Geocaching has come a long way since it started in 2000. There are many enthusiasts around the world adding to this activity and there are now 2,104,757 active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide according to It is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. A great activity you can share with the family. You can walk, bike, or drive to a hidden cache nearby or anywhere you choose.

You can use your GPS equipped smartphone for this but a purpose built hiking GPS has which is waterproof and impact resistant is more suitable for this purpose. Choose one with a large enough screen size like the 3″ Garmin Oregon 650t. The screen is bright and you can perform pinch gestures for zooming. It is also possible to interact with the touch display while wearing gloves.

For the budget conscious Garmin has the eTrex range. Although they have smaller screen sizes they look more rugged. The top of the range eTrex 30 even comes with wireless capability to share waypoints, routes and geocaches with other similar devices. These units have thumb sticks and zoom buttons that makes navigating with gloves a breeze.

Garmin eTrex30 Handheld GPS
Garmin eTrex30 Handheld GPS

Garmin handheld devices also have a microSD card slot and plenty of internal memory to allow you to load TOPO 24K maps. Most handhelds use AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable NiMH), though the Garmin Montana line use a single lithium-ion battery.

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