An appetite for geocaching

We’ve found a treasure in Tommy Morton, a modern-day adventurer with a passion for natural navigation and geocaching, a mix of mystery and orienteering.

Here, Tommy explains why geocaching fits so well with camping.

Latest update: April 2021

Treasure hunts for campers


A geocache uncovered – success!

Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where co-ordinates are loaded onto a GPS receiver along with a clue to help you find the prize.

Ordnance Survey’s Aventura GPS has a 30-hour battery life and comes with OS maps preloaded. Not cheap, though!

Now if this sounds deceptively easy, don’t worry, although some are straightforward and may take the form of a Tupperware box crudely hidden by some twigs at the base of a tree, others are much more demanding.

Some geocaches are nothing more than a tiny sliver of paper that’s a log-book to be signed, concealed in thumbnail-sized magnetic containers. Others are placed in areas of challenging terrain – the top of mountains, on cliff faces or even in caves, which can be tricky without GPS coverage.

Mystery caches in mystery places

If you prefer a more cerebral kind of hobby, then there are devilishly difficult mystery caches that require Sherlock levels of deduction to complete the missing co-ordinate numbers before you can even venture out.

Find out more

For more information, the Ordnance Survey website has more about geocaching as well as all the physical and online maps and walking guides you need.

Why Tommy loves geocaching

Geocaching lunch

Lunch on the go for Tommy Morton

Tommy Morton loves camping and the outdoors. Geocaching is one of his many outdoor and adventurist pursuits.

An experienced expedition leader, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, he’s also a student of the lost art of ‘natural navigation’. So whether finding his way by the sun and wind or using the most up-to-date geospatial technology, he’s happiest navigating on a hillside or sleeping under the stars.

“I find geocaching perfectly complements any camping trip, as you’re rarely more than a mile away from a hidden cache in the UK. It’s a global activity, so you’re not restricted to the UK either,” says Tommy. “Although the treasure you seek is fairly minimal, a few cheap toys or trinkets to be swapped, the buzz from a successful find is what really counts.”

Generally placed in an area of significance – a hidden viewpoint, an overgrown drover’s track or long forgotten standing stones – you’ll be taken to places that would never normally be on your camping agenda.

Getting started with geocaching

Geocaching is suitable for all ages and abilities, the caches are graded in difficulty of search and terrain so you know what you’re getting into. A great starting point is the book Geocaching in the UK. And we’ve suggested a few other books and bits and pieces below (including a very affordable GPS receiver).

Books & Gear

Garmin eTrex 10 Outdoor Handheld GPS Unit, Black/Yellow
Geocaching Journal: Where will your adventure take you?
Hide and Seek: Life Lessons of a Geocacher
Geocaching in the UK: A Step by Step Guide to High-Tech Treasure Hunting with a GPS (Techniques)
Ultimate Stealth Geocache SEVEN Pack Ready To Hide with Waterproof Log Sheets
AllCachedUp Geocaching Essentials Kit with Log Sheets, Books, Bags, Pens, Pencils & Tweezers

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