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Geocaching in Dordogne

Equipped with a Hiking GPS and the map of the Country of Fortified Towns, go to the discovery of numerous "caches" buried near a dolmen, near a wash house, near a chapel or a panorama...

Play the discovery of our out of the ordinary heritage, en famille, by crisscrossing the roads and the paths of Dordogne. Geocaching will make your children like strolls.

What is geocaching ?

The geoseekers are invited to take one object from the cache on the condition to leave one in exchange. Small toys or worthless trinkets generally constitute the content of a typical geocache. Some leave also there their visiting card, a small amount in coins or banknotes and other souvenirs. Food goods are generally banned as they can attract animals. Things left in the cache must not be hazardous or illegal (no ammunitions or pocket knives, for example).

It is a recreation consisting in using the technique of geopositioning by satellite (GPS) to search for or to hide a container (called « cache » or « geocache ») in various locations throughout the world. A typical geocache is made of a sturdy watertight container containing a visitor's log and one or many « treasures », generally worthless trinkets.

An explanatory note generally accompanies the cache, describing geocaching to the lays and inviting them to leave the cache in place and to participate to the activity. Typical containers are generally boxes of the kind Tupperware, ammunitions boxes, or even simply small metallic sweet boxes or negative film capsules converted into « micro caches ». The latter one are privileged for urban geocaching, which necessitate a more clever curious-people-proof camouflage than caches in countryside. The challenge for the cache creator is to find a place that other geoseekers could find but that other visitors (and potential vandals) could not notice easily. The cache relates generally to a location selected by its creator for its geographical value (the walk to find the cache, or the view from the cache), historical, cultural, scientific or sentimental.

Geocaching in the Purple Périgord

Nearly ten caches are present within a 30km radius from the Le Moulin de David campsite and 138 within a 50km radius. One more opportunity to discover en famille the heritage of the Country of Fortified Towns.

At the reception of the Le Moulin de David campsite you will find the list of the caches present in the Country of Fortified Towns and the information allowing you to practice this activity which will make the parents and also the children happy.

The jargon of geocaching

Geocaching has its own vocabulary and many acronyms.

Here are the main ones :
  • GEOMOLDUS : designates the lays
  • TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing) and its French equivalent « RPRL » (Rien pris rien laissé)
  • TFTC (Thanks For The Cache), « MPLC » (Merci pour la cache) in French
  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Pen), or « AVPC » (Apportez votre propre crayon)
  • FTF (First To Find), in French : le premier trouveur d'une cache, en français « PAT » (Premier À Trouver), in French
  • FTL (First To Lose)

c:geo l'appli pour Smartphone

Pour utilisez l'appli c:geo pour androïd (que vous trouverez sur Play Store) vous devez d'abord vous enregistrez en créant un compte (gratuitement) sur le site geocaching.com. Vous devrez saisir ces mêmes identiifants pour utiliser l'appli c:geo qui devra se connecter à geocaching.com.

Vous aurez ainsi toutes les infos pour partir à la découverte des caches situées à proximité de votre lieu de séjour (localisation GPS, descritpif et type de la cache, etc ...

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