20 Dec 2011

Happy Christmas

Just a quick not to apologise for not updating recently. What with one thing and another we have been spending a lot of time up in Warrington over the last couple of weeks and this has seriously curtailed our caching activities. Having said that, we did manage one 5/1 cache, so that's another one off the list. As usual all D and T ratings are subjective to a cache owners (and finders) perspective and as a lot of people are built differently, both in mental and physical ability, what is easy for one is difficult for another.

As I write this I have one cache that was published on 30th November that still hasn't been found. I am quite surprised really as I showed the puzzle to some caching friends over in Warrington and they worked out the puzzle really quickly.

Anyway, that was just a quick update and apology. I hope that you have a great christmas and a brilliant new year.

I will leave you with another Interview With A Cacher, this time John Stead, a long time cacher who has been part of the game since 2001.


How long have you been caching for?

Over ten years – registered on 4th February 2001 and found first cache on 14th April 2001 (less than 40 in UK at the time and had to go 100+ miles!)

How did you get in to geocaching?

Not sure now but think I saw a reference in a forum relating to Garmin as I had used a GPS for some years for walking

Favourite type of cache

No favourites really as location is to me more important though I have solved several puzzles and not yet found the caches.

Favourite size of cache

Anything bigger than a nano, though in the right place they can be good too.

Are you a TB hunter and do you enjoy moving them on?

Yes, 789 so far

Do you send TB’s and coins out of your own?

Yes, 34+ so far

Series or single caches?


Your favourite find?

Probably GCF0 Scotland's First

Fair weather or any weather?

Mainly fair weather now (I am 75)

Your very first find?

GC295 Mott the Hoople – a bit of an adventure as it was in a country park and until I was leaving I did not realize that entry was prohibited because of Foot and Mouth with a penalty of £2,000!

On your own or with someone else?

Mostly on my own as the friend I started with is no longer very mobile, but I do enjoy going out with a crowd at an Event.

Furthest cache from home?

GC13QB5 In Memory Of (Namibia) 5382 miles

Best bit of advice for other cachers?

Have fun

What’s in your caching bag?

Spare log sheets, 35mm film box, towel, self-inking stamp, pen and pencil (including write anywhere), sharpener, scissors,Garmin Colorado, binoculars, gardening gloves, compass, Tbs, swaps

Any cache that you have heard about that you really want to find?

Oldest in Wales

Do you get involved with forums or give them a miss?

Used to waste a lot of time but got fed up with some of the agression and stupidity displayed so now am a rare visitor.

Many thanks again to John and the others who have answered questions over the last few months. More to come next year.
With three Mega's in the UK next year it is sure to be a busy time for cachers in this country and for overseas visitors. We hope to be able to attend at least two of them, if not all three. Until then, we have some puppies due to be born in January, so if anyone is after a Border Collie to keep them company on their caching adventures, let us know. Photos will be posted as and when.
Merry Christmas

2 Dec 2011

Mega 2013

Just a very quick note to say that I am pleased to announce that the Mega Midlands committee have now had confimation that the UK Mega in 2013 is going to be held in the Midlands.

No more details at present, but as things happen I will be posting them here and of course news will also be posted on the Groundspeak and GAGB forums by members of the committee.

With the 2012 Mega being held in the North West, and the liklihood of 2014 being up in Scotland again, this is a great opportunity for us to show what the Midlands has to offer.

Congratulations to all who have been involved.

29 Nov 2011

Coming Soon

We are just negotiating with a well known supplier of quality dog leads to have some especially embroidered trackable dog leads made. We should have some available soon on Ebay and also in other caching outlets. As soon as we have the first one I will post photos here to let people see.

Meanwhile, it is good to see that my archived caches are now being replaced locally by some newish and not so new cachers. It is great because our numbers are adding up nicely. It is good to see that my Beggar's Belief cache in Nottingham City Centre already has a replacement in the same position, that's a definate to grab during the next few days of Christmas shopping.

Out caching yesterday it was great to meet up with PlasmaWave again and to meet Spire67 for the first time. We had quite a long chat which proved quite enlightening in more ways than one.

We are beginning to plan an event that will be held over the new year period and hope from initial enquiries it looks like there will be a good turnout for that.

No photos just yet, but more coming soon. Enjoy the shorter days as much as you can and go grab those numbers.

27 Nov 2011

Playing Nicely

Seeing that some people still seem to dislike anything I have to say on my blog, it is sad that I am now posting to say that a group of us had a meeting a couple of weeks ago with Adam (bobbinz)  who is now the owner of Emcache and had a very interesting discussion with him regarding some members of that forum. It was very interesting that we seemed to come to the same conclusion as to who had been targeting my caches and sending emails.  If you cannot guess which people I am talking about I would suggest that you ask Adam to explain further.

When you see that this is the kind of thing being written locally then you know that there is a problem

santa_is_dead: i see svens cache is found....and shock the two wankers claim a blank logbook.

It comes as no surprise that another message came in this evening after my post regarding the GAGB elections, and apart from anything else goes to show how sad a few individuals are try to spoil caching for the majority.

If you do have anything to say to me, man up about it and use your name rather than sending annonymous messages, it really does show you for the cowards that you are. Now run along and play nicely.

GAGB Election Results

More on our latest caching exploits soon, but I just wanted to mention that the GAGB elections have just been completed and it is good to see that the electorate have voted for a decent set of people in whom we can trust to represent the nationwide caching community fairly and without prejudice.

Congratulations to all the committee members.

22 Nov 2011

Milestones and More


As you can see from the above number, there has been quite a jump in cache finds since I last entered a total. In fact this weekend we found 59 caches and there were 3 DNF's.

Most of this post will be of photographs taken over the weekend. My 1000th wasn't anything too spectacular, whereas Wemnog's was a spectacular Earthcache.

Over the course of the weekend we did an amazing 8 Earthcaches, all different and interesting in their own ways. We saw some stunning scenery whilst doing the Earthcaches, including one place that could have come from a Doctor Who, or post apolocalypic film set.

We found some excellent traditional caches as well whilst visiting the area. As I said, this edition of the blog is mainly to show you some things visually that we saw over the weekend rather than quoting information about this cache or that cache, so enjoy.

As we and others often say, one of the great things about caching is that you see places that you haven't visited, or dreamt of visiting.

This is an area that I knew well from years gone by, but I saw so many new things and areas that I just didn't know existed.

So it is always worth doing that bit of research if you are visiting an area and not just plonk some caches on the GPS and hope for the best. I guess next milestone for me will be 1500, my aim is to reach that one by March next year. People may sometimes say that it's not about the numbers, but do you know what, actually, sometimes it is. Why, because if I hadn't been chasing that magic 1000 mark I wouldn't have done half as many caches over the weekend and therefore not seen so many wonderful places.

Finally, it's always great to meet new enthusiastic cachers who you know, right from the first moment that you meet them, are going to be great people to have not only as fellow cachers, but friends as well. I reckon that there will be some amazing new caches right here in Nottingham very soon. You know whose don't you............Nigel and Jacqui, it's over to you.

Have a good week everyone and hello to my superfans, the small number who can't help reading this blog, even though they really don't want to, especially cos it winds them up so much................just in case they get a mention..........don't worry, you won't, and to everyone else, as Brucie and Tess might say.................Keeeeeeeeeeeeep caching!

18 Nov 2011

Good Weekend

Well with a forecast for a decent weekend weather wise it should be good for caching.

We haven't done much over the last few days, apart from planning a new cache that should go out in the next few weeks. Something different that I hope people will enjoy, we are having fun sorting it out.  I wasn't sure whether it would be possible or not, but having spoken to a couple of the reviewers I now know that it is.

In other exciting news, we have decided that next year will be the year that we finally set a date for our civil partnership, so watch this space.

The other major news that I keep promising you is coming, soon, and yes it will be great news for cachers everywhere, and something that I am really pleased to be involved with.

Finally, the North West Mega Committee have now announced that they have sorted out a camping venue for next years event. Details can be found on their website http://www.mega2012.org.uk/ The third coin in the series is also now available for sale, or you can order the full set, with the final coins being released next year, again, details are available on their website.

That's it, have a good weekend, go and find loads and enjoy yourselves, after all, that's what it's supposed to be about.

14 Nov 2011


Myself and another local cacher recently had reason to make a complaint to Groundspeak, I won't go in to the reasons here, they have been well documented in the past.

Since then the majority of my caches have been either removed or destroyed, as have a few of those of the other complainant. In the last couple of days I decided to archive most of my caches rather than go to the expense of replacing them. No great loss to me as it frees up a lot of my time taken up in maintenance visits. I am not for one minute saying it is the person that we complained about, but maybe one of their supporters.

However, last night I received this email:~ Forgive their bad use of the English language.

"you and your little hacking buddy need to stop upsetting the community

else the community might take exception and do something about it

as you may know you're caches are missing the majority of them

stop being a dick and we'll stop treating you like one

where watching closely

anymore bullshit from you and they will all go constantly

no more games play nice and we will play nice"

The sender of the email wasn't brave enough to give me their name, or names.

I posted this email on to various other sites to guage reaction and was pleased to hear from a couple of police officers from different parts of the country who informed me that as this amounted to a direct threat I could take legal action.

I then received this annonymously, some posts from the local forum:~

[Today at 10:43:56 PM] Spire67: Someone has removed a lot of Jacaru's caches. I know he isn't popular on here, but it sucks when anyones caches are stolen. After all its cachers in general that are the losers.

[Today at 10:47:31 PM] JayJayBee8: Had noticed he'd archived a lot around colwick Woods, hadn't seen the missings

[Today at 10:48:28 PM] Lord Boogie: That is sad . His caches never did anybody an harm!

[Today at 10:48:59 PM] smudger105e: Reckon its a cacher who has a grudge, or just one of those things?

[Today at 10:49:15 PM] Lord Boogie: But as ye sow so shall ye reap!

[Today at 10:49:29 PM] mrspinkrat: Has just posted here: Re: Song Links.

[Today at 10:50:06 PM] Bobbinz: @Spire67 a pm for you, when I get home too.

[Today at 10:52:07 PM] skybluesbazza: @mrspinkrat whooooooooooooooooo?

[Today at 10:53:20 PM] santa_is_dead: I didn't know about Jacarus caches, but have you seen the drivel he's been writing on his blog?

[Today at 10:54:07 PM] Bobbinz: Yes.

[Today at 10:54:21 PM] mrspinkrat: Has just posted here: Re: Do you remember when....

[Today at 10:55:43 PM] santa_is_dead: bloke has a screw loose, I might report his off cache ramblings. He's even done it via an avatar on GAGB somebody tells me.

[Today at 10:57:24 PM] Bobbinz: Can I just remind you that the shoutbox is semi public before this convosation goes any further.

[Today at 10:58:14 PM] skybluesbazza: Has just posted here: Re: Do you remember when....

[Today at 10:59:02 PM] santa_is_dead: b

[Today at 10:59:53 PM] Bobbinz: b?

[Today at 11:02:55 PM] santa_is_dead: typo....am aware of that, just stating the facts. (apart from the screwloose), did you see him refer to emcache members as the guilty party?

[Today at 11:03:28 PM] santa_is_dead: "one or two mindless cachers from the East Midlands caching (community)"

[Today at 11:04:05 PM] santa_is_dead: should I switch to secure channel FB?

[Today at 11:07:25 PM] Spire67: I understand why he is not popular. But fanning the flames is only going to cause a bigger fire. Out of which none of us are going to be winners. I am not saying he is right or wrong. Nor am I saying you are right or wrong.

[Today at 11:08:10 PM] Spire67: I am just saying when you find a hornets nest you dont poke it with a stick. Let sleeping dogs lay and all that.

[Today at 11:09:21 PM] geoibsons: yeah i'm just pee'd off that one of my tbs has got caught up in that rubbish. oh well

[Today at 11:11:25 PM] OnlyMeUK: you and your little hacking buddy need to stop upsetting the community else the community might take exception and do something about it as you may know you're caches are missing the majority of them stop being a dick and we'll stop treating you like o

[Today at 11:11:51 PM] OnlyMeUK: Quote

[Today at 11:12:45 PM] Spire67: @OMUK who are you addressing?

[Today at 11:13:04 PM] OnlyMeUK: no-one just quoting an email received by Jacaru

[Today at 11:13:16 PM] Bobbinz: Quote from where?

[Today at 11:13:20 PM] OnlyMeUK: Published on the GeM forum

[Today at 11:14:22 PM] Spire67: Ahh the post by Jacaru on the GeM facebook forum

[Today at 11:14:40 PM] Spire67: Which is quoting an email he received.

[Today at 11:14:49 PM] OnlyMeUK: so he needs to keep an eye out for someone who can't differentiate between your & you're

[Today at 11:14:57 PM] Bobbinz: Jacaru could not hack a wall with a hammer, let alone a website

[Today at 11:15:33 PM] Spire67: Just the sort of action / reaction we need to avoid

[Today at 11:15:51 PM] OnlyMeUK: "For information I have just received this email:~ you and your little hacking buddy need to stop upsetting the community else the community might take exception and do something about it as you may know you're caches are missing the majority of them"

[Today at 11:16:11 PM] OnlyMeUK: .."stop being a dick and we'll stop treating you like one where watching closely anymore bullshit from you and they will all go constantly no more games play nice and we will play nice"

[Today at 11:16:57 PM] skybluesbazza: Have been determined since my first find that this would always be a fun activity.

[Today at 11:17:00 PM] Bobbinz: Blimey.

[Today at 11:17:00 PM] Spire67: Well 90% of the population don't seem to know the difference between your & you're

[Today at 11:17:21 PM] skybluesbazza: I think we have a great community but with any community not all will see eye to eye!

[Today at 11:17:29 PM] Sven: What's going on? What's the gem forum?

[Today at 11:17:46 PM] Spire67: @SBB 100% agree

[Today at 11:18:05 PM] Spire67: @Sven its on facebook

[Today at 11:18:19 PM] Spire67: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/137568269677358/

[Today at 11:18:41 PM] Sven: oh he wont let me in there

[Today at 11:18:47 PM] OnlyMeUK: @spire speak for you're self! (oops)

[Today at 11:19:09 PM] Bobbinz: Same. I have given up trying

[Today at 11:19:31 PM] Sven: He's the hacker?

[Today at 11:19:41 PM] Sven: I don't understand what's going on?

[Today at 11:19:49 PM] OnlyMeUK: I wouldn't have thought so

[Today at 11:19:57 PM] Bobbinz: Definatley not the hacker

[Today at 11:20:08 PM] Spire67: Someone has removed the majority of Jacaru's caches

[Today at 11:20:30 PM] Spire67: And sent him an email which OMUK just quoted

[Today at 11:21:04 PM] Sven: Oh someone's threatening him

[Today at 11:21:15 PM] Sven: He probably sent it to himself, he loves the drama

[Today at 11:21:21 PM] Bobbinz: Not just removed, destroyed. I have no idea who eithet

[Today at 11:21:29 PM] Sven: He probably removed his own caches

[Today at 11:21:45 PM] Sven: Nothing would surprise me

[Today at 11:21:48 PM] OnlyMeUK: I was busy battering penguins when this latest sad episode came to light!

[Today at 11:22:09 PM] Bobbinz: LOL

[Today at 11:22:22 PM] Bobbinz: Bloody Pingu FTW

Worryingly, a few of these posts are by people who are hoping to represent the GAGB in the forthcoming committee elections.
I would urge anyone who has the opportunity to vote to think very carefully about who they are going to vote for.

8 Nov 2011

Muddy Logs


A Muddy Day

Another few under our belts this week. Accompanied by very occasional cacher Ashman-BMX we decided to go for a pretty new series,  Whissendine Wanders by Crafty Foxes. A nice series of 15 + bonus we planned to do it at the weekend when Ashman was free from work commitments. When we decided to do the series I contacted a previous finder to see whether the series could be done by bike or not.

Although the attributes didn't show bikes and the person I contacted said that some of it would be difficult we decided to go for it anyway. When we planned it we hadn't had the amount of rain that we then saw. Needless to say on Saturday when we reached the parking spot and looked at what was ahead we saw a field of mud ahead. Not one to balk at a challenge we were soon on the bikes and set off. We didn't get far before we were off the bikes again, they were so clogged with thick gooey mud that the wheels seized completely and we spent a good ten minutes clearing them before setting off again.

Still not giving in we carried on, stopping every few minutes to de clog the bikes. It made for a really enjoyable, if dirty day out.

Wemnog and some muddy bikes
Halfway round and still with loads to find we decided that it may be better to leave the rest for another day and do some drive bys. As we arrived at the end of a particularly muddy part and reached the road we spotted a couple of familiar faces sat in their car having a cuppa.

We headed over and had a natter with seasoned cacher darrach. It turns out that they had done the rest of the series apart from this one cache which we were about to look for. They had had a fruitless search for it a little while before and decided to stop for a cuppa before looking again. Joining forces the five of us continued to look and eventually Wemnog came up trumps and found the cache, some 40 feet away from the listed coords. This was the only cache in the whole series where the coords were out.

After signing the log and heading off to find a few more of the series that were on the road darrach caught us up again whilst we were waiting for a train to pass.

darrach at the level crossing

Although we didn't complete the series in one go it is one that I would recommend if you want a good walk (or cycle) and we will certainly be completing it in the not too distant future.

The bike rides the rider!!
We finished off the day with doing another couple of the Crafy Foxes drive by caches followed by a couple of the great little ongoing series by Treecrabs. The CKTV series is one that takes people back to their childhood days of TV watching. We have only done a couple of them, but heard good reports about all the whole lot.

Entertaining Logs

It's always fun to see logs coming in on your caches, or on those caches that you have been watching. The following log was neither, but one that was mentioned on Facebook. I reproduce it here with kind permission of the author who had been out to find a night cache.

"This has to be my most dramatic DNF ever!!

I am thinking of setting up a night cache myself, and as I was researching I noticed these two only 20mins away! It was only 9pm and I don't have to get up tomorrow so I set off.

My torch was not the best and so I found a couple of the reflectors difficult to find but I was ambling through and enjoying a night walk, listening to a couple of owls.

I had read the description carefully and was aware that there was open water around so I was being careful. I got up to a certain point and could not see the next reflector. I walked down the obvious path but didn't pick it up so went back. To the left, down a curb was what looked like a newly paved cycle path, with the sparkly bits reflecting in the moonlight. 'Maybe it take you down the cycle route a little way?' I thought. So I had thought I heard people walking along under the bridge close by, so didn't questions it. As I stepped off the small curb on the beautofully sparkly newly paved cycle path, my foot went through it. It was too late to pull back and I fell full into the canal!! I think it was covered in a weed, and it was so still, it looked solid!!

Maybe I am a lightweight cacher, but I did not continue, I emptied my wellies and headed back to the car, dripping as I went, and rushed home for a shower.

I read the warnings to be careful, and I thought I was, so this is totally my fault and I do not write this as a complaint, rather for my own catharsis and as a story to share!!

Sadly my smartphone/gps reader and my head torch are no longer working :(

update- 28/10/11 - After sitting in a bowl of lentils (I didn't have any rice) in the airring cupboard for the last three days, I tried turning on my phone and it worked!!!!! Will head back for the cache soon."

This log had a few people chuckling when it was pointed out to people. Again, I have to say thanks to the author for letting me copy it here.

Interview With A Cacher

Another in the occasional series now where a geocacher answers a few questions about their caching career. This time Team Blid435

How long have you been caching for?  Since November 2009.

How did you get in to geocaching? Through a Geocaching friend.

Favourite type of cache? Any, except puzzle caches, I'm not too good at those. Not good at caches that involve walking or climbing due to health problems.

Series or single caches? Either, but prefer drive bys due to reasons above.

Your favourite find? One of my favourites has got to be Schrödinger’s Ghostly Wormhole Paradox GC2HJYV.which I found with Rob and Ian 2Anchors and Jeff Jat2010. Very glad to have been supported by a great crew and doubly glad to have taken the risk to do it.
Fair weather or any weather? I do prefer decent weather, but have done a few in rain and snow.

Your very first find? Harry's Cache-The Quarries GC1EXVG.

On your own or with someone else? With Susie my faithful Geo-Westie.

Furthest cache from home? Platja de Ses Salines, Ibiza GC34J59. This one was extra special as I was FTF even though the app on my phone failed as I was about 100 metres from GZ so had to rely on my geocaching senses.

Favourite bit of advice for other cachers? Just get out there and enjoy yourself. It doesn't matter if you find one cache or several, just enjoy being out and about and finding places you never knew existed or that you wouldn't have visited if it hadn't been for geocaching.

What’s in your caching bag? Two or three pencils, pens, plastic bags, a multi tool, a couple of extendable magnetic probes, various items for swapping, a few spare log books of different sizes,a small torch, a UV light, a note book, camera, and a couple of medical items for emergencies, and my GAGBGeocoin which is dipped into each cache I find as a form of mileage checker.

Any cache that you have heard about that you really want to find? Not really I just take each cache as it comes.There are a few I would have liked to have done but again due too health restrictions have been rejected.

Thanks John

Piratemania V

Piratemania V has recently been published. As mentioned before this has already has Mega status for next year. This is a very friendly event and well worth a visit, even if it is just for the day. Along with the North West Mega up in Cartmel next year is going to be a good one for UK and overseas cachers. If anyone wants to know about a decent campsite up in the Lakes for the Mega let me know and I can tell you about a hidden gem that my man and me have used for years.

Piratemania V

Lastly for this week, the new Facebook page GeM is getting a good response and a healthy membership with some really interesting stuff being posted. If you want to join let me know and I can give you more details.

Not sure what we are up to later in the week, we have seen a few boat only caches that we may go for, though we have also been told about a few green lane caches that may just tempt us even more.
Have a good week.

1 Nov 2011

Flyovers, Pinfold's and Races


Flyovers and Pinfolds

We were up in Warrington again at the weekend and did a few caches up there. A couple that had been on the to do list for a while were a couple of traditionals near the Thelwall Viaduct, a motorway bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal. It is quite a structure. Our claim to fame is that Wemnog pressed the button to reveal the stone plaque at the official opening back in 1963.

The site of the main cache that we found, which was right under the bridge was the scene of police action earlier this year when over 5000 people attended an unofficial rave at the site.

Underneath Thelwall Viaduct
The cache container was missing, with just the lid and a few calling cards remaining. Luckily we had a spare container with us which we left as a replacement.

The other cache was nearby and gave us quite a view of the viaduct from a different angle as the sun was beginning to set.

Thelwall at sunset
Back in Nottingham we haven't had much time to do any caching but looking around we decided it was about time that we did some of our old friend Pinfold's caches.

We started off with doing a cache of his called The Cray Family of Wash Pit Lane. Having read some of the previous logs this one sounded fun and a little different. We packed the necessary equipment in the Jeep and headed off. It didn't take us long to find the cache but at the same time it did take us by surprise and definately earned a favourite point from me. I'm not going to say much else about it as that would spoil it for Pinfold, all I will say is that if you are in the area it is one that is worth doing for the fun factor.

So we had halloween last night and decided that it would be a good time to do a night cache. Not having done one before we had a look at what was available locally. We didn't actually know that Pinfold had one out so were pleasantly surprised when we came across Blind Panic. We set off as darkness fell and took the dogs with us for their walk. We weren't the best prepared as we only had one failing torch between us, hardly any battery life in the GPS and no jackets. Luckily it was a warm evening so tee shirts were sufficient, we used the torch sparingly and hoped that the batteries would last out in the Oregon. On reaching GZ it took us a few minutes to locate the necessary but once we did we found a container with 8 TB's inside! We haven't seen one for a long long time with that many in! After liberating them and replacing with a couple more it was time to head home. Another Pinfold cache worthy of a favourite point and another one that locals should put on their to do list.


A quick update on the TB races. The Nottingham To Nottingham race has a winner on the US side. The coin was picked up at an event in London last week and arrived in the TB hotel on Friday last week. The chap who picked the coin up ~ pinkpigredrat ~ arranged to meet me at the hotel so that I could see the coin entering the hotel. It did really well and made it from Nottingham, New Hampshire to Nottingham in very few moves and without any interference from anyone.

pinkpigredrat books in the winner
Coins and TB's from both UK and US entrants are now travelling well and it will be interesting to see when we get a UK winner over in the US.

Winning Coin and Winner's Coin

The other race, starting on January 1st, is getting quite a few entries now as well and seems to be taking off (pardon the pun) well.

The Nottingham (UK) TB Hotel is disabled at the moment for some refurbishment but will be open again this weekend. Some TB's are here at home ready to go in it when I replace the container for something smaller.

You may have noticed that I haven't done any more question and answer sessions that I started a couple of blogs back. I do have some stored that I will be using at a later date, so I haven't forgotten.

Finally, I keep promising you some exciting news and yes, it is coming, you really won't have to wait much longer now, just a little while longer.

Have a good week, enjoy the continuing good weather and go find some caches.

24 Oct 2011

Munzee Sites and Caching Bites


Munzee Sites

Since I first mentioned Munzee a few months back when it first started the game has really taken off.  We were something like 830th to join the game, and now there are over 11,000 players and it is growing daily.

There are some really innovative players out there now, who are pushing the boundaries of what can be done with the game. Some of these include a local cacher who has been mentioned before in this blog, Northking. He really thinks outside the box when it comes to creating new ideas for Munzee, including a couple of journey's that you can do and Munzee at the same time. One of these includes a train journey from Nottingham to London where you capture Munzees at certain places on the journey. You can find more information about this on Jeff's new Munzee site http://www.munzee.org.uk/index.html  You will also find information on this, his Postcode Capture Munzee.
If you want to capture this one, contact Jeff through his Munzee site or via his geocaching profile.

There are another couple Munzee sites to mention, obviously the main Munzee site where it all began, http://www.munzee.com/ and there is also a UK Facebook page,  Munzee GB for people who are want to join in. The Facebook site is a closed group, but you can request to join, just search for it by name on Facebook.

The UK's first Munzee meet will be happening shortly as well. More details of that can be found on Jeff's pages.

Caching Bites

As you will see from the number at the top of the page, since I last updated we have got around to doing more caching, in fact another 26 since then. We have been out and about on the bikes for a lot of it.

We have cached in Derbyshire, obviously not too far away from us, Birmingham, Newcastle and a couple of locals here in Nottingham. There are quite a few new local caches to go and find, but we tend to leave some of the newer ones for when the weather is bad during the winter period.

As usual, you see some unusal things when you are out caching, so I will share a couple of photos with you of things that we have seen lately, including this wise old owl carving. 
Wise Old Owl

We also found this place, and this is somewhere which we definately would have just ridden past had it not been for caching.                                                                                                                   

Getting out and about on the bikes again has been good and the weather for it has been perfect over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday we were on the Monsal Trail with some none caching friends, we think we may have some converts! There weren't many caches on the trail itself. If you are ever in Derbyshire this is a really good trail to either walk or cycle. The route has quite a lot of tunnels which have only recently been reopened. Prior to that you had to make some detours. At the Hassop end of the trail there is a decent cafe and a must visit bookshop as well.

As I mentioned we did a little bit of caching up in Newcastle over the weekend as well. We had to meet a customer at the airport who had just had a flying lesson and having some TB's and coins to move on we thought we would look for suitable caches.

There are two really decent TB hotels around the airport, they really are the closest to terminal TB hotels that I have seen, another cache that we did gave some really good views of the runways and the really modern control tower.

Control Tower at NIA

One final place that caching took us to this weekend was the Newcastle Falcons rugby ground. I'm not a rugby fan but Wemnog is and according to him they are quite a decent team. Wem used to play rugby and actually set up a team here back in the 80's.

Newcastle Falcons Ground

Finally this week one more new caching site on Facebook to tell you about. It is called Geocaching East Midlands. It is a none political friendly group with no hidden agenda, just a place where people can chat in a decent civilised manner. Although the name is Geocaching East Midlands, the page is there for people to join from anywhere in the country. In that way if people are thinking of visiting this area, members can point them in the right direction for finding caching equipment such as Anchor Supplies, or for meeting up with like minded people for a natter.

At the Nottingham to Nottingham launch event we had a number of visitors from around the country who gave us the idea. They preferred not to join in with forums but still wanted a place to be able to chat. So that's how the idea came about. Again, this is a closed group as with the Munzee page and people can ask to join. Just search for Geocaching East Midlands and put in a request. We are planning on holding an event soon as well to meet up with people, this won't be an official geocaching event just an informal gathering of like minded people.

I mentioned Anchor Supplies above, if you don't know about them they are a government surplus stockist here in Nottingham. It is an Aladdins cave of a place to visit and you are sure to spend a lot of time and a little money there if you get a chance to visit. You will also find some decent caching equipment for sale there, or stuff that you can turn in to caching equipment. They also stock very reasonably priced ammo boxes. If you are too far away to visit they do do mail order. If you do visit, you are sure to get a warm welcome as a lot of the staff are also cachers themselves.

This link will take you to their site. http://www.anchorsupplies.com/

That's all for now, happy caching.

11 Oct 2011

Finally, Race TB's and Questions and Answers


Well after last week I finally hit the 900th cache. A good one down in Gloucester that a friend had told me about. Troll, by oz uk http://coord.info/GC23GGH is the first container that I have come across that was actually sold for purpose. A neat little container that was large enough for me to drop some TB's off in.

A view from near the Troll cache
So that was 900, no time to do any more that day. However, we did have to go to East Midlands airport a couple of days later to pick up some bits and pieces for the new TB race that starts in January. We decided that we had enough time to go and find a couple of caches whilst around so went to Adrian's Birthday Cache http://coord.info/GC2MQKH and Grumpy's Departure Lounge http://coord.info/GC345RR Both easy finds which again were large enough to drop some trackables in.

A few days later we were off up to Liverpool to do some remapping and had chance to do a couple of Motorway Mayhem caches on the M6 before doing just one cache in Liverpool itself. The cache Captain "Johnnie" Walker was a cheeky little container placed at Pier Head. We were lucky that it was a quiet and blustery day so there weren't that many people around. This is the kind of cache description that I like to read, one with a bit of history. http://coord.info/GC32XP6

Captain "Johnnie" Walker statue, Liverpool

 We have only done one other cache of John Stead's a while back in another part of the country, but from the two that we have done and from others that we have read about he places some very interesting caches.

Race TB's

All the Nottingham to Nottingham race TB's are now back in the UK and will be moving in to caches shortly ready to resume the race as they were meant to. They had a brief stay in the US but thanks to Captainwilly who kindly UPS'd them back so that the race could continue correctly.

Questions and Answers

I recently approached some cachers who I know and asked whether they would consider answering some questions about their caching experiences for the blog. The first person up is Yorkypudding who kindly agreed to be the guinea pig.

 How long have you been caching for?   Since Wednesday 16th February 2005, officially and did one in France a bit before but never logged it.
How did you get in to geocaching?   A friend of mine saw it on Countryfile.
Favourite type of cache?   A nice full Ammo can.
Series or single caches?  Prefer a Series.
Your favourite find?    Paper Caper by The Soupdragons. http://coord.info/GCKEEC

Fair weather or any weather?   Any weather, been in the snow,rain, fog and I actually prefer it quite bleak less people around.
Your very first find?    Woolley Rail by Rimosky found 21st of February 2005. http://coord.info/GCJZM4
On your own or with someone else?  Both really, not keen on big groups.
Furthest cache from home?  Done a few virtuals, in Maine- usa, The Antartic and even the Mia space station. But my real furthest is Perth in Scotland.
Favourite bit of advice for other cachers?  Read the log page that someones gone to the trouble of writing and use the hint to avoid destruction to terrains.
What’s in your caching bag?  What isnt , GPS, pens hundreds of them. A long mirror with a magnetic end. Head torch, baby wipes, A pouch that turns into a bag, A smal maintence kit with supplies in.Batteries, gloves. Lots of crumbs at the bottom. and old name tags from events.
Any cache that you have heard about that you really want to find?    A cache at Brimham Rocks that you have to Absail to get it, but i'm too big for that. But one day soon I won't be.

A big thanks to Yorkypudding for being the first in this series. If you would like to answer the same questions and have them posted on the blog feel free to get in touch with me.

Finally there is some exciting news coming. I can't tell you any more at the moment, but it will be great news for cachers everywhere and will be well worth waiting for.


3 Oct 2011

How Difficult?


So how difficult can it be to find a cache that I want to do for my 900th? Nothing so far has grabbed me as being anything special.  I have done all the decent caches around Nottinghamshire that I want to do especially. I have a few caches that I have got my eye on for 1000, including caches by Northking, Team Blid, Baira and SVK but nowt around here for number 900.

We were down in Virginia Water at the weekend and had planned for us both to reach the milestone then, Wemnog is a few behind me. We had a series that were going to do but the weather was too hot for the dogs to chase us around on bikes. I ended up doing my 899th cache just outside Marilyn Monroe's old house in the nearby village of Englefield Green ~ GC2HDHW was a nicely stocked, decent sized container. I used to live in the area, well 30+ years ago and never dreamt that next time I was going to be back round there would be with my partner searching for plastic boxes!

So 900 still eludes me, something will turn up I am sure.

Nottingham To Nottingham Race

The Nottingham to Nottingham race is moving on apace. Lots of movement in the last couple of weeks and some surprising movements in the coming weeks as well.

As I write,  another race is being planned and there will be more details of that at a later date. We had some good publicity for the last one and I am sure that the next race will prove to be popular too.

So not much to tell you at all this time, just thought it was about time I touched base. I am sure that next time I write there will be more to tell you, including some great Mega news as well.

13 Sep 2011

3 Events In 7 Days and In The News


3 Events In 7 Days

We feel really priviliged that so many people attended the 3 events that we have run in the last couple of weeks. It totalled 3 events in just 7 days.

We started with the Summer's End camping event at the beginning of the month. We were a little disappointed as we arrived to see only two tents already erected but the lack of campers didn't dampen what turned out to be a very well attended affair.

As there were only a few of us on the Friday night we decided to form a team and enter the local village quiz night. Between us we had enough brain power to come a very respectable 2nd out of 11 teams and we won ourselves a tenner in the process. 

A couple of photos of our team members, above we have fonecacher and killercache and to the right we have Mick & Lynn Jenkinson.

The following day everyone dispersed and went and did some caching.

We didn't do many, as we are always in the area anyway we decided to do just the Thornsett Band series by Ellie Bob. The First in the series Thornsett Band #1 Town Hall brought back some memories as I briefly worked in the Town Hall when I left school and up until recently my sister worked in the library which is situated next door.
The town hall itself is a beautiful piece of Victorian architecture.

New Mills Town Hall

As the evening event approached car upon car turned up at the campsite and as the chilli warmed up the groups of people it was good to meet lots of new cachers as well as greet some old friends from previous events. The weather stayed fine for us and the evening drew to a close around midnight.

Not too many decent pics of this one but just a couple here for you.

As people packed up on Sunday it was time to do just one last cache before we all left. Wemnog and myself accompanied killercache and fonecacher to Hockerley Tracks http://coord.info/GC2XAT2 I am not going to post a photo of this one as it would give too much away and it isn't fair on cache owners or other cachers to post spoilers.      
The events continued in to the following weekend when we had the first of the two launch events for the Nottingham to Nottingham TB race. The weather was a little unpredictable for this one so we decided not to risk the orignally planned barbeque and went for another chilli, this time with meatballs. Again, we were well chuffed with the number of people who turned up, including helennbrian and their family all the way from Essex and thepanteras from Peterborough.  After the event it was time for the hotel to go live so we had to rush out and place all the racing bugs in to the hotel. The total number of UK entries came to 45 which went far beyond what I originally expected when I came up with the idea for the race.

The following day we held the Breakfast Club event, again this was to publicise the hotel and to help get some of the racers moving. This final event was again well attended and I think that we gave the breakfast chef a bit of a shock as more and more people continued to turn up. In the end our group was so large that we had not only taken over one large alcove of the pub, but had to spread out in to other areas. It was a shame that some people arrived just as the chef was shutting down. The reason being that they got stuck in traffic due to the amount of people around heading out to watch the Nottingham Marathon. Sorry Border Caz, I was looking forward to a long chat with you.                                                                                                                                                

In The News

The Nottingham to Nottingham race made the news on Groundspeaks own blog yesterday. We got a nice write up which you can read here http://blog.geocaching.com/2011/09/nottingham-to-nottingham-travel-bug-race/

Finally, back to some serious caching this weekend. We have a trail of 48 caches to do over 20 miles or so at some point. I am sure there will be more about it next week.

Thanks for reading, have a good week and see you soon.

5 Sep 2011

Summer's End

More about our Summer's End event in a few days time, but for now, I have been sent this link by phonecacher who took this photograph for us. Thought you might like to see it to be going on with.


1 Sep 2011

Busy Week

It's been a busy week here in Nottingham. The blog has had an influx of people looking at it, there has been an increased flow from America and Mansfield here in Nottinghamshire. I can't think who that is (LOL) It's okay don't worry, it's a personal joke between myself and my partner. 

Thank you all for visiting, it's great to know that you find what I have to say so interesting!

After a few quiet weeks,  we have now been inundated with orders for geocoins, both through the Ebay shop but also by phone, but the remapping enquiries and bookings have also increased, again a lot of the bookings have come from people following our links above.  So much so that it looks like over the next few weeks we are going to be all over the country again. It will be good to get out and get more caching done in some new areas.

We have also been busy preparing for upcoming events. We have some geocoins to give out to competition winners that have been specially made.

 We have found a good series to point people in the direction of as well whilst they are in the area. The weather forecast is improving as well, always good news as the beginning of this week wasn't the best.

My sister and her family are staying at our house while we are away and we are leaving them with our old Garmin, loaded with some decent caches and she has said that they may venture out and see what caching is all about (always good to get some potential new recruits) and someone needs to look after the hens.

Next week should see the finalisation of another event that we are planning on holding in the next few months, more of that when it comes to fruition.

Next time I will have some news about a new type of cache that is being set, one that is causing a bit of controversy in different places due to a commercial aspect that has come in to it,  and it will be interesting to see if and how it develops in this country.

As always, thanks for reading, it is great to look at the stats at the end of each month and see how many visitors the blog gets from different countries. There has been a constant stream of supportive messages posted as well from readers which are always great to receive, as well as the emails that I get from people more local who tell me lots of very interesting information that I keep in reserve should I ever need to use it! (thanks guys, you know who you are)

Finally, all content of this blog is protected by copyright and always has been. No part should be copied on to any other site without my express permission.

28 Aug 2011

Ebay Shop

There has been an increased amount of traffic on the blog for the last couple of days, and I happy to report that due to this more people have been linking to our Ebay shop and sales have increased remarkably. As goes to show, any publicity, in whatever situation is good.

Just to let you know, that new stock will be in within the next few days.

Current stock on show in the shop includes

Victorian and King George V Post Box geocoins

Gemini North Telescope geocoins

Border Collie Geocoins

UK Map geocoins

Metal First Stage multi cache tags

Metal Munzee tags

Due in soon,  Icache coins, Apple coins, World Traveller coins and many more.

Keep an eye open, many more due soon.

Happy caching.

27 Aug 2011



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23 Aug 2011

Caching, Challenges, Munzees and Caches

877 + 1


It was good to get back on the bikes this weekend and it gave us a chance to continue with Paneke's Bilsthorpe Southwell Trail caches. Although we still didn't complete the series we are kind of glad that we haven't. The caches found so far have all been different and a lot of thought has been put in to them. It is a shame that one of them has been made too easy because of a spoiler that has been posted on the internet. The series starts with this one http://coord.info/GC2Q9J1 which we did a while ago along with number two. On our last attempt we got to No. 3 and failed miserably! Guess what, we got to No. 3 again http://coord.info/GC2Q9JJ and again failed. We spent an hour on it and got nowhere. We were stung, we were scratched, we were hot, bothered and thirsty, but we didn't find out.

Frustrated we carried on and found a few more of the series plus another series that Paneke had put out in the area. Without giving too much away, (I DON'T LIKE SPOILERS) the other series was animal related and had some interesting containers. Towards the end of the day we were determined to go back and find number 3, and having seen some of the others in the series now, we had more of an idea. Sure enough, after a little while and with a lot more determination we had the rascal in hand and finally managed to sign the log. The arch enemy cache of the moment was finally beaten.

I'm sorry that there are no photos this week, I didn't have the camera with me, that in fact is a total lie, I did have the camera with me, what I didn't do is have the memory card with me, I had left it in the computer back at home.

As you will see my cache count at the top has a + 1 on it, which leads me nicely on to talk more about,


Wow, what a furore these have caused over the last week. It seems that most loathe them at the moment, I don't, and I do think that as things develop they will have their place in the caching community. I don't think things were helped with the fact that Groundspeak set the first challenge, a photo challenge to Kiss A Frog. Basically what you had to do, was find a frog, real or not and kiss it. That was it, challenge over. Upload the photo and say that you had completed it.

Obviously Groundspeak needed to set the first challenge to try to explain what it was all about, and yes, as you can see, I completed the challenge.

This put a lot of people off, and they put walls up. However, I think that given time and some thought some interesting and valuable challenges can be set. I set up my first challenge Kiss A Lion http://coord.info/CX102 in a similar vain and now really wish that I hadn't. Not the best way, again of setting a challenge. Then after thinking for a while I set my second, The Hemlock Stone and I set this one in such a way that people couldn't easily fake it using Photoshop, which has been one of the main criticisms as far as I can see. The Hemlock Stone http://coord.info/CX69D guides people to an historical area of Nottingham and I have also mentioned in the challenge that while people are there they could also complete Northking's Earthcache The Hemlock Stone - Fact Or Fiction http://coord.info/GC20EW1

It will be interesting to see how Challenges do develop, but do think that as with anything time needs to be given to them rather than just writing them off completely. The same goes for

When the game first started I was really in to it. The game has really taken off and a lot of people are putting time and effort in to developing it which I think is great. However, it has lost its appeal to me. I'm not letting it go completely but we aren't  actively going out to find them. We check the phone when we are out at a cache and if there is one near we might go and find it. I am sure that it will develop further and can see that it has potential, but at the moment the initial pull has gone for me.


I have had four new caches published in the last couple of weeks including a 5/5 cache which I am really pleased with.

They are all a little different and hopefully people will enjoy them.

Middle Of The Road http://coord.info/GC326E2 was the first of the new ones published, followed by Trent Approach http://coord.info/GC32C01 and then Up By The Trent http://coord.info/GC32HHM and finally last night Cold War Cache http://coord.info/GC32REK

I am really pleased with these four caches and the reactions that they are getting. There are two more to go, one of which is the Nottingham (UK) TB Hotel. Then I think it is time to give it a rest for a while with placing new caches.

I did say that I would give more details about the North West Mega in this blog, but I haven't got all the information together yet as to what to tell you.

The exciting news that I told you about, well we are looking at forming a committee to put a bid in for the 2013 Mega here in the Midlands. Obviously that is in the very early stages so there isn't really much more that I can say about that just yet.

For now, have a good week, and happy caching.

17 Aug 2011




I have now found out more information about the new virtual, these are, as I mentioned before, going to be called Challenges.

Still in the early stages but being released very soon,  I have copied what Jeremy Irish had to say on the official GC blog.

"To me, the core geocaching experience is the “eureka moment” when finding a cache.

The word, Eureka, comes from the ancient Greek εὕρηκα heúrēka, meaning “I have found it.” I love this word. It represents that elated feeling of discovery when you move a few leaves to discover that container in the woods, or reaching under a park bench to extract a magnetic key holder. It is a sense of accomplishment and marks the end of a successful journey.

Finding a geocache is fun and rewarding, but I’ve always been frustrated of the limitations of a geocache. As a physical object, some places are inappropriate for placing a cache. They can’t be hidden close to each other to reduce confusion, many locations have to be regulated by land managers, and some locations just can’t support a hidden container. But there are lots of cool and interesting eureka moments in the world. So how can we get people there without a cache?

We tried this before. Our early attempt was to support virtual caches, which weren’t geocaches at all but unique locations on the world for people to discover. The best of those virtuals still exist today as grandfathered listings, but there was a time when virtuals were hard to qualify. The biggest reason was that we were applying the guidelines of geocaches to virtuals, which required a reviewer to publish them. No one could determine what the subjective threshold for what was a virtual was and wasn’t, so the constant angst resulted in the retiring of virtuals. For years we have focused on the core game of geocaching, but have always wanted to find a way to bring virtuals back.

Spring forward to 2010 when we added the feedback section of our web site. It became quickly apparent that the community wanted virtuals back as much as we did. However, knowing the history of virtuals, we couldn’t just flip a switch and have the same process again. So we sat in a room and tried to distill the idea of virtuals into one sentence. The result was “go somewhere and do something.” This evolved into Geocaching Challenges.

Find a location of interest and challenge someone to take a photo or complete some kind of task unique to that location. Make it fun! Take a picture of yourself holding up the Tower of Pisa. Pull statue Lenin’s finger in Fremont (Seattle). We’re looking for the community to define the best challenges in the world.

We also know in the early days that there won’t be many Challenges, so we’ll be issuing Worldwide challenges daily. For those old timers, these challenges will be like the old Locationless caches. For example, we’ll challenge you to take a picture of yourself on a boat, kissing a frog, or dressed like a pirate. We’ll be using our feedback site as a way for the community to suggest Worldwide Challenges.

What are the guidelines for issuing a challenge? Unlike caches, there aren’t any official guidelines. Instead, you can rate challenges with thumbs up or thumbs down, and there are reporting tools available in the case that a challenge is inappropriate or unavailable. We’ll be tweaking these tools and introducing new ones as the activity grows, to ensure that the community can collectively decide what is appropriate, and what isn’t. For example, there is no 520’ guideline and Challenges won’t be blocked from being issued at Disney World, or even a pub.

There will be some restrictions at the start. To reduce the growth during the early days, only Premium Members can submit challenges. Premium Members will be limited to creating a Challenge once every 24 hours. Our hope is that we’ll be able to open this up further once we tweak our system to address the feedback we get from the community.

We’re also releasing a whole new set of mobile applications for Challenges, on the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7. We expect that this new activity will be primarily accessed through these free applications, though we’ll continue to support GPS devices.

I’m very excited about Challenges, and look forward to seeing what the community can do with the new concept. I also look forward to constructive feedback on how to improve the activity and make it a part of the core geocaching experience."

This all looks exciting stuff and I for one can't wait to set my first challenge. Hopefully the smilies will eventually be allowed to join your main cache finds rather than being separate.

It will be interesting to see how this all develops.


As you may have gathered from the fact that I am posting on the blog, Anglesey fell through for one reason and another. So, caching has been at a low ebb again this week with just a few finds.

This weekend we are, come hell or high water getting out there and finding some more. I have a load of TB's and geocoins that I picked up at the North West Mega launch to drop off in some caches.

Next week I am going to do more of a feature on the North West Mega. There will also be some exciting news about the 2013 Mega.

Have a good week and happy caching.

12 Aug 2011

More Soon and Virtuals

More Soon

I am sorry everyone for the lack of an update this week. We have done a little bit of caching including 3 FTF's.

None of the caches have really been anything special to tell you about though, so rather than bore you with a none blog will leave you with the knowledge that the next edition will be in a couple of weeks time. We are off camping on Anglesey for a couple of weeks and there are some great caches to find up there. I am sure that there will be plenty to tell you about then.


Some good news though, it looks like a form of virtual caches are going to be back with us in the very near future. They are going to be called Challenges, there isn't a lot of information about them yet, but this is a quote from Jeremy Irish's own forum posts.

They (challenges) are location-based and for everyone to do.
When you complete a Challenge (the new virtual) it will now be included in your overall "find" count. That's the only change to my original comment. I was resisting but was worn down by my fellow lackeys.
To clarify, it isn't going to be a cache listing at all, so posting a new cache listing as a placeholder for a virtual would have no point to it.
Just who will be allowed to list virtual listings on this site? Lacky's? PM's? Any member?
Premium Members during the initial release will have the ability to post them, and even then they only post one every 24 hours (max). This will open up later, based on how the system is holding up.
Still no real news on this, but it looks like caching is going to have something new and exciting happening.

All for now, have a good couple of weeks.

My holiday starts tonight, with a visit to the launch event of the North West Mega, from this evening the actual event will be published and you can log your intent to visit next year.

I also pick up my first two event coins, photos will follow when I next blog.

Blog TB

A quick update on the Blog TB that I set off on 17th June at a cache in the West Midlands. So far it has travelled 264.7 miles and was last picked up in the Lake District. It is currently in the hands of HO4 who live in the North East.

Finally for those of you who are interested in the Nottingham to Nottingham TB race that starts on September 10th, I now have in my posession 29 racers for the UK with some more promised and Balrgn has so far received  20 trackables, again with more promised.

For those of you who haven't entered but still want to, details can be found here http://www.usuktbrace.blogspot.com/

The hotel container is now in place so that it can weather in over the next month. There are a couple of launch events planned over here, this one http://coord.info/GC2Z53W and then this one the morning after which isn't too far from where the hotel is placed http://coord.info/GC30VN4 There is also a launch event in America http://coord.info/GC2Z51J

I am really pleased with the way the race is shaping up. There will be a mention of it also on the next broadcast of the ukgc podcast. If you have never listened to a podcast, have a look at http://www.ukgcpodcast.com/

Happy caching.