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Pastimes : Geocaching

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From: Road Walker4/5/2009 11:03:48 AM
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If anyone ever wanted to try geocaching, the iPhone app was just updated and it is phenomenal. It is now the best app I have an shows the capability of the iPhone better than any other.

Normally to geocache you need to look up the 'hides' on a computer at geocaching.com then print them. You then take the paper and your GPS (probably cost you $120) and refer back and forth. Lots on money and time.

With the iPhone you search for geocaches near you and it gives you a list. Or you can see them on a map as points around your present location. When you select one it draws a map to that location; when you get close you change to compass mode and it brings you to within ~5-15 feet. You can read the description and the hint and the recent logs on the iPhone.

Seriously better than anything ever for geocaching. Not a little better, a whole LOT better. The only compromise is that a dedicated GPS will get you a little closer and some work better with tree cover.

The app is $9.99, and worth every cent if you want to give geocaching a try one afternoon. Some people get seriously addicted to geocaching, some do it once in a while (me), and some think it's really, really stupid. To each his own.

But the iPhone was made for geocaching and geocaching was made for the iPhone. GPS, Internet, and maps all combine for a great experience well very executed by whoever wrote the app.
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