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  1. Sad to say my caching has been very much stopped by this sort of cache... I used to pop out if I had an hour spare and grab what ever was around now... If I have 1/2 a day spare I have a few caches on my hit list... I will go caching but basically cache circuits and good singles are all I do, as there so so many more poor caches around.... What can we do? 1) My answer is honest logs! 2) GC-Vote I have found caches in my area which have been found by very experienced cacher's still with bags around them.. No complaints from them... Also when I have given poor logs, I have often had people excessively complimentary afterward... One I logged as a pill pot between 2 doctors surgerys one less than 500m away. the other less than 0.1 mile away and in high muggle area... Its in a church yard that is the main through fair for people walking to high street from car parks it is busy... Next person who lives 50 miles away said great cache no muggle's.. I if I remember something about doctors surgery not being near... No problems for me... I have done it logged it GC-Voted it low, leave it to the community to decide... I now just ignore about 1/2 the caches published ... Looking forward to going home and trying out the new filter on my Garmin . Maybe that will get me out caching more ... Unless the weathers good and I will be sailing.... 600 hundred finds in first year to urm 1 or 2 hundred in second year .... You can see my interest waning
  2. Another way to do it depending on how good your mobile phone skills are... Google up free download able translators for your phone some Nokia phones have a good one for some languages french and Spanish come to mind. Presently I am experimenting with an Arabic one.. You can either down load cache notes and cut and paste or type in the key words from your Cache Notes. Local Sim cards are not normally that expensive and some pay as you go data tariffs are cheaper than calling. Here I can use skype (audio) unlimited for less than £7 a month. Yet phone calls still 10 pence per minute... If your that keen you can find cheap language translators to... Either individual or for computer... Just ideas but that have dug me out of trouble in the past, and got me into some as well. Over reliance on such things can be a very bad thing particularly when alcohol induced confidence is involved...
  3. If I was using GPS to guide a supertanker onto its moorings or land a plane I'd definitely turn EGNOS on! If you were reliant on using GPS to moor a supertanker - or any sized ship - I seriously doubt you'd be in the job for long, let alone have a ticket in the first place I work on ships and yes GPS is used to more super tankers, it was most likely being used to position the Deep Water Horizon . It is used to hold this ship in position within afew Meters as a routine, we we have DGPS another version of WAAS/ EGONS but better . The reliance on GPS at is is quite scary yes we do it the old fashioned way as well but GPS keeps sneaking in... As a yachtie it is surprising how many people you read about taking sun/ star sights on Atlantic crossings only to find there only chronometer is the GPS Back on topic, caching I have an Oregon and keep WAAS/EGGNOG turned on, is it any use for finding caches? Well I recon it takes me longer to find a cache now than when I had an N95 phone With the N95 I knew I was there or there about's and started looking . With Oregon I expect it at my feet every time , yet it so rarely happens This thread made me think how much of my time I spend using GPS it has to be for over 60% of my life GPS is being used, one way or another.
  4. Ignoring the rules (Sorry Deci).. Please where possible separate waypoints as much as possible. Opposite ends/ sides of car parks if fine by me, I tend to cache addhoc down load a pocket query and go find. It is confusing to find that people have used the exact same coordinates for something, on the same cache or not. Parking seems to be a favorite. For Question to answer maybe you can say looking around you can see a... Or across the street there is... Around here you will find (gives a bit more cryptic feel?)... Just ideas to help make a more pleasant days caching...
  5. Its getting to the stage I try to avoid moving TB's on, I never quite loose them they are just never where I am when I am finding a cache. They are in the Car or at home in the caching bag that I did not bring with me... Have held a couple to bugs ransom for 8 weeks when work called me away early... Apologized to owners, but as moving a bug on I normally end up apologizing. I now tend not to move them, unless they have been stopped a long whilst..
  6. What really gets my goat is when people use equations and ignore basic algebra so you end up with the wrong answer. e.g. N AB C(D*E).FGH - A and B are the 1st and 2nd digits of the degrees but algebraically it should be A*B is the degrees. The digits of the minues are C and D*E but should be D*E multiplied by C. F,G and H follow the same principle as the degrees. Am I being too pedantic???? Here endeth the maths lesson. OK now this is why I rarely attempt multi's solo if they involve even the slightest maths... If: A=1 B=2 C=3 D=4 E=5 F=6 G=7 H=8 I make it: N 12 320.677 Although probably N 12 320.678 as the "-" possibly means the end of the equation? But from what your saying I think it should be: N 2 60.335 Although probably N 2 60.336 as the "-" possibly means the end of the equation? Which gives me 4 latitudes up to 1593355.236 meters apart that's before we even start thinking about longitude Some of my classic multi logs: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LU...68-1fba8e79c719 http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LU...7d-5bbbf2f3bb49 The last multi I attempted Solo, I was foolishly going for FTF luckily I recognized the cacher returning to work out the final coordinates... Once they got the FTF they gave me the answer or I would still be there now! So multi's should never be attempted Solo . Or or am I missing something?
  7. Mount Sinai GC195R6 denk ik? DING!!! I thought it might take longer than that, next time there will be no hint Well done... Over to You...
  8. I guess there could be a hint in the colour of the sea...
  9. As I did not stepped up last time when I got one I will try my first effort so go gently... I have taken my present location on Google earth and zoomed out till I got the nearest caches... No use looking at my profile I have not done any caches in this county yet The name and number of the earth Cache in top right of picture... Edit: Can some one tell me how to make the picture show? Link works but pic would be better.. Edit 2: Think I got it Left URL up just in case
  10. Mark a waypoint, but edit the location to that of the cache you want to find and save it as 1. same for the next in line but save it as number 2 etc. etc. then simply move along from 1 to 2 to 3. If you`re looking at a circular walk or series the order to do them should be obvious on the map screen. To the op, best thing to do is enter a few manually and just get out there and find them, worry about the ins and outs once you`ve got a few under your belts Here Here... I have put caches into a route and found it a total pain, or am doing something wrong before I find the cache the GPS has decided I have arrived and jumped to the next one... Find some caches enjoy.... When I started I planned my caching allot more yes I found more caches but now there are so many cache I just pic and choose and enjoy... Start with paper decide what you like then go for resolving those pesky inputs...
  11. That's the one seems like it managed to loose my message but the I think the idea got through... GC VOte now available for IE Google Chrome as well as Firefox... For those that have not heard of its a rating system 1-5 star. You have to remember it is simple but I find use full... If you like rural caches and go do an urban you might still find you like a 1 star rural more than a 4 star urban . Yet you will probably find you enjoy a 4 star urban better than a 1 star urban ... Its more of a guide than a rule.... I am sure some one will come along and tell us why they do not like it before long...
  12. Here I go again, I have been resisting... My last laptop ended up with 3 browsers and now this one is to... Then I go use them all simultaneously (only 2 at moment (downloading 3rd) with multiple tabs presently only 6&10) and wonder why my computer is slow... Now where is that cache rating script? I know there is one out there...
  13. Its a long time since I used Geocache Navigator but if I remember rightly it will want a GPS position before you can download the local caches... I found running google maps application speeds up the GPS in getting an initial position... I now use Geocaching live as free, but slow... Hope this helps...
  14. I'm the wrong side of Hampshire but if you can get to the Hampshire Midweek event in Old Portsmouth on the evening of June 9th there will be dozens of cachers there, and I'm sure you'll be able to find someone to help. I had a yellow etrex fo a whilst, my solution was a serial to usb cable and EasyGPX. Although I think you need premium membership to get the GPX Files. Or just do it the old fashioned way decide on an area near you with caches in. Read some logs look for comments like easy finds. Print the cache notes and plug the waypoints in manually before you set off or on the hoof... Tichfield 10 K series is not a cache route if you fancy a day out lots of caches near there... But there are plenty all over, The grounds of Nettly Abbey are nice but there is one there I keep Not finding! Also if you look North of burselden bridge some nice caches there(country park cannot remember the name)... Tip for you I always used to cut and paste the essential information only... Coordinates last 5 or more logs and the clue decrypted. I used to copy and past them into word document saved lots of paper.Although for your first few might be worth having ALL the information then you can decide what you want. The satisfaction of finding your first on your own is not to be missed... GO FOR IT! Presently I am at sea so cannot offer to help although the hampshire event is a friendly affair (like all cache events).
  15. No takers yet? See that thing in the water near the top, is it a couple of Otters? or a swimming Stag? or maybe something else.... Ive done this one I used to sail on that lock.... Not checked but.. Its Urquhart Castle Loch Ness Cache : Monster Drive - Urquhart Castle GC1PAKM Clever hide... If correct will pass on setting question took me 10 mins to get cache page up to answer.. SO is back to question setter the procedure? Edit to make little more family friendly!
  16. I have been meanign to get round to turning the rear wheel cover on my landy to a TB. COuld be about 2' tall. I have a black canvas cover at the moment any one know where I can get a transfare or Iron on sticker made at reasnoble cost... Plan A was to buy some masking film and spray but have not got round to it yet
  17. Thanks Mouse just ordering 4! now Edit: Have to say what a cracking site, let me order from Egypt on a local mobile as a modem... Slow connection but it got me there, back up plan was asking my mum to spend her money (Why is that website so good? ). thanks it was some saving 3 mobile phones and one GPS. PS: Mouse if we ever meet at an event I owe you a beer!
  18. An no, that's GCVote a site for rating caches, it then shows the ratings on the map and your searches via a firefox extension. I suppose the fact that it's been given 4/5 stars gives you a hint that the cache isn't a micro in a hedge or maybe not I thought I was the only one in hampshire and it was all but my private rating system
  19. Hi Steve, I used to use Geocache navigator all the time when it was free... The free software was excellent, I now have a Garmin Oregon and still sometimes hanker for the free software. You can read back through unlimited logs not just 5, the radar screen was brilliant for finding caches. Posting field notes straight to your profile no connecting GPS's etc. It used to crash when in marginal phone reception but I think they got around that with the super duper paid version... I know 2 cachers who actually bought Nokia phones just to use the software. Interestingly one has moved to Iphone for there free ap and the other has now switched to Android. I now use geocaching live which gets me to the cache on the occasions my Oregon is not to hand. I guess we change (destroy) phones to often to want to buy software that is stuck on one phone!
  20. Ok having not attended any Mega Events some thoughts about location. Driving distances are not so important as times and speeds/ delays.... I have lived in various corners of the UK and commuted various places. The idea of a caching event in the SE is OK but its times. The main problems to me for any journey are traffic hot spots, the SE for many of us is almost an island (that moat called London)... It can be so hard to get in and out of that people do not bother. Peoples perception of a journey varies depending on where they live. In the SE Journey times are so much slower getting any where feels like hard work, with small problems creating huge hold ups. In Scotland people tend to travel further as they have to journey time or not... I think London would be good for an event in a none Olympic year, or late in the year after wards?... Urban caching is more acceptable in the winter ? My thoughts of a Mega Event South or East of London (or North and East of London for many people) is its so difficult to get in and out of that area for many people. Hold a Mega Event in the SE and I am sure you will get a lot of cachers from that area. Outsiders? having experienced the problems of getting there once or twice, I will probably miss it... As for Perth this year for me, I have my 3 year old daughter and although she is an excellent traveler 12 up and down for me is a tad too far... Then I enjoy Caching and cache events, but but I tend to set my caching round my diary not my diary round caching...
  21. Its in the New Forest National Park... Although if wildlife/ plants animals are being disturbed excessively or unnecessarily does it matter where it is? As I read in a log for a cache I was looking for recently in a city center, it was sad to see the Ivy pulled off the wall by people hunting the cache. I just walked away and DNF'd
  22. I downloaded the 1000 PQ and found everything appeared fine aside from the inclusion of an additional waypoint somewhere in the vicinity of South Africa. Not sure if it's an errant inclusion or one of the caches put something silly in there. Odd that the preview doesn't actually preview the query, but I can use my existing 500 PQ for that. It's also a shame the email saying it's ready for download doesn't give a direct link to the file, so I don't need to click so many times to find it and download it. It just seems like another step to stop me from grabbing it within an email client, and meaning I have to use up more of GS's bandwidth in a way that doesn't benefit anybody. My additional cache is in the USA! West cost do not know why but all my 1000 find PQ's include a cache in California!
  23. Thank heavens I have JUST been caching more than 2 years... No flaming for me... To start with How did I find caching: I only heard of caching accidentally 2 years ago and I tick all the box's as an early cacher outdoory geek etc and have doen for most of my life. When did I buy my first GPS: Urm before the 10 years (Pre 97 anyway 1995? I think), YET I HAD NEVER heard of caching till I got a GPS on my phone. Things that are going bad in caching: 1) Most Series: Parks, Off your trolly, Side Tracked, Motorway Mayhem etc... 2) Cache Number hunters pure and simple, MOST rarely criticize in the log because they are simply pleased to be doing a cache WHERE ever it is. I once looked to higher number cacher's with respect now? I respect the time and money they spend finding caches I would not be bothered to do! Good development in Caching: 1) Cache trails: depending where you live it is hard to plan GOOD new walks to keep you off the roads. Cache Trails do this, even if there is not a god sized cache in site. 2) What I DID enjoy seeing at the 10 year event was some newbies to caching who where becoming outdoor geek type people BECAUSE of caching! Certainly the 3 year old child who wanted to push his buggy was not going to spend his life in front of TV. That is a development any activity should be proud of. The game has moved on, it was always going to. I have been grumping about this recently, now I have just looked at it differently. Before I go to cache I think why do a cache? 1) Because I like the logs? 2) To show I have been there (Some times any will do). 3) Because I fancy a good walk, (Weather or not). I would love EVERY cache to be my type of cache but that was never to be... I read before I drive... In the mean time if a cache is what you think is bad to do write an honest log. Not just TFTC I was a cacher 12 months before I realized that was a bad log. Offer improvements (he says going back to edit a log he was to kind on), education is what is needed here... The game is moving on and changing we just need to make it change for the better...
  24. A question to you all here... Some one has placed a traditional cache near me. I found it on second attempt when the spoiler was still online... Now the cache owner has removed the spoiler and requested a DNF before he will send it to them... I know there is a place for this kind of cache but to be frank, I do not feel this is it. Some one has already come across a snake whilst searching for the cache. I do not feel it is right that the mosses and undergrowth will be hacked apart by people searching for a cache that is in an area with good tree cover so poor GPS Cover... I could even question if the cache location could be classed as buried, it is covered with soil loose leaves and pine needles. I know there are people who enjoy this kind of cache (I have and do) but to see woodland churned up for a smiley? Am I being a grump?
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