Introduction

What is the Fraser Valley Cache Bash

The Fraser Valley Cache Bash (FVCB) is an annual event that is focused on refreshing the geocaching gameboard. We do this by hiding quality geocaches.

We encourage geocache owners to consider their existing geocaches, and if they are no longer being found regularly, or are tired and in need of a refresh, to archive them, and place a new, better quality geocache somewhere nearby.

A Printable Handout for the Fraser Valley Cache Bash is available.

alternative
Events

Two events and a month of geocaching

alternative

Cache Bash Leap Off

Meet & greet other geocachers, learn more about the FVCB and "Refreshing the Gameboard", and ask any questions you might have.

Date: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020

Time: 10:30 am to Noon

Location: Langley

alternative

Cache Release Day

Have your car gassed up, snacks and beverages in the cooler, and be ready to go and you might be one of the lucky few who will be First to Find!

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Time: All Day

Location: Fraser Valley

alternative

Community Celebration & BBQ

Trophies will be awarded based on your nominations for the caches submitted for this year's event.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Hougen Park

Details

Event Dates

  • Fraser Valley Cache Bash Leap Off - February 29, 2020, 10:30 am - Noon at Douglas Recreation Centre, 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC.
  • Geocache submission deadline - March 21, 2020
  • Geocache publication day - April 4, 2020
  • Nominations for prizes closes at 9pm - May 1, 2020
  • Community Celebration Event & BBQ - May 2, 2020, 5-7pm, Hougen Park, Abbotsford

Hiding Caches

So you want to hide a cache for Fraser Valley Cache Bash. We have some guidelines for having your geocache included in this event.
  1. Event Boundaries
    • The western boundary on the south side of the Fraser River is 196 Street (Surrey/Langley border), and on the north side of the Fraser River, it is either Pitt River or Pitt Lake. Barnston Island is excluded as are any islands in the Pitt River south of Pitt Lake.
    • The southern boundary is N49 00.250 - slightly north of the Canada/US border.
    • The eastern boundary is the east side of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park.
    • The northern boundary is N 49 42.500. Along Highway 1 that's Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park (N 49 42.500 W 121 25.000).
  2. FVCB Boundaries - 2019
    FVCB Boundaries - 2020
    (click for larger version)
    Map of FVCB Boundaries for 2020 A KML file of the boundaries is also available.
  3. If you would like to hide FVCB caches (no pressure) they can be hidden and submitted until March 21, 2020 (2 weeks before the publication date). Late submissions may not be reviewed in time for publication on April 4, 2020, and will be reviewed as time permits. Late submissions will still be considered for trophies.
  4. Please hide containers that are small, regular, large or other. There are more than enough micro containers out there!
  5. The key to winning a trophy is Quality, not Quantity. Please consider taking some extra time to hide something special, interesting, or unique.
  6. Cache Pages:
    1. Cache Title must include the abbreviation FVCB3 at the END of the title. This lets people search for caches for this event, and keeps it out of the way for those people using handheld GPS receivers. Example: My Epic Cache FVCB3.
    2. If your cache is hidden on private property, make sure to say as much in the cache description so people know they're allowed to seek the cache there.
    3. To help reduce damage to an area, please include a useful hint. Hints such as "a typical hide" is not a useful hint. A lot of people may be searching for this cache in the first few days.
    4. Reviewer Notes are required on all cache hides and should include the following:
      • Describe the container in detail (eg. medium size rectangular L&L, and has Geocache written on the outside and contact information inside it; or a birdhouse hanging from a branch with a wire loop).
      • Describe where and how you've hidden it (eg. under a pile of sticks 3m from an established trail, or zap strapped to a branch). Be prepared to submit a photo if the Reviewer asks for it.
      • Is your cache a Mystery Cache? If so, you must describe the method for solving it clearly in your Reviewer Note. This information will be deleted before your cache is published.
      • Is your cache on private property? If so let the Reviewer know and provide them with the land owner’s or manager’s contact information.
      • If your cache is in a Provincial Park let the reviewer know that you have read the BC Parks Policy (pdf) and your cache is in compliance.
      • If your cache is hidden in a Metro Vancouver Park (ie. Derby Reach Regional Park), please read and follow their geocaching guidelines. One thing to note in their guidelines is that geocaches must be 500m from each other.
      • If your cache is hidden in an Indian Reserve, please provide permission for your hide when you submit it for review.
      • Please read the guidelines before creating your cache page on geocaching.com. They may have been updated since the last time you read them.
      • IMPORTANT: Add: "This is an FVCB cache. Please publish it on Saturday, April 4, 2020".
Note: You may not hear from a reviewer unless there is a problem with your cache.

Finding Caches

All caches submitted for Fraser Valley Cache Bash will hopefully be published on the morning of April 4, 2020 between 8am and 10am. Have your car gassed up, snacks and beverages in the cooler, and be ready to go and you might be one of the lucky few who will be First to Find! There is no kickoff event on April 4th - you'll be able to use the Geocaching Search feature to find the caches and start as soon as they're published. Or click this link to run the search directly after they have been published.

Nominating Caches

Trophies may be awarded in these (or other) categories, based on your nominations, and based on what caches are actually hidden.
  • Brilliant camo job
  • Excellent puzzle cache
  • Awesome night cache
  • Wonderful trail series
  • Spectacular multi-cache
  • Evil cache (tricky, frustrating or whatever)
Please send us your nominees for trophies. There will be a trophy for each category. We will provide a nomination form on this website once the caches are published. Make sure to note the GC Code and Cache Name when you find a cache worth nominating. All nominations for trophies must be made by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 9pm. Late submissions will not be considered.

Wrap-Up Event

The wrap-up event will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 2, 2020 in East Abbotsford. We will hand out trophies to the lucky winners in each category.

Want to Help?

We're looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks including helping organize the wrap-up event and creating trophies. If you're interested, please use the Contact Form to get in touch if you want to help out.
CONTACT

Get In Touch