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General Caching / Re: Changes to the placing of caches/events in the UK
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:11:04 pm »
I had given up on getting permission for a Groundspeak cache, so the box became a non-GC cache that will probably hardly ever be found. Today, out of the blue, I have received an email that grants me permission to place. I can't tell you how happy I am  :)

A trip to place another box will take place shortly. A tight slithery route under central Gloucestershire. No nasty climbs. No steep drops, I don't do heights (walktall shhh about the less than 3m drop into a well.. and yes I still need to log that one), but so pleased I will be able to take people to somewhere I am almost certain they have not been before.

Lookout for a 5/5 coming soon.

General Caching / Re: Changes to the placing of caches/events in the UK
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:24:44 pm »
The UK reviewing team recently had a meeting where several topics were discussed. This has resulted in changes to various matters of cache placement and events in the UK as follows:

Placing of caches in Culverts, Mines, Adits, Caves and Underground Quarries.

There have been issues with disturbing bats which frequently roost in some of these locations. It was decided there would be no restrictions on placing caches in these locations but to avoid any issues cache owners would be asked to show they have permission from the relevant landowner.
Please note that caches in culverts under roads managed by Highways England and in culverts under railway lines (Network Rail) will not be allowed. Both these organisations have made this request and it's explained in the UK Geocaching Polices Wiki: Highways England - Network Rail.
For anyone who was on the twitter hour last night, this is what I was looking for. I knew I had read something somewhere about new guidelines of placing caches underground. But is this still valid? I can't see it on the website now, unless I am looking in the wrong place.

I physically placed a new cave cache in the early hours of this morning. But am now working on obtaining permission. Leckhampton area, if anyone has experience getting permission. I will give it a month of trying. If I succeed it could mean the possible placement of another couple in the area at a later date. If not, then it will mean me heading back to TC or again.

General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards
« on: August 30, 2017, 08:52:19 pm »
The reviewer notes that it's "currently the only D5/T4 rated virtual cache anywhere in the world"  ;D - and the only BA not to be a 5/5

Reviewer is incorrect. For a short period whilst the Below Above's changed owners, they were labelled just (BA) caches. Under authority of the original Below Above's owner I had BA - Oil Drum Lane published. It was very short lived, but still part of the BA history.

IMO Groundspeak are right in bringing back virtuals in a limited capacity. There is a space for good virtuals out there in the mix of caching sites.

General Caching / Re: Miserden Monster series
« on: March 20, 2016, 05:23:46 pm »
I found the first 2 today. Was only going to do no 1, as I wanted to drop off a Geocoin that I have had in my possession for too long, and thought that a premium member first cache of a massive series would let the coin get picked up quickly and by serious cacher. The coin wouldn't fit in the first cache, so moved on to the second, which it did.

From my limited experience of the first two, they look to be just as as easy hides as the nearby GCW series, but better*.. in that they were not just film pots.

I think it will be the summer before I could seriously attempt doing a full loop, or possibly doing a @tarmacjohn and doing the lot in one go.

*edit... "but better", not "but no better". Bit of mistake typo there.

General Caching / Re: Markdown- new Geocaching logs
« on: February 04, 2016, 09:33:51 pm »
How does it affect "fewer than 3.5% of logs"?  :D
Because 96.5% of cachers only log with a "TFTC" or a "."?  ;)

General Caching / Re: Markdown- new Geocaching logs
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:01:28 pm »
I read somewhere recently that there were some spam bots posting logs on caches with links in that, if followed, took you to sites with malware/viruses in. This may be part of the reason for the change.

A good chunk of my logs are affected as my sig in c:geo posts links to the CC forum in BB code, plus I have posted links to here when appropriate, and links to other relevant places. From what I have just seen, my logs look a mess. If they had put just an ounce of thought into it they would of written a bit of code to convert the BB code lines to whatever they are using now. But no, this is Groundspeak we are talking about. They can keep my mess of logs, I don't have time to go through them.

Off Topic / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 27, 2015, 07:49:40 am »
A belated Merry Christmas to all. Hope everyone had a good day :)

Nothing caching related this way. It was my eldest son's 18th birthday on the same day, so that was more the focal point this year. Did you receive anything caching related Griff Groff?

Just for fun / Re: Word association
« on: November 21, 2015, 02:01:03 pm »
Bat - Cricket

General Caching / Re: Today
« on: November 01, 2015, 09:10:56 pm »
Thank you for that, that's made me happy then :) I guess it's not the original container as it felt quite new. But good to see that the cache as a whole is still going strong after 10+ years.

Also visited another station today just a short distance away briefly, but not for caching.

General Caching / Re: Today
« on: November 01, 2015, 07:41:12 pm »
Found The First Ever SideTracked - Evesham today whilst passing through. My only cache of the weekend, and the only one for nearly 2 weeks in fact.

Was that cache really the first of the SideTracked series? Would make my solitary find that much more meaningful.

General Caching / Re: A new wrighty cache
« on: October 25, 2015, 08:06:31 pm »
When I clicked the link to the cache I initially wondered why I hadn't had a notification as I saw the name Cleeve Hill. So there's two Cleeve Hills, I see :D I didn't know that, and this one is a bit further north out of my notification area. Hope to go find it someday :)

Caching Events / Re: CacheWalker GIFF event
« on: October 21, 2015, 09:57:06 am »
It looks like a great venue. It looks like it is of a similar size with and facilities as Quenington Village Hall, of which I enquired about holding an event at, but Quennington had too high a hire charge which put me off.

Hello / Re: Welcome RachaelAgnes
« on: October 21, 2015, 09:52:19 am »
Hi @RachaelAgnes, welcome to CacheWalker :)

General Caching / Re: Today
« on: October 21, 2015, 09:51:39 am »
Great photos! It was very nice yesterday for a while, almost a summer day.

That second photo... a T5 cache in your village we don't know about? :D

Caching Events / Re: CacheWalker GIFF event
« on: October 20, 2015, 11:54:11 am »
Going to be difficult for me to get to this, hence part of the reason moving the next bi-monthly CC event to the following week. But I would like to, will talk with the other half later if we cross paths before one or other of us is asleep  :-\

Does the hall have a projector setup, or do you have that in hand?

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