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Geocaching

The Thrill of the Hunt!

What comes to mind when you think of treasure hunting? Greedy pirates seeking buried gold? Not quite so for high-tech treasure hunters who play geocaching – a game played around the world where adventure seekers use GPS devices to find hidden containers called geocaches. Kelly Contant is the president of the British Columbia Geocaching Association (BCGA) and he will tell you geocaching is not just about finding treasures, it’s about the adventure the hunt takes you on, “it gets you outside into the fresh air and using technology out in the world.”

People can be very creative when hiding geocaches, using anything from Tupperware containers to hollowed out logs. Mr. Contant recalls, “I once found an exact replica of a fire hydrant. It looked real, but when you lifted it up it contained a geocache underneath!”

Richard DeMerchant works in mathematics and is a geocache enthusiast! He says, “I think there are a lot of applications of geocaching to mathematics, science, and other school subjects” explaining that puzzle caches can use math or science puzzles that need to be solved to get the coordinates to find a geocache. Though, Mr. DeMerchant says his favourite part about geocaching is seeing new places, “I’ve been some amazing places that most people probably don’t know exist. There is a lot of nature out there to explore.”

Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played around the world where adventure seekers use GPS devices to find hidden containers called geocaches.

The BCGA provides information to British Columbians about geocaching in the province, showcasing all that the sport has to offer. For more information, please visit their website at www.bcgeocaching.com