APC is proud to announce the creation and release of the first OCB pathtag.
The APC thanks Jeff from TEAM 360 who is the OCB caretaker, for working closely with us to bring the pathtag to reality and giving us the distribution rights for the tag.
HISTORY REGARDING THE O.C.B
Selective Availability of Global Positioning System satellites ended at midnight, May 1, 2000, after President Clinton signed a bill that stopped intentional degradation of GPS signals made available to the public.
Ref: Press release (May 1, 2000)
Two days later Dave Ulmer wrote publicly about his plans to create "The Great American GPS Stash Hunt." At the same time, he predicted that "soon we will have thousands of stashes all over the world to go searching for."
On that same day (May 3), he hid the first GPS stash in a 5 gallon bucket. He reported the contents to include Delorme Topo USA software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot. Today, The Original Stash Tribute Plaque is near that site.
Before the month was over, other "stashes" were appearing around the globe and Mike Teague had created the first website. On May 30, Matt Stum raised a historic issue: Cache vs. Stash. It was quickly decided that cache would replace stash.
Geocaching.com (currently the oldest and largest geocache listing site) became a reality on Sept. 6, 2000, when Teague announced that the new site, owned by Jeremy Irish, would be the main listing site.
OCB – “Original Can of Beans”. One of the items placed in the very first geocache (actually called a “stash” at the time). The can, which was never traded for, was later recovered. It has been made into a Travel Bug, which occasionally makes appearances at various geocaching events and get-togethers.