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Thread: Countdown to the Geolympix! 10am Sunday July 22nd 2012

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    Exclamation Countdown to the Geolympix! 10am Sunday July 22nd 2012


    Exactly a year from the posting of this topic - 10am Sunday July 22nd 2012 - the GEOLYMPIX event will open in Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, UK. As the hub event for a Summer Festival of Caching in the area, it's being promoted as an International Celebration of Geocaching. Features include:

    • Convenient central location
    • Historic venue and surroundings
    • Full programme of supporting events including CITO and Camping
    • Caching challenges, competitions and awards
    • GeoKid and GeoDog friendly
    • Sales stands and organisations
    • Geocoins, games, talks, debates and more
    • All profits to charity

    Challenges will include:

    • 26-mile, 5-ring caching route (being set by Lord of the Cachers, no less!)
    • Unique traffic-free cycle series
    • Boating and other Geolympix caches
    • 11 Icons in 11 Hours challenge
    • Complete your D/T Grid locally
    • Win the Cache of Dreams

    The official launch party is being held on July 29th this year - a couple of days before the Welsh Mega, just 1.1 miles down the coast. The Geolympix team will be at both events to explain what we have in store for visitors. It'd be great to see you there and at the GEOLYMPIX itself!

    Much more information at Geolympix.com
    Follow Geolympix on Twitter: @Geolympix



    Geolympix : Be Outstanding in the Field!
    Last edited by Simply Paul; 22nd July 2011 at 02:46 PM.

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    August update: To help us reach a wider international audience - a key intention - we want to add pages of basic information to the Geolympix web site in Welsh, Gaelic, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Catalan, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese (Putonghua/Guoyu/Huayu/Mandarin and Cantonese), Japanese, etc. If anyone can help please email me through my profile or contact the team via the site. We've German, Dutch and Russian covered so far. Still looking for help with the others though. Anyone know any Welsh-speaking forum users who'd be able to help?

    The event has now been offered up for review (we've taken well over 200 pre-registrations already and it's less than a year away) and The Geolympix website is being updated with photos from Mega Wales, links to local caches set in every month since January 2001 - for Caching Calendar fillers - a bit about Mega Piratemania and other news...

    Our main news is there will be an 'international road-show' series of events counting down to the Geolympix. The first is GC30Y6J - Countdown to the Geolympix #11 - Oxford. This is being held in the venue where we first proposed the Geolympix concept to Jeremy Irish. September's event is being planned for Southampton, October will be in Berlin and November's set for New York. The Geolympix is intended to be an international event so needs to be promoted internationally. The good news is the trips aren't being paid for from Geolympix funds; they're being arranged around other travel plans. We intend to cover the length and breadth of the UK so anyone who didn't make it to our launch event or Mega Wales in Swansea last week can still get a freebie and some more information about the programme of events being put together.

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    Bump!

    We're always keen to hear feedback on our plans. The addition of the 'fill your Cache Year/Month Set grid' Geolympix Challenege came from a comment we received. So if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

    A reminder about tonight's event in Oxford too: Countdown to the Geolympix #11 - Oxford, where we'll be talking about some of the new Geolympix features and unveiling details of the first Geolympix side event: GC32000 (not yet reviewed).

    The Geolympix: Be Outstanding in the Field!

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    Latest Update:

    The next Countdown to the Geolympix event will be in Berlin on September the 29th - location TBC. This replaces the Southampton meet due to transport issues for metal bijou. Don't worry, we'll get back to the south coast some other time between October and July next year.

    The Geolympix website has been updated with, amongst other things, news of Geolympix T-shirts, baseball caps, mugs and bags - but most importantly - the lanyards which are due shortly.


    Click for a larger image.

    Ideal for hanging your GPS, PDA, mobile phone or compact camera from your neck to keep it safe but accessible, they'll also help turn the Geolympix Geocoins into unique wearable trackables!

    Width: 20mm. Length: 450mm. Safety break: On the side to avoid 'neck-chaffing'. Connection: 'Mobile-phone' style loop. Construction: Durable Nylon with metal split-ring.

    Prices:
    £1
    each, or
    £10 for 11 (10 to sell on at £1 each plus one for your trouble), or
    £100 for 111 (10 packs of 11 to sell on at £10 each, plus one for your trouble)

    Another exciting development is an early draft of our Geolympix Geocoin design, which was unveiled on the site last night.




    Click for a larger image.

    The final design hasn't been confirmed - for example, the bronze finish may be too dark to use translucent enamel on it - but these should give an idea of the direction we've gone in. The Geolympix Geocoins will be available in a choice of Gold, Silver and Bronze finishes, all with a Geolympix icon and trackable on Geocaching.com. Features include a pre-drilled hole as a part of the design, meaning they can be worn as a 'wearable trackable' (perfect for use with a Geolympix Lanyard) and large, clear tracking number. A high-quality, hefty 6cm diameter coin - with a unique feature around the edge to be announced! Click on an image, above, to see a larger version of it.

    The Geolympix: Be Outstanding in the Field!

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    Anyone know a local cheap hotel?

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    Book ahead with Travelodge for a room around £10-£19. Almost cheaper than you can camp in high season. There's also a Holiday Inn Express and a Premier Inn. We'll be adding links to the site shortly.

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    The Geolympix Lanyards are now in stock! Ideal for hanging your GPS, PDA, mobile phone or compact camera from your neck to keep it safe but accessible, they'll also help turn the Geolympix Geocoins into wearable trackables. Practical, stylish and hard-wearing, they make excellent gifts, swap items (trading value: £1. Trade up or trade even!) and useful additions to any cacher's equipment list.

    Width: 20mm. Length: 450mm. Safety break: On the side to avoid 'neck-chaffing'.
    Connection: 'Mobile-phone' style loop. Construction: Durable Nylon with metal split-ring.

    Updated prices (due to how they arrived packaged):
    £1 each
    , or
    £20 for 21 (20 to sell on at £1 each plus one for your trouble), or
    £100 for 106 (5 packs of 21 to sell on at £20 each, plus one for your trouble)

    In other news, GC33BY1 - Countdown to the Geolympix #10 - Berlin has been approved for Thursday September 29th at Restaurant Scheune, Eichkampstraße 155, 14055 Berlin. See you there?

    CttG9-London will follow in October, being organised by goldpot in Greenwich. CttG8 is still expected to be in New York in November and CttG7 is being set-up by Dorsetgal in Poole for December. Geolympix T-shirts, hats etc will be available at all these events to help fund the Summer Festival of Caching we have planned. All profits to charity.

    Stay tuned for more information! Following us on Twitter - @Geolympix - or visiting the Geolympix website will also keep you informed.

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    GC32G52 - Countdown to the Geolympix #9 - London by goldpot is all set for 2pm-6pm on Saturday October 15th at The Cutty Sark Tavern in Greenwich, very close to the Prime Meridian. There will be freebies!

    In other news, the Geolympix Geocoins have been put up for tender, planning for a GeoDog side event is in progress, a Caching Challenge series is in development and, to save confusion, we're considering renaming the Geolympix challenges (such as 11 Icons In 11 Hours and Fill Your D/T Grid) to Games. Or Adventures. Or..? (Suggestions welcomed!)

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    If you missed the news on the Geolympix website, we're giving away a new eTrex 20 with OS Explorer 25k BirdsEye Select map voucher worth a total of £200 and two Garmin Chirp Geocaching beacons worth £19.99 each at the meet. These additional prizes have been supplied by new Geolympix Sponsor GPS Training.

    Fresh keyrings from Base of Tree have also arrived, so attendees to GC32G52 - Countdown to the Geolympix #9 - London by goldpot can be sure of freebies! It's on from 2pm-6pm on Saturday October 15th at The Cutty Sark Tavern in Greenwich, right on the WGS84 Prime Meridian. Hope to see you there

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    We're delighted to announce Diamond Farm as our primary campsite for the Geolympix. There's a second campsite close-by too, in case Diamond Farm fills up. To avoid a clash with Piratemania there's no dedicated Camping Event planned but there will be an evening meet at a nearby pub next to the canal instead, helping keep the event open to all. More information is being added to Geolympix.com today, so please take a look soon!

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    November Geolympix News!

    Two further Countdown events
    have been listed. Following events in Oxford, Berlin and London, November's will be on the waterfront in Manhattan. GC36ATZ - Countdown to the Geolympix #8 - New York from 7pm on Monday November 28th at the CBC Brewery in NYC.

    After this the events return to the UK with Dorsetgal's GC375V9 - Countdown to the Geolympix #7 - Poole from 11am til 2pm on Saturday December 10th - The Quay, 21 The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ.

    Pre-Registration now stands at over 400 so we'll be approaching Groundspeak about listing the event both earlier than the usual 6 month guideline and as a Mega. Thank you to everyone who's been so supportive. We're really looking forward to welcoming you to the Geolympix, Oxford and to the UK in some cases

    Camping: For those wishing to stay near Oxford for the weekend Geolympix programme, or the full week (Friday-Thursday) under canvas or in a caravan or campervan, we recommend the Diamond Farm Camping & Caravan Park, Islip Road, Bletchingdon, OX5 3DR. Please mention Geocaching or the Geolympix when booking to be put with the caching group. They have power points for both 'vans and tents, plus a bar, heated pool, childrens' play area, on-site shop and games room, etc. There are lots more sites near the Geolympix when Diamond Park gets full. Greenhill Leisure Park is close-by and there's a list of other sites on our website. To avoid Day Visitor Charges and other issues - including clashing with PirateMania V - the planned camping event will be relocated to a large near-by venue, with free access for all.

    Don't forget, the Geolympix Lanyards are selling well, so if you'd like one of the first batch (white on red - future batches will be different) let us know. They're a mere £1 each, or £20 for 21 (20 to sell on at £1 each plus one for your trouble), or £100 for 106 (5 packs of 21 to sell on at £20 each, plus one for your trouble). They're soon to be joined on the Geolympix Shop page by some Solly-Approved(tm) caching tech, including watertight micro containers, Geolympix Torches, hand mirrors and tweezers for those pesky nanos and over-filled micros. A fresh batch of T-shirts is due soon too as the first two have sold out - thanks again to everyone who is helping make the Geolympix a success.

    Geolympix Geocoins: A supplier has been selected and sample coins will be ordered shortly. We've also identified a potential supplier of the Geolympix Puzzle Trading Tokens so will have more news on these soon.

    Please stay tuned for more information! Following us on Twitter - @Geolympix - or visiting the Geolympix website will also keep you informed.

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    NYC for GC36ATZ - Countdown to the Geolympix #8 - New York was great fun, but it's back to Blighty with a bang for Dorsetgal & Geodog's GC375V9 - Countdown to the Geolympix #7 - Poole in Dorset tomorrow. It's on from 11am til 2pm on Saturday December 10th at The Quay, 21 The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ. A lovely spot overlooking the sea. If you're in the area we'd love to see you. Will this be the day we break the magic 500 pre-registations? We'll have Geolympix Keyrings to give away and Lanyards and other goodies for sale. It's almost Christmas. Treat yourself! :socool:

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    Latest Geolympix news:

    GC3B109 - Countdown to the Geolympix #6 - Oxford Mk2
    is back where it all began in September 2010, at the Longwall in Oxford, on January 31st from 7pm. And yes, the parking is free. We'll have lanyards and other Geolympix products, being sold to support this not-for-profit Mega event, plus freebies, Geolympix Geoff (our mascot), info on the event and more. If you're in the area we'd love you to join us.

    The Geolympix Goodies range has expanded, with £10 Geolympix head torches (3w luxion - handpicked by Drsolly himself) joining great 'caching mirrors, handy £2 tweezers, walking poles and small (£2) and large (£3) Bison-tube-type cache containers - these will all be added to the Geolympix web site Shop page by the weekend, along with some other planned products - Coins included!

    Pre-registration stands at over 550 and will end when the Geocaching.com Geolympix cache page goes live on January 22nd - a huge thank you to everyone who showed their support, helped with our planning and gave us extra leverage with Groundspeak. Without knowing there's a lot of enthusiasm for the event we couldn't have gone ahead with it, so it's really appreciated that so many people have offered both their interest and their support.

    Be a Geolympix Champion! With the closing of the pre-reg scheme, we'll be launching a programme for cachers to get the most out of the Geolympix, with ideas of how to help promote the Summer Festival of Caching in Oxford, details of the Cache of Dreams and other prizes, adding to the Geolympix event programme and some exciting news from Groundspeak...

    Further news on the Marathon Caching Series (26 miles, 5 rings, 200 caches?), the D/T Grid caches (1 of every 81 D/T ratings within 10 miles/16Km of the Geolympix) and cycling and boating series will follow soon, along with info on the satellite events we have planned - including the Trad (webcam-flash flash-mob) and CITO, helping make the '11 icons in 11 hours' challenge possible. The camping event (now an off-site gathering), GeoDog and others will also follow between now and Sunday July 22nd, when we hope to welcome you to the beautiful surroundings of Oxford Town Hall for a wonderful day - and week - of geocaching fun! :socool:

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    On behalf of the Geolympix Team I am very proud to announce the publication of GC22T2T - GEOLYMPIX : OXFORD 2012 as well as the first of the satellite events, GC32000 - Geolympix Banbury Cross Webcam-Flash Flash-Mob. With publication of the Geolympix event, the pre-registration programme has closed with a final number of 561 people expressing their intention to attend the meet- a full six months ahead of it! I know the Geolympix Team would like to thank each and every one of you for your enthusiasm and promise to deliver a great series of events, puzzles, caches, prizes, people, competitions, challenges and general caching goodness for you!

    We look forward to welcoming you to Oxford and the Geolympix on Sunday July 22nd 2012 at the Oxford Town Hall.

    If you've already pre-registered, please add your Will Attend log to the cache page too, along with how many people from your caching account are expected to come to the Geolympix. It'll help us keep track of expected numbers. Thank you.

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    Latest Geolympix news:

    GC3CB46 - Countdown to the Geolympix #5 - Bristol
    has been reviewed and approved in double-quick time by Lindinis; thank you. It's on at The Lamb & Flag, Cribbs Causeway, outside of Bristol (easy to get to from all directions thanks to the motorways) on Monday February 27th, from 7pm. Lots of free parking and there's a Harvester on site too. We'll have lanyards and other Geolympix products, being sold to support this not-for-profit Mega event, plus freebies, Geolympix Geoff (our mascot), info on the event and more. If you're in the area or passing through on your way home, it'd be great if you could join us. Details of the roadshow event in Edindburgh on March the 7th will follow.

    The Geolympix Goodies range has expanded, with the addition of Team Hippo's £1 'British Slug Survey card' - A very useful bit of kit for deflecting the curious muggle, based on a drsolly technique and realised in laminated plastic - plus a £8 Geolympix George (Geoff's Australian cousin) plush toy joining the £10 3watt luxion 'Geolympix (head) Torches', lanyards, handy caching mirrors, nano/splinter-friendly £2 tweezers and walking poles, plus small (£2) and large (£3) Bison-tube-type cache containers - these have all be added to the Geolympix website Shop page. A new range of Geolympix T-shirts from £10 has been added too - see the bottom of this post for some images. Since the original design has sold out, a large new order has been placed for these 2nd generation versions.

    The 11in11 Challenge - never before attempted in the UK, as far as we can tell - continues to draw interest with the news that outforthehunt has agreed to bring YOSM (Ye Ole Survey Monuments - an unusual, historic moving Virtual cache) to Oxford for the Geolympix, meaning locals who've cleared out all near-by Virtuals will still be able to get 11 icons in 11 hours. Other Geolympix challenges include completing your D/T Grid in the Oxford area.

    Further news: Sustrans, the National Cycle Network people, have approved a Geolympix cycle series to be set close to Oxford, forming a part of the Challenges associated with the event. These will be kept operational after the event as a part of the Geolympix legacy, hopefully making Oxford a prime target for any cacher looking for a variety of caching experiences, from the 26 mile Marathon series to caches requiring a boat (or punt) along the Thames in Oxford to find them.

    Geolympix Guests of Honour Alan g (the UK's longest serving active cacher), drsolly (the UK's leading cache finder by numbers), Dan & Pid (stars of Inside Out, the BBC TV programme which introduced many to caching, have agreed to come out of retirement to attend), plus fellow Inside Out stars - and T&J Bear specialists! - Tim and June have all said they'll be there. More guests (but not the surprise ones!) to be announced. We're also specifically inviting all Reviewers and Forum Moda to attend. Your public want to meet you! (In a good way )


    Plans for the GeoDog, CITO (7pm, Sunday July 22nd, after the Geolympix. Groundspeak's event Stacking rule has been explained by a very helpful La Lunatica and won't apply), Marathon hub and other events are preceding well and details of these should be announced soon.

    New T-Shirt designs available in S, M, L, XL & XXL sizes (click for a larger image):

    Geolympix Champion t-shirt, with Geolympix Geocoin images.
    Geolympix Champion t-shirt, with QR codes for smartphones.
    Geolympix Keep Calm and Cache On t-shirt (also available in white).
    Geolympix Logo t-shirt (also available in black).
    Geolympix t-shirt with Union Flag/Gold G version of the logo (also available in white).
    Follow the Arrow! t-shirt (also available in black).
    Small original logo t-shirt (also available in white).
    Small flag logo t-shirt (also available in black).
    Small arrow t-shirt (also available in white).
    Outstanding in the Field! t-shirt with Original Geolympix logo (also available with flag logo).

    Full details on the Geolympix website.

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