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  1. Yippee ! Looks like that did it - I go to Where To? > Geocaches > Menu > Show Found and there they are - Thanks a million Henne1312. Mike
  2. I have an Etrex 10 and I want to visit a couple of sites that I found some time ago. I can't remember EXACTLY the location, so I tried to load the .gpx files into my GPSr. The files ARE in the GPSr, but do not appear on the screen, so obviously, I can't navigate to them. Is this because I have previously marked them as "Found"? How can I get them to appear on the GPSr screen? Should I try to delete the "geocache_logs.xml" file? Mike
  3. Are you using Mozilla Firefox as a browser? Mozilla theoretically doesn't allow Garmin plug-ins, so you have to close Geocaching, go to the Garmin website, download the plug-in and then over-ride Firefox when it tells you that it doesn't allow this plug-in. Re-open Geochacing.com and it should then work. I have had this happen two or three times in the past two years. Hope this helps. Mike
  4. I am a little curious regarding the number of logs that some GC'ers show in their statistics. I recently noticed that one particular GC'er had logged 1025 finds on one day. The maths intrigues me. Allowing for a truly extended day, say 4 am to 10 pm, that would be 18 hours. There are 64,800 seconds in 18 hours which means that this person found a cache every 63 SECONDS, for 18 hours straight. I don't think I could even write the entry in the log book in 63 seconds. Obviously, these finds are on "Power Trails" and I wonder if perhaps people are teaming up and "sharing" their finds, i.e. three or more people search, one to each section of a trail, and sign the log for the other members of the team. Is this really fair? Is it an objective for some people to simply amass as high a score as possible? That seems a little sad. To me, the beauty of this pastime is not seeing how many caches I can find, haw many TB's I can move, or how many FTF's I can get, but the challenge of navigating to a place I may not have been before, the chance to visit locations I may not necessarily had planned to visit and the opportunity to match wits with the CO. I recently did part of the Wandoo trail, and to tell the truth, the constant starting and stopping to find caches that were, in the main, not particularly difficult, and only a few hundred metres apart, didn't do all that much for me. Perhaps having a designated driver would be a considerable advantage with this sort of thing, but doing it alone was a pain in the bum. Yesterday I travelled 350 kms to collect 20 finds, including two "multi-mystery" caches, one in Wyalkatchem and one in Dowerin (I can recommend both) and thoroughly enjoyed myself, a thousand times better than doing the Wandoo. What do other think? Regards Mike (Greyroamer)
  5. Hi Pup Patrol, you're correct, but your link is incorrect -- it takes you to ZED (no exclamation mark) in Colorado, USA, not Zed! in Oz. Mike
  6. Taking a guess it's ZED! http://www.geocaching.com/seek/nearest.aspx?u=ZED! Cacher wants to retire, archives his caches, doesn't remove the containers, folks continue to find them. some even replace the container and the log book. B.
  7. This one wasn't very funny at the time. I noted an Earthcache on the top of Kokerbin Rock, which was only about 9 kilometres from where I was camped in my caravan. I had climbed the rock (the 3rd largest monolith in Australia) about a year previously, prior to the earthcache being placed, to find a couple of conventional caches. I climbed to the top, made the relevant notes and went back to camp and logged the find. Four days later, I decided to enter a few GC's into the GPSr for later on and couldn't find it. After searching the van and the car, I realised that I must have left it on top of the cairn on top of Kokerbin Rock. Mad rush back there and a double-time climb up the 122 metre high rock (nearly killed me), only to find it wasn't there – of course it wouldn't be, not after 4 days!! I got back to my camp, cursing and swearing and flopped back down to recover, and Blow Me Down! – There it sat, large as life, out in the open sitting on top of the bedside table. Oldtimer's Disease is creeping up! I think I might have to put a cord on it and hang it around my neck.
  8. I was wondering what is the accepted protocol regarding an "Archived" cache? If the cache has been archived by the owner and "Abandoned", that is, the container and log are still in place, what should a person do if they then find it? A prominent GC'er recently archived a large number of caches in Western Australia, presumably because they had retired from active GC'ing and no longer wanted to service and maintain the caches. I had previously found a significant number of these caches before they were archived, so I know where they are and could well be in the location again in the future. Should I:-- 1) do nothing and simply let time and weather destroy the cache. 2) take the container and place it in another location and claim ownership for a "new" cache? (In which case what should I do with the old log?) 3) request that the administrators "un-archive" the cache and assume responsibility for maintenance in the original location? 4) try to contact the original owner to transfer responsibility? 5) something else that I haven't thought of? The thought that there are dozens, scores, perhaps even hundreds of abandoned caches out there is rather disappointing and represent a considerable amount of time and money by the original owners. These efforts should be given due value in some way. Any suggestions ? ? ? Greyroamer
  9. G'Day from W.A. I opened a cache today on the Wandoo "minerals" power trail and it contained what appears to be a trackable item, but I can't find it in either the cache details or on a trackables search. The item is an "EXTAGZ" marked, $99, 100 TAGZ and is numbered 000380. On the back is a butterfly underneath the words "RAJAH BROOKE" I tried going into the EXTAGZ website at www.larival.ericles.com, but you need to be a member to log the tag, and I don't particularly want to join any new organizations. Any clues?? Thanks, Mike
  10. I am curious about the high number of caches logged by some members. I was glancing at one member's stats to find that they had a "best day" of 188 caches on the one day. Another had 284 and a third had 325 Even allowing for the idea of scrabbling around in the dark with a torch, this seems a little hard to believe. Using a more reasonable estimate of 14 hours continuous searching, for 188 finds this amounts to 1 find every 4 minutes and 28 seconds, including time to move from 1 cache to the next. For 284 finds, this is one every 2 minutes and 58 seconds and for 325 finds, this is one every 2 minutes and 35 seconds. I also notice that several members with many thousands of finds, have not permitted public view of their statistics. I wonder why? Am I missing something here? Is there a way of teleporting from one location to another that is not included in the orientation video? Or is it allowable to log caches when you drive past at high speed? Or is there simply some sort of ego thing about having more finds than anybody else. Seems to me that rather defeats the underlying concept of geocaching. Regards Mike
  11. Thanks for the replies. It's now two months later and I have invested in the entry-level Etrex 10 for about $100 Aussie. To tell the truth, several of the finds I have made in the last couple of weeks, I would never have found without the GPS (I don't have a smart phone). I have now found 110+ caches in a little under ten weeks and am really enjoying the experience. Just a note to people placing caches, remember that some of us are not as young as we once were and crawling through the undergrowth on hands and knees loses its charm after a while. Mike
  12. Does anybody out there hate those pesky Nano's as much as I do. I can see the point, perhaps, on places such as bus shelters or the rear of road signs, but IMO, people who put them on artillery pieces or agricultural machinery and the like deserve a special place in the hereafter and shouldn't bother to pack winter undies. The flamin' things are difficult to find, sometimes almost impossible to extract the log without a pair of needle-nose pliers, very difficult to sign the log and don't even ask how difficult to re-roll and stuff back in the holder. I'm rapidly getting to the point of ignoring caches which are indicated as being nano's. What's wrong with the good old magnetic mint tin or key holder? Seriously, to me the whole point of geocaching, is the "GEO". Travelling to places which we may not ordinarily visit, the navigating, often through the bush to the location and then the pleasure (both to the finder and the placer)of signing the log to verify the visit. Spending 20 - 30 minutes crawling upside down in stinking heat or freezing rain, is NOT what I signed up for. There are some people out there (defemation laws discourage naming names, but you know who you are) who seem to take great pleasure in making the actual locating of the container as difficult as possible, and to me that is not the point of the exercise. In addition, some of our kids are interested in geocaching and this sort of thing can make them quickly lose interest. Well, I'm glad I got that off my chest and I feel a lot better for it. I would be interested in hearing other similar or opposing views. Mike
  13. Hi, I'm new to geocaching, but as a Grey Nomad, wandering all over Australia, I thought it may fit in well with my chosen lifestyle. Until I have tried it for a while, I am loathe to spend money on a hand-held GPS, so at the moment I am locating the hides on Google Maps, writing down the description and clues and taking a screenshot of the Google Maps location. So far it seems to be working and I have found 5 caches in the last week. Does anybody else do such bare-bones navigation??? Regards Mike
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