How to Use Your Smartphone GPS for Geocaching
Geocaching, a treasure-hunt activity, enjoys popularity around the globe. It’s seen as a great way to go out of the house and have some real adventure. While at it, you are able to find some great treasures and register your name among the most successful treasure discoverers. In Geocaching, a treasure is placed in a physical container known as the Geo Cach that is assigned specific coordinates.
In the geocache, you’ll also find a logbook and pen. As a treasure seeker, your job is to use your smartphone’s GPS to locate the treasure. Once you find it, you are supposed to write your name and share your story and images online. The geocache is meant to be hidden from the passersby so that the participants will find game adventurous. Some geocaches are small while others are big depending on their size and value.
In order to use your smartphone GPS for Geocaching you should:
- Install a Geocaching App
The Geocaching software is available on both Google Play and Appstore for Android and iPhone users respectively. On Google Play, you can search for either C Geo or Groundspeak. Both versions are free. On App Store, you can download Groundspeak for $9.99 or where am I at for free. The apps will enable you to search, list, and locate the hidden treasures from anywhere provided that you are connected to the internet. However, the performance of the app will depend on the model of your smartphone. Some phones are more efficient than others. For example, the performance of the iPhone is different from that of an Android phone. So, you should Google search your phone in relation to Geocaching before you get into the treasure hunt.
- Sign Up for a Geocaching App
Using your Geocaching app, you should register for a membership account. There are free accounts and payable/premium ones. Of course, you can expect the premium account to give you more geocache access. Though, when beginning, it’s smart to start with the free trial before you join the premium membership. Alternatively, if you don’t want to download the Geocaching app, you can visit Geocaching.com or Opencaching.com on your Smartphones’ browser and register for a free geocaching account. You will also access valuable cache data on the websites to help you play the game.
- Discover the Treasure Using Your Phone
Once you are logged in, the next thing is to get into the adventure and discover the treasure. You should follow these simple steps:
- Go to the Hide & Seek page and click on it.
- Enter your postal code details and click on search.
- Choose the geocache that appeals you from the list
- Enter its coordinates into your smartphone.
- Use the phone’s GPS feature to try to locate the geocache.
- Once you get the treasure, use the pen to write your name before you return the cache as you found it.
- Lastly, share your treasure hunt experience online.
Geocaching is a creative and adventure-tailored recreational activity. It’s a great way to break free from the home boredom and be able to run and jump as you try to locate the treasure. It’s simple to sign up and play using your phone’s GPS and so you should try it.