Books that have influenced my love for Geocaching…
Truth be told I’m a bit of a bookworm so I love finding a cache that gives me a chance to do a bit of research on a new subject. Mystery/puzzle caches tend to open the door to discovering something new and over the past year I’ve learnt about the Inca Empire, the history of the Olympics (thanks to the Geocaching Olympic Rings series), Vigenère ciphers, Rot1 ciphers, cricket scoring (much to MrBizkitz approval), OS map techniques and various other interesting little facts which may come in handy if I ever go on Pointless!
There have been quite a few books which have shaped me as a person and increased my addiction for travelling so in this page I thought I’d share some of the interesting books that have either inspired me or helped me with Geocaching in some way.
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Bill Bryson’s – A Walk in the Woods
I suppose I should start with my favourite book, Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods in which Bill attempts to take on one of the most challenging walks in the world, a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It’s definitely one of the greatest ‘mzadventures‘ I’ve ever read and the temptation to attempt the walk myself has haunted the canals of my mind ever since that first read. It’s now become one of those ‘if I ever won the lotto‘ adages, a proverb in my self conscious mind that one day I might have enough money to get out there and do it, a pipe dream if you will. What actually surprised me when I checked out geocaches along the route is that there aren’t too many listed which just goes to show how deserted the trail actually is. No wonder Bill had so many worries about the bears…once you’re out there you are so well hidden from humanity that any form of rescue could take days and as you’re totally exposed to all of natures beasts it could only take a chance meeting for a potential disaster to occur….scary thoughts indeed! Bill’s style of writing is so perfect it’s something that I can only aspire to but his calamities strike me as all to familiar when out Geocaching and so I thought this book should definitely be included for anyone considering taking on some of those 5 terrain’s….
Before setting off for the Lakes I popped into my local library to have a look for some books on places we could visit whilst we were there and found The Best of Britain: The Lake District. Accessible and contemporary guides by local experts by Lesley Anne Rose, Great Breaks: Lake District Insight Guides, Lonely Planet: The Lake District and The Rough Guide to The Lake District.
- My personal favourite turned out to be ‘The Best of Britain: The Lake District‘, with great photos and insightful interviews from the local residents it was brilliant for picking up useful information on where to head to in the area. It also had what to do in wet weather tips, which thankfully we didn’t need but were a great addition to the book. Out of the ones I took out from the library I’d rate it 5/5.
- The ‘Great Breaks: Lake District‘ book was lightweight and perfect if your intention was to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. It had manageable tourist routes with some nice ideas of what you could do along the way but overall it wasn’t as interesting at the first one so I’d give it a 3/5.
- Lonely Planet’s offering was, as expected, another good book with specific walks and mapped routes which was perfect for when we were climbing Scafell Pike. Lonely Planet guides are also great for reviews and would’ve been helpful if we’d decided to stay in hotels, I’d give it a 4/5.
- Finally ‘The Rough Guide to the Lake District‘ was very similar to the Lonely Planet guide, you could get either and get roughly the same information but I’d say the Lonely Planet one was slightly more helpful so I’d give it a 3.5/5.