Geocaching: A high-tech treasure hunting game played in Merced County and around the world

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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.

Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. Merced is a very active area for geocaching, with nearly 200 active geocaches within a 3-mile radius of downtown.

There are about a dozen active geocachers in Merced and many more in nearby communities. Geocaches come in many sizes, shapes, and types. They can be as large as a 5-gallon bucket or as small as a thimble.

They may be “traditional” – with a container, a log, and trading items. Or, they may be “mystery” caches that require solving a puzzle or problem to determine the location. Some caches may require several stops to get to the final location.

With a bread-crumb route along the way, these are called multi-caches. One type of geocache is called an “event cache.”

That means it will be a gathering of geocachers – a party if you will.

For more information about geocaching, see:

To learn more about how the game is played and all the terms, check out:

"The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching"

To learn about the best apps for geocaching read:

"4 Best Apps for Geocaching"