Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. These devices can be smart phones (e.g. iPhones and Android phones with downloaded GPS apps), handheld hiking GPS receivers, or even car satnavs. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container or treasure) hidden at that location. There are over a dozen active caches all around Cumbrae.
WHAT DOES A GEOCACHE LOOK LIKE? Geocaches vary greatly in size and appearance and can often be disguised to blend in with their surroundings. You might find anything from large, clear plastic containers to film canisters to a fake rock with a secret compartment. Some can be very small (called ‘nanos’ – about the third of the size of a AAA battery, usually unscrewed to find the tiny paper log sheet inside), others are more like sandwich containers (complete with a pencil to sign the log and some ‘treasure’ to swap).
HOW DO YOU PLAY
1. Register for a free basic membership on www.geocaching.com
2. Visit a “Hide & Seek a Cache” page.
3. Enter a postal code and click “search”. For Millport enter a local code such as KA28 0DL
4. Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name (there is a location map to make it easier).
5. Get a general idea of the cache’s size so you know what you are looking for. The size is shown on each cache page.
6. Enter the co-ordinates of the geocache into your GPS device. Use www.geocaching software via USB . You can skip this step if using a Smartphone app.
7. Use you GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache. Remember to look where you are going.
8. Sign the logbook and return the geocache carefully to its original location.
9. Share your geocaching stories and photos online & HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT ARE THE RULES OF GEOCACHING?
1. If you take something from the Geocache (or “cache”) leave some- thing (family friendly) of equal or greater value.
2. Write about your find in the cache logbook and log your experience at www.geocaching.com
3. All non-Geocachers are known as “muggles”
CACHES IN THE ISLE OF CUMBRAE
It is always better to view the www.geocaching.com website for the Cumbrae caches, the ones listed can change and their is much more information on the website to enable you to locate the treasure. The names of the current caches are: