20 Years of Geocaching Prague 2020 – Edition 2022

Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching! Prying Pandora is a Senior Community Support Specialist at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to Czechia to attend the 20 Years of Geocaching Prague 2020 – Edition 2022 Mega-Event (GC7WWWW). Here’s her trip recap.

A month ago I had the opportunity to visit Czechia to attend a Giga-Event, 20 Years of Geocaching Prague 2020 – Edition 2022 (GC7WWWW) with one of the founders of our beloved game, Bryan. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and most worthy to host over 7,000 geocachers and be the first Giga-Event since 2019. Originally planned to take place in 2020 to celebrate geocaching’s 20th birthday, it had to be postponed until 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The busy 3-day event weekend started gently on Friday evening with a kick-off event to get everyone warmed up for the main event day on Saturday. The event location was a picturesque facility for land and water sports on the banks of the Vltava River, complete with a family of swans swimming serenely back and forth along the river bank.

The main event day on Saturday lasted from 09:00 – 22:00 (9 am to 10 pm) and had so much to see and do:

  • Perfect weather
  • Thousands of happy geocachers to meet
  • GPS maze exhibit
  • Adventure Lab®  galore
  • Geocaching International Film Festival videos
  • Workshops for building creative caches and using IT technology for creative cache pages
  • Workshops to practice and learn tools and techniques like metal detectors, Biltema fishing rods, and T5 caches
  • Competitions and family activities

Everyone had a fabulous time!

Sunday began with a CITO event and its unique trash bin log. The area seemed to be nice and clean at first, but geocaches are very good at finding things in shrubbery and we actually removed a lot of trash. It was a linear route and there were several places along the way to drop off full bags and pick up a new one. That was a good idea!

After the CITO event ended, we returned to the Giga-Event location for its final day and a few more hours of fun. All too soon, it was time to say goodbye.

Thank you to Hoblik, the organizing team, and all of the volunteers who dedicated four years of their time to make this event happen!

Cathy is a Community and Volunteer Support Specialist at Geocaching HQ. She has been geocaching since 2003 and loves supporting both the geocaching game and community!