GEOLYMPIX MEGA EVENT INFORMATION
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The 2016 Geolympix is a Mega Geocaching event, attracting upwards of a thousand cachers from across the UK, Europe and beyond. As an International Celebration of Geocaching - as well as the UK's 20th Mega event - we've tried to introduce features never before seen in Europe.
This free-to-attend Summer Festival of Caching is brought to you by a dedicated team of volunteers with the aim of creating great geocaching memories, funny caching photos, a warm glow of challenge success and leaving you hungry for Geolympix 2020.
What: A Geocaching Mega event intended to draw an international audience of over a thousand cachers; a Summer Festival of Caching and a celebration of this great game! We've big plans- read more below.
How: Getting to the 2016 Geolympix is easy. There's ample free parking on-site, which is easily reached from the M1 (J8-11) or M25 (J20, A41) motorways. Train travellers should alight at Tring Station and there's a nice walk from there to Ashridge of about 2 miles/3Km. We'll make sure you've a cache or two to find along the way too :)
Why: Why not? The first Geolympix was a big hit in 2012 and it seemed daft not to bring it back in another Olympic year, even though the event is in Rio, not up the road in London this time.
Who: An event for all Geocachers, from the curious and absolute beginners to grizzled old players who remember when you had to drive 150 miles to find a cache, and everyone inbetween! The venue is kid, dog and disabled cacher-friendly with lots of shade (fingers crossed) or cover (#GreatBririshSummer!)
The event is being brought to you by the Geolympix Team:
Simply Paul* (est. 2003),
metal-bijou* (est. 2007),
Happy_Hunter_HP20 (est. 2012),
Haforn* (est. 2010),
Alibags (est. 2004) and
drsolly* (est. 2006)
Also joining in the Geolympix fun, Groundspeak's Mascot Signal the Frog!
Great New Geolympix features for 2016:
Returning from 2012's Oxford Geolympix:
Learn more about the Geolympix:
Twitter - @Geolympix
Recommended camp site: Town Farm Camping (Pitstone. Within walking distance of the Geolympix.) News from the site: "Our 2016 dates are now available to book online. We take two night minimum bookings for July and we do get booked up early" - so don't delay! Please mention the Geolympix when booking to be placed with other cachers.
The 2016 Geolympix programme (subject to change):|
7am: The Ashridge venue opens for exhibitors & team for setting up.
9am The 2016 Geolympix opens to the caching public! There will be a log book to sign.
10am Welcome speech by the 2016 Geolympix Team, inc. Will Attend log prize draw/announcement.
11am Geolympix Caching Poetry Competition begins.
12noon FTF Caches info released; Good luck in the FTFrenzy!
1pm Geolympix Talk: DrSolly’s Q&A. Learn the efficiency tricks of one of the UK's leading cache finders.
2pm The Geolympix Film Festival begins with the premiere of 'It's Not About the Numbness' (working title.)
4pm The Cache of Dreams awarded to one attendee (no entry fee)
5pm The National Geocaching Awards open. Help us celebrate the best in British & Irish Caching!
8pm Sunset event starts at Ivinghoe Beacon, close by. Sun down at 8:49pm)
9pm The 2016 Geolympix officially closes.
9-11pm Night caching! Please be quiet and leave the Ashridge Estate in orderly fashion.
11pm Everyone off-site please. People will be tired and will want to go home :)
At and around Ashridge, for cachers & non-cachers:
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.
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