To go geocaching all you need is a gps or a smartphone, so it's really a low equipment sport/game and anyone can join in. We have even seen examples of people finding geocaches just by the help of free online map services (for instance google maps). It can all be done quite inexpensively!
But after a while something happens, doesn't it? You want to be able to find (and hide) geocaches in all possible weathers and terrains, don't you? Why let a bit of water (=a large lake), a height (=a rock wall), a tree (=the highest pine or spruce in the country) or a dark tunnel (=a cave, drainpipe, abandoned building or any old creapy place)
After almost two years of geocaching we have been able to stock up on the bare essentials! Let's just go back to where it all started!
You have to be able to go out in all types of weather, don't you? Rainwear, winter clothes (we love our balaclavas by the way, there's nothing better when it's -30), sun hats (no, not yet...) and so on. And all types of terrain should be conquered, shouldn't it? Then really good outdoor clothes is needed (shoes, pants, jackets... the works!), clothes in green (everyday hunter-style), beige (desert hunter style?) or gray (pavement hunter?) is most common (I found one pair of screaming red outdoor pants once, but one wouldn't want to stick out to much, would one?). When there is a geocaching event in town, you can really tell who's a geocacher just by the clothes!! (Sorry, it's true!)
Sometimes you go geocaching spontaneously and try to walk through woodlands in all sort of clothes. This summer I found a cache wearing my party shoes. Not recommended, but the cache was found anyway!
1. Flashlights (Darkness)
Yes, we have ridiculously many flashlights, but you've got to, don't you? And they have to shine very brightly and very far, and not cost you an arm, a leg and a car. We've bought most of our flashlights at dealextreme.com, and they're all still working (even the one that's been out swimming with Markus one late-late night)!
The flashlights have been described earlier in this blog, I won't bother you with more info (or should I ask Markus to... no, not today )
2. Ladders (Height)
Some people put geocaches reeeaaally high up. You can try to jump, but that gets tiring after a while. What you really need is a ladder, isn't it? A ladder that can be carried sometimes a really long way. Telescopic ladders is the geocachers choice (at least in our neck of the woods), and it should be as long as possible (what else...?)
3. Fishing equipment (Some water)
No, we don't like fishing, but we have some fishing equipment, you've got to... don't you? If there's just some water you'll need rubber boots. If there's a bit more water you need wading boots. Wading boots are not very sexy, are they? But good.... I think? Unless you get water in them... then they're really rubbish
Fishing rods are also useful, to reach high... not necessarily in water
4. Canoes and boats (More water...)
We borrowed my brothers canoe last autumn - and he hasn't gotten it back yet. He will soon... eventually... One thing should be told about canoes: they can tip over (especially if you try to land in them after having rapelled down a wall) - so make sure everything in the canoe is securely fastened as to prevent things from "getting lost" (in the middle of the night, in a bottomless hole filled with water...). Just last week we bought another canoe (green) to get our hands on a cart for the canoe we've borrowed (one of the things that got lost). Cart aquired, canoe sold... so now we only have one canoe available again ("one is all you need really...")
As we like buying things that are on sale (who doesn't? ) we are now the owners of a new inflatable boat with an electrical motor (Did we need it? Of cooouuurse we did...? )
5. Rapelling & climbing (Much higher)
If you really want to buy stuff (what we, no!?), what you need to do is go higher... higher... and higher, and then (if you're afraid of heights) try to not look down. Climbing and rapelling is the mother-of-all equipment swallowers. You need, ehm... let's see, ropes, ropes, metal thingies, ropes (be afraid, be very very afraid). A picture might tell it all, don't you think?
6. Other things (for fun?)
Of course there are several tools (pliers, multi tools, grip/claw things) that has been bought and used (at least once?). One thing we haven't used (for geocaching) yet is this (sorry, don't know the name for it in swedish or english )
Is it enough now, how much do you really need? I don't know, if there's a sale in town you never know what can be purchased to use for geocaching. We just can't help it. Actually, perhaps there should be a warning sign somewhere: "if you like buying things just for fun, this game can be hazardous to the state of your finances"
Anyway - now you have been warned