Alexandra Event Update – 19th Feb

So Sunday rolls around again and we are another week closer to the Alexandra MEGA event this coming November. Planning on the many facets of this huge event has already well and truly begun.

labccacheThis includes LAB caches. Yep, we are not leaving these to the last minute.  We have selected some of the most creative cache placers in the state to rack their brains to come up with the most dazzling ideas that they can.  And, they have 9 months to plan, design and build some LAB caches that will truly make the Alexandra Event an event to be remembered.  If you’ve never done a LAB cache, then check out this link

 

If you have done LAB caches before and you enjoy them, prepare to be amazed this coming November!

ax2017-geocoin-oxThe first of the geocoins are still on sale and will continue to sell until the 9th of April.  This very special coin depicts Fern out taking a hike and as mentioned previously all profit from the sale of these coins is going directly to the four Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam Teams that are competing the 100 kilometer Oxfam challenge this April.  There will be other coins go on sale later in the year, but if you want the whole set, or if you just want to help support the Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam teams, then make sure you order one of these coins straight away to avoid disappointment!  Follow this link to purchase your coin today!

 

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The second one of the lead up events went off amazingly yesterday in Wedderburn. 44 teams attended the event and ate 80 of the best bushman’s sausages in Australia, kindly donated to us by Anvil Angus and Alexandra Quality Meats.  It is sensational to see so many people making the trip out to Wedderburn with many teams staying in the area for the weekend.  The next lead up event is in Portland on the 11th of March.  You can follow this link to the event listing.  We look forward to seeing you all then!

 

eventtshirtsOf course the merchandise continues to sell and it is fantastic to see The Alexandra Event t-shirts, jumpers and polo shirts appearing at events around the state already. The feedback so far on the quality of the merchandise is that it is of excellent quality and the couple of issues that people have so far reported have all been quickly resolved by spreadshirt.  You can follow this link to our spreadshirt shop to design and build your own shirt and if you are not completely happy with the end product we of course encourage you to contact spreadshirt immediately.

 

We hope you are all enjoying getting out and finding lots of caches. We look forward to seeing you all in November and remember, if you’re hoping to come, make sure you log your “Will Attend” on the event listing today!

Change at the Helm

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Geocaching HQ co-founders Bryan Roth, Jeremy Irish and Elias Alvord

Jeremy Irish recently posted the below statement in a geocaching group. Basically he swapped seats with Bryan Roth at Geocaching HQ.

What does that mean for the future of geocaching? Your guess is as good as mine and we’ll see what “to work on smaller projects to help the core team improve the game” actually means.

Cheers
Philipp from Geocaching Melbourne

Hey folks!
I wanted to give you some shocking news. I’ve stepped down as president of Geocaching HQ (formerly known as Groundspeak, formerly known as Grounded, Inc.). I’m now Senior Vice President and Bryan Roth has taken the helm as President.
Yes, shocking… maybe. It’s been 16 years as president, and I’ve realized that running a company isn’t my passion. I’m an idea guy and the game itself has grown incredibly large over the last 16 years. I’d rather think about ways to make geocaching better and have some time (and resources) to work on smaller projects to help the core team improve the game.
I have been honored to work with Bryan over the years and believe he is the right person to take the helm at Geocaching HQ. He has a deep knowledge of the game and I have always envied his personal skills, both as a leader and as a communicator. He is also someone who doesn’t step away from difficult challenges.
And he’s a good friend.
I appreciate the opportunity to have some time to think about the game more and come up with ideas that will improve upon it. I believe this hits my talent sweet spot and feel like the company will benefit from the change.
So I’m still here, just changing roles to where I believe I should be.
Jeremy
Ps. Can you share this with others? Sure! We aren’t publishing an official press release. But if you want to tweet it, blog it, or whatever, you are welcome to do so. I don’t plan on doing any interviews, though. Sorry.

The Alexandra Event Update – Feb

Its update time for the Alexandra MEGA Event that is coming up in November….

1stvisit1st – A couple of members of the organizing committee had our first meeting with the president of the showground’s committee this week onsite and had a good look around.  There is plenty of room to spread out and lots of undercover areas if the weather should dare to be inclement.  There is also a large area for non-powered camping as well as a limited number of sites available for powered camping.  These sites will be on sale through the showground’s committee soon and we will provide you with the contact details once they have worked out a suitable layout for the camping.

ax2017-geocoin-oxThe first of the Geocoins went on sale a couple of weeks ago. This one is a very special limited edition coin that will only be available for purchase between now and the 9th of April this year.  There will certainly be other geocoins available for purchase through the year and of course at the event, but this one is strictly pre-purchase only and can ONLY be purchased between now and the 9th of April.  For this coin only, all proceeds are to be donated to the 4 fabulous Geocaching Melbourne teams who are completing the Oxfam Trailwalker event this year.  So if you want to get yourself a wonderful geocoin that is sure to be a collector’s item in the future, as well as support the Geocaching Melbourne members who are all walking 100 kilometers for the Oxfam charity, this coin is fantastic value at only $25.  Purchases can be made through our website, just follow this link.

jostshirtMerchandise has been on sale for a while now and little by little we are seeing more and more very creative “The Alexandra Event” clothing appearing at events and in photographs taken all over the state. It’s quite easy to do to, just head over to our spreadshirt shop at http://ax2017.spreadshirt.com.au/ and start creating.  Not only t-shirts, but aprons, hats, beanies, pants, shorts, backpacks, mugs, phone cases, umbrellas, bandanas and even a pillow case if you so desire!

The 10 months to MEGA event at Pakenham went off amazingly well on the 15th of January.  The next one is on at Wedderburn on the 18th of February and then another one at a new location each month.  Remember, there are prizes available to those who attend multiples of these events, so get out and explore the countryside, meet some locals and maybe win some prizes!

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the organizing committee for Alexandra. It is a good mix of locals, new members and some experienced ones too.  The organizing committee this year is…

Ahomburg, LouiseAnn, TeamSmokeyBear, day1976, Clever Monkey, scody, º, xsurfergirlx and BernieH

Hoping you are all enjoying your geocaching and look forward to seeing you in November.

Regards

The Alexandra Event Organizing Committee.

Sweet Shirts for Valentines

You might have noticed that there are some geocachers wearing pretty cool shirts, hoodies and aprons when they hit the trail. Yes the official #AX2017 Clothing Shop opened and this weekend you can grab a 20% off for two or more items deal.

  • 20% off any order of 2+ items
  • Run Time: February 3rd – February 5th, 2017
  • Coupon Code: GET20
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts or coupon codes
  • ax2017.spreadshirt.com.au

And of course we would looooove to see you in this fine couture. Please post plenty of pictures!

Cheers 🙂
The Geocachers of Victoria

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The First of the Geocoins for the Alexandra Event

A very quick announcement.

The first of the geocoins for the Alexandra Event have just gone on pre-sale through the geocaching.melbourne website.  You can follow this link.

The coins are a special edition and are designed to support the 16 Geocaching Melbourne members that are taking part in the Oxfam 100 kilometer charity walk this April. The coins feature our friend Fern out having a hike and come with their very own tracking code.

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All proceeds from the sale of this coin will be donated to the Geocaching Melbourne Oxfam teams that are completing the challenge this year. So for only $25 you can get a limited edition geocoin for the Alexandra MEGA this year AND support the Geocaching Melbourne walkers and Oxfam.

This is the first of the geocoins for the Alexandra MEGA and further ones will be released throughout the year, so if you like completing a whole set, make sure you stay tuned. This first geocoin will only be available for purchase between now and the Oxfam trailwalker on April 7.  Pick up is available at the Alexandra MEGA, or for an extra $8 you can get it posted to you anywhere in Australia.

Rinse and Repeat

The Surf Coast Event 2016 was a great success and we have to thank everyone who got involved: The organising team, the geocachers who attended and of course all the awesome volunteers. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Oh yes! It’s all happening again!

Now the year is coming to an end and everyone is busy buying Christmas presents and bumping up find numbers in a rush before the holidays start. But hold it for a second – we got an early surprise for you. The Alexandra Event 2017 has been listed as a Mega Event.

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One of the AX2017 logos – Climbing

Geocaching HQ has seen our track record of great and enjoyable big events in Victoria and supports our efforts to do it all over again.

There are plenty of things to do in the Murrindindi Shire and the local caches offer some fantastic experiences. From enjoyable family friendly activities like kayaking on Lake Eildon, lovely walks, 4WD geocaching to the more sporty things like tree & rock climbing. There really is an adventure for everyone around The Alexandra Event 2017.

Join us and celebrate this great game which brings a colourful bunch of people together. We’re looking forward to welcome you in Alexandra next year.

The Alexandra Event 2017

Enjoy the festive season and Merry Christmas
The Geocachers of Victoria

2016 Award Events

The Award Events for 2016 have been published. As last year there are the Victorian Cache of the Year Awards as well as the Victorian Geocaching Adventure Festival. There isn’t much of an overlap in the award categories of each event so it’s definitely worth nominating caches for both and of course also voting and attending the events. Go check them out:

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Both Nomination Forms are already open so you better get your list together 🙂 And of course I got a hint for you as well. If you’re looking for good pictures to nominate, check out the gallery of some cachers:

  • Just go to geocaching.com/find
  • Type in the username of a cacher you suspect to take cool pics (e.g. mine would be º )
  • Click on the 5th tab “Gallery”
  • Browse and select

Enjoy the awards and best of luck with the nominations as well as voting for all cache owners

Cheers Philipp

Surf Coast – last competition

Good news people, there is one more competition from the Mega!! We are so keen to get your feedback about the Surf Coast Event last weekend, we are offering another gold unobtanium geocoin and a year long premium membership for geocaching.com. All you need to do is fill in the survey linked to below!! The more information we get from you now, the better we can make our next event.

https://goo.gl/forms/QduWAmEgZLG0OCPr1

Victorian Geocaching Tournament

And the results are in!!! With a bumper entry of more than 50 teams and everyone getting out and about having a great time, I think we can declare the Victorian Geocaching Tournament a success!! Below are the winners of the ribbons and I have put a link to a full table of results and another link to some photos I hope you will enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who participated and an even bigger thanks to my great team of volunteers, without whom the game would not have been able to run.

Highest Scoring Team

Having completed all puzzles, all the physical challenges and field puzzles, along with two multis caches, 4 traditional caches 3 GCA caches and having completed 9 out of the 10 photo challenges the overall winning team was: Victims of BFE

Letterbox Posters – family team

Taking a cancellation place in the game and having travelled down from Sydney, the team GEOSAURUS did really well to take out first place under stuff competition from the other family teams.

Multi Masters – family team

with two kids in tow Jandaw made quick work of the family course and came out victorious!

Puzzlers – family team

It was a close competition with the puzzlers family teams, but Wonderdrug was first back into the stables (even navigating the whole course with a pusher!!) and came away with the prize.

Traditionalist – family team

With three kids to wrangle around the course, The Adventure-Nauts did a great job on the family course to take out first place for the Traditionalists squad.

Letterbox Posters

After a last minute hiccup with the game admin not allocating them a squad (sorry guys, my fault) the Cachebusters were given a no-shows place.  They were strong competitors and blitzed all the other Letterbox Posters in the field!

Multi Masters 

Coming from the wrong other side of the ditch, Team New Zealand gave sharkiefan a double birthday surprise of having an unexpected visit appear and surprise her on Saturday morning and taking out the Multi Master team prize!

Puzzlers 

Hailing from the inner north, these intrepid geocachers are to be congratulated for competing so well with two underage members in their team, well done to the Kangamasters

Traditionalist 

Made up of three SA teams, TieLoClare blitzed the locals and took out the ribbon. To save arguments about who was going to get it, they have asked us to look into how much getting some duplicates made will cost!

Photo Challenge

With an impressive 7 teams completing all of the photo for the Photo Challenge, the adjudicators were forced to do a random number draw for this prize.  We drew the South Australian team who’s name is made up of an anagram of all their team names.  I was unable to announce their name at the awards ceremony (as I hadn’t written it down), but I can put it here: SA complex sized punk goat winery door hole

Mini game / Best Poker hand

Over half of the team playing the both games were able to submit complete poker hands and enter this mini competition.  With hands ranging from a 10, to a pair of 2 and as good as 3 queens and two pairs!! The winning hand though went to PinkPiggy7 with a straight!

Best dressed team

After the madness of Saturday was over and the committee was fed and watered, the Tournament photographer sat us down to look at the entries in the Best Dressed Team competition.  Boy were we impressed! Because of this we decided to award a couple of extra prizes.  All the entries can be seen here

Best Dressed Family Team

Rusty Day – winning two WA goes Big coins

Best Dressed Team

Cachebusters – Winning the ribbon and 3 2015 Melbourne Event coins

The Synchronised T-shirt Award

Team Clarmensma – winning 2 2015 Melbourne Event coins

Best Legs Award

Goths+1 – winning a WA Goes Big coin

Best performance at a physical challenge

A difficult award to judge, and there were many fantastic performances over the course of the day, but in the end the team has decided to award team Jaktembo the prize, for the kids out preforming the adults at Activity Point 3 the bean bag toss.

Here is a link to some of the photos taken during the Victorian Geocaching Tournament.

Here is a list of the teams, their squads and their final scores.

Surf Coast – and the winners are….

We ran a number of competitions at the Mega this year and we have a number of winners to announce.  In a separate pose, we will also have a run down of all the antics and winners of the Victorian Geocaching Tournament.

First to Find

All money raised in the First to Find raffle this year will be being donated to the Stroke Foundation.  Thanks to everyone’s generous support, we will be forwarding them $446

We invited one of the two visiting ladies from Germany to draw a winner and the lucky winners were Southern Cross Caching from South Australia!  Their prize is currently driving home to them.

Caches in the Fish Tank

For most of the weekend the guess the number of caches in the fish tank competition was being run by the local CFA and all money raised gone has to them.

Amazingly we had a DRAW with two teams correctly guessing 196 caches in the fish tank. We were able to rustle up a 2nd Unobtainium Geocoin which were awarded to two very happy ladies.  Congratulations to Mary of maccamob and carkisser.

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Geo-Bingo

Despite Sunday being a much quieter day than Saturday, we still had plenty of people running around and meeting new people whilst filling in their GeoBingo cards.  We decided to have two draws this year, one with the whole sheet filled out, and one with just one line completed.

Whole sheet

Matetrix from Canberra, who is IamCoust‘s son, will be taking away an Unobtainium Geocoin

Geo-Bingo – one line

Awesome Nugget from Ballarat, who was attending the Surf Coast event with his family, has won a Limited Edition Surf Coast Event 2016 glitter Geocoin!

Volunteer thank you prize

In addition to the warm glow of happiness all our volunteers got from helping make the Surf Coast Event the amazing event it was, they got the fantastic Henchmen and Henchwomen shirts you will have seen all over the place for the  weekend.   We also had one amazingly generous anonymous geocacher donate a very impressive double sided folding ladder, which we decided to use in a draw of all the volunteers for the weekend as another way of saying “Thanks for giving up some of your weekend to help everyone have a fun time!”  Our random winner was GJMMelb!!! So congratulations to them and thanks to all the amazing volunteers over the weekend!