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 coinsandpins.com 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 …