Geocaching to mark national park centennial

Visit Rainier has created a new geocaching “GeoTour” for the Mt. Rainier region.

Intended as part of the 2016 centennial celebration for the National Park Service, the GeoTour will feature 100 geocaches for explorers to discover in and around the Mt. Rainier area.

It all starts with the first series of 25 geocaches that were released this week. Locations range from the Naches Trail Monument to Crystal Mountain.

After finding the 25 geocaches and recording code words for each in a “passport” for the first series, participants can submit a form to receive a prize.

Additional geocaching series – each with 25 locations – will be released on Oct. 2, 2015, April 1, 2016 and Sept. 16, 2016.

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Participants are asked to sign the logbook inside each cache and to be sure and record the code word in their passport. In addition, most of the caches will have trade items, so enthusiasts are encouraged to bring some “swag to swap.”

For more details and to download a passport visit VisitRainier.com/GeoTour.



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