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Guitar Jar Goes Geocaching

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Guitar Jar Goes Geocaching

Geocaching is a worldwide activity enjoyed by people of all ages, where individuals, quite literally hunt for treasure.

…If you’ve got some guitar bits n’ bobs lying around that you think other people may like, why not “anonymously” donate them to a Geocache?…

One could argue that Geocaching is a modern take on “Letterboxing”; a worldwide hobby that started way back in the mid 1800’s on Dartmoor. Back then, individuals had to use grid references and coordinates to hunt down deliberately hidden items, logging their details in an appropriately placed logbook if they successfully found the treasure.

Although Letterboxing is still popular with the traditionalists who prefer to use a compass and map, Geocaching brings the activity of Letterboxing firmly in the 21st Century. Instead of relying on a trusty compass, individuals can now use a GPS handheld device, or an iPhone (or similar) with an appropriate app installed.

How do I get started?

Geocaching.com is the first step to get you sorted. When navigating to the website, you can sign-up for free. Once you have registered, users can then simply type in a postal code in order to find the many Geocache locations nearest to that particular postal address. On successfully finding the treasure box, individuals can sign the log book (similar to Letterboxing), but also choose to take an item from the Treasure Box left by a previous visitor, replacing it with an item of similar or greater value.

If you don’t have a suitable GPS device, don’t worry. Once you log into Geocaching.com and search for any Geocaches near your desired area, an option to open a Google Map is available that gives you a rough idea of where the Geocache is located – good luck with finding the Geocache without a GPS device though!

How has Guitar Jar got involved?

Simple – at Guitar Jar, we love nothing more than to give away as many guitar related items as we can. Combining the Geocaching activity with the ideas of a) getting fit!!!, and b) giving away free guitar goodies, don’t be surprised that over the coming months, individuals will find plectrums, guitar strings, badges, stickers and many more items for guitarists to enjoy.

Why not get involved too? If you’ve got some guitar bits n’ bobs lying around that you think other people may like, why not “anonymously” donate them to a Geocache? In addition, if you’ve ever come across a Guitar Jar item in a Geocache, please let us know by adding a comment below. We’d love to know what items you’ve found and where it was located!

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