I have been Geocaching since 2001 now and I love it. My first hunt out was with Mark Myers N4KSS and I have been hooked ever sicne. Its the only hobby I have that allows me to get out and hike and play with technology at the same time. You don't feel like you are getting exercise because you are too busy trying to find the cache, I like that.
So what is Geocaching, you ask? It's pretty simple, it's a high-tech Hide and Go Seek.
To understand Geocaching you must first know what a geocache is. A geocache can be almost anything.
Here are some of the different types...
Traditional Cache: A traditional cache is usually a small to medium size container such as a tupperware container or an old ammo can. The contents usually contain a small notebook for logging, a pen or pencil and objects that may or may not be related to a potential theme of the cache. Most traditional caches have a theme that tells you what kind of objects are in the cache. An example is a Nintendo 64 Cache here in Virginia. This cache only contains Nintendo 64 game cartriages. A traditional cache is usually open to any objects to be traded in and out of it. But, usually the theme caches only contain what are part of the theme.
Micro Cache: A micro cache is usually very small in size and usually cannot have a logbook. These caches are usally small containers like film canisters, hide-a-key containers and/or other small water-tight containers. Since micro caches don't usually have a logbook, a find must be logged into www.geocaching.com to be considered a logged find.
Multi-Cache: A multi cache is a very neat type of cache. Muiti, meaning more than one is just that, more than one cache. A multi cache usually consists of several steps to gather information to lead you to the final cache. Each step will generally give you part of the final cache's longitude and latitude. Once you have all of the steps completed you should have the final position. Making a multi cache requires alot of imagination and a good knowledge of the are you want to put it in.
Virtual Cache: Virtual caches can basically be anything. They are typically somthing that is eye catching, also typically somthing that you would not easlity be able to hide a container in or around.
For Southwest Virginia Geocachers I am the owner and moderator of a Yahoo group just for us. Below is a link to join the group.