Friday, January 20, 2012

The Original Stash

The Original Stash is the location of the very first geocache ever placed. Dave Ulmer placed a 5 gallon bucket in this location on May 3, 2000 and listed the GPS co-ordinates on the internet.  Taken from the History of Geocaching:  On May 3, one such enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" and posted it in an internet GPS users' group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.  The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple: "Take some stuff, leave some stuff." 

On May 3rd he placed his own container, a black bucket, in the woods near Beavercreek, Oregon, near Portland. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his "stash" with the online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav:
N 45° 17.460 W 122° 24.800
It was the stash that kicked off the craze of geocaching as we now know it.  GCGV0P 

The original cache container has since been damaged beyond repair, so in it's place there is now a commemorative plaque and an ammo box nearby that contains the logbook.  In the years since, over 5500 geocachers have made the pilgramage to Portland, Oregon to visit this historic location.  It's been listed almost 1000 times as a favorite geocache.  The cache page also has over 2800 photos attached of people documenting their visits.

Located just 5 hours away from Groundspeak Headquarters, this would make a fun road trip.  Maybe someday!

Don't forget about the current Clif Bar giveaway I have going on until Jan. 22, 2012.  Click the link and be sure to enter.


  1. Hi Kim. thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. It's so nice to meet you.:) My brother and SIL geocache. They've put something in Morro Bay on the coast of Central CA and go back every once in awhile to see if it's still there. They have a lot of fun with it.:)

  2. The original stash tribute plaque is nice. Right up the hill from there, about 200ft away is the(un)original stash - another cache container. So really visiting here is a two for one deal.

  3. That is so cool, I always wondered who started it and where. Too bad the original isn't there anymore. I hope you get to go one day.

  4. Oh! You soooo have to make this a road trip!
    xo Cathy

  5. That's really interesting! So....when are you going?

  6. Can you say BUS TRIP! Wouldn't that be cool? A whole bunch of us on the road, stopping along the way to grab a cache or two. Maybe I'll start a charter? Hey Greyhound did it, why not Bloodhounded?


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