All About WherIGo Caches


wherigoWherIGo caches are a relatively new type of geocache. Do not allow the fact that there aren’t many of these caches in existence mislead you into thinking that they aren’t totally awesome. Every WherIGo we have completed has been worth the time.

A wherigo is an interactive tour. For example, the Old Town Helena wherigo begins at the Buck Creek waterfall. When we reached the start “zone,” a bell rang to tell us to stop walking, read some information, do something, look at something, etc. From the waterfall, our tour guide led us to the oldest buildings in Helena and through the park. Each time we reached the next “zone,” a bell dinged to alert us that it was time to stop walking and do/read/see something. At the end of the wherigo, we followed a series of clues which led us to the cache. It was so much fun!

We’ve also completed wherigoes in Fort Toulouse, Camp Tranquility, and Demopolis. Karl and Uncle Richard created a wherigo that takes cachers on a tour of the University of Alabama’s antebellum history; already, it has garnered 10 favorite points. They set it up so that cachers receive a clue at each zone that will help them find the hidden cache.

Completing a WherIGo is a little more complicated than using the geocaching app and finding a cache. First, download the WherIGo app/player. Using your GC sign-in information, sign-in at wherigo.com using your smartphone. (After a year of experience, I have found that the wherigo app in my Garmin does not work. WherIGoes work best with iPhone or Android apps). Find a wherigo file (referred to as a cartridge) near you or wherever you are planning to be caching. Download the wherigo cartridge you’ve selected. To complete the cartridge, you will open it in the wherigo app and follow the instructions.

It sounds more complicated than it is. The best way to learn how to do a wherigo is to do one.

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