Win a Garmin eTrex Handheld GPS with Open Caching

If you are a keen geocacher then you will probably already be aware of Garmin’s Open Caching website.  It might be that you don’t even know what geocaching is – scroll down to the bottom of the article for  a brief explanation to bring you up to speed – however, if you do actively geocache then Garmin are giving users the opportunity to win a brand new eTrex handheld GPS.

From Monday the 30th of July to September the 2nd 2012 geocaching groups have the opportunity to win Garmin GPS Chirp devices via the website.  It’s pretty simple to enter, all you need to do is sign-up to their competition.  If you don’t know what a Chirp device is then please check out the video below and this tells you everything that you need to know – they are ideal for geocachers who want to take their adventures and geocache hunting that step further.

The Garmin Chirp Wireless Beacon

Win a Garmin eTrex 30 Handheld GPS Device

Garmin eTrex Handheld GPSIn addition to that, during this same competition period all people who upload a geocache to Open Caching will have the opportunity to win an eTrex 30 GPS handheld.  Winners will be drawn at random and there are five eTrex devices in total in the prize draw.

What is Geocaching?

In simple terms, geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that is done using GPS technology and handhelds.  This is a really good outdoor activity and hobby for families who want to get into the outdoors and stretch their legs.  There are thousands of caches located all over the world – you can check now to see if there are any near you.  Fellow geocachers hide caches and when you find them you can add your own treasure or notes to the box for the next person.  There’s a video below which tells you a bit more.

Geocaches come in different sizes and shapes and it’s easy to get started.  All you need is a compatible Garmin GPS handheld and an account on Open Caching.  Once you are ready to go there is plenty of information available on the web as well as loads of online communities with people prepared to help you get started.

Geocache coordinates are loaded onto the Open Caching website as well as small details and clues to help you find them.  All you need to do is sync this information up with your Garmin handheld and away you go.  Please note, that if you want to remove treasure from a cache then you should always leave something else in there of your own for the next geocacher to find.

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