Bad­lands rid­dled with dozens of geo­caches

The Drumheller Mail - - ENTERTAINMENT - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller is the home to hun­dreds of buried trea­sures other than fos­sils of ex­tinct beasts, the only way to find them is through geo­caching on a GPS.

Geo­caching is an out­door trea­sure-hunt­ing game in which the par­tic­i­pants use a Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem (GPS) re­ceiver or other nav­i­ga­tional tech­niques to hide and seek con­tain­ers (called “geo­caches” or “caches”) any­where in the world. A typ­i­cal cache is a small wa­ter­proof con­tainer (usu­ally a tup­per­ware or ammo box) con­tain­ing a log­book and “trea­sure,” usu­ally toys or trin­kets of lit­tle value.

Start­ing to geo­cache sim­ply re­quires a GPS de­vice– one with a USB port for easy down­load­ing of co­or­di­nates is pre­ferred– and the will to hike, walk, or drive to where “X marks the spot.” Geo­caching is 90 per cent walk­ing, but don’t let it fool you as the ways to hide a geo­cache is up to the cre­ativ­ity of the hider.

For the tra­di­tional geo­cache, a geo­cacher will place a wa­ter­proof con­tainer, con­tain­ing a log book (with pen or pen­cil) and trin­kets or some sort of trea­sures, then note the cache’s co­or­di­nates. Th­ese co­or­di­nates, along with other de­tails of the lo­ca­tion, are posted on a web­site. Other geo­cachers ob­tain the co­or­di­nates from the In­ter­net and seek out the cache us­ing their GPS hand­held re­ceivers. The find­ing geo­cachers record their ex­ploits in the log­book and on­line. Geo­cachers are free to take ob­jects from the cache in ex­change for leav­ing some­thing of sim­i­lar or higher value, so there is trea­sure for the next per­son to find.

On www.geo­cachin­gal­ber­ta­south.com, Drumheller is listed as a great geo­caching des­ti­na­tion, with dozens of caches reg­is­tered in the area. A se­ries called Bad­lands High Roller is a part of the Great Cana­dian Cache Se­ries. Drumheller and area is full of hid­den ‘geo­caches’, trea­sures hid­den around the world that may only be found through a GPS de­vice and ex­act co­or­di­nates found on the in­ter­net.

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