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Geocaching NSW events

15 Years of Aussie Geocaching

On May 17th 2015 Geocaching NSW held the biggest event in our history. With 95 teams and close to 150 people in attendance over the day "Let's Party - Come Celebrate Australia's First" (GC5Q189) broke all records as cachers from far and wide descended on Lane Cove National Park to sing happy 15th birthday to Australia's first geocache GC3E - Lane Cove... albeit one day early.

Many local, interstate and even a couple of internationals came on what turned out to be a glorious day by foot, car and canoe to the Commandment Rock Picnic area. We celebrated some milestones, including Sol de Lunes 20,000th cache find and 100th event, ate cake and played croquet. It was a great honour to have Paul Edwards, hider of the original cache present to tell the first hand story of how the cache came to be just a few days after the original stash was hidden in America and of how it was lost when the rangers had to remove it to protect some endangered plants at GZ. What Paul and the others present didn’t know was the GCNSW committee had some tantalising (if somewhat anticlimactic) news. The original cache has been found!

So it turns out that the ranger who removed the container back in 2001 has recently retired and moved up the north coast of NSW. It also happened that he decided to visit Middle Brother the other month completely coincidentally on the day GCNSW hosted their Invasion Event up there. He recognised the banner and walked over the Calypso62 for a chat whereby we learnt of the possible existence of the bucket, complete with all the contents, hidden somewhere in his garage. Sadly, after many attempts and due to a serious illness in the rangers family, we are yet to lay hands on the box... but we will continue to persevere until we are able to arrange something. 

--- A good number of the attendees present for the official photo!

With the formalities out of the way it was back to socialising and logging that all important first Oz Cache with the CO for those who hadn’t yet done so. Massive thanks to Calypso62 and the other committee members for organising the day and to all who were able to attend, especially Paul and those who travelled many miles to be there. We'll see you in 5 years’ time for the 20th!  

--- The Original Hide back in May 2000! - It is now a virtual.            

--- Marcus Vitruvius (VP GCNSW), Paul Edwards (CO Original Hide) and Zal (Pres. GCNSW)