Geocaching For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 23, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Find a high-tech hobby in the great outdoors!

Dig into this fast-growing detective sport that's fun for all ages

Once you get your coordinates, your GPS receiver, maps, compass, and this book, you're ready for adventure! Seek out containers of goodies hidden around the world by other geocachers, hide a cache of your own, see new places, and get a little exercise to boot. Here's where to start!

The Dummies Way
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Icons and other navigational aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* Top ten lists
* A dash of humor and fun


Discover how to:
* Choose and use a GPS receiver
* Find and download coordinates
* Pack the right gear
* Share experiences with the geocaching community
* Search for benchmarks
* Use geocaching as a teaching tool
 

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Contents

Introduction
About This Book
What Youre Not to Read
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Part I
Chapter 1
What Is Geocaching?
Deciding What Gear to Bring Geocaching
Food and shelter
Electronic devices
Safety equipment
Getting Close to the Geocache
Starting Your Search
Search Strategies as You Near the Cache
Chapter 7

Geocaching explained
Deciding to Geocache
Who Geocaches?
What You Need to Geocache
Speaking the Lingo
Chapter 2
Understanding Basic GPS Concepts
Ground stations
Receivers
GPS Receiver Accuracy
Factors That Affect GPS Accuracy
Discovering GPS Receiver Features
Screen display
Memory
PC interface
Batteries
Selecting a GPS Receiver for Geocaching
Chapter 3
Understanding coordinate systems
Understanding datums
Understanding waypoints
Understanding routes
Understanding tracks
Using Your GPS Receiver
Changing receiver settings
Entering a waypoint
Navigating to a waypoint
Chapter 4
All about Compasses
Parts of a compass
Selecting a compass
All about Maps
Selecting the right map
Understanding parts of a map
Using a Map and Compass
Getting familiar with basic navigation concepts
Orienting the map to north
Taking a bearing
Setting a course
Using triangulation
Part II
Chapter 5
Defining the Types of Geocaches
Virtual cache
Locationless cache
Webcam cache
Using Geocachingcom
Querying the Geocachingcom Database
Basic search techniques
Detailed search techniques
Looking at the Search Results
Getting information about a geocache
Chapter 6
Opening the cache
Signing the logbook
Leaving and trading goodies
Heading home
Logging your find online
When You Cant Find a Geocache
Logging a DNF
Try try again
Chapter 8
Deciding What Type of Geocache to Create
Ammo cans
Selecting a Location
Where to hide your cache
Where not to hide your cache
Hiding for seekers
Recording the location
Identifying information
Submitting a Geocache
Maintaining a Geocache
Online maintenance
Part III
Chapter 9
Understanding Benchmarks
Identifying Benchmarks in Your Area
Benchmarks from the National Geodetic Survey
Finding Benchmarks
Starting your benchmark search
Documenting a found benchmark
Chapter 10
Why join a club?
Finding a local club
Competitive Geocaching
Organized competitions
Chapter 11
GPS in the Schools
History and sociology
Mathematics
Incorporating GPS in a Class
Developing the curriculum
Acquiring GPS receivers
Evaluating your success
Educational Internet Resources
Part IV
Chapter 12
Navicachecom
Todays Cacher
KeenPeoplecom
GPSInformationnet
Chapter 13
Geocaching Swiss Army Knife GSAK
Watcher
USAPhotoMaps
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About the author (2011)

Joel McNamara is a technology consultant, author, adventure racer, and veteran geocacher. He’s experienced in search-and-rescue and disaster response operations.

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