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GAG28 - It's a Pundemic!!
« on: September 14, 2020, 22:54:36 »
Presenting; GAG28 - It's a Pundemic!!

"In the early days of geocaching having a cache to find was a more common problem than you’d think in today’s ‘cache saturated’ environment. There are thousands of caches in the Ottawa/Gatineau region now, but back in 2002 they were rare gems that everyone could find fairly quickly. Then Tick & Nammie had an idea, an event where cachers would place caches for others to find, followed by a social gathering. The first Go and Get Em!!!!!!!! (GC35E3) happened in February of 2002 and was attended by Cliffy, Tick & Nammie, Binthair, 300Mag, pepperway, Sparhawk, markus and steve & gang.

That format of collaboration, placing caches for publication as a group and enjoying the social hunt and event to follow continued with Tick & Nammie hosting GAG events twice a year. The numbers of people participating became more and more difficult to manage as most restaurants and pubs can’t deal with over two hundred people showing up for a sit down meal so after Go and Get Em 10!!! (GC11RNC) Tick & Nammie decided to stop hosting these semi-annual bouts of caching madness…

But some were not content to let the tradition go and GAG11 – Go and Get'em 11 by Canada's Capital Cachers GAG Committee (GC15RBJ) was published in October 2007. The venue was plenty big this time, but the cost of attending and the logistics and labour of running so big an event made us re-think the idea of a catered event. Subsequent events have simplified things by renting a large venue but keeping the food an individual ‘bring your own’ choice. The events were also scheduled for just once a year.

While populating the region with new caches is no longer the primary goal of the GAG events it is still the tradition that everyone hides a “GAG” cache for the frenzy of searching that takes place from 6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday. The Event page can no longer describe this tradition, the guidelines now discourage this practice, but eight years of local history isn’t discarded without some resistance! This year's GAG Event was going to be published as a "Community Celebration Event" with the special icon that provides, but no events are being published in Ontario this fall....."
NON-Event Guidelines:

Everyone who wishes to participate in this event should head out to find as many GAG28 caches as they can from 6:00 p.m., Friday October 2nd until 6:00 p.m. Saturday October 3rd. Don't get caught starting before 6:00 p.m. or you will be the victim of much taunting and ridicule!

At 6:00 p.m. on the 3rd after a LONG day of caching, we will NOT be meeting as a large group in the year of Covid-19. Smaller groups of cohorted cachers may make plans of their own for their celebration.

If you want to contribute by creating a cache (that is totally optional and up to you, keep in mind that all the usual cache listing guidelines apply and that you will have to maintain the cache afterwards, it is not just for the duration of the event), between now and October 2nd, hide a cache in the Ottawa area. Please don't wait until the last minute; give the reviewers plenty of time to post all caches and our volunteers time to create a bookmark list. If you plan on placing a large number of caches for the event, submit the cache pages for all of the caches at least ten days in advance of the release date. Leave a "note to reviewer" indicating that the cache is to be released on Wednesday September 30th. All caches placed for the event will be published no earlier than Wednesday afternoon, and no later than Friday afternoon October 2nd, so you can plan your routes and solve any puzzles.

You should state on your cache page that "This cache has been placed for the GAG28 event and is intended to be found on or after 6:00 PM on the 2nd of October 2020". With the guideline changes in regards to ALRs (additional logging requirements) we cannot indicate that a log for caches found before 6:00 p.m. will be deleted, but you can be creative with your comments to strike fear into the early finders. EG: "Anyone caught logging this cache early will be deemed 'PUNishable', and ridiculed." Have fun with it.

Please help with cache identification by prefacing your cache name with GAG28, i.e. "GAG28 - No Pun In Ten Did"
No space between GAG and 28.

When submitting your cache, leave a reviewer note asking them to place the cache in the HOLD FOR GAG28 PUBLICATION file for publication en masse with the other GAG28 caches on Wednesday September 30th.

You may want to consider hiding just one cache to keep the work down for the reviewers. Also, if you're placing a multi-cache and/or puzzle, be sure to use the "additional waypoints" feature on the cache creation page to allow reviewers quicker access to determining boundary limitations. The quicker they can get their job done, the more likely your cache will get published in time for the event. Note that most people want to find many caches during a GAG event, so multi-caches and/or puzzles that take several hours to solve are not usually very popular. If you're planning a long multi make it explicit in the cache description. Also, has added several new attribute icons for caches. Please make good use of the attributes on your cache page to help everyone during the hunt. Use the appropriate attributes (winter-friendly or not, how long a hike, etc). In particular, caches with terrain 1 should have the "wheelchair accessible" attribute.

Remember to follow all Social Distancing advisories; wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distancing.

Have any ideas to add to this event? Looking to volunteer some time to help? Have event related questions?

Please send us an email through the "Canada's Capital Cachers GAG Committee" profile page at and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Presenting; GAG28 - It's a Pundemic!!
« Last Edit: September 12, 2021, 15:07:16 by bluelamb03 »

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