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Finding Happiness in an Ammo Can in the Woods<br />Paul Gillin<br />Co-author, The Joy of Geocaching<br />
What is Geocaching?<br />Worldwide treasure hunt enabled by the Internet and global positioning satellites<br />Simple rul...
Navigation Basics<br />The world is divided into 180 degrees of longitude and 180 degrees of latitude. Each degree is made...
“Caching is a great leveler...You can be caching with a bank president or a ditch digger... it doesn't matter." -- Don & J...
Kyjen is at:<br />N 39° 34.857 <br />W 104° 48.463<br />There are 46 geocaches within a 2-mile radius and 5 within a 10-mi...
Fun Facts<br />Date GPS network opened for public use: May 2, 2000<br />Date first geocache placed: May 3, 2000<br /># of ...
More Fun Facts<br />Most geocaches found by one person, lifetime: 39,265<br />Most geocaches hidden by one person, lifetim...
Why On Earth??<br />Appeal of geocaching is in the hunt and the accomplishment of discovery<br />Most geocaches are hidden...
Geowoodstock<br />
Cache Types<br />Virtual cache<br />Traditional cache<br />Multi cache<br />Earth cache<br />Puzzle cache<br />Letterbox h...
Name (often a pun)<br />Who and when<br />Type & difficulty<br />Where<br />Map<br />Download stuff<br />Download stuff<br...
Pay Attention to Logs<br />Hint<br />Hint<br />Hint<br />
Tools to Aid Your Search<br />Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK)<br />GeoBuddy<br />Geocaching GPSr<br />Google Street Vie...
Planning Your Outing<br />How Long?<br />How Far?<br />With Who?<br />Quantity vs. Adventure<br />Consider the Weather<br ...
It’s Your Choice!<br />
Geocache Containers<br />Bison Tube (Micro)<br />Nano<br />Traditional Ammo Can<br />Pill Bottle (Small)<br />Range of Siz...
Unusual Containers<br />Log<br />Hollow Rock<br />Dragonfly<br />Bottle Cap<br />Sprinkler Head<br />Light Bulb<br />Rusty...
Typical Hiding Places<br />Rock walls<br />Crevices<br />Light Skirts<br />Suspended<br />Inside trees<br />Covered by sti...
A Language All Its Own<br />FTF – First To Find<br />DNF – Did Not Find<br />CITO – Cache In, Trash Out<br />Skirt-lifter ...
Extreme Geocaching<br />
Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your GPSr Too Much<br />At best, only accurate to within 10-ft radius (315 ft2)<br />Satellite rec...
When You Get Close, Look For:<br />Unnatural piles of rocks or sticks<br />Items that don’t seem natural<br />Evidence of ...
Unwritten Rules<br />Log your finds and leave a unique comment or story<br />Log your “did not finds” – owners need to kno...
When to Quit? Depends…<br />Joy of Geocaching Survey n=142<br />
Trackables Travel the World<br />
Unique Codes Are Logged Online<br />
And Inspire Commitment<br />
Geocaching in Business & Education<br />Arkansas State Parks <br />Amador County, CA<br />State of Maryland<br />PPL Corpo...
Favorite Stories<br />A Fine Send-Off – Ben Johnson was hospitalized with terminal cancer just 33 caches short of the 1,00...
Thanks!<br />Linden Publishing, 2010<br />JoyOfGeocaching.com<br />paul@joyofgeocaching.com<br />dana@joyofgeocaching.com<...
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Geocaching is a healthy and inexpensive way to get the whole family outdoors, energized and pulling together toward a common goal. There are more than three million active geocachers worldwide and more than one million geocaches hidden around the globe. This presentation by the co-author of the 2010 book The Joy of Geocaching explains the fundamentals of the game and shows why it inspires such enthusiasm among its players.

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The Joy of Geocaching

  1. 1. Finding Happiness in an Ammo Can in the Woods<br />Paul Gillin<br />Co-author, The Joy of Geocaching<br />
  2. 2. What is Geocaching?<br />Worldwide treasure hunt enabled by the Internet and global positioning satellites<br />Simple rules with complex player-defined variations<br />Containers must have log books<br />Containers must be locatable by geographic coordinates<br />Containers must not be buried<br />That’s it!<br />
  3. 3. Navigation Basics<br />The world is divided into 180 degrees of longitude and 180 degrees of latitude. Each degree is made up of 60 minutes and 360 seconds.<br />That’s a total of 7,776,000 unique spots, or about one for every 10 square feet!<br />
  4. 4. “Caching is a great leveler...You can be caching with a bank president or a ditch digger... it doesn't matter." -- Don & Jacqi Liddiard (Rock & Crystal)<br />“We've adopted a very large circle of friends through geocaching. Some we've never physically met." -- Paul & Karen Sandvick (Jug & Roon)<br />“I can literally drive from Alabama to Kansas, pull up to some guys sitting around the campfire and within minutes I’m accepted” – Ed Manley (TheAlabamaRambler)<br />“It stirs a passion in me that no other hobby has before. It has dimensions of camaraderie, competition, mental stimulation, fitness, and creativity that I’ve never found elsewhere." -- Dean Powell (J5 Crew)<br />“I feel the weight of the world lifting from me when I'm tramping through the woods." -- billandlore<br />
  5. 5. Kyjen is at:<br />N 39° 34.857 <br />W 104° 48.463<br />There are 46 geocaches within a 2-mile radius and 5 within a 10-minute walk!<br />You are here<br />
  6. 6. Fun Facts<br />Date GPS network opened for public use: May 2, 2000<br />Date first geocache placed: May 3, 2000<br /># of geocaches, Jan., 2003: 41,000<br /># of geocaches, Jan., 2005: 140,000<br /># of geocaches, Jan., 2010: 1,010,000<br /># of registered geocachers worldwide: 4,000,000<br /># of geocaching organizations, N. America: 126<br />Age of oldest known geocacher: 99<br />
  7. 7. More Fun Facts<br />Most geocaches found by one person, lifetime: 39,265<br />Most geocaches hidden by one person, lifetime: 2,285<br />Most geocaches found by a team in 24 hours: 626<br />Geocaches within 10-mile radius of DFW: 1,269<br />Geocaches with 10-mile radius of Denver, CO: 1,824<br />Highest geocache: Mt. Everest (Earthcache)<br />Lowest geocache: 7,000 ft. below Atlantic Ocean surface<br />Mt. Everest Earth cache<br />
  8. 8. Why On Earth??<br />Appeal of geocaching is in the hunt and the accomplishment of discovery<br />Most geocaches are hidden in places the owners consider special to them<br />Many have historical significance or local importance<br />A great way to explore new areas without a guidebook<br />More than 70% of players regularly explore in groups<br />Accessible to people of all ages and abilities<br />
  9. 9. Geowoodstock<br />
  10. 10. Cache Types<br />Virtual cache<br />Traditional cache<br />Multi cache<br />Earth cache<br />Puzzle cache<br />Letterbox hybrid<br />
  11. 11. Name (often a pun)<br />Who and when<br />Type & difficulty<br />Where<br />Map<br />Download stuff<br />Download stuff<br />Miscellaneous stuff you need to know<br />About (often misleading)<br />Description (may be misleading!)<br />Trackable items therein<br />Encrypted hint<br />
  12. 12. Pay Attention to Logs<br />Hint<br />Hint<br />Hint<br />
  13. 13. Tools to Aid Your Search<br />Geocaching Swiss Army Knife (GSAK)<br />GeoBuddy<br />Geocaching GPSr<br />Google Street View<br />Microsoft Streets & Trips<br />
  14. 14. Planning Your Outing<br />How Long?<br />How Far?<br />With Who?<br />Quantity vs. Adventure<br />Consider the Weather<br />And Your Frustration Level!<br />Stuff to Bring<br />Spare Batteries<br />Cell Phone<br />Whistle or Horn<br />Dry Clothing<br />First Aid Kit<br />Hiking Boots<br />Hat<br />Sunblock<br />Mirror<br />Tweezers<br />Bug Spray<br />Walking Stick<br />Water<br />Pen<br />Food<br />Todd Beal and the <br />Amazing Caching Vest<br />
  15. 15. It’s Your Choice!<br />
  16. 16. Geocache Containers<br />Bison Tube (Micro)<br />Nano<br />Traditional Ammo Can<br />Pill Bottle (Small)<br />Range of Sizes<br />
  17. 17. Unusual Containers<br />Log<br />Hollow Rock<br />Dragonfly<br />Bottle Cap<br />Sprinkler Head<br />Light Bulb<br />Rusty Bolt<br />Spider on Rock<br />Rattlesnake<br />Cinder Block<br />Light Switch<br />Bone<br />Cell Phone<br />
  18. 18. Typical Hiding Places<br />Rock walls<br />Crevices<br />Light Skirts<br />Suspended<br />Inside trees<br />Covered by sticks<br />
  19. 19. A Language All Its Own<br />FTF – First To Find<br />DNF – Did Not Find<br />CITO – Cache In, Trash Out<br />Skirt-lifter – Cache placed under the skirt of an outdoor light fixture<br />Muggle – A non-geocacher<br />Ground Zero – Point where GPSr coordinates exactly match cache coordinates<br />P & G – Park and grab<br />Virt – Virtual cache<br />UPS – Unnatural Pile of Sticks<br />TFTC – Thanks for the cache<br />GeoSense -- Sixth sense gained from experience finding geocaches<br />Travel Bug Hotel – Geocache placed principally to house trackableitems<br />TNLN – Took nothing, left nothing<br />
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  21. 21. Extreme Geocaching<br />
  22. 22. Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your GPSr Too Much<br />At best, only accurate to within 10-ft radius (315 ft2)<br />Satellite reception affected by objects, weather, visibility<br />“Signal bounce” can seriously degrade accuracy<br />Low batteries can make matters worse<br />The person who hid the cache had the same limitations!<br />
  23. 23. When You Get Close, Look For:<br />Unnatural piles of rocks or sticks<br />Items that don’t seem natural<br />Evidence of other humans<br />“Geotrails”<br />Places where you would hide a cache<br />Can You Spot the Cache?<br />Can You Spot the Cache?<br />
  24. 24. Unwritten Rules<br />Log your finds and leave a unique comment or story<br />Log your “did not finds” – owners need to know<br />Always hide just as you found – a small change can make a big difference in difficulty<br />Never disturb nature<br />If you take items, leave items of equal or greater value<br />Notify owner if cache is compromised<br />Pick up trash on your way out<br />
  25. 25. When to Quit? Depends…<br />Joy of Geocaching Survey n=142<br />
  26. 26. Trackables Travel the World<br />
  27. 27. Unique Codes Are Logged Online<br />
  28. 28. And Inspire Commitment<br />
  29. 29. Geocaching in Business & Education<br />Arkansas State Parks <br />Amador County, CA<br />State of Maryland<br />PPL Corporation<br />Geoteaming is one of several companies that organize geocaching events for team-building<br />
  30. 30. Favorite Stories<br />A Fine Send-Off – Ben Johnson was hospitalized with terminal cancer just 33 caches short of the 1,000-find mark. Daughter Kathy tells what the members of his local caching organization did.<br />Horse Sense – Brad Simmons and friends came up with a clever idea to distract a crowd of people while his wife replaced a cache in an awkward location<br />
  31. 31. Thanks!<br />Linden Publishing, 2010<br />JoyOfGeocaching.com<br />paul@joyofgeocaching.com<br />dana@joyofgeocaching.com<br />Twitter.com/joyofgeocaching<br />

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