Christmas Dinner Cancelled

We are regrettably cancelling this years Christmas Dinner, GC9HRT5 . If you have seen Lon’s note on the cache page you will be aware that Moseley_Bach has tested positive for Covid and they are all currently self isolating. As we have been in contact with them we are also restricting contacts awaiting the results of a PCR test. With Covid cases extremely high and rising in this area we do not want to put attendees health at any unnecessary risk. We are really sorry about this, but everyone’s wellbeing comes first. Deposits will be refunded ASAP, we will try and reschedule in January.

News

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.

Last Call for Christmas Dinner

GC9HRT5 Christmas Dinner, Nosh and Natter 43

If you are intending to be there and eating please could you log a “will attend” and let us have your menu choices. We have to let the pub have numbers and food orders on Monday 22nd. Thank You.

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

Menu

Starters
Prawn Cocktail
Soup

Main Course
Traditional Roast Turkey
Vegetable Wellington

Dessert
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Cheesecake

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.

Saturday’s Litter Pick

GC9HE10 CITO Season 2 by 9 Usual Suspects

19 geocachers gathered for Cache in Trash Out (CITO) season 2 at Morfa Common Park / Parc Y Dre on the banks of Arfon Seiont, returning for the 5th time since 2018. As we stood in the drizzle for the safety briefing it was an unpromising damp start, both in the weather and the amount of litter that had accumulated since our last pick at this location. We split up into groups and got on with the task in hand keeping a steady flow of bags back to the collection point, for kerbside sorting of the recyclables into their respective categories. As the litter pick progressed, the weather improved with some autumnal blue sky putting in an appearance and Morfa Common Park looking much tidier than when we had started. We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for all your hard work.

Thanks Andy (YnysMonBirders) for the photos.

We would like to make everyone aware that a syringe complete with needle was found in one of the arches. Please be vigilant when out and about geocaching, you never know what you may come across.

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

Daniel Niederhauser, Pfusi

Sadly we have to report the death of Daniel, a face many will recognise as he was a regular attendee at events across Europe. He lived in Switzerland but loved to travel and was very much a social geocacher attending 639 events.

Daniel had family connections with Criccieth and combined an annual visit to the UK for the UK Mega Events with a visit to his cousins. In August 2016 he hosted an event and it was here we learnt of his love of the area and especially Black Rock Sands.

GC6N81W Sharing Childhood Memories
“Here I stayed for my first time in life at the sea as a child and we had great times here. My brother an I liked to walk form Criccieth to the Black Rock. At low tide I was for us great fun to walk barefoot on the sand at the borderline of land and water. Every times when I am visiting my relatives in North Wales I will take the opportunity to do this walk. I have planned to do this walk on my stay this time too.”

International Geocaching Day where Daniels knowledge of flags gave his team an advantage

We would like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to Daniels friends and family, he will be missed.