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Geocaching fall2011


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Geocaching fall2011

  1. 1. GeocachingThe Digital Treasure Hunt By Cheryl LeJune and Carol Edwards 1
  2. 2. What is Geocaching?Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure real-hunting game. Players try to locate hiddencontainers, called geocaches, using GPS- GPS-enabled devices and then share theirexperiences online.Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all agegroups, with a strong sense of community andsupport for the environment. 2
  3. 3. What is Geocaching?
  4. 4. What is geocaching? Low-impact outdoor activity for GPS Low- users of all ages GPS = Global Positioning System 4
  5. 5. Global Positioning System GPS i a system of is f 27 satellites (24 active, 3 reserve) active to calculate your position. Satellites transmit their current position down to Earth via radio waves. 5
  6. 6. Global Positioning System 6
  7. 7. GPS receiver Receives signals from GPS satellites. Determines latitude and longitude of your current p y position on the Earths surface. 7
  8. 8. GPS receivers 8
  9. 9. GPS receiver Location can be displayed on a map background 9
  10. 10. GPS receiver Display of distance, bearing and ETA to a selected waypoint 10
  11. 11. Other GPS receiverfeaturesDetermining satellite signal strength andmargin of errorMarking waypoints (latitude and longitudecoordinates)Keeping a graphical t k of your jK i hi l track f journeyDisplaying street and topographical mapsAutomatic route creation and traversalElectronic compassBarometric pressure altimeter 11
  12. 12. Uses for GPS receivers Hiking d backpacking Hiki and b k ki Canoeing and marine navigation Hunting and fishing Bird watchingg Search and rescue Exercise progress tracking Traveling via car, motorcycle, bicycle Geocaching 12
  13. 13. What is geocaching? Outdoor adventure game for GPS users of all ages. The basic idea is to set up caches p (hidden containers) and share the locations (latitude/longitude) of these caches on the internet. h h 13
  14. 14. What is geocaching? GPS users can then use the coordinates to find the caches. The visitor may take something from the g cache, leave something, and/or sign the logbook. The “find” is then logged onto the Internet website where statistics about found and hidden caches are b tf d d hidd h maintained. 14
  15. 15. What sWhat’s the point? It may sound simple, b t many d i l but caches are well hidden. Many require searching and experience to find. Only a few geocaches are accidentally found by non- y y non- geocachers. 15
  16. 16. What sWhat’s the point? Sometimes just getting to the cache area can be a big part of the adventure. Its one thing to see the latitude and g longitude plotted on a map, but it can be quite a task to figure out how to q g get from here to there. 16
  17. 17. What sWhat’s the point?Geocaching can be thought of in two parts: The journey to reach the cache area. The challenge of actually finding the cache container.Both can be equally rewarding rewarding. 17
  18. 18. Misconceptions aboutgeocaching “Geocaches are buried.” “G h b i d” FACT: Geocaches are not allowed to be buried in the ground. 18
  19. 19. Misconceptions aboutgeocaching “Geocaches are litter or abandoned property.” FACT: Geocaches are not litter or abandoned t litt b d d property. property 19
  20. 20. Misconceptions aboutgeocaching “Geocaching will damage the land. land ” FACT: Geocaching foot traffic g is similar to hiking, trail walking, or bird watching. g, g Most caches are placed near p trails. 20
  21. 21. How Did It Get Started? On May 1 2000 the GPS signal 1, 2000, degradation called Select Availability ( ) (SA) was removed. The change allowed GPS units owned by civilians to be more accurate – to within 20 feet or better. On May 3rd, 2000 someone hid a cache in Oregon and posted the coordinates on the Internet. I became the first h I It b h fi geocache. 21
  22. 22. How Did It Get Started? Jeremy Irish, the owner of the website, expanded the idea and named it “Geocaching”. “Geocaching”. Geocaching is now in all 50 states and more than 200 t t d th countries. is by far the #1 website for geocachers. geocachers 22
  23. 23. Worldwide geocaches 23 767,628 Active Worldwide
  24. 24. U.S. geocaches 24
  25. 25. Northwest Houston Caches 25
  26. 26. Geocache containers A weather-resistant weather- container such as Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box 26
  27. 27. Geocache containers Usually a weather- weather- resistant container such as Tupperware, Tupperware Rubbermaid, or surplus ammo box 27
  28. 28. What sWhat’s in a cache? Logbook Trinkets to trade Examples: maps, books, software, hardware, CDs, videos, pictures, coins, tools, games, etc. tools games etc Information sheet that explains the container and geocaching as well as geocaching, contact information. Disposable camera (optional) 28
  29. 29. What sWhat’s in a cache? 29
  30. 30. What are the rules?Cache contents No food No weapons (knives ammunition (knives, ammunition, explosives) No drugs or alcohol No adult materials No solicitations (business, religious, political) 34
  31. 31. Who enforces the rules? Controls listing of g g geocaches worldwide on its website. Caches are approved by volunteer reviewers. Reviewers do not visit the geocache in person as part of the approval process. Reviewers view the online description, coordinates, topo maps, proximity to other caches, compliance with k h li ith known park rules. k l 35
  32. 32. Cache In Trash Out Cache In Trash Out (CITO) is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the pp y worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world Through these world. volunteer efforts, we help preserve the natural beauty of our outdoor resources! 36
  33. 33. Suggestions for a DayGeocaching What Wh to wear? ? Long sleeve shirt Hat Long pants L t Sturdy walking/hiking shoes Bug repellent What to bring? Water Walking Stick Snacks Map Cell Phone GPS w/extra batteries or charger