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ijontichy



Joined: Aug 30, 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Total newbie wants to try it. Reply with quote

I am in Vancouver for work and am floored by the beauty of the mountains and Stanley Park and think geo-caching might be a great way to motivate me on hikes and bikes and the like while I explore the city and surroundings on weekends. I should say I'm a middle aged couch potato--I'm not looking to climb any mountains but I would like to spend more time out of doors.

Given that I'm in one of the hotels downtown, I'd certainly appreciate it if some caches relatively close to vancouver proper could be recommended to me. I am still getting the hang of the website and could use a little help.

I do not yet have a gps though I saw several on sale at one of the nearby drug stores.

Thanks in advance for any advice offered.

Ijon Tichy
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loungelions



Joined: Sep 26, 2004
Posts: 48

PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Total newbie wants to try it. Reply with quote

Depending on where you are, a really neat cache is "It's Chilly in Mole Hill" or GCTG80. It might be a tough one for a complete newbie though as it is a tricky hide but a very neat spot. If you put a search for that one, then you can go to the nearest caches on that cache page and find the closest caches in the area and check them out on the maps to figure out where others are. A lot of the downtown ones don't last long due to all the muggles about unfortunately. There are some nice ones along the waterfront walks, both English Bay and Coal Harbour as well as in Stanley Park.
Hope that helps! and I hope you enjoy caching. It is a great way to get some exercise and explore new areas.
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Chilcotinsam



Joined: Mar 18, 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Total newbie wants to try it. Reply with quote

I can understand what your saying. I used to go out of town for work various places and usually sat in front of the tv in the evenings but now I go walking (geocaching exploring). I try to find the closest ones to where ever I am or pick a park or an area where theres a few and go there. I would recommend trying the easier ones to start with and ones that have been found recently. Be sure to read the logs because sometimes theres helpful clues in there. If any pictures are posted they can be helpful too.
As for GPS units I started with a Garmin the basic model..yellow which worked very well until I left it on the hood of my truck and then drove off and didnt remember it for 45 minutes...now I use a Lowerance which is okay too and it even has maps on it which are helpful. There are alot of units out there so it just depends how technical you want to get and how much money you want to spend.
Geocaching is good exercise, I started out walking and hiking then moved up to biking and now I kayak and go on the harder hikes and cave exploring etc. Like they say geocaching..same planet different world. You see things in a whole new way. Anyways welcome and hope you find many many caches!
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