What is Geocaching?


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I presented this program at Reading Public Library on July 18, 2007, about the origins of geocaching, how to get started, and the library's very own geocaches. Enjoy!

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  • What is Geocaching?

    1. 1. What is Geocaching? Andrea Mercado Reference & Techie Librarian Reading Public Library
    2. 2. nature + tech <ul><li>Hidden caches (containers of stuff) all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>Longitude and latitude coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>GPS (Global Positioning System) devices </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking site on the web </li></ul>
    3. 3. How did it start? <ul><li>May 1, 2000: government makes GPS signals available to public </li></ul><ul><li>May 3, 2000: someone hid a ‘cache’ in Oregon. It was visited twice within 3 days and logged in the log book once. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Then what? <ul><li>Mike Teague, first geocache finder, built a web page to document the caches. </li></ul><ul><li>Jeremy Irish, Geocaching.com creator, named it ‘Geocaching’. </li></ul><ul><li>September 6, 2000: the official torch was passed to Jeremy. </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching is now in all 50 states and in over 200 countries. </li></ul>
    5. 5. OK, enough history
    6. 6. How do I get started? <ul><li>Sign up for a free account on Geocaching .com </li></ul><ul><li>Look up caches (by ZIP code, state, country, Google Maps) </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a cache (or two) </li></ul><ul><li>Enter coordinates into GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Get out and go! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Sample geocache page <ul><li>“ Get a Clue ” cache - GCWVX8 by RPLKids (Summer 2006) </li></ul>
    8. 8. What’s a GPS? <ul><li>a.k.a. GPSr ( r =receiver) </li></ul><ul><li>Tells you where you are </li></ul><ul><li>Tracks where you go </li></ul><ul><li>Stores geocache coordinates and/or prefab maps </li></ul><ul><li>DOESN’T TELL ANYONE ELSE WHERE YOU ARE </li></ul>
    9. 9. What should I take with me? <ul><li>The basics include: </li></ul><ul><li>Cache page printout </li></ul><ul><li>GPS (w/coords punched in) </li></ul><ul><li>Trinkets for the cache </li></ul><ul><li>Water & snacks! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s have a look in my geocache bag… </li></ul>
    10. 10. Printable cache page On cache page, click on: Make this page print-friendly (no logs)
    11. 11. Trinkets Some items obtained from other caches, some we added ourselves.
    12. 12. Simple Glovebox Kit A basic kit of handy stuff mini CITO kit (gloves+bag) bug block trinkets extra paper: just in case the log is full, or to help figure out clues hand wipes
    13. 13. What will I find? travel bugs microcache standard cache large cache ammo box
    14. 14. Travel Bugs Bugs travel from cache to cache. See http://www.geocaching.com/track/travelbugfaq. aspx . Bugs tags outlined in orange
    15. 15. What do I do? <ul><li>Take something from the cache. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave something in the cache. </li></ul><ul><li>Write about it in the logbook. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to log your visit at Geocaching .com . </li></ul>
    16. 16. CITO <ul><li>Cache In Trash Out </li></ul><ul><li>a.k.a., CITO (see-toe) </li></ul><ul><li>Help keep nature clean while you geocache </li></ul><ul><li>My CITO kit </li></ul>http:// www.CacheInTrashOut.org /
    17. 17. Basic CITO Kit Reuse a grocery bag, add gloves Make CITO kits portable in a snack-sized zip bag, which you can leave in a cache as a “trinket”
    18. 18. Find the * new* RPL cache! Cache name : Magic! ( GC14EHA ) http://www. geocaching .com/seek/cache_details. aspx ? wp =GC14EHA
    19. 19. What’s inside
    20. 20. Don’t forget to sign in!
    21. 21. Geocaching Resources <ul><li>Geocaching.com: http://www.geocaching.com </li></ul><ul><li>Cache in Trash Out: http://www.cacheintrashout.com </li></ul><ul><li>Buying a GPS: http://www. geocaching .com/about/buying. aspx </li></ul><ul><li>Geocaching pictures: http://www. flickr .com/photos/tags/ geocaching / </li></ul>
    22. 22. Questions? <ul><li>Andrea Mercado </li></ul><ul><li>Reference & Techie Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for coming! </li></ul><ul><li>See you on the hunt! </li></ul>