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    Question How did you discover geocaching?

    How did you discover geocaching?

    I first heard about it is a my Corps Magazine (the Craftsman), they ran an article submitted by a minor unit in 7 Air Assault Bde. Basically it explained what geocaching was all about and what they were doing about promoting it to a wider audience including sending our some Bde flashes out attached to travel bugs to spread the word about who they are and what they do.

    As I have had a GPS for a while I thought I'd give it a go and after finding my first cache realised that it was a great idea for getting my two lads away from the Xbox and the rest is history. Since starting the hobby I have managed to get eight other members of my familly including my parents into geocaching. They love it as they are retired and have loads of time to get out and about.

    So over to you, what got you into it and how did you discover the activity?
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    How did you discover geocaching?

    I looked up the coordinates on the web, bought myself a GPS, and there it was..........

    LiS

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    I noticed that one of my websites was getting visitors via a link from a site called geocaching.com. The term geocaching was new to me, but as I've had a lifelong interest in maps and navigation and such, and that name suggested it just might be related to that sort of thing in some way, I took a look... And what I discovered fascinated me - the next day I found my first cache! After six finds and one DNF, working only from a map and the hints, I decided it was time to buy a gps unit...!
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    I was told about caching way back in 2001 by some American friends. At the time I never had a GPS and they were quite expensive so I decided not to bother investigating further. I then bought a Garmin Venture a few years later (I still have it and use it) and saw the Geocache Found/Unfound icons on it, remember the site and off I went.

    My first cache was a Hornet Holiday Hide! How things change!
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    We had a guy called Tim who was a techy for EDS, our site computer support people, who tried to get me interested in í03, or there abouts, but I simply didnít have the time to get involved then, unfortunately.

    Fast forward to February í06 and a visit to the In-laws, Itís Spitting!, near Chorley. We were dragged out for a week-ends fun and the rest is history, we ordered a Legend GPSr that week from the USA and weíve been quietly logging them ever since.

    I often wish I hadnít lost contact with Tim. He was based in Cheltenham at that time, and if I remember correctly had hidden at least one cache in Gloucestershire. Iíve tried to work out which one it was, to no avail, but if any one remembers him or the cache it would be good to do the cache and get in touch with him again.

    H

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    Nobby.Nobbs is firmly in the frame for my intro.......... and where is he now ???????


    LOL (hello Matt!!!)

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    Default How I got into Caching.

    I work at a Big Gardens open to the public, and whilst picking up litter one day (August) we found a small plastic box full of bits... looked at the website written rather scruffily inside and discovered a whole now world. :socool:

    (Did replace box and am now it's caretaker)

    33 caches found to date, am about to place my 1st cache soon, and have just made a request to another cache owner to adopt his several in my area as most of his have been shut down by admin for non-maintenance.

    Expensive hobby from scratch though. h34r:

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    In late 2005 the Nine Elms Navigators kept telling us about their strange new hobby that they'd seen in the weekend Telegraph newspaper, eventually (mainly to shut them up) we went to the geocaching website to find out more.

    December 2005 we bought our first GPS and went out caching, we've never looked back. Now we're completely hooked and have left them far behind in our dust! :socool:

    Whatever did we do with our weekends before we were introduced to geocaching?

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    Guilty as charged for keehotee.

    to be honest I don't remember how I first heard of it but do remember thinking that it would be ideal as I was rather ill at the time and needed motivation to go on longer walks etc.
    Geko 201 followed rather rapidly then not long after upgrade to a 60c

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    Late in 2001 I was researching a history of our village for a (now defunct) website I ran.

    One of my sources was a website run by a certain Robin Lovelockhmy:hmy:. I read his articles on caching and, being a sucker for gadgets all my life, thought, "That looks like fun!"

    But I couldn't afford the basic kit.

    Then my dad died in May 2002 and a bit of ready came my way before it entered the estate. He had been a navigator in the RAF during the war and it just seemed right to get a Garmin eMAP (still works well!).

    I never got to show it to him, but I can still imagine him saying, "Huh! Bl**dy H*ll, we only had a sextant, a watch and a set of tablesh34r:!"

    The first cache I set was in his favourite place in Monsal Dale - only a virt (only! ONLY!!) - but a very special place for our family. Both his and my Mum's ashes were scattered close by

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    Stumbled across it on the the internet researching GPS handhelds for hill walking.

    In fact if I remember rightly I found GAGB before Geocaching, so you lot in here are to blame for getting me hooked! :lol::lol::lol:

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    In 2000 I was involved in a laser project that needed some accurate co-ordinates so a Garmin GPS 12XL was duly purchased and never used as the project was cancelled. The Garmin sat in my desk drawer until the week I was leaving to join another company early in 2001 , aha I thought what can I use this thing for and after a quick search on the search engines search engine and there it was Geocaching h34r:

    And the rest as they say is still a blur



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post
    I noticed that one of my websites was getting visitors via a link from a site called geocaching.com. The term geocaching was new to me, but as I've had a lifelong interest in maps and navigation and such, and that name suggested it just might be related to that sort of thing in some way, I took a look... And what I discovered fascinated me - the next day I found my first cache! After six finds and one DNF, working only from a map and the hints, I decided it was time to buy a gps unit...!
    Well, I had to link to some good information for my cache, didn't I?

    I started after reading a short description in a magazine in February 2001. I went to the website, found my nearest cache was 40 miles away "The First in Wales" and out of bounds due to Foot and Mouth.

    Forgot about it until August 2001 when I saw Moss Trooper's article in a computing mag. Went to find our second closest cache (35 miles away) and then the following day our closest cache (10 miles away).

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    I'm a gadget head, so when arock&ahardplace asked me what I'd like for my birthday in May 2005, I said one of those GPS things. Not really knowing how to use it, I looked on the net for advice, and found geocaching!

    Our first cache find was almost our last, though?
    While looking for one of the boxes at Roolku's "Craigmillar's one of four" multi-cache, we happened upon a cache of firearms and spent several hours with the police while they recovered them.

    But, we just kept going, and were soon hooked.
    I'm just going outside, and may be some time!

    www.jacobitecaching.co.uk

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    Mr TC had bought a yellow etrex on holiday in Florida in 1999 ("of course I'll use it..." ) so when I read the infamous Moss Trooper article in Computeractive thought "oh thats something we can do with that yellow gizmo thats been in the back of the drawer for the past 2 years..." Checked out the site and the closest cache at the time was Scotlands First which with a couple of small kids and not much hillwalking experience just wasnt going to happen so we forgot all about it.

    In May 2004 we saw an article on caching in our local newspaper (Dundee Courier) so had another look and saw that there was now a cache a couple of miles out the road at a castle we have always wanted to stop off at so with the thought that ""we can really do something with that yellow gizmo thats been in the back of the drawer for the past 5 years..." we were out the the next day. Cleared all the Angus caches (OK one) on that first day then the next day we drove over to Fife and cleared half of them!

    Have never looked back since. A couple of weeks ago we adopted the cache that started us off
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