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World record geocaching attempt in Denver

Benchmarking is a fun GPS activity
Benchmarking is a fun GPS activity
Art Pennington Photo

Boy Scouts from all over the Denver Area are invited to help set a Guinness World Record on Saturday, March 19. On that date, the Colorado Spatial Reference Network and the Colorado Department of Transportation will participate in the First Annual Simultaneous Global Positioning System Survey.

This event is part of an attempt to set a record for the most simultaneous GPS recording/observations in all 50 United States. Information gathered by the Scouts is recorded in a database to improve published benchmark information.

The Scouts will record benchmark AE5353 located near the Colorado Department of Transportation facility at 4201 E Arkansas Ave in Denver, Colorado. The event begins at 10:30 AM.

Benchmarking is a variation of geocaching where cachers find metal disks permanently affixed to a solid, stable surface. Benchmarks are used by surveyors, engineers, map makers, and other professionals who need a highly accurate positional reference for their work.

There is also a geocache nearby named ‘The Lost Art of Benchmarking (Denver Area #12)’ that is available to add to your geocaching experience.

The event organizers will also have a display of GPS equipment and a handleld GPS navigation course for Scouts to attempt.

It is recommended to bring your own GPS receiver as there will be a very limited number available to borrow.

Come and be part of the world record experience.


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