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POP QUIZ: Geocaching Basics

Before the end of the academic year we at Caching Now thought it might just be time for a pop quiz—on geocaching of course! Here are a few items we think every geocacher should have logged in their memory bank. How many do you know?
1. Where is the cache for these coordinates and why is it significant: N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800?
2. What happened on May 2, 2000?
 How many satelites does GPS technology use?
3. Who placed the first cache?
4. What is the meaning of the terms geo and cache?
5. What is a muggle?
6. Which continent is the only one without a geocache?
7. GPS technology uses how many satellites?
            A) 12 to 20
            B) 24 to 32
            C) 36 to 44
8. CITO is a common geocaching abbreviation—what does it stand for?
9. Each cache is rated for which 3 characteristics?
10. It is recommended that you do NOT leave which of the following items in a cache?
            A) Mosquito wipes
            B) Antibacterial hand gel
            C) Chocolate
1. N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800 are the coordinates for the first cache ever placed. It was located near Beaver Creek, OR. (see also #3)
2. The US government released selective availability to the general public on May 2, 2000 thereby dramatically improving the accuracy of GPS technology.
3. The first cache was placed by Dave Ulmer—the father of geocaching. (see also #1)
4. Geo = earth; cache = a hiding or storage location.
5. A muggle is a person in the area of a geocache who is not a geocacher. It is derived from the Harry Potter stories referring to people without magical powers as muggles.
6. Trick question! All continents—including Antarctica have caches placed on them. There are caches in 100 countries and on all seven continents!
7. According to Wikipedia, GPS technology uses “a constellation of between 24 and 32 medium Earth orbit satellites.” These satellites will tell you your location, the local time and the speed of your travel.
8. CITO stands for Cache In, Trash Out—a motto to leave every geocache area cleaner than it was found. Together, geocachers make a significant and positive influence on the environment!
9. Each cache is rated for size: micro—small—regular—large, difficulty: 1 to 5 stars (1 being easiest), and terrain: 1 to 5 stars (1 being easiest).
10. It is recommended that food—along with drugs/alcohol, firearms/ammunition, knives, fireworks/lighters… not be left in geocaches. Geocaches with food in them frequently are found and ransacked by hungry animals who aren’t interested in signing the logbook or re-hiding the cache.
9-10 Right Answers: Wow! You’re a pro!
6-8 Right Answers: You’ve got the basics, but there’s room for improvement.
1-5 Right Answers: Better go geocaching today and brush up on your skills!

This Pop Quiz was originally published June, 2009


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