This is a guest post contributed by Daniela Baker.
With more than 5 million people participating in geocaching, you may be one of them or you’re interested in this fun sport. Geocaching using your iPhone is the best way to do this without spending money on extra equipment. If you have a WIFI enabled iPad there are great apps for you too!
Geocaching is like treasure hunting. Only you are using the internet and GPS to locate the caches. These caches are generally a small box with a log book and some other trinkets. Caches are located all over the world in over 100 countries.
Geocaching Apps on iPhone and iPad
To participate Geocaching on iPhone and iPad, check out these great apps:
Geocaching – From the industry leaders, Groundspeak, is one of the best out. It’s easy to use and there’s a free Intro version. The intro version will lead you through the first 3 geocache experiences. After you’ve finished those, the full version is $9.99.
Geocaching is linked to the website also named geocaching. This membership based site provides you with a database of worldwide geocaches. In addition, they provide challenges and information on cache events. There are also blogs and a community area for sharing finds.
Geocaching with Geosphere – This iPhone app is for those that are familiar with geocaching already. It allows you to store info offline as well as use your iPhone to navigate to caches. This app runs $7.99.
Geocache Locator – Works with iPhone and iPad with WIFI and it is $.99. This app allows you to post your geocaches on Facebook. Import GPX and LOC files from geocache websites using built-in browser.
iGeocacher – Is another app for both iPhone and WIFI enabled iPads. It runs a bit higher at $14.99. The higher price may be justified by the fact that it integrates with several databases. This is referred to as ‘true offline’ paperless geocaching.
MotionX GPS – More of a GPS than some of the others listed here but works well. It has really high reviews in the app store and runs $2.99. You can download and store maps for offline access as well. Cyclists love this app too.
Cache Me – This free app is a client used with opencache.com. Opencache.com is another database of geocaching information. It automatically matches caches in and around your local area. Shows them on a map and gives information about the cache.
Geocaching Buddy – Add cache information from geocache database and off you go. This app even tracks your parking spot so you can find your way back. Runs $9.99 and with more than 4 stars rating on the app store.
More geocaching apps are coming out all the time. Check these apps out while on your next find. A big consideration is whether you can download the cache information directly to the app or if you have to enter it manually. Some of these apps can also be used for non-cache finding GPS.
This is a guest post written by Daniela Baker. Daniela Baker is a tech savvy mom and loves shopping. She is also a social media advocate at CreditDonkey — helping tech fans find credit card deals so they can shop more while spending less.
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