Geocaching is the modern version of the traditional sport/game of orienteering. Participants are given a defined area in which to explore to uncover pre-placed treasures, or to locate items on a list. In many ways it is a form of natural hide and seek. One of the best aspects of getting involved in geocaching in New Hampshire is that it allows you to really explore and see some of the most beautiful natural environments in the area.
Even better, it doesn’t take much to get involved in the activity and it is something that the whole family can enjoy. If you have a competitive streak, there are also geocaching challenges and races that you can participate in. Like the old time orienteering sport, participants race through the wilderness to find markers and collect evidence that they have covered all the ground detailed in the race map. Geocaching in New Hampshire can be a fun and affordable way to get out and explore everything there is in the New Hampshire wilderness year round.
What do you need to go geocaching?
Modern geocaching doesn’t require much. You will need:
- Portable GPS
- Hiking Shoes
- Cache bag
- Hiking clothes and supplies
Depending on whether or not you are planning this as a weekend adventure, you may also want to secure lodging at either a bed and breakfast or campsite in the area. Staying overnight can increase the feel of being out in the wilderness and embarking on a trip to the unknown. It can also make going out into the mountains a fun part of a weekend that involves many other activities such as maple sugaring or other seasonal events.
Best places to go geocaching in New Hampshire
There are endless amounts of places to go geocaching in New Hampshire. While some are more commercially organized, you can find lists online of New Hampshire geocaching spots that are updated by adventurers with difficulty ratings and descriptions that will help you decide if the trip is right for you. Another excellent idea for finding places to go is to review a list of hiking hot spots in New Hampshire. Once you select your destination, you can self-select a list of items to find to give shape and direction to your day. One good idea is to identify the formations in the area and plants unique to the trail you are going to and set a task of collecting samples from each one. Next, you can press your findings or preserve them so you build a natural scrapbook of your adventures.
Geocaching groups and organizations
Another good idea is to get involved with one of the local geocaching groups. If you haven’t tried it before, or if you are an expert but unfamiliar with the area, this can be an ideal way to network and find out more about what is available to you. Many of the groups are informal and membership is free. Some of the groups are part of a national network and offer lessons as well.