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Tintagel, Cornwall

Panoramic view of Tintagel Castle

Panoramic view of Tintagel Castle

Last week I took the geokids to Cornwall for a few days, so that Wolfie could spend some of the summer break with her boyfriend (yes I made him cache too). Anyway, Cadence and I found ourselves at a bit of a lose end on the Wednesday.  The weather was overcast but still warm and we really didn’t fancy a boring day at our basic campsite (it hadn’t got anything there for children to do).

As I had always dreamed of visiting the home of King Arthur of Camelot, with a romanticism of the medieval past imagined from all the stories, novels and television shows that have fuelled my enthusiasm for English history for as long as I can remember, we hopped into the car, loaded the GPSr to direct us and headed out.

The Old Post Office, Tintagel

The Old Post Office, Tintagel

The first thing we noticed about Tintagel was the age. There were ancient buildings amongst modern builds. One beautiful example was The Old Post Office described by The National Trust as “a 14th-century yeoman’s farmhouse -With a famously wavy slate roof and over 600 years of history”, and then there were the tourists. They were everywhere. (Now of course I knew that we were tourists that day too, but at least we had the decency to walk on pavements rather than in the road.)

Cadence loves a good sculpture

Cadence loves a good sculpture

Sorry I got distracted… back to ancient Cornwall. As I said there were beautiful buildings (I do love ancient architecture especially knowing a little about the crude tools that were used to build these perfect homesteads), and there was one little place where we were able to sit and admire Fore Street in all it’s hustle & bustle and bag ourselves a geocache at the same time. Tintagel – Extreme Stealth is a difficulty 3/terrain 1 traditional geocache in the heart of Fore Street, Tintagel. The cache owner, SMacB, describes it as “Nano, extreme stealth required. Possibly one of the busiest areas of the village” and repeatedly mentions stealth is required. Now here was a challenge we were not going to pass up. With a scratch of my leg the cache was in my hand and the passers by had no idea I was acting suspiciously, log duly signed and with another scratch or two the cache was returned to it’s home and the tourist’s were none the wiser.

Halfway up the cliff trail to Tintagel

Halfway up the cliff trail to Tintagel

Job done it was time to find Tintagel Castle to see if it lived up to my high expectations. The easiest way to do this was to follow everyone else as they all were going to and coming from the same direction. In no time at all, Cadence and I were trekking down a very steep and very long footpath & unmade road towards what is possibly one of the most famous attractions in the UK – Tintagel Castle. Home of legends, myths and magic.

On the crest of the cliff's

On the crest of the cliff’s

Despite the looming grey clouds which have a tendancy to make everything look miserable, I was still in awe of the medieval structure, although now all in ruins it still looks impressive and you can just imagine how imposing and intimidating it must have been at the height of King Arthur’s reign. Atop the opposite cliff looking over at the towering heights I felt very much at peace and at home. We spent a long time with mouths agape, speechless, at the top of Tintagel, imaging the knights enjoying their banquets and Merlin hiding out in his cave at the mouth of the sea.

Merlin's Cave

Merlin’s Cave

A time well spent dreaming and back to the task in hand – finding the geocache. Tintagel Castle was placed by Lunchbox back in Sept 2001 and has accrued a staggering 151 favourite points. Well knowing it had that many favourites and 1,170 found logs, Cadence and I thought it may be an easy find. We followed the arrow in the direction of the cache, read the description when we were close to ground zero and the hint (because we couldn’t see any obvious hiding place) and began our search.

Looking in the wrong place

Looking in the wrong place

Because of the strong breeze I decided that it wasn’t a good idea for Cadence to join in this hunt, so left her in charge of the camera. After some belly crawling, finger tip searching and more belly crawling I gave up and we sat together enjoying the view while I read up on the found logs. That was when I discovered we were in fact too high up the cliff. We hunted around for the path described in the logs and on closer inspection my fear of heights got the better of me and we logged a “did not find”.

Despite our slight failure we were not despondant, we had enjoyed our time in Tintagel, dreamed glorious dreams of Camelot and were now ready to move on to the next village that held more hopes and dreams – Boscastle.

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St Just in Roseland, Cornwall

St Just in Roseland church

St Just in Roseland church

One of the ornate stained glass windows

One of the ornate stained glass windows

 

I’ve just got back from a few days away in Cornwall with my geokids. Reason for going – the eldest was missing her boyfriend! Reason for taking her to Cornwall to see her boyfriend – So I could geocache in a new place! And I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful places we encountered.

Here is just one of them, St Just in Roseland Church. Roseland has nothing to do with roses, it apparently comes from the Cornish word ros or roos, meaning promontory. Which is exactly what the Roseland Peninsula is. It is a little jutted out piece of land surrounded by sea, rivers and streams and spans approximately 10 miles by 10 miles (don’t quote me on that!).

Beautiful Celtic cross overlooking the bay

Beautiful Celtic cross overlooking the bay

I was bought here by a geocache (“of course!” I can hear you all cry), why else would I be here! However, we got terribly sidetracked from the hunt for Roseland #3 – “Captain Jack’s nuptials” when we spotted the intriguiing and beguiling cemetary beside the road. The huge, tall palm trees and exotic looking flowers were all it took for us to enter the grounds and discover a new world within.

Look at the size of this single leaf

Look at the size of this single leaf

As we looked around it was clear to see that St Just Church was part of the Celtic church and well established long before the arrival of St Augustine in England. It is said that there has been a church here as early as A.D 550, but the present church was consecrated in August 1261. About half the church is from that era, with the tower, south chancel and pillars dating from the 15th Century.

One of the many walkway plaques

One of the many walkway plaques

All along the main walkway down to the church itself and the bay, were stone (granite, I think) plaques with a variety of biblical scriptures on them. All beautiful and relevant to the surroundings, which added to the calming atmosphere within the boundaries. I was in awe of the tombstones, all laid out with precision in a kind of stepping layer cut into the hillside. Some were plain and some were intricately decorated. The earliest that we found was dated 1755, but I am sure that if you were to head deeper into the tree growth there would be some earlier than that.

An ornate headstone

An ornate headstone

Following the footpath round the outside of the church and alongside the bay, we came across a sign, pointing us towards a “holy well”. We had to investigate: the path towards it was serene and beautiful. The tide was out, so I imagine it looks more peaceful when the bay is filled. I bought a guide book from the porch of the church in the hopes it would have some information about the well. Having read it, there is nothing! I have heard a rumour that there was a man with a “gammy” leg who went to the well and bathed in it. After the bathing the problems with his leg were miraculously healed.

The Holy Well

The Holy Well

After seeing the well we decided that we should now find the geocache. We had been in the church gardens for about an hour. We took one of the many paths through the jungle of palm tress and tropical looking plants and came across a more modern part of the cemetary. With a stone bordered stream that led to a heart shaped pool. My only thought at this point was that I would like my final resting place to be somewhere like St Just in Roseland church.

Heart shaped pool

Heart shaped pool

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Dad’s Army – IGC2013

International Geocaching Day

International Geocaching Day

What will you be doing on Saturday 17th August 2013?

I personally will be attending another Kent County Geocacher’s meet. This month it is hosted by two members of The Royal Engineers, LA:RS and Geosoldier2647.  The meet in question is called “Dad’s Army” GC4F1FY.

Ryal Engineers

Royal Engineers

 

Standby…. Warning Order…

 


:INTENT – It is our intent to execute a monthly meeting within our tactical Area Of Responsibility. Sussex Cachers will cover us from the South and Essex Cachers to the North.

 

:MISSION – KCC are to seek out and sign the Logbook, ensuring Smileys are gained on Higher Commands mapping.

We will RV at: 1200 – 1500hours. Location – The Halfway House, Canterbury Road, Challock, TN25 4BB… where a transformation of new recruits (You Guys n Gals) into honorary Quasi-Geosoldiers for the day will take place!

You are required (if you so wish) to engage in the frivolity by attending in some form of Combat wear fancy dress…

The public house can be viewed over secure means at:

www.halfwayhousechallock.co.uk

Six OP’s (Observation Posts) will be in place for the event where you’ll have to visit and gather information on the Enemy location they’re all watching. (a field puzzle).

Dad's Army

Dad’s Army

So I’ve got my uniform starched and kit bag ready for the days mission. Sounds exciting – so much so that the event has made it onto the bookmark list for the 3rd Annual Geocaching day 2013. If you are unable to attend our event, why not check out the bookamrk list and see if there is one in your area.

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Kent MEGA 2014

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4th May 2014 

The Hop Farm
Maidstone Road
Paddock Wood

Kent, TN12 6PY

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WELCOME TO KENT MEGA 2014 IN THE GARDEN OF ENGLAND… 

 

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The Kent Mega Event 2014 will be held on the weekend of Friday 2nd May 2014. The main MEGA Event will be held at The Hop Farm in Kent on Sunday 4th May 2014. Other Satellite Events will be held at various locations around Kent.

What is a Mega-Event Cache?

A Mega-Event cache is an Event Cache that is attended by 500+ people. Mega-Events offer geocachers a day of planned activities. There are often several days of additional activities surrounding a Mega-Event. These large events attract geocachers from all over the world and are often held annually.

Help us please

Due to the anticipated number of participants at next years Kent Mega Event 2014 to be held on Sunday 4th May 2014, we would encourage you to pre-register. This would help our organising committee get a better handle on the number of people expected Click Here to register now!

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WIN WIN WIN

Register now to win a GSAK licence as soon as Groundspeak confirm we have Mega status we will get a random generator to pick out the winning name.

 

Book Now – SPECIAL OFFERcamping

Day Rate £15.00 (usually £19.50)
Three Day Rate £40.00
4th day Free of charge.
Electric hook up £4.50 per day

The camping telephone line is 01622 870838 and

you can also contact them by emailing touring@thehopfarm.co.uk

Please quote: Kent Mega 2014

 

SANDRA123 & KAT15 TAKE ON “GODZILLA”

Sandra123 & Kat15

Sandra123 & Kat15

After some persuasion from fellow geocachers Sandra123 and kat15 have agreed to take on ‘MBH – Godzilla ’98 Track 3’ GC441NM. They will be helped with this challenge by Geosoldier2647 and LA:RS! The date is going to be set soon for any supporters to come down and support them on their way.

“WARNING, THIS CACHE HAS DANGERS ATTACHED TO IT.

BE CONFIDENT IN YOUR ABILITY AND SKILL SET BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO ANYTHING.”

The ladies are doing this challenge to help raise funds for the Kent Mega 2014 Event, so please, please sponser them! 50p – £1 – £2 – £3 – £4 every little helps!

Good Luck Ladies. . .

You can sponser the girls Here

 

CONTACT THE TEAM

Click to Contact the Team

Click to Contact the Team

 

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A Geocachers’ Kit List

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What’s in your backpack?

For quite some time I have wanted to share my geocaching backpack with you. Mostly because I find it quite heavy and don’t really know what I am carrying. My backpack has been part of my caching adventures for two years now, and I am forever filling it with extra items “that may come in handy”.

When I began geocaching all I would take was my smart phone (with only the free Groundspeak app installed), a pen and the local OS Explorer map with the geocaches already plotted. It was only after attending some of the county events and learning about the other things that geocachers’ take with them that I decided it was time to invest in a rucksack.

Today though I thought I should take a better look at what I carry about with me (other than a packed lunch and drinks).

  1. 10l backpack
  2. Piratemania V trackable tag (yes my backpack is trackable)
  3. 4 pens (one has a light for the all important night time finds)
  4. lock n lock box full of swappable swag
  5. St John Ambulance First Aid kit (old habits die hard)
  6. Micro fleece travel towel (you never know when you will get wet)
  7. Emergency Poncho
  8. Dog poop bags
  9. 3 hand torches
  10. 1 head torch (with red & white light)
  11. Rolson mutli tool
  12. Spare log sheets
  13. Spare nano geocache containers
  14. Spare bison containers
  15. Spare 35 mm container
  16. Telescopic magnet with torch
  17. Spare rechargeable batteries
  18. Garmin Oregon 450 GPS unit
  19. Personal field note book (for puzzles/multi’s and other notes)
  20. Personal stamp book (for letterbox hybrid geocaches)
  21. Spare notebook
  22. Emergency whistle
  23. Current trackable inventory

Okay, so that was a lot more than I thought, no wonder it is heavy… And not forgetting that smif247 also has his backpack too with much the same in. In addition to all the geocache tools (penknife, tweezers etc) and waterproof coats, we now have to carry an extra water bottle and food (for Misty).

Then there are days where we need to take even more:- climbing gear! That’s a whole other bag.

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Ropes!! What for?

Here we have three harness’s; two climbing ropes; two static lines; gri-gir’s; ascenders; prussiks; carabiners; chalk; slings galore. A whole heap of gear and for what? Well it would seem that not all geocachers are happy with “base of tree” or “ivy covered post”, so what do they do? They set geocaches at the top of tree’s (or suspended between two trees), some of which are not safe for free climbing, or on the underside of a bridge which you will need to abseil to and even half way down a chalk cliff face. I also saw a video on you tube once of a geocache on a dam. This brings me to the next bit of geocaching kit!

A Boat!

A Boat!

Are we going just a little too far now? Some bright spark thought it would be a great idea if there were geocaches out on small islands that were home to forts (Fort Micro #13 – Fort Darnett) and others even went as far as placing caches along rivers that are mostly accessible by boat alone (Float Your Boat).

I forgot to mention that a few times we have even had to take skateboards along for a ride (in long spider strewn tunnels). So what is next I wonder! I am rapidly running out of storage space for our extended geo-gear.

Skateboard as a mode of transportation

Skateboard as a mode of transportation

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Geocaching A&E

A current topic of conversation in my local geocaching Facebook group, Geocaching in Kent, is all about geocaching injuries.

Scrape from a brick wall

Scrape from a brick wall

Mizmazmoz asked “After a very brambly cache hunt today myself and friend were chatting about injuries from doing outdoor sports…..so the question is what is your worst caching related injury and has anyone ended up in a&e from geocaching?”

On our Facebook group there is a file called “The Accident Book” which has a few entries and photographs of some of the scrapes we get into just to claim a lovely smilie on our maps. It would seem that some of us (myself included) don’t always remember the advice that “no cache is worth dying over!”

The question has sparked quite a bit of interest with answers like;

Nasty Graze

Nasty Graze

SS Fangbangers – “I did climb half way up an old fallen tree, following the GPS and the branch gave way underneath me. Twisted my ankle but thats it lol”  

Kalle’s Crew – “I’m currently nursing a bruised coccyx from sliding a bit quick down a very steep slope and meeting tree roots”

Borrowed Wine – “I fell of the wing wall of a bridge once, pulled all of the muscles in my arm and shoulder and had some wicked grazes, that hurt. My brother standing there laughing didn’t help much.”

And of course there is always the cuts, bruises and grazes that seem to appear out of nowhere after a days caching in some fairly overgrown wood somewhere in the county.

Last summer Winter-Smith shared a story with us about this very topic. He had been on a walking holiday with friends in The Lake District. It wasn’t specifically a geocaching holiday as some the friends were ramblers rather than geocachers, but that didn’t stop Winter-Smith from convincing the group to find a few plastic tubs along the way. During a day’s hiking one of the group slipped and subsequently fractured her leg. Miles from any road and half way up a mountain, Winter-Smith knew he would need to call mountain rescue as they couldn’t move her. He had this to say, “We didn’t admit to being cachers, claiming to be walkers instead, but I did use my GPS unit to pass grids to the mountain rescue team and helicopter.” Embarrassed to admit to being a geocacher??

Wave goodbye to Mountain Rescue

Wave goodbye to Mountain Rescue

So what’s your caching injury stories? Have you been shipped off to an emergency room? I haven’t yet, but I do have several pairs of jeans that now have large holes in the knees and on the back of the upper legs from jumping over brick walls or tripping on trailing ivy across footpaths.

Please share them with us.

In response to this post over on Google+ I have the following story to share, I laughed so hard my eyes watered. I did apologise for my insensitivity.

Dougbromac had this to say; “I would imagine that this topic will get a lot of traction.

My most recent was just day before yesterday. I had to scale a cliff and my reward a a foot-long cut down the front of my right leg. I had a hot date with the peroxide bottle that night. Good thing I clot fast.

My worst was up Aiea Loop when it started to rain as I was taking an unnecessarily hard approach to a cache down a steep hill. (I’m prone to that.)

The earth turned to slime in the downpour and there I went downhill, like in the movie “Romancing the Stone” going down the mud flume. The only thing that stopped my slide was hitting a strawberry guava tree. Caught me in the ribs and knocked the wind out of me and was surprised on inspection I didn’t have a broken rib. I just laid there as I waited for the incapacitating pain to subside, the rain pelting down, slowly rinsing the mud off my face as I stared up into the treetops.

I didn’t finish the hike. Once I could even move again, I limped and drug myself back to the car and stripped down in the parking lot and stuffed my completely muddy and saturated clothes in a plastic trash bag and drove home barefoot in my underwear. I would have needed a firehose to knock all the mud off.

Later on at home I had to take my clothes and boots to a car wash and power spray the mud out of them.

And to add insult to the injuries, I didn’t get a single cache! This happened before my first find for that hike!

Lesson learned. It’s not like in the movies. The rocks and trees and far harder than they appear and you fall much faster than you’d think.”

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What Floats your Boat?

Not all geocaches are found at the base of an ivy covered tree or on the back of a road sign. Some require a little more work; such as solving a puzzle, climbing a 60′ tree, abseiling half way down a chalk cliff or in this case using a boat to access the cache.

You see, a time comes in your geocaching career when you’ve found a few thousand geocaches, filled in every day on your calendar and you then decide to complete the difficulty/terrain grid. This time had come for Top rope Ian and he wanted to grab some of the Float Your Boat series in Northampton.

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The Cock Inn, Denford

The first step was a meet in Denford (GC44NWG), giving Kent cachers the opportunity of meeting up with the locals and if we were really lucky, the cache owners of the Float Your Boat Series (GC2T8QF). It was pure luck that the venue had only re-opened just a few weeks prior to our chosen weekend, despite the event listing having been published two months in advance. A small crowd of mad geocachers filled the little bar of The Cock Inn, Denford including our new muggle friend, Inflatable Gary; who lowered the tone of the weekend within minutes of arriving.

Meet Gary

Meet Gary

Top rope Ian with I Ning Board

Top rope Ian with I Ning Board

It wasn’t long before talk turned to geocaches and trackables. Ian had bought along I Ning Board (TB3EW6B) and Sir-Lancelot pointed out that Inflatable Gary (TB3N3J1)was not as much of a muggle as we first thought!

A few of the crowd decided they wanted to attempt Float Your Boat… Duck (GC2TPJ7) during the meet; in the dark, with an ironing board & inflatable rubber man. They were accompanied by Splendidz (the cache owner) and a couple of other locals. I think this was when Kent Cachers were dubbed as being totally insane. You know, I think they might be right! How many geocachers do you know would take a life-sized inflatable man to do a geocache? Or even an ironing board for that matter! I decided to save it for daylight.

A minor distraction from the task

A minor distraction from the task

Saturday morning arrived and our plan was discussed over a Little Chef breakfast. It was decided that due to the weather we would drive over to Float Your Boat…The Weakest Link (GC2T8QF)) and have a quick recce of the area before preparing the kit. Top rope Ian & Sir-Lancelot lead the way with myself, smif247 & nick the trucker following behind. It wasn’t long before we all got separated. I got distracted by a footpath that led beneath the bridge (photo opportunity), while smif247 & nick the trucker headed off in the opposite direction to

Near "Stonebreakers 1"

Near “Stonebreakers 1”

Stonebreakers 1 (GC2VJFF). Once we found them and signed the log (& took more photo’s) we returned to Bacas and the parked cars to prepare the boat and collect all that we would need to grab the cache. We did get some rather odd looks from passing traffic as we crossed the road with a half inflated kayak.

This is how you use a boat!

This is how you use a boat!

Arriving close to ground zero, we surveyed the river and surrounding area. The water was fairly fast flowing here so we decided that we should use a safety line to prevent any of us from being swept downstream. Sir-Lancelot was the first to try, confidently rowing across to the other bank, only to realise our safety line was too short. Take two: more successful and Sir-Lancelot was moored up, signing the log and returning to the safety of our bank. Nick the trucker was next, no problems at all until Top rope Ian and Sir-Lancelot decided that he should return to the bank in seconds, causing a bow wave and soaking Nick from the waist down. Well, somebody need to get wet, it does have a water attribute after all! Smooth sailing from the rest of us and we were ready to hit the next cache in under an hour.

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link

We took stock of the weather conditions, the fast flow of the river and the fact that we would be rowing against the current, and decided that for safety we would walk to Float Your Boat… Branching Out (GC2TT45). We must have looked very strange trudging around the footpaths towards our next goal. Upon arrival, again we surveyed the area and quickly spotted that the geocache was in fact on our side of the river. One by one we took turns to lean out across the water to sign the geocache. Even Nick who arrived shortly after us in dry clothing. Good progress I must say.

Bacas and Sir-Lancelot make sure smif247 remembers to Duck!

Bacas and Sir-Lancelot make sure smif247 remembers to Duck!

Our next stop was another trip to Float your Boat… Duck, via one of the Thrapston Trail (GC3WVRQ) caches. We were greeted by the confused faces of a couple of local farmers, as we routed around in the soggy, muddy undergrowth searching for Thrapston Trail 17. Their faces became even more confused as we attempted to explain geocaching to them. Picking up the boat again, we carried on to Duck, and Bacas (who had been picking up less challenging geocaches along the same route). Now was the time for the less adventurous of us to grab the micro here. Another quick signing done we all decided to visit The Cock Inn (www.thecockinndenford.com) again for a spot of lunch. The landlords were very accommodating by allowing Bacas to use the back garden of their fine establishment to prepare some hot food while the rest of us carried on to Float Your Boat… Sign In (GC2TQAZ).

Faced with some more odd looks from passers-by, we carried the now filthy boat along the main road towards our destination. 20 minutes later we walked back along the road, past the pub, and back cross the home of Duck! We eventually found a suitable drop in point and spotted the most likely hiding place for our final cache of the day. A new plan was needed here, as the river flow was much faster than it had been further down river. We would work in pairs, one to hold on so we don’t float off and the other to retrieve and sign. An end to an amazing day!

smif247 working out how to float his boat

smif247 working out how to float his boat

We didn’t manage to finish the series that weekend so another trip up at a later date will be in order to collect smilies for This Way Up! (GC2TQ7T) and Brickin’ It? (GC2T8QD).

My thanks to Top rope Ian for organising another mad cap idea, The landlords at The Cock Inn for allowing us to deplete their tea, coffee & milk stock, Bacas for the lovely stew, Sir-Lancelot & Gary for the laughs, nick the trucker & smif247 for the equipment, Splendidz, Harbcache, gladstone8 & Brigstock Dolphins for coming out to meet us and finally to Splendidz & The Buffs for the geocaches.

Is this how you float a boat, Top rope Ian?

Is this how you float a boat, Top rope Ian?

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Kent Cachers Cache In Trash Out

Sunday 10 March 2013

Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne

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First off, what is Cache In Trash Out (CITO)?

Cache in trash out is a type of geocaching event which allows another smilie on our profile maps, but it is also an event where geocachers come together and do something good for the environment. Namely litter picking in a specific area before heading off to collect nearby plastic boxes!

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Payback time – Clean up Kent #1 (GC41QYV)

Sir-Lancelot began talks with Ed the warden of Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne  many months ago, discussing a variety of ideas on how Kent Cachers could help the country park during its development. It was eventually decided that we would help the park by planting saplings. 400 saplings to be exact!

Mother’s Day

Along came the 10th March, a day that was predicted very cold weather including snow showers; but this didn’t stop 34 geocaching teams from turning out and braving the cold for this new experience.

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day, giving back to the Earth by planting new life into the soil.

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400 Saplings

Upon arrival, spades in hands, we were given a quick demonstration on how to plant a tree. Ed the warden showed us that the easiest way would be to cut a V shape into the soil, tuck the sapling roots into the ground and then push the V back into place.

Demonstration over the geocachers set to work planting the hawthorn and hazel. Boy, do these guys move quickly! All the trees were in the ground in under an hour, only just long enough to take a few working photo’s.

Smif247 commented afterwards “Can someone explain to me the logic of planting spiky things that are going to stab us when we come back treasure hunting?”

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Dead Hedge!

Ed the warden had to think quickly on how best to use all the extra pairs of hands at his disposal. His associate and himself had been preparing wood to build a protective hedge around the saplings. It was then decided that some of the cacher’s would begin to put in the posts along the new tree line, then fill the gaps with the prepared “dead hedge” material. Trouble was, there weren’t enough tools!

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Too many hands …

By this point in the day, there really were far too many hands and with several geocaches nearby it was inevitable that some teams would begin to break away from the work.

Word had got out that a group had headed out to a nearby bridge over Milton Creek to attempt Go Ninja 1.5 (GC3TZQK), a traditional cache with a d/t rating of 4.5/4.5. I went to check it out too as it had been on my “to do” list since last summer.

This particular geocache is not for the faint-hearted or for anyone who dislikes heights and water. Trust me!

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Extract of my log;

“I headed round here to see how the geosoldiers and company were getting on and to make sure none of them had fallen in the creek. The tide was in and very fast flowing today.

LisaSullivan loaned me her gloves before I set out across the girders, much harder than I was expecting, it would appear that my fear is very much still there. Lots of verbal support from the soldiers and smif. I really need to learn not to look down, enough said!

A great adventurous cache which could be retrieved in a number of ways. I would highly recommend this not be done on your own.

Thanks for the hair-raising experience, a favourite point to KNC, not because I enjoyed it, but because of the mad-capped idea of putting a cache on the underside of a bridge over a fast flowing river. MAD”

For the not so adventurous there were a few other geocaches within the country park that could be found by attendees, Troll Hunter (GC3HEQB), Dingle Dangle (GC3WMA6) and even an archived geocache, Feeling Steamy (GC3GYC5).

Overall a very good day indeed and the snow showers held off until the end. I’m looking forward to returning in the future to see how our saplings have grown.

A final word from Sir-Lancelot

“Thank you to everyone attended. The warden was most impressed with the turn out and the speed with which everything got done, think he was planning on having a bit longer to prepare more materials for the dead hedge.”

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Photo credits: SueatSea, Luminesence, LA:RS, LisaSullivan

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KCC Meet #39 – IT’S CHRISTMAS

The Christmas season got off to a flying start in Kent with the meet on 1st December 2012. I had heard about other counties giving out awards at their monthly geocaching meets and thought it was about time Kent County Cacher’s started their own tradition of certificates. I do hope they were well received and below you can see who achieved what;

Kent County Cachers

Kent County Cachers

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

100 FINDS

Sians

200 FINDS

CadencetheGrokid, Geowolf97, Joeytjap, QB and DB

300 FINDS

happy-fairy, mumsy, froggie25, LardyBloke,

400 FINDS

Bean & Sprout

500 FINDS

tia67uk, LA:RS, KennyBell17, Jmizio

600 FINDS

TheHurks, Kalle’s Crew, windy-miller, little-miss-naughty

700 FINDS

LisaSullivan & Earle, mankybadger

1000 FINDS

Winter-Smith, rosieb123, Geosoldier2647, Addict1, SueAtSea, kitkave, smif247, nick the trucker, borrowed_wine, MartinWalks, Sludge bucket, Slumped, philatryewood

2000 FINDS

BaCas, Sir-Lancelot, dave-harris, dps-gps

3000 FINDS

Saints1, Charlton11

5000 FINDS

JJB’s

6000 FINDS

kat15

7000 FINDS

Sandra123, Fudgeman

8000 FINDS

Far Away

SPECIAL AWARDS

The following awards were given with fun in mind. Some of which fellow geocacher’s voted for during the meet. We had a lot fun thinking up some categories and we hope to have different ones next year.

Sat Nav Un-Savvy 

For not being able to find geocaching meets around the county and for needing assistance to find tupperware in the woods

nick the trucker

Sat Nav Un-Savvy

Sat Nav Un-Savvy

Lat Long Lassitude

For a track record of publishing the wrong co-ordinates for the Naughty Weekend Away camps

little-miss-naughty

Lat Long Lassitude

Furthest travelled to the meet

We had a few possibilities for this one; Mug C Girl came from Wales, Saints1 & Fudgeman travelled from Dorset, borrowed_wine raced down from Glasgow;

but DubaiDiamonds actually live in Dubai and were over here to spend Christmas with daughter, Kalle’s Crew

Furthest travelled

Furthest travelled

Sir-Lancelot was recognised for building www.tee-bees.co.uk, www.challengespotter.co.uk and for helping other cachers to jazz up their listings pages.

Most helpful geocacher

This was awarded to the team that has been most helpful this year, whether it would be for “phone a friend” or puzzle help.

dps-gps were clear winners

Most helpful geocacher

Most helpful geocacher

Most extreme geocache

This was awarded for the geocache that had provided people with the most exciting, hair-raising extreme experience.

Down, in, up by Ginger4x4

Most extreme

Most extreme

Following the arrow

To qualify for this award, geocachers voted for other’s who they thought deserved to be recognised for taking the most direct route regardless of obstacles in their way. The winners were shocked that others knew about their embarassing experience of being locked in at Brand’s Hatch golf course and trying to drive their way out on to a nearby road, which wasn’t a road at all, it was part of the golf course. Well done to Sandra123 & kat15.

Following the arrow

Following the arrow

FTF Chaser

This was awarded based on how many first to finds had been found and it went to Baby kitkave for having found 59 with the first being at just 3 days old.
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Light feedback from Cadence

Over the few years of caching, my family and I have encounterd lots of weird and wonderful geocaches including lars (doesn’t) lights the way  and many more (to go over them would take a million years).

Many people seem to be addicted to geocaching or just simply have no idea what it is, but we are neither, like the land between the trenchs! We do a lot of things in our life but geocaching sort of holds it all together even if I don’t admit it often. Without geocaching many more people would be sitting on the sofa watching tv or playing computer games. Unhealthy but enjoyable!

Not everyone enjoys caching but we do, not every one likes the outdoors but we do! Without us the world would be full of unknown forts and castles! They would be myths on television or cartoon games on the computer not live and in your face, not rough or smooth nor fun!

I may moan and groan about caching and long walks but I know deep down that I enjoy them that they hold me together and make me, Cadence, me!

Please remember I am 10 🙂

Cadence

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