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Entries filed under 'Geocaching'

    GeoTours: A New Wrinkle in Geocaching

    fileGeocaching + tourism/travel = GeoTours. Travel destinations interested in boosting visitation are creating "geo tours" with the guidance of Seattle-based Geocaching.com. Geocaching.com hosts a list of 6 GeoTours that it has helped assemble so far, one of them involving Maryland's Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal (which includes a sidebar with more details about the 6 tours) and The Seattle Times describe the attractiveness of the ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on July 18, 2012 2:13 PM & Tagged Geocaching and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Shopping for a GPS Receiver? New REI Video Explains the Basics

    fileHandheld GPS receivers are popular tools, but using one correctly can be tricky if you're just starting out. This new REI Expert Advice video features REI Outdoor School instructor Steve Wood, who aims to demystify the use of a GPS by explaining a receiver's 4 basic functions. Whether you're shopping for a handheld GPS receiver or are not fully grasping the one you already have, check out Steve's overview. A geocaching enthusiast from the San Francisco Bay Area, Steve has visited thousands of ...

    Posted by Steve T on October 20, 2011 1:46 PM & Tagged GPS, Geocaching, Hiking, REI Expert Advice, REI Outdoor School, Steve wood and video | permalink | Comments

    My First Time Geocaching: Tips to Get You Started

    fileHave you tried geocaching yet? My first foray into the activity was on a summer vacation with extended family. I leveraged the mutual enthusiasm of a sister-in-law as a springboard to recruit 4 other family members—including 3 kids—to head out on our first "electronic treasure hunt". With 2 GPS devices in hand, we headed out on a community beach trail. I'd done my homework beforehand, signing up for a free account at geocaching.com and locating caches near the cabin where we'd be vacationing. ...

    Posted by NikkiS on May 17, 2011 3:42 PM & Tagged GPS, Geocaching, Hiking, beach, geocache and trail | permalink | Comments

    Kids Love Geocaching. So What's Best: Smartphone or GPS Unit?

    fileKids dig geocaching, as this Dec. 9 New York Times article explains, and smartphones are emerging as a great tool for getting a whole new wave of kids introduced to outdoor activity. For a change it's nice to see technology getting some credit for playing a role in getting kids active and outdoors. Need some tips to get your kids interested in the activity? Read the REI Expert Advice article Kids and Geocaching. The article also addresses a question we hear often at REI stores: Is a smartphone ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on December 14, 2010 5:54 PM & Tagged Geocaching, Geomate Junior, Magellan Xplorist GC, New York times, REI Outdoor School, Steve wood, eTrex Venture and smartphone | permalink | Comments

    The Easter Egg Hunt Goes High Tech

    fileThere's now a high-tech wrinkle to the traditional Easter egg hunt: finding eggs using your GPS receiver. This is a fun idea because the sport of geocaching (finding hidden caches using GPS coordinates) offers a logical tie-in to finding hidden eggs in a field. I think it will amp up the interest for the whole family. What do you think? Read the Easter egg hunt article and share your thoughts.   ...

    Posted by Steve T on April 5, 2010 11:17 AM & Tagged GPS, Geocaching and family | permalink | Comments

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