Are you trying to find a fun outing to do with your family on your upcoming camping trip? Geocaching might be the perfect outdoor, high-tech adventure. At the very least, it is certain to be a memorable treasure hunt. If you are new to the idea, you will probably need a quick background on where and how to find hidden geocaches. And if you’d like to get a feel for devices, you can take a look at our previous GPS Devices post.
There is the main site, Geocaching, which was started back in 2002 and has since grown into a very advanced, worldwide phenomenon. But there are many other lesser-known geocaching sites that are perfectly fine to start your adventure. Here is a short list of some of them.
- Munzee is a smartphone app that is a mix of game and geolocation and meant to find GC codes once a day. Perks and rewards can be unlocked and you can hide, find and capture real-life items. Munzee is also a good application for businesses.
- Opencaching is a popular geocaching site made by Garmin, the global positioning system company. Opencaching is an especially unique geocaching application because it is designed to be used by people who usually use Garmin platforms, such as bikers, divers and hikers, but also stretches out to the average geocacher like techno geeks, treasure seekers, scouts, families and campers. Opencaching does not require a membership.
- Waymarking is essentially a geocaching site without the caches. It allows you to mark and follow coordinates to get to a certain location, and is a way to explore interesting landmarks along the way. There are nearly 500,000 way marks.
- TerraCaching is on the surface the exact idea as Geocaching. TerraCaching requires a GPSr (a GPS receiver). The only way to become a member is to have two people who are already members sponsor you, or if you don’t know any users, send in an application to be sponsored. So, this application has a bit of exclusivity.
- SCVNGR is all about doing challenges in certain geotargeted locations. You can play the game anywhere and try any challenge given to you at a cache, and also assign challenges on your geographic coordinates.
- GeoSocials is a social geocaching application that lets you virtually claim other people’s treasures in your vicinity. The social aspect of it is that you can look up people around your location and socialize with them as well.
- Storyseeking combines geocaching with reading short stories whenever you find a cache. You find caches at the end of each chapter you read.
- ARIS (Augmented Reality for Interactive Storytelling) is similar to Storyseeking because it allows development of location-based stories, but the application is also available for scavenger hunts or geocaching games.
- Confluence is an interesting concept for a geotargeted campaign. The goal of this project is to visit each of the longitudinal and latitudinal intersections in the world and take pictures at each of them. You are also welcome to share your stories and the stories and pictures will be listed on the website. The website has over 10,000 confluences to be found around the world.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ve visited any of the above sites and how you feel about them or, if we didn’t list it above, one you’ve found to be especially fun.