Overedge – Chapter 10 Map Head

Hello everyone, I’m Michael Amberg, I turned 15 this summer and am now in 9th grade. I was born in Los Angeles, California but moved to Austin when i was 6 years old. I love traveling and have been to many places including all over Europe, the Galapagos, Croatia, and I’ve actually spent over a year of my life in the Caribbean! I currently don’t really know any other languages, but am taking spanish 2 this year.

My chapter is “Overedge”, chapter 10 of MapHead. The chapter begins with the release of modern day GPS systems. Which “… made life ten times better for map nerds everywhere.”[186] Not long after, Dave Ulmer invents a new sport “geocaching”. Then, it was known as GPS stashing, but is was still the same idea. Dave went out next morning to a hillside  and buried a 5 gallon bucket with different items, and a notebook for people to sign their names. He later posted the latitude/ longitude location on the internet, a day later Mike Teague drove out and found Dave’s cache. “That weekend, like a carrier of a virus, Teague created two new stashes of his own, on the slopes of Mount Saint Helens.”[189] After that, the website was created and geocaching exploded, in 2001 there were only 300 caches, at the end of 2002 there were over 10 thousand, in March 2008, the cache count hit 1 million. Now, there are over 1000 appearing everyday, “Its the biggest hobby in the world that nobody knows about.”- Bryan Roth. But since the beginning, geocaching has greatly changed. For one, you are no longer allowed to put money in them. There are also things existing such as “speed runs” or being the worlds greatest geocacher, like Lee van der Bokke, He “… has racked up a staggering 53,353 finds, more than anyone else in the world almost 15,000 more than his nearest rival.”[206]

While reading this book, I was not only fascinated by Jennings knowledge of the world, but also how I found out how little I truly knew about the world. The way Jennings wrote in this book made this book not only knowledgeable, but also humorous and interesting. After reading MapHead I am now encouraged to read maps more and also go geocaching. I hope others had the same experience I had with this, and hope the world finds out a little bit more about itself.

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3 thoughts on “Overedge – Chapter 10 Map Head

  1. Wow that is really interesting Micahel, I was also born in California and have traveled a lot. It’s pretty cool that you spent a year in the Caribbean! One thing in your post that really caught my attention was that Lee van der Bokke gathered 53,353 finds! My question for you is, what other languages do you want to learn?

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  2. Great summary Michael! You summarized this chapter well, explaining how Geocaching has become so big, and how many people take part in it. One thing that caught my attention was the speed runs and regulations. It’s pretty cool how you have been to Croatia. How was it over there? Once again, Great job!

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  3. Great summary Michael! You summarized this chapter well, explaining how Geocaching has become so big, and how many people take part in it. One thing that caught my attention was the speed runs and regulations. It’s pretty cool how you have been to Croatia. How was it over there? Once again, Great job!
    (Forgot to sign in first time)

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