Friday, May 14, 2010
Geocaching is 10 years old...OK, I know I'm a little late to the game...
Geocaching is 10 years old...Ok...I know that I'm a little late to the game. Geocaching celebrated 10 years of caching on May Day (aka May 1st.) Due to school, school, and more school little Buggywasher and I celebrated just a little. We set out a cache to celebrate 10 years of caching!
Click HERE to check out our cache.
Geocaching turns 10 years old!
Geocaching was imagined shortly after the removal of Selective Availability from GPS on May 1, 2000, because the improved accuracy of the system allowed for a small container to be specifically placed and located. The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon.
The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav. By May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once (by Mike Teague of Vancouver, Washington). According to Dave Ulmer's message, the original stash was a black plastic bucket buried most of the way in the ground and contained software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot.
Geocaching was originally referred to as GPS stash hunt or gpsstashing. This was changed after a discussion in the gpsstash discussion group at eGroups (now Yahoo!). On May 30, 2000, Matt Stum suggested that "stash" could have negative connotations, and suggested instead geocaching.
Oh, and by the way...that picture is NOT Diecast64 (we may be old, but not that old!) or Buggywasher (he doesn't shave yet!) It's a picture of Dave Ulmer at the very first geocache!