Badlands riddled with dozens of geocaches
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.