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  1. My worst fear, being the last to find before a string of DNF's. Then the cache was archived. Was it me? Maybe. So, using only memory and no GPS, I went back to GZ, and got a bit worried that the area didn't look exactly how I remembered it. But, finding the spot where I think I last hid it, I got out a stick and dug. Success! When I last hid it, it was at the base of a tree, buried loosely under pine needles. Now it was buried under about 3 inches of packed soil. I rehid somewhat and emailed the CO on how to find. Finding this archived cache was about just as fun as when I found it proper before. Anyone else the last to find before a cache was archived, only to go back later and find it? Can archived caches be unarchived by the CO?
  2. It's a good choice. I don't have one, but I have already deemed it to be my next GPSr. Unfortunatley, I can't justify it since I only bought my Garmin vista two months ago. Love the Vista, but would love to have a better signal when in the woods. It's amazing how when in a parking lot, I usually and quickly get an accuracy of 16 to 20 feet, yet as soon as I step into the woods (with light tree cover), it drops to 30 to 40. Occasionally it gets better, but only for very short periods. At least I also don't have to do the drunken bee dance. I think the electronic compass is very good. Those that complain I think have not calibrated it.
  3. I am always suprised when I see so few ? Puzzle caches in people's profiles. I have only completed 1, but should be 3 shortly. The first one I did was a difficult (for me) logic puzzle: GCNG1M My second one I actually solved the "magic eye" puzzle, retrieved stage 1, and simply have to go back to get the final: GC132Q6 The last one I plan to do is one of those physical puzzles you have to complete at home to get the coordinates: GCVP3V. I've got the puzzle, I just need to sit down and do it.
  4. tell me about it! There is one near where I work, where I found the cache, and then there were a bunch of DNF's, and has now been archived. I keep meaning to go back and check myself, just to see. That's it. I'm going tomorrow at lunch to check.
  5. You're a premium member, so you can create a pocket query. Set it to within whatever radius of your home, and choose to include the attribute of "requires scuba gear".
  6. Well, to give the people the benefit of the doubt, it may be that they thought they found yours when they marked it as found. Not all caches state somewhere obvious what cache it is. So, when they get home to hop on the net, they may pick the caches from a map and log them that way. Easy enough to get one cache mistaken for another. But, even if they are chalking up finds they never had any intention of finding, so what? What I like most about geocaching is telling the tale of various caches to others, something that these "finders" clearly can't do. I say have some fun with them. Post a note that says IMPOSSIBLE!, or how did you get in my house, or something more imaginative.
  7. Right now a 2001.5 VW Passat (87,000 miles) and a 1992 Buick LeSabre (148,000 miles). Hopefully getting a Toyota Highlander soon...
  8. I agree to keep png out of it. 90% of the time, the jpg and the png are perceptually identical, and 90% of the remaining 10% it is only slight color variations that is discernible. For an image that is not intended to be resaved over and over again, jpg is almost always best.
  9. LOL. I had no intention of saying you can just take and keep coins or bugs. But that is indeed exactly what I said. What I meant to say is feel free to take those items without replacing them. Then, make sure you drop those items off at another cache as soon as you can.
  10. As for a unit, it takes some research. Being new, you need to balance getting a low-end unit which you may need to replace in a year or so if you love geocaching, as opposed to starting with a good, mid to high end unit that you will have wasted your money on if you don't stick with it. I simply started with garmin models, which you can research and compare on garmins web site. As for what you will need, just pick a cache or two near you that has a difficulty of 1 or 1.5, print the cahce page from geocaching and head out! Bring a pen to sign the log. Feel free to take a geocoin (looks a feels like a heavy coin) or a Travel Bug (looks like a military dog tag with an image of a bug on it). Once you have those home (if there were any in the cache), log them online that you took them. Any other stuff in the geocache you generally trade equal or up. Have fun!
  11. A used CX for only $30 less than a new one?
  12. I'm not sure what waypoint manager does. You need mapsource if you want to put maps onto your GPSr. Maps aren't necessary for caching. I've installed topo maps on my Vista for NJ, a portion of NE Pennsylvania, and an area around Asheville, NC. I've found the usefullness of the maps marginal at best, but they do tend to give me a general orientation of where I am in respect to park boundaries, nearby roads, etc.
  13. I've been using a pen called Grip by Diplomat. It's a bit under 3.5 inches, and you twist the pen to expose the writing tip (which then tucks back safely inside the pen). It writes smoothly and even upside down. To me, it's the perfect addition to a geo-bag. I was thinking of getting some as some higher end swag. http://www.diplomat-pen.de/diplomat-en/pro...vanchor=2110018
  14. The USB cable is a standard one. It's the kind with a regular USB end (that goes to the computer) and a mini end, (the end that goes to the GPSr). Often, the same kind of cable comes with digital cameras. I think it is called an A to mini-B USB cable.
  15. I use a TX, and the app I use on it is Cachemate. I think it's $8, and well worth it. I just need to get a hard case for my TX before I drop it somewhere on the trail.
  16. As far as I know, there are hardware gps add-ons for palms, but I would think that once you buy the add-on and the software you want, if it exists, you might as well have bout a dedicated GPSr. And I am not sure how the maps you have would work. How would an app know that whatever coordinates it gets from the GPS receiver is a specific location on your maps? I also use a mac, but it has been easier for me to boot into windows to transfer maps and waypoints to my GPSr.
  17. The usefulness of the electronic compass varies from person to person. I specifically wanted the Vista because of the electronic compass. I find that when far from the cache, the EC isn't needed. You are generally walking at a good pace on a trail and the GPSr will point towards the cache based on your movement. When at a medium distance from the cache (say 200 feet+), I find it very useful. You can stand still and get a decent bearing to the cache. You can walk a wide loop of the where the cache ought to be, and get a good, constant fix on it's general location. No need to worry about walking erratically or which way you point the GPSr. A GPSr without an EC will point all over the place in this situation. When very close to the cache (<40 feet), it is not so useful. Occasionally it may point to the cache, if you are getting accurate readings. Otherwise it will just as often point behind you.
  18. I haven't read that (recently made into a movie, right?). Who is "they"? Please elaborate on the bigger picture.
  19. A geocache is not the way to go. Two things that pop off the top of my head: 1. Relay-for-Life has walks all over the country. You can get people to sponsor you and you walk for your nephew. easy way to rais a few bucks for cancer. 2. Contact your local major hospital, and ask for their development or fund raising office. They will put you in contact with someone who can give you guidlines on how to raise money for their cancer department or hospital. You would have to work on doing an outside charitable event. Essentially, you would be raising money to support the hospital.
  20. There are ways to do that, and what works best for you can be different than what works best for me. I use a Palm for storing geocache information, and simply bookmark the ones that I plan to do. You can also bookmark caches on geocaching.com, and give the bookmark a name like "caches I plan to do" or whatever. Hope this helps.
  21. NiMH are quite hardy, so top off as needed, they don't generally suffer from memory effect. As with other rechargables that are okay to top off, it is still a good idea to run them down completely once in a while, then do a full recharge.
  22. I think no. The purpose of the cache is the hunt more than the cache itself. I found a cache once. Then went out with my brother-in-law to the same cache which was his first. I let him do all the leg work and gps stuff, so he found it legit. I did not log that visit as a find. If anything, post a note saying that you were there. But a found it log is not quite accurate.
  23. Plan to attend is a way to log a visit to an event cache. It allows the organizer to have an idea how many are coming. Is this what you are asking?
  24. Hmmm. Does it use any kind of homebrew and custom firmwares and all that? Or is it simply using html pages that are being viewed via the PSP browser? I'm marginally interested, but as I use a TX on the trail, I can't imagine bringing my PSP out with me.
  25. What is CO? I often see logs stating that "I contacted the CO for a hint". I'm guessing Cache Originator or something like that?
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