Joined: Aug. 2001
||Posted: Mar. 12 2002,9:16 am
First, get an idea of what you're getting into. If the cache description doesn't spell out terrain and distance, check a topo map and decide if the hike is within your comfort zone. I've turned back a few times when it became apparent that I was only half way up a 45 degree slope with a quarter mile to go to the cache; I'm not in bad shape for an old fogey, but I ain't stupid!
Spend some time learning the basics of how to use your GPSR before heading out the first time. I did a couple of hunts that were much more difficult than necessary before I learned the Mag 315 could be set to three decimal places instead of the default two places. Also, take a compass; the GPSR will give you a bearing to the cache, but if you're stopped or not moving in a straight line the compass is a lot more accurate in telling you which way to go. And it doesn't need batteries.
If the hunt is more than just a walk in the park, take a friend, or at least communications (cellphone or radio). And remember to set a waypoint where you parked.
And, of course, the same stuff you'd take on any hike, plus spare batteries. And don't forget the trinkets to swap!
"If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost!"