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  1. I have a 100% proven fix Dielectric grease I put a dab of this grease on each battery terminal before installing the battery. It has never turned off due to vibration since and that includes having the GPSr mounted on my quad and dirtbike and riding on bumpy trails. I use dielectric grease on my Garmin 60C also. Wrapping black electrical tape around the batteries helped some but it was not as good as dielectric grease. You can find it at any auto parts store. Cheap too. Also called dielectric compound or terminal grease.
  2. 1) True. My quad helix outperforms my patch 2 out of three times. 2) True under tree cover. Can't verify the canyon thing. 3) not sure 4) not sure
  3. I have the 60C and the Legend (grayscale version) The quad helix antenna inside the 60C is superior to the patch antenna in the various legend models most of the time especially in heavy tree cover. Also, the processor speed is much faster in the 60C than the Legend. However, I am unsure if the processor speed in the Legend C is faster than my grayscale Legend.
  4. Geocaching has brought my wife and I closer together.
  5. What about the fun of NOT knowing whether it is an ammo box or whether there is a great view associated with the cache? Haven't you ever found a cache and then went "Wow! I didn't expect such an awesome view!" or "What a cool container! I thought it would be an altoids tin!" Doesn't the mystery make it more fun?
  6. A couple of weeks ago, after a full day of geocaching in the woods, I pulled a tick off of the back of my neck. It had it's head dug-in fairly well. I was very surprised, given the fact that February in western Washington is not the tick season. I guess you can get them any time of the year and we had walked through a lot of thick brush that day. Plus, the weather has been warm. Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that ticks can be out there right now and it may not hurt to check each other out after a day of geocaching in the woods even this early in the season. Go here for info on prevention and removal of ticks: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rmsf/Prevention.htm
  7. I found a tick dug into me a couple of weeks ago. Is that a bad injury?
  8. Nah, animals don't like peanut butter, and the thiamine mononitrate found in most peanut butters actually masks the odor completely to all animals other than humans, chimpanzees, dolphins, and most birds. So unless your cache is underwater, or in an area with chimps, peanut butter is a perfectly safe food to leave. Its the one exception to the "no food in caches" rule. Okay
  9. Totemlake When I asked if you were joking, I meant when you were actually trying to justify the three "hints" that I listed as actually being helpful hints. I thought you had to be joking because I don't believe anyone would seriously think that those three hints provide any useful information to help you find the cache. We have just as much fun out there as the next guy. We've been doing this for two years now and we would have quit long ago if we weren't having fun. It's really just a minor irritation. It doesn't ruin our day or anything. Like I said in my original post I wasn't looking for a solution to this. The solution is obvious. I'm just trying to understand what people are thinking when they leave a hint like this. Someone suggested that the cache hider might be trying to be humorous with a hint like this. I think this is the answer exactly. Many people might think that others will laugh when they decrypt a hint with no useful info. They probably think they are being original by having a hint that isn't a hint. I have noticed that newbies are more likely to have hints like this. They don't reallize how common these non-hints are and, of course, everyone would LIKE to be a comedian, right?
  10. Both of these hints are telling you you're thinking too hard and should ease up to figure out where the cache is hidden. The difficulty level should correctly reflect this kind of hint. Instead of considering these as useless, take it as part of the challenge. You'll have less aggravation this way. Totemlake, you're joking right?
  11. Here is the definition of a Mystery Cache as found on geocaching.com. By this definition, simply having a strange container does not make it a mystery cache. You could list it as a "size unknown" cache but it isn't a mystery cache unless you don't give the real coordinates. However, I do see a lot of cachers using mystery caches in this way. Something like "The cache is inside a pine cone, so I'll call it a mystery cache!" Pretty common in our area and the approvers don't seem to mind. Mystery Cache "The “catch-all” of cache types, this form of cache can involve complicated puzzles you will first need to solve to determine the coordinates. The only commonality of this cache type is that the coordinates listed are not of the actual cache location but a general reference point, such as a nearby parking location. Due to the increasing creativity of geocaching this becomes the staging ground for new and unique challenges. "
  12. Thanks for the reply. I saw the other discussion. It's basically become a long list of stupid hints. But it doesn't answer WHY people do this? When my wife decrypts a hint like this, she wants to find the cache owner and strangle them. Other people we have cached with react the same way. Why would a cache owner want cachers to dislike them and their cache due to a stupid hint? It makes no sense. Are they trying to be funny? I've never seen anyone laugh.
  13. When caching, we always look for a while 1st. Then if we can't find it, my wife sits down and deciphers the hint while I keep looking. This is more fun that simply decrypting the hint using the computer at home and then printing out the cache page to take with us. Some of the hints are give-aways, so reading them ahead of time takes away from the fun of looking for the cache. But what I don't understand, is what the purpose is to a worthless hint? Here are three examples of hints we have decrypted recently: 1) You don't need a hint to find this cache. 2) This cache is very easy. Keep looking. I know that you can find it if you just give it some time. 3) I'm not going to make this that easy for you. I said that this was going to be hard. My wife's reaction to each of these hints was something like, "Well THAT'S stupid!" So instead of her helping me look, she has spent several minutes wasting her time decrypting nothing. My question is for the people who leave hints like this: What is the purpose in having people spend time decrypting a worthless non-hint when they could be spending that time looking for the cache? Why not just leave NO hint? There is nothing wrong with that. There is no rule saying that you have to leave a hint. My wife and I can't figure out why so many other cachers leave hints like this. And these worthless hints are VERY common in our area. We probably see at least one hint like this every time we cache. I'm not looking for a solution. Of course I could just print out the hint ahead of time. I just, for the life of me, can't figure out why cachers would have hints like this and why they are so common?
  14. geobc, go here: http://www.nwjeepn.com/ There is a link on this site to a few geocaches on 4X4 trails in Washington. Plus info on trails in OR.
  15. This is good advice. I used to go through alkaline batteries after only a few shots in my digital camera. Then I switched to NiMH batteries and they last about 10 times as long in my digital camera. The alkaline batteries that supposedly were dead in the digital camera were still good to use in flashlights, GPSr, and remote controls because these items did not require the large "surge" in power that a digital camera requires.
  16. For 6th grade camp, my wife asked everyone to bring a GPSr if they have one. Six people brought a GPSr. Five of the six of them were eTrex Legends! This is a very common unit.
  17. It's nice to at least have the option of connecting your GPSr to a computer. You might want to later. Get the Legend.
  18. Around here the price depends on the size of the ammo box. In the local surplus store, the smallest ones are $4. They have several sizes up to huge ones that are about 3 feet long for more than $30. Flea markets are a good place to shop for ammo boxes. You can sometimes find some good deals.
  19. Garmin, just give me a Mac USB driver, please. I know that making Mapsource software Mac compatable is more of a project but a simple USB driver for the Mac so that we can download waypoints easily should be no big deal. Thanks
  20. Not sure if you are talking about the color models or the grayscale models but when I 1st started geocaching I had a (greyscale) Legend and my caching friend had the (greyscale) Vista. After a while we both agreed that the compass on the Vista was more annoying than helpful and he turned it off. We kept forgetting we had to recalibrate the compass every time he changed batteries. And the way the needle always swung around on the compass page due to the electronic compass was annoying also. He almost never used the altimeter so for me I would have to decide if the extra memory alone is worth the extra expense of a Vista.
  21. We have purchased two GPSr's from them on two separate occasions. Fast delivery. No problems.
  22. We have both. We geocached with the Legend for a year before buying the 60c. My wife uses the Legend now when we geocache. I use the 60c. Best things about Legend. 1) Buttons on the side. It's just more comfortable for me. 2) Click stick. I got pretty fast with it. 3) No antenna sticking out that can break off. YES I have already broken the antenna off my 60c and had to send it back to Garmin for a $135 repair. Best things about 60C 1) Color screen much easier to see with better contrast esp. during bright sunny days. 2) Processor speed MUCH faster than the Legend. Screen redraws are much snapier. 3) Reception better than the Legend under tree cover. Surprisingly, I really don't use the autorouting all that much. I still prefer to pick my own route when geocaching like when I was using the Legend. I'm glad we kept both units.
  23. I found that for me, putting a large amount of terminal grease at each end of the batteries and on each of the springs eliminated this problem. For me, it was always shutting off when it got jarred a little bit, breaking the contact between the battery and the springs in the battery compartment. It's a cheap fix, so it might be worth a try.
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