GEOLYMPIX: ASHRIDGE 2016
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Yes, the second Geolympix (Friday July 29th to Sunday 31st, 2016) is going to be held at Ashridge near Berkhamsted, Herts! It's been our first choice of venue for some time so we're delighted the National Trust have approved our plans. But first, there's this Launch Picnic event...
Where: The Meadow, south of Brownlows cafe, Ashridge Estate, nr Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 1LX. 01442 851670.
When: Sunday July 26th, from 2pm 'til 4pm. (Monument open 11am-4.30pm, Cafe open 8am-6pm, Visitor Centre 10am-5pm)
What: A summery picnic meeting (bring your own food and drink, although sweets will also be provided) with the option of playing Frolf. Frisbee Golf. Like Golf, but with a Frisbee! Please bring your own to take part. (Inspired by my 2007 Frisbee Golf in the Park event.)
Who: Anyone into caching, whether they've an interest in the Geolympix or not, as there will also be general caching chat and the swapping of both travel items (TBs and coins) and outragious caching stories. New to caching or cache events? You'll be made especially welcome.
How: Ample free parking on site, or it's a nice walk up from Tring Railway Station. Find England's 2nd Oldest Cache and the UK's Oldest Puzzle Cache while in these woods!
Why: With the success of the 2012 Oxford Geolympix we'll be hosting another Major event in the South East of England in the Beds, Bucks and Herts area... In fact, right here at Ashridge! This event launches a busy year of preperation for this event, being held from Friday 29th to Sunday July 31st 2016 (this may get expanded on a little)
A little about the 2016 Geolympix
Ambitious! The 2012 Geolympix in Oxford was a big hit and we'd like to expand upon and develop an even better programme of events, amazing caches to find and caching challenges to stretch you. Build on the success of the first, we plan to bring some true Firsts to a UK Geocaching event.
- Geocaching Poetry Competition
- UK's first Geocaching Film Festival, including the premiere of the "It's Not About the Numbness" (Working title!)
- UK's biggest Geocache (TBC)
- Quirky caching photo opportunities
- TreeMazing woodland labyrinth
Not to mention the return of some popular features of the 2012 Geolympix
Location. Ashridge benefits from being easily accessible from the M1 and M25 (J20, A41), has outstanding views across Bucks, Beds and Herts and is one of only three Box Tree woodlands in Britain. Pretty fitting, we think! There's extensive free parking, stunning Ivinghoe Beacon close by (YOSM will be coming to it) and since the Ashridge Estate is over 5,000 acres, lots of room for cool new caches.
Challenges. A very successful feature of the 2012 Geolympix was the 11 in 11 icon challenge, where we gave visitors the chance to find 11 different cache types (Trad, Multi, etc) in 11 hours. Since this may not be possible again due to changes in Groundspeak policy we've a selection of other challenges for attendees to attempt around the event.
Satellite Events. With Morning, Afternoon and Evening/Night slots, we're going to offer a diverse range of caching experiences to enhance the experience of visiting cachers. Watch for news of these in the following months.
Dedicated/Featured Caches. In 2012 we had the Marathon Series of 100+ caches in five rings, the Cyclerama series of caches and others (inc. FTFrenzy caches in/around Oxford, the Solar System series and AAND-based caches). We've ideas and plans to top these. Stay tuned!
Additional Features: We can offer visitors to the area a lot more than just (just?!) caching. Landmarks and tourist attractions for the non-cachers in the family may enjoy near by free-to-visit joys such as Berkhasted Castle, picturesque Aldbury (as seen in Midsomer Murders & various films), Tring's outstanding Natural History Museum and/or Pitstone Windmill. For cachers, don't miss drsolly's Chiltern Hundreds series at Chesham, to the south.
More Info: The Geolympix has a Facebook group (Geolympix2016) but as it's a closed group (spies everywhere!) under Groundspeak rules it can't be directly linked to from this page. However, the @GeolympixTwitter feed carries a lot of the same infomation about 'what's going on' and can be seen by non-Twitter account owners.
Can't make it? Don't worry, we'll hold regular Geolympix events across the last half of 2015 and in 2016, on the run up to the event, so you'll get to hear all about it - and make your own suggestions to help shape it. We're keen to get the wishes of the caching community at the heart of the 2016 Geolympix so we're always open to suggestions even if you can make this - or other - meets.