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Cotswold Caching / Re: Locationless Caches
« on: April 04, 2020, 01:15:27 pm »
Itís been a while since I checked in, and so I thought Iíd share a few of the many LCs Iíve logged over past months. There have been so many finds to go through, enough in fact to push me up from 18th overall on the leaderboard on one of my previous posts to 7th!  :)

The main reason for posting though is to re-highlight this alternative type of caching, which is a safer form of caching which could be partaken in during the Corvid-19 pandemic as there is quite often no reason to touch an object, and with some LCs you can even complete from your own garden or even from inside your home similarly to Cyber Caches which we have recently highlighted on twitter.

Westonbirt Arboretum was a source of a few LC finds for me including hunting down some particular varieties notably a Diospyros virginiana and a Koelreuteria paniculate. But the simplest, and arguably the most fun to complete was Treehugger...



Ok, so I touched an object for that one  :D

In August I visited a well known and quite often advertised at the moment TV studio for TV Studio Tour...



One that took a little planning was Featured Animals (or Animal Parts) LC Style. First you need to identify a feature on a topo or OS type map that is named after an animal or animal part and take a screen shot/photo of the map showing it. I decided upon Lion Rock at Cheddar...



You then have to visit the location to take a photo of the actual feature along with your GPSr and post both pictures in your found it log...



I have completed many very simple LCs too. Whilst the idea of LCs, just like traditional Geocaching, is to get you out and about and visit interesting locations, a few LCs are able to be completed without travelling. One such I found whilst at a farm park was Bunny wabbit...



I did actually travel a few miles out to a farm park where I took the photo to log that one, but the requirements are only to photograph a live rabbit and so could quite easily be logged from home for some people. In fact a few have already.

Another LC which can be logged from home, and I did so, was Good Luck! The object to log a find for that LC is a four-leaf clover. The example I found in my garden was a bit nibbled did the job...




If youíre looking for something from home to do during the lockdown, then why not take a re-look at Locationless Caching. See the first post in this thread for some websites that host LCs.

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General Caching / Re: Today
« on: April 14, 2019, 07:50:30 pm »
Went out early this morning after dropping my better half off at work. Planned to obtain some photos to log a couple of TC LCs, but failed. The book exchange in the telephone box at Shipton Moyne was empty. The church in the same village where I hoped to view their hand bells was locked up. I did get to find the church micro there though, and also another nearby by, and although it was a very cold start to the day the sunshine was glorious.. so can't complain  :)

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General Caching / Re: Cache Carnival
« on: April 14, 2019, 07:42:24 pm »
Iíve not done very well as Iíve only had time to find the odd cache, and only received a couple of fave points due to a low number of finds on my caches as theyíre all several years old now.

Just taken a look at my "leaderboard". You've done better than I have  ;D The only fav points I got awarded were for a cache I adopted, and like your that cache has been out a long time.

Noticed Pir8sOld&New beat us both, without finding any. And Leonards193 blew us away by having been given fav points as they have hidden a huge amount of caches.

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General Caching / Re: Cache Carnival
« on: March 27, 2019, 08:43:20 pm »
Souvenirs have never really gotten me exited. This though I think is generally a step in the right direction. It's even possible for people who rarely find caches, but who own some high quality ones to get a souvenir for their previous efforts in putting out great hides with people awarding them fav points.

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General Caching / Re: Geocaching Log Ratings
« on: March 03, 2019, 12:57:23 pm »
Thanks for highlighting this. This is the first I have heard about it. Was there a GC blog post on this, or did you hear about it from somewhere else?

Have you seen any caches listed in other countries other than Norway that have this feature on the logs?

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Maintenance visit to my Crickley Hill caches, so leaving my secret parking area  :o I stopped off to take a drink with camera on timer to get the shot  8)

Now just need to register on the .au site :)
Was going to stop there again myself a couple of weeks back on way back home, in order to get a required photo for an LC on another caching site. Just my bad luck though, on the way up the hill there was a large lorry broken down right at that spot, so there was no way of pulling in  :( I'm sure I'll pass it again though at some point.

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General Caching / Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:57:03 pm »
Yep. Coates end just as I remember it from a few years back, except for the hole in the grill. Pretty sure it's trespass, but at the same time I read somewhere not too long ago that the rules on civil trespass had been relaxed somewhat.. I'll have to look in to that. Might explain why reviewers have been publishing caches of late of the sort I haven't been able to in the past?  ???

The Coates end, although there's a couple of falls to climb over, seems a lot shallower than I remember. The Sapperton end.. at one point you can see the canal bed cloud out. That's about ware I started to get wellie boot filled of slime. Notice that (Mr Glover that @tarmacjohn and I) went under with a while back, took the left hand wall. I tried the centre, then moved to the right wall. So I guess anyone going for the wading option to follow Mr Glover. I still will bring some floating option next time. I have a couple of large beach blow up rubber rings. I thought about laying back in doing a gentle backstroke to the fall  :)

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General Caching / Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:18:15 pm »
Yep, seen that too. As I thought, and mentioned the other day when you found me :D tomorrow is not really going to work for me anyway, not during the daytime at least. Will give it another bash soon though  :)

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General Caching / Re: New Sapperton 5/5s
« on: October 24, 2018, 07:15:13 pm »
Had a stab at the wading one this evening. Failed. Too tired. Unless doing next summer after a good dry month, I would suggest a floating craft, but not a deep bottomed one, unless you have a proper pair of waders so your boots don't get filled with mud like mine did.

Edit: Communication with the CO who said "pants and socks" did it for him. If you go for it, it's your choice. But not sure I would want to meet a few cachers I know emerging from the tunnel in my pants. Though, there was this one time....  ;)

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Cotswold Caching / Re: Painted Rocks
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:47:34 am »
Thanks for highlighting that, I've just taken a read of the Seeker article  :)

The painted rocks are now looking for us...


Another find for my daughter yesterday.

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General Caching / New Sapperton 5/5s
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:39:09 am »
You may have noticed a few of these popping up the last couple of days if you are local, a couple were published just last night and so as I am writing the FTFs are still available. I am not racing to claim them. A couple require rope work of great height / depths, don't have enough equipment for those at the moment, and my vertigo kicks in at shear drops of just a couple of metres sometimes now any way. But just a few tips for non-local people if they are looking to attempt a couple of them:

Sapperton Canal, Danesway - This one shows the 'may require wading' attribute. Having explored from this end a couple of times, be aware that depending on the time of year, and weather, a floating craft may need to be utilised to get to the fall. On one visit I couldn't get very far by wading.

Also note that this end used to be gated up as per the tunnel house end, the gates were flat down in the water just inside the entrance on my last visit. I tried to get permission for a cache here myself a while back, but failed. Hopefully the CO has gotten proper permission, but if not then be aware of possible civil trespass.

Shafted! - Don't know if you need to climb down the shaft at the posted coords. If so, intrigued if it goes right to the bottom as that would go down to the railway line wouldn't it? Hopefully there's a clue somewhere at the posted coords that direct you to another of the 'canal' air shafts.

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General Caching / Re: Today
« on: October 21, 2018, 09:32:16 pm »
Well done walktall! Had a few emails come through of logs on that that Earth Cache. Haven't worked out why I have so many mails coming through about earth Caches, must have clicked something somewhere on the website, but gives me something to read.

I found 5 caches today, which doesn't sound like much, but it's more than I have found on one day for while. Thought I had struck lucky on a couple of FTFs, but although no logs online when I set out, at least one of them @btco had beat me to. Need to step up my game  :D


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General Caching / Re: Today
« on: September 29, 2018, 10:01:46 am »
Found two of three caches looked for this morning. Finding just a couple more by this time tomorrow might even just get me the Adrenaline Junkie souvenir  ;D Have to say I don't feel pumped on adrenaline, but it does feel good to have actually found a couple as I have struggled with some of the recent hides by new cachers around Cirencester, even though they should be easy ones.

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Cotswold Caching / Re: Painted Rocks
« on: September 29, 2018, 09:44:46 am »
I saw a Magpie pecking at a dead badger this morning  :'( You definitely have the upper hand on locations to see interesting birds walktall.

My daughter found four, yes four painted rocks yesterday just on her way to school. She has re-hid two already, but here's the couple she brought home to re-hide this weekend...



Her painted rock finding totals are blasting my cache finding away at the moment. Must do something about that!

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Cotswold Caching / Re: Painted Rocks
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:38:52 pm »
Like tarmacjohn i did not see or find any on Bredon hill today but did see a pair of red Kites. 8)
Ok, deviating from the painted rocks, but.. Red Kits, one of my favourite birds of prey. First time I ever saw one was walking up in the Chilterns, some time before I learnt about Geocaching. A rare site then. But in the last couple of years I have spotted a couple over Chedworth. Earlier this year I saw quite a number near High Wycombe, and this past summer there were a couple flying over Chesterton Farm south of my home town Cirencester  :) I look forward to seeing more of them whilst out and about in coming years.

Why my favourite? I think it is just their distinctive shape, colouring, and size. They have such an awesome presence when circling above you. I won't paint a rock depicting them (I technically failed art at school), but my daughter may have a go at one  :)

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