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  1. CITO? I don't know. I've never been a scout, myself.
  2. maybe tie it into the orienteering track? "take a bearing, then use orienteering skills to get to that point"? Just an idea.
  3. You name it, we got it. Want evil micros? Yep. Want long 3 mile multis? Yep. Want three page logic puzzles that will make your brain hurt for a week? Yep. Want 5/5's that require a last will and testament on file? Them too. And TONS of em. If I do a 7 mile radius I have several hundred. If I do a 50 mile radius, it breaks the map. the new ones seem to be slowing down a little bit, but that's primarily due to saturation, and a lack of urban caches. Most of them seem to be park based, rather than "middle of town" based.
  4. I usually smile disarmingly, nod and say "hi", while trying to not get caught looking to see if it's a phone, ipod, camera, or GPS in their hands. Couple of places I _KNOW_ they were cachers, as I ran into them later, in another part of the park, doing the same thing. In once case I was sitting on the log, on the cache, waiting for this guy to walk down the trail (I don't worry about the mountain bikers much.. they are paying too much attention to not going tin cup over tea kettle) and he just stood there, up the hill, "ignoring" (rather obviously) me, while fiddling with his Ipod. So I lit a cigarette, and waited. And waited. And he eventually went down the trail, I nodded, he said nothing.. soon as he cleared my line of sight I did a real quick pop and sign, got it packed back up, and headed out down trail. At the bottom, I saw him coming back up from the parking area. Could have been a cacher, could have been a drug dealer, at that point (quite a few of them in that area as well). So, I moseyed on along to the next one (four or five in this one big area, around a reservoir) and he must have taken a higher trail, cause I passed him coming down, on my way up to the cache, and he nodded and said "Found it, it's there!" and kept on going. Still don't know who he was, couldn't read the signature in the log.
  5. I usually smile disarmingly, nod and say "hi", while trying to not get caught looking to see if it's a phone, ipod, camera, or GPS in their hands. Couple of places I _KNOW_ they were cachers, as I ran into them later, in another part of the park, doing the same thing. In once case I was sitting on the log, on the cache, waiting for this guy to walk down the trail (I don't worry about the mountain bikers much.. they are paying too much attention to not going tin cup over tea kettle) and he just stood there, up the hill, "ignoring" (rather obviously) me, while fiddling with his Ipod. So I lit a cigarette, and waited. And waited. And he eventually went down the trail, I nodded, he said nothing.. soon as he cleared my line of sight I did a real quick pop and sign, got it packed back up, and headed out down trail. At the bottom, I saw him coming back up from the parking area. Could have been a cacher, could have been a drug dealer, at that point (quite a few of them in that area as well). So, I moseyed on along to the next one (four or five in this one big area, around a reservoir) and he must have taken a higher trail, cause I passed him coming down, on my way up to the cache, and he nodded and said "Found it, it's there!" and kept on going. Still don't know who he was, couldn't read the signature in the log.
  6. Be aware, that depending on the age of the property, and when it was deeded, that entry in Dbk might be "large apple tree", "granite boulder", "fence post" etc.
  7. does that mean it's outside your house? Naw, I keep my PC in a tree-stand in the woods. Yep. Right outside. Just a quick, easy, kid friendly cash n dash, and a chance to meet some really nice cachers.
  8. Nearest found is 23 feet from my computer. (yarly) Nearest unfound is .7mi, and it's primarily because I haven't been to the ice cream stand since it was placed.
  9. Wrote to Amy today, within 20 minutes she had my snail and said the coin would hopefully be on it's way by next week. SWEET! Thanks for the heads up!
  10. I generally carry sea shells to trade, and if the cache is forlorn will throw a few in, or will trade for _specific_ items. I have long collected the little rubber rain forest frogs, and I tend to find them in local caches a lot.. as well as mardi gras beads, and, lately, tiny brightly colored plastic sea urchins and lobsters and stars and such. So those I'll generally trade, but most times, I look for the log, then bugs, then coins, to move or trade, then the swag. Often, I won't swap anything if there's nothing I actively want. I have pulled someones car trash out of a cache a time or two, and replaced it with items from my swag bag, especially on caches more likely to be frequented by kids (IE, no free-climbing a sheer loose rock face to get to it, etc)
  11. Only time I see it as an issue is when they take bugs/coins and don't log them online. Course, I also think the whole "these items in this cache" online are just a bad idea anyway.. makes it real easy for magpies to work on their "secret" collections. I _always_ log them online. There are a few times I couldn't sign the log at the cache (wet, full, not even there, etc), but I don't think I've ever signed a log at a cache, and not logged it online.
  12. Weirdest thing I have found was a water bottle, used to hold.. uhh.. recycled water, that was left two feet from the actual final on the cache. This final was like, 200 feet off the trail, in the middle of bloody nowhere, in a freakin multiflora rose bush.. the _ONLY_ reason someone would get that bloody or messed up would be to get to the cache. *grumble*
  13. Every forum on the planet, regardless of purpose, has keyboard warriors and lurkers, and middle of the road folks, and extremists, and every other thing you can think of. Don't put too much stock into any single answer, unless you know and trust and respect the person. The beauty of forums lies in the ability to get a quorum of opinion and then base your inference out of that. I also don't worry too much about how many posts someone has, or how few finds, or vice versa.. those who can, do, those who can't, teach.
  14. I have a tungsten C.. the color screen really helps, and the full keyboard is a godsend. I use spinner to translate the GPX files into a web dbase for the palm, and plucker desktop to get it on via USB. Then I have a searchable record, in the field, of all the logs, etc, and the ability to take notes. It's really a godsend, to be able to just click the "caches nearby" link and read which you might want to do, rather than hauling around a stack of damp papers the ink is running on.
  15. have you looked at PC7? I really shouldn't give you advice on this, as it will just lead to an even MORE evil cache, I'm sure.
  16. I'm sure many people have different answers about what is enjoyable in watching a sunset, yet most of us do it when given the opportunity. In my case, yes, I'd like to rack up big numbers, but a lot of it has to do with setting myself goals, rather than being "top of the heap" in numbers. I'll spend a few hours researching areas, caches, etc, and then set a goal: "10 micros by the end of the day" or "15 multis by the end of the week" or whatever. Sometimes I only get three.. but at least I tried! So the high number days are secondary to the goal, but I like to push myself. I know folks who have done 100 caches in a day.. which just blows my mind!
  17. I run on my personal set of ethics. If I find the cache, IE, have it in my hand, then I "found" it. WHether or not I signed the paper log, (Which I do, whenever possible. Three exceptions so far.. a micro with a completely full log, an MKH which was so waterlogged it was like it had been run through the washer, and one with a standard notebook in a torrential downpour, where I wasn't going to unbag it and ruin the whole log). I'll note in the online log why I couldn't sign, as long as it's not a spoiler, and will typically contact the cache owner if maintenance was the reason I could not sign. I found it, I know I found it, in some cases going back four times to find it, and doing the mile deep hike, only to finally figure out the micro had a full log and was soaking wet. I'm logging it. Period. but I've never logged one where I have not had the cache in my own hand. And I never will.
  18. Well, it's one thing if you want to do it with your _own_ coin, it's something completely different if you are doing it to someone elses coin. And I agree with you. I'm not a violent man, by nature. But magpies just make my blood boil. Some coins are upwards of 20$ _each_, and I've seen a few of them (compass roses, or the navigational tool ones) dissapear around here. That's gotta sting.
  19. Depends on how it's done. Just a piece of paper? Meh. Good quality copy, both sides, laminated, with a clear tracking number? Better. Then there's what someone did to a local cachers coin.. took it out of a cache, photocopied both sides, glued it to a poker chip, _KEPT_ the original, and sent the copy on out. Sorry.. I'm not spending 10 bucks to have some magpie walk off with what I sent out. The amount of creeps in this game who have no respect for others or the rules is growing by the day. I still want to enjoy the game, and want others to enjoy logging finds, and/or adding trackables to their count. I see little difference, personally, between the actual coin, and a _SINGLE_ replica, out circulating, other than your replica stands a far better chance of not ending up in the junk drawer in some magpie's kitchen counter. I've tried to "discover" at least 40 coins that are listed as being in local caches, some within a day or two of them being "dropped", only to find them long gone, and no logs, and they never turn up anywhere else. Face it, there are people out there who are "collecting" the coins, and in effect, stealing hundreds of dollars from us, collectively. ANything I can do to thwart these jerks, I will. That includes keeping track of who visits my cache, and when things seem to disappear without a log or note. It's nice to have one I can see from the house, and that I can keep tabs on.
  20. I have the 60csx, with the standard road maps for my area (North East). I have never had an issue finding what I'm looking for. The trails are usually obvious, at least for me. The nice thing about the 60csx (and the others may or may not do this as well, I am unfamiliar with them) is you can simply pop out the mini-SD chip to switch maps. So you can use a roadmap to get to the site, and topo map (if you wish) once you are there. I can't imagine using anything _but_ the 60csx at this point. It seems the most featured, and easiest to use of the bunch I have seen/used/seen other people use.
  21. I just leave seashells. I got about 4 lbs of assorted tropical shells last year for some other projects, and find them handy to carry around, they generally easily fit in caches, and I have a variety of "levels" from basic scallop shells to small conch shells and polished bull whelks, depending on what I take or don't take. I don't generally sign them, as I feel that leaves them lying in caches rather than being trade items, but I'll often mark the inside of it with a sharpie, so I can tell they are "mine" if I see them in a cache I haven't visted before. Other friends of mine have: A poker chip with a particolor blue and white chalice (quartered) Green shamrock tokens "pirate booty" and leftover/spare event tokens from SCA events.
  22. I've watched quite a few disspear here in the last six months. Caches that show a 4 coin drop are bone dry and empty three days later when I get there, and they are still showing the coins as "in the cache" four months later. My coins won't be going out.. instead a "mystery voucher" (blank dog tag, engraved with "mystery voucher' and the tracking code) will be, which will match up with the coins on the website. (Which will also be listed as a proxy, as well). With the increasing price of coins, and some real art (like the compass rose, and sextants and such), I'm not putting it out there for some magpie to sit on. Just not happening. Besides, I can get 25 blank tags for about 20 bucks.. seems like cheap insurance!
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