2015’s plan was probably just to do a bunch of caches – the more the better really. I ended up having my best year ever, helped mainly by the release of a massive series of caches (the Hatley Heart Attack ) towards the back end of the year. There was only one new country. We went on holiday to Portugal, where we’d been before, but while we were there we popped over the border into Spain for a day in Seville.

As ever with these posts there’s a list of individual caching days towards the bottom, but we start off with a bit of stat-action.

There seems little point in showing the whole “Days Found” matrix, because it was already filled up at the start of the year, but for the sake of interest here’s the picture of days I found caches during 2015 itself.

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So, it’s worth showing the year’s “Days Placed” matrix too. Apparently it’s much easier to get a good spread of these.

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I wasn’t paying any attention to the “Months Placed” or “Difficulty/Terrain Matrix” to be honest, but here they are anyway.

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And the “Difficulty/Terrain Matrix”.

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The UK Map shows a bit of activity, especially in the middle of Wales.

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And finally, before we get into the gory detail, here’s a bit of Michael Fish, pointing at where I’ve actually been caching during the year.

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January (78 finds)

  • On January 1st there was a BBH event up on Totternhoe Knolls – 2 finds
  • On January 8th I grabbed a few caches placed for a previous Roundabout MK event – 8 finds
  • On January 11th I had my first big day out of the year ( see Between Hare and There ) – 42 finds
  • On January 15th there was a Roundabout MK event – 1 find
  • On January 17th I went out towards Dagnall for a bit of night-time caching – 3 finds
  • On January 19th I was working in London and grabbed a random cache at the station on the way down – 1 find
  • On January 20th I was working in London again and grabbed a handful near Euston Station before heading to the office – 3 finds
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  • On January 24th I drove around a bunch of church micros in the Milton Keynes area while the kids sat in the back of my car playing on their iPads – 18 finds

February (136 finds)

  • On February 1st I got the month off to a good start as Izzy joined me for a wander over the fields of Cambridgeshire ( see Catworth & Covington ) – 45 finds
  • On February 11th and 12th I was down at Eversley in Hampshire on a business trip and grabbed a couple while I was there – 3 finds
  • On February 14th we were up at my folks’ house and I went out for an afternoon to grab a series which proved to be very short-lived ( see Treacle Mining ) – 37 finds
  • On February 16th I was on a business trip in Basingstoke and popped out in the evening for a few church micros – 6 finds
  • On February 18th there was a BBH event down in Leighton Buzzard – 1 find
  • On February 21st we were down in Brighton for a running event and I grabbed a few caches on the Saturday afternoon – 15 finds
  • On February 25th I was on a business trip in Basingstoke and popped out in the evening for a few church micros – 2 finds
  • On February 28th I went with Ami and a group of local BBH cachers to do the Green section of the MK Boundary Walk ( see MKBW Green Section ) – 27 finds

March (208 finds)

  • On March 14th Izzy joined me for a bit of a bash around Dunstable ( see Dunstable ) – 51 finds
  • On March 17th there was a BBH event down in Wing – 6 finds
  • On March 18th I was down in Basingstoke again on a business trip and it was the first evening of the year where the light was fit for long enough to go out caching in the evening – 15 finds
  • On March 20th there was a solar eclipse and I took the day off work to enjoy a local event, and then head off to finish a nearby series I’d started with Ami earlier in the year ( see Eclipsed ) – 38 finds
  • On March 21st we went on a running trip to Reading and Ami and me went for a walk through some woods to grab a series of puzzle caches ( see FF40 ) – 55 finds
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  • On March 26th there was a Roundabout MK event – 1 find
  • On March 28th I went over to Alconbury to hack round a new series there ( see Alconbury & Coppingford ) – 41 finds
  • On March 31st I was working in Hook and grabbed a cache in the car park outside the office – 1 find

April (135 finds)

  • On April 4th we got the month off to a decent start by completing my final remaining stretch of the MK Boundary Walk ( see MKBW Indigo ) – 27 finds
  • On April 9th I found a random church micro in Ramsdell as I was passing by on a business trip – 1 find
  • On April 11th I found a couple of local caches including the Golden Bonus for the MK Boundary Walk – 2 finds
  • On April 12th I headed east to bash a couple of circuits in the Giddings ( see Sawtry and the Giddings ) – 62 finds
  • On April 18th I had a saunter around the centre of Manchester while Kas was resting up before running a marathon ( see Manchester Marathon ) – 19 finds
  • On April 20th I had a pootle around the old Greenham Common Airbase whilst on a business trip ( see Missile Silos ) – 19 finds
  • On April 26th we grabbed a few caches in London whilst elbowing our way through the crowds as Kas took part in “some running thing” from Blackheath to the West End – 5 finds

May (170 finds)

  • Over the first May Bank Holiday weekend we were up in the North-East and grabbed a few local caches, including one of the UK’s very oldest ( Angel’s View (Tyne & Wear) ) – 3 finds
  • On May 9th I had a hack around the south-east corner of Milton Keynes gathering up a few of the more recently placed caches there – 26 finds
  • On May 10th I final completed the solution to a puzzle that had been sitting unfound for quite some time, so I got an FTF ( ANTiPATHy )- 1 find
  • On May 14th there was a Roundabout MK eent – 1 find
  • On May 24th I headed east to complete a large series near Huntingdon ( see Molesworth Melee ) – 69 finds
  • Over the second May Bank Holiday weekend we headed down to the Kent coast at Dover so Kas could do a long running event on one of the days ( see Doing Dover ) – 34 finds
  • On May 30th I ventured over to Cockayne Hatley with Izzy to complete a short series on a bright and breezy Saturday afternoon – 36 finds

June (181 finds)

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  • On June 6th I went to Letchworth with Izzy to finish a series I’d started the previous year and I managed to drop my GPS down a drain ( see Letchworth Disaster ) – 46 finds
  • On June 8th, 9th & 11th I popped out to grab a few caches in Milton Keynes either before, after or during a dull training course – 12 finds
  • On June 13th we were up in Liverpool for a running event and I went out for an afternoon on The Wirral ( see Wirral Wander ) – 20 finds
  • On June 28th I set a new personal best for one day up near Peterborough ( see Yaxley to Connington ) – 103 finds

July (81 finds)

  • On July 5th I hacked over to Grafham Water to finish off a couple of bits of series I’d started before ( see Grafham Grabs ) – 32 finds
  • On July 11th we popped over to Walkern with the Happy Hunter and one of Pat&Roch to do a series of multis, thereby making ourselves eligible for at least one Challenge Cache that requires the finding of 20 multis in one day ( see Walkern Multis ) – 26 finds
  • On July 14th I killed off a few remaining caches from a part of the MKBW Orange series – 6 finds
  • On July 21st there was an evening event in Stoke Bruerne – 2 finds
  • On July 22nd there was a BBH event down towards Hemel Hempstead and I grabbed a handful of local caches whilst there – 9 finds
  • On July 23rd I grabbed a single new cache close to home – 1 find
  • On July 29th there was a BAD event over towards Bicester that all four of us went to – 5 finds

August (254 finds)

  • On August 1st we began our family holiday in the Algarve with a single find on the beach ( see Brum Brum Brum ) – 1 find
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  • On August 2nd we popped down to Albufeira Marina after a very long day the previous day ( see Albufeira Marina ) – 2 finds
  • On August 3rd we drove to the end of the world ( see The End of the World ) – 3 finds
  • On August 4th we did a few local caches in Albufeira and attended an event on the beach ( see Caching on the Beach ) – 6 finds
  • On August 5th we took a boat rde in the morning and I went for a caching walk in the afternoon ( see Caves, Coves and Caches ) – 11 finds
  • On August 6th we went to Tavira but didn’t really enjoy it ( see A Disappointing Day ) – 4 finds
  • On August 7th we didn’t do a lot but managed to stop for a pzzule cache while we weren’t doing it ( see Wotta Lotta Notta Lot ) – 1 find
  • On August 8th we made a trip to the lovely towns of Silves and Carvoeiro, including Portugal’s only webcam cache ( see Silves and Carvoeiro ) – 7 finds
  • On August 9th we went to Seville for the day ( see Seville ) – 7 finds
  • On August 10th we the girls did a bit of parasailing and I didn’t ( see Parasailing ) – 2 finds
  • On August 11th we began our family holiday in the Algarve with a single find on the beach ( see Praia do São Rafael ) – 5 finds
  • On August 13th we went back to Sagres ( see Back to Sagres ) – 9 finds
  • On August 14th the girls stayed at our apartment while I scooted out to do a few final caches in Albufeira before we went home ( see The Final Day ) – 11 finds
  • On August 15th we went back home again, stopping off in Northampton for aingle find on the way home to enable a souvenir ( see Coming Home ) – 1 find
  • On August 16th I grabbed a couple of nearby caches – 2 finds
  • On August 18th there was a BBH event in Aylesbury – 3 finds
  • On August 22nd I made a trip to Elsworth on a warm summer day to do a series there ( see Elsworth Excursion ) – 53 finds
  • On August 29th I grabbed a few caches near Newport Pagnell while the girls were driving up north for the Bank Holiday weekend – 6 finds
  • I finished the mopnth on August 30th and 31st with a trip to Kent to grab as many as I could while the girls were away ( see Big Days in Kent ) – 120 finds

September (118 finds)

  • On September 19th I went over to NorthBedsCambshire to do a couple of series ( see Twin Turbine Trail ) – 81 finds
  • On September 23rd I was in Bath on a business trip and grabbed a few random caches in the evening – 7 finds
  • On September 25th I took a day off work to hit the first of a set of new series near home ( see Charlie’s First ) – 30 finds

October (201 finds)

  • On October 3rd I got the month off to a flying start by heading over towards The Giddings for a few caches I’d not had time to do earlier in the year on my previous trip on Sept 19th ( see Giddings and Thurning ) – 83 finds
  • On October 10th Izzy and me went to hit another of Charlie’s Loops ( see Charlie’s Second Loop ) – 20 finds
  • On October 11th we grabbed a random Earthcache in Milton Keynes Shopping Centre while we were out shopping ( A World Beneath Your Feet ) – 1 find
  • On October 15th I realised I was now eligible for a challenge cache I’d signed in Kent earlier in the year ( Tribulation & Topography Challenge: On Tour ) – 1 find
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  • On October 20th I was on a business trip to Bath again and grabbed a few quickies before going out for dinner – 3 finds
  • Over the weekend of October 24th-26th we were away in Snowdonia and grabbed a number of caches at various interesting locations while we were there ( see Snowdonia ) – 18 finds
  • By October 31st someone had released the Hatley Heart Attack series, so I was duty-bound to go and try to find some of them ( see Hatley Heart Attack Begins ) – 75 finds

November (85 finds)

December (197 finds)

  • On December 12th I did a couple more of Charlie’s Loops ( see Charlie’s Third and Fifth Loops ) – 38 finds
  • On December 19th-21st we dashed up to my folks house for a pre-christmas trip and I passed some of the time by going out caching a couple of times ( see Measham Dash ) – 31 finds
  • On December 22nd the girls were off school so I took the day off and Ami came with me to do some more of the Hatley Heart Attack ( see Pre-Christmas Heart Attack ) – 74 finds
  • On December 26th we spent a couple of days up in the North-East – 6 finds
  • On December 31st there was time for one more go at the Hatley Heart Attack before calling it the end of the year, this time accompanied by Izzy( see New Year’s Eve Heart Attack ) – 48 finds

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