Geocaching is an outdoor activity that gets kids (or anyone) out and about looking for things as if they’re on a massive treasure hunt. Only they’re hunting for geocaches not treasure (shhhh don’t tell them!), but all the fun is in the finding anyway right?
What is a geocache?
A geocache can be any kind of waterproof container, which contains a log book and pen/pencil. Larger containers can also contain items for trading (small toys or trinkets, usually with little financial value).
Finding the geocache
Geocaches are hidden all over the world, often in an area with special interest or beauty. You will need to use your mobile phone or a GPS system to find coordinates for where the geocache is hidden.
Once you find it, you sign the log book with your established code and then you date it (this proves you have found it!) You then place it back exactly where you found it. If it’s a larger cache with items for trading you take an item out and leave something in return.
There are several sites for geocaching but the biggest one is www.geocaching.com
Just click on the green sign up button to create an account.
Once you’re logged in then you can click on the ‘Find geocaches nearby’ button to get started.
Eve’s Travel Bug
Eve has a trackable tag called The Travel Bug. Trackables are physical game pieces that move from geocache to geocache (obviously when people pick them up and move them). They want to travel and have a tracking code so you can see where they are on their journey. The tracking code for Eve’s Travel bug is TB9FE7Y. If you enter that code on geocaching.com you will be able to see exactly where it is. The goal for Eve’s Travel Bug is simple – we want it to travel from Dunnet Head to Lizard point, the same journey that Eve & Ian are doing! It’s currently in the London area, having travelled via the Inverness Airport Travel Bug Hotel & Cairngorm National Park. We’re super excited to see where it goes next.
Follow Eve’s Travel Bug (you will need to have an account):