TEXAS CHALLENGE 2016

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SETX will be hosting the TEXAS CHALLENGE in 2016. I would like to start discussions on where, what, who and all that. I know that the previous hosts are compiling a detailed book with hints and such. I would like to have it fashioned like GW where it is already to go "live" as soon as it is announced. TXGA has a new system for ordering (the Lone Star Roundup is the first time using it) and I hope that it will prevent alot of the problems from the past.

 

I know I said I would be hosting an event to compile a list of works and not-so works with challenge, I will do so soon.

 

I AM NOT RAISING MY HAND AT THIS TIME TO DO ANYTHING BUT START THE DISCUSSION GOING. This is also not for SETX TEAM participations but the HOSTING of the event.

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Interesting that I see you posted this some time ago and there has been no posts.  Guess I will start by saying it is a long time between now and then but I would be happy to help.  I have organized and helped organize a few events in my volunteer world but don't want to say to what extent I will do what until I know more.

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Any thoughts about putting it in George Bush Park?  Would give some of the locals a real home court advantage.

 

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Where would the challenge be located in GBP?  There is not a good place for that.  We could however easily have it in Jones State Forest.  Its large enough and has two sides to make it interesting and could add some great urban hides not far from there.  Only problem would be parking but I could get it opened up for that.  If it rains we could move HQ to there classroom buildings.

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GBP has 3 large pavilions and a parking lot to hold several hundred cars.  The pavilions are reserved through Harris County Precinct 3.

There are water and electricity available.

 

http://www.pct3.hctx.net/parks/georgebush.aspx?Pavilions

 

Seating capacity is over 500 people.  There is a playground for the kids and a public restroom.

That would be a great place for the challenge.  

Over 7000 acres of thorns, mossies, gators, snakes, and a few trails thrown in for good measure.

 

We could probably retrofit the TEXAS series to contain the punches for the scorecards.  Whomever makes it back unscratched would be considered a cheater..... I'm just sayin'

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Thanks Stan then i think it would be dang near perfect and make them do the TEXAS series or smiley face after it has rained for a week.

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What would be awesome is to archive every cache in GBP, section it off in 528 feet grids and assign a section to as many people as were willing to maintain them and saturate that place.  It could possibly be the biggest area of caches in the world.  Of course, it would take a monstrous group effort to even archive them all.

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You're thinking outside the box again, Bert. Actually, the box is way the heck over there.

Thought about you today, Commando Bert, when I read a quote from an old Scottish gentleman who said that kilts were the best invention ever for procreating and for diarrhea. He was talking about soldiers so he may have worded it a bit differently

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What would be awesome is to archive every cache in GBP, section it off in 528 feet grids and assign a section to as many people as were willing to maintain them and saturate that place.  It could possibly be the biggest area of caches in the world.  Of course, it would take a monstrous group effort to even archive them all.

I see a price increase coming on Berty Tubes!

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So, were the Berty Tubes greeted with enthusiasm at Octoberfest?

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Oh yeah, but I did get approached by one person not familiar with them, and of course theirs was one of the bags without caps. The first question was "How is this waterproof?", After I quit laughing, I had to explain and tell him what caps would fit them. It just amazes me that a newbie cacher who has never before attended an event would ask about the caps that way.

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I'm planning another LTB (Like-to-Bike) series over my way, and all the hides will be Berty tubes. I'm thinking of calling it "LTB XX - Berty Tube Trials" with "XX" being the cache number. I've gotta plot it via Google Earth, but I'm thinking I can get easily get 10 in the spot I'm eyeballing. It's time BB got more press on the Berty tubes...although I anticipate being asked what Berty tubes are and where they come from. :D

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As a matter fact, yes they were. We didn't look into our gift bags till after returning home and were real happy with the contents. Now we have a use for those plastic tops we have been saving. The Dragon company had some really neat things in the bag too.
Another event well done.

 

So, were the Berty Tubes greeted with enthusiasm at Octoberfest?

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Anyone planning a P&G hike & Bike series needs to let me know and I'll get the Berty Tubes to you.

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Me and Rick are working on a P&G series.  26 out right now.  Think they will all be 1.5/1.5 caches.  But if your most of the cachers I know we will have to list them as 5/5's.  What a shame.  Something about if Gators are every 10 feet and a water moccasin every other 10 feet they think you should rate it higher.

 

 

sorry GSGuru  Didn't mean to high jack.   

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Anyone planning a P&G hike & Bike series needs to let me know and I'll get the Berty Tubes to you.

 

That is exactly what mine will be. And I have continued to collect caps even though I've outfitted all my Berty tubes, so if anyone needs caps, just let me know.

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How did this go soo far off topic.. heehee

I really like GBP. I also like Jones Park. I wanted to have the website and detail set in stone at the end of the 2015 Texas Challenge so people can start planning and scheming.

I also want to do a "amazing race" type of thing for those not wanting to get bombarded in the challenge itself.

I know it may be a long way off but any large event takes about 2 years in planning and I want it to be SPECTACULAR!

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Are there enough hotels nearby those locations to accommodate the large number of travelers we would expect to have?  The only issue I see with any of those locations is that there is not camping options.  Of course, the Port Aransas Challenge showed that people will still come.  Lake Houston Wilderness Park I think could be an option.  They have a group dining hall and there has been times the entire park has been reserved for private events - we could probably do the same.  There are cabins and lots of camping spots.

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Lake Houston Wilderness Park = Awesome place.

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Are there enough hotels nearby Lake Houston Wilderness park to accommodate the large number of travelers we would expect to have?  Would one stay in New Caney, or Huffman?

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Are there enough hotels nearby those locations to accommodate the large number of travelers we would expect to have?  The only issue I see with any of those locations is that there is not camping options.  Of course, the Port Aransas Challenge showed that people will still come.  Lake Houston Wilderness Park I think could be an option.  They have a group dining hall and there has been times the entire park has been reserved for private events - we could probably do the same.  There are cabins and lots of camping spots.

Do you mean hotels nearby GBP?  There's lots of hotels in the Katy area.  As far as camping goes, Stephen F. Austin State Park north of Sealy is about a 40 minute drive to GBP, with lots of places to stop for breakfast on the way.  I'm not sure if that's considered too far though.  I drive further than that every day!

 

I think being on the west side off of I-10 would be more convenient for most of the travelers coming from different parts of the state.  Lake Houston might be more convenient for people from Dallas but adds an extra hour for everyone else.

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Would one stay in New Caney, or Huffman?

This one would not, the excitement would be too much for me. Close to retirement guys have to slow down a bit, Larry, don't let the bright lights of Huffman or Crosby bedazzle you.

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