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UK’s biggest geocaching competition launched by Magellan

UK’s biggest geocaching competition launched by Magellan

MagellanSurf too scary, wind too strong?  Get out in the countryside instead with your GPS and have a crack at the biggest ever woodland geocaching competition. Magellan have partnered up with VisitWoods and The Boys’ Brigade to keep us all busy looking for up 30,000 physical prizes across the UK.

Global GPS brand Magellan today launches the UK’s largest ever national geocaching competition, in partnership with VisitWoods and The Boys’ Brigade, which will run throughout the rest of the year and into 2012. Over £30,000 worth of prizes are hidden across the nation in largest ever GPS treasure hunt

Geocaching is a high-tech, 21st century “treasure hunt” game where adventure seekers use GPS technology to hide and find physical objects, solve location-based puzzles, and share experiences online. By using devices such as Magellan’s recently launched eXplorist GC, anyone can download coordinates and clues to caches hidden all over the world.

The Magellan eXplorist GC Treasure Hunt, which launches in partnership with VisitWoods, the online gateway to publicly accessible woodland, and The Boys’ Brigade, challenges users of Magellan’s eXplorist devices to find over £30,000 worth of prizes hidden across the country. Over a thousand volunteers from over 100 Boys’ Brigade companies have hidden and provided clues to hundreds of geocaches in woods all over the country, from Scotland to Plymouth.

Natasha Bartlett-Twivey, Magellan’s Marketing Manager for the UK & Ireland, said: “We’re really excited to launch the UK’s biggest ever geocaching competition and help a new generation enjoy a new hobby while getting out into the great outdoors this autumn. With so many prizes on offer and caches hidden all over the country, there’s never been a better time to start geocaching.”

The prize fund includes:

•    5 x Ironhorse Mountain Bikes
•    5 x Toshiba BW10 camcorders
•    1 x family adventure holiday for four to Andorra
•    5 x two nights stay for two people in any UK Holiday Inn
•    5 x Coleman Seryler Colerados Kayaks         
•    20 x Coleman Northstar Lanterns
•    Plus many more… see www.exploristgctreasurehunt.com for the full list of prizes, plus terms and conditions for entry.                                          

Gayle Wharton, Communications Manager for VisitWoods, said: “We live in a digital age, but also one of ‘nature deficit disorder’, where children and young people are becoming increasingly disconnected with the natural world, and parents often lack the confidence to let them play and explore outside. Geocaching offers the excitement of a high-tech game, but gets kids and their families outside together. Woods are fantastic places to spend time and experience nature, whatever the season, so we hope that this competition will encourage more people around the UK to enjoy and explore their local woodland.”

Chris Norman, IT & Communications Manager for The Boys’ Brigade, said: “The spirit of exploration and discovery inherent in geocaching makes it a great activity for young people to get involved in. Over 1,000 of our members, from over 100 of our local companies were involved in hiding the caches and providing clues – we hope our efforts encourage more young people up and down the country to take the hobby up for themselves.”

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