2010-10-16 53 9

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This expedition was affected by mtu's Grand GPS Clustermug of 2010.

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For his first five geohashes, mtu had the wrong map datum set on his GPS device—namely the Potsdam datum instead of the globally accepted standard, WGS 84—causing him to not visit the actual, canonical hashpoints, but places about 200 m away in SSW-erly direction.

In all cases, the actual hashpoints would have been easily accessible, but were missed by 20–200 m solely due to mtu's ineptitude.

In commemoration of this epic fail,

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mtu earned the False Start Consolation Prize
by finding that all of his first 5 geohashes are invalid because the map datum on his GPS was wrongly set to the Potsdam datum instead of the WGS 84 global standard, causing the loss of 13 achievements and approximately 31 hours of lifetime, up to and including the (54, 10) geohash on 2010-11-10.
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Accompanying mtu on several expeditions, seamus_d suffered from the same problem, so

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seamus_d earned the False Start Consolation Prize
by finding that all of his first 3 geohashes are invalid because the map datum on mtu's GPS was wrongly set to the Potsdam datum instead of the WGS 84 global standard, causing the loss of 7 achievements and approximately 15 hours of lifetime, up to and including the (53, 9) geohash on 2010-10-17.
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As a consequence, all achievements formerly claimed for this hash are null and void (except Drag-along achievements). Instead,

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mtu and seamus_d earned the Blinded by Science Consolation Prize
by failing to reach the (53, 9) geohash on 2010-10-16 because mtu had set the wrong map datum on his GPS.

Please note that the expedition narrative was written before this became known!

Awww!

Sat 16 Oct 2010 in 53,9:
53.6937638, 9.8175575

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[edit] Location

On a corn field (which by this time of years was all harvested and ploughed up, so no plants were harmed!) near Borstel, a one-horse-town near the town of Pinneberg.

[edit] Participants

[edit] Planning

Unknown, but it would appear that someone is planning something
Comment from before the expedition, but when the page already existed.

So we were indeed! :) We had meant to pick up a rental bike on the way so we could reach the has faster from the final train station of the S3 line, but it turned out they were too expensive. After some more research, it turned out there was a bus which stopped very close to the hash, so we decided to get on that.

[edit] Expedition

After getting off the bus, it was only a matter of walking half a kilometer. We were lucky the hash wasn't on the neighboring municipal water recycling facility's grounds, but on an openly accessible ploughed-up corn field. We did the GPS dance until we stood right on the hashpoint, and there was much rejoicing. We took some snaps, found two beers that were growing on the field and happily headed home.

We missed the bus back by about one minute (we gave it a friendly wave, though, as it sped away from us). On the way back, two women asked us for the way to this-and-that street. seamus_d routinely apologized and explained we were not locals, but I realized that what I had in my hand was a GPS. So we guided the two ladies on their way and inquired about their destination, as they were carrying a heavy bag between them. As it turned out, they were heading for a Polterabend, a German wedding tradition where on the eve of the wedding, friends and family come together, drink and noisily smash up old dinnerware for shits and giggles (and good luck to the happy couple, which usually have to clean the place up sometime during the party, just for the smashing to begin afresh).

We caught the train home right in time and are now eagerly waiting for our self-made pizza! Success!

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[edit] Achievements

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Is it true that mtu and seamus_d earned the land geohash achievement?
In principle, yes.
But mtu's GPS had a wrong map datum set, missing the hash by about 200 m (2010-10-16 53 9).
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Is it true that mtu and seamus_d earned the Public transport geohash achievement by taking S3 and RE 21031?
In principle, yes.
But mtu's GPS had a wrong map datum set, missing the hash by about 200 m (2010-10-16 53 9).
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