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    JuliaMumford Guest

    Question new to Geocaching, has anyone used the iPhone app?

    Hi there,
    I am a newbie to geocaching after reading the article in the Camping & Carvanning mag last week.

    I downloaded the iPhone app called Geoaching, but have actually only found 2/4 caches to date and its a tad frustrating.

    Is it me, because I am new, or is it the iPhone? (3GS).

    Help? I dont want to give up, but neither do I want to spend 3hrs searching for nothing!

    Thanks you

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    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Towcester, Northants


    Hi Julia, welcome to the addiction. If you don't want to be caught - get out now while there is still time.

    Seriously though, I dont know anything about the iPhone app but a very comon reason for newbies and even oldies, failing to find caches is having their GPSr set to the wrong datum. All caches as set using the WGS84 datum. If yours is set to something different, OSGB (Ordinance survey) for example you can be up to a few hundred yards adrift depending on where in the country you are.

    The other reason is that you need to develop your 'cachers eye' and see things that are not quite right. (Is that heap of sticks/rocks natural or is it rather arranged?)

    I'm sure someone will be along soon who knows more about the iPhone and can tell you how to check the datum.

    Good luck

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    Join Date
    Jun 2003


    What Just Roger said.

    Also, you've probably noticed that caches are graded for difficulty - x number of stars out of five. Choose easy ones - 1 or 2. Avoid micros (tiny containers) and go for decent-sized boxes. And choose caches that have a hint which you can use if you need help.

    ​​Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (Dylan Thomas)​

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    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Land of the Bear and Ragged Staff!


    As Just Roger and Bill say, start with the lower Difficulty/Terrain caches, and avoid the Micro/Nano caches to start with.

    You'll son start to get "Cachers Eye" for where the caches are.
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

    * Cache Walker -Caching by byway, not highway!
    Walking and Caching in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire areas

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    nobbynobbs Guest


    Another idea might be to do a search for any events that might be happening near you. Then you can go along and chat with other cachers, the chances are there will be some caches to do on the day and you could go out with some others.

    It'll make sure that you've got the gps setting correct and help you learn how to spot caches.

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