New Caches

We have no new physical caches to report this week, but Event Season has begun, between now and New Year the local social geocaching scene is going to be very busy. Not only do we have Community Celebration Events, GIFF, CITO Season 2 to fit in but also this months N&N and of course Christmas Dinner.

For this years GIFF we are in Talysarn Community Centre, a bigger venue with plenty of parking but it is a lot more expensive to hire. 9US funds are not in a very healthy position so to try and alleviate this problem, as well as the raffle, we will be having a ‘Bring & Buy’ table. If you have any items that you wish to sell please bring them along, already priced, and any sales will be subject to a 10% 9 Usual Suspects Tax. There maybe some 3D printed containers…… For more details please contact us.

Confirmed Diary Dates
GC9G662 Aberystwyth: Meet on the Prom! by Rusty_Rustlers 17.10 2021 2.30-3.00pm
GC9H7A8 9 Usual Suspect – Nosh & Natter 42 by 9 Usual Suspects 26.10.2021 7.00-9.00pm
GC8ZDAZ Community Celebration Event / Halloween Special by martin&lindabryn 30.10.2021 6-11pm
GC9H8N8 GIFF Geocaching International Film Festival by 9 Usual Suspects 20.11.2021 2.15-4.30pm

Events to be published
All dates, venues and times of the following events to be confirmed on publication:
No Date Community Celebration Event by Moseley_Bach
6.11.2021 Community Celebration Event: Belated Halloween by Ann@Birdbrook
14.11.2021 CITO Season 2 by 9 Usual Suspects
30.11.2021 Christmas N&N by 9 Usual Suspects
31.12.2021 Community Celebration Event: New Years Eve by Naturesbyte

Coastal Watch, Ponta Delgada, Azores

One of the guns still in place from WW2

GC7ZR5T JOKER PDGT – COASTAL WATCH – P. Delgada CANONS by PALHOCOSMACHADOD D5/T4

This letterbox cache explores a WWII defence post high on Pico da Castanheira over looking the city of Ponta Delgada and its harbour. Portugal was neutral throughout the war but the Azores Islands laying in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 870 miles west of Lisbon and 1,200 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada were strategically very important to both sides.

The CO pointing out the importance of the guns siting in relation to the harbour

After meeting the cache owner, Luis, at an event we took up his kind offer for a guided tour of this fascinating place. The three guns are all still in situ and in remarkable condition seeing they have been in place since 1940 with no maintenance since 1969 when operations here ceased.

Into the tunnels

On the cache page there is a map of the underground tunnels and rooms, it is advisable to bring a copy, as well as studying the attributes. The condition of the tunnels is remarkable, no sign of damp and seeing they are open to all there is no vandalism or graffiti.

The doors lead to one of the gun emplacements

The hunt for the coordinates of the final hide guides you around the battery exploring the different rooms and tunnels. As with all military establishments your rank determined conditions and facilities, with the Battery Commanders having proper toilets!

A latrine for the lower ranks

The tunnels eventually lead to the underground observation post which would have been manned at all times, here there was a machine gun, only the concrete mount remains today. All defences of the battery were positioned for a seaward attack.

View of the sea and Ponta Delgada from the observation post.

This is another one of those places that we would never have known existed let alone visited if it had not been for Geocaching. Having Luis as a guide with his knowledge of the history of the fortifications added to our understanding of how it operated and its position strategically.

We certainly did!

New Caches

First we must apologise for not maintaining this feature while we have been away – I thought it would be easy to keep it updated but with very indifferent internet connections and a very busy schedule we found it impossible.

This week we have a new series around Barmouth, one at Llandanwg and one on Anglesey.

GC9GGJP Invigorate Your Senses by llandanwg Traditional D1.5/T1.5

GC9GMBT Colossus of Roads by Glaslyn1 Traditional D1.5/T1.5

GC9G8JN Brook’s Barmouth Bash #1 – Up to the tops, we go! by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T2
GC9GTMKBrook’s Barmouth Bash #2 – Fern en-route by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T2
GC9G8K0 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #3 – Panorama Walk by CazzaB80 Traditional D3.5/T3
GC9G8KH Brook’s Barmouth Bash #4 – Panorama Viewpoint by CazzaB80 Traditional D3/T3.5
GC9G8KX Brook’s Barmouth Bash #5 – Mossy Tree by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T2.5
GC9G8M9 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #6 – Cae Fadog by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T3.5
GC9G8N0 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #7 – Frenchman’s Grave by CazzaB80 Traditional D3/T3.5
GC9G8NQ Brook’s Barmouth Bash #8 – Dinas Oleu by CazzaB80 Traditional D3.5/T2.5
GC9G8Q3 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #10 – Stone Wall Stile by CazzaB80 Traditional D3.5/T3
GC9G8QH Brook’s Barmouth Bash #11 – Big Reach Tree by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T2.5
GC9G8QQ Brook’s Barmouth Bash #12 – Stone House by CazzaB80 Traditional D2T3
GC9G8R1 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #13 – Top Crag by CazzaB80 Traditional D2.5/T3.5
GC9G8R7 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #14 – Ditch by CazzaB80 Traditional D2.5/T3
GC9G8VB Brook’s Barmouth Bash #15 – Barmouth Sign by CazzaB80 Traditional D2.5/T2.5
GC9G8V1 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #16 – White Stile Wall by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T2
GC9G8VP Brook’s Barmouth Bash #17 – Boulder Path by CazzaB80 Traditional D2.5/T3
GC9G8W7 Brook’s Barmouth Bash #18 – Llanaber by CazzaB80 Traditional D1.5/T1.5

At the time of writing this #9 has not been published.

Other News

We have missed the deadline for publishing an event for International Earthcache Weekend, 9-10th October, so sadly there will be no event this year. There is a souvenir for finding and logging an Earthcache anytime over the weekend.

Finally we would like to take this opportunity to wish sionyn68 a very speedy recovery from Covid 19, the hazards of being a teacher, and hope to see both Sion and Wendy at our next event.

New Caches

Gwyn, another new cache on Anglesey……….
GC9FQCW Rhoscolyn High Ground by delbee1983 Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Events

Ever fancied a night in a bothy? Here is your chance………
GC9FN1B M-I-T-M-O-N #14 (again) Dulyn (again) by trebor nosnwot 24.9.2021

For anyone wishing to join us in the Azores there is still time to book your flights……….
GC9FNZ5 9 Usual Suspects on Tour – Angra do Heroísmo by 9 Usual Suspects 18.9.2021

Nosh & Natter 40

Jude with her leaving present

Tuesday saw the return of Nosh & Natters at the Anglesey, Caernarfon, the hardy few braved the cold August evening to enjoy the view of the Menai Straits. It also gave us a chance to give Jude100 an early send off as they are moving to Lancashire later in the month. Bob and Judy have been part of 9US since the beginning and have been part of many adventures over the years, their absence from events, especially CITOs, will be very much missed. On behalf of all the 9 Usual Suspects and their Geocaching Friends we would like to wish them all the very best in their ‘posh’ new home.

Will the flag be flying in Ainsdale?

New Caches

We have 16 new caches this week, of which two are on Anglesey to ruin Gwyns map!
GC9FB3E Pont Ffatri Cymunod Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9FB4H Water Pump Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5

This series is an extension to the Slate Trail and guides you around the old slate workings at Aberllefenni.
GC9F3VH Miners’ Trail 1 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2.5/T1.5
GC9F3T4 Miners’ Trail 2 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2.5/T1.5
GC9F3TC Miners’ Trail 3 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3TG Miners’ Trail 4 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3TN Miners’ Trail 5 by Oldquincepie Traditional D3/T1.5
GC9F3TQ Miners’ Trail 6 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3TV Miners’ Trail 7 by Oldquincepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3TZ Miners’ Trail 8 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3V0 Miners’ Trail 9 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D3/T1.5
GC9FDG6 Miners’ Trail 10 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3V4 Miners’ Trail 11 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9FDGA Miners’ Trail 12 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D3/T1.5
GC9F3TC Miners’ Trail 13 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9F3VB Miners’ Trail 14 by Oldquinciepie Traditional D2/T1.5

Nosh & Natter Reminder

GC9EXTX 9 Usual Suspect – Nosh & Natter 40


When: Tuesday 31st August
Where: Anglesey Arms, Harbour Front, Caernarfon LL55 1SG
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

Our first N&N since February 2020! Let’s hope for a nice evening so that we can sit outside and watch the sunset while enjoying a beer or two. Please could the first ones to arrive ‘grab’ some tables as the pub does not take bookings on outside tables. All Welcome.

New Caches

Five new caches this week, two of which are Premium Member Only.

GC9EZHE Holyhead View Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9F3XC Penrhiw Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9F5J2 Boys Treasure by noacairhys Traditional D2/T1.5

Premium Member Only
GC9F7N0 Sun, sand, sea and a lot of wind… by seanx90 Traditional D3/T1
GC9F3WP Mighty Moderators by TaffyLewis Traditional D2/T1.5

Reminder for Saturday

GC8QABW Let’s Celebrate International Geocaching Day by 9 Usual Suspects 21st August 2pm – 6pm Julie & Ray’s (Bess’s Friends), Caergeiliog.

A great way to spend a summers Saturday afternoon, with games, a BBQ and plenty of geochat. All we ask is that someone could bring the sunshine…….. but just in case the tents will be up!

By attending this event you will receive the International Geocaching Day 2021 souvenir, 2020 Community Celebration souvenir and Community Celebration icon.

New Caches

Just one new cache this week:

GC9EZF5 A55 Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional T1.5/D1.5

Events

This month sees the return of local events

GC9DYQ6 CITO Season 1 by 9 Usual Suspects 14th August 11am – 1pm Inigo Jones, Groeslon.
9 Usual Suspects first event since 14.3.2020! By attending this event your efforts will be rewarded with CITO Season 1 2021 Souvenir.

GC8QABW Let’s Celebrate International Geocaching Day by 9 Usual Suspects 21st August 2pm – 6pm Julie & Ray’s (Bess’s Friends), Caergeiliog.
A great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with games, a BBQ and plenty of geochat. We will be drawing the long standing Geocoin/TB raffle and launching our new TB Race. To enter the TB Race either post your trackable number in the comments on the race page or fill the entry form in at the event.
To enable us to plan the day please say in your ‘will attend’ logs number of attendees and any contributions to the BBQ you intend to bring.
By attending this event you will receive the International Geocaching Day 2021 souvenir, 2020 Community Celebration souvenir and Community Celebration icon.


GC9EXTX 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh & Natter 40 31st August 7-9pm, Anglesey Arms, Caernarfon.

Next Years UK Mega

We are very excited to announce that next year’s Mega will be held at UTTOXETER RACECOURSE.

GC9D1HX West Midlands UK Mega 2022 Saturday 6th August, 10am – 4pm.
There will be access to the Racecourse Grandstand Exhibition Hall, where there will be stalls of various vendors, trade stands and other Geocaching related activities.
Camping is being made available at the racecourse from Monday 1st August until Monday 8th August, the whole racecourse will be at our disposal, and our sole use. On site food vendors will be open during the week for anyone not wishing to cook.

Pitches will be available with or without electrical hook up, depending on your requirements. There will be plenty of toilet, washing and shower facilities for all campers who stay with us.”



New Caches

Only one new cache this week in the local area:

GC9EFMP Felin Plas Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Postcard from Piratemania

Half of the crew ready to explore new lands

4 of the 9 Usual Suspects sallied forth to plunder and party at Piratemainina 13 which this year was set in the wilds of Linconshire. The elements were kind with just an occasional thunderstorm to liven up the proceedings, but on the whole the weather was clement. The county of Lincolnshire is uncannily flat with not a hill or mountain in sight, but we soon overcame our initial agoraphobia under the big skies. Quality grog was readily available on site with the local ale being surprisingly quaffable. There was the usual fun and games that is Piratemainia’s hall mark and the team retired on Sunday night tired but happy after increasing their cache numbers significantly especially with some ‘easy’ high terrain caches in their treasure chests.

Picture taken by our Junior reporter Moseley_Bach

Balsam Bashing

We are looking for Balsam Bashing volunteers to join us on Sunday 25th July at 10.30am at Hafod y Llyn Isaf, Nantmor, Beddgelert. This is not a geocaching event. We will be working in conjunction with the Snowdonia National Park’s Celtic Rainforest project.

yellow dots represent balsam distribution

Please register your interest in the comments and we will be in touch with further details.