What about geocaching?Geocaching on public lands, and in designated wilderness, is a growing activity as evidenced by the number of locations and trends documented at: http://www.geocaching.com. Many people enjoy downloading information on a geocache site and then using their orienteering skills and global positioning systems (GPS) units to find the site. Both urban and remote geocache sites exist but in many cases the more remote locations, such as those in wilderness, are the most popular with those seeking to enjoy the outdoors.
Wilderness managers have seen an increase in geocaching activity in many areas, despite the general prohibition of geocache placement in designated wilderness. While wilderness is for the 'use and enjoyment' of the public the practice of locating geocaches in wilderness can lead to social trail development and resource degradation that would not otherwise not occur. In addition, most managers consider geocaches as abandoned property or litter and therefore, they are not allowed in wilderness.
Information and education efforts have proven successful in some areas where managers have contacted cache owners or worked with web site providers to discourage geocaches in wilderness and encourage use of Leave No Trace techniques when visiting wilderness. Oftentimes, acceptable non-wilderness locations can be found for geocaches in areas where resource damage is minimal or can be mitigated.