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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching,9781592572359

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching

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1592572359
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Pub. Date:
6/1/2004
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DK Publishing, Inc.
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Summary

They're hidden in city and state parks, outside of nearby buildings, alongside hiking trails and exercise routes, and even in local neighborhoods. This is geocaching, an adventure-based game involving intentionally hidden treasures, i.e. caches, and a standard handheld global positioning system (GPS) unit. The idea behind geocaching is for people to set up caches all over the world, and to then share the GPS coordinates of the caches via the Internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches, and once found, a cache usually provides its visitor with a wide variety of rewards available for the taking. Authored by a renowned expert on GPS usage and the editors of Geocaching.com, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching is a comprehensive yet easy to understand guide for getting started and having fun with geocaching.

Author Biography

Jack W. Peters, a nationally recognized leader in GPS navigation training, has been an active participant and promoter of geocaching since its inception. Certified by the state of Oregon as a search and rescue officer, Jack is the co-founder and manager of an off-road vehicle search and rescue team for the Lane County Sheriff's Office known as the Special Vehicles Group, publisher of GPS Navigator Magazine.com, and the author of The GPS Navigation Guide and the soon-to-be published Off-Road Field Guide.

The Staff and Editors of Geocaching.com have been involved with geocaching since its inception, and are widely recognized as pioneers and custodians of this rapidly growing adventure-based activity.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Welcome to Nigh-Tech Hide-N-Seek 1(44)
1 What Is Geocaching Anyway?
3(8)
What Is Geocaching Anyway?
4(3)
How It All Got Started
7(3)
GPS Users Get an Instant Upgrade
8(1)
London, Paris, New York, Beaver Creek?
8(1)
The Origins of "Geocaching"
9(1)
The Birth of Geocaching.com
10(1)
If You Hide It, They Will Come
11(1)
Timing Is Everything
12(1)
A Hobby, Game, or Sport?
12(1)
Cache Me If You Can
13(1)
The Cacher Community
14
The Complete Idiot's Top Ten Reasons to Go Geocaching
15
2 Game Basics
11(22)
Game Basics
17(3)
Take Something
18(1)
Leave Something
19(1)
Sign the Logbook
19(1)
Cache In, Trash Out
19(1)
Share Your Experience Online
20(1)
Learn the Language
20(1)
Log On Before Heading Out
21(1)
The Best Stuff to Stash
22(4)
A List of Favorites
22(2)
Geocacher Signature Items
24(1)
What Not to Stash
25(1)
Areas Where Caches Are Found
26(2)
Wide Open Spaces
26(1)
Parks
26(1)
Urban Jungles
27(1)
Hitting the Trail
28(1)
Going Out a Little Farther?
29(4)
Dress for Success
30(1)
Cacher Comms
31(2)
3 GPS-Rocket Science for the Masses
33(12)
DoD's Gift to Techies
34(1)
Evolution of the GPS Receiver
34(1)
Useful Gear for Work and Play
35(1)
Satellite Signals
36(1)
Benefits of Using GPS
37(1)
Here Is What to Expect
37(1)
How Accurate Is Accurate?
38(2)
WAAS
39(1)
Factors That Affect Accuracy
39(1)
Getting a Fix
40(2)
Initialization
42(1)
GPS Limitations
42
Backing Up the Gear
44(1)
Part 2: Get Off the Couch and Play! 45(76)
4 Navigating Geocaching on the Web
41(24)
Developing Your Cacher Profile
48(1)
Searching for Nearby Caches
48(2)
Paperless Geocaching
50(3)
Downloading Coordinates
51(1)
Pocket Queries
52(1)
Selecting a Cache to Seek
53(1)
Cache Difficulty Ratings
54(1)
Difficulty
55(1)
Terrain
55(1)
Using Maps and Clues
56(4)
Watching a Cache
60(1)
Posting Your Own Cache
60(2)
Disabled Caches
62(1)
Posting Photos
62(3)
5 Playing the Game
65(18)
The Hunt Is On!
65(8)
Data Entry
66(1)
Maps and Clues
67(2)
Road Trip!
69(1)
Ground Search
70(3)
After the Hunt
73(1)
Rating a Cache
73(1)
Hiding a Cache
74(9)
Container Considerations
75(2)
Saving the Coordinates
77(1)
Care and Feeding of Your Cache
78(1)
Ask Permission
78(1)
Do's and Don'ts
79(4)
6 Geocaching Tricks and Tips
83(16)
Good Advice
84(1)
Before You Leave
84(1)
On the Trail
85(2)
Map Considerations
86(1)
Do Your Homework
87(1)
Search Techniques
87(4)
Cloverleaf
89(1)
Triangulation
90(1)
In Life There Is No Reset Button
91(4)
Environmental Concerns
92(1)
Poison, Stingers, and Fangs
93(1)
Dangerous People
94(1)
How Not to Look Weird
95(4)
7 Game Variations
99(14)
Auto Rallies
100(1)
Benchmarks
101(4)
Searching for Benchmarks
103(1)
Finding a Benchmark
103(1)
Logging a Benchmark
104(1)
Degree Confluence Project
105(1)
Geodashing
105(1)
Letterboxing
106(1)
Multistage Caches
106(1)
MinuteWar
107(1)
Moving Caches
107(1)
Mystery or Puzzle Caches
107(1)
Offset Caches
107(1)
Virtual Caches
108(1)
Webcam Caches
108(1)
Adding Geocaching Games to Your Events
108(5)
8 Travel Bugs and hitchhikers
113(8)
Message in a Bottle Revised
113(1)
Hitchhiker Origins and Types
114(1)
Travel Bugs
115(6)
Finding Travel Bugs
116(3)
Relocating Travel Bugs
119(1)
Starting Your Own Travel Bug
119(2)
Travel Bug Stories
121(8)
Cannonball Run
122(2)
Darth Vader TB 1
124(1)
Message in a Bottle
125(1)
Tigger
125
Part 3: Finding Your Way Around 121(94)
9 GPS Gear Selection
129(14)
GPS Receivers
130(3)
Primary Features
130(3)
Types and Application
133(7)
Handheld Without a Basemap Database
133(2)
Handheld with a Basemap Database
135(1)
Vehicle-Based Receivers
136(1)
Computers and PDAs
137(1)
Antennas
138(1)
Batteries
139(1)
Special Considerations for Geocaching
140(3)
10 GPS Setup and Features
143(20)
Learning Your Way Around Your Receiver
144(4)
Which Button Does What?
144(1)
Common Pages
145(3)
Setup
148(3)
Alarms
148(1)
Backlight Timer
148(1)
Battery Type
149(1)
Coordinates
149(1)
Distance Measurement
149(1)
Map Datum
149(1)
Map-Page Orientation
150(1)
North
150(1)
Time
150(1)
Timers
151(1)
Save Your Batteries with Simulation, Demo, or GPS Off Mode
151(1)
Saving Waypoints
151(4)
Waypoint Averaging
155(1)
Track Logs
155(3)
Saving Track Logs
157(1)
TracBack Route
158(1)
Routes
158(5)
Saving Routes
160(1)
Auto Routing
160(3)
11 Navigation System and Compass Basics
163(20)
Degrees or Meters?
164(1)
Latitude/Longitude
164(4)
Distance
166(1)
Coordinate Address
167(1)
Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)
168(3)
Selecting a Coordinate System
171(1)
Other Coordinate Systems
171(2)
Military Grid Reference System (MGRS)
172(1)
Township, Range, and Section
172(1)
The Compass
173(10)
How Many Norths Are There?
175(2)
Finding True North
177(1)
Important Terms
178(1)
Shooting a Bearing
179(1)
Compass Accuracy
180(1)
Which Compass?
181(2)
12 Maps
183(18)
Map Basics
184(1)
Map Scales
184(1)
Topographic Maps
185(1)
Map Reading
186(1)
Reading Topographic Maps
187(6)
Check the Datum
189(1)
Grid Lock
189(1)
Map Colors and Symbols
190(1)
Contour Lines
190(2)
Pacing
192(1)
Plotting GPS Coordinates
193(5)
UTM System
194(1)
Latitude/Longitude System
195(3)
Navigation Tips
198(3)
13 Computers
201(14)
GPS with Computers
202(4)
As a GPS Receiver
202(1)
Map Databases
203(1)
Data Transfer and Management
204(1)
Real-Time Tracking
204(2)
Mapping Software
206(3)
GPS Company Software
207(1)
Aftermarket Software
207(1)
Online Map Services
208(1)
Terrain Analysis
209(1)
Component Wiring
210(1)
Taking Computers Geocaching
211(1)
Load Lots of Maps
212(1)
Caches by the Thousand!
212(1)
Time for Real-Time Tracking
212(1)
Some Final Computer Bytes
213(2)
Part 4: Welcome to the Community 215(60)
14 Geocaching Groups, Forums, and Travel
211(22)
Geocaching Groups
218(3)
Internet Groups
219(1)
Geocaching.com Discussion Forums
219(1)
Club Websites
220(1)
Starting Your Own Geocaching Group
221(1)
Event Caches
222(2)
Taking Your Hobby on the Road
224(1)
Geocaching Vacations
224(5)
Travelin' Bugs
225(1)
Meaningful Places
226(2)
Packing for Vacation Caching
228(1)
International Considerations
229(4)
Flying with GPS
230(1)
Use Some GPS Discretion
230(3)
15 Geocaching Events and Competitions
233(12)
Events and Competition
234(4)
GPS Goldrush
234(1)
Midwest Invitational Geocaching Competition
235(1)
GPS Orienteering Events
236(1)
Texas State Geocaching Extravaganza
237(1)
Nevada Trophy -A Navigational Adventure
237(1)
Entering Competitive Events
238(3)
Back to Basics
238(2)
Team Dynamics
240(1)
Organizing Your Own Event
241(1)
Game Time!
242(3)
16 The Future of GPS Technology
245(16)
Trends and Possibilities
246(2)
GPS and Personal Training
248(1)
Bluetooth
248(1)
GPS and Digital Photos
249(3)
GPS Radio Tracking
252(3)
Safety and Security Services
255(1)
GPS and Cell Phones
256(1)
Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)
257(4)
17 The Future of GPS Entertainment
261(14)
From 0 to 80,000 in 3 Years
262(1)
Integration into Other Games
262(2)
Poker Runs
262(1)
Golf
263(1)
Paintball
263(1)
Morse Code
263(1)
Hero Hunting
263(1)
Games Built In?
264(1)
Theme Events
265(2)
Racing Games
267(3)
Environmental Ethics
270(3)
Where Do We Go from Here?
273
Appendixes
A Resource Directory
275(8)
B Glossary
283(8)
C Navigation and Hap References
291(4)
D Cache Log Sheet
295(2)
E Geocache Notification Sheet
297(2)
F Travel Itinerary
299(2)
G Gear Checklist
301(2)
Index 303


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