Catching the geocaching fever

Jacques, geocaching in Iceland.
Jacques, geocaching in Iceland.

Summer 2016 may be best remembered as the summer when Pokémon GO took the world by storm, forcing teens and gamers out of their houses and onto the streets. All this activity was set in motion by the goal of catching virtual critters populating our neighbourhoods.

While some found it ridiculous to see hordes of people roaming the streets in search of Pikachu, others viewed this phenomenon as a way to combine the appeal of video games and virtual reality with the great outdoors. People were stepping out of their homes and exploring their neighbourhoods in a new way. It was a type of urban awakening, where people began to notice city landmarks and murals they never knew existed. It appeared to be as much an opportunity to gather and socialize in groups as playing the actual game.

But long before Pokémon GO was even a concept, there was another activity that let you explore your surroundings using technology: geocaching.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or smart phone to find containers (geocaches) at specific coordinates all over the world. Continue reading “Catching the geocaching fever”