Wednesday, 10 December 2008

EA Cachers Festive Event

Went to a splendid meet on Sunday, in the company of kevanjue. Nice to meet up with some familiar names from the EA Cachers forum and put faces to those names. Had a good ol' chinwag, logged LOADS of coins and did a little caching. The caching wasn't too successful, to be honest, but at least we didn't find caches in very good company! Can't wait until the next event!

Sunday, 23 November 2008


Went out to bag another earthcache, yesterday, plus one or two others. I just so happened to pick three caches out of the four that were horribly exposed to the elements! Needless to say, after braving strong winds and almost horizonal snow, I was a bit wet and chilly by the end of the day! There's something about this sport, though, where, no matter how adverse the conditions, you still enjoy yourself.

My second earthcache is now active, 'Camulodunum Protected' GC1JA2W, so go and give it a look if you get the chance. Kevanjue was logging a FTF not more than two hours after it was published! congratulations on your first FTF … that's dedication for you!

Monday, 17 November 2008

Camulodunum geocoin

Just to update … the coin didn't sell enough for an icon (it was some 82 coins short!), so that's a shame. On the bright side, there may be a re-minting next year, possibly in one or two different finishes, that could bump it up to the required number. That is dependent on whether Coins and Pins think the market place can take it, but, hey, I'm an optimist!

Huge thanks to everyone that ordered, and to those that didn't, for all the support and kind words. I really appreciate it.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Nightcache and geocoin

Bit late with this post, as it was a couple of weeks ago, but GravityKarma and I went out to do 'Nano Cache Extreme' (GC1ACZJ), which is a night cache. Absolutely awesome! We followed fire tacks through the wood in the pitch dark, until we found the nano. That was enjoyable enough but, along with the hooting of owls and the family of deer just a few feet away, watching us, the whole experience was amazing. Absolutely recommended!

And I now have the photos of my geocoin! The Camulodunum Coin will be on Pre-sale at on the 6th November, so get on the mailing list! Here are the photos!

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Oregon, power trail, hallowe'en and earthcache!

It's been a busy week!

Saturday saw me in Chesham walking the first 49 caches of the Chiltern 100. Found 31 of 'em, which was a record for me in one day, and I'll be back to find the rest soon. Needless to say, I was knackered at the end of it!

The Oregon performed well, sometimes going a little scatty under heavy tree cover, but generally keeping a strong signal pretty much wherever I went. I'm loving the fact that I've now got everthing I need in the one unit, it makes things very much easier and more convenient, not to mention very environmentally friendly!

My first mystery cache, 'Hallowe'en' (GC1G51H), was published this week and found almost immediately! Well done to Andy_uk63 for a really quick FTF (not to mention the 8 he got the next day, beating me to it on what must have been a REALLY early start!). Hopefully Andy, and subsequent finders of 'Hallowe'en' will be pleased and amused by the container and the contents of the cache. I'm thinking of coming up with a series of caches with a similar theme …

And, after a small hiccough, my earthcache has now been published. It's called 'Camulodunum Defended' (GC1H7FC) and is the first of (hopefully) three I have planned.

That's about it for this blog, I have no idea how many miles I've walked this week, but it's quite a few, so I'm off to have a rest!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Oregon, Braintree

I now have in possession a shiny new Garmin Oregon! I have to say, so far I'm very impressed. I took it out for a day's caching on Wednesday and the first cache I went to, the Oregon was spot on. So it seems that it's very accurate. I also love the fact that all the cache descriptions upload to the unit as well as the co-rds. This is true paper-less caching. Another useful tool is the fact that you can upload the notes you make in the field directly to the Geocaching website, all from the same Oregon unit.

On the downside, I did have trouble seeing the screen, at times. I works beautifully in direct sunlight, but can be difficult to see in shade. I've now turned up the backlight intensity, which may help.

All-in-all, a cracking bit of kit. I'll keep posting little bits on the Oregon's performance as I use it.

Still no news on the earthcache. Should hear by the middle of next week at the latest.

I also hope to have news on the coin within the next few days, although I think I may have said that last week! I reckon it'll be November before it's on sale, now.

Hopefully be planting my first mystery cache this weekend. If I can find a suitable place for it, I think it'll be a corker!

Monday, 6 October 2008

A good weekend

Only bagged one cache, a virtual, but it was a positive weekend all the same.

The virtual was in Guildford, on top of a hill with some spectacular views of the town and it's cathedral. There's a stone commemorating the march of the Cornish rebels in 1497. They fought a battle on this spot on their way to London. Worth a walk up the hill if you're interested in historical landmarks (GC2613).

I also received permission from the local council to go ahead with my earthcache, so that's been submitted and I'm just waiting to hear from the powers-that-be as to whether it will be published.

Another bit of good news is that I should receive photos of the samples of my coin this week. I'll post them as soon as I receive them.

I'm also getting my birthday present early. I won't say what it is yet, but it could potentially transform my geocaching experience! Watch this space …

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Cacheless weekend

No caches this weekend!

Had friends round for dinner yesterday, and jobs around the house needed doing today. I have, however, been able to get the ball rolling on my first earthcache and I've done a little research on the location and requested permission. Have to wait and see.

Other than that, no much to report this weekend. I do have a power trail planned soon, though … I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Thursday night, Friday morning

Bagged a couple of great church-based caches on Thursday evening after work. One of them, a micro, was an excellent hide and had been annoying me for ages, ever since I'd missed out on a FTF quite simply because I couldn't find it! A very good but simple hide and well worth a visit, even if only to look at the picturesque church (GC1DH6A).

The second was a new multi, which involved me collecting clues from a graveyard at twilight … I loved it! Took me about twenty minutes to find the clues and the final was fairly straightforward, but an immensely enjoyable cache all the same (GC1GFN8).

Always a glutton for punishment, I was up early on Friday morning to try for a FTF on a new micro. There'd already been two DNFs on this, so I thought I'd give it a go before work. Took me about fifteen minutes of wandering up-and-down before the penny dropped and I found the cache. A clever hide (GC1GJRH) and worth a go. If you study the description well before you go, you might even make it a cache and dash!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Saturday morning, Sunday morning

Awake at 5am, up by 6am and on the road by 6.50am! Off I went to Billericay and by 12.30 I'd found 10, very diverse, caches, walked several miles and had a very good morning. I must say, it's been many years since I've been to Billericay, and I was pleasantly surprised at what a nice little town it is. I had an excellent day, wandering around the area, and discovered some lovely woodland areas and some fascinating historical features, including two excellent earthcaches; Norsey Wood Tumulus (GC18FZ7) and Norsey Wood Deer Bank (GC18G0Q). Check 'em out, they're really interesting.

Getting up early also gave me time, in the afternoon, to pick up some excellent swag for the cache that I'm planning at the moment. It's going to be a corker, if I do say so myself, so keep an eye out.

This morning I was checking out locations for the new cache, so I walked more miles. Geocaching must have improved my fitness, the number of miles I've walked in the past year. Mind you, it won't have been difficult to improve!

Sunday, 7 September 2008


I'm going to give up trying for first to finds!

Parked near a cache today which had not been published more than half an hour, and I was a little uncertain at where my GPSr was pointing me. As I sat in the car, I checked my pda, only to find that none of the cache data had transferred! Right, I thought, I'll 'phone home. Just as my call was answered, my GPSr ran out of battery, closely followed by my 'phone losing connection! Scrambled around for some spare batteries, 'phoned again, confirmed co-ords… by now it was tipping it down with rain. Oh well, on we go. Crossed the busy road (because I wasn't sure if I could park down the road that leads to the cache … you can!) and just as I came up to the turning, I saw another local cacher drive down.

I found him signing the log, so I had to make myself scarce while they replaced it. Not the first time this has happened, I think I'll retire from FTFs!

Good cache though!

Friday, 5 September 2008

Garmin Geocoins

Hoping to release my collection of Garmin geocoins this weekend. Merlin, Pugin, Gormley, Ferris and Brunel will hopefully be visiting lots of places of historical and architectural interest. Of course, they'll be joining God knows how many others of this ilk that have been recently released, but keep an eye out and you might find one in a cache near you!

Thursday, 4 September 2008


Well, it's nearly done. I've just approved my first go at designing a geocoin and I've only got to wait for the samples to be minted and I should be able to post the pics on here. If anybody likes the look of it (which I hope that hundreds of you do!), it would be worth getting on the Coins and Pins mailing list as soon as possible …