All The Worlds A Stage
Geocaching is a global phenomenon that sees users follow maps and coordinates to search for Geocaches: small containers containing guestbooks, puzzles, toys, trinkets and many other things.
When the game was created the founders would have had no idea that two decades later the game would be as popular as ever, nor that technology would have developed in such a way that the experience is even more accessible and dynamic.
The game uses GPS for users to locate the Geocaches, something we now all have access to in our pocket thanks to smartphones.
QR technology offers a new way to develop geocaching even further, by attaching digital content to physical objects and geocaches.
Create A Klu Cache
There are many types of geocache, so there is plenty of opportunity to be creative with Klues.
Some of the Geocache types* include:
A traditional geocache is a container with some sort of logbook.
Why not create a digital logbook that you can link to through a Klu?
You could make a Klu video introducing either yourself as the creator, or a bit about the area you have left the geocache, with a link to the logbook attached.
This gives your Geocache the personal touch, while also being informative for the geocacher who finds it.
A multi-cache has multiple steps, with each step containing coordinates for the next step, with the last container holding the logbook.
If you add a Klu to each container you have the possibility of creating an adventure for geocachers, by having videos containing information about how to find the next step.
Mystery or puzzle geocaches require geocachers to solve a mystery in order to find the physical cache, and what better way to help them than by leaving a Klu!
Perhaps they turn up to the coordinates to find a Klu attached to a piece of artwork; they then scan this to be given a riddle in a video, the answer of which tells them where the physical cache is.
Challenge geocaches work by encouraging geocachers to complete a geocache related activity or task in order to be given the location of the logbook.
Challenges include finding a certain number of caches or within a certain timeframe, usually with a link to an online challenge checker.
Klu provides a simple and easy way to connect challenges to the online challenge checker. You could even have Klu creation as part of the challenge, such as getting geocachers to create a Klu themselves at every step of the challenge.
Earthcache is a program set up by the Geological Society of America, to teach people about the geology in an area where an Earthcache is found.
Have something interesting to say about Geology? Why not upload a video explaining about the geological formation, history or rock type around your Earth cache.
You could even take inspiration from this program for other geocaches, and create informative Klues about anything from history, culture, and sport.
This article covers just some of the ways you can use Klues with geocaching to create an even more interactive and interesting experience.
For more ideas of how to use Klues in geocaching, check out our blog post about using Klues for Treasure hunts, as treasure hunts and geocaches are a match made in digital heaven.