Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Geocaching with Scampbeast.

I had tried Geo-caching on a whim last week, not to successfully I must say, but I had a notion to try it again and so panned to go out and see if I had any success, then I can take out Bob and Fifi and have some fun with them. 

So when a local Facebook friend of mine also said she fancied trying it we decided to meet up and see what we could do. So we decided on ten locally that went round in a circle from where we were starting. 

We printed off the directions and the hints and clues and set off. 

we hunted under rocks

and in the base of trees. 

and we hunted up high
But for the first two we could find no trace of whatsoever. We hit on two problems, firstly we were under trees and the phone coverage was not good on Scampbeast's phone and on mine the caches were just not showing at all.I could not understand this as when I had first tried it even under tree coverage I had managed fine, but then I was over 600ft higher up.   We spent over an hour looking for the first two with no luck. We were grateful at this point that we had not brought the children as they would have been fed up.

 Until eventually we managed to find one. This was the third cache we looked for,  it was camouflaged and up in a tree right round the back, May well be harder to find in the summer. This gave us a huge psychological boost and the will to go on.

removing the cache from its hiding place

they all have their name written in them
So we wandered back to where we had left the car and set off to our next destination, Rozelle Park. Thanks again to Scampbeasts phone we managed to find the two that were available.

behind a rock and under a tree

with its name on. 

the second one was in a crack in a tree, looked like a match box from the side

a proper geocache with just enough room in for a wee log book

so we signed the sheets

and I have signed into the programme with my blog name. 

From here we heading back round to Castlehill woods, this was proved more of a challenge as even Scambeasts phone struggled, mine by this point was hopeless. The second one that was up there we could not get to show so we gave up on it.

a camouflaged camera film canister

sadly the paper was wet and unusable

As you can see my phone just would not show the cache points for whatever reason. It would not track my distance either. Any body any idea why?

Unlike Scampbeasts which showed the cache as circles and where we were as a blue arrow.

This does have its upside, it got us out and walking and seeing some of the wildlife in the local area.

a bird enjoying the sun

and squirrels up trees

We did enjoy our session, but next time we are going to try more open areas, find some of the caches, and then take the kids to ones we have previously found and give them some fun and a sense of achievement.

Anybody else ever tried it? If so how did you get on.

fun as a gran


  1. Have not tried geocaching before...might have a wee look. Thanks for suggesting!

  2. Ahh I jumped straight in with the kids, we didn't find them all but as long as you tie in other things like parks and play areas, it's still great fun. We may call back on some of our past finds at some point to see if they're still there and if there's anything else to swap !

  3. Looks like you had a great time, well done on finding so many!!! x

  4. We didn't find the first 2 we looked for and the kids were getting a little fed up but loved it when we found the next two. I think we may all have the bug now!


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