The word Geocaching was written and said for the first time in 2000.
The word was created by combining GEO for geography and CACHING for the process of storing or hiding materials.
Geocaching is a game that reveals a world beyond the everyday, where the possibility of a newdiscovery hides under park benches, in the forest, and probably a short walk from where you are
right now. The adventure begins by searching for cleverly hidden containers called geocaches.
There are more than two million geocaches waiting to be found throughout the world, in more than
180 countries. It’s easy for anyone from families to business travelers to toptier athletes to begin
the journey by downloading the Geocaching app or visiting Geocaching.com.
● See the infographic celebrating 2 Million Active Geocaches with countryspecific data.
● Learn about the History of Geocaching.
1. A geocacher hides a geocache, lists it on Geocaching.com and challenges others to find
it using our Geocaching app or a GPS device.
2. At minimum, geocaches contain a logbook for finders to sign. After signing, finders log
their experience on Geocaching.com or with the Geocaching app and earn a reward in the
form of a digital smiley.
3. Some geocaches contain small trinkets for trade. If a geocacher takes something from the
geocache, they replace it with something of equal or greater value.
4. Geocaches are put back where they were found for the next geocacher.
Who are geocachers?
More than 6 million people call themselves geocachers. There are geocachers living in nearly
every country on Earth. Geocachers are families with children, grandparents, techgeeks,
photographers, hikers—anyone can be a geocacher. Geocaching offers a broad appeal, in large
difficulty and terrain ratings (Difficulty 1/Terrain 1 – the easiest and Difficulty 5/Terrain 5 – the
most difficult) to help geocachers choose an adventure that is right for them.
What should not be placed in a geocache?
Food, sharp objects, ammunition, illicit or illegal items and alcohol should never be placed in a
geocache. Everyone should respect the local laws. Geocaching offers advice to geocache hiders
from law enforcement around the world and complimentary Geocaching Premium memberships
to law enforcement agencies.
Where are geocaches found?
Geocaches can be in the forest, parks, urban locations—nearly anywhere you can think of. It is
common for geocaches to be placed in storyworthy locations. Most people in North America an
Europe live within a short walk of at least one geocache.
How do you hide a geocache?
A geocacher chooses a waterproof container and a location to hide it. Once a geocacher has
accurate coordinates for their chosen location, they submit it for publication on Geocaching.com.
Geocaching provides a set of guidelines for geocache placement. The guidelines include
important rules that keep geocaching fun (and legal) for everyone involved. If a geocache clearly
violates one of these rules, community members who review new geocaches may ask the hider
to fix the issue.