Get to know turku with geocaching
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor adventure that is happening all the time, all around the world. To play, participants use the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to navigate to cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered—there are probably even some near you right now.
Here is listed basic rules to start geocaching. More intrigued guidelines you can find from official geocaching sites. (See here)
When placing or seeking geocaches, I will:
- Not endanger myself or others
- Observe all laws & rules of the area
- Respect property rights and seek permission where appropriate
- Avoid causing disruptions or public alarm
- Minimize my and others’ impact on the environment
- Be considerate of others
- Protect the integrity of the game pieces
- (When placing or seeking geocache (geocreed.info) )
- Geocaches always include a logbook but not always a pen. Remember to carry your own pen when geocaching (preferably a pencil, so the logbook doesn’t get stained). The log isn’t official unless you sign the logbook, even if you log it on the app. Close the cache carefully and always return it to where you found it.
- Don’t let muggles (non-geocaching people) see you and the cache. Otherwise it may lead to vandalism and distroying the cache. It may also ruin the fun for other geocachers if they see you. There are several good diversion techiniques like
- talking on the phone
- tying your shoelaces
- fixing your bicycle
- walking the dog
- playing Pokemon Go
- If you are noticed despite these efforts and they ask what you are doing, be honest. Who knows, maybe it makes them interested to geocache themselves.
- Difficulty levels tell you how easy or hard the cache is to find. Difficulty is scaled between 1-5, 1 being the easiest and 5 the hardest. Difficulty is an estimate by the cachemaker so even a cache marked as easy might be hard for some. Sometimes there are hints marked on the cache description site that help to find it.
- GPS isn’t 100% accurate. Your phones GPS might move around a while until it locates your position. Wait, until the dot stops. Sometimes tall buildings, rocks or trees can mess the GPS, so it’s good to expand your search area if you don’t find it from the marked spot. Even the cache maker might have marked the location a bit off.
- Cache size tells you what size the cache jar is. Micro is the smallest one, and they can be as small as your fingertip. Biggest ones you can even walk into! Size means specificly the cache jar, so it can be masked into a bigger rock or tree trunk.
- Do not dig the dirt or move large rock formations. It isn’t allowed to bury caches on the ground or under many rocks. Respect the environment and leave it as it was.
- Look around you as you walk and search, do not put yourself or others into danger. Most difficult caches might require climbing or diving so do not search these caches unless you are experienced and know what you are doing. These kind of caches are on the difficulty level 5.
- If you are moving in unknown area, make sure you find your way home even if your phone runs out of battery.
- In a forest, wear long trousers and have gloves. There might be snakes, ticks, stinging nettles or hogweeds.
- Remember Everymans rights. Rights and Regulations – Nationalparks.fi
CampusSport x TYS -route is available through the Geocaching app.
The other routes are available through GoCache app