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Just 3 new caches to report, all traditionals, 2 are on the very edge of our area:

GC9YV8W Lionesses 2022 It’s a goal! by Nickie-Soprano Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9YVAG Jessica’s Christmas Box 2021 by Nickie-Soprano Traditional D1/T1.5
GC9Z0NT Nursery Cave geocache by ssophie22 Traditional D2/T2

Events

GC8Q963 Makers Community Celebration Event by Naturesbyte D1/T1.5
Where: Plas Gwernoer, Nantlle
When: 10th September, 2022
Time: 2.00pm-6pm (the bar will remain open until the last person leaves!)
BBQ: 5pm
Trackable Raffle Draw: 5.30pm

Join Pete for a fun afternoon of celebrating the game of Geocaching, there will be lots of activities, challenges and competitions, fun for all. Due to us contracting Covid at the Mega Events GC9X7K0 9US Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2022 was cancelled, therefore we will be drawing the on going TB raffle and announcing the results of the TB race at this event.

Please could you log ‘will attends’ in advance to help with planning catering etc.

GC9Z0CN Halloween Haunted Hill by martinandlindabryn D1/T1.5

Where: Bryntirion Inn, Llandderfel, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7RA
When: Saturday 29th October 2022
Time: 6pm-11pm

It wouldn’t be Halloween without an event at the Bryntirion. As usual there will be a Fancy Dress competition with the prize being Sunday lunch.
Contact Martin or Linda for local B&B’s on 01678 530205.

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We have 5 new traditional caches and a new event published since the last post:

GC9YNZG Bay view by CaraThom Traditional D2/T2
GC9XTEK A Hill of a View by RichieBlod Traditional D1.5/T2
GC9YNZW Rocky shore by CaraThom Traditional D1.5/T1.5
GC9Y205 Can you afFORD to look like a WEIRdo? by RichieBlod Traditional D1.5/T2
GC9YVRE Path to tynal tywyll by caibows22 Traditional D1.5/T1.5

Events

One for the diary. Join Ray and Julie, Bess’s Friends, to celebrate their 20 years of geocaching. They started their geocaching career by opening their geocaching account on 7th October, 2002, placing their first cache, GCFF46 Between The Bridges, on 19th April 2003.

GC9YX0Y 20 Years Of Geocaching. by Bess’s Friends

A younger Ray back 2005

When: Friday 7th October
Where: Bragdy Cybi, Unit 4a, Penrhos Business Park, Holyhead. LL65 2FD
Time: 7pm-9pm

Event Reminder

GC9YCP9 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh and Natter 49 by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Wednesday 31st August 2022
Where: Parc Snowdonia, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AQ
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

Please log a ‘will attend’ if you are intending to be there.

Geocaching World Record

Sadly, the attempt to beat the record for most geocachers logging a cache in a day failed, 112,477 individuals took part in this years challenge. So the current record is still 126,833 set on August 11, 2013. Geocaching HQ has issued a souvenir to every geocacher who found a geocache or Adventure, or attended an Event on the 20th August for taking part in the challenge. Even though the attempt failed the souvenir says ‘World Record, 2022’.

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Event Cancelation

GC9X7K0 9US Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2022 by 9 Usual Suspects

With huge regret we are forced into cancelling this event, on our return from the UK Mega’s we have tested positive for Covid. We are rescheduling this event as a Community Celebration Event on Saturday 10th September hosted by Naturesbyte. We will announce more details once published.

New Caches

Five new traditional caches have been published since our last post plus this months Nosh & Natter and a chance to log a Locationless Cache.

GC9Y9MN Secret path by CaraThorn Traditional D3/T3
GC9YBNP L’s stash by skala0812 Traditional D2/T2
GC9YCCR Beddgelert train by ShahidShabbirCh Traditional D2/T1.5
GC9YFG8 Shelter by CaraThorn Traditional D2/T3
GC9YJMQ Cwmeiddaw mill by Gwenyn_Prysur087645 Traditional D2/T2

GC9YCP9 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh and Natter 49 by 9Usual Suspects
When: Wednesday 31st August 2022
Where: Parc Snowdonia, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AQ
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

Locationless Cache

GC9FAVE Discovered while geocaching – Locationless Cache by Geocaching HQ

Share your favorite local geocaching place to log a Locationless Cache!

The sentiment is voiced so often that it’s almost a cliché in the geocaching community. As the Year of the Hide celebration continues, we’re thrilled to launch GC9FAVE – Discovered while geocaching – Locationless Cache. By logging this cache, you’ll score a rare cache icon and share a favorite local place that you discovered with geocaching!

This Locationless Cache is available to log August 17, 2022 through December 31, 2023. Once you’ve visited your favorite local spot, follow these steps:

Go to the Locationless Cache page:

  • Via the direct link
  • By searching for GC9FAVE on Geocaching.com or in the‎ Geocaching® app.

In order to log a find on the Locationless Cache, you must include one (1) photo of yourself or a personal item at your favorite local place that you discovered while geocaching. Old photos are not permitted, remember to say where the place is located or the GC code of a geocache.

While the cache page is now published, it will not open for logging until August 17, 2022. This gives you some time to think about which favorite local place you would like to revisit.

Souvenir Reminder

International Geocaching Day, 20th August, sees the chance to earn 2 souvenirs.

Log any geocache, Adventure Lab® Location, or Event on August 20 to earn the International Geocaching Day 2022 souvenir.

International Geocaching Day 2022 Souvenir

As part of International Geocaching Day celebrations geocaching HQ have set the geocaching community a challenge, to break the record for most cachers to log a find in a day. If a new record is set a souvenir will be awarded to everyone who took part in creating the new record.

World Record 2022 Souvenir

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We have just one new cache to report:

GC9YAXG A Fine Pair #1656 – Llandudno by seanx90 Multi D4.5/T1.5

GC9D1HX West Midlands UK Mega 2022

Have you any photos that you would like included on our gallery page? Please send them to us or contact us through the comments.

UK Mega 2022 Photo Gallery

PinPoint is a new UK-based quarterly A5 print magazine looking at the adventurous and fascinating world of geocaching. It includes regular features covering a wide range of geocaching subjects, a puzzle competition, a strong editorial angle and a quirky approach to the game.

Single issues £6.50 or annual subscription £24.00 available here

PinPoint Photo Competition

PinPoint are currently running a Mega Photo competition to win a limited edition PinPoint geocoin and have your photo featured in Issue 2.
To enter your photo must have been taken any time during GC9D1HX West Midlands UK Mega 2022.
Remember photos must be high resolution and check with anyone who features prominently in your picture that it is OK for their picture to be published.
All entries must be emailed to submissions@pinpointmag.co.uk by midnight on 19th August, 2022 along with your name, caching name and a contact phone number.
The winning entry will be chosen by the editors and published in the Autumn 2022 edition of PinPoint.

International Geocaching Day 20th August, 2022

As part of International Geocaching Day celebrations geocaching HQ have set the geocaching community a challenge, to break the record for most cachers to log a find in a day. The current record is 126,833 cachers which was set way back on August 11, 2013. To join the challenge and be counted, log a ‘Found It’ log on a geocache, complete an Adventure Lab location or post an ‘Attended’ log for an event taking place on 20th August. If a new record is set a souvenir will be awarded to everyone who took part in creating the new record.

Have you ever wondered how ideas begin at geocaching HQ?

Take a look at this https://youtu.be/vOUYbcE3YEg

Want to take part in the challenge? Why not join us at the following event:

GC9X7K0 9US Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2022 by 9 Usual Suspects

By attending this event you qualify for the above geocaching souvenir.

Where: Plas Gwernoer, Nantlle
When: 20th August, 2020
Time: 2.00pm-6pm (the bar will remain open until the last person leaves!)
Team Selection: 2.30pm
Games Start Time: 3pm
BBQ: 5pm
TB Race Winners & Prizes: 5.30pm
Trackable Raffle Draw: 5.40pm

Pete, Naturesbyte, successfully brokered a deal at West Midlands Mega for us to have their fun puzzle/lab caches…………. a great extra, with hopefully an added surprise on the day!
Very BIG Thank You to West Midlands Mega committee and SOS_Mega_Crew.

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We are all now back from Piratemania and West Midlands Mega, luckily we have not too much catching up to do with only 2 new caches published in our absence.

GC9Y5P5 Sparkly Surprise by SophieBoo14 Traditional D1.5/T2

The following cache has been placed on Bardsey Island by a father and daughter from Germany, they were FTF on the recently published adventure Labs. Several of us met them at our last N&N, Pete and I will be maintaining the cache.

GC9XNVW Bardsey Island by MaryWinter Traditional D3/T3

Event Cancellation

Sadly Jacke73 has had to cancel the following two events:

GC9TG5J Tuesday evening in Criccieth by Jacke73
GC9VB2F Meet the Swede – Aberystwyth edition by Jacke73

GC9M3MT Piratemania 14(2022) Pirates Pudding & Tarrrt’s

Have you any photos that you would like included on our gallery page? Please send them to us or contact us through the comments.

Piratemania 14(2022) Pirates Pudding & Tarrrt’s Photo Gallery

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Just one new cache to report:

GC9XQ0Q Borth Y Gest seafront geocache by cadielsss Traditional D1.5/D1.5

Beginning of Signals Third Labyrinth Souvenirs

Monday 1st August sees the start of the third labyrinth challenge which runs to October 3rd. Signal continues his journey through the mysterious land of labyrinths following the path out of the swamp to find the path leads to a mysterious cave. The cave is home to a troll, Signal needs your help to get past the troll and continue his quest. Gemstones are the special bonus item for the labyrinth in the cave and are worth 50 points. There are two souvenirs available, you must collect 50 points to earn the first souvenir and 500 points to earn the second souvenir.

Gemstones are the bonus items, every time you log a geocache you will have a chance of finding one. If you go geocaching with a group of people, there’s a chance that one member of the group might find an item at a cache, but others don’t.

Here are the point values for the labyrinth in the cave:

Found an Adventure Lab Cache (Adventure Location)10
Found a cache with 10+ Favourite points30
Attended any Event30
Found an EarthCache30
Found a Multi-Cache20
Found a Mystery Cache20
Found a Signal’s Labyrinth item50
Found it*15

*Log a Found it on any other cache type
The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 80 points.

Piratemania & UK Mega

Today sees the start of ‘UK Mega Week’ with the gates of Piratemania opening at 12pm……………hopefully we will be there in the queue!

Hear ye! Hear ye!  All rapscallions and Privateers this is their current event timetable
Thursday 28th July
GC9RKE9 Piratemania Meet & greet
8 bells prompt! (that be 8PM for landlubbers)

Friday 29th July
GC9RQEF Friday night with the pirates
Sail with us from 8PM till late

Saturday 30th July
GC9M3MT Piratemania 14 (2022) Pirates Pudding & Tarrrt’s
The BIG Day itself!

Sunday 31th July
GC9RQFC Pointy Pirates Flash Mob Day!
Come dressed as a Pirates or be cursed! 10.00am

GC9RQG4 The Pirate Quiz night
be on the  evening tide at 7.30PM

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The following cache is right on the edge of our area, we are including it in this post as it is a Virtual, a cache type that there is very few of in North Wales.

GC9P8KH Maen y Clochydd by adahen Virtual D1/T1

Any Suggestions

Our 50th Nosh & Natter will be in September. Have you any suggestions how we should celebrate?

Event Reminder

GV9X109 9 Usual Suspects – Nosh and Natter 48 by 9 Usual Suspects
When: Wednesday 27th July 2022
Where: Parc Snowdonia, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AQ
Time: 7pm to 9pm or when the last person leaves

Please log a ‘will attend’ if you intend to be there.

Thank You Litter Pickers

GC9WJX6 CITO & Picnic in the Park

On behalf of Gwynedd Council, Norman Hughes, Clean & Tidy Officer, would like to thank all attendees for your hard work, it is very much appreciated.

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We have 3 new Adventure Labs in our area:

Bardsey Island South created by coronasv
Bardsey Island North created by fairyspan

Bardsey Island is a remote and magical place. It is well worth the effort to get there with only one existing traditional cache and now SSSI it needs some labs to put this amazing place back on the caching map. The tiny Island of 20,000 graves is full of history, seals, sheep and just 4 all year round humans! Bardsey is at the end of the North Wales Pilgrims route, and one of the holiest places in Britain famed for the 20,000 graves of saints. Locals say that if you dig anywhere on the island, you’ll hit a body. A short 20 minute ferry ride for an amazing 4 hours of history, wildlife, and crystal clear waters.

PLEASE NOTE: Mobile phone signal on Bardsey is non existent so you will need to prepare before you set off! The distance is set so that you will be able to open the stages before you set off and can log the answers once you return to the mainland.

Bardsey Island Ferry is currently £45 per adult £25 per child
To book call Colin on 07971 769 895 or visit https://www.bardseyboattrips.com

Historic Ruthin created by stormjester
This Adventure lab takes you on a short tour of the pretty town of Ruthin.

Event Reminder

This Saturday sees DJ:CD a geocaching family from Bedfordshire hosting a Community Celebration Event while on holiday in Anglesey. They would love to meet local and non local geocachers.
GC8QA1G DJ:CD’s Community Celebration Event – Beach Games by DJ:CD D1/T1.5
When: Saturday 23rd July 2022
Time: 11am – 1pm
Where: Porth Dafarch, Holy Island, Anglesey

International Geocaching Day 20th August, 2022

As part of International Geocaching Day celebrations geocaching HQ have set the geocaching community a challenge, to break the record for most cachers to log a find in a day. The current record is 126,833 cachers which was set way back on August 11, 2013. To join the challenge and be counted, log a ‘Found It’ log on a geocache, complete an Adventure Lab location or post an ‘Attended’ log for an event taking place on 20th August. If a new record is set a souvenir will be awarded to everyone who took part in creating the new record.

Want to take part in the challenge? Why not join us at the following event:

GC9X7K0 9US Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2022 by 9 Usual Suspects

Dinas Dinlle Hillfort Open Day

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust are holding an open day at Dinas Dinlle Hillfort on Saturday 30th July, 10am-4pm. Take a guided tour of the fort and find out about last years excavations. Park at Dinas Dinlle car park and make your way up to the hillfort. Social distancing required. The event is free with no booking required.

CITO & Litter Pick, 16.7.2022

Team Photo

First we would like to thank everyone for attending GC9WJX6 CITO & Picnic in the Park and for all your hard work. Saturday was one of the hottest days so far this year, we were all glad of the shade offered by the trees in this park and adjoining woodland. It was very refreshing to find the area relatively litter free as in the past it has been a hot spot for general litter, rubbish and fly tipping. We still collected 10 bags of rubbish plus 5 blue boxes of recyclables, plastic, cans and glass. The worst area was behind Tesco recycling bins, here 5 of the 10 bags were filled with mainly clothes that had been thrown into the woodland.

Team Moseley striding into action
Andy at work
Before
After

Let’s hope this area stays litter free.

After everyone had returned to base we loaded up the wheel barrow with the tea & coffee, cakes etc, then headed into the park for our picnic.

Event Cake

A spot was chosen by Moseley Bach which just happened to be near the childrens playground. It was good to relax and catch up while the younger ones enjoyed the swings and slide. All too soon it was time to pack everything away and head home.

Enjoying the shade and picnic

We would like to thank Tesco for its very kind denotation of cup cakes, fruit and bottled water which was very much appreciated by all.
Also we have to thank Gwynedd Council for their support and loan of equipment.

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At the time of writing this there was no new caches or Adventure Labs published, I’m sure that as soon as this goes live that will change.

Final Reminder

GC9WJX6 CITO & Picnic in the Park by 9 Usual Suspects D1/T3.5
When: Saturday 16th July (Tomorrow)
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Where: Morfa Parc (Parc y Dre), Caernarfon

We will be meeting at 2pm on the old bridge, the litter pick will last about 2 hours before we head to the park for a picnic. As usual Gwynedd Council will be supplying litter pickers, hi-vis vests, bag hoops, bags and gloves. Please bring your own picnic, there will be an event cake, also free tea and coffee and Brenda’s famous Bara Brith.

The weather forecast is for it to be very hot, something we don’t normally have to worry about at 9US event. Therefore please come prepared with plenty of drinks, sun screen, hats etc.

One for the Diary

GC9X7K0 9US Celebrate International Geocaching Day 2022 by 9 Usual Suspects

By attending this event you qualify for the above geocaching souvenir.

Where: Plas Gwernoer, Nantlle
When: 20th August, 2020
Time: 2.00pm-6pm (the bar will remain open until the last person leaves!)
Team Selection: 2.30pm
Games Start Time: 3pm
BBQ: 5pm
TB Race Winners & Prizes: 5.30pm
Trackable Raffle Draw: 5.40pm

Plans are beginning to take shape for this years International Geocaching event, there will be team and individual challenges, kids corner and fun activities for all with lots of prizes plus a BBQ & local real ales in the pub/bar. More details will be published nearer the day.

We have very basic camping available and space for the odd caravan/motorhome, please message us for details and to book your space.

Please log ‘will attends’ in advance to enable us to estimate numbers, this is especially important when it comes to planning catering. Hope to see you there………..