Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt, in which the geocacher uses a GPS application (typically a smart phone or a handheld GPS) to locate "caches" typically consisting of a small container with a trinket and a paper log to sign. Caches are located all over the world, and hundreds of thousands of people engage in geocaching each week. The purpose of the Geocaching for Exercise and Activity Research (GEAR) Study is to determine how much physical activity is done while geocaching.

Participation in the GEAR Study concluded in February 2014. To read more about the study, please check out the GEAR Executive Summary here.

The GEAR Study was highlighted at the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on November 6, 2013. To view the GEAR presentation, click here.

If you are a participant in GEAR or would like to request more information about the study, please contact the study's Co-Principal Investigator, Ms. Whitney Garney at 979-862-1212 or wrgarney@srph.tamhsc.edu.