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  1. what kind of supplies do you need for geocaching that you couldn't find in your average hardware store, or Target, wally world etc.?

     

    not trying to be snarky, and not knocking the interesting products that some of the the retailers have come up with, but I personally can't really think of anything you couldn't do with a little ingenuity that you would need an actual retail store for.. at least in terms of creating a container or what not

     

    :rolleyes:

  2. I still have my GSP V.. my second GPSr (first was a Magellen SportTrac that I took back for a refund). I bought it around 2003/04 and it was a great unit for a lot of years for me.. they are waterproof and extremely rugged.. I used it many motorcycle and mtn bike rides and the thing has bounced out of it's mount countless times, and never broke.

     

    Having said all that, I would definitely recommend a newer unit. The GPS V receiver is ancient, the processor is slow.. (scrolling around via the cursor takes forever to update the screen), and as others have said, the available memory is not adequate.

  3. surprised that caches go that long without being found in your area, as your pretty much in the backyard of the original stash!

     

    just to give you an example, last night, I had stopped at a UPS store on my way home to drop off a package, when I got a message about a new cache, two miles away.. I got on the freeway, which was a mistake, but was first to arrive on the scene.. then terpnurse and baesparza showed up so the three of us started searching.. soon another crew pulled up, then another, then another, and another and seriously within 15 minutes of the cache being reported, there were NINE FTF hounds on the scene.. it was quite the FTFCache-Mob - I'm taking credit for that phrase if no one has used it :)

     

    and it really doesn't matter the time of day either around here.. I have seen caches reported at 10:00 PM that will have a log on it before 11:00 PM.. I once thought I had a good shot at one that I got notified at 6:00 AM, just three miles from home, but by the time I got there (within thirty minutes of getting the message), the thing had been found, and the finder already gone.. leaving his muddy footprints as a taunt.

     

    not that I'm upset by any of this, heheh as it's all part of the game, granted, a part that I only occasionally care about.. but that's what's so great about this sport.. there are so many ways to enjoy it.. and if you get tired of one part of it, try something new

  4. I'm sorry, but do you do anything BUT geocache? I would like to think most of us have a multitude of hobbies and don't rush out and drive 10 miles on a second notice every day. Whatever floats your boat, but you should really think of diverisifing your life. I just got 12 geocaches yesterday.... TWELVE! Albeit these are years old geocaches, but I spent the majority of my day doing that, unless you literally spend all day geocaching I can't see how one can get 19 FTF unless a new power trail was made.

     

    Well lets get the facts straight it was 19 FTFs by mid morning, but by the end of the day it was 38 FTFs :) and it did not take me all day. And yes your right "To each his own". I was wondering how long it would take for the one of the "I think you should have other hobbies" or "you should do what I think you should" crowd to chime in with their .02 cents. You cache how you want to, and I will cache they way I want to, and power to us both.

     

    Scubasonic

     

    sounds like a frustrated 2tf or 3tf'r

     

    but curious.. how is this even possible? I'm not questioning your methods, or ethics (like insinuating you knew ahead of time of these etc.), but I think I live pretty close to you, or in at least a similar cache rich location (I have over 5,000 on my default search screen when I do search around my home) and I have my phone and email set up to get notices etc., and never, ever have I seen more then 4 or 5 new cache announcements in a 24 hr period.. you must have had to do quite a bit of traveling outside your home turf?? I guess if you set your search area wide enough, you'll get those kind of numbers??

  5. also keep in mind that WAAS is meant for aviation.. and really is only useful for open land, air and marine use.. up here in the Pacific Northwest, WAAS is useless unless flying or on water and it just slows down your unit significantly when attempting to lock in

    not sure where you get that from. WAAS is working perfectly fine for me, even in the woods. but you're further up north, so that makes it harder for you. doesn't mean it's bad though. it definitely doesn't slow anything down.

     

    which part?

     

    from Garmin's FAQ page on WAAS

     

    "For some users in the U.S., the position of the satellites over the equator makes it difficult to receive the signals when trees or mountains obstruct the view of the horizon. WAAS signal reception is ideal for open land and marine applications."

     

    If your not noticing any slowness with WAAS, your probably in some pretty flat terrain with no pathing issues or anything to block the signals. The reason WAAS is slower is because once a WAAS satellite is locked, it takes a few seconds (sometimes up to 30 seconds or longer in my experience) for the GPS receiver to download enough data to be useful. And often when the signal to the WAAS satellite degrades, the unit will switch over to a GEO-SV, while at the same time attempt to reestablish a connection with the WAAS, and when this happens over and over, it makes for some difficult caching. This process also sucks up more power as well by the way because of the constant attempts of your unit lock, and stay locked onto the WAAS satellites.

     

    I'm not saying don't use WAAS, it's great when it works, but for me, because of the lag time due to the terrain where I cache, and additional power requirements I simply leave it disabled.. and still find 98% of all caches I search for..

  6. We are a family of four and usually in a minivan, but occasionally we will ride our bicycles, particularly when caching along bike trails.

     

    I also have a '96 Honda Magna 750 but due to back problems, I've only ridden it once in the past two years. My back's doing better after a fusion last August and just yesterday I put fresh gas in it and am trying to get it running better again. Two years of sitting is not so good for anything with carbs! Assuming I get it running smoothly again, I hope to do some solo caching on the Magna every now and then as well.

     

    going to need more then fresh gas my friend.. a carb rebuild is probably in order.. should have four right? seals, jets and the float bowl can all have particulates or have fuel varnish in them.. so even if you got it running, some tiny particle could get lose and clog one of your circuits.

     

    good luck with the recovery and getting the bike going again

  7. I hunt caches using my mountain bike a lot, but am having to go further and further from home to get a spot I haven't hit already. Or I take my motorcycle.. a Husqvarna TE610 dual sport which doesn't quite get 70mpg, but it can get me places you could not get to on a street machine or even a 4x4 unless it was a real rock crawler. I also have a smaller dirt bike that I can get up on the really extreme areas

  8. Why not a Honda CR-V? It's more compact then the Wrangler, yet roomier, way better driving, and ranks number one by several consumer agencies (Toyata RAV4 is almost as good, with slightly better gas mileage) The Wranglers are fun, but ranks much lower on reliability, resale, and fuel economy

  9. So, does anyone know anything about this?

     

    yep, you can download free Topo maps (and road maps) for most states from GPS File Depot

     

    http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/

     

    Is there a way to essentially make the 450 a 450t with free map downloads somewhere?

     

    well, not exactly.. for one thing, you give up DEM shading, which to me, means you give up a lot of readability.. DEM Shading is what gives the maps some depth when your looking at them in less then optimal conditions (outdoors in sunlight) on a relatively small viewing device (as compared to a home PC or a large printed map).. they also lack labels for many features, such as lakes, streams, mountains etc.. having said that, many people get by just fine.. but not quite good enough for me.. so far, I still prefer Garmin Topo series.. not perfect, but I need my DEM shading, and have to have labels so I know what I am looking at

     

    p.s. tons of info on the Garmin 450 here

     

    http://garminoregon.wikispaces.com/

  10. I'd be happy to show you guys around some on Saturday the 5th, however my main form of transportation right now is by motorcycle.. so let me see if I can get a friend to chauffeur us all around

     

    -rob

     

    I see your an 11 charlie?.. your a mortar man eh?

     

    If you are interested in caching on the 5th please let me know soon so I can make arrangements

  11. I hate to say it but waiting for this update caused me to seek out a replacement. I too downloaded geosphere at a considerable discount over this app and let me tell you I am not sure I will ever come back to this app the maps are better, once you are used to it, the interface is more user friendly, it can be used completely off line, adding and modifying waypoints seems easier, just all around better. I can even take photos and attach them to the cache. I hope this update comes soon cause I am beginning to rely on geosphere.

     

    Can you do real time searches based on your current location with Geosphere?

  12. But a Glock 23 is such a fine piece of combat gear.. I drool thinking about owning one to carry.. God help the bad guy on the other end because that's who he'll be talking to.

    The Glock G20SF (10mm) makes a good hiking/trail handgun. Lightweight, 15 rounds, 10mm power, what's not to love?

     

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    nice glock.. I'm a big fan of doubletap ammo

     

    I see one clip has hollow point rounds, and the other hardcast.. the former for two legged varmints and the latter for four legged ones?

  13. I'd be happy to show you guys around some on Saturday the 5th, however my main form of transportation right now is by motorcycle.. so let me see if I can get a friend to chauffeur us all around

     

    -rob

     

    I see your an 11 charlie?.. your a mortar man eh?

  14. I posted this over at the GW forums, and am posting here too, not as a way to be snarky or anything, but am seriously trying to figure this out

     

    hello.. I am still waiting to see what type of events and activities will be available on the day of the event.. I keep pinging the Event Information page and checking this thread hoping it will be updated.. this is crucial in whether some of my less then enthusiastic family and friends will attend with me or not.. they keep asking me what types of things go on during the event, and I can only shrug at this point..

     

    when will we know this?

     

     

    Hey there, I copied and pasted what I wrote in the GW Forums:

     

     

    Hi Robdogg,

     

    As in all GeoWoodstocks in the past, this is a VERY big meet and greet! And, yes, that will still be the case this year, but we will definintely have other activities through out the day at Remlingers.

     

    There will be a ton of kids activities, bounce houses, games, possibly face painters, etc.

     

    As for the adults, we will have some form of GPS games, a bingo style "get to know geocachers" game, there will be seminars, a Texas Holdem poker event is already in the works and if you want to play poker, check out the poker thread and get signed up. Its a lottery and the organizers will be drawing names to determine the 40 players.

     

    Don't forget we will have quite a few vendors selling coins, tshirts, and geobling of all sorts.

     

    So, basically, you will never be bored!!

     

    Hope this helps answer your questions!

     

    it does, thanks..

     

    and now to be just a little snarky, you might want to post this information on your Geowoodstock VIII event page, as that is the place where one would expect this kind of information.. I realize your probably still working out the specifics, but to those sitting on the fence, it will make a difference on whether they decide to attend or not.. some may come on blind faith, but others like details

  15. I posted this over at the GW forums, and am posting here too, not as a way to be snarky or anything, but am seriously trying to figure this out

     

    hello.. I am still waiting to see what type of events and activities will be available on the day of the event.. I keep pinging the Event Information page and checking this thread hoping it will be updated.. this is crucial in whether some of my less then enthusiastic family and friends will attend with me or not.. they keep asking me what types of things go on during the event, and I can only shrug at this point..

     

    when will we know this?

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