geo cache containers

Geo caching

In the Ballinderry Rivers Trust area there are approximately 45 geocaches taking you to some of the unusual and beautiful parts of the area.  From the riverside walkway at Cabin Wood to the Cookstown 100 bike race pits there is something for everyone to find.  

More geocaches are established all the time as more and more people discover the fun in this global treasure hunt.

The Trust is currently working with Geocaching enthusiasts to develop a River Trail so if you have any good ideas for places to site caches get in touch.

To enjoy Geocahing in the Ballinderry Rivers Trust area log onto to www.geocaching.com to get started.

Background to Geocaching

Geocaching was the joining of two familiar words. The prefix geo, for Earth, was used to describe the global nature of the activity, but also for its use in familiar topics in GPS such as geography. Caching, from the word cache, has two different meanings, which makes it very appropriate for the activity. A French word, the original definition referred to a hiding place someone would use to temporarily store items. Today the word is still even used in the news to describe hidden weapons locations.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  Geocaches can be found all over the world.  It is common for geocachers to hide caches in locations that are important to them, reflecting a special interest or skill of the cache owner. These locations can be quite diverse.

Getting started

To get started you need to register on the geocaching website.
You can do this for free or if you really love it there is a premium membership.
Once you have registered then you can search for geocaches near you.
This can be done using a GPS device or using the app on your smart phone (there is a free basic app but the full app can have a charge).

In its simplest form, a cache always contains a logbook or log sheet for you to log your find. Larger caches may contain a logbook and any number of items. These items turn the adventure into a true treasure hunt. You never know what the cache owner or visitors to the cache may have left for you to enjoy.

Remember, if you take something; leave something of equal or greater value in return. It is recommended that items in a cache be individually packaged in a clear, zipped plastic bag to protect them from the elements. 

Don’t forget to take a pen or pencil with you to fill in the log book, and always log your find either on your GPS device, mobile or on the website.

There are local events where people can learn about geocaching or a get together for those who already enjoy geocaching and the thrill of the hunt. 

Any details about these events can be found at www.geocaching.com