GPS Stash Hunt (Geocache) Homepage


The GPS Stash Hunt, also known as Geocaching, is a fun way for recreational GPS users to get out and actually use their GPS receivers for something exciting!

Essentially, it is a treasure hunt -- A container hidden somewhere, filled with prizes. You use a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to find it. All you need to get started is a basic GPS receiver, which almost everyone on earth can buy for for under $100.

From the first FAQ dated 5/12/00:

The Global Positioning Stash Hunt (GPSH) is an entertaining adventure game
for gps users. Participating in a stash hunt is a good way to take advantage
of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic plan is to
have individuals and organizations set up stashes all over the world and
share the locations of these stashes on the internet. GPS users can then use
the location coordinates to find the stashes. Once found, a stash may provide
the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is
that if they take something from the stash, they should try to leave something
for the stash.
The first stash (a bucket partially buried underground on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon) was placed by Dave Ulmer on May 3rd 2000; by May 6th, two readers of the USENET newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav had found it and logged their visits in the logbook.. It's now turned into a worldwide phenomenon, with stashes on 4 continents, and an average of 2-3 new stashes per week since it's inception.

The Rule

Take something, leave something. Write it in the Logbook.


6/12/00 - The Geocache Distance Table - Now with links to maps from! thanks to Matt Stum.

6/1/00 - An Introduction to Recreational Geocaching - by Dave Ulmer

5/31/00 - An apparent settlement on the issue of the name of the game - yes, "stash" is still acceptable.. The game is the same, no matter what the name.

5/15/00 - The GPSSTASH mailing list - get all the latest Stash/Geocache information in your email.

Active Stashes

All coordinates WGS84 datum.

Search By Latitude/Longitude - (now with maps!) courtesy of Matt Stum

USA State by State listing:

Other Countries:

Things you might find in a typical stash: a can of beans, cigarette lighters, music CD's, computer software, maps, tire irons, jewlery, cigarettes, handheld GPS's, wine, beer, MRE's, money, gift certificates, books, computer CPU's -- basically anything that will fit in the stash container (or not, in some cases).. People are very creative with the stash treasures. You never know what you might find!

Stash Hunting and Stashing Tips


Other Organizations With Similar Activities

Email me (Mike Teague) at with any changes/updates/suggestions for this page, or new stash info.

This site is updated daily for all of your stashing and stash hunting needs!

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