A Brief History of Geocaching
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A Brief History of Geocaching
- BGC (Before Geocaching) - GPS, or Global Positioning System, was developed by the US Department of Defense. This satellite navigation system was intended for military use and therefore the signals were scrambled, limiting accuracy for civilian use to about 100 meters.
- May 1, 2000 - President Clinton announces that Selective Availability (SA) will be turned off.
- May 2, 2000 @ 12:00 AM - Selective Availability is turned off and civilians are able to enjoy accuracy on the order of 10 meters.
- May 2, 2000 - Dave Ulmer makes the first Usenet post "The Great Stash Game !!" about what will become Geocaching.
- May 3, 2000 - Dave Ulmer elaborates on his idea "The Great American GPS Stash Hunt !".
- May 3, 2000 - Dave Ulmer places the very first GPS Stash (Geocache) in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon and posts the coords online "GPS Stash Hunt... Stash #1 is there!". Along with a logbook and pencil, he left a Delorme Topo USA, 2 CD Roms, a cassette recorder, a "George of the Jungle" VHS tape, a Ross Perot book, 4 $1 bills, a slingshot handle and a pretty notorious can of beans (actually a can of black-eyed peas), now the O.C.B. trackable. The cache is later listed on geocaching.com as GCF- The Original Stash. It is no longer there, but in it's place is GCGV0P - Original Stash Tribute Plaque.
- May 4, 2000 - The first GPS Stash is found for the first time "Great GPS Stash Hunt - Stash #1 was Found!!".
- May 8, 2000 - Mike Teague creates and posts the first GPS Stash Hunt web site (the precursor to Geocaching.com). The web site no longer exists. The link shows what the site looked like on June 21, 2000.
- May 26, 2000 - In GPS Stash e-mail group message #8, Dave Ulmer is already thinking about the future of this new game and questions if the name "GPS Stash Hunt" is the best name for this activity and wonders if there is a better name . . .
- May 30,2000 - Matt Stum (in e-mail group Msg #62) coins a new term - Geocache - and offers it in place of the term Geostash. This looks to be the first use of the term Geocache.
- May 30, 2000 - Soon afterward, Dave Ulmer says he likes the new term (Msg #63).
- May 31, 2000 - In Msg #75 Dave Ulmer makes the name change "official".
- June 1, 2000 - "Geocache, a new word for your dictionary !" Geocaching is born!
- September 2, 2000 - The first mention of a new web site, Geocaching.com, is mentioned in the e-mail group by Jeremy Irish (Msg #395).
- September 6, 2000 - "Re: [gpsstash] You should get a mirror site..." Possibly the first mention of Geocaching.com as the "New" site. Then here on September 8, 2000.
And the rest as they say is History...
Now for the cache:
- Here is a link to a Bookmark List that contains the First 100 caches - First 100 caches
- August 30, 2001 - The first Travel Bug® is released by Jeremy. TB1 is a rubber ducky named "Deadly Duck: Envy."
- September 30, 2001 - The first Geocoin is released by Moun10Bike. It is actually his second Geocoin, he kept his first Geocoin for his own collection.
- February 2003 - Groundspeak announces a moratorium on the creation of any new locationless caches.
- November 2005 - Groundspeak announces that no new virtual or webcam cache submissions will be accepted.
- January 2006 - Existing locationless caches are archived and locked to further logging.
- May 26, 2006 - Co-Founder Bryan announces the new Mega-Event Cache type (first two Mega-Events are GeoWoodstock 4 and the 2006 Midwest GeoBash).
- December 31, 2007 - Geocaching.com reaches 500,000 active geocache listings.
- February 21, 2008 - Co-Founder Jeremy announces the new Wherigo Cache type.
- March 8, 2010 - Geocaching.com reaches 1 million active geocache listings.
- August 20, 2011 - First International Geocaching Day (the third Saturday of August).
- February 28, 2013 - Geocaching.com reaches 2 million active geocache listings with GC46N4E - Overwatch #1.
- April 22, 2014 - Groundspeak announces the new Giga-Event Cache type (first one being Project MUNICH2014 - Mia san Giga!.
The cache is a LARGE container so you can bring LARGE swag. It's located at the "Birthplace" of Geocaching in Hawai'i - Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area and is situated near the trailhead for the very FIRST cache in Hawai'i - GC23: Geocache. The easiest (and recommended) way to grab the cache is to head in from the trailhead and look for a little side trail through the strawberry guava near the posted coords. The Park is open daily from 7am to 6:45pm and like most places on this island, has mosquitoes, so come prepared.
Please try not to let anyone see you leave the trail for the cache!
Cache with Alha
FTF Prize: Blue Switch Geocoin ----> Congrats kalohepirate!
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Last Updated: on 4/6/2015 10:19:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time (5:19 AM GMT)
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