Hiking on the Hunt: Geocaching
Are you ready to add a little treasure-hunting to your hiking? Here's your opportunity. If you've never geocached before and are eager to give it a shot, then enter Washington Trails' drawing for a geocaching starter kit. For experienced cachers, we have a challenge for you too with our very own geo-hunt! Read on for more info.
And for the answers to Washington Trails' geo-quiz, scroll down the page.
Win a Geocaching Starter Kit!
Ready to start your own geocaching adventure and just need a little help? Washington Trails has three geocaching starter kits to give away. You'll get a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching (the official geocaching guidebook produced by geocaching.com) and some cache trinkets to get you going: a geocoin, a travel bug and more. Sorry, GPS not included.
Entry is simple. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "I want to go geocaching!" Include your name and address in your email. Enter by August 1, 2012 for your chance to win.
Join Our Virtual Geo-Hunt!
Experienced cachers, we're not leaving you out. Washington Trails is going on a virtual geo-hunt. We'll be posting the coordinates of five great hikes with fun geocaches to be found all across Washington. Collect the names of all five trails—or better yet, go hike them—and you can win a brand new geocoin!
Step 1. Watch for the official virtual geo-hunt kickoff with the first set of trail coordinates in the July issue of Trail News, WTA's free online hiking newsletter.
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Step 2. Then watch WTA's Facebook page for the next two weeks for the remaining coordinates.
Step 3. Collect all five coordinates and identify the trail names and locations.
Step 4. Enter the drawing by sending all five answers in one email to email@example.com with the subject "I want a free geocoin!" Include your name and address in your email. Enter by August 6, 2012.
Collect All Five Geo-Hunt Coordinates!
1. July 18: via Trail News
2. July 20: WTA Facebook: N 47 38.091 W 117 03.930
3. July 23: WTA Facebook: N 45 38.877 W 122 01.205
4. July 25: WTA Facebook: N 47 29.784 W 123 47.676
5. July 27: WTA Facebook: N 47 55.560 W 121 16.656
That's all there is to it! We'll draw 20 winners at random from all correct entries received.
Our Geocaching Winners!
A big congratulations to the winners of our Geocaching Starter Kits, Gabi Loesch, Sonja Kastner and Anna Coghill! They will be receiving a prize package courtesy of Groundspeak.com and Gear Aid.
There's still a chance for participants in the Geocoin Geo-Hunt to submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be drawn on Sept. 5.
How did you score in Washington Trails' Geo Quiz?
The following questions were featured in "Hike and Seek," by Abby Wolfe, president of the Washington State Geocaching Association, in the Jul+Aug 2012 issue of Washington Trails. How well did you do?
1. Who placed the first geocache outside Portland, Ore., on May 3, 2000?
2. Who coined the name “geocaching,” and where did it first appear?
Matt Stum, on the "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list
3. When geocaching.com launched on Sept. 2, 2000, how many geocaches were there in the world?
4. Which of the following require permission to place geocaches?
D. All of the above
5. Why was Washington State Geocaching Association (WSGA) formed?
To preserve caching in Washington State Parks and to provide social activities
for the geocaching community
6. Which of these is not a type of geocache?
B. Indoor cache
7. Which of the following is not part of a cache listing?
D. Street address
8. Caches come in all sizes. What’s the smallest listed size?
9. Name three things not allowed in caches.
Explosives, ammunition, knives, food, drugs, alcohol, scented items
10. What do these geocaching acronyms mean:
a. TFTC Thanks for the cache
b. DNF Did not find
c. BYOP Bring your own pen(cil)
d. FTF First to find
11. Who is responsible for maintaining caches?
The cache owner
12. What does it mean to “archive” a cache?
When the owner removes a cache and its listing
13. What are Travel Bugs and Geocoins?
Items owned by other cachers that travel from cache to cache and can be
tracked online using codes
14. What’s the geocaching term for non-cachers?
15. How many continents have geocaches?
All seven! Antarctica has 42, and there's even one on the International Space Station!