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Re: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Texas Challenge 2014

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  • GrnBeret2B
    Wait, what? Where did the 1000 traipsing through the woods come from? The highest logged attendance for a Challenge has been 502 (last year) and I seem to
    Message 1 of 32 , Jan 15, 2013
    Wait, what?  Where did the 1000 traipsing through the woods come from?  The highest logged attendance for a Challenge has been 502 (last year) and I seem to remember Groundspeak dragging their feet making it mega because everyone was so unsure it was going to break 500.  FBG (2011) only had 300.  Of logged attendance, a good percentage of the attendees don't participate in the challenge - I know I didn't last year.

    I doubt 2013 will break 500 attendees.  Burn me at the stake, whatever.  HQ is at one of the most inane locations on the island unless they plan on asking for the ferry crossing to be shut down when they start the challenge, plus the mid-April date.  The only 2 challenges to have "dips" in attendance compared to previous challenges were 2008 (the only challenge since 2007 to not have been held the first weekend of Spring Break) and 2010 (San Angelo - I'm pretty sure people were just intimidated by it's location).

    Anyway, looking forward to 2014.  I made a spreadsheet a few months ago with some state park info on it, I'll go ahead and attach that.  Go hog wild with it, I was just bored at work one day.  I definitely think private parks are the way to go though.  Just remember that there has to be adequate lodging for the attendees (this is where the 1k could come into play, it's a good starting point for estimations of people that will be coming into the area, but I'd still argue that it's WAY high).  If we're insistent on State Parks - the biggest are Bastrop/Beuscher, Colorado Bend (remote!), Pedernales Falls, Lake Somerville (Nails and Birch - I can see SETX as saying this is in "their region" though - The Brazos Valley Geocachers I think are kind of split between SETX and CTX), and South Llano River (may be far enough out to be WTX).


    On Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM, gumbietygress@... <gumbietygress@...> wrote:

    Just a reminder (echoing kooskoos' reminder)... The Texas Challenge involves in excess of 500, and these days up to and exceeding 1000 (yes, one thousand) people stampeding through the woods/wherever hot with FTF fever. Trail? What Trail?
    So, when you're thinking of places, remember the SIZE of the invitational.
    Don't know that Krause Springs, for example, lovely as it is, is up to those numbers.
    Also, more and more folks don't camp but hotel it, so vicinity to lodging and food is important.
    Not to diss any brainstorming -- absolutely not -- but the parameters of scale are important to bear in mind, and why this is such a tricky thing.
    Bastrop MIGHT be fine with it (if we don't have another horrific drought/fire season, and who can predict that) ... and it's fair to keep them on the query list.
    And, as Kevin also said, it's not too soon to start the queries.
    No, that is NOT volunteering.

    ---------- Original Message ----------
    From: "austin_joe1" <19joe84@...>
    To: CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [CentralTexasGeocachers] Re: Texas Challenge 2014
    Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:48:50 -0000

    I am new to the group and geocaching in general but I would like to help if you would like me too. I am a Professional Photographer so if those services are needed, just let me know. I can also help hiding, planning or whatever.

    Have you thought about Krause Springs? Not too busy, close to Austin (30 miles away in Spicewood) and its privately owned with not as many visitors. Over 100 acres in size with primitive and RV camping. It is a very cool spot, no one has mentioned it so thought I would throw it out there.

    My geocaching handle is Austin Joe

    - Joe Doetsch

    --- In CentralTexasGeocachers@yahoogroups.com, Rachele DiTullio  wrote:
    > I'm willing to help; as this year will be my first time attending the Texas
    > Challenge, I am not sure how best I CAN help though :)
    > My suggestion is a state park like Bastrop (really pretty even with the
    > burned trees), Buescher, McKinney Falls, Pedernales or Enchanted Rock.  All
    > of these are within reasonable distance to lodging for those who don't want
    > to camp and have camping facilities. Additionally, they are all close
    > enough to drive to and from for Austin-area folks who don't want to have to
    > camp or stay in a hotel. TPWD is really into geocaching so they might be
    > cool about working with us.
    > -Rachele (strontium87)


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  • Dave Marquardt
    Thanks! On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Kevin (KoosKoos)
    Message 32 of 32 , Jul 28, 2013

      On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Kevin (KoosKoos) <centexgeocaching@...> wrote:

      I don't see it coming up in any searches either, but you can go straight to it:

      BTW, all of the messages are public.  I'm not a member, but can read everything going on.  You might want to change that if you're going to discuss anything you don't want the masses seeing until you release information.


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