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Geocaching NSW events

2013 Christmas Event Wrap-Up

The first day of Summer delivered a gloriously clear, warm day for the association's fifth Christmas event.

The venue for this year was Tench Reserve, on the banks of the Nepean River, near Penrith. The location was chosen as being central to the broader membership and we had a fantastic turnout with around 60 attendees from more than 40 teams, travelling from regions as far as Canberra, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains and the greater Sydney region.

As well as being an enjoyable meet-and-greet social event, several special activities were organised.

Blue Mountains cacher, Toriaz, very kindly provided her prized collection of mint tins for some competitions, on the proviso that they didn't become geocaches. The first contest involved tossing mint tins as close as possible to, ironically, an ammo can. Former President, Spindoc Bob, took the early lead but was pipped-at-the-post by his own son. The second was a mint tin crushing contest, specially for junior cachers. They did a fantastic job of turning the tins into scrap metal. President Zalgariath presented prizes to the three winners. As Marcus Vitruvius noted, "The therapy session of the mint tin crushing was something that most of us have dreamed about...but never quite experienced...so nice to cross that off the bucket list."

The day also saw final voting for the association's inaugural Geocache of the Year awards. The winners were the classic, subterranean "Daylight" (GCGVNB), for 2012, and the whimsical "Marlene's Mischief" (GC36EBJ) for 2013. Winners were chosen from the "Geocache of the Month" winners from each year ending at the association's AGM.

December 1 is also the launch date for Geocaching Australia's annual two months of movable cache madness. This year's theme is "Weeping Angels" and to mark the occasion, the association hosted a simultaneous GCA event at the same location. Several of these evil, stony beasts descended on Tench Reserve but were kept in check by the many attendees who discovered them, before they set off on their two months of terror.

All in all, it was top day. Great weather, plenty of activities and great company. Thanks to committee member and events maestro, Calypso62, for all the work to organise the day and special thanks to everyone who attended.

Read the logs for both events at geocaching.com and geocaching.com.au.