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Harry the furry squid

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  1. Edit: Found it now, after extensive messaging between friends. But there's still something odd going on with the filters.
  2. Which column do we click on for "placed by" date in a filtered search these days? For event caches, it's a very relevant piece of information!
  3. I can see that it's setting a cookie, but it doesn't then seem to be detecting it.
  4. So ... I enter my username and password, site appears to accept them, front page loads with "Harry the furry squid" in the top right corner the way I'd expect it to be, but if I click on this to go to my profile, it just takes me back to the sign in page, and if I try to view details for any specific cache I get a request to sign in or create an account to see the co-ordinates. Anyone else getting this? (Whatever's changed, it's changed within the last couple of hours, was working fine earlier today!)
  5. I'm getting the same problem. It's sort-of workround-able, in that there are plenty of websites around that convert feet to metres, but it's a wrinkle I could really do without. (I first noticed this when trying to work out whether I need to improvise a portage trolley for tomorrow's boat-based cito event. I know how many metres I can carry 20 kg of awkward-shaped plastic before things start to hurt, but having the distance-to-destination come back in a random fraction of miles doesn't help.)
  6. Also worth bearing in mind that, even if you don't go paperless (I still haven't), the Pocket Query tool is still very useful as a search facility.
  7. Also: FTF/STF - first/second to find NM - needs maintenance TFTE - Ta for the event And some that I use on my notes ... just in case anyone's ever wondered what I'm actually scribbling on the Magic Clipboard of Invisibility: DNFPM - DNF, probably missing NMPB - NM, pot bust NMLW - NM, log wet OPOS - obvious pile of sticks/stones/stuff NIH - needle in haystack CBA - couldn't be a*sed PFC - pointless film can FTP - far too public NOSIG - no gps signal, usually due to tree cover HTFS - signed with initials only to save space on logsheet These *don't* (usually) make it into the online logs. Largely because I don't want hordes of angry CO's to shove my GPS somewhere fundamental at the next Brummie meet.
  8. What Colleda said. :) Also - another thing the previous logs will tell you is when it was last found and how many DNFs (if any) there have been since. If it's supposed to be easy, but has had a whole raft of recent DNFs, it may well be missing. The same applies if it's one or two caches in a series where the last find was a lot less recent than the rest of the series (often accompanied by a suspiciously high number of watchers) ... because people aren't always very good at logging DNFs. Another one worth looking out for is a lot of favourite points and comments along the lines of "wow, cool camo!" and "ace, never seen one like that before!" Nothing at all wrong with caches like these - they're a fantastic antidote to film cans in ivy-covered trees - but a lot of them fall under the heading of "cool and unusual camouflage" and for this reason they can be a bit of a pig to spot. Caches in woods can also be a bit of a pig, because the trees interfere with GPS reception. (Incidentially, if you want some tips, I work in Telford and am usually up for a walk after work.)
  9. This was my thousandth cache (GC1BHY8): I stopped caching for the best part of a month beforehand specifically to have this one for #1k, and was absolutely amazed to get cache, climbing partner and decent weather all lined up on the same day. We also managed to (just) finish the route in daylight and without even the merest smidge of an epic, which for anything on Lliwedd is something of an achievment imho. :)
  10. Kayaking. Some of the "boat required" caches were sooo tempting, and serviceable second-hand boats turned out to be surprisingly cheap . . .
  11. I'm currently using a fenix HP11 as my "main" hill light, with a petzl tikka xp as a backup. HP11 is bonkers bright (only headlamp I've needed to dip for oncoming cars) and has survived plenty of abuse so far, only downside is that it doesn't attempt to do anything clever with the power supply so goes from "fine" to "dead" within minutes when the batteries go flat. Tikka otoh starts with all the enthusiasm of an elderly glow-worm and continues the same way on a nearly dead battery . . . however, one thing it does work well for (apart from changing batteries on the "main" light) is to switch into red mode and use as a tail light when moving along a road. Have had two petzl myo xp's, and killed both. I think the connection where the cable goes into the lamp unit needs a re-think.
  12. How on earth did this get published? http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC3NPQF
  13. Currently on my 3rd pair of Scarpa SLs. Suit the shape of my feet, no waterproof-until-the-first-sharp-stone-gets-in-there liner to go wrong. Solid enough toe box to bounce the occasional loose rock and to take basic crampons if needed (which, sometimes, they are). Need a bit of looking after (rinse the mud off and then wax), but, like most kit, boots perform better if you look after them anyway. Don't have problems with wet feet until the water's deep enough to come in over the top. To the people who don't clean their walking boots at all . . . I'm assuming that you do your work shoes with some sort of wax-based polish to keep them looking tidy and keep the rain on the outside? Same principle applies to walking boots - clean off any muck that will stop the wax getting into the leather, then wax wax baby!
  14. A hi-vis vest is also a good "stealth" accessory in urban areas, especially if coupled with a clipboard.
  15. Closest cache to here (just - it's one of at least four in view from this building) is GC2QQC7 . . . anyone got any comments on cache saturation in the area? Is this normal, or are we getting a bit full?
  16. As a bare minimum (eg when just nipping out in lunch break), gps, pencil and list of caches to look for. More usually, however: gps spare batteries clipboard with list of caches on (great "stealth" accessory, and can also be used to kneel on if GZ is a bed of nettles) spare pencils rubber gloves plastic pot full of swaps trackables camera torch tweezers gaffer tape inspection mirror sense of humour . . . plus appropriate walking kit for the location and the time of year (so anything from axe and crampons to sun gunk and extra water). Plus occasionally *if* there's something about a particular cache that suggests they might be needed (and yes, it's all been used, albeit not all for the same cache . . . now *there's* an idea for a 5/5): long stick with string-operated lego "jaws" taped to one end piece of string with an assortment of hooks, magnets and double-sided tape inflatable boat, pump, buoyancy aid and paddle climbing kit (as much of my rack as I think I'll need, choice of dynamic or semi-static rope) complete change of clothes, clean water and towel wellies hi-vis vest extra torch extra beer money
  17. Dartmoor Dave has two series out - "walk on the wild side" and "heads of the rivers trek" - which go well out into the northern half of the moor with a decent walk between caches . . . I enjoyed these, even the ones I did in the (inevitable) rain. Some great scenery, and very few people about. :) (It being Dartmoor, you'll probably trip over quite a few letterboxes - traditional ones, not geocache/letterbox hybrids - as well. Maybe consider carrying an ink pad and a blank notebook for an extra dimension to the "finding hidden stuff" game?) (Edited to stop the smiley showing as something different.)
  18. I'm gonna say for the sake of anyone that logs after you... yes, you have to be clothed ;-) Or you could strategically position a couple of shower-heads to preserve your modesty. Yes, but I've only got one shower head these days . . . I dumped the other one in an ammo box on Kinder Scout!
  19. Anyone know whether you have to have any clothes on for the "snog a frog" one? My shower curtain has frogs on it . . . (Although I still can't see what a photo of me snogging my shower curtain would have to do with geocaching.)
  20. This one: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=0acc793e-2649-4636-8840-e239f45d5102 Yuck.
  21. I've found worse than that in a cache: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=0acc793e-2649-4636-8840-e239f45d5102 (And yes, I logged a "needs maintenance".)
  22. Garmin Geko 201. So far survived being dropped in a fresh cowpat (mmm, squelchy), being dropped down a crag, being dropped in the toilet (while switched on, and then had the pee rinsed off under the tap), being avalanched, being repeatedly sat on, thrown around, and drenched by more rain in more soggy parts of the UK than I really want to think about . . . and spending large periods of time shoved down my bra. I am coming to the conclusion that the thing is unkillable. And yes, it's basic. But for what I do with it, it does the job.
  23. +1. Am I really going to whoop and emote once I've logged another six caches and have an extra vote to add to the existing 201? No, of course not . . . wander off in search of another cup of tea, more like!
  24. It looks like the PM-only ones may be missing (either that, or I *really* need new glasses)? If so, then does that mean that there's going to be some sort of differentiation between PMO and everyone-welcome ones on the map? Would be really useful sometimes . . . eg when you're planning to be out with someone who's only just thinking about getting into the sport and want to make sure they have a nice time. In other words, you're looking for something that looks like the right sort of walk on the map, that you haven't found yet and that *isn't* PM-only so that your newbie will be able to log it too.
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