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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Saturday, November 10, 2007

GC16XRY WWFM Queen City, Charlotte, NC

On Nov. 10, 2007, there was a world wide geocaching event. Flash Mobs all over the world happened at the exact same time. Surrounding "muggles" had no idea what was happening.

This Flash Mob took place at Freedom Park in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina USA. The "Bottlecaps" did a great job planning and executing this event on this beautiful and cool day.

Take a look!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

GC13PWY / TC4MA - 3rd Annual NC Foothills Picnic in the Park

The NC Foothills Geocachers hosted the "3rd Annual Picnic in the Park". The combination Geocaching and TerraCaching event was held at Winkler Park in Hickory, NC. The event was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Parrothead.

This year was different. We had the event indoors for a change! No more heat to deal with.

There was many friends, food, and good times. Another great event by the Parrotheads.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lake James Summer Event 2007

Wrightsphoto and Catscastle hosted the Lake James Summer Event 2007...A Geocaching (GC13FY3) and TerraCaching (TC4P4) event.

I created two videos of this event. One if a photo montage and the other is a video. Here are the videos:

Photo Montage Video

Video Of Event