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Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th Oct

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Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th Oct

Post by GoldCircle » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:43 pm

http://coord.info/GC4NENJ is in the queue! And we have great plans for the evening of Saturday 19th October 2013 in the bar of the Deerpark Hotel in Howth, Co. Dublin. Put it in your diary now!

GoldCircle, Doug.G, tmst and misteek will all be celebrating their 1000th cache finds in this period of time and are having an *ahem* quiet little get together! :twisted:

More detail to follow later, but we are looking at a trip to Ireland's Eye or possibly Cassana Rock the following day - Sunday 20th.
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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by mac aroni senior » Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:37 pm

What type of madness are you considering?

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Tmsr » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:53 pm

Madness comes naturally for some of the crew but looks like Kevin, Helen & ourselves will have a fairly mad time to reach the required four figures during the designated month!

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Post by GoldCircle » Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:23 pm

Whether you're just over or just under the mark doesn't diminish the achievement of getting that far, does it? Not a bit.

I've just booked myself a room at the Deerpark for €55 single occupancy, including breakfast - exceptional value. I stayed over at the AA milestone event last Feb. and while the hotel is a little dated for sure, it is clean, comfortable, has pretty large rooms, has wifi and the breakfast was excellent. I fully intent to use the pool this time too!
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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Doug.G » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:59 pm

Oh I think madness must include wetsuits... and watercraft of some kind...

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Post by Eclectic Penguin » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:27 am

Booked in at the Deerpark for Saturday night - for less than €50! Not as cheap as camping but for a hotel and spa, these prices are ... madness :)

I'll be driving up from Cork on Saturday morning, booking into the hotel as early as possible and then caching in uncharted terretory (for me) for the rest of the day (unless some other group plan forms to commit some acts of madness).

I'm up for the trip to Ireland's Eye (be it Saturday or Sunday) so I'll keep an eye here for costs etc.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by fitzet » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:39 am

Some pointers for those attending this event.
- if you're staying overnight, or at least 'til after dark, The Twinkly Lights (GC44HEF) should be part of your itinerary. For those who want to push their nighttime navigation skills, record a waypoint for the Deer Park on your GPSr, then find your way back from GZ. Should take about 15 minutes.
- there are, AFAIK, 2 ferry services to Ireland's Eye. Not sure if they'll still be running in October. If you're making your own way over, the 'hike' to the cache is straightforward, but if you're in neoprene, then the difficulty is enhanced. From experience, using the ferry on a day with some swell leads to a lot of sea spray off the bow. A change of clothes should be considered.
- Casana Rock is active again. This presents a number of physical challenges. Getting to the rock, getting on to the rock, scrambling over rough terrain to GZ. The cache container is not concealed; accidental discovery is not an issue ! The spoiler photos and hint should be referenced.
- Saturday October 19 is the last day of the Howth YC Autumn League competition. This means a higher than usual demand for car parking at the inner pier near the clubhouse and the RNLI station.

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Post by GoldCircle » Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:50 pm

Thanks for the insights, Fitzet - much appreciated!
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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by MunsterFan » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:47 pm

Ohh this is just becoming too attractive.... must resist..... should I resist.... Grrr!!!
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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by GoldCircle » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:37 pm

For anyone looking to put a group together for Where Bats Dare (GC1N065), the tide information is here: http://www.hyc.ie/tides/win_tides.asp?s ... -673&y=-70 - low tide is late afternoon, but well before sunset. IIRC, the optimal time to enter the cave is about 1 hour before low.

I also know there is some real interest in Lion's Head (GC1WREN) also, as this is not tide dependent (best as I recall), I'd be suggesting a morning assault for this. As it has two reasonably physical stages with S1 being pretty tough, I'd be budgeting 2.5 hours - it always takes longer than you expect.

I also have it on good authority that there may be a few new caches surfacing on the day in the Howth area. 'nuff said! :wink:
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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by THE_Chris » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:29 am

Sounds like this is shaping up to be one hell of a weekend! With ANOTHER new event published we'll now have a threefer (better than a twofer) on that weekend. Swedes in Bray Sat morning, Multi Millenial Sat evening, and Meet the Danes on Sun evening.

Multi Millenial takes precedence though, of course! There are a hell of a lot of caches to mop up in Howth for me... arrival time depends on Casana/IrelandsEye though. We'll have to see. Can't wait for this one though.

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Post by Eclectic Penguin » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:05 pm

Are there any further plans to sail to Ireland's Eye? I'm definitely in for this one, if it takes place.

I'm hoping to go to the Swedes event in the morning but if the trip to Ireland's eye clashes, the Swedish event will have to be dropped.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by THE_Chris » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:55 pm

I think our main event host is over in Seattle getting the Lilypad for his #1000, so I'm not sure if theres been any progress. I plan to hit the Swedish even too, but like you I'll give that a miss if Irelands Eye or Casana clashes.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by fitzet » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:29 am

Any plan to venture out of Howth Harbour, whether to Ireland's Eye or to Casana Rock, is entirely weather dependent. It is not possible to be certain about the weather 'til closer to the day.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Doug.G » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:32 am

I have asked the same kayaking crowd that took us to Dalkey Island whether they will "do Howth" as well. Awaiting their confirmation. Keep you posted.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Tmsr » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:09 am

Enough on dry land for us!
We'll be using the day to have the kids rack up the final caches needed around the Howth area so might link up with others round those parts too on the Saturday, and love the sound of the night cache that was mentioned as it'll be dark early enough if people are interested...?

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by fitzet » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:14 pm

For anyone interested in tackling The Twinkly Lights, I could transport 6 from the Deer Park to the start point and later help ye find your way back again.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Tmsr » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:41 pm

We'll be interested if others would like to join in? Thanks Fitzet

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by THE_Chris » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:57 pm

I'm up for Twinkly Lights too, possibly on the Saturday night. Missed it last time around.

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Re: Multi-Millennial Milestone Month of Madness - Sat. 19th

Post by Blue Jay » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:22 pm

We're up for Twinkly lights as well. Count us in. :D
We went to Ireland's Eye last year, so won't venture there again.
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