- Letterboxing is an intriguing mix of treasure hunting, rubber stamp artistry, navigation, and exploring interesting, scenic, and sometimes remote places.
Here's the basic idea: Someone hides a waterproof container (box or zip baggie) somewhere (in a beautiful, interesting, or remote location) containing at least a logbook and a handcarved rubber stamp, and perhaps other goodies. The hider then usually writes directions or "clues", which can be straightforward, cryptic, or any degree in between. Often the clues involve map coordinates or compass bearings from landmarks, but they don't have to. Selecting a location and writing the clues is one aspect of the art.
Once the clues are written, hunters in possession of the clues attempt to find the box. In addition to the clue and any maps or tools needed to solve it, the hunter should carry at least a pencil, their personal rubber stamp, an inkpad, and his personal logbook. When the hunter successfully deciphers the clue and finds the box, they stamp the logbook in the box with their personal stamp, and stamps their personal logbook or journal with the box's stamp. The box's logbook keeps a record of all its visitors, and the hunters keep a record of all the boxes they have found, in their personal logbook or journal
Check it all out at:http://www.letterboxing.org/