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#61 cachestacker

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 08:58 AM

OK.  So state parks are cool, and I like to support them, too, but they may be too restricitve and/or not as accommodating for the masses.  What are our 'boundaries'?  I know we can go farther out than BBSP or Huntsville SP, but it makes it more comlplicated for the hide teams and scouting out areas if it's not relatively close by. 

 

How about coming up with a list of possible target locations (areas that have some level of city life with things to do / see / stay) in which people were interested in having the Challenge.  Then everyone could come up with specific ideas for GZ locations and/or hide areas around the target location. 

 

Then we can have several sets of ideas to compare.  So if someone was interested in the College Station area, maybe, then ideas could come in around that that would work for both a HQ area and hide areas that would (or would not) work.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:41 AM

What about baytown nature center?

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:44 AM

The BBSP Challenge was a BLAST with all the water.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:44 AM

Eh. Maybe I didn't think that one through enough. Probably not enough room. I do like the Galveston state park idea

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

My ideas is to have the "challenge" part of it be for the heavy hitters. Also have another event going on at the same time for the casual/newbie cachers similar to an urban race type this where people are in groups of 3-4 and are competing against other groups (not regions). Or have the urban race participants scores count in the final tally....

All of these are works in progress. I do want to split the competition into at least 2 activities.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:42 PM

 

What about baytown nature center?


I don't think so. For one thing, they charge admission. There's no covered pavilion big enough to host the thing and not enough parking for 50 people, much less 500. It's a Nature Center and while they're happy with the geocaches currently in there, I don't think they want 500 people tearing through the flora looking for hides. IMHO.
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Posted 28 March 2014 - 05:09 PM

How Baytown Larry's Center Nature House?

We'll just park along the street...


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 07:00 PM

what?

 

I still vote Lake Houston Wilderness Park.  Granted it is in New Caney, but you can rent out the whole park, and by then the Grand Texas theme park with its several venues should be open - targeted to open end of 2015.  


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 08:22 PM

what?

 

I still vote Lake Houston Wilderness Park.  Granted it is in New Caney, but you can rent out the whole park, and by then the Grand Texas theme park with its several venues should be open - targeted to open end of 2015.  

That might be a good place.  Do they have any kind of pavilion there? 


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 09:34 PM

There is a group dining hall. I am not sure if 500 people could be inside it at once, tho. But then again, capacity at them lodge at Huntsville was only 200...but when you include outside space....
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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:39 PM

I think I may head out there tomorrow to take a look around. I want to have a good solid venue (or venues) to choose from and them move forward.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

Diane, you are a real asset to this group and I mean that sincerely.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 09:44 PM

Just sayin' I like the lake Houston wilderness park idea!

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:36 PM

OK. Here's my thoughts about LHWP

I spoke with one of the park managers and he said this would be a fantastic park to hold this event and I would have to agree. With that being said...

CHALLENGE - 

Limited to X number/team

Only have it bike/foot and no car

ONLY have it in LHWP

Can do a kayak section as well as "long hike in the woods" section

tape off a section in the picnic area near the dining hall (a couple of weeks ago an organizer did this for their 50K race. This we where the runners started)

 

URBAN RACE - (newbies/casual/urban)

Work in progress. I really like the Fredrickburg no team aspect of urban caching. I am looking into an app that is SIMILAR to whereigo-ish.

 

Someone said they had an idea on better scoring?? Please expand.

 

The manager said something about having the parking placards available at "packet pick up" and already have them paid for. They would be in each individual packet. Not sure how that would work but can be detailed at a later date.

 

Your thoughts?


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:42 AM

Does the TXGA have any say-so on the form of the competition for the Texas Challenge, or does the host team have carte blanche to set it up however they want?

In Fredericksburg, they had a 4-hour timed competition at Enchanted Rock for 2-4 person teams. The host team loaded all the GPSr's! Competing categories were broken down by sex and average age, that is, there was an under 20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, etc, male, female and co-ed groups. Winners were declared in each and the winning team members each won a geocoin. Also, turning in your scorecards after the deadline only resulted in a percentage deduction. It was something like a 10% deduction for 0-10 minutes late, 20% for 10-20 minutes late and DQ'd for over 20 minutes. There was only one turn-in point though. I don't remember hearing any complaints about cheating or unfair play, but I can be kind of ignorant about that stuff sometimes. Our team "More Cowbell" consisting of myself, ggmorton, skyrookie and Specialis Revelio (aka "Special Ravioli") won our coed age group.

Casual caching with "real" geocaches scattered all over Gillespie county was available for those that didn't care for the competitive part. There were ink stamps in each the casual cache that you would use to stamp a "passport". You turned the passport in at the event HQ to be in a raffle for some cool prizes. I tried to do both, but the competition took too much time away from the casual part and I wasn't able to get my passport turned in in time. Que sera, sera. Many of the casual caches are still there and take you to some neat historic spots in the area.
 


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 09:02 AM

I personally am not in favor of GBP. I would go for some small towns in the area. They appreciate us being there. After all we spend our money in those towns. Houston would probably not even know we exist. 

I agree with BB, the reps from Brenham were very enthusiastic about us considering them.

Just my two cents worth.


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#77 Mr Muddy Buddy

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:11 AM

 

I agree with BB, the reps from Brenham were very enthusiastic about us considering them.

 

 

Brenham would also be a good location.  Lots of parks and open spaces.  

If the playing field needs to enlarge, then you have several opportunities in surrounding towns.  Lake Somerville, and Washington-on-the-Brazos SP are also nearby to spread out the competition.  


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:43 AM

Brenham = Blue Bell


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 11:46 AM

I like the Brenham idea too. What a beautiful time of year to be in that area... and yes, BLUE BELL! O0


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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:09 PM

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