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Gear & Cheer Geocaching

Gear & Cheer Music Festival Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor sporting activity (treasure hunt) which is available in Bradys Run Park and Moon Community Park.  Best described as a “hiking treasure hunt,” geocaching combines healthy fun in nature with technology. 
 
Geocaching participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", throughout Pennsylvania and the world.  
 
The basic idea is to locate the geocache outdoors and then share your experiences online. You just simply type the coordinates provided to you on the website into your GPS, and off you go on your search.
 
A typical cache is a small waterproof container that may be located above and below ground or inside and outside buildings. Skillful placement makes discovery quite challenging even with the accuracy of a GPS. The location of a cache is what the adventure is all about, demonstrating the artistry and even daring of the person setting up the cache. Discovery may be easy or require long, difficult hiking, orienteering, and special equipment.
 
Once you find the hidden box, it’s customary to sign the logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Also, the geocacher logs the find at their geocaching website. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. 
 
Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.
 
Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.
 
It’s a good idea to bring water, snacks, and clothing for the weather. Most geocaches contain a pen or pencil for signing the log book, but occasionally you will need to have something of your own to write with.
 
Follow the GPS coordinates until you are within about 25 ft. of the geocache, then start to use your eyes. Look for signs of something out of place, such as stacked tree limbs, bark, or other materials. A geocache may be hiding there.
 
Use the hints and recent log posts on the geocache’s online listing to help you. The names of geocaches are often clues as well.
 
Geocachers have a good reputation for being conscientious in terms of litter and site compaction, and caring for natural places. Try not to disturb wildlife or their habitats while you geocache. If you are quiet, you might see some unexpected things on your hunt!
 
Geocaching is a great way to have some fun while enjoying the beautiful Pennsylvania outdoors. Are you ready to give it a try?

Moon Community Park, Allegheny County, Pa Geocaches

 

Bradys Run Park, Beaver County, Pa Geocaches

 

Geocache Websites

Additional caches can be found at Geocaching and NaviCache websites.

Official Geocache

 

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