Day 350: Geocaching by bicycle

19 12 2010

Carrick and I have talked recently about geocaching, the GPS scavenger-hunt where you use GPS coordinates to locate hidden containers (geocaches) and report your findings online. Geocaching apparently got its start in 2000 and has grown to over 1 million worldwide geocaches and 3-4 million people participating worldwide. We’ve never tried it before, but I’ve always thought it sounded like fun. I thought it sounded like a fun thing to do during a bicycle outing, especially one of our Sunday afternoon rides where we enjoy exploring new routes.

Ideally, participants use handheld GPS devices such as Garmins, Magellans or other brands. I’m planning to buy a Garmin Edge 500 after the holidays, but I don’t know if that type of Garmin will help with geocaching or not. From what I understand the Edge 500 won’t accept waypoints (an important part of the game), but I’m buying the Edge 500 for my bike, not for geocaching anyway. We don’t have a handheld GPS, but we each have an iPhone. One of the more common iPhone apps for geocaching is Groundspeak. The $9.99 app provides the coordinates, maps, logs and other information needed for geocaching.

Have you tried geocaching? If so, did you enjoy it or find it frustrating? Is the iPhone app worth the $9.99?

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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