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    Default The history of geocaching

    In a Geocoins thread L8HNB has asked about the history of caching. Rather than hijack that thread I thought it better to start a new thread here.

    This page gives the basics: http://geocaching.gpsgames.org/history/

    But the question asked is wider than just about how it all began... I'm sure information about the first caches in the UK and Ireland, and how it all came into being and developed in its early days over here, would be of interest too...
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    Mmmm, I wondered about that, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss! Thanks for starting a new thread, hope others will pick up the challenge.

    Enjoyed a brief scan through the link and especially the copies (?) of early emails on Kimbo's Geocache Page at the bottom. The game obviously didn't go too smoothly even then.

    So, what about the early UK scene? Some of you guys must remember who did what and where. IMO if a stab was made at listing a few points combined with the excellent "Earliest caches in the UK" bookmark listing that might provide the bare bones for further debate / discussion and hopefully build up a picture of the early days. I suppose pictures could be added to make the whole thing more interesting.

    Anyone else feel the same?

    H

    Link to Old Caches bookmark list by Walk Tall - http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/...0-aeb4a41dda34
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    Quote Originally Posted by L8HNB View Post
    Mmmm, I wondered about that, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss! Thanks for starting a new thread, hope others will pick up the challenge.
    No problem - I just felt it better to start a new thread.

    And sorry, I said in my OP that it was someone else who had asked that question... I've now edited my post to correct that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L8HNB View Post
    Link to Old Caches bookmark (hope it works) - http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/...0-aeb4a41dda34
    Um, no, it's not working - perhaps you'd like to try it again, or give the user name of the cacher who owns that list.

    Edit: Ok, found it now: Old active caches UK and Ireland
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    LOL - made a right cods of that, didn't I?

    Lack of me thinks......

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    We started on 1st September 2001, so I'll make a start on this topic.

    The original caches in each country are interesting: Scotland's First was the first in the UK and is still there / active, Europe's first is in Ireland and has been replaced, England's first was near Surbiton but archived and The First is Wales is still there.

    Micros were unknown in early caching (never mind nanos); real caches were ammo boxes in the woods, supplemented by virtuals, webcams and locationless (a forerunner of waymarking). You can still find virtuals and webcams and therefore get the icons for them; locationless were all archieved. A special cache type/icon was launched for Planet of the Apes marketing, with a small number of huge ammo boxes (13?) hidden around the world. Since these ammo boxes were huge they didn't last. Currently there are two left, one in Washington State, US, and one in the depths of the Brasilian jungle (I kid you not). http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/...4-3a0f8600673d

    Travel Bugs were yet to be invented (never mind geocoins) and Gulliver Bear (from Tim and June) was the first traveller:
    http://www.geocaching-bears.co.uk/gulliver/gulliver.htm

    Tim and June also used to leave bears as signature items in the caches they visited and these became hotly contested find items. Some of these bears were auctioned on ebay in aid of the 2004 Tsunami.

    We were into the numbers in the early days. We were first to find 100 - it was a huge achievement at the time because of low cache density and long distances - along with Slytherin on the same date. We placed more virtuals than anyone else, a webcam cache and the first UK moving cache (one of only two, new ones were banned some time ago). We placed the first WiFi cache (802.11b) and I believe the first ever timed cache using SMS and server response (Race the clock).

    Caching felt very small and cosy in the early days and we agonised over whether it should be marketed and how to grow the numbers carefully. We debated cache density - what density was too high - again this seems ridiculous now given today's cache density.

    Then we became concerned about the implications of growth and cache density on permissions. GAGB was born.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombles View Post
    Tim and June also used to leave bears as signature items in the caches they visited and these became hotly contested find items. .

    They still do! They're up to mark 7 now!!!!

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    I enjoyed Dave Womble's post: I can't contribute to the 'history' part of this Topic because although our account was created in 2001 we only started Geocaching actively in 2004. Our first find was "The First in Wales" which is on The Blorenge, about 40 mins drive from our home.

    I followed the link to the Project Ape caches and had a read of the one still active near Sao Paolo... Wouldn't that be a great location for one of Simply Paul's "extreme caching" Events?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombles View Post
    We were first to find 100 - it was a huge achievement at the time because of low cache density and long distances - along with Slytherin on the same date.
    I've started to do a simple time line list based on the first caches (5 digit) from Walk Talls list and would like to include things like your first 100 UK finds etc - please let me know what cache it was at, if you can remember, and I'll include it.

    Hopefully, if I can get enough info to make it worthwhile I'll post it onto here for further additions. I'm really looking at 2001 and before to start with.

    If anyone else has a very early UK milestone, first 200, first UK owned geocoin released etc, please let me know and I'll try and build it in. Is there a list of mods/reviewers I could add?

    Thanks, H
    Last edited by L8HNB; 18th October 2008 at 01:34 PM. Reason: Thought of a bit more.....

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    The original Reviewers were called Approvers and were also Forum Moderators

    Richard & Beth (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Tim & June (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Moss Trooper (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Next we have Reviewers-Forum Moderators

    Reviewer Name--------Member User Name
    Eckington (Retired) aka dodgydaved

    lactodorum (Retired) aka The Hornet

    Deceangi aka Mancunian Pyrocacher

    Then we have Just Reviewers

    Reviewer Name--Member User Name
    Alba15 aka (Mrs) geoki

    Graculus aka (Mr) Blorenges

    Croaghan aka Dino-irl Ireland Reviewer



    And last but not least we have the UK Forum Moderator

    Moderator Name---Member User Name

    mandarin aka (Mrs) Blorenges

    That covers everyone

    Dave-Deci :cheers:
    My post is my personal opinion and as such you do not have my permission to quote me outside of these forums!

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    Our 100th was on 28th March 2002 at GC3F14, "Of all the trees that are in the wood... ".

    I think Scotland's First is unique amongst UK active caches in being the only one with a four digit waypoint "GCF0". Europe's First, GC43, is in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8HNB View Post
    snip.....
    If anyone else has a very early UK milestone, first 200, first UK owned geocoin released etc, please let me know and I'll try and build it in. ..... snip
    You may find some useful Geocaching Stats and Records here

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobbynobbs View Post
    They still do! They're up to mark 7 now!!!!
    What if you don't like bears? I mean what if something were to strangely happen to on of the bears..... ah perish the thought

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mancunian View Post
    The original Reviewers were called Approvers and were also Forum Moderators

    Richard & Beth (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Tim & June (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Moss Trooper (Retired, Member user name as well) GAGB Founder Member

    Next we have Reviewers-Forum Moderators

    Reviewer Name--------Member User Name
    Eckington (Retired) aka dodgydaved

    lactodorum (Retired) aka The Hornet

    Deceangi aka Mancunian Pyrocacher

    Then we have Just Reviewers

    Reviewer Name--Member User Name
    Alba15 aka (Mrs) geoki

    Graculus aka (Mr) Blorenges

    Croaghan aka Dino-irl Ireland Reviewer



    And last but not least we have the UK Forum Moderator

    Moderator Name---Member User Name
    mandarin aka (Mrs) Blorenges

    That covers everyone

    Dave-Deci :cheers:
    Thanks Dave :socool:

    Because I'm trying to list the info in calendar order your info raises a couple of questions:

    Were the first three, Richard and Beth, Tim and June & Moss Trooper official GC.com reps?D

    Do you know when they started/finished?

    Same applies to the others, do you have any dates?

    Later ones I can look back on the forum for if you don't.

    Cheers, H

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wombles View Post
    Our 100th was on 28th March 2002 at GC3F14, "Of all the trees that are in the wood... ".

    I think Scotland's First is unique amongst UK active caches in being the only one with a four digit waypoint "GCF0". Europe's First, GC43, is in Ireland.
    Thanks for that, its in the list!

    I have 3 4 digit cache codes, GC43, GC4E & GCF0. GC4E was the 1st English one, still working on the first NI one. GC43 included for reference as I intend to include Eire and the Channel Isles eventually.

    Thats the only sad part of this, all those archived caches!

    H
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