Posted by Richard on Monday 25th May 2009 at 07:24 PM
Confession: I have a very geeky hobby, Geocaching - a world-wide treasure hunt using GPS receivers to locate hidden caches. Put simply: using multi-billion-dollar technology to look for Tupperware in the woods. Check out the entries below for the whole sorry tale!
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The 12 Icon Challenge (August 2016)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 9th August 2016 at 12:09 AM
With the first appearance of the GPS Maze (a 'GPS Adventures Exhibit') in the UK, at the 2016 UK Mega, there was a rare opportunity to find 12 different cache types in one day. Admittedly, this would mean getting up to Kings Cross for an event at midnight, driving the 200 miles up to Llangollen the following morning, and the 200 miles back in the afternoon, but who doesn't like a challenge?
Mumbles (June 2016)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 12th June 2016 at 05:59 PM
Mike (mashworth) had a short business meeting in Swansea and despite an early start, having nothing better to do, I agreed to keep him company on the long drive. With near-freezing June conditions in the south-east, happy to report that it was almost tropical in Mumbles!
Devil's Dyke (October 2015)
Posted by Richard on Friday 27th May 2016 at 11:43 PM
A great trip out with The Puzzle Club to West Sussex for sadexploration's excellent (new) Devil's Dyke series. A nice lunch at The Devil's Dyke pub too.
Fun in Gatton (September 2014)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 10:01 PM
A great trip out with Colin (colincactus), Richard (Bobcat) and Richie (RichieCactus) to do sadexploration's FIG series in Gatton Park.
Junipers and Boxhill (August 2014)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 07:30 PM
A really nice day out doing the Junipers and Boxhill series - a really interesting mix of caches. And we came home with over 2lbs of blackberries. :-)
Medway Canoe Trail (July 2014)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 11:59 AM
Had a great day out with Richie (RichieCactus), Peter (SomersetCache), Ian (Woking Wonders), PaulS (smudge42), PaulG (Number six), Andy (Amberel) and Roderick (sandvika) canoeing on the Medway.
Sussex Olympic Rings (November 2013)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 7th August 2014 at 05:15 PM
After the success of the Sailing Rings
expedition to Dorset, Mike, Andy and I teamed up again to tackle the 65 caches in the Sussex Olympic Rings near Haywards Heath. Despite pretty decent weather throughout, we fell short - 51 down, 14 to go. We'll be back...
Sailing Rings (September 2013)
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 12:44 AM
The Olympic 2012 Sailing Rings
is a series of 59 puzzle caches and bonuses in and around Weymouth in Dorset. Andy (=Andy_R), Mike (mashworth) and I had hoped to complete the series in one day last year. Given the geographical spread of the final locations, that was a little optimistic.
A Bridge Too Far (July 2013)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 11:12 PM
An excellent caching expedition with PaulG (Number six), Andy (AmayaTom) and PaulS (smudge42) to tackle the four extreme G2HX caches
along the old Guildford to Horsham railway line. Clearly all this excitement wasn't enough for some, so following the 'warm up' we went on to http://coord.
Sussex Amble (May 2013)
Posted by Richard on Thursday 8th August 2013 at 11:03 PM
In preparation for our Camino
- just one week away - Laura and I tackled the Sussex Amble, a 20 mile circuit on the South Downs. Loads of caches; fantastic scenery; sore feet!
Chiddingfold (April 2011)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 8th May 2012 at 11:46 AM
Laura was prepared to indulge my caching addiction so long as I provided the bluebells. So, we headed down to Chiddingfold for a really good walk around 'Timmy’s Trail', and saw more bluebells than you could shake a stick at.
Levin Down, Sussex (October 2010)
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 21st December 2010 at 08:21 PM
Laura and I had a really nice day out in the Sussex countryside, with a walk around Levin Down Nature Reserve. Laura had a chance to try out her new camera and I got in a little caching. Lunch in the The Fox Goes Free in Charlton can definitely be recommended!
#19: 12 Icons in one day!
Posted by Richard on Friday 24th March 2017 at 06:18 PM
Check out the great road-trip I made with Rob (2ndEast), as we completed the The 12 Icon Challenge
And a couple of photos to wrap up 2016. Unfortunately, no evidence of my first overseas event in Porto, Meet the Reluctant Brexiteers
, but I did get a shot on the beach at the second, The Mexican Standoff
At the chippie: Richard, Andy, Peter and Paul
» Richard (22/8/2016)
Geocaching on a Mexican beach
» Richard (10/12/2016)
#15: Unfinished business
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 10:39 AM
Great day on Sunday with Mike (mashworth) and Andy (=Andy_R) in and around Weymouth to finish the Sailing Rings
Posted by Richard on Monday 9th September 2013 at 11:28 AM
Got a 'Personalised Pocket Stamp' from UKGeocachers
. Sad, eh?
My Geocaching stamp
#13: Four years and over 2000 caches later...
Posted by Richard on Friday 9th August 2013 at 01:21 AM
I had been expecting to reach 2012 caches in 2012, but a quiet few summer months and my usual December lull meant that I didn't hit the 2000 mark until January. But, of course, it's not about the numbers!
I took photos on a few outings so far this year: St Alban's Head, Dorset
, Sussex Amble
and A Bridge Too Far
. Here are a few more.
Andy and Mike overlooking Weymouth
» Richard (20/10/2012)
Geocaching near Pirbright
» Richard (21/4/2013)
Rutting deer on the Hampshire Bakers Round
(Wish I'd had a decent camera!)
» Richard (9/6/2013)
#12: Three years of caching
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 10:30 PM
It's now been three years since I started caching, and I'm still hooked!
Some of our more recent caching trips made it onto their own pages, such as Chiddingfold
, Albury and Silent Pool
, Guildford - The Mount
and The Cotswolds
. Here are some photos from outings that didn't.
On the Hawkley Hike
» Richard (29/8/2011)
» Richard (25/10/2011)
The Devil's Dyke
» Richard (28/12/2011)
Laura on the Devil's Dyke
» Richard (28/12/2011)
Early morning mist on the Surrey Hills
» Richard (11/2/2012)
#11: New Year
Posted by Richard on Thursday 24th March 2011 at 11:10 PM
First caches of 2011 on a nice walk around Finchampstead...
» Richard (2/1/2011)
#9: Chinthurst Hill
Posted by Richard on Sunday 4th July 2010 at 01:21 AM
Spent quite a bit of time on and around Chinthurst Hill (near Shalford, south of Guildford) recently - mostly searching for a cache that wasn't there! Still, fabulous spot.
The North Downs from Chinthurst Hill
» Richard (3/7/2010)
Posted by Richard on Sunday 6th September 2009 at 07:26 PM
Not wishing to be left out, Adam (AKA NottersXi) has now joined the fun - discovering his first cache on holiday in France. How long before Laura wants an account of her own?
#6: Caching with friends
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 12th August 2009 at 11:42 PM
I guess there's always the possibility of losing your friends when revealing a hobby such as Geocaching, but ours seemed to enjoy our walk around Linton in Kent.
Kentish fields near Linton
» Richard (8/8/2009)
Posted by Richard on Wednesday 12th August 2009 at 11:13 PM
Fed up with Dad taking the credit for his many finds, Mark decided to create his own Geocaching account on our tour of Virginia Water. So, IceColdUK and Cachewnut95 are now in direct competition! ;-)
Indiana Jones and Short Round
AKA IceColdUK and Cachewnut95 AKA Richard and Mark
» Richard (2/8/2009)
#4: Fair-weather caching
Posted by Richard on Monday 13th July 2009 at 10:32 PM
The plan had been to take a nice long walk around Horsell to finish the 'HG Ring'. The diversion to the Cricketers was enforced (too much coffee at lunchtime), but it would have been rude not to have stopped for a drink. Then it started raining... Oh well, there's always next weekend.
Debbie and Laura at the Cricketers
with the storm clouds gathering!
» Richard (12/7/2009)
#3: Global Corporate Challenge
Posted by Richard on Monday 15th June 2009 at 10:07 PM
Another factor contributing to our initial enthusiasm is Laura's entry into the Global Corporate Challenge
with Hays. She's supposed to be walking over 10,000 steps per day. What better way than the 5 mile 'Mimbridge Walk' to boost those steps?
Stream on the edge of Horsell common
» Richard (13/6/2009)
#2: Out and about
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 2nd June 2009 at 09:51 PM
A second weekend of Geocaching took us around the 'PB Ring' and into Guildford
. The fantastic weather has certainly given us a kick start. Will I still be doing this in the cold and wet in November?
Across Pirbright's fields
» Richard (30/5/2009)
#1: First cache
Posted by Richard on Monday 25th May 2009 at 07:46 PM
I joined the Geocaching community on 7 May, but waited two weeks before finding my first cache. A couple of days later, I dragged Laura and Mark around the 7 mile 'KB Ring', discovering all 18 caches along the way. I think I'm hooked!
Laura and Mark on our first family caching expedition
» Richard (23/5/2009)