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  1. Good question Max and 99. I guess I'm thinking of more than just buying the container. Anyone can buy stock and even custom containers. I'm thinking more of the full process taken care of by the commissioned builder. Picking the spot, building and hiding the container, getting permission, designing the cache page, ongoing maintenance possibly, all of it.
  2. Here is a thought experiment for you: Suppose someone wants to pay you to build geocaches for them. This isn't people who want you to put out more for them to find themselves, but someone who wants to pay to have them built under their own name on some sort of commission basis. I could see that happening if the one paying didn't know how to make the containers, the cache page, or getting permission. I could also see that happening if there is a legendary geocache creator like WVTim with his epic gadget caches. There are surely a lot more reasons someone would want to hire someone to make caches for them, but what are some of the ethics or issues that could arise from this? This isn't much of an issue if it is just services exchanged, like I'll make a plate of cookies for you if you build this for me, but money could complicate this. I am not hiring anyone any time soon, but it was a shower thought milling around my head lately.
  3. I agree, the awesome logs some people leave is a big reason I am a cache owner. I also enjoy creating the puzzles and caches I enjoy to make them available for others. There is genuine fun had in making some caches even if they are never or even seldom found. This is the case with some of my mountainous caches or ones with tough puzzles or rock climbing elements. But those are the ones with the all time greatest logs.
  4. It is good there is a mechanism to resolve persistently missing caches. Whether it is the CO it needs replacing or archiving, or flagging it to the CO and reviewer that it needs replacing or archiving.
  5. I am torn between updating and replacing a cache. I built GC8CEC7 when my wife and I bought our new house. I absolutely wanted a front yard cache as a dealbreaker of where we bought a house. I had to put down a 'blocker' cache to stop someone inadvertently placing a geocache within 0.1 miles of our house and denying us having one at our home. It was made quickly and crudely - a spray painted camouflaged bucket hanging high in a tree, and lowered by rope. It is a simple large letterbox, and yet it has the most favorite points of any of ours (28 points). Now here is the catch. I was planning on building a mini free library British telephone box with a geocache inside but I am a little torn between updating the existing letterbox cache or archiving the letterbox once the mini free library is complete and can be published. I'm leaning toward the latter, but my wife disagrees.
  6. I have a difficult to reach 25' in a tree cache. The rating is high and attracts a fair bit of attention but every now and then someone will spot the cache, make no physical contact, and log it as though it were a virtual cache. I audited my cache like GeoElmo6000 did and contacted those who hadn't physically logged it. I'm not very personality A so I told them I have the TOTT that makes it very easy and am happy for them to borrow it or go with me some time so their log can become legitimate.
  7. There's a strong north pole theme. Maybe the reindeer is home and signal is just visiting.
  8. One of my geocaches: GC8R4AQ Pocatello Underground has 99 waypoints. I overlaid a map of the London underground with a contrasting map of my town and placed the 99 waypoints where stations would fall in the city. Then the multi cache stages were directions along the London underground network, like "travel northbound 4 stops and transfer to the Central line, eastbound 1 stop" for example. People only visit 4 locations including start and final, but having the full 99 means I can get GPS coordinate precision for the stages you need to find without giving the game away.
  9. Seriously? Pardon me for being a little short on this, but EVERY cache requires permission. In its current form, the cache permission page has a checkbox that asks you if you have permission to place the cache. There are NO exceptions to that. I realize it may bug you, thinking maybe the Reviewer's going a bit further than normal, like it's a pet peeve, but the issue is permission. The Reviewer even said they'd published it after you provide permission. Feedback on the feedback on the feedback of the feedback. It is definitely an irritating barrier to have to ask for permission from landowners and all other necessary parties but I agree with the rules, it is necessary. There have been a lot of issues between landowners and geocaching in the past. The game could be at risk in entire areas if people hide caches with reckless abandon and get us in hot waters. For example - unknowing trespass on property even without 'no trespass' signs in Idaho can now result in jailtime.
  10. I know there are hidden cache stages like multi, Wherigo, mystery, and letterbox, but I don't know how you managed to display the circles on your phone. Pretty cool secondary app whatever it is.
  11. New irk: landscaping changing the terrain of an area ready for construction. Where I live in Pocatello it is almost always on top of trails and geocaches. It is a silly irk, people need houses and they need to be built somewhere.
  12. Isonzo Karst has it right. the free software GSAK is amazing and lets you filter your logs in so so many ways.
  13. It blows my mind that these satellites are constantly whizzing around on predetermined planes. Even though they are not in geostationary orbit, they maintain planetary coverage and it is amazing. A dedicated team is constantly monitoring these satellites' movement to ensure they stay on their orbits - around the clock. This is complicated by the fact that there is an insane amount of space debris up there, admittedly at a variety of elevations, but that still must be a huge headache. I know a lot of profound technology understood by a few is used by the many. Not many people could engineer and build a planetary gear system but they sure can use it in a car. Same with satellites and smart phones.
  14. This could get pretty humorous. Pick random caches the other side of the planet and ask your self if you found it today. No, I did not find it - DNF. Someone could DNF entire continents. I can kinda why Groundspeak no longer allows DNF challenges. There are grandfathered challenges with DNFs, though ironically I DNFed this one: GC18AQA To clarify, I am not advocating mass DNFing caches someone didn't attend GZ for, also not trying to offend anyone. You enjoy the game your way.
  15. The scenario specifically when someone cannot successfully reach out to an inactive Virtual cache owner regarding cache adoption.... that is a tough topic. People really want to keep old virtuals alive and one getting archived is a really sad day. Someone adopting a cache without knowledge and consent of the cache owner is also potentially a sad day. I'm glad I don't have to make the policy but I'm guessing without cache owner permission, adoption is a no starter.
  16. The Netflix movie "Finding 'Ohana" was one of the better depictions of Geocaching in pop culture. They have a multi cache published during an event (Greenpoint Geocachers) as a race to the finish. It is pretty cool. Then they kept up the theme of finding treasure throughout the movie. They find the treasure at "ground zero". The dialogue kept mentioning how the lead character Pili Kawena would rather be geocaching than sitting around the house - this is accurate for most of us. In the credits they list Roland Lee as the geocache consultant. Based on https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/17358698/geocaching-craze-in-hawaii/ I believe his geo handle is GeoGerms. He is the #5 ranked top finder of Hawaii caches at a whopping 3342 just in Hawaii.
  17. I am one of those less worthy types that can't get my head away from stats; i love them. About 1/3 of my geocaches are to help people fill their fizzy grid, though I try to make the difficulty and terrain truly up to expectations. I have a fair few tree climbing, cave crawling, rock climbing, rappelling, and mountaineering geocaches to justify the ratings, and my puzzles leave some stumped. I know that is far from what you're talking about with skirt lifters being rated 5T, but I had to confess to building geocaches with grid filling in mind.
  18. lightning is so hard to catch, photo embellishing is understood. Those seemed like gnarly locations even before the lightning came rolling in.
  19. I have helped tangent this thread into the favorite points rabbit hole. A fascinating topic that has been had elsewhere and even further complicated by many great caches not getting visitors and in turn, no favorite points, like remote mountainous caches or boat required ones... GAH I digress again. Back to competing areas against one another and bettering your own county as best you can, We haven't considered attribute chart filling yet. I have put out the only wireless beacon cache Bannock County has ever known, as well as a handful of the only rock climbing equipment caches. Scuba is on my list but it is hard to find a sustainable, non draining by August location. There are no scuba caches anywhere near us and that is the only wireless beacon cache I can find for several counties. Anyone else built caches specifically around rare attributes?
  20. We're looking for intense, exposed, dangerous, scary or otherwise impressively high rated terrain photographs. If you'd preface showing the photo with 'you'll never believe this', it probably belongs here. Scrambling down in to the rift in the cliff to find the letterbox and spot the easter island worthy formation. GC8CDYH Face of the Mountain Entering a slot canyon for GC9H5DD 'Lurch canyon - Star Wars episode IX part 2' About to rappel into narrow fissure 2-3' wide, 30' deep. GC9H56R 'Sinking fields - Star Wars episode IX part 3' Haystack mountain GC1ZZJQ - Just don't bother approaching from the west like I did, it is daft steep and loose with guardian cliff bands. Rappelling down GC8KK1J Leap of Faith, a tidy little 30' rappel. The insane 100'+ cliffs of Howard Mountain GC8CX8M Quarder dose of vertigo
  21. Haystack mountain in Bannock County Idaho - easily the steepest mountaineering climb I've done without harnessing up. This is overlooking Marsh Valley with Old Tom mountain and Scout Mountain across the other side. Up valley out of shot is Pocatello, Inkom, and Pebble Creek ski resort. Edit: GC1ZZJQ Haystack mountain
  22. You got me. Sadly I don't yet know of an efficient way to mass obtain the number of finds per county. Until then, favorite points per cache is the best we have. But certainly, favorite points per find is THE golden metric and that would have an absolute cap of 100% Favorite points in an area / total number of caches in that same area has no upper bound limit. This is a very aggregate way of looking at things and isn't quite the full package stat we're looking for. On a totally different note, you used a comma in 8,13 instead of a decimal point - that is so cool. Is that a mainland Europe thing? I know there are a lot of cultural variations in numbers, even algebraic numbers and it is cool to come upon an example. Being from one area and living in another I get all kinds of mixed up and sometimes forget what is British and what is American.
  23. I like to go big, mostly because you hide what you like and I like when other people go big. You should see some of the bonkers caches I've done. Quite a few rock climbing / rappelling ones.
  24. That, is a fantastic question. Here is what I drummed up for the counties in Idaho: County # hides # Favorite points Favorite % Nez Perce 270 2195 812.96% Ada 1647 9314 565.51% Fremont 213 1061 498.12% Boundary 151 742 491.39% Minidoka 65 318 489.23% Clark 35 163 465.71% Canyon 683 2847 416.84% Shoshone 222 914 411.71% Kootenai 1286 5287 411.12% Bonner 620 2518 406.13% Teton 62 244 393.55% Butte 276 980 355.07% Latah 290 1024 353.10% Bannock 495 1742 351.92% Twin Falls 984 3241 329.37% Madison 135 419 310.37% Idaho 289 857 296.54% Bonneville 537 1547 288.08% Bear Lake 133 363 272.93% Power 218 575 263.76% Oneida 230 594 258.26% Lemhi 67 171 255.22% Elmore 1352 3044 225.15% Benewah 76 171 225.00% Clearwater 169 376 222.49% Valley 320 645 201.56% Payette 131 257 196.18% Blaine 308 559 181.49% Custer 235 425 180.85% Franklin 133 233 175.19% Jerome 450 772 171.56% Bingham 722 1205 166.90% Adams 123 205 166.67% Cassia 372 601 161.56% Caribou 253 382 150.99% Jefferson 94 133 141.49% Gooding 359 406 113.09% Boise 524 575 109.73% Lewis 64 66 103.13% Owyhee 2302 1762 76.54% Gem 497 354 71.23% Washington 415 213 51.33% Lincoln 382 172 45.03% Camas 168 72 42.86%
  25. All of the multi caches in the flag geo-art will have a physical container at posted coordinates including something that relates to the puzzle on the cache page (track numbers from albums, names of British monarchs in line of succession, countries in the British commonwealth picked from a list...) and then the puzzle reveals the final coordinates. I DO have a multi cache that has a "virtual" first stage, but it is listed as such because I didn't place anything there. Instead, numbers from a sign are sought at the location and you need to visit it (google street view doesn't reach the sign in question). So hopefully through personal example that clarifies the regulation of needing to visit the first location if it is a multi cache (geo-art or not) and it can be a virtual stage if needs be. Great conversation here. It seems like everyone is trying their best to follow the guidelines and keep the game going. If only non-geocaching conversations could be as civil.
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