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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching (The Complete Idiot's Guides)

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The ultimate global game revealed!

The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Geocaching, Second Edition is a comprehensive, yet entertaining and easy-to-understand book for getting started and having fun with geocaching-the high-tech version of hide-and-seek for global positioning system (GPS) users. In this edition, two new tools of the game-Waymarking and Wherigo-are included.

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Paperback, 2nd edition, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Alpha (first published June 1st 2004)
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Laura Cushing
Apr 07, 2014 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent geocache guide

This book tells you everything you need to know to start your geocache adventures. We have been playing for a while now, but wanted a book that gave us some more detailed info. This did the trick.
Joey Paul
Oct 09, 2014 Joey Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: research-books
Having jumped in feet first to Geocaching, I was happy to find this easy to read book that took me from preparing for the hunt, to going through the hunt, to finding the cache and then onto more advanced stuff that I'll probably get to eventually. Well written and in an easy language to understand. It included details on how to use the features on their site, to even recommending apps, devices and other websites and programmes that may be of use to the beginner or the master of geocaching. I fou ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
What a great resource! Regardless of your level of expertise, you will get something very useful out of this guide.
May 12, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This first edition of the book is outdated. Several cache types mentioned in the book are no longer allowed, several features of the geocaching website important to know for deciding which cache to see are missing from this book, technology covered is now outdated and the chapter on the future of geocaching is a fun look at the state of geocaching technology today. The book does do a good job of explaining how GPSr's work and makes good note of the importance of following some basic guidelines w ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Catherine rated it really liked it
Written by the originators of the geocaching phenomenon, this book is loaded with everything you need to know if you are just starting out. Even after 4 years I still refer back to this book on occasion.
Rob Robideau
Jun 02, 2013 Rob Robideau rated it really liked it
Definitely a "Complete" Guide

I am an absolute beginner and have no geocaching experience whatsoever. I wanted a book that would tell me what it's all about and provide some resources to find out more. This book did the job and some. It really is a "complete" guide. It has information on each individual aspect of geocaching from maps and map reading to hiking tips to etiquette to GPS hardware advice. I realize that there is a newer edition and some of the hardware specifics were out of date, but
Carlene Blackburn
Great book for geocachers. I highly recommend it!
Feb 05, 2015 Tommy rated it really liked it
Easy to follow guide about geocaching.
Jul 10, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
This is an excellent and very complete introduction to geocaching. I knew little about this fascinating hobby and so far, my family and I have already found 23 caches in 5 cities! To get started with geocaching, read a few chapters in this book, a few pages of your GPS' user manual and then go outside and try it out to put everything in context. Repeat the process until you understand the game and know your way around, can work your GPS, and develop a sixth sense as to where the c ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Brandy rated it liked it
Very informative!
Josh Liller
Jan 07, 2010 Josh Liller rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geocaching
Picked this up from the library just because it was the only book they had on the subject. This is the 1st edition and published in 2004. If you want a geocaching book don't even bother with this one but at least get the 2nd edition (published 2009) instead.

It seems a comprehensive guide to all things related to geocaching but really you could just visit to learn pretty much everything you need to know.
Sep 12, 2010 Matt rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: geocaching novices
Covers all the topics useful to the beginner geocacher and applies to players anywhere in the world.

If you're passingly familiar with GPS and map-reading, then you can probably get most of what you need from the website and forums, but if you want everything in one book, portable and without the need to pore through a hundred forum posts or FAQs, then the book may be worthwhile.
My family and I are new to this, though we are avid letterboxers. We found this book to not be as helpful as we had hoped it would be. A lot of it seemed like common sense versus learning about something new. However, from a stand point of not knowing anything about either hobby, I could see that it would be helpful to brand new cachers.
This is a couple of years old and technology has advanced a lot since this book came out. The website and some web browsing should answer most of your questions if you're interested in geo caching. The book did help me understand a few things (Wherigos for example) but then it still refers you to the internet for alot more information.
May 31, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Something Mom wants to know more about, so it is something that I am going to get into with her.
Very informative. While I really haven't finished the book, I will always be looking back at it with questions that I might have. Tried Geocaching yesterday with what we know and it is a lot of FUN!!!! Cannot wait to do it again.
May 23, 2014 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This would have gotten a higher rating had I read it ten years ago. A lot of the information (largely the technology bits of course) is quite outdated now but there is still some really good stuff to be found inside. I liked that there was a big section on using good old fashioned compas and paper maps.
Cecilia Perez
Jun 14, 2015 Cecilia Perez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great resource. Even though it was written a mere 3 years ago, lots of the techie info is outdated. Pathtags aren't even mentioned. I'm going to keep this one. Learned a lot that I didn't know I was supposed to know. It will be interesting to see what the 4th edition has to say.
Aug 06, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
I find this series of books very helpful as a primer on a variety of topics. I think it gave me the necessary information to go ahead and get started with geocaching. I would recommend it for others looking to start this hobby.
Jan 10, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book to renew my interest in geocaching, now that I have someone to go with me (my granddaughter). It's been over five years since I have hunted down my last cache ...

Learned some pretty interesting things about geocaching in this book, but there's nothing like getting out there and looking for caches. Good exercise, too.
Sep 25, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, good info about the world of geocaching. It is very helpful for new people as well as experts, I really like some of the tactics for finding GZ :)
Aug 30, 2013 Oliver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. I have Geocahced about a month or two before reading the book but its certainly showed me a few things.
Jun 19, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it
Very helpful book for me, as I knew nothing about geocaching except that I wanted to try it with my family.
May 14, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: have-it, 2011
This book is a great introduction to geocaching. I would have given 4 stars but it was quite repetitive.
Nov 29, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Not a lot of new information here and most of the book is outdated already....
I learned what Geocaching was like in the early years.
Things have changed.
Philip Hollenback
Apparently the standard book about geocaching. Perfectly adequate.
Jan 04, 2011 Lesley rated it really liked it
Great beginners guide to geocaching. Can't wait to get started!
Apr 08, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
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