Go Geocaching!

Ever wanted to go geocaching, but had yet to? Or, are you a geocaching addict and want to share your love of the activity with others? This is your opportunity to learn and/or share your knowledge in a group setting, with other shy folks and have a blast!

What is geocaching? Essentially, it's a high-tech treasure hunt in a group setting. You're given a set of coordinates and/or a puzzle to figure out, and locate 'caches' (a hidden waterproof container with some items inside) using a touch of skill, some ingenuity, a bit of trail blazing, a lot of respect for the environment, and a keen eye. Once you've found the cache, you can sign the log book, take a memento (if there's something to take - you'll want to leave something small and inexpensive behind if you do), and mark off that you found it before moving on to the next. At the end of the day, the team that has found the most caches and/or found them all the fastest, wins a prize!

This is an outdoor activity in a relatively busy public park, so please dress for the terrain and weather - think heavily forested paths with some muck and/or bush whacking. A basic safety kit will be provided to each team. This event will continue rain or shine - and your team is depending on you!

At the moment, this event is free, however if we need to rent equiptment (Garmin GPS systems) due to lack of smartphones, we may ask for a small donation to cover the cost.

If interested, there are several coffee shops and restaurants nearby that we can go to afterwards for a celebratory bevvy and/or meal.

The Fine Print
- Parking is available along Patterson for free on the weekends; the further you go down Patterson towards Imperial, the more street parking there is. For those taking transit, this is kitty corner from Patterson Station.

- There are several bathrooms available around Central Park; we will provide a map and GPS coordinates to each team.

- Although only optional, if you have a weather-friendly flashlight, tweezers, gloves for handling potentially hazardous materials (you never know when you may encounter animal poop!), or a map of the area, please do bring them along.

- If you have a GPS unit, or GPS-enabled smartphone and are willing to use it, please let us know when you RSVP. Also, make sure you have a GPS locator or geocaching app downloaded. Essentially, you need to be able to plunk in a GPS coordinate, and have your application get you relatively close to the intended location. A couple of meters makes a huge difference in a park! Some to try:

• Google Maps (free), Waze (free), or ViewRanger (free), multi-platform

Traxx ($9.99) or CacheSense (free 30-day trial, $9.99 to register) Blackberry

•  iGeoKnife ($3.99) iPhone

• c:geo (free) Android

Go To Tool (free for lite use, $3.99 for full use), webOS

• Geocaching by Groundspeak ($9.99) for iPhone, Android, Win7 - if you really fall in love with this sport, this is the one you'll want eventually.

- Try to bring 3-5 tiny/small/inexpensive items to leave behind in the cache, should you decide you want to take something from the cache. It's one of the basic rules of geocaching - if you take something, please leave something behind. Appropriate items are kid-friendly, small, and personal to you somehow. Think stickers, stamps, a note, a small toy or keychain, etc. This is completely, 100% optional.

- This will be posted on Geocaching.com; you can join for free, connect with others, learn more about geocaching, and even download their app for your smartphone (nice, yet completely optional). Let us know when you RSVP what your user name is, so we can connect with you too and add you to the group page.



TEAM PINK ..UNDIES!

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  • Moses

    very fun! sorry I had to leave early. but did any team complete the challenge?

    1 · November 3, 2013

    • Bonny

      As there are zero indoor caches within short distance of one another, I've got to get creative to do another geocaching event where it's weather-friendly. I'm currently talking to a friend of mine to see if we can arrange one either at Metrotown or on Skytrain.. however it takes some planning. I'll definitely announce it to the group as soon as I know more.

      1 · November 5, 2013

    • Kathy J.

      Okay. Sure.. take UR time. "ll wait then.

      November 5, 2013

  • Marc

    Great event and awesome people! Thanks, Bonny!!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Kathy J.

    I had a lot of fun today. For sure, I'll attend another event for this. Thanks, Bonny.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Nayeem

    Thanks for Organizing Bonnie! Was a Great Experience!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Cameron

    Very fun! Thanks everyone and Bonnie!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Rob

    Great fun, great people.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Mauro K.

    Lots of fun thanks Bonny!!! Id definitely would do again, on a warmer day though

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Tim

    Awesome !!! Bonnie & Marc did an excellant job. Even the weather co- operated. We all went to a restaurant afterwards & that was fun
    to, it was a very pleasant , fun afternoon geo-caching at Central Park , Burnany.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • AKANE

    It was fun & good exercise! Thank you for organizing, Bonny. You are super organized! Should I upload pictures of caches we've found?

    2 · November 3, 2013

    • Bonny

      I'd love that!

      November 3, 2013

    • AKANE

      Actually, I should have said "you are EXTREMELY organized!".

      2 · November 3, 2013

  • yang ji b.

    It was very nice meeting you guys!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Matthew

    Fantastic time!!! Thanks. :-)

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Mila C.

    yayyyy.... we found undwrwear....go team Pink!!!

    3 · November 3, 2013

  • Bonny

    And they're off!

    Team Pink: Rob, Cameron, Lance, Mark, Mila, and Karen. Green Team: JB, Nayeem, Tim and Kathy. Pumpkin Warriors: Matthew, Gavin, Akane, Devinka, Moses and Valerie. Team Extremely Awesome: Mauro, Elise, Gareth, Marco and Maxine.

    November 3, 2013

  • Bonny

    There are two sides to Patterson Station. We are starting on the park side, to the right of the stairs as you get out of the station, by the paved walkway. Text me if you need to![masked]

    November 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss that. Plans with friends came up

    November 2, 2013

  • yang ji b.

    Is it okay if it rains tomorrow?

    November 2, 2013

    • Bonny

      We're doing this rain or shine, and it is supposed to rain tomorrow. Please wear clothes you can be outside in the muck with for the day, including an umbrella, gloves, anything else you may need.

      November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a reminder of the time change tonight. We have to turn our clocks back one hour :)

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Tim

    Where in Central Park , at 12 30 Sun. , ( did I miss something ? ) are we meeting ? Thanku. Tim.

    November 1, 2013

    • Bonny

      It's noon, at right across from Patterson Station. I put all of the necessary details in the (admittedly long) details above.

      November 2, 2013

  • Lydia

    Can't make it this time either but I'm looking forward to trying it !

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Adele

    Can't make the new date neither but would love to go if there is another one.

    1 · October 27, 2013

    • Bonny

      If people enjoy it, I'll definitely organize more.

      October 29, 2013

  • David L.

    can't make the new date I have jousting lessons )=

    October 25, 2013

    • Bonny

      Wow. So awesome!

      October 29, 2013

  • Winnie

    Yay, I'm glad the date got changed because I couldn't make it originally. What time does this event end?

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Bonny

      I think I listed it at 4pm, however it'll really depend on how long it takes you and your team to find the caches. My estimate, based on prior geocaching in this park, is 3-4 hours, however you can leave anytime you may need to.

      October 23, 2013

  • Adele

    I would love to go geochaching. I think this is a great idea! Sunday is a good day for me.

    1 · October 23, 2013

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