What geocaching is about?
Geocaching is a modern outdoor recreational game in which participants seek “treasures” by means of GPS. These treasures are special containers (so-called geocaches) hidden previously in various interesting places. In all of them, there is a logbook where dates are entered by founders to confirm what they have achieved. Founders should do the same at the website geocaching.com Apart from a logbook, in bigger containers you may also find different things left by those you found the container earlier. These are usually small objects such as coins, figurines and toys which can be taken by any finder on condition that they replace them with their own things of a similar value. Moreover, in “geocaches” you may also find “hitchhikers”: Travel Bugs or Geocoins. They are moved from cache to cache by geocachers and due to special numbers on plates or directly on the caches, it is possible to track them, no matter where they are.
Geocaching is very popular round the world and is gaining more and more fans because of its unique form linking new kind of tourism with outdoor activities and good fun. Currently, there are over 2 million geocaches and their number is systematically rising.
The history of geocaching is strongly connected with decoding previously disrupted signals sent by satellites to GPS. It was on 3 May 2000. Then, one day later, Dave Ulmer from America, a GPS equipment enthusiast, hid a bucket in a forest and posted its location at a GPS discussion platform. The container was full of various objects aiming at encouraging others to find it. Over the next few days, more and more people were finding the container using their GPS devices and shared their experience at the mentioned discussion platform. New enthusiasts, inspired by this idea, started to locate their caches and post their locations. These were the beginnings of geocaching. Soon after that, special websites focusing only on this game were created. As the first one, the geocaching.com service was created (2 September 2000) which now has the biggest number of data concerning caches all over the world. Apart from this website, there are also two other global ones: Navicache and Terracache. However, they have not achieved such success. Many countries have their own, local websites about geocaches. The term "geocaching" was used for the first time on 30 May 2000. The word “cache” refers to treasures hidden by pirates, thieves and escapees. The prefix “geo” (the earth) refers to the global character of the game and geography as science. It is possible to find geocaches thanks to knowing their geographic coordinates. The word “geocaches” means hidden containers which people are to find.
A handful of history…
Górzno is the capital of Polish geocaching and also the smallest city in Poland.
Although being the smallest, it had the privilege of hosting the biggest and first international rally of geocachers - MEGA POLAND 2013.
The Dworek Wapionka Hotel *** supported the organisers actively, being hospitable and welcoming geocachers from many countries warmly. The number of geocaches and their diversity in Górzno and its vicinity is a challenge for advances players and for those who are thinking of beginning their geocaching adventure.
We recommend especially:
- Trail round the Górznieńskie Lake - Marzenie
- Trail to the Górzno-Lidzbark Landscape Park - Skarby Lasu
- Bird’s Trail for very advanced - Bird Line
- Trail through the lakes - Wodne Złoto Górzna
- Trail for quads and all-terrain vehicles - 4 x 4
- Trail for canoes - Kayak
Geocaching is a game for people aged from 2 to 102, for our guests and their children.
Dworek Wapionka encourages you to find treasures of Górzno and its vicinity.