Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
We were lucky enough to meet Flo, the Gnome-ad's dog, she was really friendly and we noticed she was also trackable!
A very enjoyable series in great company - 8 caches and a bonus over approximately 3 miles.
|with Sumadartson at the final|
That was all we had time for today, now home to a nice warm house and a cuppa :D
Saturday, 27 November 2010
The Arboreal Adventure series consists of four Multis and a bonus cache. Although the bonus is listed as a Puzzle/Mystery, it is infact a Multi because co-ords for all the required waypoints are listed on the cache page itself and there is no need to actually find the four other caches if you don't have a head for heights!
One of the way points had us stumped for while so after a prolonged search we contacted the CO who reassured us that no climbing was required for the stages.
Apart from number 3, all the final locations were easily located. This one took a bit of detective work looking for signs of branches having been stood on as the cache was situated a lot higher up than expected
|View from Number 3!|
Thursday, 25 November 2010
A very interesting little cache, just the sort of thing that grabs our interest, we had no idea there used to be a chapel in Bishopton.
We were hoping to go out to this one last night as we really hoping to see 'the lady in white' but just as we picked up the caching bag Mark's work phone rang and by the time it was all dealt with I'd already walked the dogs and settled down in front of the TV for the night so that was that. This morning I had to go to Tesco so on the way thought I'd have a go by myself.
Parked in a nearby road and walked to where I thought the chapel used to be - all the times I've driven this way and I'd never noticed this lane! Found the required information and headed back to the car to work out the final co-ords as my fingers were frozen. No problem working it all out so off I went in search of the cache, got to GZ and realised I'd left the hint info in the car, back to the car a second time...... worked it all out but couldn't get the hint to make any sense so went back to GZ for another look, rang Mark for moral support and he came up with a few suggestions like 'Don't come back until you've found it!!' ;) ..... so looked again but not confident with the hint so returned to the car (yes a third time) ..... this was getting ridiculous, just about to call it a day when I decided to check all the figures again and recheck the hint, yes I'd made a mistake decrypting the hint NOW IT MAKES SENSE!! So off to GZ and straight in for a nice little FTF.
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
A series of 10 caches (plus 2 existing ones) near Finstall, Bromsgrove
2.6 miles/1¾ hours
A new series was published last night near Bromsgrove, so decided to make an earlyish start after dropping our son off at work. Parked up at 7.55am, there was already a car at the parking space, didn't recognise it so hopefully we'll bump into them later.
Started at #1 and had a long search, we were getting cold so decided to have another look at the end. On our way to #2 we met Shropshire Seekers and his dog, he was doing the series in reverse order and hadn't yet found the cache so we joined in the search, luckily Mark went straight to it and signed the nice blank log book, yay a FTF!. Enjoyed a geo-chat SS very kindly gave us a hint for #1, then we went our separate ways, always great to meet other cachers out on the hunt.
We recognised the location at the top of the hill from a previous cache we'd done back in August 2007, Bertha's Hill, fab views at the top. Found Birmingham Scouts Navigator Badge cache then on with the walk. #3 was a nice easy find, well it was for me anyway as Mark had already found it when I arrived, I'd held back to take photos of the views. #4 was very well hidden, we knew it was there somewhere as Shropshire Seekers had mentioned that he'd found the rest of the caches, so we persevered and there it was!! Hopefully the nearby houses are far enough away not wonder why there's a sudden interest in the style ;)
#5 was very easy, although we were so busy talking we almost missed it. Great views all around.
#6 On the way to this one a stampede of crazy sheep came hurtling past us. Found the cache easily then continued through the farmyard, not sure if they are used to walkers going through the gate but we were watched quite closely as we walked through the gate.
#7 a DNF here, the hint was of no help and there was quite a bit of rubbish and spiky hawthorn bushes in the ivy covered hedgerow, we had to give up after 5 mins as we'd promised our daughter we wouldn't be much longer than an hour :D
#9 No problems here, unusual sign, looks home-made.
#10 Walked down through Finstall and an easy find in the only place it could be now for #1, hopefully we can find it with the extra hint. As we approached it became obvious which side of the fence we should but it was still a long search, eventually found the cache but the co-ords were showing about 80ft out. Lots of fungi around the trees here. Now back to the car and home for elevenses.
Friday, 19 November 2010
Parked up at GC2J36D - Depression to do a circular walk of just under 2 miles/5 caches. Then picked up some of the others that were either cache and dashes or shorter there-and-back walks. We were pleasantly surprised to be FTF on 5 of the caches as they'd already been out a couple of days! Some of the caches were quite challenging for one reason or another which I shan't say here but safe to say if you do them you will enjoy them ......... unless you don't like a challenge of course.
Luckily the rain held off until we were heading home at 3pm, making a detour to Abberley on the way to replace one of our own caches.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Broseley Red Church - (now archived)
This was our first night cache and what an adventure it was. We decided to do this one on our way home from a short break in North Wales, doing a couple of nearby caches first waiting for darkness to fall. The cache is set in an old quarry and in a very remote location, we set off in the pitch dark armed with our torches, the trail was fairly straightforward to follow but very spooky. As we were approaching GZ we became aware of voices and torchlight coming from the other direction, we didn't think for a minute it would be cachers as we'd have expected them to have come from the same direction as us but yes it was Shropshire Pirates and Budgie Smugglers returning to the cache via a quicker route to drop off a TB. Finding our way back to the car without the fire-tacks to guide us was very challegning! Highly recommended if you like something a bit different and like caching at night.
by PopUpPirate and The Cache Hoppers
This was our first event, as it was fairly local to us we decided to attend for the day. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a very welcoming Pop Up Pirate and directed to the all important tea tent :D Everyone was really friendly, it was nice to meet other local cachers that we'd seen in log books and contacted via email.... Mr and Mrs Wrighty, Cakemaker, Brynric to name but a few, and we soon got to know lots of other cachers from further afield that were camping for the weekend. The evening talent show was the best we've ever seen. We returned on the Sunday to do the local caches series and met lots more cachers on the way round, a fab event and we couldn't wait to attend the next one!
by The Flying Boots
We’d heard about it from other cachers and are so glad we were able to do it before it was archived.
The cache was placed inside the Tidenham Tunnel, on the disused Chepstow to Monmouth line. From the parking it was quite a long descent on rough track, then once at the mouth of the tunnel about ½ mile in the pitch dark. Torches were essential, as once inside the tunnel it curved around the hill and there was no natural light
'Mark had been keen to do this one for a while but Donna had flatly refused to go anywhere near. Not taking 'no' for an answer, Mark declared last night that we were going to do it today for our 500th After all, over 100 people had already lived to tell the tale. Donna was still unsure but thought perhaps maybe we could go with another team (safety in numbers) also quietly confident that no one would be available at such short notice - One phone call later and it was arranged. We met up with L8HNB and embarked on the adventure en masse.
Got to the tunnel entrance and the gate was locked so one by one the six of us squeezed through the hole in the fence About a third of the way in we spotted a torchlight further down the tunnel and realised we were not alone.......the torchlight got closer and closer until .... 'Urban Bexs' introduced himself, he accompanied us to the cache location and shared all sorts of interesting facts about the tunnel with us. Found cache easily then continued further along to the main air shaft which was an impressive sight.
Returned to the tunnel entrance just as our torches were fading, crawled back out the gap in the fence and realised how wet and grubby we all were (dogs especially).
Thoroughly enjoyed this one and thanks to Linda & Henry for agreeing to meet up at such short notice.
Took: Bat pin badge
Left: glow in the dark witch fingers and some halloween erasers.
Once again the log explains everything perfectly:
'We must be mad (true purists) We came to the area 2 days ago and found the virtual but our torches were running low so vowed to return very soon to complete the cache as intended. Fast forward to today and here we are again, wellies and fully charged torches at the ready!! We all thoroughly enjoyed this one and so did our geo-hounds. Found the cache easily. We'll certainly be recommending this one to others!
Took: Garmin geocoin
A unique cache and a brilliant name which had us laughing for ages after, a truly memorable cache.
This was our 1000th cache. and the toughest 2* difficulty we've ever done!
........ this list is not complete this is just a few from the early days, we've done so many great caches, I will add to the list when I have the time.
Sunday, 14 November 2010
A few weeks ago I'd asked if we could all go caching as a family on my birthday, we decided to take the bikes up to Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire intending to do the series of caches around the reservoir.
We set off and it all started quite well on a good path but very soon it got muddier and muddier and it was a struggle to stay on our bikes in places.
Then it was back to good track again and we were able to whiz along the paths.
This was quite short lived and the route took us along a bridleway which in dry weather is probably great for cycling along but today it was really tough going and I had to get off and push.
It became clear that to complete the series it was going to take a lot longer than we'd anticipated due to the terrain, also the cache containers were all film pots, a lot of them without hints so we were only giving each search 5 mins, then down to 1 min..... we decided to cut the ride short and head back to the car via a bridleway that was virtually impassable by bike and our wheels quickly became clogged with mud. Eventually we got back to the main path around the reservoir and carried on around picking up a very nice little cache on the way George's First Bike Ride, a good sized container with somewhere to sit and sign the log book (always a bonus).
All together we cycled 10.4 miles in just under 4 hours, it was really good fun caching by bike even if in places it was hard going, anyone looking to do this series by bike I'd say leave it until the drier weather, otherwise by foot it's probably fine any time of year.