2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Geocaching With 411 Horsepower
August 03, 2010
Our family discovered geocaching (a worldwide electronic version of hide-and-seek via GPS) a few weeks ago when we took a 2011 Infiniti QX56 to Mammoth Lakes, California. Turns out, for the iPhone at least, there's actually an app for that -- a very good one. Said app is called, plainly enough, "Geocaching".
It works really well, except for the part where there's no AT&T coverage -- 3G or otherwise -- anywhere close to my parents' place here in rural coastal Oregon. Geocaching here can lead you far off the grid, so a real hand-held GPS unit is a must. A 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor doesn't hurt, either.
The thing on the tailgate was this particular cache's target. Shelby is logging it as "found" in the Garmin handheld, after which she'll open the container, sign the logbook, then replace it where it was hidden.
It's great fun and good exercise. Geocaching turns out to be a great way to get videogame aficianados, math heads and desk-bound tech geeks alike out into the wilderness. Raptor not required, but fresh batteries and sturdy shoes certainly are.
Sound interesting? Check out www.geocaching.com to get started.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,943 miles