10 Years! Ballarat, Australia
Saturday, May 1, 2010
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IN THE BEGINNING....
On May 1, 2000, President Bill Clinton's executive order to discontinue "Selective Availability" allowing users to receive a non-degraded GPS signal globally was executed.
On May 2, 2000, at approximately midnight, American eastern time, the switch controlling "Selective Availability" was thrown. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS receivers around the world had an instant upgrade. .
On May 3, 2000 Dave Ulmer placed the very first geocache, The Original Stash, a black bucket, in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, a can of beans and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his "stash" with the online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav, and Geocaching was born.
On May 30, 2000 the word Geocaching was coined by Matt Stum on the "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list. Geocache was the joining of two familiar words. The prefix geo, for Earth, was used to describe the global nature of the activity, but also for its use in familiar topics in gps such as geography. The word cache is described by Merriam-Webster as "a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements."
10th Anniversary Celebration of Geocaching
Saturday 1st of May 2010
12:00midday to 2:00pm
Wendouree Parade, Ballarat, The rotunda at Lake Wendouree
BYO lunch, a muggle to introduce to geocaching, your gps, warm coats and sun screen ( just to cover all bases with Ballarat's unpredictable weather!) Bring some Travel Bugs, GeoCoins, Travel Slugs, Pathtags, photos, good caching stories and advice to share with others or trade amongst fellow cachers.
There are so many new cachers in Ballarat and surrounding districts we thought having an Aussie BYO lunch would be a great way for them to met some of the older Ballarat cachers.
A picture must be taken at this event with at least 10 attendees in the photo along with a legible sign showing the event coordinates and location name for us all to qualify for a “10 Years!” icon.
The event photo will be taken at 12:30pm cheers 64EH.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum