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  1. and i have noted that some caches have been on the choping block ( the cache not being there any more) by other admins but nothing has been done


    my plans are to go out and try to find thes caches see if they are infact gone and try to find them a new cacher to take them on as there own!


    You can do all that without being an approver. Go visit caches. If they're there, log them as finds. If you can't find one, log in as a DNF. If nothing happens regarding the cache, for example, there are a string of DNFs, then enter an SBA (should be archived) request. That gets the approver's attention. They'll archive the cache and you can hide one in it's place.


    You might consider offering up your localized knowledge to your area approver via email. They may consult you on difficult placements.

  2. FWIW, I use Mapopolis on my palm and prefer it to a mapping GPS (which other cachers I know typically have). It's easier and much faster to manipulate the map and see what's what. True, it doesn't show me where I am, but I don't usually have a problem with that. $40 for the US, and with a 64M SD card I can hold a large number of counties. I spent more on mapbooks before I went with the palm. It won't run well on the cheapies though.

  3. Yep.



    05/08/05 at 9:00PM on NBC


    STREET SHOOTINGS RAISE PUBLIC OUTCRY AS POLICE PROBE FEMALE STALKER -- AND HIGH-TECH TREASURE HUNT GAME -- After a young actor Mike, (guest star Jeffrey Hephner) is wounded and his fiancee is shot dead on the street, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) are pointed towards the surviving victim's former girlfriend, who is known to have stalked him The key, however, might turn on their probe of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure-hunt game that could yield vital clues As the media and public mourn the man's tragic loss, the police want to take another look at some of his acting buddies, especially one who never lets go of his Palm Pilot Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B Vance also star.


    I usually pass these shows by, but this one is in the calendar of my Palm - (which I never let go of....)

  4. I've used Zanfel on a pretty bad case, and it was worth every penny. Many places have it in stock so just call around. It's probably best to have a tube on hand so you can catch things when they're in the "just turning red" phase.


    Marky is right though - get enough of it on you and the PO oil gets into your lymph system. Once that happens it can pop out anywhere, and you need steroids to get you through it.


    PO is doing exceptionally well this year, I've been seeing it everywhere. I got some on San Bruno mountain recently. It's annoying, but no big deal.

  5. Last fall I hiked out into Grant Park to do "Fallen Monarch", a great cache which was only occasionally visited. At the RWC event that evening I mentioned it to Fisherwoman and we decided to come back and spike the trail with caches, all the way to a logical ending place that has a great view of the valley. Since having done that, Fallen Monarch is visited much more often, and the park has collected even more caches. I don't know if that's a completely good thing or not, but at least more people are getting out there.


    I will say though, having cached around the bay area, the closer you get to the Santa Clara valley, the lower the standard for an urban micro seems to get. There are many exceptions and we all know who they belong to, but IMO, plenty of currently listed caches prove that assertion.


    I don't see any reason for New Rules, but I'm also somewhat haunted by the profiles I see belonging to people who found 20, hid 2 and then stopped caching. What did they see that caused that to happen? A film cannister hidden by a dirty fence behind a vacant lot that used to have some memories in it? An altoids tin under a park bench in an undistingished new subdivision? A cache by the side of the road "just because"? If people give up after 20 finds, doesn't that tell us that geocaching could be better? It's hardly like we're impartial obsevers after all.

  6. Speaking to the 2nd part of your post - I often cache with the #2 (by finds) cacher on the lists, and he is quite driven. A 40-50 cache day is nothing unusual for this fellow. The key things I see is that he plans everything out and hits the road early and doesn't stop until late. That, and he tries to find something every day.


    He is also perfectly willing to go on an all-day difficult terrain hike and find only one or two caches. He loves the sport, all aspects of it.

  7. For traveling in the backcountry, I value the small size of the geko more than the convenience of mapping that can be found in larger units.


    ditto, puzzler. I'm closing in on 2K with my geko 301 and prefer it. I keep the mapping and record-keeping in my palm tungsten e. (cachemate and mapopolis)


    The GPS does not find the cache. You do.

  8. The newest copy of Bay Nature arrived today and I realized that many area geocachers might not know of this great magazine. I started subscribing with the issue about Coyote Hills Park and have been very happy with it ever since. The current issue features articles about Sibley Volcanic park and Henry Coe park, along with other great stuff. Back issues are available as well.



  9. My turn.


    I have a virt in downtown san francisco. I 'found' it. It pretty much had to be a virt because the tall buildings screen out all but 1 sat at any given time of day. There's noplace I would try to hide a cache 'nearby', because you're either there or you're not. Also, there's lots of security in the area so poking around in the bushes (san's reception to boot) would be asking for trouble.


    The NorthEastern part of San Francisco is decommissioned military land taken over by the NPS. No physical caches are allowed, even though the area is incredibly scenic. (golden gate bridge, land's end, seal rocks, ocean beach, etc.) There are some grandfathered physical caches there, but otherwise, what'cha gonna do?


    That said, I have around 60 other caches placed, all physical and, I hope, most worthwhile.


    Virtuals are not "a whole different game". They are a different cache hiding technique, and there is a place for it if done properly and within the current quality guidelines.

  10. is it possible that on the other side of the fence from the trailer park is a lunch shop? GPS's are not all *that* accurate. If it points you onto private property, like someone's back yard, you should look around for someplace more reasonable.

  11. What's the recommended procedure to follow...


    If it's gone long enough (a few months) I post an SBA. I sometimes do this without even wasting my time visiting the cache site. There are plenty of listings out there that were placed by people who geocached for a week, or a month, or even a year that are now orphans. Visit one of those cache pages and look for the bitty link that says "caches found by this user" and click on it. Most often you'll see a pattern of caching that ends abrubtly some time in the past. These missing and disabled caches litter the virtual landscape and need to be dealt with.


    One thing to keep in mind is that DNFs are not seen by the reviewers - only SBAs are. A cache can accumulate DNFs forever. You have to post the SBA for Krypton or Hemlock (or whomever) to get involved. If it's gone missing for months I see no reason why they shouldn't be. It just doesn't - or shouldn't - take that long for an owner to go out and find out if their cache is ok and either fix it or post a note to the cache page.

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