Latest Show

Latest Show Details

Play Latest Show button Download show now button Subscribe to FrequencyCast in iTunes button Podcast RSS Feed button
Show News!

We don't send spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

FrequencyCast RSS Feed FrequencyCast on Twitter FrequencyCast on Facebook


Geocaching - The High-tech Hobby Explored

Take your tech out into the open air and explore Geocaching. FrequencyCast takes a look at this new craze, a high-tech twist on treasure-hunting. FrequencyCast is taking part... are you?


What is Geocaching?

It's a high-tech version of the old treasure hunt. There are over a million hidden stashes around the world, and with the aid of a GPS device, you can track them down and find goodies.

It's an engrossing hobby that is growing in popularity at quite a rate, and for FrequencyCast Show 67, we took a look at the Geocache craze to find out more.

Listen to FrequencyCast Show 67 - Geocaching Explored

Play Show button Download show now button Subscribe to FrequencyCast in iTunes


How to get started with Geocaching

Firstly, you need to register and get a free account on the Groundspeak Geocaching site - at

You can then look on the site to see what caches are in your area, and get the GPS co-ordinates for the cache.

Now, get out there and find it!

If you have a smartphone with GPS built-in, then this is tool you need, as the Geocaching app has a map, compass, plus access to clues:

Garmin eTrex
Geocaching Map on the iPhone.
Groundspeak Geocaching App from iTunes
Garmin eTrex
List of local geocaches on the iPhone.
Groundspeak Geocaching App from iTunes


What is a Cache?

Here's an example of a standard cache - it;s the one that we found in Show 67. A waterproof box containing a few goodies, plus a log to sign and say that you found it, and when

Geocache from Secret Garden

When you're going out looking for Geocaches, take a pen, and a few goodies to leave behind. The rule is, if you take something from a geocache, leave something of equivalent value.

As well as the standard type of cache pictured above, there are also Nano and Micro caches out there, stacked away in very cunning locations.

Garmin eTrex
The Garmin eTrex Pocket SatNav.
Under £65 - eTrex at Amazon
Geocache Nano Container
Geocache Nano Container


Things you need to know

There's quite a lot to the hobby, and the more you get into it, the more you discover. Trackables are an important part of the hobby, and there are thousands of trackable items out there - either an item attached to coded dogtags, or special coins that need to be moved between caches.

Geocache Travel Bugs
Travel Bugs. Each has its own page, and you can track its journey
Garmin Chirp GPS Beacon
Garmin Chirp GPS Beacon. These are durable waterproof beacons that can be tracked by compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld. They store hints, coordinates, confirm that the cache is close, and keep a tally of visitors


FrequencyCast and Geocaching

After our little field trip finding our first geocache, Carl and Pete have been bitten by the bug, and we're now active Geocachers. We've placed a few memory sticks out there in the wild. Known as "Travel Bugs", we can track the FrequencyCast memory sticks and see if they're able to travel around the country. We'll keep you updated on the progress.

This is what you're looking for:

The FrequencyCast Geocache Travel Bug
The FrequencyCast Geocache Travel Bug. Can you find it?

Bonus Material: Our full Geocaching Field Recording (15 mins)

Play Show button Download show now button


Geocaching Questions

Got a question or a comment on geocaching? Get in touch


More information:


Share This Page:

facebook twitter digg stumble technorati