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CITO & Southminster

Trad: 9 Puzzle: 1 CITO: 1
Walked: 6 miles

It’s CITO weekend so a few of us headed to Danbury Country Park to help the rangers clear some invasive shrubs. There were lots of willing volunteers!

Danbury CITO Working Hard
Danbury CITO Working Hard

Ian was hard at work digging a drainage ditch too.

Ian Shovelling
Ian Shovelling

Jill got busy hacking bushes while Rob cleared up.

Rob & Gill Hard At Work
Rob & Jill Hard At Work

Meanwhile, Shifty Duck was doing his best to “help” clear up the cakes which had been left unattended!

Shifty Duck "Helping"
Shifty Duck “Helping”

After a couple of hours hard work we all posed for a picture!

CITO Crew
CITO Crew

The event done, I headed towards Southminster to find some caches by bike. Village signs, Church Micros and other random hides which had been staring at me on the map.

Southminster Sign
Southminster Sign

It was quiet at the station today – hardly any traffic at all!

End Of The Line
End Of The Line

The bike was handy to get to a few outliers around the town.

Out On The Geobike
Out On The Geobike

This was a fun cache, guarded by a rubber snake!

Snaky Snake
Snaky Snake

Coal Post Crazy, And A CITO

Trad: 9 Multi: 2 Challenge: 1 CITO: 1
Walked: 6 miles

I’d had the Coal Post Challenge on my radar for some time (find 6 consecutively-numbered Coal Post caches). But having done some research, many of the original caches have now been archived, and I could only spot a run of 7 still active around Reigate in Surrey.

That’s a bit out of my normal caching zone, but when I noticed a CITO had been published close by for today, I decided a road trip was in order, to kill several birds with one lump of coal!

On arrival at the CITO, we were each given our sacks and I set off. Perhaps the soggiest lump of rubbish I found today was this:

Discarded :-(
Discarded 🙁

Of course, Shifty Duck made sure he signed the log, and was ready for people to discover his TB code, along with the ever-helpful Larry The Litterpicker.

Shifty Signs The Log
Shifty Signs The Log

We gathered up quite a lot of stuff! Great to see such a good turn out.

Lots Of Cachers, Lots Of Rubbish!
Lots Of Cachers, Lots Of Rubbish!

Having scoffed a tasty bacon sandwich from the car park snack bar, I set off to find the other hides I came for. The first of them was the newly-replaced Reigate TB Hotel. Great box!

Lovely New Box
Lovely New Box

I had a frustrating DNF at a Letterbox hide nearby, which others don’t seem to have had any trouble with. Damn. Never mind, I really came for Coal Posts!

Wonky Post 153
Wonky Post 153

So I moved the car to somewhere convenient and unfolded the geo-bike for my ride along the bridleway between Kingswood Warren and Colley Hill. The bike made my progress much quicker!

Coal Post 149 And The Geo-Bike
Coal Post 149 And The Geo-Bike

I was aiming for posts 149-155, and luckily found them all quickly, apart from one, which took a bit longer.

Selfie At Coal Post 152
Selfie At Coal Post 152

Even this tricky whatsit didn’t fool me!

Peekaboo!
Peekaboo!

So, with 7 posts already under my belt, I decided to stop off at the Challenge Cache itself (Coal Post 206), which is conveniently just off the M25 at Swanley, not much of a detour on the way home! Job done.

But, there was another Coal Post cache just half a Km away, so why not pick up stumpy No. 203 too, while I’m here? That makes 9 Coal Post today – hurrah!

Stumpy Coal Post!
Stumpy Coal Post!

Fort Cumberland CITO & More Challenges

Trad: 6 Challenge: 6 Letterbox: 3 CITO: 1
Walked: 10 miles

My first cache of the day was another 5/5 Challenge, this time the 365 Days – A Year Lost! Having just completed a 400-day streak, I was more than qualified. More cows, but they were behind a fence and once the muggles at GZ had pushed off, I made a quick find.

A Year Lost!
A Year Lost!

After bagging another Challenge close by, I headed to Portsmouth to Fort Cumberland for the CITO event there. Shifty insisted on coming along too, as did Larry The Litterpicker, ever helpful at a CITO event.

Shifty & Larry At The TB Table
Shifty & Larry At The TB Table

The attendees were happy to pose for a group shot after our work was done, and then I headed off for more Challenges around Portsmouth which I had earmarked for my attention.

Successful CITO
Successful CITO

After picking up some nice DTs on challenges, I then headed off for some more Loop 2 fillers – mainly trads – which I had noticed in the area. I bumped into som CITO foilks at one, and we had fun wading in a very dry ditch before finally finding what we had come for.

Another Challenge completed was the 3 Caches In 3 Continents Challenge. Well, having found boxes in the UK, US and Japan, that will qualify me very well. And it was a great little box with a bear passport inside!

Passport For A Bear
Passport For A Bear

I found another trio of trads last thing, but before that I had earmarked three letterbox caches in the Whiteley Walk series, one of which would fill my Loop 2 D1/T4.5 square. It promised to be swampy, but I had the waders in the car and I was itching to use them! It was a slippery and sweaty walk to this one, but I picked up another couple along the way. Then I arrived at GZ!

I suspected I knew where it would be, but there was about 20ft of evil smelling swampy water to cross first. I found two substantial sticks which were kicking around to use as depth feelers and steadiers, and gradually glooped my way across! Yes, there’s the box… And after signing the log, I was most relieved to get back to dry land without having fallen over. Job done! And much fun had in the process.

Caz Has Crossed The Swamp
Caz Has Crossed The Swamp

I bagged up my swampy waders and headed back to the hotel for a rest, having found 16 hides today. Phew.

Day #266 – CITO At The Seaside!

Trad: 8 Multi: 2 Event: 1 CITO: 1
Walked: 9.8 miles

A busy day today attending an event and a CITO, plus bagging various caches around Mersea Island. My first stop was to DNF infinson’s 2 for the third time – not even the presence of Kitty!! this time could help us locate the cache, just a hook where it had been!

So we headed off to console ourselves at the Geo-Coffee Club meet in Little Braxted. Shifty insisted on coming too, but was disappointed when I ate all the cake. Cantankerous bird!

Shifty At The Cake Meet
Shifty At The Cake Meet

Having consumed the delicious cake, we set off to the CITO event at Cudmore Grove on Mersea. On arrival, Geotrowel was busy fanning the flames to get a brew going for all the hard-working litter pickers.

Geotrowel Fans The Flames
Geotrowel Fans The Flames

I followed along behind a few folks and for the first half mile or so, the beach was spotless as they had already picked it clean. But there was evidence of much recent cliff-fall along the way – a sobering thought considering how firm it had all looked back in August when we were last here for the Mega CITO event.

Cliff Fall!
Cliff Fall!

Eventually I got to a spot where the others had turned back with full bags and carried on from there, with my trusty companion, Larry The Litterpicker! He was soon set to work munching discarded rubbish and putting it in the bag.

Larry Gets To Work
Larry Gets To Work

After our litter-picking was done, we returned to base camp for more well-earned tea and cake. Then I had a lovely potter around various bits of the island picking up some more orphan caches which were still taunting me on the map. A grand day out.

Another Nice Box
Another Nice Box

Today’s finds also brings up the 100 days left milestone until I complete my 366 Geostreak! Gotta keep going…

Day #203 – Stout Wooden Ferrets

Trad: 5 CITO: 1
Walked: 7.3 miles

Today I found myself in Stout Wooden Ferrets (oh, alright, South Woodham Ferrers) for the Love Your Community CITO at Fen Washlands. It had a great logbook – a Valentine’s card – sadly the only one I got this year!

My Only Card This Year! (AKA Event Logbook)
My Only Card This Year! (AKA Event Logbook)

When I arrived, Mr Geotrowel and others were already hard at work hacking at a thicket of Blackthorn.

Geotrowel vs Blackthorn
Geotrowel vs Blackthorn

It was a modest but enthusiastic turnout, despite the cold. There was free tea, delicious cake and hot soup available for our efforts, which really made all the difference on such a nippy day.

The Motley Crew
The Motley Crew

My first task was to do a circuit of the area Litterpicking with my friend Larry The Litterpicker.  As well as a heavy bag full of trash, we also found a hanging basket and part of a broken street lamp in the bushes!

I Found A Streetlamp!
I Found A Streetlamp!

After suitable refreshments, I set to work ferrying the large prickly branches from where others were chopping them to the bonfire. The smell of Blackthorn smoke was rather aromatic!

Blackthorn Burns
Blackthorn Burns

After the event I took a walk around the town to pick up several more Trad caches. I last cached here several years ago and most of the hides I had already found have long been archived, so there were a few which needed picking up today. I finished around 4pm as it was getting bitterly cold, then I took myself home to get a cup of tea and thaw out.

Day #167 – A Load Of Rubbish!

Trad: 8 Puzzle: 1 Multi: 2 CITO: 1
Walked: 4.5 miles

A few weeks ago I noticed a CITO event had been published for today, and since I needed another two to qualify me for two different challenge caches, I made a note to attend this one in Stowmarket. I also invited along my lapsed caching friend Leeky who lives in the town.

Most cachers were issued with binbags and litterpickers to borrow, but I brought along my own buddy, Larry The Litterpicker who visits all the CITO events I go to. He had a bit of a fight with Leeky over ownership of one bit of rubbish…

Larry Fights With A Friend!
Larry Fights With A Friend!

We collected a big bagful each, and had a nice natter while walking around the Cedars Park estate. We also found three caches while we were out and about wombling.

Larry's Bag Full Of Rubbish
Larry’s Bag Full Of Rubbish

Leeky was pleased to have found a hubcap – better in the bin than littering in a hedge!

Leeky Found A Hubcap!
Leeky Found A Hubcap!

We went for a rewarding lunch in ‘Spoons in the town (and found another couple of quick cache and dashes before the rain started).

Leeky returned home but there was still some daylight left, so I picked up a few more caches in the area, including a puzzle which I had solved a few weeks ago in preparation for today’s visit. I was a bit worried by the Tree Climb attribute, but decided to go take a look anyway. Larry was a great help, just reaching the cache for me without my feet leaving the ground! Hurrah for Litterpickers!

Larry Helps Out Up A Tree
Larry Helps Out Up A Tree

After a final two Church Micro finds in nearby Stowupland, I drove to Colchester to stay with Mum and Dad overnight, which will save time tomorrow when I go to Mistley for the first of BEASTMARSTA’s 2016 Flash Meets.

Day #7 – Big Breakfast, Trash & The Welsh

Event: 2 Trad: 1 CITO: 1
Walked: 4.7 miles

2nd August 2015
2nd August 2015
Alistair And His Brekkie
Alistair And His Brekkie
Saucy!
Saucy!

After another night under canvas at Barleylands, we woke up and headed over to the first event of the day, The Big Breakfast. The queue was rather big too, but we eventually got our Full English.

Can't Get Out!
Can’t Get Out!

It was a very hot morning but the work parties were in full swing at Langdon Plotlands for the event and subsequent CITO – some of us were put to clearing brambles – it’s good to get revenge after so many scratching incidents whilst out caching!

Hacking At The Brambles
Hacking At The Brambles

The final event of the day was From Gavin To Stacy, hosted by the 2016 Welsh Mega Committee in Hockley Woods.

Welsh Mega Tent
Welsh Mega Tent
Ddraig Meets Some Admirers
Ddraig Meets Some Admirers

Alistair and I were rather exhausted by this point, so while other keen cachers went racing around the woods, we found a nice shady spot to sit and have a chill out.

A Spot In The Shade
A Spot In The Shade