I have enjoyed Geocaching™ for a very long time. But geocaching.com will not let you “advertize” anything through their caches. So, I thought it would be good to have an open system of caching. That is what we have achieved here with Creation Caching – an open source system of caching, fully compatible with any caching apparatus and applications that you might already have.
In view of the interest that Creation caching has generated, it now has its own website. All Creation caches from this site have been moved there.
What is Creation Caching?
That first sentence might not make sense to you, if you have never come across any form of caching before. Basically, caching is a high-tech form of treasure-hunting. What you are hunting for is a Creation Cache. Here's one.
What is it? Well, inside are a number of items.
You will find an information leaflet about creation caching (we also tell you about the original website, geocaching.com). There is a log book and pencil, so that you can record the date and time of your finding the cache – and any other information, if you like. Please do this. It is part of the fun of the game. You will also find some little swappable items. You are welcome to take one of these, but ONLY if you put something of yours in the cache to replace it. If you get the chance, it would also be fun if you record a comment about your visit to the cache on the cache's page on this website.
How do you find a cache?
Each cache has a page on this website. The page gives longitude and latitude co-ordinates for the cache. If you have a detailed map, then this might be a low-tech way of caching. However, most of us use GPS systems. You could use a hand-held GPS system, such as a Garmin eTrex device. But many of us have smartphones, which contain GPS locating equipment. So, you could use your smartphone, if you have a suitable app.
With any of the above, you could simply program the longitude and latitude into the device. However, most of us find it easier to use special files, which contain all the necessary information. These files either have a .loc (less information) or .gpx (more information) extension. This file needs to be copied on to your eTrex, by the USB connector, or on to your smartphone, by USB or other method. Although this can be done using Windows directories, it is often easier to use a program to do it for you. EasyGPS will find the .gpx files on your Windows PC and easily transfer them to any device that is plugged in via USB. If you are using a phone, get a simple app that can import and read your own .gpx files. CacheSense does this on Androids, while Looking4Cache is a good option on iPhone/iPad.
Many of our caches are in areas near Mount St Helens, where there is no cellphone signal. So, you would be best advised to download several caches, and store them on your device. Your smartphone will still be able to use its GPS for location purposes, even if there is no cellphone signal.
So – your GPS device, or your smartphone app, will guide you to the cache that you are looking for. GPS systems are accurate to within 10 feet – but that still leaves you with at least 100 sq ft of area to search. So, don't expect the cache to be at the exact point stated on your GPS.
List of Creation Caches
The Creation Cache Plugin
I needed a Wordpress plugin to power my Creation Caching system. However, I could not find such a plugin, so I decided to write my own. I am quite pleased with it, but I am sure it contains bugs, so please check on it for me. If anything on this site does not work properly, please let me know.
If you want to try making a caching site for yourself, the plugin is available at my development site, Old Castle Web Services.