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  1. 23 hours ago, Viajero Perdido said:

    Preparation for Mt. Everest is quite Difficult.


    Aah, whatever. Choose your battles. How are the maps coming?

    Yeah, I suppose it's quite difficult to pack mountaineering equipment, make travel reservations and get a hold of a travel guide along with rounding up a bunch of Sherpas to carry all your stuff. ;)

  2. 23 hours ago, on4bam said:

    I hope that an event on Mount Everest (even at one of the camps) will not be D1. While an extreme example I would go against rating rating all events D1 if not only for where it's not "wheelchair accessible".

    If guidelines state that caches should be rated as accurate as possible then why not events? If the problem is D5/T5 rated events that are not D5/T5 then reviewers can step in or maybe events should not be taken into account for statistics.

    You're thinking about the T-rating.

  3. 5 hours ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

    That's been my experience as well, especially in a large city which gets tourists from many places.  Someone from Spain or one of the Scandinavian countries that didn't speak English might have more trouble communicating than someone from the U.S. that only spoke English.  That said, it's worth learning basic greetings,  "thank you" , and "do you speak English" in the local language.  Even if that's all you know, I've found that in most countries at least making an attempt is appreciated.  

    I travel a pretty fair amount and have never purchased a local sim card or international service plan.   If I were to go to a country for a couple of weeks or more I might but most of my trips are a week or less.  

    A lot of countries really do appreciate it when tourists at least try.

  4. Foreign languages are easily translated with the technology we have today. Back in the day, people had to walk around with a translation book (English to Czech).

    I cached in Romania a couple of years ago, and I didn't even bother translating anything (most everything was in English anyway). I used my "geo-senses" to snag the cache.

  5. On ‎12‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 11:26 AM, WiFi902 said:


    They don't have time to fix easy things like this because they're always working on things that will encourage new members to join instead of working on things that will keep current members happy and satisfied.


    How easy would it be to fix that, and what things are they always working on that encourages new members to join that current members do not get access to?


  6. I think Leprechauns has it right.

    I tried to streak and it quickly ended after 11 days or so. I started in December, while working in a major metropolitan city so I thought to myself, "this should be easy, Seattle is filled with caches" but those 30 minute lunch breaks soon filled up with walking all over downtown for caches and not actually getting anything to eat.

    I never really had a good support system, either. Family members weren't exactly into caching so on evenings when we wanted to hangout, and I needed a cache, it just didn't work out. Also, I cached locally and burned myself by already having found a lot near home. So in order to streak, I'd have to travel farther out before work or after work then I wanted to. And I soon realized this around day four or five. And then all my other obligations started to get in the way. And then I started to worry that I'd cache so much that I'd get burned out. I didn't want to ruin geocaching for myself so I just stopped.

    Some members are right. People go on these long streaks and then quit and are never heard from again. I've talked to two people who did streaks, and both admitted to cheating.


    Good luck.  

  7. On 12/21/2017 at 9:47 PM, Michaelcycle said:

    Why would you want to? Getting credit for logging a cache in another country should at least involve setting foot in that country. I never understood the "cooperative caches" where people could get credit for another country by "teaming" up with someone far away. It's a big, amazing and interesting world out there. Go visit it!

    Exactly. Might as well call a friend in Italy and have them sign the logbook for you then log a Found it! on the cache even though you never really found the cache. But hey, your friend did. So all is good. ^_^

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  8. If it were me I'd just cache and not worry about who owns what and who's maintaining what. If the cache needs repair, post a NM and move on. If it doesn't get repaired within a few months or so, post a NA and be done with it. The rest works itself out. 

  9. On 11/19/2017 at 1:46 PM, barefootjeff said:

    Oh come on, please! I was 2TF on that cache and the coordinates were spot on. Just because one person had GPS problems isn't a fault of the cache or the CO. Yes, the most recent log indicates a water problem, but that was only a week ago. Does that make it abandoned rubbish?


  10. On 11/10/2017 at 2:29 PM, brendan714 said:

    I was out geocaching with a friend last night, when we both mentioned how it's felt like there haven't been very many geocaches published lately in our city of 1.2 million+ compared to last year or the year before.  That led me to do some searching.  Here is a list of the number of geocaches published per year in my city over the last 10 years:

    2008 - 585
    2009 - 622
    2010 - 659
    2011 - 608
    2012 - 671
    2013 - 537
    2014 - 602
    2015 - 867
    2016 - 581
    2017 - 257 (up to Nov. 10, 2017)

    So we aren't imagining things - there are far fewer new geocaches this year compared to the average.  I know that the year isn't over yet, but November and December is typically a slow time for geocaching here.

    Some obvious possible reasons for this might be that there are fewer unique hiding spots, fewer geocachers, geocachers who aren't willing to hide new/more caches, and/or a lack of new or different gameplay elements to entice hiders.

    Have you noticed this around you too?

    EDIT: Use THIS LINK if you'd like to check your own area.  Change the location, distance and year.

    Maybe cachers are running out of room on the game board. I don't worry about these kinds of things. There are plenty of caches in the world to go find, and worrying about "declining numbers" all the time is not necessary in my opinion. I've only found a little over a thousand caches with no end in sight. 


    Cache on. 

  11. On 10/16/2017 at 6:57 AM, Kayaker29 said:

    I don't understand why so many logs  are so long and full of unrelated personal information. Does anyone really care about how many bug bites you got that day, how many squirrels your dogs chased or any other mindless junk? Keep your comments short and related to the cache. It makes in a lot more interesting and pertinent to the hobby.

    And when every cache is plagued with "TFTH" and "QEF" then what? Oh wait... 

  12. 18 hours ago, narcissa said:

    Start a fresh account and stop airing your dirty laundry with fellow geocachers unless they are close friends. This is a game. It's supposed to be fun. Nobody wants to be put in a position where they feel they are taking sides with acquaintances. Breakups can suck, but you need to find a more appropriate outlet for dealing with your personal issues.

    I agree with this. Also, look at it from the community perspective. Here they have two friends that are no longer together. I'm sure everyone around you is feeling just as awkward as you. They don't know what to do either. 

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  13. On 9/16/2017 at 3:50 PM, L0ne.R said:

    So, my neighbor's grass is 2 feet high. He's a perfectly healthy 40 year old but keeps saying he doesn't have time to mow the lawn. Every evening he's in front of the TV. I'm out cutting my own grass, would it be the neighborly thing to do to cut his grass? Would my neighbors think it was a good thing that I cut his grass while he watched another 4 hours of Netflix? Would my other neighbors get all gong ho about taking turns cutting his grass? 

    I think it's more likely the neighbors will get together and discuss who amongst us is going to call city hall and have the city light a fire under his lazy behind. 

    And if you were to take this approach, and started cutting his grass, eventually he will be seated on his porch with his feet up drinking coffee watching you push the mower around his yard. Or he may not even bother with a simple "thank you" after you're done. 


    On 9/17/2017 at 3:07 AM, arisoft said:

    If the logbook is not full anymore, the cache do not need maintenance.

    It promotes laziness. Simple maintenance issues can be fixed by leaving another log book when one is full or dumping water out of the container. But the problems still exist. The container has an obvious breach in the container to allow the water in and it needs to be fixed by the CO. The log books need to be collected and audited by the CO. These are the duties that need to be performed by the CO not the cachers. 

    If the CO can't be bothered to fix simple issues like replacing a broken container that is collecting water every two weeks, then the cache needs to be archived and the CO needs to come get his/her trash and move on. 

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  14. On 9/16/2017 at 7:02 AM, kunarion said:


    As an example, GC11TY9 had a missing lid for the past 3 years, when the NM was logged.  Also, there's a mention of a nearby homeless camp.  If you decide that's where you wish to bring cachers, by adopting the cache or creating a new cache at that spot, prepare for more maintenance issues.

    I would go ahead and NA if a lid has been missing for three years. If that's the case, it's obvious the CO has no interest in maintaining the cache site. 

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  15. 17 hours ago, Manville Possum said:


    You really think that about your fellow geocachers? :(

    Not about my fellow geocachers, no. About people? Yes. Sometimes as people we get caught up in the moment and may or may not realize what we are doing or where we are parking our vehicles. :unsure:

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