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#1 seayork2002

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:08 PM

Does anyone do this without a satnav/iphone/ipad??? as iam interested but we don't have any of the gadgets.

Thank you

#2 iheartu

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

We downloaded the app on my DH's htc and had success!

We were first timers and managed to find 3 or 4 caches :)

Have fun!

#3 sir_mix-a-lot

Posted 21 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

It's possible to do it with a topographic map and compass. It's a bit of fiddling around, and it's harder too, but lots of fun. IMHO it's much better for building your navigation skills, but if it's too hard then you're less likely to do it.
I love navigating by map and compass  biggrin.gif

#4 treetree

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

You can also do it with a basic GPS (really cheap nowadays if you can locate one - ebay?)
We used to do it years ago before there were smartphones or iPads!

#5 seayork2002

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Thanks for all the tips, as for a GPS we don't have a car original.gif and call this a dumb question but can you get a GPS to use without a car??? thanks

#6 her mum

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Every GPS I've owned, even a particularly cheap one, had an option for either driving or walking, so no car required!
You would just need to charge it really well.

#7 Procrastinator5000

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:22 PM

I really want to try this with my kids.

Is it basically just finding out coordinates of a cache, hiking there, and finding it?

#8 seayork2002

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

Thanks original.gif I will look into one.

QUOTE (her mum @ 21/02/2013, 04:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Every GPS I've owned, even a particularly cheap one, had an option for either driving or walking, so no car required!
You would just need to charge it really well.



#9 sir_mix-a-lot

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:24 PM

Yep, there are GPS devices not intended for use in cars. I use a Garmin which is a few years old. One like this is much better than a car one for geocaching or hiking. Batteries last longer, more robust (water resistant/waterproof, droppable) and usually better maps. The screen is smaller and it's not a touch screen and I'm fine with that, but it bothers some people. You can buy them in hiking/outdoor shops like Mountain Designs or Paddy Pallin.

#10 ~GentleWaters~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

I use both a Garmin GPS and the iPhone app.  I find that the GPS is better to use when we are bushwalking, but the iPhone is better for when we are caching around town or while we are out for a drive.  The advantage of the iPhone app is also that you can log the cache as being found as soon as you have been there, rather than having to log them later.  (It can be tedious if you have found heaps in one day!).

Keep in mind that the GPS needs to have co-ordinates loaded in before you leave, however if the iPhone has signal, it can get co-ordinates for any cache.

Have fun! I love that geocaching always takes me to places I've never seen before and that the kids have fun with it too.

#11 LuckyDucky

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

It's amazing and everyone who is considering it - do it now!!!! As PP have said you could do it with a topographical map and compass (and you should definitely have a topographical map handy - especially useful if you want to find a few in the same area). The phone really helps though. Some of them are mystery caches that require research or problem solving to get the coordinates so having an Internet connection is handy. You could always do this at home beforehand though, or start with some more straightforward caches. I also find being able to log coordinates along the way helps if the caches are off the beaten track and you need to find your way back out. Nothing worse than finding the cache but losing the track. Not that I would ever be so silly... Cough...

#12 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:26 PM

We go geocaching with an IPad but before that we had a handheld GPS.   The IPad is more fun because you can look at the hints and logs during the search, and its easier to plan a whole series of caches in one area.  Its also a bit easier.   But the GPS works fine.  

Could you borrow an iPhone/IPad and try it out and see if its something you want to invest in.  

Procrastinator that's the gist, but there are plenty of urban/park ones too - sometimes you can do 4 or more in an hours walk around the neighbourhood.

There is usually a container with items inside (stickers, erasers, little plastic toys, coins etc) that other people have left, and you can swap for something of yours.   Sometimes there are "travelbugs" which are trying to get somewhere specific, so you can take them and move them to another cache closer to their goal.   Some caches have a theme, or you have to solve a puzzle to find them.

Good idea is to take a pencil torch and some gloves as some of the hiding places can be a bit spidery/damp.




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