Welcome to CarolinaCacher

Welcome to my CarolinaCacher site. I'm Randy Hefner. My caching screen name on GPSgames, Geocaching, and TerraCaching, is RanHefner. I have been caching since June 24, 2005.

You may be asking, "What is caching?" You would probably know it as Geocaching. Geocaching is the combination of technology, outdoor activities, and treasure hunting. You use a GPSr (Global Positioning System receiver) to locate hidden containers of different sizes and shapes. All cache containers will contain a log (piece of paper, notepad, or notebook) to document your finding of the cache. Some containers are large enough to contain trinkets for trading. The rule is that you take somthing and leave something.

There are many handheld GPS receivers on the market ranging from around $75 to over $400! All of them will get you started with geocaching. The more expensive ones are good for geocaching and road navigation. The two most popular companies offering GPS receivers are Garmin and Magellan.

Garmin offers a GPS Guide For Beginners. It is a little "technical", but does offer a lot of great information about how the Global Positioning System works.

The online "How To" manual, wikiHow, offers a very good guide to geocaching. This is a good article for beginners. This article takes you step-by-step from selecting a GPS receiver and how to log your find.

A good place to start is to join a local caching club. There are several in the Carolinas. If you live in North Carolina, you should join the North Carolina Geocachers Organization. This "club" is for everyone in North Carolina or anyone interested in caching in NC.

If you live in the foothills area of North Carolina, there is a group for you! The NC Foothills Geocachers is affiliated with the NCGO above, but is targeted towards the members living in the foothills.

If you live in the Asheville area of North Carolina there is a Yahoo! Group called Western NC Geocaching.

If you live in the upstate of South Carolina, there is an organization for you. The Upstate South Carolina Geocachers Association covers the 10 counties in the northwest portion of South Carolina.

There are two South Carolina state-wide geocaching organizations. South Carolina Geocachers Association and South Carolina Society of Geocaching.

Join the organization that best fits your needs and participate in their events. You will get more out of geocaching by making new geocaching friends!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CITO Coordinator for NCFG.

The "North Carolina Foothills Geocachers" have been sponsoring and coordinating CITO events in the City of Hickory parks for some time now. The Parrotheads have been shouldering the responsibility since we started. They have done a magnificent job, but decided to turn the reigns over to someone to carry on that responsibility. That someone is me!

CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) is a service provided by geocachers. It is a way of paying back the community for letting us play on their playgrounds. It is a valuable service and is one of the things that define us as geocachers.

CITO not only cleans the environment in which we play, but it also allows us to say why geocaching is a good thing when talking to state and local governments. With the explosion of new geocachers and geocaches, some state and local governments may have to face the reality of restricting some geocaching activity. We have a stronger position when we can say what we do to benefit our area.

The City of Hickory has been very pleased with our efforts in the city parks. In return, we have been given, for the most part, a free hand in using these parks for geocaching. We are important to the city park system! Let's keep it that way.

The Parrotheads have done a great job and I will use their examples along with some other (not better) ideas for trying to keep our group active. After all, geocaching is supposed to be fun!

I am open to any suggestions you may have. You can email me at the link at the top of this blog or call me at 828-394-GPS-1 (4771).

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