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Harry the furry squid

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  1. 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!)

  2. The latest site update introduced a new bug:


    In my account preferences, I have set the distance units to "Metric". This still works fine when displaying cache listings - the distance to my home location is given in kilometers. However, it does no longer work in lists of caches sorted by distance, like e.g. when listing the nearest unfound caches around my home location or in the vicinity of another cache. In these list, distances are always given in miles, regardless of me preferred setting. The bug is not a really big deal, but I wanted to let you know.


    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.)

  3. 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.

  4. What Colleda said. ::o)


    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.)

  5. 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. ::o)

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. As a bare minimum (eg when just nipping out in lunch break), gps, pencil and list of caches to look for. More usually, however:



    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





    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


    hi-vis vest

    extra torch

    extra beer money

  9. 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. ::o)


    (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.)

  10. Anyone know whether you have to have any clothes on for the "snog a frog" one? My shower curtain has frogs on it . . .


    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. :laughing:


    Yes, but I've only got one shower head these days . . . I dumped the other one in an ammo box on Kinder Scout!

  11. 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.


    What I would like to see, or rather NOT see, is the box that appears every time I log a cache that tells me, rather breathlessly, that I only have "x" finds to go until I get another vote. That is really unnecessary and already annoying.





    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!

  13. Just for good measure a few caches aren't showing on the map at all so something is obviously broken there.


    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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