24 hours geocaching in York

Welcome to Old York: 24 Hours in the Walled City

We spent 24 hours in York last weekend, taking in the sights and, of course, using the local geocaches as our guide to see the highlights! The city is very picturesque and brimming with almost two thousand years of history. We could have spent a week there and not seen everything, but here’s what we managed to fit in.

York City Walls

York has 3.4 kilometres of intact city walls, more than any other city in England. The walls have been there in one form or another since Roman times but most of the stonework you can see now is from the 13th and 14th centuries.

24 hours geocaching in York

The walls are a very popular tourist attraction so it’s best to get there early to avoid the huge crowds and to get the best photo ops! If you walk the entire walls in one go, it will take approximately 2 hours – if you want to find the 8 caches in the York City Walls Trail, add more time – a lot more if you go at peak times and have to engage stealth mode at every GZ! We didn’t do the walk in its entirety as we hadn’t much time to take in all we wanted to do. Even if you’re pushed for time, it’s worth climbing the stairs up to the top of the wall in a few spots if you can.

24 hours geocaching in York

24 hours geocaching in York

24 hours geocaching in York

Geocaches: 

York City Walls Trail #1, GC23VTC [First geocache of 8 cache trail as reference]

York Minster

The minster (cathedral) in York dates to medieval times and is absolutely huge – the nave is the size of a football pitch and can hold 2,000 people! The church micro multi takes you all around the perimeter of the building, so you can really appreciate its immense scale.

24 hours geocaching in York

While you’re walking around, stop off and do the nearby EarthCache – a Roman Column estimated to date from around AD 100, which was unearthed during excavations underneath the minster in 1969.

24 hours geocaching in York

Just opposite the column is the statue of Constantine, the first Christian Roman emperor, who was proclaimed emperor in AD 306 in York, following the death of his father Constantius.

24 hours geocaching in York

If you want to see inside the minster – and you should because it’s stunning – you can pay admission charges (starting from £10 per adult), or you can do as we did and attend one of the services.

24 hours geocaching in York

Evensong is a tradition in the Anglican church, whereby prayers, psalms and canticles are sung. It is well worth experiencing evensong at York Minster – the choir are very impressive. The service lasts for 40 minutes but it’s a good idea to get there early, not only to get a good seat (it can be quite packed) but also, to take your time finding your seat and taking in the spectacular surroundings of the cathedral – make the most of the fact you got in for free! Just tell the attendant at the entrance that you are attending the service and in you go, free of charge, with the added bonus of hearing an amazing choir.

24 hours geocaching in York

Geocaches: 

Church Micro 6000…York Minster, GC56Q8F

The Roman Column I – The VI Legion Fortress, GC6K18J

York Museum Gardens

Housing the Yorkshire Museum, the York Museum Gardens are also home to the imposing medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. We happened across an owl and birds of prey display when we entered the gardens and had the opportunity to hold some magnificent owls (for a small fee), which was an added bonus to the day!

24 hours geocaching in York

24 hours geocaching in York

After a walk around the gardens, taking in the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery, which was first built in 1088, we headed next door to York Library on Museum Street. On the left as you look at the building, is yet another ruin, this time part of St. Leonard’s Hospital and in the corner, stands one of the most intact ruins in the city, the Multangular Tower. The bottom half of the tower dates back to Roman times and the top half is from the Medieval Ages.

24 hours geocaching in York

We ventured through the pedestrian gate beside the ruin and followed the needle around the back of the library to the virtual cache Holes in the Walls (N Yorks)We were amazed to see no less than four banks from various periods of history: Roman, Dark Ages, Norman and Medieval. From what I’ve discovered, these ‘banks’ were used as defences, to protect against possible invasions.

24 hours geocaching in York

Geocaches: 

Holes in the Walls (N Yorks), GCAFE6

Other Must-Sees 

There are lots of beautiful old world buildings and monuments dotted around York, so it’s a really lovely city to walk around. We found some very clever caches by Z3ROIN as we strolled around too – I highly recommend looking for them when you’re in York (details listed below)!

Clifford’s Tower

The tower is the largest remaining part of York Castle and sits beside the York Castle Museum. It looks most impressive at night when it’s all lit up and not crawling in visitors!

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York Lucky Cats

We noticed several seemingly random cat statues as we walked around. Statues of cats have been dotted around York for around two centuries, originally to scare off rats and mice, who carried plague and illness. You can download a map of where all the cats are from here.

24 hours geocaching in York

The Stonegate Devil

What the devil is that doing there?! Well, as it turns out, it’s nothing sinister, but rather symbolises that once upon a time a printer worked out of the building. A selfie with the devil himself is all that’s required to log the virtual cache there.

24 hours geocaching in York

The Shambles Market 

It’s definitely worth walking through the Shambles Market and perusing the many wares on sale from over 80 vendors. The market is open daily from 9am – 5pm.

24 hours geocaching in York

Geocaches: 

The Stonegate Devil, GC4762

Snicklemaze, GC67TGG

Arghh!! My Shoe Laces Are Undone Again!!!, GC3PKFQ 

These Parking Charges Are FM Ridiculous!!, GC41KGV

There was just time for a quick geocaching meet up, and it was great to see so many faces that I met at my event in Leeds in March. Special thanks to UGGY for the delicious ginger cake!

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Unfortunately, a flying visit meant that we weren’t able to go to the Jorvik Viking Centre, but that’s the first place I’ll be heading on a return trip to the city and next time, it won’t just be for 24 hours.

Having cached in both Leeds and York, I wonder what Yorkshire city or town will be next on our agenda? The UK Mega 2018 is set to be held in Newby Hall & Gardens and we definitely hope to attend and explore another corner of God’s Own County.

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

The Geocaching Junkie: Geocaching is good for you - 8 reasons why

Geocaching is Good For You: 8 Reasons Why

“Go outside and play!” How many times did we hear that as kids? It seems our parents were definitely on to something, as the health benefits of being outdoors are varied and wide-reaching. But being close to nature is not the only thing that geocaching has going for it, with going to events and solving puzzles also having great rewards.

I had a look at what some experts had to say about various activities that are part of geocaching and I made a list of 8 ways geocachers benefit from their hobby. 

1. Boosts Immunity

Since 2004, the Japanese government has invested millions of dollars researching shinrin-yoku, or forest-bathing. The idea is to reap the health benefits of being close to nature and walking through a forest. Researchers brought middle-aged business men in to the forest outside Tokyo for twice daily hikes over a period of three days and found that the activity levels of  ‘natural killer’ cells (NK cells) increased by 56% after day two. NK activity were used as, “an indicator of immune function, particularly as an indicator of anticancer activity.”

Why Geocaching is Good for You

So the next time someone looks at you funny for saying you’re going geocaching, just tell them you’re practicing the Japanese therapy of shinrin-yoku instead😉

2. Relieves Stress

The research team also measured levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the subject’s saliva and found the levels significantly lower in the forest environment. Even proximity to green spaces in more urban areas can result in lower stress levels, meaning just a walk in a local park to pick up some caches can help you relax.

The Geocaching Junkie: Why Geocaching is Good for You

3. Taps in to your Creativity

Psychologists at the University of Utah and the University of Kansas found that being in touch with nature made subjects scores on a creativity test soar. No wonder then, that there are so many creative caches out there!

The Geocaching Junkie: 8 Reasons Why Geocaching is Good for You

4. Improves Memory 

Doing a variety of puzzles can be very beneficial to your mental health. A US Study of older priests and nuns found that subjects who undertook diverse cognitive activities, including reading a newspaper and doing puzzles were 47% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

The Geocaching Junkie: Why Geocaching is Good for You

5. Boosts Mental Health 

A 2010 study funded by the National Institutes of Heatlh in the US measured various factors including diet, supplements and exercise and found that cognitive training was most closely linked to a decreased risk of mental decline. If you feel like you’re not getting anywhere with puzzle caches, at least you’re giving your brain a workout trying to solve them! Every cloud😉

6. Gets You Moving 

I don’t need to refer to any studies on the health advantages of exercising; the benefits are well known and plentiful. If you need extra motivation to get outside and get moving (and I know I do!), just make a geocache your reward at the end and you’ll be in better shape before you know it, reaping the rewards including reduced risk of heart disease and strengthening of bones and muscles.

The Geocaching Junkie: Why Geocaching is Good for You

7. Promotes Eustress

Eustress is a type of ‘positive’ stress that you get when you do something you find fun, like riding a roller coaster or driving a go-kart. Assuming that you go geocaching because it makes you happy, then chances are the thrill of making the find is releasing eustress, which is really important to stay mentally happy.

The Geocaching Junkie: 7 Reasons Why Geocaching is Good For You

8. Reduces Symptoms of Depression

Researchers at University College Dublin found that “going out for coffee or chatting to a friend can reduce the symptoms of depression.” Just in case you needed another excuse to attend that geocaching event!

I recently read this article about Mark, who found that geocaching helped him through depression. Given the benefits to mind and body listed above, it’s little wonder Mark attributes geocaching to keeping him “fit and grounded.”

The Geocaching Junkie: Geocaching is Good for You - 8 Reasons Why

The next time someone asks you ‘what’s the point?’, be sure to tell them all about the benefits of our awesome hobby. Is there such thing as a healthy obsession? I think geocaching proves that there is!

How has geocaching benefited your life? Let me know in the comments!

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

8 Things Geocaching Has Taught Me about Life (and Other Things)

8 Things Geocaching Has Taught Me about Life (and Other Things)

I recently had a chat with a friend about what we did with our weekends before geocaching and neither of us could properly remember. I guess there was shopping, watching TV, going for lunch… it’s a bit of a monotonous blur.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

The conversation got me thinking about how life hasn’t been the same since I discovered geocaching. I think most geocachers would agree that certain things have altered since they started caching, even if it’s just something as simple as checking your phone for caches every time you’re in a new place. For me, quite a few things have changed, not least of all meeting my fiancé while in a different city for a geocaching event!

Here are a few things I’ve learned about myself and about life since I became a geocacher.

1. My inner child needs to play sometimes

I have fond memories of when I was a child, running in to the Irish Sea, despite its freezing cold temperatures even in the middle of summer, knowing that I would be shivering for seemingly forever when I got out, but those few minutes of splashing around and psyching myself up to put my head under the chilly waters meant shrieks of laughter and pains in my cheeks from smiling. I’m not sure when I decided the cold and shivering were no longer worth the joy and laughter and smiles, but it stopped.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

Geocaching has allowed my inner child out to play again. Whether it’s climbing trees (something I’m not sure I even did as a child but I should have!), or getting in to the River Boyne for a 5/5 cache, or splashing in a shallow stream in my wellies, the laughs and pained cheeks are back and it can only be a good thing.

2. I love the outdoors

This was quite the discovery. Now it seems like my weekend is a waste if I don’t get outside. Even if I don’t look for a cache, I’ll inevitably go somewhere caching has brought me to before.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

Before geocaching, I had never been camping and now I’ve been several times. I won’t purport to being the female Bear Grylls but camping is not the worst thing in the world and once you’ve learned a few tricks, it doesn’t have to mean laying cold all night unable to sleep!

3. Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet

As a general rule, geocachers are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. All great friendships start with common ground and it turns out that a mutual love of geocaching is a pretty solid foundation for some of the best friendships.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

If you haven’t been to a geocaching event, my advice is to just go. You may not know anybody at the start, but you will likely have made some friends by the time you leave, and may even have some geo-adventures planned too!

4. I don’t need to go far to find adventure

I used to think adventure could only be found after a long flight to a foreign land, but now I know adventure is waiting around every corner, you just have to navigate to the GPS coordinates!

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

I have had some of my most memorable adventures right here in Ireland, without the need to travel elsewhere. Of course, lots of great geocaching adventures have happened in foreign lands too, but every weekend can be full of adventure if you choose the right cache!

5. The journey is often more important than the destination

I can’t count how many times I’ve tried to explain geocaching to a muggle and they’ve asked, “but what do you get?” Without any prior thought, my answer is usually that it’s not about what you ‘get’ at the end, it’s about the getting there.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

I can’t count all the amazing things I’ve seen en route to GZ. I’ve learned to remember the journey and not the destination in many aspects of life, not just geocaching.

6. If being a geocacher is nerdy, I don’t want to be cool

For some reason I still can’t fathom, geocachers are often viewed as nerds who have been let outside to play. So what does being a nerd mean? It’s “an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a non-social hobby or pursuit:“.

8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

Intelligent? Usually. Obsessed? Almost definitely. Non-social? Rarely. In my experience, cachers are smart, friendly and social folk who may, in many cases, be obsessed with geocaching. So what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing in my book.

7. I love capturing the beauty in each moment

I never really had a love of photography before geocaching. I have seen so many beautiful things and enjoyed some spectacular views, both at home and abroad, that photographing the memories was an absolute must-do.

The Geocaching Junkie: 8 Things Geocaching Has Taught Me about Life (and Other Things)

This soon developed in to the purchase of a camera, and then a better camera and now, capturing images is often the best part of my caching experience. I come for the cache, I stay to photograph the view!

8.  My love of writing was dormant, not extinct

When I was at school, one of my ambitions was to be a writer, and this carried on through my time at university, when I was writing features for the College Tribune in UCD. Somehow, after that, life got in the way and it got pushed to the back of my mind. Perhaps some sort of long-lasting writer’s block took hold of me. 8 Things I've Learned About Myself Since I Started Geocaching

I was encouraged to start a blog by a fellow geocacher, Cache&Cookies, and I will be eternally grateful to him because I can’t imagine not doing it. My blog has opened up other avenues for my writing too and I have to pinch myself when someone says they read what I write and even better, they liked it.

What lessons has geocaching taught you? Let me know in the comments.

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

Geocaching Attributes: What Are They Really Telling You?

Geocaching Attributes: What Are They Really Telling You?

Attributes on a cache page are there to help prepare you for what to expect at the geocache location. You can find Groundspeak’s explanation of these attributes here. But what is the cache owner really trying to tell you about their chosen GZ…?

 

Geocaching Attributes: what are they really telling you? Check out The Geocaching Junkie's Guide to Geocaching Attributes

What alternate meanings have you discovered for geocaching attributes? Let me know in the comments!

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

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Taking Geocaching to Extremes: Meet the Owner of Ireland’s Most Daring Caches

You know that exhilarating feeling when you finally catch a glimpse of an ammo can peeking out from that cacher’s pile of rocks, after you’ve shed sweat and tears scrambling up a mountain and almost gave up several times? Or the feeling that you get after swimming in to a sea cave, then climbing on slippery rocks amongst various crawling creatures and finally spotting your prize as the light from your head torch bounces off the plastic of a Tupperware container?

Extreme geocaching can be many things to many people, depending on how much risk is required to get that feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins. For mountain instructor Iain Miller, only the most adventurous locations are worth geocaching in. I caught up with Iain earlier this week and I had a stack of questions about his love of sea stack climbing and scaling the heights of daredevil cache owning.

Iain does daring things for a living as the company director of Unique Ascent, which offers thrill seekers the chance to partake in activities like rock climbing, abseiling and sea stack climbing. Iain began sea stack climbing in 1998 on the Orkney Islands and started tackling Donegal’s stacks in 2007, at which point there were over 100 sea stacks in Ireland not yet climbed.

Extreme geocaching: who will be FTF on these sea stack geocaches in Ireland?
Photo Credit: Marion Galt

Iain discovered geocaching in 2013 when a US visitor he was guiding asked for his help with a climbing cache in County Kerry. The idea to combine his love for sea stack and mountain climbing with his new-found hobby was immediately obvious.

To date, Iain has hidden 24 caches, and the majority of them can be classed as extreme. I have only found one so far and can safely say it was one of the scariest caches I have ever found. Check out my post about finding one of his T4 caches, An Bhuideal (GC4Z8YW), in Donegal last July.

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Thirteen of Iain’s caches are rated T5 and eight of those are as yet unfound, with several waiting over two years for FTF. One of those caches is atop Tormore Island, Ireland’s highest sea stack, which Iain was the first to ever conquer. These caches are certainly not for the faint-hearted, or indeed, the ill-equipped and unprepared – check out Iain’s YouTube video below to see for yourself.

Dun Briste

Iain’s caches are much talked about in Irish caching circles and when his latest impressive ascent of Dun Briste in County Mayo was written about in the Irish Independent, the story was soon shared on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook, amidst much speculation about a new cache appearing soon.

The iconic sea stack, sitting just off the coast at Downpatrick Head, was severed from the mainland in the late 14th century during very stormy seas. Several people had to be rescued and there is still evidence of ruins on the stack to this day. Dun Briste has been on Iain’s hitlist for 12 years:

It had gone to the top of the list two years ago after I paid the stack a visit. It took 4 visits and three attempts to stand on the summit. The planning and logistics of such an ascent as Dun Briste take by far the longest time including sea conditions, climbing difficulty and of course how to get back down again, which is always a concern.

~ Iain Miller

 

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Photo Credit: Marion Galt

You can just about spy Iain as a dot on top of Dun Briste in the above photo. Naturally, while he was up there, Iain placed a geocache and FTF is, unsurprisingly, still up for grabs. He doesn’t expect this to change for a while yet. The stack was climbed only once – 26 years ago – before Iain and his climbing partner Paulina Kaniszewska’s ascent. What are the chances of a geocacher being the third on the list of conquerors? The challenge is set!!

Iain is not finished hiding extreme caches – he has another 22 places in mind to hide geocaches on “Ireland’s iconic nautical summits.” I can’t wait to see where the next cache pops up!

Are any extreme geocachers out there now perusing the list of Iain’s hides and planning a trip to Ireland? What’s the most extreme geocache you’ve ever looked for? Let me know in the comments!

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

Huge thanks to Iain Miller for taking the time to answer my questions and to Marion Galt for the use of her fabulous photographs.

You can find Iain at this website Unique Ascent: http://www.uniqueascent.ie/ and watch the video of his climb up Dun Briste on YouTube here

 

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

She Was Fine When She Left Here | Geocaching in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter

Titanic Belfast recently scooped the gong for Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards, beating off competition from ever popular hot spots including the Eiffel Tower in Paris and La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The Titanic experience consists of numerous interactive galleries telling the story of the doomed liner, from its construction at the nearby Harland aand Wolff shipyard to its final resting place at the bottom of the Atlantic. You can also bump up your ticket to include afternoon tea by the impressive replica of the Grand Staircase. Information on ticketing and prices can be found here.

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If you don’t want to pay to get inside or are simply more interested in geocaching than walking through an exhibit, then lucky for you, the caches in the Titanic Quarter are always the ones I recommend when I’m asked where the best caching is in Belfast.

Cluedo Titanica (GC5HPG2) by UlsterLatinos 

Possibly my favourite cache in Belfast and a great one to start off your tour of the Titanic Quarter, this wherigo is based on the popular murder mystery game Cluedo (or Clue in the USA), but with a Titanic twist.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

While you’re walking round in circles trying to solve the murder, you can also pick up the first cache in the Titanic Quarter series.

Titanic Quarter #1: Titanic (Yard No. 401) (GC3FTRW) by kryten2x4p

This area, known as the Slipways, is where both the Titanic and the Olympic were constructed. Take time to soak up all the amazing little details like the life size plan of the Titanic’s promenade deck set in to the ground in white stone, or the series of wooden benches etched with morse code sequence which spells out the Titanic’s distress call.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

This area can often be closed off for various events like BBC Proms in the Park and Belsonic music festival, so make sure to check the cache page for availability or here for information on events happening in Titanic Quarter when you visit.

Titanic Quarter #3: Nomadic (Yard No. 422) (GC3FTTN) by kryten2x4p

There are currently 12 caches active in the Titanic Quarter series and I won’t list them all here, but I’ll highlight my favourites. Hamilton Dock is home to the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

The ship, which was built alongside the Titanic in 1911, has been entirely restored to its original glory and you can buy tickets to take a tour of the interior. If you don’t want to fork out for the tour, a walk around the outside and the many interactive plaques will give you plenty of information.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

The Nomadic’s most famous task was to ferry passengers from the shallow waters of Cherbourg dock to the Titanic in April 1912. The Nomadic regularly ferried passengers to larger cruise liners from Cherbourg, including some very famous faces like Charlie Chaplin, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, shortly after they first married in 1964.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

In The Footsteps of Iron Giants (GC42W5V) by Knights-Templar

After circling the Nomadic, make your way towards Abercorn Basin and maybe grab a cup of tea or coffee at the Dock Cafe on the way. The cafe is run by volunteers and there is no price list – just an honesty box where the customer decides what to pay. You can bring your own food or choose one of the yummy scones or bakes on offer.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

There is a great view of the iconic Titanic building with the Nomadic in the foreground from Abercorn basin. Don’t miss the very cool artwork by English sculptor Tony Stallard entitled Kit.

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A quick detour outside of the Titanic Quarter and the cache In The Footsteps of Iron Giants brings you to a great vantage point to appreciate the mammoth gantry cranes, nicknamed Samson and Goliath.  The yellow cranes marked with the letters of Harland and Wolff have become synonymous with the Belfast skyline.

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Titanic Quarter #7: HMS Caroline (GC43YPB) by kryten2x4p

Another popular attraction in the Titanic Quarter is the restored World War I battle cruiser, HMS Caroline which sits in Alexandra Dock.

Geocaching in Belfast? Check out the great caches around the Titanic Quarter

The ship was converted in to the floating headquarters for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in Belfast after World War II. You can buy tickets to take the tour inside here. The cache here is a clever one and the most favourited in the series.

There are lots more caches in this area and it’s worth doing them all to get the full experience of what the Titanic Quarter has to offer. There are some nice cafes and restaurants dotted around too, if you work up a thirst or hunger from all the caching.

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

 

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The Quintessential Geocaching Hoodie | Chloe by SCOTTeVEST Review

A good geocaching bag is definitely a must-have when you’re going on a proper cache hunt. There is so much kit that you might need, from TOTTs like a telescopic magnet to wet wipes after handling a soggy log. What if I told you that you could still have your geocaching kit with you, minus the bag to lug around?  There’s undoubtedly a time and a place for a geobag (on very long hikes, for example, when you need multiple bottles of water or a bivy sack, etc) but sometimes it’s nice to go caching with your arms swinging! SCOTTeVEST, based in Idaho, have an amazing range of smart clothing, which remove the need to carry anything at all, whether you’re climbing trees, scrambling up grassy banks or finger-tipping railings in the city.

The Chloe Hoodie has 14 pockets: FOURTEEN! They are all different sizes too, ranging from long, thin pockets to keep your pens in, to a large interior pocket that will hold a tablet. To my surprise, while I was immediately drawn to the numerous pockets on offer, they were only a small part of what I loved about the hoodie.

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It’s made of a really soft microfleece that doesn’t feel exceptionally heavy but will keep you nice and toasty if you’re caching on a cold day. Another feature I really enjoyed was the lens cloth attached to the inside of one of the pockets. Not only does it give you the lowdown on what you can use each pocket for (handy!), I found it invaluable for wiping my camera lens and my glasses when I was out and about.

I was delighted to receive the Chloe just before we set off for Shrewsbury, Aldbury and Llangollen for our mega week of caching. It was particularly useful when we were camping, as it kept me from getting chilly in the evenings. The key to staying warm in your tent is to go to sleep warm, and the hoodie made sure I never got cold before bed.

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Wearing the hoodie during my photo shoot with The Sunday Times

You can also zip it all the way up to the top of the hood, which really entertained kids and adults alike. There is a hole in each of the plush cuffs so you can pull them right down over your hands and pop your thumb through – another feature I really liked.

I now wear my hoodie even on days I’m not geocaching. The only thing missing is that it’s not suitable if it’s raining heavily, but then again SCOTTeVEST do have a water resistant jacket with even more pockets than the hoodie. Very tempting!

Suffice to say, the Chloe is the ultimate geocaching hoodie, with so many practical uses while still looking stylish and feeling comfy. For more information on SCOTTeVEST and their range of smart clothing, you can visit their website here.

Happy caching!

Sarah

© 2016 | Sarah Murphy | All Rights Reserved

Full disclosure: I received a Chloe Hoodie for free to try out while geocaching. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own, as always. I would never endorse a product I don’t believe in.