10:00 a.m. -
Outdoor Center (Chalet)
Geocaching is a healthily addictive outdoor hide-and-seek
adventure game played with global positional system (GPS)
receivers. Enthusiasts from GeocacheAlaska!, Inc. will
instruct a two-part clinic for all ages on Geocaching with an
initial classroom training session on June 5 followed by an outdoor
field session on June 12. Participants provide their own GPS.
The cost is $15 payable to the Municipality of Anchorage
(MOA). The MOA contact is Margaret Timmerman at 343-4217.
The indoor classroom session will include an overview of finding
geocaches online, loading coordinates into GPS units, and preparing
to go afield in search of the cache itself. Gear, travel bugs,
geocoins and other aspects of the game will be discussed, as well
as "etiquette" of the game and good land stewardship practices.
Take-home handouts will cover details step by step, assisting in
exploring beyond the introductory level. At the end of the
session, we'll move outdoors with GPS units in hand to begin our
journey of discovery... ending with the "find" of actual geocaches
located close nearby the chalet. A team of experienced field
assistants will be on hand to ensure everyone gets as much personal
attention as necessary to make their first Geocaching expedition a
A follow-on group caching session (Intro to Geocaching - Summer 2010, Session #2,
GC28FYW) will occur on Saturday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m.
to noon. This session will help new cachers gain confidence
navigating across Kincaid Park's 1,400 acre "backcountry" in search
of the many geocaches hidden in the park. Participants must
bring a handheld GPS unit (a team can share), spare batteries,
outdoor footwear & clothing suitable for a blustery fall day at
windy Kincaid Park. Geocaching is an all-weather all-season
outdoor activity involving the entire family - however, for the
first Saturday training session please leave dogs at home.
Well-behaved dogs on leash are encouraged to come along on our
second training jaunt on June 12!
The Northwest Trails mapset includes the
Kincaid Park trails. Loading the mapset into your GPS will be
helpful for navigating to the caches.
PLEASE NOTE - All
travel bugs and geocoins in this event listing are placed by
members of GeocacheAlaska! for training purposes. We prefer any TBs
brought to the event be placed in Kincaid Park caches before or
after the event, rather than logging them into this training
session - Thanks!
Check this page often as more details become available.