Geocaching: Hike and Seek with Your GPS

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Technology can be more than just practical?it can also be fun. And fun is exactly what youll have when you try geocaching. It's a high-tech treasure-seeking game that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Because geocaching combines the outdoors, puzzles, and adventure, everyone?from kids to kayakers, and retirees to rock climbers?can easily become involved. You'll join a rapidly expanding worldwide network of people who hide containers of ?prizes? in the wilderness, ...

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Overview

Technology can be more than just practical—it can also be fun. And fun is exactly what youll have when you try geocaching. It's a high-tech treasure-seeking game that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Because geocaching combines the outdoors, puzzles, and adventure, everyone—from kids to kayakers, and retirees to rock climbers—can easily become involved. You'll join a rapidly expanding worldwide network of people who hide containers of “prizes” in the wilderness, suburbs, and even in the middle of cities, then provide clues for others to discover them.

Borrowing from the classic pursuits of orienteering and letterboxing, geocaching can be as easy as a walk in the park or as challenging as scuba diving to a hundred feet. You don't need to be an expert in electronics, navigation, or even hiking to start. With this book, youll soon understand GPS technology, know how to find your way about, and be able to prepare for your next hike-and-seek adventure!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591222
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 4/7/2004
  • Series: Technology in Action Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,417,487
  • Product dimensions: 0.52 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Sherman is a widely-published journalist and author. He is the author of three books, and his work has appeared in Newsweek, Continental, Technology Review, US News, Men's Journal, CIO Insight, ComputerWorld, the New York Times Syndicate, and many other places. Before his writing career took precedence, Erik was a business and marketing consultant to companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 500. Prior to that, Erik was head of product marketing at a direct marketer of hardware and software for technical professionals. Erik is an avid outdoor enthusiast, a certified scuba diver, and counts himself lucky to live near woods and a conservation area.
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1- Introduction; 2- Geocaching Basics; 3- Geocaching and Navigation Technology; 4- How to Navigate; 5- Hiking Basics; 6- Hunting A Geocache; 7- Hiding A Geocache; 8- Geocaching Variations and Related Activities; Appendix I- Outdoor Safety; Appendix II- Resources
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    A good place to start.

    I have been geocaching for about two years. This book gets a big thumbs up for content and quality. It has been well researched and is for the person who not only wants to known 'that' something works, but also 'how' it works. I highly recommend it for experienced and novice alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    high tech hiking

    Geocaching is a scavenger hunt for big kids like you, fast forwarded to a high tech gloss. Sherman shows how enthusiasts have coalesced into local groups, all over the globe, to dive into these outdoor activities, where each player carries her trusty GPS. Most of the contests take part in rural areas and offer a nifty excuse for exercising and socialising. Sherman gives tips on how to best equip yourself, aside of course from that GPS. These are mostly traditional common sense guidelines for anyone hiking. One thing you can get from the book is that aside from the geocaching, nowadays pure hiking has changed. Many hikers bring along GPS for safety and convenience. Some traditionalists look with askance on this, however. Readers might recall how GPS was originally developed by the US military, and when GPS devices were heavy and expensive. Here is yet another instance of a military spinoff that followed Moore's Law and added on popular civilian usages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    Geocaching: By the Book

    <p>The majority of geocachers have learned the ropes of this sport by the old Nike motto: they just did it. They may have gone out on hunts with a few more experienced cachers and picked up some pointers from them. They might have sat around campfires at event caches and traded tips. They also might have spent hours perusing the forums and weighing the advice given there against several large grains of salt But the journey of a thousand caches always begins with the step of simply going and finding that first cache. No one has ever picked up a manual and read their way into geocaching. It just isn¿t done.</p> <p>And it still isn¿t done that way. However, all of us would have to admit there are aspects of this pastime that baffle us. We may come prepared with an extensive knowledge of the outdoors, but lack the technical savvy to know exactly how to finesse a GPS. We might come to the game as a gadget geek but admit to getting lost in our own backyards. It would take a lot of searching through web pages and libraries of outdoor guides¿not to mention trial and error¿to assemble information on all the various aspects of this game. Thankfully, there¿s a much better source.</p> <p>Eric Sherman¿s Geocaching: Hike and Seek with Your GPS is a book that brings the fun of geocaching and the thrill of the hunt together with much needed information about how to stay alive in the woods. Sherman has wisely approached this topic with the realization that geocaching itself isn¿t all that complicated. Instead he has provided us with a guide to all the things that make ¿finding a box in the woods¿ complicated.</p> <p>The majority of the time I didn¿t feel like I was so much reading a book about geocaching, as I was reading a book about the outdoors from a geocacher¿s perspective. From map reading to shooting a baring with a compass to picking out the perfect hiking boots, Geocaching: Hike and Seek with Your GPS fills us in on all the other stuff that wouldn¿t have been in our GPS manuals, even if we had bothered to read them.</p> <p>And when it does come to information directly related to placing and finding caches, Sherman writes with the savvy of someone who¿s been there. Many of his points are punctuated with personal stories that almost any cacher can relate to and laugh about. Photos from the wild and websites are plentiful and give even the newest of newbies enough background to understand exactly what this game is all about.</p> <p>Aside from being an active geocacher himself, Sherman could not have chosen a better technical editor than Kelly Markwell, a man who¿s name is synonymous with knowledge about geocaching. This is truly a book about geocaching by geocachers.</p> <p>Geocaching: Hike and Seek with Your GPS will make a welcome addition to your collection of field guides and outdoor literature. The simple matter of finally having all this information in one resource makes it well worth its very affordable price.</p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2004

    Geocaching Made as Easy as a Walk in the Park

    Technology can be more than just practical¿it can also be fun. And fun is exactly what you¿ll have when you try geocaching. It¿s a high-tech treasure-seeking game that uses the Global Positioning System (GPS). Because geocaching combines the outdoors, puzzles, and adventure, everyone¿from kids to kayakers, and retirees to rock climbers¿can easily become involved. You¿ll join a rapidly expanding worldwide network of people who hide containers of ¿prizes¿ in the wilderness, suburbs, and even in the middle of cities, then provide clues for others to discover them. Borrowing from the classic pursuits of orienteering and letterboxing, geocaching can be as easy as a walk in the park or as challenging as scuba diving to a hundred feet. You don¿t need to be an expert in electronics, navigation, or even hiking to start. With this book, you¿ll soon understand GPS technology, know how to find your way about, and be able to prepare for your next hike-and-seek adventure! Author Sherman has dedicated this super book to all the people who realize that a technology developed for the military can be used peacefully when you are hiking a million miles from your nearest worldly care. This is one of the most useful books available to support the interests of the countless thousands of geocachers that criss-cross the globe finding and leaving their caches for others. Kudos to Apress for publishing this fascinating book that reveals the ever-expanding world of geocaching. With today's GPS devices become more common, the exciting, fun world of geocaching will continue to grow, and this will stimulate more interest in author Sherman's intriguing, thorough book on this growing sport.

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