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  1. OK, so Team Rampant Lion's made the photograph, but I'm not going to delete my previous post. I saw what had to be a bear track once, while caching in West Virginia. I have seen bears at other times, and I admit that it scared the *what bears do in the woods* out of me!
  2. Nice photo, Brian. <<<nothing deleted>>>
  3. Sorry, just teasing. We all know that anyone who geocaches knows what you meant! And although, as I mentioned in my first post in this topic, I typically travel over prepared with redundant systems for everything (especially a compass to back up my GPSr), it is funny that so many people just don't use common sense. I suppose being lost or disabled in an unfamiliar environment does encourage panic to varying degrees (no pun intended) and thus confusion leading to bad decisions. When I'm partaking of serious exploration in serious terrain, I always have a survival kit, and the most important thing in it is a good attitude. Without a level head and common sense, a person could die in his back yard.
  4. Actually, it's yellow, green, orange and blue.
  5. I'm confused; you're confused; he, she or it is a confused Confucius' Cat; this is worse than avatar switching!
  6. Knowing that, I guess all I need is my writing utensil!
  7. Actually, parking lot micros, Wal-mart micros and caches in abandoned, litter strewn lots don't yet have their own classification, so you can't hate those cache types. I don't think the OP intended this to be another lame cache bashing session. You can, however, hate micros if you want.
  8. I used to hate puzzle caches but with maturity, I've learned to love them (just like I do all the rest of of the cache types).
  9. Concrete, 3/4" plywood and fluorescent pink spray paint? There must be a word other than ambitious to describe this project. I certainly hope I get the opportunity to see it someday. The most I’ve spent (not including transportation) to set up a new cache is around $40.
  10. When I pack for an extended trip, I attempt to parcel everything. I put one small package (things I would want for a break) into a larger package (things I would want for a stroll) into another package (things I would want for a day hike) in to another (things for an overnighter), etc. Then, as Keystone illustrated, I have everything I need for most situations I will encounter. But the problem still lies in the discipline needed to choose the appropriate package. The hamster is for a snack later?
  11. In most of my outdoor activities, I am guilty of over-preparedness (I was a Boy Scout). I agree that most caching situations require little if any survival gear. Typically, when I don’t over pack, I under pack severely; I don’t take anything but my GPSr and a writing utensil. It’s nice to know you have everything you might need in any given situation, but it would also be nice to know that everyone sneaking around in the bushes is harmless and not a terrorist or bad guy. The atmosphere in the world today is very charged; there seems to be a mad rush to possess control over our situations. My theory is that this over packing you allude to in your OP is symptomatic and exclusive mostly to Americans who can acquire and afford all the little gimmicks that are available to outdoor recreation enthusiasts. You’re right. It’s sometimes comical to watch people prepare for a two mile hike in the wilderness. Edit: But there was that 3-hour cruise!
  12. Hasn't that been done before? Isn't there at least one junk car cache out there somewhere? There are at least 3 in Central Illinois. What about this part?
  13. Can you get me an invite to that conference? Your idea for a cache probably won't fly for at least two reasons. First, the cache, the way you described it, sounds like a commercial cache (not usually allowed). Second, the cache would, by guidelines, be required to have permanancy and be available to everyone.
  14. Hasn't that been done before? Isn't there at least one junk car cache out there somewhere? Not sure, but I know for a fact that someone thought of it.
  15. Here's an original idea (not mine): Cars make great caches, they are waterproof and can hold a lot of stuff. They can be enjoyable as well as troublesome. Lets say you have coordinates to a cache at the airport you are flying into, you find the cache and WOW there are car keys in the cache!! Attached to the keys are the coordinates where the car is parked. You find the car in good condition and check the stash in the trunk. Should you go for a drive? Here is where things get a little difficult. For the car to be a good usable cache car there should be an up to date insurance card in the glove box. It would also be good to have the signed title to the car so you could prove it wasn't stolen and also be able to sell it if you need the money. If you are at all suspicious about the car, please call the police and have them check and make sure its not stolen. If all is well, use the car, park it in a safe location, record its position on the keys and stash the keys in the same or a different cache. Stationary or Junk car caches can really be a problem. Even though a car can hold quite a stash of stuff and be easy to find with a gps maybe you should hold off before creating one. Dead car caches are best done on private land where the area can be controlled. If you don't mind having cache hunters on your property, go ahead, park your old van next to the barn and identify it as a cache on the internet.
  16. Seth! You ought to contact this guy (you can visit his profile by clicking on the photo); he and some of his caches are about as extreme as I have seen. Read more about him here.
  17. Or you can sign the log in blood when you fail! A pencil in the cache is the best bet, but someone who caches without their own utensil is just a dummy and deserves a DNF if they can't find a way to sign the logbook. Brian, you can also use those stubby, broken pencils, spindling them with your index fingers against a piece of bark, to make a signal fire and send smoke signals to the cache owner to ask for permission to log the cache without signing.
  18. That's kind of strange. This log and this one explain, perhaps, how geocaching was attracted to me, not the contrary. You see, I was just out in the woods one day and geocaching fell into my lap (seriously). Why do I still geocache? The name of my very first find sums it up: Are You up to the challange?
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