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  1. Might be different if I were a lady or in the city but I mostly cache in rural areas so not overly worried about the car leaving without me.
  2. Generally, IMO, if you can leave the car running and find the cache it's a P&G.
  3. Leave as much swag as you want, within reason. Generally the logbook should be easy to find and opening the container shouldn't be hampered by the swag.
  4. IDK, if the basic membership is supposed to be an introductory version it makes sense to only show very easy caches. I remember being a newbie and trying to find nanos, I was very difficult with no experience. I have heard of people quitting because they start out looking just for nanos or more difficult hides. Almost seems like newbies are better off steered toward caches no smaller than "small" and low difficulty. Reall, $30 a year for premium isn't expensive. What other hobby can you have that only costs $30 a year?
  5. From my gsak stats: Most consecutive days without a find: 2,698, from 03/25/2002 to 08/12/2009 And if I recall a similar thread correctly, I do NOT hold the record! lol....I'm at 2929. Got poison ivy really bad, had the skin literally peel off my legs. So, took a long time to recover and build up the guts to go out again.
  6. Seems to me you can do what you want with them. You can keep them for collecting purposes. You can activate them and see where they go. You can trade them with other geocachers, give them out as gifts to geocaching friends. Sell them..ect.
  7. Yeah, main advantages are battery life, durability and better signal in remote areas. When I lived in the Twin Cities I really had no use for a GPSr had there been smartphones at that time. There are thousands of caches in the Twin Cities and you'd never be anywhere without cell reception. Now I live in a rural area where many caches are not in places with reliable cell signal so I prefer the GPSr.
  8. I don't think we need to attack the OP. I don't like to see anyone leave the hobby. I personally don't see how his points were valid reasons to drop Geocaching but to each their own. I'm fully aware that there are free apps out there that may be better but I pay for and use the Geoacaching app. Most of these other apps basically steal data that premium members pay for. Premium members are the ones paying for any upgrades and day to day costs that GS pays for. Sure, GS has been lagging in some areas but I support them all the same with my premium membership. I respect that not everyone has the money to pay $30 for a membership, but there are still tons of caches available for basic members. Also, IDK about other areas but there are quite a few very good caches around here available on the basic membership. However, if GS is going to generate revenue and stay in business they have to give people a reason to pay for the product. If they give everyone all the goodies for nothing what would pay for GS's costs? Also, I believe the owners are entitled to a profit. Could the app be better? No doubt about that. Is it as bad as people make it sound? No. Granted, I prefer to use a GPSr but I still cache frequently with my phone because it's always in my pocket. I find that app pretty easy to use, I don't have issues finding caches, the phone gets me to GZ and I'm good.
  9. When I lived in the Twin Cities Metro area there were literally thousands of caches within a reasonable bike ride.
  10. IDK, as far as hobbies go Geocaching is pretty cheap. Don't need a GPSr, Don't need a phone, Don't need a premium membership. The basic game is free. I know in my area there are over 200 caches you can get on basic for free and if I go out another 10-15 I can add another 200. Even if you add in some equipment and premium it's still cheap. You can get a basic GPSr for under $50 if you buy an older used unit that works fine. Most cellphones will run the app fine so if you have one already, you're good to go. Premium is $30.00 per year. There are not many hobbies you can invest under $100 in and have $30 yearly expense to be involved in it. I do get that even $30 a year is a lot depending on what you make and how many people you have in your family but you could all share an account. I can tell you that some of my other hobbies (metal detecting) it's fairly cheap.
  11. There is certainly no NEED to buy a GPSr. A GPSr is generally going to perform better. GPSr's generally have a better antenna for the GPS chip, the digital compass is generally better because it reacts faster than the one on the app. GPSr is going to do better most of the time under cover. While the above may be true it isn't such a huge difference that it should warrant buying a GPSr for everyone. The performance for phones is very good in areas with a cell signal because they use the cell towers+GPS, they tend to be better than GPSr in dense urban areas like downtown areas where there are a lot of large buildings. With a premium membership a phone can download caches and use them offline so you can use them in areas without a cell signal, but the accuracy isn't as good, but probably good enough to find a cache. I think the best reason to get a GPSr is for the durability and if you also like hiking/hunting/fishing. I really don't want to drop my $800 phone in a puddle and ruin it or drop it on a rock and crack the screen. Also, most GPSrs are waterproof so rain is no issue. Like I said above overall accuracy is better, particularly under cover and the compass is better. The issue with comparing performance is each GPSr and phone is different. There are relatively few GPSrs out right now compared to years ago but there are thousands of phones, all of which have difference GPS chips, software and hardware. There are phones that probably perform very close to a GPSr and others that are complete garbage. Personally, I use both. I use my phone to navigate to a cache in the car and my GPSr to navigate from car to cache. Sometimes if I think something is weird I'll pull out the phone to confirm things. Like I said, no NEED for a GPSr but I think the GPSr is definitely better suited for caches deeper in the woods or off the beaten path where the elements can not be great for a phone. There are some performance benefits for a GPSr but really, once you get good at geocaching the little bit extra performance isn't that big.
  12. My go to in more urban areas is to put my cellphone to my ear and walk around until people move on, even make fake conversations if they're close enough to hear. Other places, just making it look like you're picking up trash seems to work.
  13. Could be anything. Do you have the link to it? Most archieved caches can still be viewed. Chances are that you listed a cache that broke a rule of some sort.
  14. To sum it up yes, it does basic paperless caching but your're not getting all the info the new garmins do or what at smartphone does.
  15. Still looking to sell for $50+$5 shipping?
  16. I'm not sure what's ridiculous about it. The orginal price was $90, which is the going rate on Ebay for this GPS, used in good condition. Obviously, he wasn't getting any bites here so he cut the price to sell it faster. I don't see that problem.
  17. Letterboxing looks cool! I may have another outdoor hobby.
  18. Might be that the OP asked about caching with a phone in the rain and you spout off about using a GPSr which isn't what the OP asked for. Also, comparing using a phone for a gps to using a grabage bag for a rain coat is sort of a put down. Not only a put down but a poor analogy. Or it could be that everytime someone mentions using a phone you talk about your "I carry my ruggedized, water resistant GPS unit". Clearly you think using a phone is inferior and will derail a thread to state it. Or... I could be just offering my helpful opinions and personal experiences. Whatever you chose to believe I guess. Helpful would have been giving a suggestion on how to better weatherproof their phone, not suggesting buying a GPSr when that's not the question.
  19. Might be that the OP asked about caching with a phone in the rain and you spout off about using a GPSr which isn't what the OP asked for. Also, comparing using a phone for a gps to using a grabage bag for a rain coat is sort of a put down. Not only a put down but a poor analogy. Or it could be that everytime someone mentions using a phone you talk about your "I carry my ruggedized, water resistant GPS unit". Clearly you think using a phone is inferior and will derail a thread to state it.
  20. I saw a story about the local Geocaching Organization on the local news. It looked cool, so I bought a Magellan 300 used off of Ebay. That was about 4 years ago or so.
  21. I have not seen that problem yet. My only question is whether or not you had a good data signal or not.
  22. And, a cheap GPS will not give you the paperless functionality of the cheapest smartphone. I wouldn't mind betting you can get a second hand smartphone (Android or WinMo especially) or a Pocket PC capable of running caching software and memory maps for less money than a GPS such as the Oregon. So the non GPS option may just be the cheaper one. Our Etrex Legend cost around £150 which is not a small sum and yet for full day caching trips taking in multis and wherigos we would be lost without the added functionality of the ppc. Yes, in the US you can get an Optimus V from Virgin Mobile for around $119, new. For $25 per month you get unlimited data,texting and internet plus 300 minutes. I'd imagine you could get a used phone for that or less. So far I'm pretty impressed with the caching capabilities of the Optimus V. Most of the time it's spot on.
  23. It must be a tribe by tribe sort of thing but here in MN they are all pretty open to Goecaching. There are multiple caches on reservations here.
  24. As far as I know iPhon 3 and 4G both have GPS capability. I don't own an iphone, but I know on my android phone I have to activate the GPS. Some apps activate it automatically. I would see if you need to turn on the GPS function or not. Explaining how to use a GPSr or an App over forums is pretty difficult. I would have your hubby or someone who knows how the app works show you in person.
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