Halloween Mega 2014


It was the end of October and this could only mean one thing: Time for the Annual Halloween Mega Event. We had visited for the 2013 event and the 2012 event and had enjoyed them a lot. This year, due to difficulties with the venue, the Mega was held outside in a marquee. As we were having such a warm October this didn’t make too much of a difference and the committee did so well to reorganise it at the last minute and keep it together.

The event was held at Wakeley Woods with a day caching and night caching series put out for the event. The day caches included 10 lab caches as well, which was the first time at a Halloween Mega that we’ve seen them.

We started the day by heading to the marquee full of the usual caching store faces and a few other mega committees.

Halloween Base

Halloween Base

After catching up with a few friends we grabbed the handouts for the lab caches and day caches and headed off into the forest with Stones2005.

Like the previous year, the caches weren’t in a straight forward loop around the forest, so there was lots of exploring to do so that we could find them all. The lab caches were mixed within the other caches too so we were able to grab them as we headed around.

Here’s a selection of some of the day caches…

Toxic day cache

Toxic day cache

The Coffin lab cache

The Coffin lab cache

The Tower lab cache

The Tower lab cache

A spooky day cache

A spooky day cache

Ram Man

Ram Man

Gnasher day cache

Gnasher day cache

Finger Lickin' Good day cache

Finger Lickin’ Good day cache

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More fingers!

evie

Tough decisions for Evie!

cul de sac

Cull de Sack

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Andy picks some goodies!

We took a break from caching and popped to the pub for a rest and food before the night caches were released. After the pub we headed back to the marquee and patiently waited for the night cache release. While we were waiting it was the fancy dress competition. There were some pretty scary creatures lurking around the marquee as well as a very creative pumpkin carving.

Big Bad John in costume

Big Bad John in costume

Heinz's costume

Heinz’s costume

Signal pumpkin carving

Signal pumpkin carving

Yorkie63's costume

Yorkie63′s costume

Once the night caches had been released we grabbed our torches and headed off into the night. Like last year, the caches were very creative. Our favourite was a new one for this Mega: Megaphobia. It was a huge spider hanging from the trees!

Fallen Angel night cache

Fallen Angel night cache

Thriller night cache

Thriller night cache

Megaphobia

Megaphobia

Megahurtz

Megahurtz

Maiden Northampton

Maiden Northampton

The Halloween Mega was a very long day. We walked about 17 miles, found 57 caches and 10 lab caches as well. As always it’s a very enjoyable caching day out particularly for those who haven’t seen the containers at the previous Halloween events. The night caches were awarded Geocache of the Week by Groundspeak. A great achievement!

Banwell Bone Caves and Caching in Somerset


I’m sure that most cachers have a “must do” list of caches that they would love to visit. Ever since I spotted it, the ‘Banwell Bonecaves’ earthcache (GC3M60D) had been on mine. This earthcache was placed at a very unique spot: A cave full of animal bones which had been excavated and placed on display in the 1800′s by The Bishop of Bath and Wells. He claimed that the bones were proof of Noah’s flood and placed them on display as a warning to those who disobeyed God! The bone caves are made all that more special by the fact that they aren’t accessible daily like most tourist attractions, instead you have to visit on a rare open day or private tour. I enquired at the beginning of the year about open day dates, but was told that none would be available this year which was very sad indeed. That didn’t stop us though and I arranged for a private tour with Doggywalker, Hollyncharlie, Helennbrian and stones2005 and we headed to Somerset to take a look around.

Banwell Bone Caves

We started our private tour with a video presentation to give us some background on the caves and show us what the deeper caves are like. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to go and explore those ones. After the video we headed to the main bone cave passing the information board where we all quickly jotted down the answers to the earthcache! ;)

Banwell Bone Caves Information board

Banwell Bone Caves Information board

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A European Adventure – The Munich Giga and 10 countries in a day challenge!


The first ever Geocaching Giga event of 5,000+ people was being held on Saturday 16th August 2014 in Munich, Germany. Myself and some caching friends quite fancied an adventure there so we caught the Eurotunnel on the Thursday evening with Kris&Co, FayR+R, Decker1527, Yorkie63, MummaD, Foxscout, Doggywalker, The Box Teddies, and BEASTMARSTA for a real adventure around Europe!

Friday: The trip to Munich

It was a 9 hour drive from Calais to Munich so the following morning we headed off to make our way there. We changed our route slightly to encompass a very old cache named simply “Geocache”, but popularly known as GC40.

Our route to GC40 took us past a few cache and dashes. Our favourite was La grotte de Revogne at the grotto of Lourdes at Revogne (Beauraing). The grotto was built in 1885 as a place to pray. Inside were holy statues, candles, flowers and a few prayer benches.

The Grotto

The Grotto

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Mega Scotland 2014


The 2014 UK Annual Mega event was held in Scotland this year. So we headed up to Ayrshire for our first trip caching in Scotland and had a great time attending the events that the Scottish Committee put on. So here’s a blog on some of my favourite events!

Cumbrae Day

On the Tuesday morning we headed to Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae for the Cumbrae Day event. To get there you have to catch a ferry across from Largs. We took a few cars over so that we could grab some of the caches on the island whilst we were there as well.

Catching the ferry across to Cumbrae

Catching the ferry across to Cumbrae

Views out to sea

Views out to sea

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Piratemania 2014 with the Essex Crew


And so it was time again for the fabulous yearly Piratemania Mega event. This year it was further north in the beautiful town of Cartmel, famous for their wonderful sticky toffee pudding (And yes, of course we had some whilst we were there!) :D

We headed up on the Friday night with our Team Essex crew of Doggywalker, Yorkie63, MummaD, Natlie92, Riskt4ker and Hollyncharlie. Before long we had pitched up the Essex camp and were ready to sail the seven seas and plunder dubloons!

Just in case you couldn't guess who the tent belongs to!

Just in case you couldn’t guess who the tent belongs to!

Proudly flying the Essex flag

Proudly flying the Essex flag

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UK Mega 2015 – The 8th Annual UK Geocaching Mega Event


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After the original Mega 2015 East of England committees disbanded, the host for the 8th Annual UK Geocaching Mega event was up for grabs. With bidding finishing on 31st March for a new host myself and a few other Essex caching pals decided we would form a committee and bid for it. We won the bid!!!! I am delighted to announce to my blog readers that the UK Mega 2015 will be hosted in Essex. We are absolutely thrilled and so excited. We’ve all been working super hard this month as due to the previous problems we now only have half the usual time to fund raise and organise it!

Please head over to our website at http://www.mega2015.org.uk to meet the committee and see some of the fabulous attractions and caches that Essex has to offer. We are still working round the clock to develop the site and add more content. This is just a taster of things to come!

You can also head over to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UKMega2015 and “Like” the page for all of the latest news, or you can follow us on Twitter at @GeoUKMega2015 too.

There are still lots and lots of exciting things to come! :)

A Geocaching coach trip to Chichester!


On Saturday 1st March we headed off on a coach trip to Chichester organised by geocachers Hollyncharlie. We attend wonderful bi-monthly events in our region called the “Essex/Suffolk BorderCache and Piffle” meets and the trip was arranged associated with the meets. So at 7am all 49 of us geocachers departed from Essex and headed down to Sussex. The main focus of our trip was Church Micro 5000 which had quite recently been placed at the magnificent Chichester Cathedral. A nice, and slightly rare requirement of this particular church micro multicache was that you had to go inside the cathedral to collect the clues to find the final.

As soon as we arrived we headed inside and we were all bowled over by the size of it. Beautiful stained glass windows lined the walls. There were tombs, sculptures, and paintings covering the entire inside. So much to see. Whilst Andy researched the clues with some other cachers I was busy taking photographs of the cathedral.

Saint Richard Of Chichester statue

Saint Richard Of Chichester statue

Stained glass inside the cathedral

Stained glass inside the cathedral

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