Geocaching, it sounds technical and chances are if you've not heard of it before then the name alone may lead you to believe it is something enjoyed by nerds sat behind their computers. Geocaching is in actual fact more akin to modern day treasure hunting, except a GPS (Global positioning system) enabled device takes the place of a crumpled up old treasure map. It is an exciting new phenomenon that is getting people up off their sofas and scouring hills, urban areas and seasides for hidden items and goodies.
Geocaching has taken the world by storm, and with the increase of GPS devices and GPS-enabled devices, it is only getting more popular. Smartphones nowadays are coming with GPS-like features and inbuilt compasses but the fact remains that for accuracy (which is very important for a Geocacher) a dedicated GPS unit is essential. Above & Beyond currently stock a number of GPS units from low-end beginner-type units such as the Garmin eTrex H, right up to the top-end Garmin Oregon 550t and Memory-Map s7000 Adventurer. There are savings on most units with some – the Satmap Active 10 – up to 43% off. The SPOT 2 Personal Tracker GPS unit even comes with a free bonus adventurer kit worth 40 euros, very useful for those looking for geocaches in wild areas.
Are there any rules to geocaching? The main rule is that if you take something from the geocache you have found then be sure to replace it with something of equal or greater value. The geocache community is very friendly and it's important to keep in with the good nature of the activity. If you want to set up some geocaches then you will need some tough geocache capsules. Above & Beyond currently have some great savings on small to large Groundspeak geocache capsules. The capsules are highly durable and even waterproof so you can get creative with where you stash them! Once you have chosen an item of your choice to hide then you must find the GPS co-ordinates with your GPS unit and then head over to Geocaching.com and sign up (it's free!). You will find the co-ordinates of geocache capsules and other geocachers in your area and all around the world.
Does this sound like something that may interest you? It can be difficult with any new hobby to know where to start, fortunately Above & Beyond have everything you need to get started including GPS Units, GPS Accessories, caches, geocache stickers and even a Groundspeak Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching! All items feature free shipping to customers within the UK. Follow the link to get started:
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