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Sourcerer   Expeditions In: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010    My favourites are highlighted yellow. Interactive Map implemented by NWoodruff.

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Nb in 52 1.jpg

Suffolk colour.PNG This geohasher lives in Suffolk.
Lol-asg.png 61 / m / 52,1

[edit] Calculators and Links

Calculators: Eupeodes - Peeron - Ekorren's Tool - Geohash Droid (Android) - Probabilities

Links: Meetup Graph - UK Graticules - Facebook - Foonetic - Graticule Stats - User Stats - Maps and statistics - My Images - Implementation Notes - Moonrise and set

[edit] Hash Map

Sourcerer Google Maps.jpg

[edit] Visited Graticules

  • Green shows graticules with "Coordinates reached".
  • Red shows graticules with expedition/s but "Coordinates not reached".

          

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[edit] Expeditions

[edit] August

Expedition Links Details
2015-08-28 52 1

Fri - Map

269/305 In a field at Hackford Marsh or Wicklewood Mere, Norfolk, UK. It sounds damp.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-28 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-27 52 1

Thu - Map

268/304 In a field at Sisland, west of Loddon, Norfolk, UK.
2015-08-26 52 0

Wed - Map

267/303 Brett Vale Golf Club - with a public footpath close to the woodland clearing hashpoint.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 0) geohash on 2015-08-26 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-25 52 0

Tue - Map

266/302 In a field, a few yards off a public footpath, north of the A14 and west of Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Multihash Achievement
by reaching 2 hash points on 2015-08-25. It's a Double Hash.
2015-08-25 52 1

Tue - Map

265/301 In a field between Westleton and Dunwich Heaths close to the Minsmere bird reserve, Suffolk, UK.
2015-08-24 52 1

Mon - Map

264/300 A field perimeter north of Yarn Hill, Iken, Suffolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-24 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-23 52 1

Sun - Map

263/299 Four miles from home in a field north of Upgate Street, Norfolk, UK
2015-08-22 52 1

Sat - Map

262/298 A front door, Hanly Court, Caister on Sea, Norfolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-22 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-21 52 0

Fri - Map

261/297 A field perimeter hashpoint north of Golden Gates, Holkham Hall, Norfolk, UK.
T2htemp1.JPG
Sourcerer issued a challenge for the Tale of Two Hashes achievement
by geohashing in a place named Golden Gate/s from the (52, 0) geohash on 2015-08-21.
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Sourcerer earned the Multihash Achievement
by reaching 2 hash points on 2015-08-21. It's a Double Hash.
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Sourcerer earned the Last man standing achievement
by being the the only hasher world-wide to go on a geohashing expedition on 2015-08-21.
2015-08-21 51 0

Fri - Map

260/296 In a harvested field between Fordham and Little Horkesley, Essex, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Last man standing achievement
by being the the only hasher world-wide to go on a geohashing expedition on 2015-08-21.
2015-08-19 52 1

Map

36/295 North of the river Yare and east of Buckenham railway station, Norfolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the OpenStreetMap achievement
by contributing to OpenStreetMap based on their expedition to the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-19.
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Sourcerer earned the No trespassing consolation prize
by almost (578 metres) reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-19.
2015-08-15 52 1

Map

259/294 Close to a public footpath south of Ilketshall Hall, Ilketshall Saint Andrew, Suffolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-15 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-14 52 1

Map

258/293 25 metres north of a public footpath, west of Kirton, Suffolk, UK.
T2htemp1.JPG
Sourcerer issued a challenge for the Tale of Two Hashes achievement
by geohashing in a place named Innocence (lane) from the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-14.
2015-08-12 52 1

Map

257/292 Tunstall forest, Suffolk, UK.
2015-08-09 52 0

Map

256/291 In a wood south of Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 0) geohash on 2015-08-09 in the middle of the night.
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Sourcerer earned the Two to the N achievement
by reaching 28 hashpoints on 2015-08-09 52 0 and is promoted to Level 8 (Coordinates reached).
2015-08-08 52 0

Map

255/290 Just off a dirt road in Fulbourn, near Cambridge, UK.
2015-08-08 52 1

Map

35/289 35 metres from a house, probably in their garden, east of Helmingham, Suffolk, UK.
2015-08-07 52 1

Map

254/288 In a lake! Lower Tasburgh, Norfolk, UK. Reached the next day on a second attempt.
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Sourcerer earned the No trespassing consolation prize
by almost (49 metres) reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-07.
Impala.PNG
Sourcerer earned the Hashiversary Achievement
by geohashing on the fifth anniversary of his first expedition. (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-07.
2015-08-06 52 0

Map

253/287 Near a field perimeter, east of Sudbury, Suffolk, UK.
2015-08-05 52 1

Map

252/286 In a field next to a public footpath west of Bressingham Steam Railway Museum and Garden Centre, Norfolk, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 1) geohash on 2015-08-05 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-04 51 1

Map

251/285 Close to a lane south west of Flatford Mill (famous haywain painting), Dedham, Essex, UK.
2015-08-02 52 0

Map

250/284 Close to a public footpath north of Twinstead, Essex, UK.
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Sourcerer earned the Midnight Geohash achievement
by reaching the (52, 0) geohash on 2015-08-02 in the middle of the night.
2015-08-01 52 0

Map

249/283 A field perimeter east of Great Barton, 1.3km from 2015-02-11 52 0, Suffolk, UK.

[edit] Interesting Hashpoints

  • Neil wonders if 2010-09-13_52_1 is in a tiger enclosure. The hashpoint is at Banham Zoo.
  • Stealth hashing is fun but not today! Is there a get yourself arrested award?
  • 2011-01-17 52 0 - A nudist beach hashpoint. Sadly it was a freezing January night.

[edit] About Sourcerer

Have all the geohashers been "Nerd Sniped"?

My user name is a play on words based on computer source-code and is a tribute to controlled folly.

I enjoy computer programming and in 1972, wrote an implementation of Conway's Game of Life in BASIC. The virtual creatures were printed on a paper roll by a mechanical teletype. Those were the days!

In 1976 I taught programming to school kids. We used Algol! We filled in coding forms and submitted them to be punched onto cards for the overnight run. The next day we'd get the error message print-outs or occasionally a successful run.

More recently I have used HTML, CSS, DOM, PHP, MySQL, Javascript and Delphi.

One of my follies is to go geohashing with a penchant for stealth hashes, unobserved, often at night. If possible, to save fuel and the planet, I visit pairs of hashpoints each side of midnight. This is great for wildlife spotting and the roads are empty. I have a spreadsheet to calculate when to set out in order to arrive at the second hashpoint at midnight. I get driving times from Google maps and estimate walking times from the UK Ordnance Survey maps available on-line from Bing maps.

Like golf and most other human activities, geohashing is totally pointless (in fact it is one of the few activities that has got an identifiable point) and it's much more fun than geocaching or golf. Many hashpoints are in the middle of a muddy field. These are a bit worthless but if there's some other attraction or challenge, I'm more likely to make the effort. In 2015 Sourcerer discovered a previously unsuspected competitive streak leading to a serious increase in geohashing activity. For some grand scale folly, see Neil's Big Walk below.

[edit] Local Terrain

The terrain in the east of England is almost flat and often quite dry. Google earth has been most useful for planning expeditions. Usually it's easy to identify hashpoints which are on private land or inaccessible for other reasons. After 100 expeditions, my success rate was 86%. In late August and autumn, most of the fields have been harvested but not yet re-planted so they are easily accessible. In the other seasons, it's often wetter and access is less easy. Hard frozen ground in deep winter is really good for geohashing.

[edit] Big Walk

Another folly is to walk from Cape St Vincent (Portugal) to Istanbul (Turkey). Starting in 2003, after 183 days walking and 3798 km, Neil had reached Vicenza in the north of Italy. The walk is about 50% complete. Neil is not seriously expecting to complete this walk but that is all part of the folly. He set out with his mother and sister. Both have since died. His mum reached a ripe old age. His sister died of cancer but she walked 2567 km before the cancer overcame her. She reached France. Geohashing is a good way to keep fit enough to continue with the big-walk stages.

Here are the walk details and photo gallery. You can download a [KML file] of Neil's walk for use with Google Earth. These paths are also logged at [WikiLoc].

This is what Google Earth looks like if you download the KML file. It makes more sense when you zoom in.

Ge-image-neils-walk-2010.jpg

[edit] Respect Zone

Here I pay tribute to awesome contributors to geohashing. If there were Oscars for geohashing, in no particular order, these would be my nominees.

  • The low profile people who set up and maintain the wiki.
  • Atlanta, Georgia - for breaking all sorts of records.
  • Eupeodes - for making a really useful coordinate calculator and acting on suggestions for improvement.
  • GeorgDerReisende - for being so active and often hitch hiking.
  • NWoodruff - for breaking all sorts of records and writing bots that generate interesting statistics.
  • 2011-05-21_52_14 - I wish I'd been able to go there.
  • A catch all - because there is much more effort going in, invisible, because it just works.