PETER BARRETT GEOCACHING GEOCACHE camel’s hump, Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called “geocaches” or “caches”) anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and “treasure,” usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. Today, well over 350000 geocaches are currently placed in 222 countries around the world, which are registered on various websites devoted to the sport. History Similar to the 150-year-old letterboxing, which uses references to landmarks and clues embedded in stories, geocaching was made possible by the removal of selective availability from GPS on May 1, 2000. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon. The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav. By May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once (by Mike Teague of Vancouver, Washington). [edit] Origin of the name The activity was originally referred to as GPS stash hunt or gpsstashing. This was changed after a discussion in the gpsstash discussion group at eGroups (now Yahoo!). On May 30, 2000, Matt Stum suggested that “stash” could have negative connotations, and suggested instead “geocaching.”[1] [edit] Geocaches Geocache Loonse en Drunense Duinen in The Netherlands Geocache Loonse en Drunense Duinen
Video Rating: 0 / 5