Geocaching adventure: get the gear you need
Geocaching is the latest treasure-hunt game for gadget aficionados. A relatively recent phenomenon, it involves hiding and seeking caches anywhere in the world, usually outdoors, utilizing a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver. A typical cache is a waterproof container containing a logbook and a small trinket, though there are other caches that involve solving a puzzle or earning game points. You find out a cache's coordinates from one of several geocaching Web sites, then you go hunt for them in what can be a fun outdoor activity. It could be the perfect summer outing--as long as you have the right gear.
Of course, a GPS device is absolutely essential to geocaching. You want one that's a handheld so that you can track your geocache on foot.
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In case you forget the locations of the geocache, you can use a laptop with an Internet connection to double-check its coordinates.
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With the right smart phone, you can keep tabs on the locations of your found geocaches, as well as look up new ones via the phone's built-in Web browser.
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Coordinate with other members of your geocaching team with a cell phone, either by voice or by text, and let everyone know when you finally hit the jackpot.
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Take pictures of your found geocache as evidence that you did actually discover its location, then upload it to your favorite photo-sharing site to show to the world.
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