Year 2021 in Numbers

Secretly many of us are total nerds…GEONERDS! We love the numbers, the databases (GSAK, Project GC), pocket queries, caching stats, dates, finds, hides, logs, maps, FTF numbers, streaks, DT’s… the list goes on! The beauty of the game is that there is lots of ways to play, lots of challenges to chase and more than enough caches to keep us busy.

Despite much of the state in and out of lockdown during 2021, many of us still managed to get out and cache. But have you wondered how your numbers stacked up against others in the geocaching community?

In the spirit of fun, we thought we would share some of those numbers with you! Congratulations to those that made the list! Please note that Lab Caches are not part of the statistics listed below.

The St Arnaud Event – only a few days to go!

Welcome to The St Arnaud Event update. Can you believe there are ONLY A FEW DAYS TO GO?

It is important that you log your “will attend” on any events you plan to attend so we can plan and cater accordingly. Check out the full Schedule so you can plan your weekend.

Event Updates

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FRIDAY NIGHT: Due the overwhelming number expected on Friday night the Sports Club is putting on a buffet meal (one plate only – no second helping) at $19 per adult and $13 per child.

This will consist of Salt & Pepper Calamari, Honey Chicken, Fried Dim Sims, Beef and Black Bean, Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Noodles, Chicken Schnitzel and Chips.

Meals can also be ordered from a reduced menu but this will take considerably longer.

Please be patient as they deal with such a huge influx of people and if you have eaten please ensure others can have your seat when their meal is ready. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

FRIDAY CITO: Please bring some secateurs if you have them to help with this CITO.

SATURDAY CITO: Due to recent rains the location of the Saturday CITO has been changed. If you have saved this one offline please update so you end up in the correct location!

Some statistics (so far…)

Did you know that there are:

  • 457 Will Attendsstats
  • 707 Attendees
  • 9 countries
  • Representatives from all states and territories
  • Cumulative finds of 2.3 million caches
  • A whooping 22,587 hides

 

Lab Caches

Two of the Lab Cache Adventures are now LIVE! There was a glitch with an apostrophe on iOS devices for the Historical Tour Lab Cache. This is now fixed. If you have saved offline please reload and save again. The other two Lab Adventures will be live on Saturday morning.

History-Tour-

 

Food, Glorious Food

The Rotary Club of St Arnaud will be selling food across the weekend. This includes Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings (bacon and egg rolls), lunch on Saturday and Sunday (sausages and vegie burgers) and dinner on the Saturday night (sausages in addition to the supplied roast beef roll). Please bring plenty of loose change to support a worthy organisation.

There will also be a coffee van onsite. Rotary will also supply free standard tea and instant coffee so BYO coffee mugs if you want one!

We will also have a water refill station on site so remember to BYO a drink bottle!

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Receipts game

We know that many of you are already enjoying the caches around St Arnaud. Don’t forget we are collecting receipts for the week pre and post Mega so we can see the economic impact an event like Geocaching can have for a small town.   Keep your receipts and bring them to the Mega Site on Saturday.

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Sponsorship

It’s thanks to amazing supporters that make a MEGA event possible. This includes GeoStuff who will be on site during the Mega. We’ve also had donations from our mates in South Australia who are organising a MEGA event there – GeoVenture2020, Caching SuppliesSssafe and Sistema so a big thanks to them too. It’s also important to note that this event isn’t possible without the support of the Northern Grampians Shire Council so thank you NGS – your support is invaluable! And we can’t forget the amazing support from PathTags and Geocaching HQ   who help to make this dream a reality! Thanks guys!

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Friends of Parks Vic

Geocaching Victoria Incorporated is very excited to announce that we are now officially affiliated with Parks Vic.

In coming months, we will undergo some information sessions with their rangers that will enable us to set up and run CITO events without having to obtain prior authorisation. Something that usually needs to be organised months in advance, as it requires one of their rangers to be present. Once everything is finalised, we will have members who will be trained in the safety briefings, and they will act as de facto rangers for us.

Parks Vic requires that we all be registered on their website, linked to GV’s group. They are aware that registered numbers don’t usually equate to numbers on the day, so registering does not obligate you to attend anything we set up.

So, whether you’re a prolific CITO attendee, only go to one a year (around mega time), or haven’t attended one yet, but would like to in the future, please take a few minutes to register.

GVI – PARKS VIC REGISTRATION

Registration is fairly straight forward. You will need to confirm your email address. Once registered, go to Volunteer – Search groups and type Geocaching into the filter. Geocaching Victoria will appear. At the end of the line, use the little drop down arrow to join GV group.

Once this is running at full speed, all of our Parks Vic CITO activities will be listed on their website, as well as an official CITO event page.

The Committee look forward to seeing a long list of registrations and can’t wait to see you at a CITO soon!

Lab Caches are Live!

Lab Caches

The Lab caches are now Live. You can access them via the 2 adventure QR codes (10 in each). You will need access to the internet to play these lab adventures.

Lab Adventure #1

LAB QR1

https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/pv2018-1

Lab Adventure #2

LAB QR2

https://labs.geocaching.com/goto/pv2018-2

Thank You

As per usual, we would like to thank our Major Sponsors. Without their ongoing support, big events like this would not be able to take place.

Our 2018 sponsors include Geocaching.com, Cachly, Pathtags.com, Caching Supplies, Clear Waters Event Queanbean Easter 2019, City of Melbourne, Bunnings, McDonalds, Freddy’s Bike Tours, City West Waters, Sssafe and of course it goes without saying, The future attendees of The Parkville Event.

Comps, Beds, Cycling & Pathtags

Getting Close Now!

Its now less than a month until the MEGA event in Parkville so we thought this would be a great opportunity to recap on the many activities that are happening over the MEGA weekend and all the different ways there will be to win some of the amazing prizes that are on offer.

  • The winner of the points game for who has attended the lead up events will be announced at the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon. The winner will receive an unobtanium coin and a free 12-month premium membership. There are some runner up prizes on offer too.
  • In the event bag, which is available at the registration desk and is free to everyone who has logged a “Will Attend”, you will find an entry into the Icy Pole Stick game. Take your Icy Pole stick out on to the expanse of lawn across the road from the MEGA site. There is a ‘secret location’ that can be found by the closest icy pole stick. Place your icy pole stick where you think the secret location is. On the Sunday afternoon all the guesses will be measured up and at the closing ceremony the winner will be announced. The closest to the pin will win an unobtanium coin and a 12-month premium membership.
  • On the Saturday night we are having our traditional BBQ, see GC7QBMC. During the night there will be a BINGO card being distributed which will have all sorts of geocaching achievements listed on it. Your job is to find people who have made these achievements and get them to sign their name in one box. When you have a full BINGO card, place it in the entry box. First complete entry to be drawn out will win an unobtanium coin and a 12-month premium membership.
  • Also, in the event bag you will find a letter box stamp card. Your job is to find the 5 letterbox caches in the Parkville series of letterboxes (GC7G5MJ, GC7G01H, GC7FWXX, GC7FWZN & GC7FRRC) and stamp the card with the stamp from each letterbox. Return your card to the admin desk and submit it. At the closing ceremony the first complete entry drawn will be the winner of an unobtanium geocoin and a free 12-month premium membership.

Parkville Accommodation.

Special Edition

Still not sure where you are staying over the MEGA weekend? Well there is still room left at the MEGA site to stay both the Friday and the Saturday night. Yep, you can stay right at GZ and be in the midst of all the action from Friday afternoon all the way through to Sunday and not miss a single thing. Beds start from just $130 for two night (that’s just $65 a night), park your car for free at the car park or catch public transport to the event. Or, if you are flying in to the airport, drop us an email and we will pick you up! You can book your accommodation now by following this link.


Parkville Souvenir Pathtags.

PathtagsAlso, don’t forget that we have pathtags available for sale. There is a set of 5 pathtags each of which depicts iconic parts of Melbourne. You can buy the entire set of five for $25, or for just $15 you can buy a trading set where you get 5 of the same pathtag and then trade with others over the MEGA weekend to achieve the full set. You can buy these amazing pathtags by following this link…


Cycle The Parkville Event.

Special Edition

The best way to get around caching at this MEGA is on a bike. There are hundreds of geocaches along the bike trails and walking tracks that snake out from the MEGA site. If you are staying at Urban Camp, or if you don’t have a bike you can get to the location, never fear! We have partnered with Freddy’s Bike Tours and you can hire a bike for a full day for a half day price, plus Freddy’s Bike Tours will be setting up a pop-up store at the MEGA location so you can pick up and drop off your bike at the MEGA! Follow thins link and use the promotion code GEO5OFF.


Thank You

As per usual, we would like to thank our Major Sponsors. Without their ongoing support, big events like this would not be able to take place.

Our 2018 sponsors include Geocaching.com, Cachly, Pathtags.com, Caching Supplies, Clear Waters Event Queanbean Easter 2019,  City of Melbourne, Bunnings, McDonalds, Freddy’s Bike Tours, City West Waters, Sssafe and of course it goes without saying, The future attendees of The Parkville Event.