Keeping Count
148 successful expeditions and 24 failed outings in 24 graticule squares.
- Sourcerer set out on his one hundredth expedition on 2012-08-10.
- Sourcerer reached his one hundredth hashpoint on 2013-02-19.
 Hash Map
There is a more up-to-date interactive version using the Google Maps API.
 Visited Graticules
Green shows success and red indicates
 Local Terrain
The terrain in the east of England is almost flat and in late summer quite dry. Google earth has been most useful for planning expeditions. So far it has been easy to identify hashpoints which are clearly 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.
 About Sourcerer
My name is Neil and I live in Suffolk in the Norwich graticule, roughly here N 52.451868° E 1.563756°.
I use the peeron calculator and Geohash Droid on an HTC Android smart phone.
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!
Later 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 rarely a successful run.
One of my follies is to go geohashing with an emerging penchant for stealth hashes. Like golf and most other human activities, this is totally
pointless (in fact it is one of the few activities that has got an identifiable point) but unlike golf, it is pleasing. Many local hashpoints are in the middle of a muddy field. These are a bit worthless but if there is some other local attraction or challenge in reaching the point, I'm more likely to make the effort. For some grand scale folly, see Neil's Big Walk below.
 Big Walk
Another folly is to walk from Cape St Vincent (Portugal) to Istanbul (Turkey). By the June 2012, after 176 days walking spread over 10 years, Neil had walked 3655 km with about 4500 km to go. He had reached Brescia east of Milano, Italy.
Neil is not seriously expecting to complete this walk but that is all part of the folly. In 2003 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 between walk legs is a good way to keep fit enough to continue.
This is what Google Earth looks like if you download the KML file. It makes more sense when you zoom in.