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SchroederDude
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Joined: 2006-08-05
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Location: Whitefish Bay,Wi

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hello All,

I have been hearing about geocaching for a while, and although the concept was of interest, I just didn't get the chance to try it. The recent article in the Milwaukee Journal triggered the final decision to become involved in this really cool activity.

I'm not sure the best way to get started, though. My guess is that signing up and attending the August event would be a good start. I just don't want to show up and be a 'fish out of water'.

I am particularly excited about combining this with additional activities (i.e. Nature Photography, Hiking, Biking, etc.)

Any suggestions on my next steps to becoming engulfed in this hobby?
 
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Cache_boppin_BunnyFuFu
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Joined: 2004-05-06
Posts: 2008
Location: Waukesha, WI, US

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 8:54 pm Reply with quote Back to top

For me.. I did a little research on the type pf GPS I wanted to get....assuming you don't have one yet. Once I decided, I ordered it and had in my hands within a week.

Of course i had no clue what to do, so I posted a note on here, as you have, and One of the fine board members and his wife, drove from Milwaukee to Two Rivers, JUST to help lil ol' me out.. Thanks Trudy & the Beast!!

They gave me a little insight on the GPS and how to go about finding a cache, telling me not to expect it right AT the coords, that there could be at least a 30 ft variance. Knowing this, I went back on line and scouted out a cache. Well.. I had no clue there there were ratings on these things and took some VERY difficult ones with no luck. I happened to hit upon and easy one, found it and was hooked.

So.... once you have your GPS in hand, go to GC.com and look for a cache close by to you with a 1/1 star rating, read the info and head on out. Make sure you know if it is a traditional or a multi stage, how large a container &/or what type. I would start with a regular sized one and not a micro. Say you re looking for an ammo box, look for obvious signs, like bark or logs positioned parallel to each other, or a hollow tree, some place where it would fit nicely. Remember that they are usually hid so a passer-by can't find it..sometimes LOL

Coming to an event sure does help too. Hook up with a casual cacher and they'll guide you right a long. Use the hint they give you, if you need to. Once you have found a couple you will have an understanding how SOME cachers hide, though there are many very clever hiders out there. Hint ... Leave no STONE unturned. wink

Hope this helps.... I am sure others will have many other suggestions!! Good luck and see ya on the trails!

Anne aka "Fu"

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greyhounder
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Joined: 2004-01-18
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Location: Fort Atkinson, WI, USA

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:03 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The picnic is a great place to start geocaching. You don't even have to have a GPS yet. And there will be lots of people there enthusiastic about the activity who are willing to answer any and all questions, as well as show you firsthand what it's about.

Hope to see you there!

Bec

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SchroederDude
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote Back to top

Actually, I do have a GPS. It is old (Garmin eMap), but I assume it should do just fine...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:10 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Your GPS should work fine! I don't think I've used an eMap, so I'd love to take a peek at it too!

Bec

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TyeDyeSkyGuy
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Joined: 2007-03-18
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 8:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

My advice since you already have a GPS is to just dive right in like we did.

I started caching in March of this year. I did a BUNCH of research and found the GPS'r that was right for me, then I made a list of all the caches in my area, and downloaded the .loc files form GC.com. Then I packed up my family and went nuts. We have not been able to stop since.

You can start by doing the single star ones, but you will gain much more experiance from the harder ones. Puzzle caches will be the toughest, but they are the most rewarding for us. And, we learned a lot from them, and from the people we had to contact to solve the first few.
 
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