Presents: Geocaching Without GPS

Uploaded by GoGeocaching on 01.12.2011

ED: When I was in grade school I guess I started getting interested in maps.
And I drew maps of my grandfathers farm
and I crawled around in old abandoned coal mines and I mapped those.
And by high school I’m looking for trout streams that nobody else knew about
so I would study topographic maps and go find those places
Just maps all the time.
My name is Ed Scott and my geocaching name is edscott.
I have found in the neighborhood of 2700 or 2800 geocaches without a GPS.
I try to do as many as I can strictly with a map.
Okay were starting down the abandoned road toward the Birdsboro Reservoir.
There’s a lot of geocaches around so it's great place to be.
Right now we are here and the cache that we’re headed for is over here,
and the best route would be to go around the hill to avoid the climb.
look for a lot of signs along the way
people put the rock upside down when they put it back you know the moss is on the bottom - nope that doesn't work, so...
And we’ll switch to this map which is a closer view
and it's also the satellite image which gives us a lot more detail.
and we’ll be at the end of this lake and looking at the scale, that’s about...
oh, a 100 meters or so.
and there’s a point of coniferous that runs out into here
so if we would walk out through the pines until we get to the end of the pines,
we should be at the cache.
Okay, one important thing when you're using a map
is to always orient the map with the ground.
as I change direction, like this,
I move the… I keep the map the same way,
so it's always oriented to North
If you’re standing right here and you look up,
you can see coniferous and deciduous.
This ends up as a line between the two
and so you know right now you’re right on that line.
So we are now on this point right here
looking through the evergreens across the water.
You can see an area that’s very smooth and green.
and if you look in the distance you can see a grassy area over there.
So from here we can plan the rest of our route.
Alright we’ve arrived at the upper end of the lake,
we have the creek going down this way into the lake
we have the trail or the path right here
So we’re at what we would call our attack point.
We’re going to go now on a compass bearing in that direction for about 100 meters
and we should come up with the cache.
Okay, well we’ve come in about a 100 steps.
and if you look back this direction, you’ll see evergreen trees.
and if you look right in here – you see the last evergreen in the row.
So that tells you that the cache probably is very close to right here.
And of course the pile of sticks gives it away anyway.
In the beginning I preferred to do it this way because I really wanted to find these caches,
and I wasn’t sure the GPS was necessary because I was finding without it.
And then after that it became well people expect me not to have a GPS,
so that’s what I’ll keep on doing, you know.
As I get older and want to see more places
a GPS may get me to some places I wouldn’t otherwise get to or wouldn’t be able to get to.
I’ll never convert a hundred percent,
but I’ll probably end up using a GPS more now, yeah.
I just enjoy the challenge of finding them with a map and compass.