(Wow! in the time took me to write this 4 more replies came in hahaha. Saying a lot of the same things...
Oh Well! SUBMIT!
I find it amusing that most of the the discussion is a topic purely because of one word.. MEGA.
Yes they are rare, and yes they are good fun (so I hear.. I missed the last one
) But, if you ignore that word things are pretty simple... this is a Geocaching EVENT. It is based on an Idea, Geography, and a Group of people wanting to share their time with fellow Cachers to organise some fun.
Events happen every week. Im sure there are AWESOME events around the country I never even hear about, let alone attend. I am hosting a Farewell event next month before I leave for the UK and if 5 people showed up it'll be great fun and I'll be chuffed. There is a lot of pressure on those seeking Mega status due to the number requirements, but at the end of the day does it really matter?
I think this topic is good for raising some issues the event committee might like to double check, like accommodation and so on so good on Cached for having the proverbials to start it... knowing she could get flamed.
I hope some useful feedback continues to be generated, and I think Mr Coffee is well demonstrating the professionalism of the committee in his responses, and that is how these things should work
But at the end of the day, HOW the event is run in terms of format and WHAT happens there in terms of activities and entertainment is up to the organisers. If it fails to attract 500 names and doesnt reach the magic MEGA status, will it have failed? If 300 people rock up and all those who do attend have a ripper time is that a fail? I dont think so.
As with ANY event the organisers set things up to attract their audience in the best way they see fit. People look at the geography, the costs, the logistics, and if the event appeals to them. People will look at my farewell event, at a pub, on a tuesday night, in suburban Sydney, and go you know what.... I dont know Zal that well, I dont drink, it's a school night, I live in Wollongong... and it's my mum's birthday. Good Luck Zal, but I wont be there. And that is fine.
Everyone wants to Attend Mega's, and the organisers have a doosey of a time trying to get things sorted. Im a single, 20 something male with a ute and swag from Sydney who missed the last Mega due to work. I am SUPER excited by the prospect of attending when I get back from Europe , can set and break camp in 15 minutes and have no kids, few commitments and only a 1 day drive to get there, so Im in like Flynn. (I may hold off on the boot scooting... but a few rums will set that straight
) You may say Im easy pleased, but I probably just represent to end of the spectrum who will have no issues and therefore not be as likely to raise comment. This obliviously is not the case for everyone, nor will it ever be regardless of where, when and how ANY event is run.
So I hope this event does reach Mega Status. I hope as many people as possible are able to attend. I hope this thread continues to stimulate tweeking and improvements to what is planned. And I hope people realise as others have said this is an idea launched by people DONATING their time and experience so you have the OPPORTUNITY to have a great weekend away. It would be great if everyone could come, but naturally only those who have the happy co-incidence of been able to will. Not everyone can, and not all those who can will.
There is always NZ... which BTW I cant wait for either
... as long as Im not in Europe