Time to sign off on my 2022 Caching Diary. It’s been a busy year.

2021 was a somewhat improved year compared to 2020, what with there being no pandemic lockdowns for most of the year and with me having the time and energy to meet up with friends and go out caching. 2022 looked like it ought to be even better.

My plan for 2022 was mainly to suck it and see. I mean, planning is tricky while this whole pandemic thing is still around. You don’t know quite what’s going to happen or when. Anyway, I planned to find loads of caches. Over the winter I was planning to stay on roads and paths. I’m done with being knee-deep in clart. The “agricultural” series could all wait until spring and summer. There’s several hundred available within an hour’s drive that are designed for bikes, and hence won’t involve muddy fields.

I’ve kept this post up to date and have moved its date of authoring forward as the year progresses. I’ve been doing some work on presentation of my own find statistics, and as a result I’m now in a much better position to make amendments to this post quickly.

So here we go. A whistlestop tour of my year in tupperware, in the form of a list with links to specific blog posts for the longer days (i.e. those where the caching was significant enough to warrant an individual post).

January (160 finds) – My best ever January

  • 1st January – Pesh’s traditional “Pastries at the Pagoda” event – This year a “Community Celebration” – 1 find
  • 2nd January – Ticking off a day from the Shifty Fifty Challenge in Yaxley (see Yaxley Peloton) – 61 finds
  • 9th January – A quick trip up to Blisworth for a set of Ad Labs and a few traditionals – 15 finds
  • 13th January – An evening event in Milton Keynes – 1 find
  • 16th January – A bit of a day out in Hertfordshire (see Animated) – 82 finds

February (386 finds) – My best ever February

  • 3rd February – A quick one while one of the kids was at Art Club – 1 find
  • 5th February – If you’re going, go big! (see Brandon) – 90 finds
  • 13th February – Hacking around a bit more of the “No cheese, Gromit!” series (see Plasticine) – 68 finds
  • 14th February – Completing my 360° from Home Challenge (see Full Circle) – 18 finds
  • 22th February – An event and a dash around Towcester for Twosday – 9 finds
  • 26th February – A monstrously massive day doing poshrule’s peloton (see Peloton) – 200 finds

March (122 finds)

  • 7th March – A single find for my first ever Traditional on March 7th – 1 find
  • 12th March – Finishing the Grand Tour by completing poshrule’s peloton (see Pelotoff) – 115 finds
  • 13th March – A single find for my first ever Traditional on March 13th – 1 find
  • 19th March – A handful of finds whilst testing out my new bike in Milton Keynes – 4 finds
  • 31st March – An evening event in Milton Keynes – 1 find

April (236 finds)

  • 1st April – A single find whilst planning / setting some of my Only Connect puzzles – 1 find
  • 3rd April – Testing out the new bike in earnest, over at Cambridge (see Girton) – 86 finds
  • 9th April – Pounding round the Northamptonshire countryside (see Brigstock) – 93 finds
  • 19th April – I solved an Only Connect puzzle from CASH & Gary, and then dashed for an evening FTF – 1 find
  • 21st April – I solved another Only Connect puzzle from CASH & Gary, and popped out to find it in my lunch hour – 1 find
  • 23rd April – I was in London for an event in the Olympic Park – 7 finds
  • 24th April – I made heavy work of a walk around Harlington and then had some issues with phone signal in Woburn – 43 finds
  • 30th April – A lunchtime event in Tattenhoe followed by a dash to Wavendon to complete the Shifty Fifty for today – 4 finds

May (108 finds)

  • 1st May – A return dash to Wavendon on a break between house maintenance tasks – 3 finds
  • 2nd May – A walk around Rushmere and Stockgrove with the family – 6 finds
  • 6th May – An evening event and a few local caches – 5 finds
  • 7th May – The 2022 MK Mini Geocoin Fair – 1 find
  • 8th May – A morning event after the fair – 1 find
  • 13th May – A new Ad Labs series at Caldecotte Lake – 8 finds
  • 15th May – A handful on my way up to see my parents – 11 finds
  • 17th May – A “Roundabout Milton Keynes” event – 1 find
  • 22nd May – A birthday bash over in Ashwell for Ryo62 – a day that saw me pass 1,000 finds for the year and 15,000 in total (see Ashwell) – 63 finds
  • 30th May – A new Ad Labs series in Milton Keynes plus a couple of others – 8 finds
  • 31st May – One of Pesh’s “Pause for Art” events in Campbell Park – 1 find

June (521 finds – My best ever)

  • 4th June – A day of insanity driving around the EHB Series (see EHB Series) – 384 finds
  • 11th June – A single cache required to complete the Shifty Fifty for today – 1 find
  • 14th June – Four caches required to complete the Shifty Fifty for today, but I did an Ad Lab series, so – 5 finds
  • 25th June – Finishing off the month with another big day out over towards Royston – 131 finds

July (129 finds)

  • 17th July – A bike trip round the Letchworth Greenway in ridiculous heat – 62 finds
  • 18th July – A few local finds – 3 finds
  • 21st to 31st July – On holiday in Crete – 64 finds

August (530 finds)

  • 1st to 4th August – Still on holiday in Crete) – 50 finds
  • 5th August – Up to Uttoxeter for the West Midlands Mega (see Knotty) – 109 finds
  • 6th August – The day of the actual UK Mega in Uttoxeter, spent mainly in Lichfield (see Mega Day) – 83 finds
  • 7th August – Walking from Sudbury to Tutbury followed by some Ad Labs near East Midlands Airport. Somewhere here I passed 16,000 total finds (see Sudbury to Tutbury) – 68 finds
  • 10th August – An event in Milton Keynes to celebrate Sidetracked day – 1 find
  • 13th August – A handful needed to make the Shifty Fifty – Done at Haversham – 9 finds
  • 14th August – 29 needed for the Shifty Fifty – Mainly done in Great Brickhill – 30 finds
  • 20th August – Logging the locationless cache GC9FAVE on International Geocaching Day, to get the souvenirs, but frankly because I forgot to do an actual physical cache – 1 find
  • 27th August – A monster bike and car-based hack near Downham Market (see Norfolk Villages) – 160 finds
  • 31st August – One of Pesh’s “Pause for Art” series on an afternoon where I’d earned a bit of time off – 19 finds

September (116 finds)

  • 3rd September – A wander round the woods at West Harling near Thetford (see West Harling) – 106 finds
  • 10th September – A Roundabout MK event near Wolverton, followed by a new series of Ad Labs up in Haversham – 7 finds
  • 17th September – A couple of quick ones near Measham on a trip to see my folks – 2 finds
  • 30th September – One of Pesh’s “Pause for Art” event series in Milton Keynes – 1 find

October (328 finds)

  • 1st October – Another big day up near Downham Market (see Bouncing Butterflies) – 101 finds
  • 22nd & 23rd October – A weekend with the family in Leeds doing Ad Labs in the rain – 54 finds
  • 25th October – Another monster day up near Downham Market (see Pentney PedalAthon) – 109 finds
  • 29th October – A day of multiple Ad Labs and other caches near Bedford (see Bedford Walkabout) – 63 finds
  • 31st October – One of Pesh’s “Pause for Art” event series in Milton Keynes – 1 find

November (139 finds)

  • 5th November – A walk around Milton Keynes collecting a new series of puzzles – 18 finds
  • 19th November – A trip to Bury St Edmunds for a load of Ad Labs and an event (see Bury St Edmunds) – 71 finds
  • 27th November – A strenuous walk near Cambridge around a series that was in bad condition and probably won’t survive the winter – 50 finds

December (251 finds)

  • 2nd December – A walk Therfield and Kelshall (see Therfield) as a final (probably) mud-plugging day of the year – 105 finds
  • 3rd December – Down “the Smoke” for a day of Ad Labs (see London Labs). Somewhere here I passed 17,000 total finds – 96 finds
  • 9th to 12th December – A weekend in Dorset with the blokes – 14 finds
  • 24th December – A set of labs in Buckingham – 5 finds
  • 26th December – A few labs and other in Milton Keynes – 16 finds
  • 28th December – A quick jaunt out for an hour on my birthday – 9 finds
  • 30th December – A set of Ad Labs in London that (cough) doesn’t actually require you to be in London – 5 finds
  • 31st December – Pesh’s traditional end-of-month (and this time, end-of-year) Pause for Art event – 1 find


So there we have it, my 2022 Caching Diary. So what did I actually achieve:

  • A total of 3,026 finds
  • One new country (Greece)
  • 102 sets of Adventure Labs finished
  • 26 days ticked off my Shifty Fifty Challenge
  • 10 days of more than 100 finds
  • A new one-day high of 384 finds when doing the EHB Series in June

I’m calling that a satisfactory year of caching. I haven’t (still) finished the Difficulty/Terrain grid and I still haven’t finished the “Full English” because I’ve not been setting out specifically to do that. Maybe that can be a target for next year (at least one of the two).