Geocaching without a GPS
September 20, 2010 Leave a comment
The point of Geocaching is to use a GPS to find caches hidden throughout the word. But if you want more of a challenge try caching without the GPS.
Geocaching.com uses Google maps to map out the locations of caches, represented by icons on the map. The map can be adjusted to Street, Satellite, Terrain and Topographical views.
First in your profile page select the “Map It” icon on the right side of the screen. This will bring up Geocaching Maps. Move around the map until you find the geocache you are interested in looking for. Now switch to Satellite view and zoom in a far as you can. Be sure to keep the cache icon in the middle of the screen or you’ll lose it as you zoom in. Most urban areas contain far more detail than rural in satellite view so I would stick to cities and towns. The image of the location will be a little blurry but you should be able to make out the landmarks.
With the example provided you can see that the geocache is located at the edge of a grass field between two buildings next to the sidewalk. Using the provided clues you should be able to find the cache.
Using the map view to find caches only works if the cache location is not obstructed by tress, buildings or other objects. Since most caches are hidden under something this method of caching becomes difficult and sometimes impossible without a GPS.
Nevertheless give it a try and see how you do. I’m actually good at reading maps and with a print out of the map and the provided description and clues I ended up finding 5 caches this way.