Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching

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Geocaching Com
Penguin, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 295 pages
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching, Second Editionis a comprehensive yet entertaining and easy-to-understand book for getting started and having fun with geocaching, a high-tech version of hide and seek for global positioning system (GPS) users. The basic idea is individuals and organizations setting up caches all over the world and sharing the locations of these caches on the Internet. GPS users then use the location coordinates to find the caches hidden in city and state parks, outside buildings, alongside hiking trails, and even in local neighborhoods.

In this edition, Waymarking and Wherigo (pronounced 'where I go') are also covered. Waymarking enables GPS users to catalog and record their favorite locations and share them with others, build communities around categories of interesting and unique places or things. Wherigo, which works with Geocaching, is a Beta platform that enables users to create basic tour guides or complicated interactive adventure games using the real world as a backdrop.

In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching, Second Edition, readers will find-

  • A complete explanation of the game, along with Waymarking and Wherigo, two new GPS games.
  • Expert tips from the founders and operators of the most popular geocaching website.
  • Solid advice on purchasing and using a GPS unit to locate treasures (caches)
  • Valuable information on how to create your own online geocaching profile.
  • Basic rules and game variations.
  • Practical guidance on safety and accessibility issues, along with commonly accepted do's and don'ts.
  • Helpful ideas on finding or starting a local geocaching group, forum, and competition
  • Tricks for geocaching without a GPS unit (using a map and compass)
  • The future of geocaching and GPS gaming.
 

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Contents

What Is Geocaching?
3
Game Basics
17
Pack Your Pack
27
How GPS Works
33
Get Out and Play
47
Get Out and Play
48
Playing the Game
63
Hiding a Geocache
72
GPS Setup and Features
143
All About Maps
161
Computers and Software
177
Welcome to the Community
193
k Geocaching While on Vacation
209
The Future of GPS Games
217
WherigoThe Next Generation of GPSEnabled
231
More than Just a Game
238

Geocaching Tips and Tricks
81
In Life There Is No Reset Button
90
Geocache Types and Variations
97
Webcam Caches
103
Travel Bugs Geocoins and Other
111
Get in Gear
125
Get in Gear
127
The Future of Geocaching and GPS
243
Appendixes
251
Navigation and Map References
269
E Geocache Notification Sheet
275
Index
283
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About the author (2009)

The Editors & Staff of the official and largest global GPS cache hunt site, are uniquely suited to write this book, as they have been involved with geocaching since its inception and are widely recognized pioneers and custodians of this rapidly growing activity.

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