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meark

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  1. So here's the question- Why doesn't Chrome and the communicator play nice with Geocaching.com? Because If I remember correctly, it's been a long time if ever that geocaching worked in chrome properly.
  2. Only once, and it was because we actually looked suspicious, not for anything terrorism related, but due to the fact that we were rolling up a micro log and looking down which is similar behavior to some other unsavory activities. We explained ourselves which always helps to have the gps out and showed the cop the log. They didn't have a problem and moved along.
  3. www.thistothat.com for glue whatever, to well you know whatever.
  4. As long as it's not giving away cache placement it is usually alright. Also I will say that some caches themselves are cammoed quite well and it would be a spoiler or take a photo of the cache if that's the case. So in short, use your judgment and don't be surprised is a CO asks you to take down a photo.
  5. There are several in BC, However, most of them you are able to get at during the summer and if you hike up the mountain in the winter, also accessible though it may be buried. I think if the cache was advertising for the ski hill, then the reviewer should have issue, but I can think of a couple of caches in Vancouver where you have to buy a ticket to get into the area to cache it. An example would be VanDusen Botanical Garden Cache. I had no problems paying the ticket to get in there. So why would a ski hill cache be any different?
  6. I have an Canon Rebel XT with a battery grip+an 17-75mm lens that I use primarily. It's a bit bulky, but when i'm actively searching for caches, i just throw it in the backpack and put the bag down. I haven't had a problem with it since i got it in 2006.
  7. Groundspeak has a geocaching app, where while you're at home you can connect via wi-fi and save the various cache info on to the cache. It's about the least amount of steps. It'll cost you like ten bucks for the app though.
  8. Groundspeak has a geocaching app, where while you're at home you can connect via wi-fi and save the various cache info on to the cache. It's about the least amount of steps. It'll cost you like ten bucks for the app though.
  9. Earned My Queen's Venturer Award and my Chief Scout's Award which combined roughly equal the Eagle Scout. I worked at the Canadian Jamboree in 2007 at the Geocaching activity where we planted about 60 caches and then supervised groups of scouts finding the caches themselves. Was great fun.
  10. Then any cache could be a night cache. Just this evening I did a cache in a generally muggle-filled area. Does that make it a night cache? No, the key here is in the attributes and description.
  11. As long as you're non-threatening and not on private property without permission. You should have no problems talking to Leo's, as they're only doing their job. Lets face it, wandering around with a handheld and then looking in the bushes is suspicious, not to mention opening it up, doing something with the contents and then carefully hiding it back in the same spot. But you can graciously enlighten the officer with information about the hobby and be generally friendly.
  12. That's how all of my caching within city bounds are done, in combination with public transit. Which tends to be the cheapest and fastest way to cache. I even got the bike mount for my GPSr so I can ride and use it as well as a bike computer. In my opinion, using a bike or other forms of transportation makes the caches significantly harder as you can no longer drive up to a cache, get out and search, you actually have to put thought into it. It makes those micro caches more satisfying.
  13. Having access to pocket queries is one of the advantages of a premium membership. While one can immediately see the advantages of only have the top twenty or whatever caches whenever they want; it makes for a lame experience for the iPod Touch. If you have a iPod Touch as well as a trail GPSr, you should be able to load a GPX onto your iPod and use it for paperless caching. Especially when other applications designed for geocaching which have been out of almost a month or two already have this ability, I would of expected that Groundspeak would be able to implement this feature in the first release of their branded product. That being said, it's a nice app if you have an iPhone, but it's pretty useless once you get on a trail, even in Vancouver, you'll lose service as soon as you go up any of the local mountains.
  14. While I try not to log like that. Many of my logs are like that due to nothing special about the cache, nothing happening or it was easy to find or whatever.
  15. I don't like it, it would require me to send my number to someone i don't know and could quite easily go into a bank with lots of other numbers. It requires a cellphone with text ability. Which is specialized equipment over a GPSr and a computer with internet. Yes, while most people have one, the key word there is most. My parents don't have one, and don't need one. My cellphone is essentially my home phone, i don't answer it on the bus or when I'm at work. Who ever is calling can leave a voice mail. My friends are aware of this policy and don't have a problem with it.
  16. Then don't look for them. However, I hunt for them due to the cost and expense of driving out to parks to find caches out there. It's just a different environment with different challenges and expectations. It's definitely not for everyone, but for some it's their only option.
  17. In regards to the "specifications of a container" I thought it had to have a log as well as space for tradeable items. I could be wrong though.
  18. there's a couple within 5km but they are either puzzle caches which i'm not too interested in due to finding them you have to find some others and one that has escaped my finding it even with six tries going after it. Gas isn't an issue as I either ride my bicycle or take the bus to where i'm going hunting for caches. It makes city caches that much harder and makes those LPC's slightly more interesting because I'll average about 10-20km walking in a day devoted to caching.
  19. At the Candian Jamboree last year this is what we basically did. Since we were expecting up to 15 patrols per prgram session of about 3 1/2 hours we created 15 separate routes of about 8-10 caches each with various difficulties. the first 25 mintues was a ten minute bit of how the GPS worked and what the GPSr did. We used a large blow up globe and some string and got the scouts to be "satilites" illustrating the how you need 3 or more satilites to find your position. The 15 minute bit was about geocaching, and travel bugs, and a small plug for geocaching.com. We then had each patrol assigned to a Venturer or Rover to specifically explain the idea of following the arrow to a cache and how to select the waypoint. And off we went. At each cache the one GPSr would go to someone else, so everyone basically have the same experience. Each patrol also had a clipboard of their GPS coordinates and hints like you would find on the GC website. In total we had about 50 caches that were all large coffee tins, but it gave them the scouts a brief introduction to geocaching and how the Global Positioning System worked. We had some Scouters with their own GPSr's and they were able to follow along as well. this method can be brought down to the group by going out a week before the meeting or whatever and finding 10 or so caches or making your own and sending them through. We emphasized the "treasure hunting" aspect of the game to make it more appealing to the youth.
  20. Guns are typically a waste of space and extra weight. Bear bells and if you absolutely need it pepper spray.
  21. A bicycle or the bus. It makes more sense, and it makes those simple lamp post caches and drive by caches alot harder.
  22. Finally got around to posting in these forums. I'm Meark, 21 and a Rover in Scouts Canada. I'm around the lower mainland, and helped lead a geocaching program at hte Canadian Jamboree last summer. I'm doing it as i find that i have less and less free time, my random jaunts around the city on my bike have become less and less and this way there's more method to my madness. Plus, treasure hunting is fun, even if you don't get any booty.
  23. As for the rules. if you take something you should leave something, with the idea that it's of same or better value, if you don't have anything, don't trade, simply put. I typically don't trade mainly because it's more stuff to lug around and the trading isn't the part i like about the game. I'll leave my name and date, much like you would in a logbook at the top of a peak, however i try to leave a longer one on the website with random remarks and photos. Since you are the search engine, you get what you give in this game. Obviously not everyone is going to be completely honest much like real life, but you do what you can to make it more enjoyable for everyone.
  24. I picked up geocaching last summer when I helped run a geocaching program for scouts at the canadian jamboree, i just didn't have a GPSr of my own untill early this year. I've had a few people ask what i'm doing, and to be quite frank, i'm honest with them. Either they're actually interested in what i'm doing or they couldn't care less. Honesty is the best policy, i've found.
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