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Cotswold Caching / Painted Rocks
« on: September 23, 2018, 06:49:46 pm »
Painted Rocks

There's a new craze, or at least a relatively new craze compared to Geocaching, called Painted Rocks.

What is it? Simply... people are painting small rocks and hiding them for other people to find. When you find one all you have to do is; take a photo if you want, and then re-hide for others to find.

Very similar to Geocaching. Even more similar to caching sites like Opencaching and Terracaching that have "movable" caches. What this activity does not have though is a central base (website) to log your finds. Usually, on the back of the rock there will be a message of where you should log your find, or what you should do with the rock. Most of the finds, or the logging of photographs of your finds are directed to various Facebook groups.

We have found 10 painted rocks to date. Now when I say "we", I actually mean my daughter Chloe who has found them all except one, and my son James who has found the "except one", I haven’t found any  :P

In addition to what I have written above, when I say "found", I should say "stumbled across" as, as I have already written, there is no central database of these hidden rocks... they are just out there somewhere.

I first heard about this new activity in September last year, but didn't actually see one of these until August of this year whilst I was on holiday in north Wales. My daughter found one, and James found another. We (Chloe) has subsequently found a number more, including the one with poppies above near Cirencester Amphitheatre today.

We re-hid (re-placed) one whilst we where still up in north Wales, which was also picked up by someone before we left the area (we checked on it), and brought one home to re-hide as it was placed to highlight dementia, my better half works in a dementia care home so thought it would be a good place to re-hide near.

Always up for new ways of getting young people off their butts and outdoors enjoying themselves, and this activity ticks that box.

So, has anyone else found one of these painted rocks? Where did you find them? Were they in or near a cache? (This was asked this on a recent #UKCacheHour) Have you painted any and hidden any yourself?

Trackables / Re: Want a TB taking to Canada?
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:16:06 pm »
Thank you for taking that one over. It's one of a few non-owned TBs I have on my watch list now. I see it has made a couple of small, but still larger jumps than many TBs that travel around here locally, since you dropped it off. If only one of my CW Superbikes had travelled so well. Oh well...  :)

Cotswold Caching / Re: Locationless Caches
« on: August 05, 2018, 10:05:05 pm »
 Over the past month I have managed to clock up a few more Locationless finds on TC, bringing my position on their LC leaderboard back up to number 18, yay!  ;D

Most of the finds have been fun to do, and some of them I have travelled far (for me) to get the required photos. One of the closest was a visit to Seven Springs this evening to grab a photo of a 'Spring with a plaque' to log Springing to life...

A further away adventure took me to Turville, where I hiked up the hill to to take photos of the windmill which featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Photographing that place actually got me finds on a few LCs, not just including 'Buildings from the movies', 'Old Green Energy', and 'Big Wind Catchers...Windmills'.

Whilst up on the hill I also found a rare UK Terracaching traditional cache, and a traditional cache... well it would of been rude of me not to as I was stood just a few metres from it enjoying the view. GMS D 01... notice I follow in the footsteps of other CW members finding that one, including our Griff Grof  :D

The same day as the above finds, I headed a few miles down the road to visit the Hell Fire caves and the Mausoleum up on the hill above them. The caves were great fun, just my type of thing. And the Mausoleum got me a second find on the 'Buildings from the movies' LC, as it has been used in many movies, and TV programs. The most memorable one to me was the Hammer Horror movie 'To the Devil a Daughter'.

Do let know if you have had a go at Locationless Caching, and what your favourite finds have been...

General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:57:36 am »
I have just intalled the Metaverse app on my phone, but it doesn't like it. It downloaded and installed ok, but when I start it, the phone freezes. Think this one is going to have to wait till my next phone upgrade.

Cotswold Caching / Locationless Caches
« on: July 07, 2018, 02:04:54 pm »
Locationless Caches

Terracaching LC - Coordinate Palindromes

What is a Locationless Cache?
A Locationless Cache (LC), typically challenges you to find a particular object and log your find by posting the coordinates.

Some LCs require you do a little more to claim your find, for example post a photograph of yourself, or of your GPSr, at the location to help prove you physically visited the location.

To add an extra element of difficulty to obtain a find, some COs include an additional twist to the 'little extra'. An example could be "Find a street sign with a colour in the name, e.g. Caches Green. Take a photo of yourself by the street sign wearing an item of clothing of the same colour." ...some include much harder challenges.

What I like about Locationless Caches
I was a relatively latecomer to Geocaching, discovering the activity ten years to the month after the first ever one was placed. As with many people, after just a few finds it became vey addictive. Every time that I found myself visiting an out of town location I would look up Geocaches to hunt down.

After a few months of playing this game I began to learn of other geocaching hosting sites, some of which hosted related games, for example Some had LCs listed, and this became an additional work lunchtime activity for me when there were no new physical caches close by to hunt down.

LCs, as Geocaching did near the start for me, now form part of my way of life. If I am visiting a new area I will check the listings to see if I can grab a find that I ordinarily would not be able to near home. I am also mindful of the vast amount of listings I have perused, and have a different way of looking at my surroundings to see if I can spot criteria for logging an LC whilst out and about my normal daily life. Like Geocaching, Locationless Caching has taken me to places, shown me things, and made me do things I would maybe of never have seen or done, otherwise.

Terracaching LC - Have you hugged your body artist lately?

Where can I find Locationless Caches to go hunt?
LCs have not been a type of cache available on for many years. You will need look at other hosting sites to join in this fun activity. Here are a few: – Groundspeak’s site dedicated just to LCs. You can log in using your existing account. – Over 1000 active and mostly unique LCs available to hunt, as well as other hosted cache types like Traditionals and Cybers. They a have points systems to add an additional element of fun and to help keep general quality high, and leaderboards. – Australia’s own all-in-one cache listing site, but available to the world to play. In amongst its plethora of hosted cache types are hundreds of LCs of varying quality.

Want to try finding a Locationless Cache right now?
We have one hosted right HERE, so you can start straight away without leaving this site  :)

If you haven't tried Locationless Caching before, I recommend you do give it a try. Let us know how you get on below :)

Have fun!
V Gackt V

GPS Games / LC01 – Pun intended
« on: July 07, 2018, 01:38:08 pm »
LC01 – Pun intended

For this simple Locationless Cache you are required to find a sign that uses a play on words to humorous effect.

The sign could be the name of a business, a street, or maybe an order or warning. You can use a sign located anywhere except from inside your own home.

To post a "found it" log here, start your log with FOUND. Post the coordinates of the sign, and a photo of it with your GPSr in shot. Example...

You may use old photos if you have one that meets the criteria. You may log as many finds as you like, but only one find per sign/location.

General Caching / Re: AR (Augmented Reality) caches
« on: July 06, 2018, 12:22:39 pm »

Since my little play with Pokemon Go, and quite a while before that.. Monstercache, I haven't had a go at any AI type GPS games. Can I ask, did you need to use mobile data for this, or did you just need to download the game to your phone/GPSr and play offline?

Whichever, it is nice to see some new styles of caches placed on the Groundspeak site.

Caching Gear/ Tech Talk / Re: The demise of the GPS receiver
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:44:33 pm »
Are we seeing the last few months of the GPS receiver as we know it?

I know this is an old thread, and has not been posted to in quite a long while, but getting back into caching a bit more frequently than I have been for a couple of years I wonder what others are using for their main cache finding tool now? Does everyone use a phone now, or is the dedicated GPSr still the choice equipment of the Geocacher.

For myself, I can say that I am still using an Android phone with cgeo and GPS Test apps as my main device. But still, even for me, the GPSr is not an extinct dinosaur as I have used it for a couple of caches recently where I had to take a photo of the coordinates on the display in a couple of specific locations. My old Garmin emap has a lovely large clear display, as opposed to my smart phone which doesn't.. especially in sunlight. Also my GPS Test app on the phone, even though it uses the same datum as my Garmin is set to, has an additional digit on the minutes which makes it very difficult to obtain some coordinate based challenge photos, and so the GPSr comes out to play then.

Hello / Re: Welcome RosieRambles
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:57:14 pm »
Hi @RosieRambles welcome to CacheWalker Again, I am another who prefers rural over urban. More often than not urban caches seem to be those tiny little nano containers. Unless I have my reading glasses with me, I struggle to see to log my name on the tiny sheet and to wind it back up to put back in the container. I even had one last week that was done up so tight I couldn't grip the two ends of the tiny thing to undo it... (Mothers) Home Plate.

Trackables / Re: Want a TB taking to Canada?
« on: June 22, 2018, 08:37:32 pm »
Hi. Don't have any of my own I want to send out, but do have Hover the Hummingbird with Friend in my possession at the moment, which is very well travelled in it's relatively short life TB life. It might be nice to take it for another nice flight to add to it's impressive travels. I should really drop it off somewhere soon as had it a few days. It's only a small one. If interested in taking, then do let know a cache somewhere near you that I should drop it off at, and I'll do my best to go find if I haven't found before.

Cotswold Caching / Highlight Geocaches on alternative listing sites
« on: June 17, 2018, 01:50:26 pm »
This thread is for everyone to bring to other’s attention Geocaches that have been placed on listing sites other than They could be ones you have recently found, enjoyed and want to let other cachers know about. Or could be ones you have seen published that look interesting, or would like to pair up with others to go find. Or, even promote your own alternative cache listings if you are proud of them and want others to know they are there… whilst on Groundspeak’s original geocaching forum it is frowned upon and deemed unnecessary to promote your own caches, alternative listed caches need a helping hand to get them noticed and so go head, it’s fine to do so right here.

Here’s a few examples to get started, you may have to log in to the listing sites to see the listings:

Hidden by SoccerFanatics

A traditional type cache hidden in the decaying remains of RAF Chedworth. Lots of old interesting buildings around including some intact air raid shelters.

A couple of mine that have yet to get a FTF yet:

Take A Drink

A resurrected Challenge on Crickley Hill, anyone remember those? Originally set by walk tall I think, this is now a Virtual Cache on the Australian Geocaching listing site.

Manic Miner

Do you dare to go retrieve Miner Willy’s lunch box for him?

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Directional hint
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...cache is not in the area you might think, it's not even in the same county as the Below Aboves ;)

Just for fun / Re: The Song Game
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:11:39 am »
Is This The Way To Amarillo - Tony Christie

Cotswold Caching / Welcome to the new home of Cotswold Caching
« on: June 17, 2018, 09:48:16 am »
Welcome to the new home of Cotswold Caching

I started the original forum in 2012 when I was most actively partaking in Geocaching and getting into other types of caching. The group grew steadily over the next couple of years, mostly with members from in or near the Cotswolds, but also attracting some from much further away due to the cache discussions on the board. A number of Cotswold Caching events took place locally hosted by members, some in lovely Cotswold pubs, otheres in or near interesting and terrain 5 locations.

Over the past couple of years a lot of my limited spare time has been taken up with other projects, and the administration of the old forum has been neglected. I have steadily continued to TerraCache, but with more time returning to me now I am keen to get back into caching of all types and help promote them again. What I do not have time for, is to administer a board, or fix up the old one, that is where this new home comes in.

CacheWalker is an established caching forum, and was even way before Cotswold Caching was started. Many members here are local to the Cotswolds, and as a number were members at Cotswold Caching too it made sense to put them together.

I intend this new Cotswold Caching to be primarily a section to promote quality Geocaching in all its forms and other GPS based games. If original members wanted to arrange Cotswold Caching specific events, this would be the place to do that too. All other general discussions about Geocaching, walks, and off topic discussions should take place in the relevant sections of the main CacheWalker board.

Thank you,
Neal (Gackt)

Just for fun / Re: Weekly poll
« on: June 12, 2018, 08:17:45 pm »
I think good swag is important, where cache containers can fit some. I am not usually that interested in looking through contents myself, but for parents who are bringing young children along for the hunt, it can make it more exciting for the young ones when the box is found.

General Caching / Re: Changes to the placing of caches/events in the UK
« on: October 27, 2017, 07:47:02 am »
Decided to not go the full 5/5, probably disappointing a few. But for safety reasons thought that was best plus opens up to more caches.

Cache submission took a little more effort than I thought it would, more rules since last time I submitted a mystery, but the reviewer was very helpful.

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