PhotoCaching

This outing combines the "treasure hunt" aspect of geocaching with the practice of honing your "what do I see here?" composition skills.

This caching run is about a 4.5km walk over flat streets and mild hills. It can be thought of as two halves: waterfront walk and urban streets. Anticipating an average of 10 minutes shooting at each stop, it should be about a 3 hour event (plus the amount of time we take for eating!), bringing you full loop back to the starting point.

A couple of segments will be "shooting on the run" -- where the GPS waypoints are not "stops" but rather define a line where you will practice your best guerrilla photography.

Below are files for the waypoints to be used in this outing. If you don't have a GPS device or GPS enabled smartphone (with data plan?), then make sure you pair up with someone who does when you get to the outing.

Please use the file/format most convenient for you. There are even more GPS devices than camera models, so we can't give you instructions for every device and app out there. Please take some time to make sure you know how to use the device/app you will be using -- both plugging in the coordinates and being able to navigate to the waypoints.

The first half of this outing is along the waterfront and not on the streets. Be aware of the "navigation mode" of your app/device -- it may keep suggesting you go back up to the nearest street before going to the next, all points can be reached following the walking areas in a relatively straight line along the waterfront parks. PC-07 and above will take you up onto the main streets.

Files:

PC2016.gpx ( Alternate download link for some phones -- preserves file type)
This is a GPX file which is a route file that can be loaded into some GPS devices and GPS apps. Once loaded you navigate to the first waypoint and once there the app should start to navigate you to the next waypoint (some apps will do this automatically, others require you to click something to head for the next waypoint). The "clues" are included in the file and some apps will display that text as well.


QRCodes-PC2016-Pt1-PocketMod.pdf
QRCodes-PC2016-Pt2-PocketMod.pdf
These are "PocketMods", they contain the locations as QR Codes which can be scanned by an app and usually will tie you into your favourite mapping application (on my phone, that is Google Maps) -- use the mapping app then to navigate to the waypoint. When you're ready to move on, scan the next code.
There are two, one for each half of the outing: waterfront and streets.
PocketMods are a single paper sheet that can be folded into a little 8 page booklet.


Photocaching-2016.pdf
This guide has the way point locations as their raw GPS decimal (DEC) coordinates (latitude first, then longitude) and also as degrees, minutes, seconds (DMS) -- which coordinate format you use will depend on the device/app where you are entering your coordinates. Google Maps accepts both formats, older GPS devices often will only take the DMS format.

Apps:

For smartphone apps, a couple of (Android) possibilities are:

(I assume there are similar apps for iPhone, but I don't own an iPhone so can't help you there.)