Geocaching around Kelowna
The word Geocaching refers to GEO for geography, and to CACHING, the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve. The term is also used in hiking/camping as a hiding place for concealing and preserving provisions. According to Parks Canada Geocaching Guidelines, Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is similar to a treasure hunt. The goal of the activity is to find hidden containers known as caches (or geocaches) using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.
Individuals who practice this activity (generally referred to as cachers or geocachers) place a cache in an outdoor location and post the cache’s latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates on the Internet. Other geocachers then use their GPS devices to download the coordinates and cache descriptions from the Internet in order to find the caches. Once the participant has found the cache, they may log their findings on the Internet.
There are a number of different types of caches. Physical caches include a logbook, pencil, and trade items (small objects left in the caches for geocachers to trade with one another – e.g. toys, key chains, etc.). Another type of cache is an earth cache, which highlights an area’s unique natural features.
How to Geocache?
You can find geocaches near you with by creating an account online or through the Geocaching® app. For online use, there are 8 steps involved:
- Register for a free Basic Membership.
- Visit the “Hide & Seek a Cache” page.
- Enter your postal code and click “search.”
- Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.
- Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.
- Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.
- Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.
- Share your geocaching stories and photos online.
You will only need a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone for navigation purposes so that you can navigate to the cache, as well as a Geocaching.com Membership!
There are about around 1000 caches in Kelowna! Why not try geocaching around La Casa for an exciting family experience? have an exciting experience with your family? We have a great selection of cottages perfect for family vacations!
Written by Natsumi Matsumoto