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Fulda-to-Fulda Geocaching

July 18, 2014

Event scheduled for July 27th


By Norma Dittman

Fulda Free Press staff writer



On Sunday, July 27th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Seven Mile Park near Fulda, all geocachers and area residents are invited to a fun-filled Fulda-to-Fulda event, according to avid geocacher Jeanette Sleeper.

Organized by Tomek, a geocacher from Fulda, Germany, the event will include tasting of specialties from Tomek’s region Germany.

Tomek is also asking that yard games be brought to the park for those in attendance to play. He suggested games such as Slacklines, Frisbees, and Molkky as well as “any other equipment that will actively contribute to the design of the event.”

Tomek has found 3,563 caches and owns six caches. He is currently in the United States visiting several geocaching sites. He is also seeking to learn more about the City of Fulda, Minnesota,

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game that uses global positioning systems (GPS). Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then try to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The rules of geocaching are simple: If you take something from the geocache (or "cache"), leave something of equal or greater value, write about your find in the cache logbook, and log your experience at www.geocaching.com.

The only tools needed for geocaching are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Geocaching.com membership.

The story of how geocaching was started follows. It is reprinted from www.geocaching.com. “On May 3, one GPS enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" and posted it in an internet GPS users' group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.

The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple: "Take some stuff, leave some stuff."

On May 3rd he placed his own container, a black bucket, in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon, near Portland. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his "stash" with the online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav:

N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800

Within three days, two different readers read about his stash on the Internet, used their own GPS receivers to find the container, and shared their experiences online. Throughout the next week, others excited by the prospect of hiding and finding stashes began hiding their own containers and posting coordinates. Like many new and innovative ideas on the Internet, the concept spread quickly - but this one required leaving your computer to participate.

Within the first month, Mike Teague, the first person to find Ulmer's stash, began gathering the online posts of coordinates around the world and documenting them on his personal home page. The "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list was created to discuss the emerging activity. Names were even tossed about to replace the name "stash" due to the negative connotations of that name. One such name was "geocaching."

So, if you already enjoy geocaching, would like to learn more about it, or would like to meet with Tomek and his geocaching traveling partner who are from Fulda, Germany, plan on being at Seven Mile Park on Sunday, July 27th, at 7 p.m.


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