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Algonquin Bound

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  1. I did a quick check on local logs, for those initials. You might want to try GerBear, but that is a total shot in the dark, not an accusation. The initials and the inexperience match.
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    Hey Garri, Hedberg just logged their find using a nearby area, here in Ontario, Canada. If yours works out to be near here, too, I'd be happy to help out. I just happened by here, looking for something else. Quite a coincidence, since I had noticed Hedberg's post on the Canada forum, only yesterday. Feel free to e-mail me, if I can be of any help.
  3. Points well taken, Cache-tech. I only hope mine were, too. My intention is not to start a flame war with Lessenergy, or anyone else, but to keep reasonable discussion going with interested parties, ie. cachers and land managers. I do find it ironic that someone who professes a growing interest in our hobby, on one hand, is trying hard to ensure that land owners establish guidelines for caches, while in other forums, that individual is fighting with forum administrators about their rules being too stringent and unfair. Sounds like someone who just likes to stir up trouble where there is none. However, I also like to give people the benefit of the doubt and hope that there have been some lessons learned. The benefits of geocaching to society and to parklands of all sorts have been well-documented here, as have the reasons for land managers to have guidelines. Let us hope things can be worked out to the good of all concerned parties.
  4. Joxer's Spelunk Is this yet another casualty of Les Energy's war against cachers? Hey Les. are you the person who alerted the Royal Botanical Gardens, too? I haven't seen any reasonable explanation for your lurking here, nor any reasonable explanation for you contacting these authorities and alerting them to our largely harmless activities. As you can see, though, the authorities are co-operating with us and we are co-operating with them, so your little scheme is only slowing things down and so far, has had only one questionable cache removed for safety concerns. Perhaps, Les, you could focus on some of the Rocky Mountain caches, which require complicated climbing gear and professional expertise. People like you are the reason we end up with fences along the edges of cliffs, scarring natural beauty forever. If you are so concerned with safety, stay home and stay off our boards. We don't want you. The problems with the internet, in general, are largely due to people like you, who lurk and poke their noses where they don't belong, just to prove that they can. Your discussion of the Tew's Falls cache was the perfect example, where you were advising about safety and ecological concerns, without ever having seen the location or the cache. Then back-pedalling, when people started mentioning a platform. Face it, you just don't know what you are talking about. That cache was not bothering anything ecologically and was completely safe. Yes, there would possibly be some concern in mid-winter, as there would be on any cliffside trail, but that could have been solved by moving the container a few feet away. I have no problem with ecofinder2003, who speaks with knowledge and eloquence and completely valid concerns and has the position and authority to do so. He and anyone like him, including the RBG management, are completely justified in investigating caches on their property and drafting regulations, if they choose to do so. You, Les Energy, have no such authority or right, except to ask us not to place a cache on your property. I'm sure, if you borrow a GPS and post your home co-ordinates here, we will be happy to stay away from you. Your activities are the online equivalent of stalking or peeping. Voyeurism is just plain creepy, no matter what kind of Windows you are looking through.
  5. Hit my 100th yesterday, 76 days after my first cache! Island Resurrectionwas the lucky 100th, a nice easy walk, while still soaked from Chase This!, my 99th.
  6. Yup! I enjoyed the Trek, too and I love my little binoculars, which are attached to my caching bag. Perfect size and weight. Well worth the drive.
  7. Hey Folks, Here is a link to a short report on the incident: Woman killed in Mount Nemo fall
  8. Very sad, indeed. Unfortunately, the news reports I have seen are suggesting that more warning signs are being considered. Are there actually people somewhere who truly believe that people looking over the edge of a cliff don't realize that it is a dangerous cliff unless they read it on twenty freakin' signs? We know there are cliffs and we know cliffs can be dangerous. Sometimes we go closer to the edge, sometimes we even climb them, with no equipment or anything. We know the risks and signs probably don't influence us all that much. Again, it is really very sad, but let's not go nuts with signage in the woods.
  9. It sure is! I really missed the forums. It'll take a little to get used to the new format, but I'm sure we'll all be fine. At least the communication is going again.
  10. Congratulations. I've got about 30 to go. Can't wait! There are lots down at this end of the lake for you, Dirtrunner. Burlington, Hamilton, etc., etc.
  11. I think you can count on a lot more entries from Ontario next year. I certainly look forward to it. Cheers! Ian.
  12. Hey Cache-tech, Thanks for your quick response and for offering to champion this cause. I'm sure we all look forward to hearing the results. Not sure why you saw the post before the e-mail. Maybe a bottleneck on a gateway? Cheers! Ian.
  13. I've just sent this request, asking for this feature to be incorporated. quote: Dear Cache Techs! Not sure if this has been suggested yet, or not, but there is a forum discussion going (http://ubbx.Groundspeak.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=5726007311&f=3516058331&m=78060089) about whether or not there should be a pocket query search by postal code, for Canada. Since the technology seems to already be in place when searching for caches, it would seem that it wouldn't be too difficult to incorporate it into the pocket query section. This would make life a lot easier for Canadian cachers. Please consider this as a top priority request. It might even encourage more people to opt for premium membership. It would be essentially the same as the US search by zip code We look forward to your consideration of this matter and welcome your input at the above discussion. Cheers! Ian. "Algonquin Bound" PS - I'll post this e-mail to the discussion page. Here's hoping. Cheers! Ian.
  14. Well, I'm happy to say that I bit the bullet today and became a premium member. I downloaded a test file of 500 waypoints, in GPX format, then loaded tham all into my palm pilot, via Cachemate, of which I also recently became a registered user. I am thrilled. I had been doggedly copying information into text files and had even written a little conversion macro, to convert it into Cachemate format, but this eliminates ALL of that. I am thrilled with the GPX download and I am thrilled to be able to support Geocaching.com. Cheers! Ian.
  15. I think it is a terrific idea. It is a lot easier for me to find a postal code for an area I may be planning to visit than it is to try to figure out the co-ordinates via Mapquest. Postal does are readily available, often from phone books, or Canada411 listings, etc. I'm also open to an easy way to get Mapquest to cough up co-ordinates. I haven't been able to do so. Cheers! Ian.
  16. Well, I'm pretty sure I read this log before, though, so I think it was some kind of server glitch. Cheers! Ian.
  17. Hey Objets, Thank you so much for the pics. I've posted them on the site and logged my find. You can log on and log a find there, too. Thanks again. Good luck with your name, since you can definitely log another find when you get that done. All the best! Cheers! Ian.
  18. Hey Bill! I just did a search on Nova Scotia caches, then picked one on Cape Breton, then asked for all nearby caches. If you do this, you can see who has hidden local caches and who has found local caches. All of them may be great contacts for you. Happy caching. Cheers! Ian.
  19. Hey Cache-Tech, Are we still having some kind of weird server problems? Not sure if you are aware, but one of the strange things that happened is that yesterday, I received notification of a find on a cache I was watching, "Parker" The Traveler. The problem is that it was logged almost 3 weeks ago. Not sure if you can check this out or not. Cheers! Ian. [This message was edited by Algonquin Bound on October 24, 2003 at 10:16 AM.]
  20. Apparently there is a Geomagnetic storm heading our way today, from the sun. Scientists are calling it "the Perfect Storm" and it will cause terrific interference for such things as cell phones, and more importantly for us, will wreak havoc on satellite signals. Be prepared for a rough day for caching. For more info, check SpaceWeather.com Cheers! Ian. [This message was edited by Algonquin Bound on October 24, 2003 at 04:35 AM.]
  21. I can certainly attest that this bug was well labelled and well packaged. I'm sure it is the problem of so many ways to leave Ontario and people thinking differently. After all, there would be nothing to stop him from heading west via the Sarnia/Windsor corridor and crossing the plains through the U.S. Or taking a flight on Westjet, or heading out from Pearson, or taking the slow road North of Superior. Cheers! Ian.
  22. Just received this from the cache owner: "Each cacher can log this one a total of twice.Once each as a photog and as a user ID." Nice! So, when you get someone to take a pic for you, you'll have two finds. Cheers! Ian.
  23. That's cool. I'm nowhere near the co-ordinates you asked about, but if you look at the site (see first post), there is a link that takes you to a list of cities and their latitude and longitude. That is how I found that Miami worked for me. You might have luck in Nova Scotia or the Northwest Territories, or even Alaska. You could also try Russia, Africa, South Amercia nd probably many more, but the list is a good place to start. Once you narrow it down a bit, you could feed those co-ordinates into Mapquest, then finesse your search from there (I think!). Then find a forum serving that area and post a query. Since you get to log a find, if you take my picture, I've written to the cache owner, Crusso, to find out if you can log another find, based on your own name. Cheers! Ian.
  24. Oops! Sorry about that. Thanks for the correction, Olar. This makes it even closer for Borts, though, and it looks like there will be a good bunch of people there. Unfortunately, I'm juggling at least two other commitments, that night. Cheers! Ian.
  25. Hey Borts, There are a lot of geocachers in this area. The easiest way to find some close to you is to search for caches close to your postal code. That will show you who has placed caches in your area. If you scroll through the posts, you'll start to get familiar with those finding caches in your area, as well. If you need help, e-mailing the owner of the cache is a good way to get some extra hints. I started about a month ago and that's how I got my feet wet. I have found people very friendly and helpful. There is a cache event coming up, November 1st, in London. GNASHERS 01 - Pub night at London Arms I attended an event in Guelph recently and it was a great opportunity to meet with other cachers and get tips. It also helps putting a face to all those on-line names. Good luck. Cheers! Ian.
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