Hilton Head Island Loves Geocaching
(and so does HHI Motorcoach Resort)
No matter where you live, there are geocaching sites out there for everyone. With 67 “caches” hidden on Hilton Head Island that is just 12 miles long and 5 miles wide it won’t take long to get to your next find. Before heading out for a day of geocaching with the kids and grandkids ask the office for the coordinates of the 4 caches hidden in Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants using a GPS device navigate to a specific geographic coordinates then try to find hidden containers. The fun part of geocaching is discovering its location even though you might have walked past it many times or you discover a historic or geographic site you never knew was there. All you need to get started is an accurate GPS device, a good pair of outdoor shoes, and lots of imagination to figure out where the person has hidden the cache. It might be in the knot of a tree, under a lamppost in a parking lot, along a guard rail near a bridge or hanging from a string in a PVC pipe. There are thousands of unique locations and you will be impressed with the ingenuity of the geocachers who hid them.
What is a Cache?
Cache’s will always be in a waterproof container that come in all sizes and shapes. It could be a magnetic key holder, a cigar tin, Tupperware containers are popular and for big cache’s it might be an army surplus ammo can. Once found, the date discovered can be recorded in a logbook along with your “geo name” and also see if there are items to take and leave. You might get real lucky on a find and discover a cache with a travel bug or geocoin. Travel bugs look like a dog tag with a tracking number. You can enter the tracking number to see where it’s been. Geocoins do the same thing with the goal to see how far around the world it can travel.
Where Can You Geocache?
With nearly 3 million geocaches in over 180 countries pretty much anywhere. New locations are added by geocachers themselves to grow the geocache database. Most geocache sites are free and an app can be easily downloaded and begin hunting.
- Educational Benefits: For children and adults of all ages, the thrill of discovery exists as one of the best experiences in life. Geocaching not only builds an individual’s confidence outdoors, but also provides the rush of discovery that is often forgotten in today’s technologically centered world. Many geocaches are located in historic or geographical important places, which can bring on exercises such as reading maps and understanding topography while also studying history.
- Social Benefits: A geocaching team works together to find the cache. Participants hone orientation and map skills and ultimately share in a sense of accomplishment when successful. Geocachers also adhere to the “leave no trace” philosophy when outdoors. The geocache community began the initiative “Cache in Trash Out” to remove trash from outdoor areas.
- Physical Benefits: It gets the family out and about, walking and discovering new areas. It’s ideal for all levels of physical ability with the rating system found with each cache. A recent study at Texas A & M found that on average, geocaching participants, ranging in age from 18 -77, walked 10 miles a month looking for “treasures.”
How Do I get Started Geocaching?
– Check eBay and Amazon for different models GPS receiver from Gamin, Magellan. Another option is to download the Geocaching intro app into your Smartphone, Android/iPhone, or tablets with GPS chips and download.
– To find a list of caches near you go to geocaching.com, enter the zip code at your current location or use the search feature on the website.
– Choose a cache that interests you. Record any details or hints or print out the coordinates of the cache. It will also tell you the difficulty of the terrain as well as the difficulty of the hide. 1 is easy terrain and easy find with 5 being the hardest. Start out finding # 1 until you get the hang of it. If you see BYOP that means “bring your own pencil.” PNG means “Park N Grab” which usually is a number 1.
– Create a waypoint in your GPS unit for the cache using the latitude and longitude coordinates from the cache webpage.
– Use your GPS “navigate” feature to produce an arrow on the screen pointing you to the waypoint you just created.
– After finding the cache, take note of the precise way the geocache has been hidden so it can be replaced in an identical fashion.
– Find the logbook, record your find and browse the trinkets or goodies within the container. You do not have to make a trade but if you do take something be sure to leave something of equal or greater value to keep the sport fair and honest.
– When returning home log into your chosen cashing website, go to “Log Your Visit” feature to record the visit with some interesting details such as who you found it with.
What are some Geocache types?
The most common is a single cache where you are looking for just one cache.
A multiple cache might be you find the first, which will give coordinates to find the second. It might be more than two with clues in each to get you to the final cache.
Ready to get started? Check out these two great resources on geocaching in the U.S.
Many states and national parks additionally have their own online resources, which a quick Google search will yield: Geocaching.com & OpenCaching.us
Geocaching at Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort
Those who love geocaching and traveling in their Motorcoach, make plans to visit the Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort on this paradise island. Enjoy the benefits of this top rated motorcoach resort, the beauty of the Island, and the fun of geocaching.
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