There are thousands of geo-cache sites located throughout the Post Falls community.
What is Geocaching and who does it?
Geocaching is one of the world’s fastest growing live, recreational social media treasure seeking games. Using your smart phone or a GPS mobile device, you can locate hidden containers, called “caches”, in the great outdoors. Geocachers are families with children, retired individuals and grandparents, hikers, explorers, and outdoors-people.
Does it Cost?
If you’re resourceful … nothing! The great part of geo-caching is it has very little, if no expense, and your family is getting great exercise while having tons of fun searching for treasures. Go to www.geocaching.com and register for FREE.
How Does It Work?
Geocache players apply coordinates to find a cache. Coordinates list the position of a location through latitude and longitude (See diagram). Players hide a cache, then post its location and a description of its contents online – typically on – the official global GPS cache hunt site – geocaching.com. Each cache contains an individual logbook. When the cache is located follow these three easy steps:
- If you take something from the cache, leave something of equal or greater value.
- Write about your find in the cache logbook.
- Log your experience at www.geocaching.com.
How do I find the coordinates for the cache sites?
Once you set up your user name and password at geocache.com , click on the SEEK tab and enter the zip code for Post Falls (83854) and a map will pop up with all of the sites in our community.
What is Latitude and Longitude?
Latitude lines run east and west and tell you how far you are north or south from the equator.
Longitude lines run north-south and tell you how far East or West you are of the Prime Meridian. The Prime Meridian is the line of longitude that runs through Greenwich, England (near London).
Post Falls City Hall coordinates are N 47° 42.714 W 116° 56.860
Types of Caches:
Traditional Cache: This is the original geocache type consisting of, at minimum, a container and a log book or logsheet. Larger containers generally include items for trade. “Nano” or “micro” caches are tiny containers that only hold a log sheet. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page provide the geocache’s exact location.
Multi-Cache (Offset Cache): A Multi-Cache (“multiple”) involves two or more locations. The final location is a physical container. There are many variations, but most Multi-Caches have a hint to find the second cache, and the second cache has a hint to the third, and so on. An offset cache (where you go to a location and get hints to the actual cache) is considered to be a Multi-Cache.
Mystery or Puzzle Caches: The “catch-all” of all cache types, this form of geocache may involve complicated puzzles that you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. Mystery/Puzzle Caches often become the staging ground for new and unique geocaches that do not fit in another category.
Equipping for The Hunt!
- Always bring a buddy
- Dress appropriately
- Navigation – GPS receiver, smart phone or old fashion compass and map.
- Essentials – Sun screen, water bottle, insect repellant,
- Keep an open mind! Tip: Some people are very creative with hiding their cache so read the description and clues and most of all THINK!
Respect the outdoors! Be cautious in public places (“muggles” might be watching you). Replace the cache as you found it. If you take an item from the cache you must add a different item (so bring a few “treasures” to share) and keep it fun for everyone!