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Geocaching in Perthshire

Having learnt a bit about Geocaching from Paul McLennan (Perth and Kinross Council), we decided to get out there and learn more about it on the ground as it were.

Coincidentally, John received a GPS for his birthday this month and a brand new Rab jacket. he was keen to try out both, so off we went on our first Geocaching adventure.

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Here’s a picture of the Garmin etrex 10 GPS. In my excitement to show you, the picture is on its side. No matter, you get the drift. It’s a very handy wee tool – apparently basic and simple to use. I say ‘apparently’ because it has so many functions and it’s not that simple to use initially. Undeterred we set off on our adventure. Well, it was only Bridge of Earn, but we discovered thare are a whole clutch of caches to be found in our own little village.

Now i don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for future Geocachers, but can you imagine how delighted we were to find our first cache? Hopping up and down, and elbowing each other out of the way in order to be the first one to open the cache? My daugher was with us but quickly lost interest when she found out there was a) no money or indeed anything of any value in the cache or b) nothing edible in the cache. So what – it’s like a Munro-bagging operation in terms of the ticking off the box feeling you get.

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Here’s John with pride and a sense of achievement holing aloft our very first cache. this one was found on the other side of the river from our house. As a bonus, he is also wearing his new jacket, which was necessary later on during the rain and hail storm.

We then found another 2 caches (not telling you exactly where) around and about Dunbarney Estate.

Geocaching is a fast growing activity for all ages and levels of fitness. There are thousands of caches in Perthshire alone. Some of them are difficult to get to physically, some of them are easy for wheelchair users or cyclists, or even motorists. Others have a difficult clue to solve. You have to write in the logbook of the cache itself when you find it. You can take something out of the box but you must put something back of equal or greater value. Then you go home and go online to the geocaching website and log your finds. Simple!! Lots of caches are in an area of outstanding beauty, or are placed in a significant place such as the site of a little known battle. Wherever they are, it gets you outside enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful Scottish countryside. However, don’t stop at Scotland – geocachers are all over the world, and caches are hidden all over the world too. so come and join the party.

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