Geocaching event a staple of weekend events

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer

The fourth annual Nomad Cachers Allowed at the Oasis, a Geocache event, will be held Saturday at Oasis State Park as a part of Roosevelt County’s Heritage Days festivities.

Event organizer Doug Lynch said Geocaching is basically a high-tech scavenger hunt using GPS devices. He said participants need to be a member of www.geocaching.com, which is free, and have to have their own GPS device.

Lynch said numerous caches will be hidden in and around Portales. GeoCache participants will work in teams in a timed race beginning at 11 a.m. to find the hidden caches using their GPS units and return to the starting point at Oasis.

“It’s just a blast and a great way to get out of the house,” Lynch said.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners as well as first-to-find prizes at each hidden cache.

Prizes have been donated by businesses such as Trader Horn and Sport Lab in Clovis.

Participants can find the location of the starting point by getting the coordinates off the GeoCache Web site and can enter Oasis State Park for free.

Lynch said 138 participants have registered to date.

“Participants will be coming to Portales from Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and even New York state on Thursday to compete in Saturday’s event.”

“It’s a very addictive sport,” he said. “It involves all kinds of people, from car mechanics to doctors.”

He said there will also be a Kids Cache event that will take place within walking distance of the starting point at Oasis. The kids will look for their own set of hidden caches which will reveal toys and games as prizes.

The event should end approximately 6 p.m.

More information on Geocache can be found on the Web site.