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  1. I am very pleased to announce Heli-Caching in the Lewiston, Id area. We got together with Kiwi Air to offer something special for the 2011 WSGA Campout and it will be continuing with more trips added after the campout.

    It starts August 5th and 6th for the registered Campout guests and will open up after that weekend for anyone to go Heli-Caching and earn a free coin (free :anibad:)

     

    Check them out http://www.kiwiairhelicopters.com/geo-caching.html

     

    Also on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiwi-Air-Helicopters-Flight-Seeing-Tours/125024867511632

     

    Here is the event page on facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193540233999734

     

    wow.. thats pretty wild.

  2. You could try the Washington State Geocaching Association website (www.wsgaonline.org) and look for a forum for the Cache-cadian chapter.. although looking in that forum, I see only two discussion threads for all of 2010.. so maybe they hang out somewhere else?..

     

    also, try attending some events if you haven't yet.. it's the best way to meet cachers and find some individuals or groups to cache with

     

    good luck..

  3. Maybe it's just me....

     

    Before you log a Needs Archived on a cache, shouldn't you go look for the thing first? And maybe log a DNF?

     

    And, not ask the owner to ensure it's there for you before you go look?

     

    And not ask for the NA just because the owner hasn't answered you?

     

    Like I said, maybe it just me....

     

    I think I would agree with you for Needs Archived.. particularly if the cache has been successfully found recently..

     

    I've never actually logged an NA, but Needs Maintenance, that's another story, but I think both are useful when a cache owner is not responding to a cache that is getting a ton of DNF's or notes and questions, and it can make for a frustrating experience for the cacher who makes an effort to find a cache, only to realize it's had a half dozen recent DNF's logged.. as I think we've all experienced

  4. I'm glad they are safe, but let's be clear about what those folks did. The "experienced" snowshoers went off trail without a means to navigate back to the trail and for whatever reason, were unable to follow their tracks back to safety. I call that type of experience arrogant for failing to maintain a the essential gear to get themselves out of backcountry navigational trouble.

     

    Even if all of our GPS receivers go on the fritz, I also carry a map and compass to find our way back to the car. This trail is wide and clear and not very easy to get lost on. If we choose to go off trail, we have the means to get back without calling SAR to help us find our way. Essentially, it would take a debilitating injury or situation to call for help and we will have the means even if out of cellular range.

     

    good to hear.. I too have spent my whole life camping, hiking, dirt biking etc. and I never go anywhere without all the proper emergency gear and several sources for navigation (Spot, GPS or two with batteries enough to last a few days, Green Trail maps, a lensatic compass and with knowledge on how to navigate using them).. but stuff always happens and it's hard to know the full story when you read of these things.. but that's not the reason I am not going.. I have wanted to give snowshoeing a try for years, and to combine it with Geocaching.. that's a hard to beat recipe for a good time.. but it's mostly the fact that I have a torn meniscus at the moment.

     

    Who knows though.. if I can get a cortisone shot in the next week and it helps with the pain, I would definitely change plans for this.

     

    So keep on planning and posting these, and feel free to promote all you want Criminal..

  5. 95 views and few replies. :o It’s soapbox time…

     

    C’mon people, you’ve seen the beautiful pictures, you know how to walk, so there’s nothing stopping you from snowshoeing. If you can walk around the mall, or scoot & loot on a cache machine, you can easily strap on a pair of snowshoes and walk in the beautiful and serene forest. Last Sunday, Maggie, Kevin, and I stopped just to listen to the sound of the falling snow. That one minute made the whole day.

     

    If you lack the equipment, you can rent snowshoes cheap, or just buy an inexpensive set. I’ve seen them as low as $15 on craigslist! Ask around, you probably know someone with an unused set in their garage or basement. Poles are nice, but not required. If I cannot attend this one, you can even borrow my shoes and poles at no charge.

     

    If you only lack confidence, then this is the perfect hike for you. TL said this is a beginner’s snowshoe, so it’s perfect for someone that has never tried it but thinks it might be fun. You will not be left behind, you will not get lost in the woods, and if you get tired you can just plop backwards into the soft snow and rest a bit. If you don’t think you have the physical ability or endurance, just give it a try- you may surprise yourself! If you want to go slow, go slow. We routinely get separated by speed and get strung out in smaller groups as we go along. We always keep track of who is with who and where they are (except for the Mt Aix hike but that is the only exception). You have, at any point along the trail, the option of turning around and following the tracks back to cars. There’s no shame in turning around, we have all done it!

     

    If you have any questions about what to bring or wear, just drop one of us a line and we’d be happy to help you. But seriously, it’s far easier than you may believe, and much more memorable than an afternoon of guardrail caches.

     

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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013778416_missingsnowshoers28m.html

  6. Having exactly the same issue as sandbetweenmytoes.

    Site has been up for the day and still no love on the IPAD.

     

    its working fine for me though still slow - it takes anywhere from sixty seconds to two minutes to acquire location fix once the app loads. It does help as others have suggested, to load the app, then press your home button to go to the iPhone desktop, then double tap the home button to go back to the app..

     

    lame, but it works

  7. Me and my boyfriend both have iPhone 3GS but with the version 4 software. After the second last and this last update our found caches are not filtered out, even though we've chosen not to include them in the settings. Anyone else having this problem? It's getting very frustrating indeed!

     

    try logging in to your account again (Menu/Settings). This happened to me as well on a recent update.. after re-entering my username and password, it correctly excluded my finds.

  8. Last week I was down visiting LA from Seattle and I read about this challenge down there called the "Hemet 100 caches in a day" challenge. This is a set of planned, easy, drive up caches (Power Trail?) along a 75 some mile loop Southeast of Hemet California. Since we don't have too much of this type of challenge up here (that I am aware of) I decided to give it a try. So I created a Pocket Query and downloaded it to my Oregon and set out for the drive out from LA to Hemmett and got a hotel room the night before so I could get an early start. It was quite the painful drive because of the traffic.. I mean we have bad traffic up here, but at worst, you might be in a rush hour crawl for what?, maybe ten-twenty miles, try SIXTY miles of bumper to bumper traffic on a fourteen lane (seven in each direction/five regular lanes and two HOV lanes) massive freeway (the 91). Probably the number one reason I moved away from California and really despise going back there.

     

    I got up early had breakfast and loaded up with lunch and plenty of water and got on the trail (so to speak) around 8:30 AM and finished up at Lake Hemet around 4:00 PM.. I had zero DNF's (which I thought was amazing, but they were all that easy to locate, so it was more the way they were hidden then any skill on my part) - and I found 96 of the 100. Two were disabled, and two had muggles too close to make the grab. I found one more in the town of Hemet and was trying like crazy to get 100 for the day, but it was getting dark, and the ones I went for had too many muggles around, or were just not suitable for finding alone in the dark in an unfamiliar town but I'll take the 97 smilies and call it good.. :^)

     

    p.s. had I thought ahead, I would have also downloaded all the other caches along the route, or used my iPhone (although reception was spotty) and could have easily gotten 100.. maybe even 130 caches but the bookmark list I used for my PQ had only the challenge caches.. rats!

     

    As others, I really appreciate the time and effort it took to place these, and maintain them. Several of the logs were quite wet, especially ones in the small PVC pipe containers but overall I was amazed at the quality and conditions of all those containers and the hiding locations.. a couple of which I almost didn't have to get out of my car. What I didn't like was the constant flow of traffic.. I eventually got used to it and just drove up and did my thing, but some were right at intersections and I just could not believe the amount of traffic in such a rural location.. but that's California for ya.. which is why I moved to Seattle thirty years ago.. The traffic also made for some harrowing starts and stops as many cache locations were in small little one car pull outs along narrow, windy roads through canyons.. so it would have been safer having someone along to act as lookout and probably would have made it more fun too.

     

    Not sure I would ever do this type of challenge again, I prefer wilderness caches that usually involve a hike or mtn bike and take me to interesting places, but it was fun to give this one a go and the portion of the loop on the Lake Hemet side was quite spectacular.

     

    -happy deac0n

     

    Bookmark for the Hemet 100 Caches in a day challenge

    http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.a...8c-2188c7acefae

  9. I will be visiting family next week (December 4-8) down in Lake Forest and wondering if

     

    A. someone could point me to a bookmark of their favorite OC/SoCal caches

     

    and

     

    B. if anyone is up for doing some caching during the week.. Monday (12/6) afternoon/evening or any time on Tuesday (12/7) are the best times for me. I prefer wilderness areas with light to moderate terrain as opposed to urban/suburaban caching.. but would be open to just about anything since caching alone is not as fun as doing it with others.

     

    no cachers in Orange County?

  10. i have a iphone 4` this new update is crap!!! says im 7789 miles from my hunt !! IM not in africa! wtf?!?! 10.00 app and you get this bull? Fix this now!! I wanna cache today but not with this crappy what used to be good app!

     

    hurry up and fix this !

     

    Oh yeah and its running slower then ever before ! Like 3g style. old scholl and slow! LETs go you guys!!!

     

    have you reported your issues on the feedback site? these forums are OK for ranting, and maybe getting help from a fellow user, but if you want to be heard by the GS dev team, you need to post on the feedback site.

     

    good luck

     

    p.s. if geocaching means that much to you and you can't patiently wait for a fix, my advice is to buy a dedicated GPS unit as you will ALWAYS have issues with a smartphone based app.. whether it be iPhone, Droid, Winodws 7 phone etc.. they are multi-function devices that don't really do any one thing particularly well - although for the most part the apps work as advertised for the majority of users

  11. I will be visiting family next week (December 4-8) down in Lake Forest and wondering if

     

    A. someone could point me to a bookmark of their favorite OC/SoCal caches

     

    and

     

    B. if anyone is up for doing some caching during the week.. Monday (12/6) afternoon/evening or any time on Tuesday (12/7) are the best times for me. I prefer wilderness areas with light to moderate terrain as opposed to urban/suburaban caching.. but would be open to just about anything since caching alone is not as fun as doing it with others.

  12. We are going to be coming over from the other side of the sound, any recommendations on places to stay in the area or where are other people staying? We were thinking of camping as there don't look to be many motels in the area.

     

    Thanks,

    SirKarp

    Honestly I was thinking the same question. The local options don't sound too good, so I am currently thinking about Bremerton.

    that is probably good thinking

     

    We are starting to think about staying in Port Orchard or Bremerton, there are a couple "name brand" hotels there, I was hoping someone would have previous experience with the local Belfair Motel, the web reviews are a little iffy for them. We might still decide to camp in the Motorhome but having a good hotel room after a long day of activities sounds nice, less to worry about, deal with ect.

     

    SirKarp

     

    there's a nice State Park right on the canal a few miles West of Belfair.

  13.  

    Yes, I rebooted / power-cycled my iPhone after the install. I researched how to downgrade apps, and even tried to follow the instructions for that, however because the 4.1.3 app was already out of my Recycle Bin (Windows), i tried to use my wife's 4.1.3 (Copied from her iTunes library).

     

    Since it wasn't "mine" (bought on my iTunes account), it didn't work.

     

    So i completely removed the 4.2 app from my iPhone.... and re-downloaded it.

     

    All my settings, favorites, everything... gone.

     

    I haven't tried it since that point except for looking up a couple GC's... but no finds as i was busy all day Thursday.

     

    Will try it more today.... but it's been frustrating since it all worked and i had all the data before i updated to 4.2.

     

    hope it works out for you.. I stopped and grabbed a cache on my way to work this morning.. the app was very responsive and got me within three feet of the cache..

     

    P.S. You should probably go over to the feedback site to post this.. that way GS can be made aware of it.. as they state above, this thread is not really for posting bug reports other then the features that were addressed in this release.

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    Yes, I rebooted / power-cycled my iPhone after the install. I researched how to downgrade apps, and even tried to follow the instructions for that, however because the 4.1.3 app was already out of my Recycle Bin (Windows), i tried to use my wife's 4.1.3 (Copied from her iTunes library).

     

    Since it wasn't "mine" (bought on my iTunes account), it didn't work.

     

    So i completely removed the 4.2 app from my iPhone.... and re-downloaded it.

     

    All my settings, favorites, everything... gone.

     

    I haven't tried it since that point except for looking up a couple GC's... but no finds as i was busy all day Thursday.

     

    Will try it more today.... but it's been frustrating since it all worked and i had all the data before i updated to 4.2.

     

    hope it works out for you.. I stopped and grabbed a cache on my way to work this morning.. the app was very responsive and got me within three feet of the cache..

  15. Hello everyone! This is a list of changes and bug fixes in the latest version of the iPhone app (version 4.2). Please let us know if you encounter any issues with any of these changes. All unrelated issues should be reported on our feedback site located at: http://feedback.geocaching.com. Thanks!

     

    New Features:

     

    * Added brand new full translations for German, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Czech.

     

    * Implemented full support for device’s locale. This ensures dates, times, and numbers respect the locale set for the device.

     

    * Support for iPhone 4’s retinal display. Most graphics have high-res versions used for iPhone 4.

     

    * When opening a Geocaching.com webpage within the app, you are now logged in automatically.

     

    * Set up fitting modes on map to track your position as you move.

     

    Bug Fixes:

     

    * Fixed the formatting of HTML descriptions so that images appear at the right size and the description fits on the screen well.

     

    * Fixed a few bugs in the pocket query system caused by various anomalies in GPX files.

     

    * Fixed a bug that prevented coord.info links from opening properly on all devices.

     

    I have an iPhone 3GS. Until the Update yesterday, the 4.1.3 App (and previous versions) worked well. Now, after the 4.2 update, this thing is INCREDIBLY SLOW AND SLUGGISH (The GC App, nothing else on the iPhone).

     

    I worked with it last night, grabbing a few caches, but this was BEYOND annoying and unsettling.

     

    HOW do i DOWNGRADE back to 4.1.3? I like the "improved graphics", but the FUNCTIONALITY has taken a MAJOR hit with the "support for the Retina display". iPhone 3GS doesn't obviously have the Retina display, and i can't imagine what it's gonna run like on an iPhone 3G, which is slower than the 3GS.

     

    IF there's an OPTION for "Hi-Res" vs. "Low-Res", that would be good. After trying to do 5 caches last night, i wanted to delete the app off my phone and just try to use the Safari Browser.

     

    I know it's hard to support everything, and it's even harder to please everyone.

     

    The only thing I have to Geocache with is my iPhone (Unless i do it old-school, and thats not why i paid for the GC App).

     

    Maybe others have had better luck with it.... maybe.

     

    I have a 3GS with iOS 4.1 and I haven' noticed any significant slowness since upgrading a few days ago. What parts of the app are slow to you? initial loading? searching? pulling up details for a cache? (all the above? :^) did you reboot your phone after installing?

  16. What makes these two caches phenomenal? This inquiring mind wants to know :unsure:

     

    check out their descriptions, you'll get the idea

     

    Can't view their descriptions because I'm not a PM yet, hence the Q's B)

     

    ah.. well then that's privileged information then now isn't it ;^)

     

    let's just say there is a series of tasks you have to complete involving electro/mechanical devices of some sort

  17. what the heck is that? it looks photoshoped.. but maybe not

     

    by the way, I was curious about your reference to Alnilam's caches (you misspelled his/her name), so I looked them up.. those look like must do caches..

  18. yeah.. in particular, this one..

     

    http://coord.info/GCJDAM

     

    which is up near the Ape cache, and was found TWO days previously.. and it's in such a spot as that there is no way a muggle would have accidentally stumbled upon it.. and is also such that we could not have missed it had it been in it's described spot

     

    so pretty sure something happened due to the previous cache finder.. I can't prove it.. and yeah, I could be wrong.. but you gotta wonder!

  19. <snip>

    also, they are not weather proof, and since they won't work inside of a container, how did you address that?

    <snip>

    The Garmin blurb claims they are water proof. I would imagine that even here in the Pacific Northwet that would qualify as weather proof. As for not working in a container, I would imagine fastened to a window would be fine.

     

    yeah, probably would do OK in the wet, but what I said about not working in a container, I meant metal so hiding one in one of those magnetic key containers is probably out

  20. My vehicle is now a "Chirp" enabled travel bug. If you are within 30' of my car with Chirp capable and enabled GPS for around half a minute, you will see the necessary TB info pop up on your screen to discover it.

     

    Towtrkdug has also listed the area's first Chirp waypoint cache near Lake Ballinger. Something new and fun to try out.

     

    this is pretty cool.. but how are you dealing with the directional nature of them? e.g. they can only be detected if there is clear line of site between the transmitter and the GPSr.. and will likely be blocked by your vehicle depending on the approach. Did you test hiding it in different locations? and would you mind sharing where/how you chose to position it?

     

    also, they are not weather proof, and since they won't work inside of a container, how did you address that?

     

    personally, I think this type of application makes more sense then a stationary cache, which to me, kind of gives away one of the cool things about geocaching, searching for, and making the FIND.. if it evolves to just following a beacon, that sorta changes the whole game for me. Personally, I am glad Groundspeak is taking it slow, and not creating a whole new cache type.

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