I Have No Equipment in How do I...? Posted January 26, 2004 ...are descriptions like "Next to the path is a broken tree and the cache is in the hollow stump" probably good enough? That description is too vague -- really, I wouldn't try to find a cache that's hidden in a woodsy setting or along a trail without a GPS unless the clue was very specific (say, "five feet southwest of trail marker #23 underneath a jade plant"). Especially not as your first attempt at a cache, which we want to be a success! Urban caches are often easy to find without a GPS, or caches in an area with which you're very familiar. Caches are harder to find when you're new, and lack of a GPS is a significant handicap, so don't feel any guilt about using any and every resource you can find. Mapquest and aerial photos are a given. Read the logs, look for spoiler pictures, decrypt the hint, and make at least your first couple caches ones whose hints are dead giveaways. It really helps when they mention landmarks or describe the cache container in detail. We've found a (small) handful of caches without the GPS, and it's a challenge even when you've got plenty of experience. But it's certainly not impossible -- just don't set yourself up for failure. Pick extremely easy targets for the first few attempts and then you'll have that experience to work with when you try more difficult caches.