Deal Geocaching Challenge Event in Kent
Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:32 AM
Meet at Walmer Castle car park outside the castle grounds. There is a larger car park 100 yards north and on street parking that may involve a longer walk so arrive in good time. Timings are sublect to confirmation but should be an 11am start with expected completion mid/late afternoon. The terrain between cache areas is mostly level and good for cycling which might be almost as quick as keep moving a car.
A specially commissioned limited edition commemorative geocoin exclusive to this event or those completing a geotrail to be established afterwards will be available for £3 on successful completion.
There is usually an ice cream van at the car park and more refreshments at multiple locations near the final cache. (it will be lovely weather for an ice cream!)
An attendance of several hundreds is expected but to help with logistics planning notification of intention to attend would be helpful to firstname.lastname@example.org to which enquiries should also be addressed. Check for updates as the event draws closer on www.dealandwalmerchamber.co.uk/events
The following extract form the draft instructions give for flavour to the event plans
Using the optimum route to get from cache to cache you should able to find them all in just over 2Ĺ miles. The co-ordinates are in a random order; other competitorís lists will be in a different order.
Most of these caches will be lifted after the event so donít worry about your actions being as unobtrusive to Muggles as you normally would and although other geocachers will inevitably be nearby time is against you and discretion may not be practical. But please ensure you replace caches exactly as you found them. Permission has been granted for access to all these caches for this event only so you should not afterwards re-enter fields to which public access is not normally allowed. There should be no need to climb fences or open gates other than kissing gates on footpaths
Each cache contains a coloured token which you need to collect. Some caches contain a duplicate colour to another cache. There are prizes that will help with the next stage for the first three back with the full range of tokens before 12.10 or if no one manages to do that the first back with all ten. To qualify for the coin you need to find 75% of the range of tokens. The second stage will not start before 12.40 and the start point may close anytime after 1.30
Many caches will be in prime Muggle dog walking territory so your dog should be appropriately controlled. * Sheep with lambs at foot. Dogs must be on a lead before entering field.
There are another 10 tokens to collect to identify the exact co-ordinates of the final cache. Without all the tokens you should be able to work out the location but it will be more difficult. Again they are in a random order and others will have them in a different order.
The 11th co-ordinates are for the location of the decryption chart to give you the co-ordinates of the final prize cache. A time has been calculated that it would take someone on a bicycle to travel between each cache are in the optimum distance of 11 miles or so, find the caches quickly and get to the decryption location. If you arrive before that time the chart may send you not to the prize cache but to a red herring and you will need to come back later. So driving too fast and parking inconsiderately is not necessary to gain an advantage.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:05 AM
I'll happily walk 30 miles in a day but local opinion was that too much distance would put people off. It was a trade off given the lack of suitable parking areas between distance, ugly locations and not all caches being laggable. We hope the balance is acceptable.
If you look on it as one big multicache you would get only one loggable find at the end but this challenge will get you several on the way.
Posted 20 March 2012 - 08:48 AM
The geolambs are now in the field and looking for a cache. They're about 25 yards off. if you can recognise the patch of grass that would be a clue.
I thought about using their numbers as a clue but they kept changing order. At least one has the date on.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 07:10 AM
There will be another 7 novelty caches available on the day only including the £100 value final prize cache for the FTF.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 01:12 AM
Aside from not being the slightest bit interested in this, the wording strikes me as a bit vague.
What do you mean by value?
What actually IS the prize?
Is it just a load of money-off vouchers to the value of £100?