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  1. If he adopted them out at about the same time, it looks like you might want to focus on the Sept 2011 time frame, which is when the Mad Scientist #4 was adopted (GOLDENGLOVEZ's then username was Mommanherjs). If he used the Message Center, there might be communications between them regarding adoptions. Just a thought.
  2. Yes, Hanging Rock State Park is a wonderful spot for any outdoors-loving cacher. There's miles of hiking trails - the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail passes through there - of varying intensities, rock climbing, beautiful vistas, and there's an access point to the Dan River at the northern end. (Most of the paddle caches are upstream, though.) Besides that bendy-rock Earthcache, there's an old Virtual (2002) and three other Earthcaches, one of which requires visiting all *5* waterfalls located within the park. Here's the park map: Hanging Rock Map
  3. Haven't made up my mind, but think I'm going to go check out the bendable rocks (itacolumite) at GC1G4PT Now, if I could just find a Wonder Woman costume for a rock-bending photo.
  4. I came across a cache description [ yes, one in a power trail] that included that the cache was "self-maintaining". Spot checking, I didn't find that statement in the other cache descriptions, so I couldn't decide whether that meant what Mudfrog jokes about, or whether it might be a hint about its appearance. (I didn't go to find out.)
  5. Stalking implies repeated following over a period of time. ^^ This is not stalking. ^^ This is stalking.
  6. Benevolent stalking ... is that an oxymoron?
  7. OK, thanks to you both. It may be that I was [fuzzily] remembering the ability to see the icon on the map when using an app (not the official one). Quite some time ago, so may be fixed. Thanks again.

    travel bug

    You may want to view this article, too: https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=102&pgid=767 It is specific to dropping a trackable IN THE APP.
  9. OK, thanks. Really not trying to be difficult; just trying to understand: So basic members CAN see the icon of a PMO cache on the map?
  10. Thank you for that! I was just going to ask if that were still the case. Is that the case on the website, too? I seem to recall being able to see a greyed-out icon on the map which, if clicked, simply stated that it was PMO without details. That was quite some time ago, so maybe it has changed?
  11. Ouch! This hurt my head; I needed another cup of coffee before I tried that again. What you did there makes sense; however, for my area that formula does not give a true representation of active Premium vs. Basic Members. (Here, I'm using "active" as any logs in the past couple of years.) Keeping in mind that our population (thus, caching community) is pretty sparse, as far as I can tell, I'm the only full-time resident who's an active PM in my home area of 20 mi radius. (There are two more who visit so frequently that I'd call them part-time residents.) Increasing that radius to 20-50 miles out, though, the percentage of PM/M (I see why you used that single initial there - ha!) jumps significantly. This is where most of the PM logs come from. Other PM logs are from cachers who happen to be traveling through on their way to the mountains or to a major geocaching event. So the majority of cachers here are newer, basic members. It was that "calculation" on my part that drove my decision to make two caches in residential areas PMO: I knew that it would impact the flow of cachers searching for the cache. This made the residents much more comfortable with the idea. (Now, they ask me where all the cachers are. Kinda cool.) Also, the PMs that frequently hunt caches here are sensible and respectful, so I had less worries about the horror stories of PMs' actions expressed by others .
  12. Did you see this page (it is App-specific)? It states the current D/T rating limitation of 2/2... and some other stuff. https://www.geocaching.com/help/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=102&pgid=764 A basic member can see more on the WEBSITE, just not on the app.... Oh, I see that RuideAlmeida just answered, so I'll stop.
  13. If you don't want your "last activity" to reflect your use of the website, just use the app for your geocaching activities. Yes, if you insist on posting photos and logging your finds, those will show up under your profile's sublistings, but the "last activity" date on the main page won't change. Perhaps the interested party wouldn't go any further after seeing no change in the activity date. Really, if this is about somebody actually making sock puppet accounts just to follow your activities, it might be time to follow the guidance mentioned in the link provided by Touchstone. "If someone is harassing you or you feel unsafe, contact your local authorities."
  14. Nope. It's exactly as cerebus1 said. It's not a guarantee, but looking at the CO's last found logs would give a more accurate idea of whether they're still active. If they don't log their finds then obviously that won't be accurate, either.
  15. Yes, I did have such an experience (though it wasn't a "refusal", but a recommendation - that I followed). Very much like yours, it required figuring out a lock (in this case, a word lock with the answer "hidden in plain sight" in the description ). I didn't take issue with it, though, when the reviewer suggested making it a Traditional with Field Puzzle. I wasn't married to the idea of it being a Mystery cache, though - are you? There are other - possibly equally protective - ways to list the cache. Nevertheless, it sounds like your proposed cache is, indeed, a Traditional with Field Puzzle. Consider this: An Earthcache is still an Earthcache, whether you simply have to post a photo or send in a 5-page dissertation. I agree that solving a puzzle box is quite a bit more difficult to retrieve the cache/log than a simple Traditional, find-it-log-it, cache. That's where the D/T rating, Cache Description and Attributes become so important. You'd be completely justified in increasing the Difficulty rating; in fact, it should have a higher difficulty rating. This would keep it from showing up for "newbies" in the app. As others have mentioned: Unless you're intending that puzzle to be a surprise, it would also help to protect it from destruction to mention the need to solve a puzzle upon arrival ... or at the very least, draw attention to the Attributes. FWIW: High find count does not always equal common sense - especially with field puzzles. (I've actually had to add instructions on how to properly return a very straight-forward combination lock to its locked state.) Keeping it from being found by "newbies" might reduce the odds simply by reducing visit counts, but that certainly doesn't guarantee protection from destruction by clueless cachers more intent on gaining a Smiley than solving a puzzle.
  16. I've only gotten a personal message about my caches twice. *asking for help* One was from an experienced cacher, at the just-published cache, having a problem with the lock. He was quite shocked when I was standing there less than 5 minutes later. (I just happened to be very nearby.) The other, "What am I looking for?" regarding a 1/1.5 ammo can in the crook of a tree, took me a bit longer to reply. First I had to get over being flabbergasted at the question. Then had to decide if they were actually asking for me to describe the container and where it was hidden. Finally, I took the time to point out all the clues (from size to attributes, etc.) on the cache page. I rarely have cell service when out caching, so usually don't even try to message the CO while standing at the cache. To their credit, most respond quite quickly when I send a photo of what I thought might demonstrate a missing cache or container within a host. Some never do. It usually doesn't matter (unless they don't respond *at all*) since I'm home logging my dnfs, so at the earliest it will be the next day before I search for it again, though there was one case when it made the difference between turning around at 1/2 mile away, and finding that day, vs. having to return another time from 30 miles away. Having said all that, for the most part, I don't carry my cellphone around with me when at home, so I may not even see that there's a message until sometime that night when I get a free moment to check my email.
  17. Saw a couple of those in an area I was researching before a visit. I considered it a challenge. Thought I had it figured out; got ready to check my coordinates ... archived! Ah well, that's what I thought should have happened before I ever saw it.
  18. Just a heads-up: This would not be a safe assumption in our area. It might just mean that there are easily reached branches or toe-holds. Example: There's a 3.5 that requires shimmying up a really fat tree ... but it does have a few hand/toeholds (thus, not a 4). Since the access point hangs over the river, I'd be very surprised that even a very tall person could reach it. Even so, being below average height, I *might* bring a major TOTT after seeing logs that mention needing one, but it's extremely rare. When I do this, I leave it in (or on) the car, and eyeball the actual placement first. So far, I've been able to access them by other means. (I really love climbing trees, though!) The only one that really gave me trouble was a T4 placed by a tall CO. I had to stand on my pack to even reach the first hand-hold. I now definitely carry a collapsing stool that fits flat in my pack. I also have several sundry "grabber" tools that extend my reach and act almost as well as a borrowed child ... and don't require snacks or water. As to the bigger picture, the D/T ratings are what they are (relative to either the CO or the cacher). A D2 cache may seem pretty straight-forward to an average cacher while an inexperienced cacher should expect to have a bit harder time finding it. A T3 cache that isn't out of reach for the average height person probably means I'm either going to need to use a TOTT of some sort, or practice a little athletic altered elevation. I say, "Know yourself; know the norms." I don't expect those to be changed because of my limitations; I try to make up for my limitations by adding tools to neutralize them.
  19. Man, woman, or child ... this sounds like a list of ways to work with ladders around the home, not in the woods to access a cache. Much simpler is to keep a ladder chock with your ladder. It's simply a triangular shaped piece of strong wood, like a woodworking shim, just much bigger. Very simple to make from scrap lumber, or you can probably purchase one. Try googling "ladder chock". Having been a paint contractor in a previous life, I'm very comfortable with all sorts and sizes of ladder - and own most - including setting rope ladders with a well-placed plumb-bob toss. Except these new-fangled telescoping ladders. I've been pricing them out, and am overjoyed to find out they carry them at our local [remove brand name] paint store, since the big-box stores here require special order (and $$ for that). Appreciate @barefootjeff posting the photo, as that's exactly how I was picturing packing it, and was wondering if it would impede my walking. Looks like my legs' "backstroke" would fit just between the uprights. Thanks.
  20. I am able to visit logs from trackables that I have logged, and edit them. How are you going about visiting that log? If you haven't already, try going to Dashboard. Left menu - Trackables - trackable logs.
  21. This seems to relate to an issue where the app gives a notice, but disappears after opening it - though it does show up in email. Hmmm. I'm still going to go with "not creepy".
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