Geocaching - a guide to finding hidden treasure in your own backyard

PHOTO: Erik Herman

What is Geocaching you might be asking? According to "Geocaching is a real world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden in that location."

The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. There are million of geocaches around the world, there are some even hidden in Mandurah! The main rule geocaching is that you leave something of equal or greater value in the cache.

How did Geocaching start? In 2000 with the advent of improved access to satellite technology, GPS technology improved tenfold. This was the impetus for individuals to think about how they could use this technology.


On May 3, one such enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" and posted it in an internet GPS users' group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The history of geocaching is quite long! Basically is was the ability of the users to utilise GPS technology which instigated geocaching but is was the enthuiasts such as Dave Ulmer who made geocaching the phenomenon it is today.

If you would like to learn more and go geocaching please head to this comprehensive website which gives a full run down on geocaching, its' history and how to go geocaching in your local area.