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What’s going on?

For those who are thinking of attending one of the sessions or activities during the event here is a quick rundown of what to expect in each case.

We have a team of “Volunteer” Geocachers willing to share their knowledge and experiences with you.
The Kinetic and Stampede rooms are upstairs in the Palliser Pavilion (East of the Stockade)
We have scheduled the sessions so leaders have time to set up; in this way you should get in at least three sessions. Have fun, thank the session leaders and happy learning!!!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Wherigo’s with “Stonagal” aka Josh in the Stampede Room
The most obscure cache type that can still be hidden in 2017 – Wherigos. How do you play them? Why do they only work on certain devices? How can I make my own? And what’s all this business about “reverse” Wherigos? I’m not an expert, but I’ll answer all these questions and more at the Wherigo session.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Unique Caches with “Pere Rabbit” aka Markus in the Kinetic Room
Want to make that micro, MIST, film canister cache have a little more POW? Need some insight to making that great cache container last longer? Looking for inspiration and ideas for making a more entertaining container for geocaching? Markus has some “out side” of the box ideas to show and tell. A touchy feely session of his cache containers and some advice of what not to do. Why learn from the same mistakes “Pere Rabbit’ has made? Let him share his knowledge with you. Door prize for a creative container included. See you there. Come and meet me.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. GPS track log Art Contest with “onecrazycanadian” aka Tom meet in the Stockade lobby
Let’s see who can make the best Saddle, Boot, Wagon wheel or some other Western shape? Show the organizers the picture and enter your name for a draw. In the FIELD to the WEST of the Stockade. Meet Tom (One Crazy Canadian) in the lobby at 11:00 am for some art fun.
The idea of the Geoart contest is to make the most original and inspirational piece of art you can create with your GPS. The entries will be judged by a panel of other cachers. This is done by clearing your track logs then setting the GPS to have them visible. And like an ‘etch a sketch’ – you then walk around and see what kind of figure you can come up with. It’s fun and will bring out your artistic side.

11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Geocaching 101 with “Tamarak Gurl” aka Tamara in the Stampede Room
My name is Tamarak Gurl and I have been a Geocacher for 15 years. I hope you will find Geo 101 informative. By attending, you will discover the history of Geocaching, what this game is all about, how to play, some of the etiquette that is involved, what all these letters mean (FTF, TFTC, DNF, MIST, 5/5, TB) and more! At the end if time allows we will play find that cache photo edition! There will be a few door prizes. Seats are first come – first serve and then there’s standing room. I hope you learn lots! I love geocaching and the places it has taken me, the experiences I have had as well as the people I have met along the way! Happy Trails!

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Geocaching 201 with “Stonagal” aka Josh in the Kinetic Room
You know the basics of Geocaching and now you want to take the hobby (obsession?) to the next level. How do I get the most (caching-wise) out of a road trip? Can I load lots of caches without having to manually download each one? How can I find a cache hidden on a specific date? Why do people keep saying things like “Jasmer”, “Fizzy”, and “Zombie”? I’ll try to answer as many of these questions as possible, and more.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Ask the Reviewer with “One Crazy Canadian” aka Tom in the Stampede Room
The Reviewer session is your opportunity to meet me face to face and ask me about the guidelines and any aspects of cache reviewing that you want. The only thing I ask is that you don’t ask me about a specific cache as I am not sure I would know which one you are asking about. As many of you know I recently gained a helper who until now has remained anonymous. However, they are here now and will be revealed shortly. I also have a contest for those who like coins. Up for grabs is a special geocoin celebrating my 10 years of reviewing in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Only open to those who attend the session. See you there!

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “An introduction to Geocaching Swiss Army Knife” (GSAK) by Hurleyanne aka Lorianne in the Kinetic Room
During this seminar, Hurleyanne will introduce you to GSAK, a program which allows you to organize cache information in databases so you can take your geocaching planning to the next level. You will learn how to set up databases and use features to connect to your GPS receiver or to Geocaching.com. This will include things like mass logging of caches, populating a bookmark list, analyzing your statistics and weeding out caches you don’t want to search for! Hurleyanne has been using GSAK since the start of paperless geocaching and makes regular use of it in planning her adventures.

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