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  1. Anyone interested in Un-Activated 2013 Geocoin Club Geocoins? Send me a message.
  2. Thanks Keystone that was helpful. Note: I asked this question in the Northwest USA instead of the Australia section of the forum so as to not offend the local reviewer. But all good I have my answer now.
  3. So there is no actual guideline but the reviewers Interpretation of what is appropriate to publish.
  4. Hi Mate Improving the stocks of Swappable items in Geocache's is no easy task but we will get there in the end.
  5. Firstly this is not a dig at the local reviewer. They do an amazing job. Just to be clear. I have created a series of Challenge Caches based on each of the ProjectGC Badges. Before I started the project / placement I emailed the local reviewer and asked if there would be any issues in placing the series. I got nothing back so I went ahead with the series. I placed and published the Bronze, silver and gold caches without issue. Then came the Platinum caches (30 caches in total). The first time the Platinum caches were knocked back I was told that I needed to do Maintenance before I could place any more caches. I complied and did the required Maintenance before resubmitting the Platinum level caches again. This time I was told by the reviewer that that the Platinum caches (30 caches in total) were to close to the other 90 caches in the series. The distance from 60 of the caches is 92kms and the distance from the the other 30 caches is 125kms. Also the first 90 caches were mostly park and grabs where the next 30 caches were along a fire trail that was a 25km return hike. I caches were again knocked back for publication by the reviewer stating that the distance was to close and that the saturation challenge of caches was to great within a 100km radius. My questions are: What is the Rule on Placing Challenge Caches? How many challenge caches of a similar type (based on each of the ProjectGC Badges can I place in my 160km radius from my house? Is it worth contacting HQ to have the series placement reviewed?
  6. Found this article on the internet. Reposted for information only Geocaching Trade Items: Things you should NEVER put in a cache As a Geocacher, you know that one of the things that can make finding a cache fun is the treasure, the goodies, the swag, the trade items that you might discover (especially for younger hunters). If you've been geocaching for a while, you probably also know that the quality and appropriateness of swag can vary widely from cache to cache. If you're ready to hide a geocache, or if you're bringing items to trade, here are a few things you should know. Geocaching is a family-friendly activity and cache contents should be suitable for all ages. Keep in mind this scenario: Young kids could go geocaching without an adult, ride a bike or hike to a cache and find it all on their own. It's for this reason that you'll want to make sure that you follow these guidelines (from Geocaching.com) for trade items. Explosives, fireworks, ammunition, lighters, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), drugs, alcohol and any illicit material should not be placed in a cache. If someone other than you places an inappropriate item in a cache that you own and this is reported, the cache may be temporarily disabled. As the cache owner, you may be asked to remove the questionable item before the cache listing is re-enabled. In addition to those items, there are things that we've learned never to put in a cache. Bubbles! A bottle of bubbles may seem like a good, kid friendly idea, but we've run into too many geocaches that had the bubbles leak and made a mess of the inside of the container. Those freebie bubbles they sometimes give out at weddings are especially susceptible to mess making. I know you're thinking that you'll put in a brand new sealed bottle of bubbles that won't leak. It will. It will expand and contract from the heat or some cacher will find it, open the seal, blow a few bubbles, put it back and now we're back to the mess making again. Soap: A bad idea for a couple reasons. For one, see the bubbles mess making. All it takes is a little bit of water and the soap quickly becomes mush. Messy mush. Soap also tends to have a scent which can attract animals. These animals don't know it's soap, they sometimes think it's food and will chew through a container to get at it. In fact avoid leaving anything that might have a scent like lip balm and perfume. Then there's actual food. This include candies, gum, nuts and all other things that animals might want to get at. Besides, would you want your kid eating food they found in a geocache?
  7. Hi Phoenix48, Well done on becoming a new Lackey (as of April 2021)
  8. Gone up 40 plus hides, 300 finds and 180 fav points since this post. More to come
  9. Here is my profile. Please come and have send me a friends request if you would like https://www.geocaching.com/p/default.aspx?u=DARKSIDEDAN
  10. Here is my profile. Please come and have a look at it as I am also looking for some more flags for my Flag Counter https://www.geocaching.com/p/default.aspx?u=DARKSIDEDAN
  11. Anyone know what is the Oldest Active Cache in Western Australia?
  12. Geocaching is the outdoor treasure hunt taking people out of their comfort zones and around the world By Penny Travers Posted Saturday 17 August 2019 at 8:03am A search of this hollow log reveals one of the 4,000 geocaches hidden across Canberra. ABC News: Penny Travers Wherever you are right now, you may be surprised to know there are hundreds of treasures hidden all around you — and people out looking for them. They are concealed on street lights, under rocks and up in trees — little containers at the centre of an outdoor, world-wide scavenger hunt called geocaching. The treasure hunters, known as geocachers, navigate using GPS coordinates to track down and find a cleverly hidden 'geocache' and add it to their tally. The recreation even has its own day. Today marks International Geocaching Day. "Geocaches come in all different shapes and sizes — anything from the size of a button all the way up to a large ammunitions can," retired public servant Thomas Schulze said. As Mr Schulze explains, inside the cache is a logbook, where the finder signs their name. He has done so some 14,700 times. Thomas Schulze has found more than 14,700 geocaches across Australia and the world. ABC News: Penny Travers "Effectively geocaching is my form of exercise so I enjoy it for the fresh air, the sunshine, walking in the bush and going out with friends," he said. "Often you'll find a spot that you'll never find in a tourist brochure — it's fantastic." When Mr Schulze started geocaching 17 years ago, there were just three caches to find in Canberra. Now there are almost 4,000 — 800 of which Mr Schulze himself has hidden. "Chances are anywhere in the ACT there'll be one within a couple of hundred metres," he said. Encouraged to try new things Before Lisa Kay caught the geocaching bug, she had never been overseas. But in the past 12 months, the 44-year-old has travelled to the United States, Hong Kong and China in search of hidden treasure. "It takes you to new places you'd never think of going — hidden little gems that geocaching sort of points out," Ms Kay said. Lisa Kay opens up an elaborate geocache hidden in Canberra bushland. ABC News: Penny Travers There are approximately 3 million geocaches across 190 countries, with more popping up every day. And the respite support worker said the pursuit kept her active. "If you wanted me to walk up a hill, I probably wouldn't," Ms Kay said. "But if you put a cache up there, I'll go. If it's a 'first-to-find' I might even jog a little." Other geocachers, like Kathy Hicks, credit the geocaching for pushing her past her comfort zone. "Before taking up geocaching, I hadn't climbed a tree since I was a kid," she said. "I've climbed about 80 trees in the last seven years to find caches. "I'm 55 years old, not many of us are still climbing trees." Ms Hicks even bought a kayak so she could navigate to some of the harder-to-reach caches in the middle of Canberra's lakes. But she said it was not just the challenge of trying new things that kept her searching for caches. Kathleen Hicks reveals a cache disguised as a metal plate on a light pole. Other caches can be as tiny as a button.( ABC News: Penny Travers She regularly meets up with other cachers to go treasure hunting together — sometimes even cleaning up rubbish as they go. "We have a wonderful geocaching community here in Canberra and we have meet-ups called 'Cache in trash out'," she said. "The world is our playground, so you clean up as you search for a cache." Mega events are also held annually across Australia, where hundreds of cachers from around the world will come together to share their love of the hobby. Fun for all ages and abilities Each cache is rated in terms of how difficult it is to get to and how hard it is to find once you arrive at its location. Mr Schulze said geocaching offered something for everyone. "If the terrain is listed as a [grade] one, people in a wheelchair should be able to get that — we like to try and accommodate everybody," he said. Jasmine, 10, enjoys swapping toys in the caches she finds with her mother Danielle Sharma.( ABC News: Penny Travers Some of the caches contain an item to swap — like a toy or trinket — which was what enticed 10-year-old Jasmine to join her mother Danielle Sharma out geocaching. "You're supposed to swap with something of equal or higher value so the next child that comes along can swap and get a toy as well," Ms Sharma said. "You're giving as well as receiving and it's a good way for children to experience that generosity for others." There are even gadget caches that are tricky to open and some that require the searcher to solve a cryptic puzzle online before uncovering the GPS coordinates. "There's something exciting about finding something out in the bush or in town that people walk past every day and never know it's there," Ms Sharma said.
  13. Participants from across U.S. attend geocaching festival in Knox County Emma Davis, Report for America Corps Member Jun 4, 2021 MOUNT VERNON -- Ian Lengel, president of the Ohio Geocaching Association, stood on a truck bed and addressed the geocachers filing into the field outside the Agricultural Museum at the Knox County Fairgrounds Friday morning. “Who here is from southwest Ohio?” he asked the crowd, ticking through the geographic regions of the state. While those questions received minimal response, when Lengel asked who came from out of state, the crowd roared. People from across the state and as far away as Arizona traveled to Knox County this weekend to participate in the first Ohio GeoClash Festival. Lengel chose to host the festival in Knox County because of its central location in relation to Ohio as a whole. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that uses a Global Positioning System. Kathy Vandersyde traveled from Pennsylvania with her children to attend the festival. Her goal for the weekend: find as many caches, or hidden containers, as possible. While some participants, like Kathy, are into the competition of geocaching, others participate to meet people and explore new places, including festival attendee Matt Burriss from Steubenville. Burriss has been geocaching for approximately 10 years, he said, and first became interested in geocaching through his job as a therapist. “I was counseling a family and I asked them to find something that they all enjoyed to do together and they came back and described geocaching to me,” he said. “And I thought, well, this is really interesting. I think I might like to try this. “So I started investigating, and I got hooked.” Randy Ives from Grafton, has also been geocaching for 10 years. Recently, his 12-year-old daughter, who joined him for the festival, began geocaching as well. Several families, including pets, attended the festival together. Geocaching offers people a chance to learn the history of an area as well, which is what drew Carol and John Reynolds from Duncansville, Pennsylvania, to attend the festival. Some geocaches have codes that geocachers can scan to learn information about the area in which the cache is found, including those on Knox County’s new geotrail, the State Scenic River GeoTrail, which launched concurrent with the festival on Friday. Lengel worked with Katie Hux, administrative assistant for the Knox County Park District, to organize the festival and coordinate the trail launch, he said. When the caches for the festival and trail went live, participants dispersed to their cars, took out their GPSs and began the hunt. The number of geocaching accounts — which can be one person or a group of family and friends participating as a unit — registered for the festival reached 430 on Friday, Lengel said, which was an increase from earlier in the week. “I knew it was going to be big, especially because coming out of this pandemic we haven’t had any events like this in a year,” Lengel said. “I knew people were going to be really excited to just get out in the world.” Alex and Jacob Reid, siblings from Columbus, who are at the festival, began geocaching during the COVID-19 pandemic because it was one of the few activities available without interacting with other people. While Lengel said he recognizes a number of familiar names on the registration list, he noted that new geocachers, including Mount Vernon locals, are also taking part. The festival will conclude Saturday evening, when participants have the opportunity to win prizes, including Amazon gift cards and geocaching-themed items, including memberships to geocaching.com and geocaching merchandise. The event is funded by organization memberships and event merchandise sales, Lengel said.
  14. Foundation Friend of the Maze is $125 Exclusive, VIP access, for one (1) team member to the invitation only, pre-opening of the Australian GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit on the day before the official opening, for each and every MEGA that the maze appears at, forever. Your geocaching name will appear as a Foundation Friend at the Maze and on the Geocaching Victoria website for life. One (1) Special Edition, “Foundation Friend of the maze” geocoin with your team name etched into the edge of your coin. Other Special Edition, “Foundation Friend of the maze” merchandise. Opportunity for every MEGA that the maze appears at to purchase additional tickets to the exclusive, VIP access pre opening for other members of your geocaching team. Cost of additional immediate family team members is $25 per person. (Emailed and Confirmed that you Can't get your friends in into the Maze for $25) A warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that you have helped bring the first GPS Adventure Maze Exhibit to the Southern Hemisphere for all other geocachers to enjoy. An entry into the unique draw for "First to Find" draw for the Maze. OR 100% Free if you go between 10am to 4pm on the Saturday and between 10am and 2pm on the Sunday
  15. I have been luck enough to get my hands on some of the 2016 Egyptian Scarab Geocoins. In total there were 25 of this version made. These coins measure 2 inches wide and 10mm thick - with a highly detailed 3D Scarab design on the front, and the design on the back features soft enamels. These have pride and place in my collection and I will always think that these are the Best Geocoins ever made.
  16. What do you all think about Geocaching Swag? Is it a Good thing or a Bad thing? Personally I don't put swag into my Hides anymore.
  17. What is the best brand of Tree Fishing Pole and where did you buy your pole from?
  18. GPS Adventure Maze is coming to Victoria, Australia in November 2021 Geocaching Victoria has brought the GPS Adventure Maze icon down under with GC9C72H! This will be the first time ever that the GPS Maze has been to the Southern Hemisphere. It'll appear at The Wangaratta Event on the 13th-14th November 2021. More information can be found on Geocaching Victoria's website.
  19. I agree with Max and 99, I do think the griping about the lack of a bonus cache is unfair to the creator of the AL. Those who complete the Adventure Lab are entitled to their opinion, but I don't think you should expect a bonus for every Adventure Lab.
  20. Tallahassee-Lassie, I know you.... Come for another Visit
  21. GPS Adventure Maze Announcement - YouTube
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