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  1. I have several bugs in my inventory that I no longer physically have in my possession.


    I physically left them in caches, but never actually logged them, because at the time I was sort of boycotting the website. It must have been over a year ago now, and none of them have been logged again, so they're all still in my inventory, and I really have no idea what happened to them.


    I'm not the owner so I cannot mark them missing.


    There used to be a non-existant cache that you could "drop" missing or lost bugs in, but I see it's no longer accepting new logs. What can I do?

  2. My previous post was deleted, so I'm posting again.


    I have for sale the following coins trackable on geocaching.com:


    2005 Bronze Mount Everest

    2006 Three Rivers Informal Geocaching (Dis)Organization - I have one of both editions. I'd like to keep one, but I don't care which, so feel free to make an offer.


    As per Groundspeak guidelines, the following non-trackable coins are for TRADE:

    2005 California Geocoin

    2005 Maine Geocoin

    2004 Washington State Geocoin

  3. Honestly, I think the Forerunner 205 and 305 are really cool, and I'd love to have one, but already having a GPS and a heartrate monitor, I can't really justify spending $250-$350 for this. That's an extra bit of money that could be put towards a pair of running shoes or two.


    I definately wouldn't be using this for geocaching, or probably even hiking and trailrunning, so the GPS doesn't need to be perfect, but I do live in a somewhat rural area, so the reception has to be decent.


    What is the primary different between the Forerunner 201 and Foretrex 201. From what I understand Forerunner is newer, but Foretrex has WAAS?


    Currently, my setup involves using the stopwatch feature on my watch to time, and then using G-Maps Pedometer to map about my course afterward, and then do math in my head to figure out pace and enter all that stuff in to my training log.


    I'd sort of like to streamline that process as much as possible. And I'd still like to read a few more opinions before making a decision.

  4. I've just recently gained an interest in distance running. I'm not running too far yet, but I'm hoping to work up to a half marathon in the next 6-18 months and a full marathon within the next 5 years. GPS has been incredibly helpful in training for cycling and hiking, and I believe it can help me with my new interest.


    The problem of course being that with running, I may not be able to have my big clunky GPS on a belt clip, and that of course presents a few problems.


    I've been looking at Garmin's different offerings in the Athletic GPS field, and I'm really interested in getting one. Unfortunately, this would be something I'd be paying for out of pocket, and since I've already got a perfectly workable GPS, I'd like to avoid spending too much money.


    I'm currently looking at the Foretrex 101 and 201, and the Forerunner 101 and 201.


    Anyone have any experience with any of these devices? Is it worth the money, or am I better off saving my money and just getting a pedometer and a nice stopwatch.


    Any information or first-hand use stories you can give would be greatly appreciated...

  5. Up for trade:


    I've got one, 2005 Pennsylvania Geocoin. It's not a gold one, it's the bronze (or whatever color) edition. They're currently selling on ebay for $10. They were a relatively limited release.


    I also have two 2004 Pennsylvania Geocoins.


    I'm open to all offers.


    Send me an email at geoteamk9 at gmail dot com with a proposal and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible


    The 2004 coins have been spoken for.


    I still have a 2005 PA Geocoin available

  6. Up for trade:


    I've got one, 2005 Pennsylvania Geocoin. It's not a gold one, it's the bronze (or whatever color) edition. They're currently selling on ebay for $10. They were a relatively limited release.


    I also have two 2004 Pennsylvania Geocoins.


    I'm open to all offers.


    Send me an email at geoteamk9 at gmail dot com with a proposal and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible

  7. I helped teach a short course on Wilderness Safety for a local group of boy scouts the other day.


    I use the phrase "help teach" fairly loosely. My brother is a CPR/First-Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. I went along to help him out by running a powerpoint presentation he had set up, and serving just as his general assistant.


    The group had several different speakers, along with my brother, they had someone to talk about survival techniques, and a man from one of the local SAR teams to talk specifically about Search & Rescue.


    I found him really the most interesting.


    One of the things he started his talk with, that actually really hit home with me was that a large majority of search & rescue incidents start with somone saying one phrase:


    "You go ahead, I'm just going to take a break for a while.."


    When people hike in groups, there's always one or two slower people, who not wanting to slow down the group, tell them to just go ahead on, that they'll catch up eventually. In alot of cases, these people miss an important turn in the trail, trying to catch up with the rest of the group.


    Just being alone is generally a bad idea.


    I began thinking about how many I had told my geocaching partner to just have a seat and wait, while I bushwacked the last 300 yards or so to the cache. And I remembered specifically one time, when I was bushwacking, and I just got so horribly disoriented that I had to sit down, call my dad on the walkie talkie and ask him to try and find me. (It turns out, I had bushwacked a quarter of a mile through heavy brush, to end up 100 feet from a trail, just outside of my line of sight)


    Anyway, I began thinking, surely other geocachers have had similar experiences, some possibly even more severe.



    So, does anyone know of any cachers requiring the assistance of SAR teams, rangers, or firemen to get out of, or even just find their way out of cache locations?

  8. You could use Google Earth to pan across your route and see the caches within a certain distance of your travels...


    THat wouldn't be too horribly efficient, and I'm sure someone else can suggest something better, cause I know this has been discussed before.

  9. One of my first cache attemps was in the mountains above my home.


    The snow by my house had been melted for several days. Me being the genius that I am, didn't realize snow doesn't melt in the mountains quite as easily.


    A foot and a half of snow can make a cache very hard, especialyl for a newbie.


    I vote to remove the Available in Winter attribute. It's ambiguous, and can be easily replaced by a note on the cache page "This cache may become slightly more difficult with any accumulation of snow, but it is still accessible."

  10. No booing!


    That's what some of our fans request here in Happy Valley.


    Mopar, thanks for the info.




    Happy Valley???


    Would this stadium you're referring be everbody's favorite stadium named after a weird animal, home of the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions, BEAVER STADIUM?!?!?


    Or is it some other random place?




    But yah, I tend to go along with Mopar, there are so many reasons this isn't a very good idea.

  11. I'm actually fine with it. It shows how important people like us Off-Topic'ers are in the geocaching world.


    We're even more important than geocaching itself...


    It is rather confsuing though. ;)

  12. Ever since cracking the screen on my Magellnan Sportrak a few months, I've been looking into buying a new GPS.


    Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of money to work with. I've been looking for something in the sub-$225 range for a GPS with similar features to my Sportrak Map, except more technologically advanced?


    I had been looking at the Magellan eXplorist 210. At around $150, it's relatively affordable, and seems to be even better than the Sportrak I paid $200 for just a few years ago.


    Anyway, that doesn't really matter anymore.


    I was playing with my dad's new toy today, a Garmin 60c. I really fell in love with it. Not only the auto-routing, but the color screen, the easy transfer of waypoints using USB, it's really cool.


    So I got to looking around and discovered the Garmin Legend Color was towards the higher end of my price ranger, and had many of the same features of the 60C if on a slightly smaller scale. Not only that, but I could use the CityNavigator software my dad already has to put maps on my GPS, instead of having to buy mapping software separately (which I'd have to do if I got anything else)


    My dad's older GPS, before he got the 60C was the original Garmin Legend. Quite frankly, I didn't like it. My Magellan GPS didn't really have all the bells and whistles of the Garmin, but it always outperformed it in heavy tree cover.


    Anyway, I'm looking for opinions on that particular model. Has the antenna improved from the original? Any comments or reviews would be greatly appreciated.

  13. I have a really cool picture of my brother and I holding her at a cache a few miles down the road. It's actually framed and sitting on my bookcase right now.


    Evidently though, I never posted it to the actual log page. I'll see if I can find it.


    Here's a nice picture of Casey the Golden Cache Retriever:



  14. Well, it seems my dad had started it, and when it didn't work the way he wanted it to, he gave up and handed it to me.


    He had used the certificate to have the unlock code mailed to him.


    He didn't type in the unlock code. After fiddling around, I managed to reupload the maps and it's working now. We just took a ride around town and enjoyed having it route us back to the house.


    Sadly, I think I know more about his GPS now after playing with it for twenty minutes than he may ever know.


    Thanks for the help, I probably should have played around a bit more before asking.

  15. I'm having a bit of trouble unlocking the CityNavigator maps on my dad's new GPS.


    I used the wizard, and followed all the instructions. After that I loaded my state onto the GPS, and yet, it says "Can't Unlock Maps" when I turn it on.


    Does it need synced with the computer somehow, and if so, how do I do that?

  16. You dont hsve to tell your GPSr anything. But once you turn it on in Morocco, it will probably take some time before it discovers its new location. Just turn it on in an area with good access to the sky and let it sit there until it has a good sattelite lock. That process may take up to 15 minutes.

    Actually, when going more than a hundred miles or so, without your GPS on, it's always best to go into the settings and give it a state, possibly even coordinates to reference off of. That will really expedite the time it takes to find out where you are and get aa lock.

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