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  1. I feel that I have to reply to Write of Mane’s post as they seem to be questioning my integrity in all of this.

    It has surprised me that they have now chosen to reply after ignoring several emails this morning regarding this matter from me.

    That apart, the post so far has given some feeling regarding the wishes of cachers who have and are involved in this issue. Maple Leaf explained the origins of the Ammo Can very well in her post but this seems to be lost by W&M

    I was unaware that the can had been to more than one event, the only one I was aware of was the launch event of Mega Wales so very appropriate being still a recognised MEGA related Event, the Second was on the Friday, the day before Mega Scotland which was also a MEGA related Event.

    I am unsure what kind of underhand motive W&M have me down for, but if they actually read all the post including mine they would see that I have simply asked questions and not expressed my opinion either way I recognised that others in the Caching community would have concerns and opinions regarding this and simply facilitated the discussion.

    W&M you inferred that I have some ulterior motive for this, my wife and I were probably the most active supporters of Mega Wales, Lilian raised 70% of the monies currently sitting in the Mega Committee account; I have clocked up thousands of miles promoting and fund raising for Mega Wales. It was only due to some serious health issues that we resigned.,

    I do however believe that the Golden Ammo can should only be for Mega Events it was created to be unique and you seem perfectly happy to ignore everyone and spoil that.

    Is it now your committee’s policy that nobody may ask questions and you are not answerable to the caching community?




    While we did not respond in person to your emails this morning, another member of the committee did very adequately. There would be no point in giving duplicate answers: your questions were answered.

    The aim of our posting here was to to show that whatever interpretation you put on the Can's objective, it had failed miserably to achieve it and there has been inconsistency over which events it should attend. The logging record makes this very clear.

    This alone gave the present committee grounds to review the objective and the means of achieving it successfully. After checking with the originators, we thought we were acting in the best interests of the geocaching community and are frankly surprised at some of the reaction, although we are pleased to note that it has encouraged some retrospective logging and uploading of images.

    In view of the comments made here, the Can will not now make an appearance in Devizes (sorry to anyone who was looking forward to seeing it there) and the matter will be reviewed at our next committee meeting.

    It would be nice to see a wider selection of the geocaching community express their opinions on the subject on this thread to aid our deliberations.

  2. I have had some discussions with the Mega Wales Committee regarding the taking of the Mega Ammo Can to small Events for people to discover and to advertise the Mega itself. Although I encourage the advertising of Mega Wales I have some strong opinions myself on this, but also think it is a question for the whole Caching Community to give an opinion on


    Golden Ammo Can


    What does it mean to the caching community?

    Who owns it (Icarus, the Current Mega Committee or the wider Caching community)?

    Should it be taken to minor events and if so does this de-value its purpose or not?

    If it is taken to minor events to be discovered, what is the point of having it at all or does it just become another discoverable object and not something unique as it was originally?

    Is it and should it stay just a unique feature of the Mega Event and only discovered at such events?


    I think these are such important issues that will be relevant to future Mega committee I thought I would ask these questions before any further actions might be taken.

    I and I'm sure that Mega Wales Committee will look forward with interest how people feel regarding this issue






    I have no idea what it is .. nor have I ever heard of the "Golden Ammo Can" could you enlighten me please Tony :blink:


    M :huh:



    Your question shows one of the best reasons why we (the 2011 Mega Committee) thought that the Golden Ammo Can deserved to be seen more. Since you were at the Scottish Mega and it was logged in there, you may well wonder why you hadn't seen it there. But you are not alone, there are only three 'discovery' logs at that event. The Can was kindly donated to the UK Mega Committee by Icarus and Berrow Cachers at the time of the Weston Mega, but there are only five logs on or about this date … and one of those is one of its donors and another is the representative of the Scottish Committee grabbing it.

    Over more than two years there are only 23 logs and most of the cachers who have held it or discovered it are members of the various incarnations of the UK Mega Committee. It is surely not right that its appearances should be so exclusive. From other comments on this thread, this was never the intention. While its goal is indeed to travel from Mega to Mega, it does not say that it should not stop off at intermediate calling points on the way.

    The Can has already been shown off at at least two other non-Mega events, so our intention to take it to an event in Devizes this weekend is not without precedent. In fact it has been discovered at one non-Mega event more times than at any other event. What is really strange, is that this event was “Meet the Dragons” where, although it was not logged in or out, it was shown off by the then chairman of our committee – none other than the cacher now questioning our proposed course of action. Now I wonder why that is?

    Before deciding to give the Can greater exposure, we thought it wise to consult the original donors, who raised no objection and, because it has been discovered by few people from its home area, the Devizes event seemed a good opportunity to rectify this omission.

    The Can is a Travel Bug and contains memorabilia from all UK Megas to date, including all event geocoins.

  3. It is possible for non-premium members to log PMO caches if you know how..............

    Can someone please tell me the work-around (please PM or email to FollowMeChaps[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk) as previously I've arranged to downgrade my premiums so non-members could log them then revert them after - this will save me this fuss.


    And us, please.

  4. .... snip


    The last three UK MEGA Events have been attended by over 1,200 geocachers and the Welsh Geocaching Community hopes to continue on successes from these previous MEGA Events.



    Just to correct you on the attendee numbers as the only UK Mega Event to have exceeded 1200 was Mega Scotland.


    The 'official' registration numbers (people, not teams) on the days were as follows:


    2008 - The UK's First Mega Event: 928 people


    2009 - The UK's Second Mega Event (Weston-super-Mega): 1044 people


    2010 - Mega Scotland - The UK's 3rd Mega Event: 1301 people


    Thanks for correcting us, hey ho, sorry about that, some of us are better at numbers than others. :yikes:


    However we in Wales are looking forward to as many cachers coming as possible, after all it's not about the numbers is it :huh::laughing:

  5. Hi,

    Cachers come and go, we notice names fade away, then discover they have resurfaced in another guise.


    Glad to see yours is one of them.


    Have fun, get back out and find all the micros that have been placed since you went away.


    Go on you know you want to.


    Hope you make it to Mega Wales next year.

  6. Brecon Beacons caches, lots of lovely caches in the area, some involve a serious amount of exercise.


    Good Series of 7 caches around Llangattock Escarpement near Crickhowell, some homework needed for this one ~ Llangattock Cave Entrances: Hard Rock Cafe by TerminalSump (GC12A1M)


    We have a Series based around Llangorse Lake, visit 5 Churches, ends in Llangorse, pub nearby. Around Llyn Safaddan 1 – Bwlch by Write and Mane (GC1E0HE)


    GC2BA 'The First in Wales' placed by The Gecko's, well worth a visit, if you want an ancient cache.


    If you need any further help send us a message. When are you in Wales?

  7. Added - as is Write and Manes magnificent entry.. all on the Leaderboard here.


    My cache is now hidden, so expect another annoying puzzle very soon!


    Thanks for the compliment.


    When out doing the reccie, we had very evil thoughts :):D


    "You remember the clues you had for Merthyr Marathon Series 1 - 8


    Well you need them NOW" ;):mad:


    Anyway thanks for the challenge.


    We have greater concern about our cache selected as we DO NOT want cachers posting pictures to the web page which could help with cachers finding the location of the cache from pictures.

    The competition requirement is to upload a photo to a specific URL, not the cache page (I don't suppose anyone at Garmin wants to trawl through the galleries of 300+ caches). That in itself could reduce the chances of someone stumbling on a spoiler. In any case, my guess is that the photos which people hope will win them an Oregon will tend to include panoramic views, or extreme close-ups of cows or flowers, rather than cache hiding places.


    That said, you might consider adding a note to your cache page to say "We are pleased that the location of our cache was considered by Garmin UK to be so nice that they made it part of our photo competition; however, if you take part in that, please try to avoid giving away any spoiler information in your photo, and remember that the photos for the competition are not meant to be uploaded here."


    Thanks for that we were just considering adding a note to the cache page mentioning the Garmin Competition :P

  9. Likewise we have a cache 46 miles from us in Aberdeenshire.


    We have greater concern about our cache selected as we DO NOT want cachers posting pictures to the web page which could help with cachers finding the location of the cache from pictures.


    The cache was done by this means once and the offending pictures and the LOG were immediately removed, the cacher had to log the find again.

  10. Just done the weekly shop, never bought one of these before.


    Quite the wrong time of year for this challenge, what with the fresh redcurrants, gooseberries and raspberries to be consumed. Oh forgot to mention the rhubarb. ;)


    We were planning to place a new cache following our fairly recent 1,000 find.


    Got the jar, got the cache location, now, got to work the puzzle?

  11. Disable all your add ons. Then make sure the web page opens OK. Then enable the add ons one by one until it fails and there's the culprit - hopefully!


    Chris (MrB)


    I have just done that and discovered the culprit. :D


    Thanks for all the help.


    This Post could be closed now as I am a happy cacher again. :rolleyes::mad:

  12. Hi!


    Do you use the AVG virus scanner?

    I had the same problem and turning off the AVG toolbar fixed the problem. (The add in for clicking malicious links can stay turned on. :rolleyes:





    Yes I use AVG and have turned off the toolbar but still a problem. Thanks for the suggestion. :mad:


    As said, this is an issue with JavaScript not working. Use IE and you should find the links working fine.


    I assume you're not trying to open the links in a new tab/window or anything silly?


    First off, check JavaScript is enabled:



    I'd have my money on adblock or another addon blocking the JavaScript. Start off by opening Firefox in safe-mode and disabling your add-ons so we can see if they're causing the problems and then get back to us: http://www.universefirefox.com/how-to/fire...e-how-to-use-it


    I do know Jave and JavaScript are different although it is easy to think they are linked due to the similar names.


    Tested IE which I don't use but Write still uses.

    Not trying to open the links in a new window or tab.

    JavaScript is enabled as I'd checked that previously.


    Interestingly having opened Firefox in safe-mode and disabled add-ons BRILLIANT works wonderfully, but I HATE the adverts, didn't realise just how annoying they are as they got blocked ages ago.


    Thanks for the help, how do I discover which add0ons are causing the problem. Very grateful for all the help offered.


    Will check out the link provided by Telkman, to see if I can find anything to help.

  13. Using this page and selecting 'South Wales' in the State/Province box works ok for me. Clicking Next brings up the further pages... Perhaps it's just you? ;)


    Works ok for me too.


    Is Java up to date on your PC?


    Thanks for both replies, I am using Firefox with adblock enabled


    SP that is the link I use


    Could be that Java is not up to date on my PC, I've not made any changes recently and the problem has happened in the last couple of days. Any help would be very welcome. ;)

  14. How infuriating is this...


    I get to Newest caches released in South Wales Area, but unable to look at any other pages.


    The Properties for the second and others pages reads as :-


    java script:__doPostBack('ctl00$ContentBody$pgrBottom$ctl16','')


    Please help as this is a good way of seeing which new caches have been placed.


    The second page is usually more helpful as the First page is mainly Events which are yet to happen

  15. Seems to be back to 'normal' if anything in geocaching is can ever be thought of like that. :anibad::)


    Thanks for all the various comments, whilst I found it interesting to know that Afghanistan has some caches, I would hardly regard them as the nearest to Cardiff!

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