1013 attendees made this one of the biggest GeoBashes yet! Not all of them made the Friday night Flash Mob or the bonfire “Meet and Greet,” but those events still had record attendance despite temperatures that had folks bundled up in heavy coats and gloves. The bonfire was very welcome indeed. The Allegheny Rangers had special Pathtags made which made great door prizes.
A brief shower of rain Saturday afternoon did not dampen the spirits of eager GeoBashers. In addition to record attendance, Saturday’s event included a number of exciting innovative caches. There was an example of a UV cache, and ASPGB GeoArt that consisted of a group of caches on a “power trail” that was shaped like the Gx symbol for geocaching. With the increasing popularity of pathtags, ASPGB IX designed a special set of five trader pathtags that depict popular features of ASP, and set out lab caches at each of these spots. Lab caches are a new idea from Groundspeak for making temporary caches that count as “finds,” and ASPGB was one of the test events for them. Participants enjoyed swapping pathtags to acquire all five designs, as well as hunting down those five caches. The ASPGB committee is planning on five more pathtags next year to make a total set of ten to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ASPGB. Of course, they also issued the annual geocoin made by GxProxy, featuring a Spotted Salamander. Once again the winning mascot design was submitted by Articus Bates.
As this year’s Lackey from Groundspeak, we were pleased to welcome back Amy (theworldisfun). She was joined by the Groundspeak mascot Signal the Frog, who was a big hit with young and old. Groundspeak also provided the GIFF -Geocaching International Film Festival. A special honor was ASPGB being chosen as one of the last events to host the display of the famous Original Can of Beans, which was hidden in the very first geocache. As if all this wasn’t enough, we were entertained by a radio-controlled flying camera drone during the group photo shoot, and Yogi the Clown who wandered the area delighting the kids. Once again, Hot Diggity Dog provided food. Everyone enjoyed games like the Ammo Can Toss, and the Chinese auction and raffles were a big success thanks to an array of wonderful prizes donated by our sponsors. The vendors’ tent offered a tempting selection of goodies ranging from clothing to electronics, and anything else needed (or wanted) by the well-equipped geocacher.
This year’s geocoin expo was expanded to include the ever-increasing interest in pathtags. Also very popular this year was the Creative Cache Contest. Instructional seminars included “Reviewer Q&A” put on by reviewers Mr Ollivander and OReviewer. Their presentation was very informative and we hope to offer it again. An “Introduction to Trackables” seminar was presented by drneal, and there were also presentations on safety in the woods, and some of the unique natural features found in ASP. At dusk, eager night cachers got the secret coords for the nocturnal geocaching adventures that ASPGB is known for.
Sunday, as usual, cachers enjoyed the Pancake breakfast, followed by a CITO event hosted by DevinC, cleaning the areas used by over a thousand enthusiastic geocachers. Thanks to those who participated, for making geocachers welcome guests once again to Allegany State Park.
ASPGB IX ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE
Chairman – Bullseyeshooter
Treasurer – Brownout
Park Liaison – Mon@rch
Store – DevinC and The Allegheny Rangers
Webmaster – PaRacerKim
Donations/Raffles – Heartzap
Welcome Center – DrWatson88
Activities – Stepping Stones