Navigators is an outdoor activity group who enjoy exploring both countryside and urban areas using handheld trekking GPS units for Geocaching. It is useful for Navigators to have their own GPS, or a geocaching-enabled smartphone, but it is not essential. A typical countryside Navigators outing would involve searching for a series or circuit of geocaches, while a typical urban Navigators outing might involve finding one or more multi-caches as well as traditional geocaches. Our activities may include other outdoor activities not requiring the use of a GPS for navigation and will also include social activities for the group, such as Geocaching Events.
As our activities include walking on varied terrain and negotiation of stiles and other obstacles requiring climbing ability, an appropriate standard of physical fitness is required. Navigators are required to be fit enough to walk, unaided, for 5 miles across varied terrain in 2 hours, which equates to walking at an average speed of 2.5mph on surfaces which may include muddy paths and steep inclines. We like to consider group safety and the environment, as well as positive experiences for both the group members and those around us, so each Navigator outing will generally be limited to parties of no more than 10 people.
Navigators is an Improvers/Intermediate group for people who already have Geocaching experience, or perhaps some experience of relevant navigational activities such as letterboxing, setting treasure hunts and similar activities. If you would like to view our past activities then our geocaching.com name is WkmU3A. We welcome new members who meet the above fitness and experience criteria, and we may also include trial sessions for beginners in our programme from time to time – please contact the Group leaders using the “Contact this group” button on the right of this page.
Note: All Navigators correspondence is by email.