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Welcome Introduction

Geocaching is a worldwide adventure sport which utilizes GPS devices to hide and seek hidden containers called geocaches. (Learn more about geocaching) To get started geocaching, all you need is a GPS receiver and a geocache location. (Learn more about getting started) You can find a nearby geocache location at geocaching.com by entering an address or town into the search box.

The Manitoba Geocaching Association (MBGA) strives to advance the sport of geocaching through social activities, public education and promotion of geocaching. (Learn more about the MBGA).

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Cacher of the Month - June 2006

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  1. When did you start Geocaching?
  2. I found Bridgeview I, the closest cache to my house on July 24, 2003.

  3. How did you find out about Geocaching?
  4. I had seen it mentioned on a couple tech websites.

  5. What was it about geocaching that got you hooked into the game?
  6. Excuses. Namely, an excuse to get a new gadget, an excuse to get out, explore and exercise. That’s what got me started, what keeps me coming back are all the lovely experiences of being out alone discovering a new area or seeing something you’ve never seen before.

Meeting with Provincial Parks - June 27, 2006

Meeting with Cathy from Provincial Parks regarding the Development of a Geocaching Policy

  • Cathy is a planner with Provincial Parks, conservation and recreation based.
  • There are approx. 100 parks, each with different rules
  • A benefit of geocaching is it may attract people to underutilized parks
  • Concern: the creation of new trails that interfere with current park users, and the increase in traffic
  • Concern: all-terrain vehicles – are they popular in geocaching? Will they be creating new trails?
  • Caches located off the trails have potential pitfalls
  • Trying to avoid an official permitting feature. They are trying to keep it at a district level – need to find out prior to placing the cache if it will be okay. A form will be filled out and kept as proof of authorization. You will be able to get a copy of the form if requested.

MBGA General Meeting - June 8, 2006

Location: Big Guys N49 49.649 W097 06.356
Time: 8:06 --> 9:20

Present:
Steven (ertyu), Brian (grnbrg), Tobey (3Ts&aG), Roger (The-Stuntman), Peter (Peter and Gloria), Scott (Lizardo), Dani (dani_carriere)

Absent:
Jen (ava_ad0re), Daniel (Master Instigator), Teal (pink_panther)

Members Present:
Paula (Mhz), Sandra (junglehair)


Milestones - May 2006

Congratulations to the following MBGA members who have reached milestones during the past month.

100 Finds:

Profile for Cache and Cary Profile for JayPeg

300 Finds:

Profile for 3T's&aG Profile for burchil Profile for Sam and Lily

500 Finds:

Profile for MHz Profile for MLKoop Profile for The-Stuntman

600 Finds:

Profile for ertyu

700 Finds:

Profile for Peter and Gloria

100 Hides:

Profile for polarbeardiggers

The MBGA would like to welcome Junglehair back to Winnipeg.

Parks Canada Workshop

On May 5 and 6 of 2006, there were collaborative discussions between Parks Canada, Geocachers and Non-Government Organizations (NGO's) in Gatineau, Quebec. The purpose of the workshop was to jointly create policy recommendations for Parks Canada management at their invitation. It was a positive experience for all participants involved. This was step two of five in the second phase in a process that started May 2005 to develop a geocaching policy. An anticipated implementation date for the policy is Spring 2007. Until a final policy is in place, the interim policy remains in effect. We are optimistic that some form of physical geocaching will exist in Parks Canada in the future. A more in depth summary of details will follow.