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GIFF Update

New for this year if you were unable to attend an event the films are now available to watch online on the Geocaching YouTube Channel.

Unlike other years when the GIFF souvenir was automatically awarded after logging an ‘attended’ log on an event, this year you have to discover the trackable. The trackable code is displayed after the last film on the GIFF film reel. Post a discovered log, (the trackable code found below) and you will receive the GIFF 2021 souvenir.

GIFF Trackable code GIFF21

There are 2 other TB’s hidden in the films:
GIFF Clapperboard GT30QT
Froggy und Cacher-Mobil 17NTWB


Also there is a worldwide vote for GIFF People’s Choice Film, to vote go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GIFF2021 and vote for your favourite film. One vote per player account. Voting closes Tuesday, December 7, 6:00 PM UTC time. The winner will be announced in a future Geocaching Blog post.

Log Book and 3D Printed Event Souvenirs

GC9H8N8 GIFF 2021, Geocaching International Film Festival by 9 Usual Suspects

For this years event we were at Talysarn Community Centre, a new larger venue for us with plenty of easy parking. The space worked very well with areas for the film show, refreshments and a stall selling crafts plus geocaching bits and pieces.
After hot drinks and a chance for everyone to catch up, we all settled down to watch the films with bowls of popcorn, crisps and sweets. Were the films of a higher standard than in previous years? That is for you to judge.
A very big thanks goes to Julie and Ray (Bess’s Friends) for supplying/manning the stalls, Pete (naturesbyte) for printing the souvenir and sorting our all the technical stuff, Richard and Elaine for running the kitchen and general mucking in, Andy(YnysMonBirders) for supplying the screen and finally THANK YOU everyone for attending.

New Adventure Lab

Betws-y-Coed Bimble created by strongsRus
This lab will take you on a short walk through the scenic village of Betws-y-Coed.

News & New Caches

We have 6 new caches this week, nice to see some letterboxes as there are very few in this area. Looks like Glyn has some competition for FTFs!

GC9J66P Bus Stop quarry Bridge by Netballplayer Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9J7X3 Lôn Melin Esgob by Clueless _Goose Traditional D1.5/T2.5
GC9J7VX I – Rugged Rocky Retrieval by Clueless _Goose Letterbox D2/T3.5
GC9J7W8 II – Between Birch Buttresses by Clueless _Goose Letterbox D2/T2.5
GC9J7WE III – Hidden Head High by Clueless _Goose Letterbox D1.5/T3
GC9J7VQ Dinosaur Hunter by Clueless _Goose Mystery D3.5/T2

GIFF 2021 Event Reminder

GC9H8N8 GIFF 2021, Geocaching International Film Festival by 9 Usual Suspects
For this years Geocaching International Film Festival we are Canolfan Talysarn, a bigger venue with easy parking.

Where: Talysarn Community Centre, Station Road, Talysarn, Caernarfon LL54 6HL
Date: Saturday 20th November
Doors open: 2.15pm (14.15)
Film showing starts: 3.00pm (15.00) approx, duration approx 1 hour.
Venue closes: 5.00pm (17.00)

NEW for this year: To earn the GIFF 2021 souvenir, find the trackable code in the GIFF 2021 film reel. It is displayed after the last GIFF film. Log a discovered log for the trackable code and you will receive the GIFF 2021 souvenir!

This year there is a worldwide vote for GIFF People’s Choice Film.

Here is how to vote:
1. Attend an official GIFF Event November 11 – 21, 2021 or watch the GIFF reel online on the Geocaching YouTube Channel after November 22, 2021.
2. After watching the films, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GIFF2021
3. Vote for your favourite film.

One vote per geocaching account. Voting closes Tuesday, December 7, 6:00 PM UTC time.

The winner will be announced in a future Geocaching Blog post.

News & Caches

Only one cache this week and on the very edge of our area, sorry Glyn the FTF has already gone!
GC9J3GF Maes-Y-Gog by KimandDavie Traditional D1.5/T1.5

News from Geocaching HQ

GC8FROG Find Signal the Frog® – Locationless in 2020

There is still plenty of time to find this cache, to log just take a photo of yourself and Signal at a Mega or Giga event by 31st December 2022. This cache can only be logged once. The cache page will be archived and locked on January 1, 2023.

GC896PK 20th Anniversary Celebration

When: August 20, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Where: Fisher Pavilion – Seattle Center – 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington

If you are looking for an excuse to visit Geocaching HQ this event could be it. The event was originally planned for August 2020, this is the 3rd date for the event and hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky.
More details can be found on the events website Celebrate 20 years of Geocaching!

Other News

Have you a Community Celebration Event ? Don’t panic, there is plenty of time left to host your event, the deadline for hosting is 31st December 2022.

Adventure Labs, there is no time deadlines for creating your series.

Our Event Reminders

GC9HE10 CITO Season 2 by 9US Saturday 13th November 2021, 11:00 – 13:00
We are back in Caernarfon at one of our regular litter pick sites, our base will be the usual place on the old bridge. By attending and logging this event you will earn the Season 2 CITO souvenir.

GC9H8N8 GIFF 2021, Geocaching International Film Festival by 9US Saturday 20th November 14.15 – 17.00
A new venue for us, with more space and easy parking. We are pleased to announce that there has been some very successful 3D printing, this years souvenir will not be spaghetti after all………

A little something to get you in the mood for the GIFF, WE’VE WAITED A YEAR FOR THIS

New Caches

Just two new caches this week:

GC9HKE9 Sarnau Vexation-reborn by martin&lindabryn Traditional D3/T1.
GC9G549 Whodunnit at the Bryntirion Inn – Labcache Bonus by PhilPamAndRob Mystery D3.5/T2.5

Up until now we have not been including Labcaches in our weekly updates but as we have included above a bonus cache, here are the AdventureLab details:

Whodunnit at the Bryntirion Inn? by PhilPamAndRob

The Bryntirion Inn

If you are planning to find the AdventureLab bonus it is recommended that before leaving home you read the cache page and print off the three tables to record all the information as it is acquired. Once all the clues are solved, the evidence analysed, hopefully your deductions will identify the murderer and the cache coordinates.

Would you like us to include Labcaches in our weekly updates?

And finally a reminder for GC8HK2F Community Celebration Event: Belated Halloween Saturday 6th from 6pm onwards………. due to the awful recent weather we will be inside!

New Caches

This week saw the publication of the long awaited extension to Mossfamilymacc’s Llanbedrog series, this was originally planned to be published way back in August 2020! The new trail of 7 caches takes you from the village centre, up onto the headland and back to the village, a walk of approximately 4 miles. If added to the first series it makes a longer circular walk of about 6 miles in total. We can highly recommend this series, choose a clear day to make the most of the beautiful views.

GC8XPK4 Llanbedrog #6. Village Hall by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC8XPKW Llanbedrog #7. Zig zag by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2.5
GC8XPM5 Llanbedrog #8. Tree Tunnel by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2
GC8YY5G Llanbedrog #9. No through road by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2
GC8YY5P Llanbedrog #10. Rock and roll by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2
GC8YY65 Llanbedrog #11. Favourite tree by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2
GC8YY6P Llanbedrog #12. Another tree by Mossfamilymacc Traditional D2/T2

And not forgetting our Christmas Event:

GC9HTR5 Christmas Dinner, Nosh and Natter 43 by 9 Usual Suspects

Christmas Dinner

At last we can confirm our Christmas Dinner Event GC9HRT5

Date: Tuesday 30th November
Venue: Anglesey Arms, Harbour Front, Caernarfon LL55 1SW
Time: 7-9pm
Attire: Anything Christmas
Cost: £22.50 per head

Now the important bit,

MENU

Starters
Prawn Cocktail
Soup

Main Course
Traditional Roast Turkey
Vegetable Wellington

Dessert
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Cheesecake

A £5.00 deposit along with your menu choices is required by 21st November

New Caches

Just one new local cache this week, and it’s not on Anglesey! No guessing needed for who got the FTF!


GC9GYTZ An Oak Goal by gosodcoeden83 Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Other Stuff

The souvenir image above illustrates folding of sedimentary rock.

Just a quick reminder this weekend, 9th – 10th October, is International Earthcache Weekend by logging an earthcache you will earn the above souvenir.

West Midlands Mega 2022

EARLY BIRD camping deals are available from the Mega shop. This offer is only available till the end of the year. A FULL 7 night deal for only £140 and a three night weekend deal for only £65, both these deals include electric hook up (EHU). More flexible options will be available in the new year but are unlikely to be at these Early Bird deal rates.
Book now and join us for a week of Mega madness.

New Caches

Three new caches this week, one is a premium member only, unusually all caches are in different UK series.

GC9E25Q REALLY SideTracked – Rhydyronen (A fine pair) by Optimist on the run Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9E762 War Memorial #1603 ~ Llandderfel by martin&lindabryn Traditional D3/T1.5

Premium Members Only
GC9E7VK Pier Pressure #25 – Colwyn Bay 2021 by seanx90 Multi D1.5/T1.5

Balsam Bash

Cnicht in the distance

A very beautiful location to spend a sunny, hot Sunday morning, even though there was only four of us we removed balsam from the banks of a large stretch of the Afon Glaslyn. The views and the river were stunning in an area not normally accessable to the public. Our efforts were rewarded by lots of different wildlife, the highlight being a fly past of a kingfisher.

Hard at work!

Big Thanks to all who took part, your help was very much appreciated.

Balsam Bashing

Apologies but there is a last minute change of location, we are now meeting at:

N 52° 59.241′ W 4° 05.724′′ which is on the A498 road between Beddgelert and Porthmadog.

The new meeting place is at the land owners barns, we will park here and cross the road into the fields and work our way along the river. This a very beautiful and lazy stretch of the Glaslyn with nice riverside flowers, the terrain is flat and open but at some points, there is a steep but visible drop into the river.

Look forward to seeing you there.