This CITO (Cache in Trash Out) was our first post-covid lockdown official geocaching event since 14 March 2020 and a chance to restore some normality. The weather forecast was iffy so kudos to all who defied the Met Office forecasts and turned out, as on the day, we had only the occasional light shower to contend with. This location was selected because: we have picked here before and know the location, it is fairly child friendly, and above all there was some litter to be picked. It was great to catch up with friends some of whom came from as far as Macklesfield and Oldham. It was also great to see some new faces and junior cachers who made a great contribution. In all 23 assisted with the litter pick including Diapason16 who happened to be in the area looking for a cache, he rolled up his sleeves and mucked in, unlike his daughter, who like a stereotypical teenager rolled her eyes and sat on the wall with her mobile phone :-). We cleared from Penygroes to Groeslon and collected about 12 bags of rubbish from the cycle path. The litter was sorted and taken to Rhwngddwyryd, Garndolbenmaen Recycling Center for disposal.
GC9EZF5 A55 Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional T1.5/D1.5
This month sees the return of local events
GC9DYQ6CITO 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.
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.”
GC9EFMP Felin Plas Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5
Postcard from Piratemania
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.
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
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.
Big Thanks to all who took part, your help was very much appreciated.
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.
GC9DYMV Millys place by bobwedge Traditional D1.5/T1.5 GC9E517 Lovely view of amlwch and Irish sea by paulfelix92 Traditional D2/T1.5
We are pleased to announce the return of Geocaching events to Wales, but there are still some restrictions, so at present only outside geocaching events are allowed. The CITO will be the first 9US official event since the 14th March 2020, hopefully it will be the first of many and the end of online events!
GC9DYQ6 CITO Season 1 by 9 Usual Suspects CITO Event (Litter pick) D1/T2 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 Community Celebration Event D1/T1
This cache type was originally known as the Lost and Found Event Cache. It was created for events that were hosted by geocachers from April 30, 2010 to May 3, 2010 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of geocaching. Just 362 Lost and Found Events were held, so a very limited number of cachers earned the icon. By attending this event you will earn both the Community Celebration icon and a souvenir.
Here is the coordinates for the beginning of the lane N 52° 59.202 W 004° 05.247, it is right on the nasty bend. We will meet up by the cattle grid at the beginning of the lane at 10.30am, please bring gloves, drinks etc. The forecast is OK, maybe a shower but it will be a lot cooler than it has been. For more information contact us.
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.
Please register your interest in the comments and we will be in touch with further details.
GC9CPCG Madam Wen Bryngwran by TegwenEdwards Traditional D1.5/T1.5
Premium Member Only GC9DVA7 Bricks Glore by TaffyLewis Traditional D2.5/T2.5
Looks like events could be back………… watch this space!
New TB Race
As part of our International Geocaching celebrations we are going to be starting a new TB race, with prizes for the furthest travelled, for the most countries visited and for any TB’s that make it back to 2022 International Geocaching Event. On the website there will be a new page to keep track of all the competing TB’s progress.
Rules 1) The race will last for one year, starting on International Geocaching Day 2021 and finishing on International Geocaching Day 2022. 2) The start will be from 9US International Geocaching event or if geocaching events are still not allowed TB’s to be ‘dipped’ into the nearest cache to the event. 3) The TB can be ‘dipped’ by the owner into another 2 caches before it is to be released into the ‘wild’. No hanging on to it and bringing it to next years event! 4) A country is as defined by Geocaching.com. 5) TB’s distance to be recorded in KILOMETRES not miles and start at zero! 6) There is no limit to how many TB’s you can enter.
Geocaching is both a game and a business Groundspeak who manage Geocaching are a business. Groundspeak shows adverts on their website if you are not a premium member but this is minimal and restricted to a couple of small ones in your sidebar. They don’t get into big contracts to promote other people’s wares, so the money has to come from somewhere! Premium membership is their primary source for funds and about 7p a day, it isn’t a bad deal for Website in 26 languages, iPhone and Android Geocaching App, Adventure labs & Wherigo. Hours of fun for a few pence a day!
Play Fair Don’t be a Geocaching tyrant, it’s a game played by many people most of whom you will never meet or know anything about. When Caching, it’s helpful to remember that the cache belongs to the owner, and if they say no photos of logs, signatures required, they are perfectly within their rights to delete your log if it doesn’t live up to the requirements set out in the geocaching page. If you don’t like this, then avoid that users caches, there are millions more out there. While there are rules, people’s interpretation of them may differ from your own. Rules like leaving a throw down when the cache is obviously there goes without saying, but deleting someone’s log for not signing because it’s too wet isn’t fair play IMHO.If you are a cache owner, please try to be understanding. People from all walks of life and all abilities cache, not everyone is as perfect as you might like. When submitting a new cache remember that reviewers are people, volunteers, and fit Geocaching in around their lives. Reviewers try to be objective and ensure everyone follows the same rules, but they are Cachers, like you and I, work with them to get your caches published. Check what is required before you submit a cache and make sure all the required information is on your submission, missing information is the largest cause of rejected caches. It’s not the reviewers job to do the leg work for you when you submit your new entry, if a reviewer rejects a cache and you don’t understand why, ask them.
Go equipped Having the right equipment makes for a great day of geocaching running out of battery or getting soaked is not. The primary item of course is a pen or pencil, and maybe a spare or two, there must be thousands of ‘lost’ writing implements left by Caches each week. Spare batteries or a power bank is essential for a day’s intensive caching, constantly using the GPS on your device is a heavy drain on batteries, and there’s nothing more infuriating than coming towards the end of lengthy series, only to have your phone die on you. If you are heading up to the moors or into the mountains, appropriate footwear and waterproofs are the absolute minimum, snacks, water and a whistle should be carried as well. There are many articles on what to carry in your day bag online that can help you better than I can. Check the weather before you set out, because in the UK, it’s not unusual to have 3 seasons in one day. If venturing up a mountain or moors, it is worth noting as you gain altitude, the temperature drops surprisingly fast, around 1°C for every 100m, cold, wet and miserable isn’t a great day and possibly the quickest way to put someone off caching. If you are going into the wild and off the paths for a day hike, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back, it might just save your life, and don’t forget to let them know you are back at the end of the day. Carry extra logbooks and pencils. We all know that it’s the Cache Owners’ responsibility to keep caches maintained, but sometimes life gets in the way, if you discover a cache with a full or wet log, please be kind and drop a new log in for them, don’t forget to message the cache owner and let them know what you have done. Please don’t slap a “Needs Archiving” on straight away, a simple message to the cache owner or a “Needs Maintenance” log is sufficient.
Get Social and meet other Cachers Geocaching can be a lonely game, it is usually played in secret, and that’s half the fun. There are lots of events where Cachers gather and share stories of their adventures and great finds. There’s all sorts of social events from Cache In Trash Out which could be a litter pick or working with an environmental group to remove an invasive species from an area to a get together for a chat. It’s a great way to make new friends and catch up with old ones.
SWAG People who cache with kids love SWAG (Stuff we all get), it makes the day more exciting searching for treasure and primes the next generation of Cachers. The golden rule about SWAG: if you take something, leave something of equal or higher value. Kids and some adults love to find treasure, and it’s so much better if they can take a new toy away and leave something behind for others. If we want to keep the sport alive and growing, it’s our responsibility to pass our enthusiasm to the next generation. Ideas for what to put in: Small toys, Key Rings, souvenirs like woodies or path tags, Trading cards (in a waterproof seal easy bag), foreign coins, rain ponchos Do not put in: Perishables, e.g. sweets that go horrible quickly and mess up a cache, non family friendly items, fireworks, lighters, drugs, alcohol and any illegal materials should also not be placed in a cache, although if someone is considering placing any of the above items they really need to have a word with themselves.
Lastly it’s a game have fun and help each other, it’s not that difficult 🙂