Geocaching trails can be found throughout West Virginia. And now a local student has designed one at Fairmont State University that was unveiled Saturday.
Geocaching is a form of modern-day treasure hunting with the use of electronics.
Prior to Saturday there were 65 caching trails in West Virginia. Now No. 66 is open.
“Anyone anytime can access the trail. Just go to geocaching.com, sign up with an account. It’s free to play. So come on out with your family, get some physical exercise and enjoy the outdoors,” said Mark Webb, trail designer.
Webb is a junior at East Fairmont High School. This is the fourth trail he’s designed, but certainly the highest profile one.
It also was the fastest one he’s set up once he got the go-ahead from Fairmont State, having just two months to complete it.
And he made it for everyone to enjoy.
“So I really wanted to incorporate something for everybody. I knew there were going to be a lot of beginners here. So I wanted to make them easy enough for them, but also an enjoyable time for all the veterans and experienced cachers,” said Webb.
The Fighting Falcons Geotrail is made up of 15 different geocaches placed at various spots around campus.
They range from caches you simply find under a rock, to ones ones you need to solve complex puzzles to figure out. Seven different types of geocaches have been placed to be found.
“Each cacher is going to have a different experience at each cache. Some people may solve the puzzles easily. Some people might have to team up with someone else – two brains are better than one type thing – to open it up,” said Webb.