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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  229 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
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 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.
Feb 03, 2015 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.
Apr 30, 2010 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This first edition of the book is outdated.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website important to know for deciding which cache to see are missing from this book, technology covered is now outdated and the chapter on the future of geocaching is a fun look at the state of geocaching technology today.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
Joey Paul
Oct 07, 2014 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
Rob Robideau
Jun 02, 2013 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
Ingrid Hansen
This book is a good way to get a lot of information about Geocaching. It tells you how it all got started and it takes you along a journey where you get all the information you need to become a geocacher.

I enjoyed it and I got a lot of tips of the lingo in the community and what to pack in my geobag when I go out to find a cache (a Tupperware box hidden somewhere in a specific location) plus all sorts of other advice.

I'm feeling a bit more prepared when I go on my adventures and I can recommend
Jun 02, 2013 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
Josh Liller
Jan 07, 2010 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.
Jul 19, 2010 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 17, 2014 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.
May 20, 2012 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.
Nov 23, 2014 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.
Aug 06, 2011 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.
Cecilia Perez
Jun 14, 2015 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.
Sep 25, 2012 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 :)
Carlene Blackburn
Great book for geocachers. I highly recommend it!
Lesley Looper
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.
Apr 08, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-new
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book is a great introduction to geocaching. I would have given 4 stars but it was quite repetitive.
I learned what Geocaching was like in the early years.
Things have changed.
May 22, 2011 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 ...

Jun 19, 2013 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.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pretty good. A few outdated spots but over all very helpful.
Aug 11, 2015 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....
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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.
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