Geocaching

Sara DeRouchey Leader: Sara DeRouchey
Contact: geocaching@aauwprescott.net

Did you love treasure hunts when you were small? Do you like solving puzzles? If so, you’ll love geocaching! Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game. We meet as one group (which can include spouses), and then divide up into small groups of three or four to hunt for geocaches.

looking in bush

As  It’s got to be around here somewhere…

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month, and the time we meet varies by season – usually early in the morning during the warmer months, and later in the morning or sometimes in the afternoon when the weather is cold. Before or after the hunt we often gather at a nearby restaurant or coffee house to refresh and compare notes. 

Geocaching is a worldwide sport, and there are thousands of geocaches in Arizona – including more than geocaching_logo_lg32,000 within 10 miles of Prescott. We are guided to these “treasures” not with a map, but with a GPS. But don’t worry if you don’t have a GPS enabled phone or stand-alone GPS device. When we divide up into smaller groups, we make sure that at least one person in each group has a GPS device to lead the group. As mentioned above, after each hunt there is an opportunity to socialize at a nearby coffee house or restaurant to compare notes and learn from each other, and we may even engage a little bragging about our prowess at discovering the hidden caches!

Found it!

Found it!

If you are interested in joining, contact Sara DeRouchey who is the group facilitator. Besides the geocaching hunts, we also meet occasionally to learn more about operating our GPS’s/Smartphone Geocaching apps and to acquire more information about the various types of geocaches. This coming year we will also be  solving some puzzle caches together, learning more about using the Groundspeak phone app and geocachingtoolbox.com, and doing some multi-caches and letterbox hybrids too.  
Geocache Links: geocaching.com 2-minute video about geocaching 

Geocaching Group Schedule

Date / TimeMeeting PlaceSocial After GeocachingGeocachesHunt LeaderRSVP to:
Feb 8 / 9:30m
note date change
Sara DeRouchey's homePuzzle Solving and Planning for Future Geocache huntsSara DeRouchey
March 8 / 8:00am - all day outingWalmart shopping center on Iron Springs; meet near Starbucks and FedExlunch at Nichols West in CongressYarnell 19 cachesSara DeRoucheySara DeRouchey
April 12 / Time 8:30New Sprouts/Chipotle/Starbucks shopping center. Meet across from Starbucks and ChipotleTBALetterbox Hybrids all along Senator Hwy.
1. Polar Bear GCCKVE (lots of parking)
2. Teddy Bear GC6C72Z
3. Starfish GC6CG6T
4. Bunny GC6C734
5. Flower GC6FJNE This one is a 4 difficulty, so only if we have enough time. And there are 3 more down the road, but all 4 difficulty.
Mary SarwoldSara DeRouchey
May 10 / Time 8:00am
Petsmart parking area by CostcoCuppers by Trader JoesPart one: Lynx Lake and "Ruins"
GC5EW6M- Woodpecker 45's new home
GC1D1KA- AZrunner 4
GC2BHG0- AZrunner 14

GC1H2Y1- Stumped on the road to ruins
GC1FDAJ- Alligator's rest
GC1H2OH- Alligators on the road to ruin
GC1RAYA- Ruined at last

Part two: optional
Drive south on Walker Road past the Nature Center and park on the left at the pull off just across from the seven-mile gulch trailhead.
GC1FXBP- Big O
GC1FDB5- Lecture Hall
And right beside this Lecture Hall cache, an earth cache;
GC4T8RV- The Highland's Stretch Pebble Conglomerate
Linda Schmitt and Kaye ShriverSara DeRouchey
Jun 14 / 7:15amCarpool: Meet at 7:15am near Starbucks and FedEx in the Walmart Shopping Center on Iron Springs OR Meet at Mountain Valley Park in PV at 7:45am (Park is near intersection of Loos Dr. and Robert Rd. Enter from Loos Dr.)Backburner Restaurant
8400 E. Long Mesa Drive, PV
It's Classified GC 3FZKBSara DeRoucheySara DeRouchey
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