starts from €129.99,
Geocaching is a real-life treasure hunt and adventure-seeking game. It involves using a GPS device to find destinations where hidden treasures are found (called a cache).
First you find a destination near you on geocoaching.com and then embark on a seek-and-find mission to locate the cache.
Each geocache site is unique and the cache can be easy or extremely hard to find. Some of the 'caches' that I managed to find were hidden inside a piece of wood, attached to a gate by a magnet or hidden in the brickwork of a church.
It's totally free, enjoyable, and as I found out, opened up a whole new world of exploring in my local area.
Geocaching is an excellent way of getting outdoors and sharpens orientation skills. Once you find a cache, log it online and write a comment about your adventure, being careful not to reveal the exact location. I was surprised to find people from all over the world had been to one of the sites in Dublin.
A good device to use for geocaching is the Garmin eTrex 10 bundle. It comes complete with a Garmin GPS unit, a notebook, pencil, stickers, computer cable and a geocoin for you to go and create your own cache. Switching on the unit takes you to a menu page which is self-explanatory and has excellent features, such as calendars, tide charts, a calculator and sun-and-moon information.
The eTrex 10 is waterproof, rugged and lasts for a long time on battery power. Satellite signal connect is fast and the 2.2in screen is easy to read. You can download starting locations directly to the device from Garmin's opencaching.com or from geocaching.com.
Pros: Good value for money. Easy to navigate, waterproof, 'versatile' GPS navigational unit.
Cons: Resolution for mapping is limited.
Verdict: An exciting way to mix outdoor activities and adventure by geocaching with an eTrex 10.