towards the Mega.
to the Mega 10 - 24th July 2011.
final push last week saw all the Supporter's Packs assembled and
the name badges for pre-registered attendees completed. Yes, we
are nearly there and looking forward to meeting everyone on the
day. The Swanmel Dragon Race (the TB race to the 2012 UK Mega)
is ready for entries at http://www.megawales.co.uk/swanmel/index.html
. Although entries cannot be registered before the official start
date on 31st July 2011, you can check out the rules and start
planning your entry now. With the first attendees already settled
in at the official campsite, our final message is already too
late for some. But, for everyone else, please have safe journeys
and enjoy happy caching in Wales.
to the Mega 9 Update on Events
There are two more events to think about:
here is some more information about the side events you already
- Thursday 28th July
19:00 Wild and wonderful - St David (GC2XHPD) … and a chance
to explore this lovely area of North Pembrokeshire.
- Friday 29th
July 19:00 – 23:00 The Geolympix Launch Party! (GC2ZA8V) … the
place to find out more about next summer's planned event.
- Flash and Dash in Pembrey – thanks to Munch_Bunch,
there are a couple of bonus caches to pick up close to the event
- Tatty Bear's Picnic – there is another option on the day
- Everyman Theatre is performing in the museum grounds, Old
King Cole during the day and The Comedy of Errors in the evening:
there is an entry charge for these and you would be advised
to book in advance
- Mission Impossible – it looks as if all seats
on the boat are booked: it must have been the news of the pub
opening on Flat Holm!
- Sand and Sarnies – Who will be there?
But you know this already from the excellent publicity machine
for this event.
- Picnic at the Big Apple – why not go for the
low-tide caches on Middle Head and Mumbles Head at the same
- Camping Event – now with free parking for event attendees
Picnic on Pen Y Fan – come and join the crowd at the highest
point in South Wales.
- Taste of the NW – good news/bad news:
there will be at least one new cache released on the day/but
there is now a £1 charge for parking (unless you park just down
the road and walk up).
- Day Out at Big Pit – a similar good news/bad
news story: two new caches/but new £2 parking charge.
Bay Perambulation – there will be a limited number of free waterbus
tickets (but priority has to be given to those most in need)
and this will be Write and Mane's 100th owned cache.
- Wait until
Dark – and be prepared for a few surprises in the woods!
– this is your chance to show the environmentally friendly side
- Sunset on the Mega – Rhossili is arguably the
most stunning spot on the Gower, while the crossing to Worm's
Head is an unforgettable experience – although you will have
earned a drink in the pub afterwards if you do it.
forget that there is a handy downloadable programme that tells
you who is exhibiting at the Mega Event, where to find everything
on the day, the latest programme and other details of what
is going on. Get your detailed programme at http://www.megawales.co.uk/program.html
news on our notable visitors (see Waypoint 6) – Eeyore Tulip
has been given permission by his owner to have a holiday in
America … and his plane ticket has been booked! And don't
let those ornithologists tell you that a cuckoo says “Cuckoo”:
the one at the Mega chirps, apparently.
to the Mega 8 - 7th July 2011.
Attendee Pre-registration is going well and keeping our badge makers busy. But there are still a lot of “Will attend” logs on the listing that haven't been followed up by registration on the Mega Wales website. For the “official Mega count” you need to register every individual Attendee – if you don't do it now, it has to be done at the door. Pre-registration ensures that you get your personalised name badges and entry into the event with the minimum delay.
last day for pre-registration is now only 10 days away, on 17th
July. This will be the last reminder.
you want to know who will be exhibiting at the Mega, where to
find everything on the day, the latest programme and other details
of what is going on, full details can be found in the downloadable
programme which can be found here http://www.megawales.co.uk/program.html
we have had to make a change to the talks programme. Instead
of the Earthcache talk there will now be one on the role of
geocaching as a tourism feature, an important consideration
across the South Wales Valleys area. More details will be posted
on the website shortly.
you missed out, but the Mega shop has now closed. Thanks to
your wonderful support, it has done an excellent job for the
to the Mega 7 - 25th June 2011.
to your support, the Mega Wales Shop has done an excellent job,
with more Supporter's Packs and Polo Shirts sold than we ever
expected, while our stock of fund-raising geocoins is almost
exhausted. As a result, the shelves are almost bare, so the
shop is closing to new orders in a week's time. If you want
any of the remaining Ryder Cup golf coins, now is your last
reporting on some expected visitors to Mega Wales in the last
Waypoint, we have learned of another traveller of note. “H2G2:
a towel” Travel Bug has over 96,000 km on the clock and will
be looking to hitch a lift back to Seattle, as it is owned by
a Groundspeak employee. Can you think of someone who will be
going that way? Of course, it will also pass the 100,000 km
milestone on the way.
Attendee Pre-registration has passed the 1000 mark, it is clear
that many are still thinking about it – or, perhaps, about how
long to stay for. In case you haven't looked recently, there
is at least one “side event” on each of the nine days straddling
the Mega Event itself, making a total of 14 events over 10 days.
For more information about these, check out our events page.
And a small plea from the owners of the side events – it is
a great help to the organisation if people post “Will attend”
logs sooner rather than later.
don't forget that, as well as making a “Will attend” log for
the Mega, you also need to pre-register every individual Attendee,
to ensure that you get your personalised name badges and entry
into the event with the minimum delay. The last date for pre-registration
is just three weeks away, on 17th July.
to the Mega 6 - 12 June 2011.
Fancy racing to the 2012 UK Mega? The race will start in Swansea on 31st July 2011 and the finishing line, appropriately enough will be on Cartmel Racecourse, in Cumbria. If you have bought a Supporter's Pack, your official entry dog tag will be in the pack. Anyone else can join in too - the tags will be available to purchase on the day or, afterwards, through stockists. While there will be a massed start in Swansea on 31st July, entrants can start at different locations and at a later date.
We are expecting some notable visitors at Mega Wales, including:
- Cuckoo Cache (GC4C35) - but can you guess where in the event it will be hiding: cuckoos are shy birds.
- Eeyore Tulip, one of the largest and cuddliest TBs around. Eeyore set out on his travels in December 2007 and has clocked up over 7000km, while collecting over 350 logs and lots of images to record the journey. But he still looks gloomy, so the challenge is to put a smile on his face. He doesn't want to leave the UK, but he hasn't yet visited Scotland or N Ireland... hint, hint! He is currently residing with Write and Mane, but is getting bored with their company. So, if you think you can lift the gloom, let Write and Mane know that you want to pick Eeyore up at Mega Wales.
- Jeremy Irish, Groundspeak founder - if you haven't yet read the story of how it all started, check it out on The History of Geocaching.
The Mega Event is next month, so don't forget ...
- 17 July - closure of Attendee Pre-registration, which ensures that you get your personalised name badges and entry into the event with the minimum delay.
to the Mega 5 - 18th May 2011.
you haven't visited the Mega Wales website recently, you may
have missed the more recent additions to the Side Events:
addition, the Cache In Trash Out (CITO) Event on the Gower has
now been confirmed for Thursday 4th August at Whiteford Burrows.
Impossible? Meet Steinmann 2011 (GC2TKT3), Thursday 28th
July – this is located on Flat Holm island, but transport
(which needs to be booked independently) capacity is limited,
so don't leave it too late. – details of where to book can
be found on the Event’s Cache Page
at the Big Apple (GC2P7DQ) , Saturday 30th July – if you
were wondering what to do at lunchtime ...
A Taste of the North
West, Monday 1st August – a chance to find out just how friendly
and sociable the folk organising next year's UK Mega are.
it has taken a while to finalise the facilities for dogs at
the Mega. Lots of promising avenues have been pursed, unfortunately
leading to dead ends, but taking up time. The final nail in
the coffin of our more ambitious plans was that dirty word,
insurance. So we ended up with plan B: there will be a designated
area for dogs, on grass immediately adjacent to the venue. Water
and “doggie bags” (but no food) will be available and shade
will be ensured under a gazebo. There are bins for dog poo very
near. It has to be emphasized that this will not be a dog-minding
service, so no dogs should be left unattended and responsibility
for clearing up any mess rests with pet owners.
the well-being of humans, the bar in the Brangwyn Hall will
be open all day, serving drinks and a selection of hot and cold
snacks. Also available in the bar area will be a free cold water
Mega Event is barely two months away, so don't forget these
- 31 May – last day to order a Mega Polo Shirt
- 17 July – closure of Attendee Pre-registration, which ensures
that you get your personalised name badges and into the event
with the minimum delay.
to the Mega 4 - 6th May 2011.
the processing time involved in batching and then obtaining
embroidered polo shirts from our suppliers, as well as allowing
for shipping to worldwide destinations, we will have to stop
taking orders for these popular items at the end of May. Demand
has greatly exceeded our expectations and we are looking forward
to seeing well over 100 on parade at the Mega.
final note about Supporter's Packs - in the souvenir brochure
in the Packs, there will be the clues for an exclusive (for
one week after the event) Supporter's Puzzle Cache. So if you
want a "heads up" for a first to find, this will improve
the odds. But there is just one week to go to get your Pack.
Mega Event less than three months away, remember these three
- 12 May
- last day to purchase a Supporter's Pack
- 31 May
- last day to order a Mega Polo Shirt
- 17 July
- close of Attendee pre-registration
to the Mega 3 - 18th April 2011.
We have just launched formal Attendee pre-registration on this website and we would encourage everyone coming to the MEGA event on 31st July to pre-register in advance using this system. To satisfy the Groundspeak requirements for MEGA status, we have to compile an auditable record of people attending. "Will Attend" and "Attended" logs on the cache page alone will not achieve this. Pre-registration will also enable us to prepare your individual name badges in advance and ensure that you get into the Event as quickly as possible, minimising queues at the Front Desk. While you can opt to register on the day at the door, this will undoubtedly take longer and we would like to reduce possible congestion around the Entrance. Remember too, that to enable us to get badges and paperwork ready, pre-registration should be done at least a fortnight before the event, but we would appreciate the earlier the better.
Supporter's Packs continue to sell well but, in order to confirm numbers for the official Mega Wales Geocoin and allow time for production of the coins, sales of the Supporter's Packs via the shop will close on 12th May. Remember, the official Mega Wales geocoins are only available if you purchase the Supporter's Pack and will not be available to purchase at the MEGA Event on the day.
With less than four months to go, time can soon shoot by - this Waypoint sets two deadlines:
- 12th May - last day to purchase a Supporter's Pack
- 17th July - close of attendee pre-registration
to the Mega 2 - 9th March 2011.
It's a big THANK YOU everyone who has supported our efforts
over the last month, especially those who have run fundraising
activities at events on our behalf.
Slate Geocoins have proved so popular that we have had to commission
a third minting, while we are down to our last few Miner's Lamp
Supporter's Packs are selling well, but it is worth emphasizing
the point that this is the only way to obtain an official Mega
Wales Geocoin. Although we haven't got there yet, we will have
to close the book on these sales sometime before the Mega, in
order to confirm coin numbers and get them minted – so don't
leave it too late if you want one. Incidentally, we have just
received proofs of this geocoin and it has more than lived up
to our expectations.
Wales Polo Shirts have proved more popular than we expected
and we are pleased that we have now been able to add child sizes
to the range on offer, so now the whole geocaching team can
have one. The first few dozen shirts have been dispatched, so
look out for one being modelled on a cacher near you soon.
Waypoints to the Mega 1 - 26th January 2011.
has been another busy few weeks for the Committee and we thought
you might like to know what we’ve been up to.
getting our PayPal account sorted and fixing a few technical
problems, the shop was opened for the sale of Geocoins, Polo
Shirts and Supporters packs – and what a response we’ve had!
The innovative slate Geocoins flew off the shelves keeping the
shopkeepers very busy packing and posting. We are now out of
stock but don’t despair – more are on order, and early sales
of the Supporters Packs exceeded our expectations with over
fifty sold in the first two weeks. The camo bag production line
is in full swing with the seamstresses beavering away at their
sewing machines. They have even more incentive now that the
packs are on sale.
shirts have also gone well and the first batch has been ordered
from the supplier and should be sent out to the customers by
the end of February. The final tweaks have been made to the
Mega Geocoin design and we are now eagerly awaiting the samples.
course there is always the administrative work to be done and
we continue to look at how the day will run from registration
to closing and all that will go on in-between, such as the Geocaching
talks. Details of all our plans can be found on the website,
and will be updated as things are confirmed. With only six months
to go work (and excitement) is ramping up but everything is
coming together quite nicely