Best GPS unit for Geocaching - as of August 2023
In this video review we look at the range of Garmin GPS units what are the options and also what is the best GPS unit for Geocaching.
We start off in the video with the complete range of Garmin GPS units and filter these down according to the best features they have for Geocaching.
What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunting game that combines outdoor exploration, technology, and community engagement.
Participants, known as geocachers, use GPS devices or smartphone apps to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches," at specific locations marked by coordinates all around the world.
These caches can vary in size from tiny containers holding only a logbook to larger containers filled with trinkets and treasures.
Geocaching enthusiasts embark on a quest to locate these hidden treasures, following clues, deciphering puzzles, and often enjoying the scenic beauty of the great outdoors.
The activity fosters a sense of adventure, encourages physical activity, and connects like-minded individuals through a shared love for exploration and discovery.
Things to consider when looking for the best GPS unit for Geocaching
- Screen size of the GPS
- Can the unit do 'live geocaching' or can you can only download the caches using a PC/ Mac
- Battery life - built in battery or AA batteries
- Your budget
Some of the other key questions to think about when Geocaching with a GPS unit.
- Where do you download geocaches from?
The majority of Geocaching takes place through a company called Groundspeak.
Groundspeak operates the Geocaching.com website, which is the largest and most well-known platform for listing and finding geocaches.
The website provides tools for creating and managing geocaches, as well as guidelines for responsible geocaching.
- Can you log your geocaches found?
Geocachers log their finds on Geocaching.com, sharing their experiences and discoveries. Additionally, Groundspeak introduced trackable items, such as Travel Bugs and GeoCoins, which can be moved from cache to cache and tracked online as they travel.
If your GPS unit has the ability to do 'live geocaching' your GPS is synced with your Geocaching.com account and does this automatically.
- Is Geocaching with a GPS unit free?
Yes it is, but Groundspeak, who runs Geocaching.com offers a Premium Membership option on Geocaching.com. This subscription provides additional features and benefits, such as access to advanced search filters, notifications, and exclusive caches.