What exactly is GPS spot-seeking? Well, it’s kind of like geocaching, but with less walking. The race involves driving a set route based on the GPS coordinates you are provided, with the help of a sat-nav device. Competitors receive a list of challenges—a kind of quiz—and need to find the answers/solutions to them at each of the coordinates. You’ll earn points for every correct answer. Final standings are decided based on the number of points you collect during the race. That’s about it!
In practice, each team will need to complete daily stages, doing so individually. In other words, you can drive along the route as designated by the coordinates or explore and find your own routes and adventures, if that’s more your thing. The point is that you’ll need to get to the respective finish line location every day. Of course, if you choose pavement, you’ll lose out points. Anyhow, don’t expect a guided tour: That’s not what this is all about, instead, it’s your very own great adventure!
Our lodgings will also serve as the start and finish lines. You’ll be arriving to a town or at least a settlement every night, where you can have dinner, buy supplies, fill up or even go wash your car. No need to come kitted out for survival over several days in the bush. Which is not to say that you shouldn’t have at least some spare supplies on you at all times. You should.
It’s possible for you to make your own accommodation arrangements, but purchasing the optional—though highly advisable—Hotel Package means that we’ll take care of that bother for you. The Hotel Package will guarantee a roof over your head for each day of the race, including the night after the results ceremony.
In most cases, you can count on clean and tidy twin or double-bed rooms with a bathroom—if not the Ritz—which usually include breakfast.
We really don’t intend to overregulate anything, but we still need a basic set of rules. Key info:
- Anyone is welcome to sign up for the race. Registration is by clicking the ‘Sign Up’ button, then completing and submitting the form. Your registration will be final once you settle the registration fee and the price of the Hotel Package, if applicable. You’ll be provided information about that after we receive your registration form.
- Anyone is welcome to join the contest with any kind of vehicle. Switching vehicles is permissible during the race, but the decal with your starting number you’ll have received originally must be displayed on the new vehicle, as well.
- Team members may not be switched among teams. Which is not to say it’s forbidden for anyone to sit in with any other team, but this may not alter the composition of either team.
- The person who takes the given day’s Questions Sheet constitutes a competitor; as such, they’ll also must be the one to hand it back in at the end of the day.
- Photos need to be taken of every challenge you locate; your Badge with your name on it must be visible on each such image, along with the respective challenge. You’ll need to present any such photo to Event Staff upon request.
- Anyone who is proven to damage, relocate and/or alter any challenge will be subject to full disqualified from competition.
- Anyone who is proven to disclose the “solution” to a found challenge to another team or accepts such assistance will be subject to disqualification: From the respective day’s stage the first, and from the competition the second time this happens.
- Abiding by road and traffic regulations is equally compulsory for everyone.
- GPS-coordinates will be uploaded by event staff to one (1) Garmin sat-nav device per team.
- Recording your track is compulsory!!! Your sat-nav device must be handed in together with your daily Questions Sheet promptly after you cross the finish line.
- GPS coordinates are uploaded in WGS-84 format (Ddd mm.mmm; i.e. degrees and decimal minutes to a thousandth of a minute). They will be indicated on the Questions Sheet in a simplified format of the same (DD.mm.mmm).
- Only Questions Sheets handed in within the specified limit time will be evaluated without any deductions. A delay time within one hour will earn 50% of points scored on the respective sheet, Question Sheets handed in beyond one hour after the time limit expires earn 0 points.
- At ‘photo points’, one hand should touch your vehicle, the other the challenge: That’s what the photo should show.
- For ‘team photos’, it’ll be sufficient for just one team member to be visible on the image, but in most cases, everyone in the team will want to be included anyhow.
All other practical information and rules will be communicated on the spot and/or in the itinerary—or road book, if you prefer—produced for the race.