Have you ever gone out geocaching in a group or do you mostly cache alone/with your family? Many people really enjoy the group atmosphere of finding caches. Group caching is not only fun, but also a great way to meet other geocachers, learn from them, make new friends and probably the most appealing would be the social aspect. Back in August 2009 the Golden Horseshoe Monthly Geocaching Club (GHMGC) was created as a way to bring like minded people together for a day of fun and adventure. Part of the inspiration came from seeing how much fun the Ottawa Geomob had each weekend, so why not do something similar in the Golden Horseshoe area stretching from Niagara to Durham region and beyond.
The first monthly group cache outing for the Golden Horseshoe Monthly Geocaching Club was in October 2009 in Guelph and saw 26 eager geocachers take part, some of which drove more than an hour to join in on the fun. Since that first group cache outing, the group hasn’t missed a month and we just celebrated our 3rd anniversary and already on our 38th consecutive month of group caching on December 1st in Oakville.
Over the past 3 years we have gone to many areas stretching as far west as London, north to Hanover and east to Napanee. In the 3 years, total attendance has been 1262 geocachers finding 1226 geocaches, with 273 different geocachers attending, ranging from 13 up to 60 geocachers coming out in a given month and much more during the group’s annual February sledding event that takes place in Halton Hills. In addition to these monthly group outings, we’ve also worked with Kortright Centre for Conservation to host an annual weekend long event which has reached an attendance of well over 200 people. Members of the group have also placed a series of 12 monthly challenge caches.
There have been many memorable moments over the years including some cache owners who have left welcome notes in their caches for us; thanks 2 Land rovers and KAREBearFamily. Also the many cache owners that have taken their time to ensure their caches were in great shape and also to meet up with us as we found their caches. Big thanks for contributing to the wonderful caching experiences that we have each month. Perhaps one of the most memorable group cache outings was back in December while in the Glen Major area when a group of four young adults who were fairly new to caching joined us later in the day. One could see the excitement in their eyes as they eagerly made trades, took pictures and got excited about each find as if it was their first. This just emphasized the enjoyment and happiness people get from caching and the good times we have as a group.
We’re now in our 4th year of group caching, and each month we look forward to new adventure with the group, making new friends and connecting with old. To find out more and take part in our monthly caching adventures, visit the group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/122400489709. We have a great community of over 330 members.