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Surreyman  (Level: 275.1 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 2:51 AM


Have just started Geocaching - and it's good fun.
Often, tricky internet puzzle-solving combined with getting out into the wild stuff!
Just wondered if the silent majority or minority out there are also at it?
If you're interested, see:

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 3:13 AM

My daughter and her friends enjoy this fun, educational and often challenging activity. They love to sign their names when they find a cache, and love to leave little trinkets for the next geocacher to find. We need to get back on it since we've moved to Florida, but we don't have a device (is it GPS?)...In Alabama, we went with friends who had one or just manually searched "blind" with the aid of helpful hints on the computer. It's really something for all ages, and makes for an interesting "family day" outing.

Have fun with your new hobby, Surreyman!


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 5:40 AM

I've never done that, but have been rogaining with my hiking group.

It's challenging, but requires a lot of careful observation and endurance. A good day out in the great outdoors with like-minded folk is very enjoyable.....but I always sleep well that night!


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 5:41 AM

....But I meant to add that the geocaching looks immensely enjoyable!!


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 9:04 AM

Rogaining?? You don't know how many "Hair Club for Men" jokes I am suppressing right now, Bev!

Alan, I became really interested in Geocaching quite a few years back when it was pretty darned expensive to own a GPS device, so I toned down to Letterboxing, which is sort of like Geocaching without the coordinates, but a lot of clever treasure maps and clues. I picked up a hitchhiker at the first letterbox I found and I STILL have it! Maybe I can send it to you and really give them a surprise when they discover where it turns up.

For those not really understanding what this is about:

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 9:52 AM

Rogaining, Bev? I'm impressed! That's quite an activity.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 566)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 9:59 AM

I'm a geocacher, although my geocaching has been limited the past year with the baby arriving. I've also got 17 travelbugs out traveling the world. One has even traveled 24556 miles!

Surreyman  (Level: 275.1 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 12:00 PM

Your Rogaining looks like a 24-hour version of our Orienteering, Bushy. Do you have that as well?

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 3:31 PM

Bev: The rogaining DOES look fun, but I'm not so sure I'm all for the "must wrestle a rabid dingo barehanded" requirement!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 4:00 PM

My husband took his GPS on our trip to Greece. I'd see the city, and he would go off looking for his cache. He actually did find one of them. The big geocacher in our midst is Tatanka - he gives courses in how-to. I believe he wrote a quiz on it way back when he first joined.


Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 5:00 PM

An elementary school teacher does it with kids in his class. Neat way to introduce students to mapping.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 5:58 PM

Aha! Alice, I do believe you are right. I just had a look at Tatanka's profile, and he is VERY much involved with geocaching.....I hope he responds to this thread!!

Alan, we also do Orienteering here in Oz, though I have never done it. Orienteering requires far more precise compass and map skills.......and more speed than Rogaining....I think? Maybe someone more knowledgeable can clarify that'un?

Robin, I was wondering WHAT you were on about, till I found this site:~

NOW I know!

Cheers, Bev

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 1:40 PM

I don't know anything about geocaching, but I had a challenge with a girl who goes under the screen name Podunk111.
After she beat me in the challenge she was telling me about geocaching. I think she has some good links for this stuff, if you are interested. I did all my navigation with radar, loran, shoran, visual and celestial, no GPS out in the middle of the pond when I was there. We did wave to Columbus and Magallen, once or twice.

Farroz  (Level: 90.5 - Posts: 40)
Wed, 16th Apr '08 2:01 AM

I just watched a show on geocahing(sp)on a PBS. I have always wanted to try it, but after the show I was not to eager. I guess the geocahers get in trouble because they go on private property and go trampling through the woods making paths and make the wildlife leave. I respect and love nature and love the idea of being outside but it worries me what they say about geocaching. I currently do letterboxing and it is one of my most favorite activities. I can see how this could create the same problems, the only differnce I see is that less people do letterboxing.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Wed, 16th Apr '08 5:39 AM

Wow! Thanks for posting about Letterboxing. I had never heard of it. Sounds like much more to my liking than geocaching. Went to the website and read a few of the descriptions of the boxes that are not too far away from me. Think I may have found a cool thing to do for the summer.


Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2125)
Wed, 16th Apr '08 7:41 PM

I like the Letterboxing idea too! What fun!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 16th Apr '08 7:45 PM

I am so embarrassed. I thought "Letterboxing" was going around the neighborhood dropping junk mail into folks' letter boxes..


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 17th Apr '08 5:29 AM

I'm glad this was posted too. When I first got into Letterboxing, it was about 6 years ago and I have moved since then, so I did another check and found a whole bunch of letterboxes in my area. The person who did them seems to be very creative and integrates it into a fictional quest. I walk all over the city I live in, so it's going to be fun this summer to take the dogs and go search some of them out. Since I now have a GPS built right into my phone, I can try out the geocaching as well!


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Thu, 17th Apr '08 6:59 AM

Looky, I found this:~


Surreyman  (Level: 275.1 - Posts: 2776)
Thu, 17th Apr '08 11:07 AM

I think letterboxing may have started on Dartmoor, Devon.
Its origins could well have been actual letterboxes, for travellers across the moors to pick up and carry on towards their addressed destinations.
My son and family were well into it - until geocaching arrived!

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