End of June Alexandra Announcement

As mentioned earlier this month, the #AX2017 shop is now open for business, so if you are planning on booking powered accommodation onsite at the event in November, then you may want to act sooner rather than later as spots are filling fast. There are only 15 powered sites left people! Head to the Store to secure your spot. If you do miss out on a powered site, or if you want to ‘rough it’, we also have unpowered sites available for you to utilise. There are plenty of things to do around Alexandra and Eildon, and many quality caches to be found, so if you would like to extend your stay and experience more of what this fantastic part of the state has to offer, may we suggest making the event site your GZ and book a couple of extra nights before or after the event. Just let us know when booking 😊

But of course that is not all, the #AX2017 shop is also the place to go to pre-order your very own set of event pathtags. You can nab yourself a trading set, where you receive five pathtags of the same design, ready for swapping at the event or, if swapping isn’t your style, you can always fork out a little more of your hard-earned and order a complete set from the get-go.

Do you have some wares to sell at the event? A product that you feel will interest fellow geocachers? We can accommodate that too 😊 Shoot us an email at info@geocaching.melbourne for more info regarding becoming an event stall holder.

Still not sure what to wear on the big day? Don’t forget you can to head to the Spreadshirt shop and put your own spin on some #AX2017 merchandise. Profits from the sale of this merchandise go back into making this year’s MEGA in Alexandra the best yet, so not only will you end up with some awesome clothes, but you are also helping make a difference for all who attend the event, including yourself. Win-win 😊

Now, it’s quite easy to get caught up in all the excitement of the MEGA and forget to log your ‘Will Attend’, so just pause for a second and ask yourself, have I logged my ‘Will Attend’ yet? If the answer is hmm, maybe not, then now may be a good idea to head to the event page at on Geocaching.com to log a ‘Will Attend’ right now, while you are thinking of it 😊

Once you have got all the pre-event nitty gritty stuff sorted, join our Journey to #AX2017 Chatterbox Facebook group. We have specifically launched this group to provide you with updates and info – all things related to the lead-up to #AX2017.

The results are in…..

Geocaching Melbourne Inc would like to welcome the two newest members into the Geocaching Melbourne Committee. Karen Ashford (carkisser) and Bert Mosterd (Pinkpiggy7) have been voted in and join the rest of the committee in their endeavours to help promote geocaching throughout Victoria.  We would sincerely like to thank the other candidates, Elizabeth Shaw (surefoot24) and Peter Taurins (caughtatwork) for their nominations and hope we can work with both of them in some capacity in the near future.  The Geocaching Melbourne Inc committee now looks like this…

Day Gowland (day1976) – President

Louise Sullivan (LouiseAnn) – Vice President

Adriaan Homburg (ahomburg) – Secretary

Bernie Hollaway (BernieH) – Treasurer

Sarah Cameron (sharkiefan) – Committee Member

Karen Ashford (carkisser) – Committee Member

Bert Mosterd (Pinkpiggy7) – Committee Member

The turnout for people voting was quite amazing and we would like to thank everyone for their interest.

We want you to have your say!

Voting has now opened for the two vacant positions on the Geocaching Melbourne Inc committee. There have been four individuals nominated and you can follow this link to the voting form…

There is a little blurb about each person who has nominated in case you aren’t sure who they are. You are required to enter your geocaching handle and to be eligible to vote you must have found at least one cache in Victoria.  You also must have found at least one cache in the last 6 months and have an active account on the Geocaching Website for at least 3 months.

Once you have entered your geocaching handle simply place the numbers 1 to 4 against the candidates, ranging from number 1 for your first selection through to number 4 for your last selection. Voting will be open until 8pm on Sunday the 18th of June.  You must submit only one vote per profile and we would encourage people who do run sock-puppet accounts to not use them to vote with.

 

 

The #AX2017 shop is open for business!

Good news everybody!! We know that quite a few of you have been wanting to book on-site accommodation for the MEGA, and we are happy to announce that The Alexandra Event 2017 shop is now up and running for booking on-site camping accommodation and pre-ordering pathtags 😊

You can choose from powered and unpowered sites at the Alexandra Showgrounds for the weekend of the event, and if you wish to arrive early, or extend your stay to explore the surrounding area, you can do this too. Note that there are limited powered sites available, so if you want power, then it is best to book in early. Once you have secured your accommodation, if you haven’t done so already,  you can head over to The Alexandra Event 2017 cache page to log your Will Attend 😊

We have two options for purchasing your pathtags – you can buy a set of five pathtags for trading, which means you will receive five pathtags of the same design ready to swap with other cachers, or if you wish, you can do away with the swapping and just buy a full set outright. All proceeds from the sale of these pathtags goes towards making this year’s event the best yet!

Head to the The Alexandra Event 2017 shop for more information.

Free shipping and other stuff

❄️ Brrrr, it’s getting chilly out there, and with winter officially starting this week, it’s time to dust off the winter woollens when you head out caching. But your current winter wardrobe is so last year, right? Well, Spreadshirt hears you, and wants you to have the latest in #AX2017 fashion with FREE SHIPPING for all orders from the 2–4 June, just by using coupon code ‘FS617’*. And who doesn’t love free shipping? Afterall, shipping is such a downer in this online world we live in. I mean, who wants to design the most awesome #AX2017 merchandise and then have to pay shipping? So, if you are in need of some new clothes while you are out hunting those elusive caches this winter, then now is the time to act!  Head to Spreadshirt and, you never know, your new attire may just become your new lucky charm**.

Now, if you have already put your own spin on some funky #AX2017 attire, why not head to our next lead-up event, 5 Months to the Event in Alexandra – Werribee (GC6X194) this weekend and show it off? Alternatively, if you are struggling for ideas, why not head to Werribee on the pretence of enjoying some free bushman’s snags, sneakily check out what others have designed, then head home and place your own order? The event is on Saturday and the free shipping offer is valid until Sunday night – perfect timing 😊 And, for all you city-folk, this lead-up event is the closest to the city, so no excuses! Let us know you are coming by logging your ‘Will Attend’ now.

We are also putting the call out for anyone who is interested in volunteering their time at Alexandra in November. Just an hour or so over the weekend would be of great assistance! At this stage we are only seeking an expression of interest, nothing concrete. Head to our volunteer post for more details.

* Note quotation marks are not part of the code. Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes. Free shipping promotion valid for standard shipping option only.
** Lucky charm status not guaranteed. But it may help you stay toasty and warm.

Volunteers wanted for The Alexandra Event

Over previous years, a dedicated and generous group of minions, henchmen and henchwomen have volunteered at The Melbourne Event and The Surf Coast Event. These marvelous people are vital to ensure the smooth running of events of this size.

Its 2017 and it’s now The Alexandra Event’s turn to ask for those who are willing to donate some of their valuable time to help during the event.

We understand that people like to make plans and we do too.

At this stage we are asking for expressions of interest.

Please fill in the form below by clicking on the link, or cutting and pasting it into your browser.

https://goo.gl/forms/M6c0lAgkzs547T7G3

Closing date for form submission is Friday 20th of October.

Thank you for your interest

 

Alexandra Event Update – 21st May 2017

Hi all, some more news from The Alexandra Event 2017 team. We are excited to announce our pathtag design competition went very well and the committee have decided on the winner. A massive congratulations go to the designer “OzGlory” on 5 very well themed Pathtags. These will go on sale shortly, but we were so excited we could not resist giving you all a sneak peak. So, here they are:

Some news for those in states other than Victoria, we have created some lead-up events interstate again this year with one in South Australia, New South Wales, ACT, and shortly, one also in Queensland. Many thanks go to our interstate volunteers for hosting these events on our behalf.

Again, it is great seeing your “Will Attends” come in, we even have some interest from overseas. If you haven’t already, and would like to experience all the fun first-hand:

Click Here to log your ‘Will Attend’

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See you all in November, if not before at one of our lead-up events:

  • June – 3rd – Werribee
  • July – 15th – Canberra
  • August – 6th – Echuca
  • September – 23rd – Bairnsdale
  • October – 15th – Wangaratta

We want you…

Geocaching Melbourne doesn’t just run itself, in the background are a dedicated bunch of monkeys passionate geocachers just like you working away to make geocaching better for everyone in Victoria.

Do you feel you have something to offer? We’d love to hear from you. We have two positions vacant on our committee and want to fill them with people as passionate and driven as us.
This position is for the Geocaching Melbourne Committee, not the Alexandra Event, so rest assured that event is well in hand. If you would like to join us in helping further the cause of Geocaching in Melbourne and Victoria (if not the world!) then feel free to nominate yourself or someone else (with their permission) by sending us an email.

Please note though that whilst we would love to encourage people from country Victoria, it should be understood that taking on the role as a committee member means attending regular meetings in Melbourne roughly every two to three months.  All nominations will be put towards a community voting process in the next few weeks.

20% off your #AX2017 Shirts?

We love seeing the creative ideas people have come up with when ordering their #AX2017 t-shirts, and just between you and me, a little birdy* has suggested getting your hands on some #AX2017 merchandise is a good idea, and, as if by magic, Spreadshirt has a special offer this coming week, 15–21 May:

20% off any order of two items or more when you use coupon code 20P517**.

Head to gcmelb.spreadshirt.com.au and put your own spin on an #AX2017 t-shirt or two, grab a toasty-warm #AX2017 hoodie and beanie for those chilly winter months ahead, or perhaps a g-string thong is more your style? Or – here’s a thought – you can partner up with a geo-friend, save 20% and go halvies on the postage. Make your stuff your own and add your cacher username and personal trackable code to your merchandise – just don’t expect many people to ‘discover’ your g-string, lol!

The fine print:
*Watch this space for more info from the little birdy.
**This offer cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes, and is valid for a purchase of two or more items in one transaction.

Oh, and if you are planning on displaying your wares at GC6GFDX – The Alexandra Event in November and haven’t done so already, log your ‘Will Attend’ now! Go on, do it now while it’s on your mind 😊

 

Geocaching Melbourne and Oxfam Trailwalker

Over the last couple of days, 16 members of the Geocaching Melbourne community have formed 4 teams to each tackle the grueling 100 kilometer Oxfam Trailwalker to raise some much needed funds for the Oxfam charity. The Oxfam Trailwalker requires each walker to walk 100 kilometers, starting at Jells Park in suburban Melbourne, through the parklands, over Churchill National park, into Lysterfield Lake Park, then across through Bird Lands Reserve, up into the town of Upwey then into the Dandenong Ranges National Park, popping out at Mt Evelyn where it joins the Warburton Rail Trail for 26 kilometers before climbing up and along the aqueduct at the foot of Mt Donna Buang, it then wanders down to Warburton before tackling the nemesis that is Mount Little Joe, finally reaching the finish line in Wesburn.  To say it is a grueling track is an understatement.

Team 1 consisted of Colin (unclecocopops), Michelle (part of Team Smokey Bear), Robin (robinyang) and Darren (Burge). Team 2 consisted of Paul (waferthin), Darragh (Annoying Tarbit), Lauren (Loz6032) and Nicky (Lost_and_found_79).  Team 3 consisted of Karen (carkisser), Shaz (Ruverbug Jam), Donna (Jaktembo) and Tash (arielisme).  Team 4 consisted of Day (day1976), Jenny (Jentrek1), Marc (BendSinister) and Ross (The Welder).

The Friday morning began brilliantly with perfect weather at the start as each team headed out on to the trail. The official support crews as well as many other extremely supportive members of the Geocaching Melbourne community met everyone at various different points along the way to help, encourage and cheer everybody on.  Each team had set themselves a target goal time to complete the course ranging from 20 hours to 38 hours, so the four teams began to spread out through the day.  They enjoyed the walk through the Dandenong Ranges National Park, but the final stint out to Mt Evelyn as the day began to turn to night began to test the teams and unfortunately Team 1, decimated by injuries had to pull out at around 4am on the Saturday morning at Mount Evelyn.

The crack of sunrise at 5:30am on the Saturday morning saw Team 4, exhausted from conquering Mount Little Joe, stumble down the final hill to cross the finish line in just over 23 hours with all members still walking. Later in the day at around 1:30pm, the incredible team 2 also conquered the daunting last mountain to come down the hill and finish the entire course in just over 30 hours, also with all four members still upright.

At around 4:30pm on the Saturday, the only remaining Geocaching Melbourne Team on the trail, team 3, walked into Woori Yallock, half way along the Warburton Trail. At this point they had done 70 of the 100 kilometers, but suddenly, the weather turned against them and a huge storm passed over which stopped all further movement for the next few hours.  The team had to wait, huddled at Woori Yallock for the storm to pass before continuing on.  At around 9pm, Geocaching Melbourne’s Team 3 lost its first member, Donna, who retired from the team.  But the other three girls pushed on, boosted by an ever increasing support crew as they made their way to Millgrove where again they had to wait out another storm front.

Finally they made it to Dolly Grey Park, which is the last official rest stop before the finish line.  The rain was pouring down, the wind was up and thunder and lightning was surrounding the area.  Team 3 was now the last of over 600 starting teams left on the trail and unfortunately Karen had to make the heart-breaking decision to call it a day at the 93 kilometer mark.  The other two surviving members, Shaz and Tash needed to leave in the storm so as to make the finish line before it is closed for good.  They headed off, up backstairs track in the mud during the dead of the night to knock off the final section and arrived at the finish line at around 9am on Sunday morning, completing the entire course in less than 41 hours.

The achievements that all 16 of these wonderful geocachers have done can only be fully realized when you look beyond just this weekend. There were months and months of training out on the tracks.  There were personal hardships that needed to be overcome.  All just to even get to the starting line, let alone then to walk the 100 kilometers.  Lifelong friendships were born during this process and people who before this had never even met, come to rely on each other for support through a very strenuous ordeal.

And then there were the support crews. At each stop along the trail, each team got to meet up with their wonderful support crews who lugged all the supplies that could ever be imagined to each location.  Without a strong support crew, none of the previously mentioned achievements are even closely possible.  All four teams were blessed with some amazing people who volunteered their time as support crews and the fact that many members of these support crews also helped out many other support crews along the way speaks volumes about what kind of people these guys are.

And finally of course there are those who donated. Geocaching Melbourne was proud to be a supporter of these four teams.  Specially minted Geocoins for the upcoming Alexandra Event were sold with images of our mascot, Fern carrying hiking poles.  All proceeds from the sale of these coins were donated to these teams as well as the huge amounts of moneys that all four teams raised by themselves both inside and outside of the local geocaching community.  All up the teams managed to raise over eleven thousand dollars for the Oxfam charity.

The whole experience is a fantastic example of how strong and also kind the Geocaching Melbourne community is. That we have so many members who so willingly donate their time not just to train and walk this grueling course, but also to provide support or help raise money for such an awesome cause is a testament to the kind of people we are.  Geocaching Melbourne would like to thank each and every one of you for making this Oxfam Trailwalker such a success.  You guys rock!