PITTSFIELD Hikers and bushwhackers will have a chance to win prizes for walking in the woods this summer under a special geocaching event organized by the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.
Weve hidden 10 caches on our properties around the Berkshires, said BNRC President Tad Ames. Its a Berkshire treasure hunt. Find all 10 caches, and youll win a collection of prizes, and youll have a chance in the grand prize drawing for a kayak.
Geocaching is a growing adventure sport for Global Positioning System (GPS) users, Ames said. GPS units small, self-contained satellite receivers have become a common accessory for outdoors people and land managers. The GPS user downloads geographic coordinates from satellites, allowing for relatively easy navigation to sometimes obscure locations.
We use GPS all the time in our work, and we thought the geocaching event would be a fun way for recreational users to get out and explore our land, Ames said.
BNRC owns 53 properties totaling approximately 6,400 acres, Ames said. The caches are scattered around the county.
Most of them should be fairly easy to get to, he said, but weve mixed in a couple of sadistic sites too. Anyone who wants that kayak is really going to have to hunt. Its going to take a good combination of heart, brains and muscle to find all 10 caches.