and logs etc on the NZ supplies on https://www.geocaching.com too. Much easier to view maps on there if planning an outing



  • Ughh got a note back this morning saying that cant publish my cache as someone had already submit one for review in that area!
     
    Now have custom camo'd cache perfect for the location that will need to go somewhere else. Also have an angry 8 year old daughter!



  • Well during school drop offs I mentioned that maybe we need to look a bit harder next time. "Treats" were suggested as a reward for lots of caches as well.



  • Ughh got a note back this morning saying that cant publish my cache as someone had already submit one for review in that area!
     
    Now have custom camo'd cache perfect for the location that will need to go somewhere else. Also have an angry 8 year old daughter!

    That's your motivation right there.



  • Already thought of a few options, just not as good as the initial location. Its magnetic and painted up in primer camo so will fit in well at many a lcoation.



  • Again the fern learns me about something I never knew existed
     
    Are you guys able to post some pics of locations or caches, particularly locations from a bit of a distance as perspective?
     
    If you don't want to, that's cool too 🙂
     
    By the way is it pronounced Geo "cashing"



  • Depends where you are from but nz tend to say geocash



  • The above is a camo mint tin with magnets. Good to stick on bridges or under seats etc. Classes as small. Also there is a magnetic nano which believe it or not has a log book inside. Finger added for indication how small the micro is
    Ughh came out sideways. Hard to post pic from phone.



  • Just googled this to see whats near me and theres heaps, might use it as a way to do something together this weekend.
     
    Cheers



  • The above is a camo mint tin with magnets. Good to stick on bridges or under seats etc. Classes as small. Also there is a magnetic nano which believe it or not has a log book inside. Finger added for indication how small the micro is
    Ughh came out sideways. Hard to post pic from phone.

    First few we got lucky, the cach was hidden in a hole in a tree in one case which made things easy but searching for something that size is gonna be taxing even if you actually have Andre the Giant hands in real life.



  • Well my son was an easy sell, he's keen as. The mrs might be a bit more of a battle, might have to offer bribes.



  • Well my son was an easy sell, he's keen as. The mrs might be a bit more of a battle, might have to offer bribes.

    Yeah I went out with the better half and my sons who worship the ground she walks on. When it was just me the whole "Dad this sux" stuff came out in spades.



  • Hid 3 caches over the last few days which have all been published now and logged with 'first to finds' very quickly after going live.
     
    Also did a few caches over the weekend - about 10 in total.



  • there are a shitload more points in Whangarei than I expected there to be,although about half look like I need to upgrade for.



  • there are a shitload more points in Whangarei than I expected there to be,although about half look like I need to upgrade for.

    Is the upgrade worth it ? I haven't needed to so far, still quite a few in the vicinity to keep us occupied.



  • I think so. Way more caches and better quality ones too.
    But do all the free ones you can first then upgrade if still in to it as its about $45 fr a year so not that cheap



  • Have 4 of my own caches out there now and a few finds on them too.
    Finds up to 80 now but dropped my new iPhone 6s and shattered the screen. $300 later and yeah not as keen to use it for caching now. May have to break out the handheld gps



  • The Mrs and I were trying to come up with ideas for activities to do in winter that won't harm our house saving plans. Gave this a go and had a great time, found some nice little walkways and nature reserves we weren't aware of. Already planning our first cache and are looking to take the neices out for a day, reckon they'd be all over it.



  • Awesome Rembrandt!
    The more finds you do, the better your ideas will be for placing our own cache. Found a couple of amazing ones this week. One of them I had to blow down a pipe to create pressure to raise the cache out of a tube in a garden. So well done!


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