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A GPS and a little practice with

plenty of good tread on your walking shoes.

There are lots of caches around towns and such. Lots of help in these forums. Then, once you are addicted, LOOK OUT!! You'll be caching in your sleep.

Everyone started out as a "newbie" at one time or another. Check your area where you live and see if a fellow cacher will take you out on a hunt. I am sure the he/she will hand you the GPS and give a little guidance.

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1) It's also advisable to have a compass (and know how to use it), and you'll want some little trading trinkets to start off. But other than that, those are the basic essentials.

 

Oh, yea. And deet (Bug Spray).

 

2) Each cache is rated differently. There's a terrain and difficulty rating 1-5 for each. You don't really need camping experience if you're only going after the low rated caches.

 

This graph...

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...shows the Chicago area cache by their ratings. I summed the terrain and difficulty and grouped them by the integer (2.5 is grouped with 2, etc.).

 

You can see around my are with 583 current caches listed as being in "Chicagoland" most of them have low difficulty and terrain combined ratings. In fact 25% are in the 2.0 (1/1) to 2.5 (1/1.5 or 1.5/1) rating.

 

And that's the great thing about this hobby. You can participate at your comfort level. If you're not comfortable rappelling off of a 400 foot cliff to reach a cache, or doing a 3 mile hike, you don't need to. There's plenty of easier caches around that feed off of.

 

But if you ever want that thrill of a lifetime hunt, there's scuba diving caches, 5 mile hike caches, mountain climbing caches, puzzle and brain teaser caches, all out there waiting. They're just fewer, and fewer people hunt them.

 

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1) What do you need to start? GPS Unit? That's it?

Yes, that's all you need. Everything else is fluff.

 

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2) Do you need hiking or camping experience? I have neither.

 

No, if you know how to walk you are easily capable of finding >80% of the geocaches out there.

 

There are numerous threads about long equipment lists and what everyone has in their backpacks. You are asking what you need, everything else is extra or nice-to-haves unless you are ready to try for some remote caches.

 

Welcome aboard!

 

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Hmm...didn't catch the last two posts...this is good. I was thinking I had to hike into the swamp and stuff...

 

I posted another thread about GPS units in the equipment forum, but I'll ask again here. What's a good GPS unit for a beginner...I don't want to spend that much money (200+) just in case I don't like Geocaching (yes I know Blasphemy...but I did buy a racketball racket a while ago...)

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quote:
Originally posted by Criminal:

quote:
1) What do you need to start? GPS Unit? That's it?

Yes, that's all you _need_. Everything else is fluff.

 

quote:
2) Do you need hiking or camping experience? I have neither.

 

No, if you know how to walk you are easily capable of finding >80% of the geocaches out there.

 

There are numerous threads about long equipment lists and what everyone has in their backpacks. You are asking what you _need_, everything else is extra or nice-to-haves unless you are ready to try for some remote caches.

 

Welcome aboard!

 

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Dangit Criminal that's exactly what I was going to say. Worse it's about how I would of said it. For under 200 I'd go with the Legend. It has mapping. Ticks like to crawl around before they settle in for a long meal. It gives you time to get rid of them. This is mostly an early summer thing and in the more remote and wooded caches. The urban caches won't be much of a tick issue.

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thats cool info because ive got a new gps and too much energy and that sounds like about all i need to geocache well thatt and the all important hard to find ingredient- a little help

 

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A few things you need are:

 

GPS unit

50 ft. nylon rope

100 ft. carbon fiber rope

mosquiteto netting

K-BAR knife

1800-grade ballistc nylon bag

Rip-stop cotton BVDs, camo

Owl Optics night-vision scope

signal mirror, with lanyard

20lb.s trail mix, divided into re-sealable packages

Emergency 2-person raft, self-sealing sides

Desert Eagle, 400 full metal jacketed rounds

Quick-lace desert boots, with quick-wik outer layer and D-hook laces

2 pair socks

and a clean pair of under-garmets.

 

or is it just me?

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Yes, a GPS unit is all you need, though I recomend some water and a hat; I hate bugs too. Some people bring a stick for hiking and for poking around a cache.

 

Important tip: always way-point your car/the enterance!

 

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quote:
Originally posted by The Falcon:

A few things you need are:

 

GPS unit

50 ft. nylon rope

100 ft. carbon fiber rope

mosquiteto netting

K-BAR knife

1800-grade ballistc nylon bag

Rip-stop cotton BVDs, camo

Owl Optics night-vision scope

signal mirror, with lanyard

20lb.s trail mix, divided into re-sealable packages

Emergency 2-person raft, self-sealing sides

Desert Eagle, 400 full metal jacketed rounds

Quick-lace desert boots, with quick-wik outer layer and D-hook laces

2 pair socks

and a clean pair of under-garmets.

 

or is it just me?

=-===

Yes, a GPS unit is all you need, though I recomend some water and a hat; I hate bugs too. Some people bring a stick for hiking and for poking around a cache.

 

Important tip: always way-point your car/the enterance!

 

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It is the tale, not he who tells it."


 

Ha! I was laughing up a storm at this list! icon_biggrin.gif I really liked the raft. I need to get one of those!

 

You did forget some other things that should be taken along on the trip, IMHO:

Printout of Cache site - Print the page of the cache you are hunting. I reread them a few times while searching and sometimes have to stop to decode clues.

Pencil / Pen - Once you find the cache, it is customary to at least sign the log. There could be a pencil in the chache, but I'd rather carry one than not bring one and find a chache without!

Trading items - If you find you want to exchange items at the cache site, you'll need something of your own to put into the cache.

Garbage bag - CITO - Cache In / Trash Out - Take a bag with you on the hunt and pick up any garbage while you are searching.

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Well, that was just my "day-pack" list...

 

icon_eek.gif I forgot the pen! Good call.

 

As for caching booty, check some of the threads on here, you'll hear a lot of differnet answers.

One member gave an excellent answer, "leave the cache in the same or better condition." E.g, a clean toy is ok, an empty pop can is not.

 

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