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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The Halloween MEGA 2013


After the huge success of the “Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches” event going MEGA last year, the organisers arranged arranged yet another spooky Halloween MEGA event for this year. I headed to Salcey Forest with Andy750x to meet up with many of our caching friends for a day of Creepy caching!

After registering with “The Fuzzy Bears” at the main centre we were able to grab the list of cache hides for the event. We teamed up with mel-ray, stones2005 and Helennbrian. Thankfully Mr. Stones2005 had brought his laptop along so were were able to quickly download the caches rather than manually type in all of the waypoints!

Welcome to the Halloween Mega!

Welcome to the Halloween Mega!

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UK MEGA Event 2013 (West Midlands)


After unpegging the tents we headed off on Monday 29th July slightly east from PirateMania to prepare for the UK MEGA. We were staying for the whole week with most of the Team Essex crew who also attended PirateMania so that we could attend all of the side events as well as the main event.

Monday

As we couldn’t pitch up on the campsite until 4pm we all headed off to the first side event, Let’s Go Fly a Kite at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park. The country park is a very popular destination for kite flyers and there were many geocachers up on the hills having a go. I had bought a £2 rubbish kite to fly for the occasion and after SirCache1 kindly got it up in the air for me (On the first go as well!) I was able to fit in well with the rest of the attendees!

Lots of cachers and kite flyers

Lots of cachers and kite flyers

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MEGA PirateMania 2013!!!


And so it was time again for the PirateMania MEGA event in the UK. This time around it was based in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Saturday 27th July 2013 which was just a short distance from the location of the annual UK MEGA event being held the following weekend. PirateMania is all about having fun, dressing up, having a drink and having a laugh. There are some geocaches thrown in for good measure too! 😉 I arrived on the Friday afternoon with our Team Essex shipmates: Andy750x, Infinson, Fincache, Sircache1, Tot66, PeCeH, Kris&Co, Yorkie63, MummaD, Natlie92, HollynCharlie, Helennbrian, Doggywalker and Stones2005. We were also joined by BigBadJohn1402 the following morning making a group of 31 of us! We set up camp in a large area making a circle so as to have a communal area in the middle for the kids and adults to play! 🙂

The main Piratemania campsite

The main Piratemania campsite

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MEGA Wales caching – PART 2


Following on from MEGA Wales caching – PART 1…

Saturday – Evening

Saturday Evening was the camping event which was very convenient for us! We headed off to the other field with our BBQ, chairs, burgers, and drinkies and sat in a little circle. It was all very cosy!

Waiting for the burgers to cook

A well packed camping field

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MEGA Wales caching – PART 1


We had the most amazing adventures on a long weekend in Wales for the UK MEGA event last weekend. It was hosted in an area where there weren’t many cache series or trails so caches were a bit sparse in comparison to something like a holiday in Sussex. Our approach was therefore to pick up a handful of really brilliant caches instead and focus on quality. And judging by the amount of photos I took during our trip, I think we really managed it…

Thursday

We’d booked a long weekend at the campsite for the MEGA Wales event and headed down on Thursday. The route that we were taking into Wales went right past the ‘Cachebusters‘ challenge cache which about a month ago we completed. The idea is that you get across a Blockbuster-style board by filling in some Geocaching tasks. To participate you have to register your intention to join in and from the day that you do that, your slate is wiped clean and all previous finds do not count. I’m very grateful to Hannah of The QC’s who told me about the cache so that I could register my intent on 13th Feb 2011. At the time I did so I thought it’d be years before I got to the area to claim our find, looks like we got there a lot sooner than I thought. So if you haven’t registered, just get to the cache page and post a note letting the CO know that you want to play!

Our journey across the Cachebusters board

Cachebusters! (That's a TB on top!)

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