Groundspeak is breaking out the birthday candles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of geocaching, an outdoor treasure-hunting activity using GPS devices.
Seattle, WA (Vocus) June 22, 2010
Groundspeak is breaking out the birthday candles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of geocaching, an outdoor treasure-hunting activity using GPS devices. The event, Groundspeak’s Lost & Found, is a street carnival-style celebration free and open to the public. It takes place on the 4th of July in the “Center of the Universe” (Fremont, Seattle), home to Groundspeak Headquarters, and features family-friendly summer activities from a dunk tank to a neighborhood scavenger hunt to geocaching courses of varying levels.
Beginners can visit the Introduction to Geocaching exhibit to learn how this high-tech activity can truly inspire outdoor play and serious geocachers can dive right into the action with one of ten expert geocaches, one for each of the ten years of geocaching history. Guests can bring their own GPS device or rent one onsite for the full geocaching experience.
Kids will be delighted with a visit from the famed Bubbleman and the opportunity for a snapshot with Signal the Frog, the official mascot for Groundspeak.
The Discover Fremont Scavenger Hunt is available for everyone to practice navigational skills through the Fremont neighborhood. Lost & Found team members will be stationed at iconic locations to hand out souvenir puzzle pieces to treasure hunters as they find each site. When participants complete their puzzle, they can exchange it for a limited edition Trackable.
Groundspeak’s Lost & Found takes place July 4, 2010 from 11am – 3pm in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle in the Evanston Plaza adjacent to the Fremont Sunday Market (Evanston & N Northlake, Latitude 47.649605 Longitude 122.350445). Visit Geocaching.com or call 206.633.0422 for event details and more information on the art of geocaching.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The object is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. From its beginning ten years ago there are now over 1,103,199 geocaches hidden around the world.
In May 2000, the U.S. government turned off Selective Availability, a feature that limited the accuracy of GPS signals for civilians. Within 24 hours, Dave Ulmer placed the first geocache (at that time called a “GPS Stash”) and posted its coordinates online. Within three days, two people used their own GPS receivers to find the container and shared their experiences online.
Four months later, Jeremy Irish began Geocaching.com as a listing site to support the hobby and went on to found Groundspeak Inc. with Elias Alvord and Bryan Roth to explore the matter of geocaching and manage Geocaching.com. Groundspeak is a privately held company in Seattle, Washington. Their mission is to inspire outdoor play using location-based technology.