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  1. Price drop!

    Please see the updated list through the link in Post #4.


    Is the price for the set below it, or individual coins in each section?


    Sorry, but I'm not sure I understand your question. I've listed the da Vinci geocoins and the Mapamundi geocoins as sets, but also listed individual prices. Other than those five geocoins, I've listed and priced each geocoin individually. Hope that helps.

  2. My geocaching obsession has diminished a bit in the past couple of years, and my geocoin collection is sitting in a closet gathering dust. It's time to let some go to new, better homes where they can be admired, discovered and generally better appreciated. Each coin on the list is in excellent to mint condition. Each but one (see details below) is activated and will be adopted by its new owner. Where indicated, the geocoin will be shipped with the pathtag that accompanied it when new. Shipping for each is $2.50. I want to give this community the first shot before I start listing on the auction site.


    Thanks for looking.



    Colorado 4X4 green cachekinz TB4WCXY

    Colorado 4X4 red cachekinz TB4WCRF

    Colorado 4X4 white cachekinz TB4WCJW

    Colorado 4X4 yellow cachekinz TB4WCEP



    Groundspeak CITO TB36Q4T -- has a proxy that is traveling around

    Luna TB56YFJ

    NZ Earthquake TB484QG

    Symbology TB2ZCF2

    Wolfpack TB5DK9V

    Year of the Snake TB5NFJ8



    Bear Totem TB322DP

    Dragonfly Totem TB2YR1A

    Moon Totem TB3Q5P4

    Marvelous Nature TB4H8Z1

    Raven Totem TB2YPZB

    Sea Lion Totem TB2YQN0

    Sun Totem TB322E2

    Nicolaus Copernicus (with pathtag) -- this geocoin has a tracking number duplicating another just like it. The owner of the other one never responded to my e-mails to try to get this problem figured out.

    Wildlife Experience TB5MYJE



    09-09-09 Multievent TB35EQD

    Atomic Fish Porthole (with pathtag) TB64MQH

    Earth Day 2010 TB3HEBC

    Mimbres TB30AAV

    Mimbres 3.0 TB379QD

    Mimbres 4.0 TB4N8VN

    Pirate Bones TB5Q06F

    Technetium's Slide Rule TB4ZVG0

    Viking Dragon Shield TB64XNF



    10 Years of Geocaching TB3P26X

    Area 51 Series: Restricted Area TB4GA2G

    Medicine Wheel TB4RC8A

    Seven Summits - Mt. Aconcagua TB3CGQC

    Seven Summits - Mt. Everest TBNX3P

    Seven Summits - Mt. McKinley TBNQKY

    The Journey is the Reward (Confucius) TB5QT4V



    GEOCAC Benchmark TB2VYBV

    Groundspeak Lackeys 2012 TB5DD6E

    Job 28 - God of Science TB41H4C

    Landsharkz Shark Attack TB2E6WN

    Triple Dragon TB1BR1B



    Cache the Dark Side (with pathtag) TB4R8YY

    Hounds and Ravens TB30B78

    Nature's Compass TB5CRJT

    Winter is Coming TB72M77



    Crystal Compass Rose TB32DEZ

    Groundspeak Lackeys 2009 TB34JZ6

    The Waldgeist is Watching TB5EPRB

    2008 Compass Rose TB2BWV0

    2013 Compass Rose TB67RNG



    50-Year Aztec Calendar TB38M6A

    Indian Summer/War Pony (with pathtag) TB5C8K7

    Thurus TB3ZF31



    Eye of the Dragon (with pathtag) TB6A4VR - has a proxy that is traveling around

    For Puzzle Lovers Only TB15G05

    Habbakuk TB5B51J



    Area 51 Series: UFO TB44AVC

    Torc of Cernunnos TB5WZH5


    $75 each or $215 for the set

    da Vinci - Knights Templar TB388NB

    da Vinci - Paris Meridian TB388KQ

    da Vinci - Vitruvian Man TB388P4


    Mapamundi TB5TAMP and Mapamundi XXL TB5NA3K -- $35 for the small, $85 for the XXL or $115 for the set



    Garmin Colorado TB229NY

    New World Order (mystery) TB3K5WX


    Thanks for looking. Reasonable offers will be considered!

  3. Hoping someone here has some experience - or at least a great idea - on this. The USB port on my four-year-old Garmin Colorado has been loose for a little while, and transferring data back and forth to my computer has been an exercise in frustration, trying to hold the cord absolutely still in the GPSr with one hand and controlling the computer with the other. Yesterday, after a great day skiing, I wanted to retrieve the track from the Colorado, but it appears my trick won't work any more. The unit will power on when connected to the computer and when the cord is being held in just the right angle. But it seems to me that data transfer now will be impossible over USB.


    Is there any way to retrieve this track? I've tried archiving it and getting to it through an ANT+ connection to a dongle on my computer that came with my Garmin heart rate monitor - no luck. I haven't figured out whether there is a way to transfer the track to my SD card, which would make this very easy. Is that a possibility?


    Any help is greatly appreciated.


    This is the second Colorado I've owned that I've had to replace because of this exact problem. Thinking of switching to an Oregon 650 later this month when my REI dividend comes through. Does anybody know whether Garmin has figured out the problem with the USB port? I know it was pretty common with the Colorado series, but I don't recall seeing anything about the Oregon series having the same flaw.



  4. I also do most of my caching alone, but I'm 44 and have a lot of hiking/camping/outdoors experience. I love geocaching solo - I go for whatever caches I want, at my pace, and find the experience almost therapeutic at times. It certainly helps me take my mind off real life for a while. But that being said, some of my most memorable and fun times caching have been with partners -- either other cachers I've met over the years, or with my two sons, who also enjoy caching while hiking, skiing or simply walking around in town.


    I have a couple of recommendations for you, for whatever they're worth. Be careful and play it smart while out by yourself; always carry a cell phone and make sure somebody knows where you're going and when you plan to return. Secondly, as others have said, go to some events and meet some other cachers who might want to join forces with you from time to time. Lastly, people in groups tend to think alike, but when you get them by themselves, you might find they think differently about things. Maybe try it with one or another of your friends -- somebody who you think would get a kick out of it -- and you might just find a great caching partner in somebody you already know. Start him/her out on some kind of really interesting cache, maybe something with a fun puzzle, some interesting spots on a multi, or a nice hike with a cache as a reward. A lamppost-lifter probably wouldn't do anything to turn somebody into a cacher, but a great experience with one or two really cool caches probably would.

  5. As I read through others' replies to this thread this evening, I found myself thinking "hear, hear!" on a lot of them. Including those of the OP. I think he brings up a lot of legitimate points of debate, and I think this discussion has been great. I also think the bottom line, as mentioned above, is this: It is a game. Everybody plays it it as he or she wants to.


    Outside of that, regarding the specific cache in question (apparently the worst-kept secret around right now), in my opinion the description on the cache page, especially combined with the first-stage materials I mentioned before, provide all the information needed to (1) gather all the equipment needed, and (2) provide sufficient warnings and admonitions to dissuade cachers who - for whatever reason - don't want this kind of challenge.


    I wanted to address the "200 push-ups analogy." I totally agree that most finders, if not all, had to visit at least twice before finishing. But, consider the number of finds on a cache where the overall consensus is that a 5/5 rating was completely appropriate. The finders range in experience from relatively little to way, way more than me. That, combined with the numbers of favorite points and glowing logs, tells the whole story. I feel positive, but don't know for sure, that some people bowed out when they realized what this cache was all about. Then, I'm sure, they went on to find many other caches they enjoyed very much. That's the nature of this quirky hobby/sport/pastime we all like enough to spend this much time talking about it on the Internet.


    Reasonable minds can reasonably disagree, and it's a tribute to all posters that reason still prevails in this discussion. I'm glad we're having it.

  6. I'm one of the past finders of the cache indeliblemind is talking about, and I can completely understand his comments - there were times during the hours my team spent on this cache where I felt mentally and physically frustrated. I will say, for the record, it is a 5/5 cache that I enjoyed very much, having done it with a small team of pretty highly experienced cachers who love a good puzzle.


    I never had the feeling the original CO (another cacher adopted this cache not too long ago) set people up for failure or withheld any information necessary to proceed from stage to stage. Granted, it's not something you do in one visit -- unless you've gotten a lot of advance information from past finders, and without that information it's highly unlikely anybody would have everything they need with them -- but most finders seem to have completed it in two visits. Finding the first stage gives you the materials you need to get started on the rest of the multiple stages (and I seem to remember the materials include a list of suggested equipment). That being said, I haven't re-visited the cache and I don't know if the current owner has made any substantive changes.


    I do not intend, by any stretch, to criticize indeliblemind's critique of this cache; to each his own. But I felt it deserved some words in its defense. In my mind, it remains one of the best caches I've completed, and I found it extremely rewarding when my group found the final stage and signed the log. It's also become something of a legend -- even a sort of rite of passage -- in the local caching community.

  7. I'm primarily a lurker here, but thought many would be interested -- and saddened -- to hear this news. Today's Denver Post has this obituary -- http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=158013879 -- for Roger Kovacs, known to geocoin and geocaching fans everywhere as Scavok. Like many here, I had exchanged e-mails with him, but never met him, though we lived in the same area. He had an incredible eye for designing geocoins, for photography, and for some very good geocache hides. The few times I corresponded with him, he sounded like a very good guy. I'm sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.

  8. We need this for Android-based phones, too! Any news on that front?


    iGeoKnife makes it possible to navigate your GSAK database on your iOS device.




    Very handy to have your database with you on the go.


    Best Regards,



    There is one for Android. It's called GDAK - look for it in the app store.




    Thanks - I found it and started using it. I don't think I'll keep it. I was hoping for something that would allow me to search and filter the databases like GSAK does -- to some extent. I'm sure the very extensive filtering options provided in GSAK would be really hard to include in a program for a handheld.

  9. I recently had a really good experience with Garmin's customer service, and wanted to make sure to give them a plug here.


    I have a Colorado 400t that I've used with no real problems for two or three years -- until recently. About two weeks ago, the USB port on the device broke. The black plastic thing in the center of the port was moving around like a loose tooth, and it was next to impossible to keep it in place long enough to connect to my computer. To make it connect, I'd have to hold the cable and the GPSr very tightly and not move while walking my wife or one of my sons through the steps to get done what I needed to get done. And I could forget about trying to hook it up to my car as a power source -- the cable just moved around too much and it would constantly lose power.


    So, with the knowledge this is a discontinued device, and the fear that it would likely cost a bunch of money to fix, or even more to replace, I called Garmin to check out my options. Granted, I was on hold for about 20 minutes. But when the representative got on the line with me, he made everything really easy. To my great surprise, he told me he'd put me in for a free replacement device (refurbished, but I'm OK with that for something like this), and make sure the Garmin maps that I had bought and installed on my GPS would switch over to the replacement unit. Then he told me it would take 10-to-14 days. No biggie, I thought -- I can use my smartphone to cache if I really wanted to.


    Well, using the smartphone was not nearly as easy as using the GPS. It was fussy, inaccurate, and kind of a pain, to tell the truth. (It's a Droid Incredible running the Groundspeak app.) I'd used it for some urban caching in the past, and it was OK, but this past weekend, I went up into the mountains, and it was not nearly as easy to use as a dedicated GPS receiver. I was out of cell range for quite a while, and that made things even worse when I realized I'd forgotten to include one particular cache in the GPX file I loaded into the phone for offline use.


    Anyway, I put my GPS into the mail last Tuesday. The replacement arrived yesterday -- six days later. And it looks and acts like a brand-new device. And the City Navigator maps I'd bought previously were easily reassigned to the new device, and even updated for me. Everything seems to be working great. Where I'd expected to have to spend at the very least $50, and expected to have to wait at the very least two weeks, I got the new device, with updated maps, in six days at no cost except for shipping the broken one to Garmin.


    I know Garmin's customer service gets a lot of criticism, but to be honest, this isn't the first good experience I've had. I will definitely recommend Garmin to anybody who asks me, and I will definitely stick with Garmin products.


    Sorry for the length and wordiness, but I wanted to tell the story. For the record, I have no connection to Garmin whatsoever except as a customer.


    Thanks for reading.



  10. I have found a da Vinci coin in a geocache and am trying to figure out how to log it in. It is the Vitruvian Man coin, reference TB1krd9. When I enter the tracking code I get this message "Sorry. The tracking number does not match for this trackable." Is the tracking number also encrypted? Any help would be appreciated so that I can pass this coin along.


    The TB number isn't the tracking code. That code is used to identify trackables "publicly" so people can refer to a specific trackable without giving away the tracking code, which can be used to discover or grab a trackable. The actual tracking code is stamped on the coin. It should be a five- or six-character alphanumeric string. If I recall correctly, it should start with "DV" and can be found on the side of the coin opposite Vitruvian man's image.

  11. Some really, really interesting observations there. I've seen the da Vinci quote both with an "a" before life and without, but at first blush, I think you've come up with some good possibilities, and some good new avenues to explore.


    I may have posted a bit too quickly. By my count, there are 61 letters in the version of the quote that appears on the coin. You can bring the character count to 64 by including the hyphen, comma and period and ignoring the quotation marks, though.


    My first thought was to plot out those 64 characters in an 8x8 grid, as on a chessboard (I really like the chessboard idea, with its relation to knights), and using the numbers on the mausoleum side of the Paris Meridian coin to map out certain letters. Then I realized there are 17 numbers in those strings combined, and one of them is a 9. So that idea's out the door.


    Here's hoping your observations shake loose something valuable. Someone with more knowledge of ciphers than I might be able to make something of the 8x8 grid idea.


    The quotation on the coin includes LdV. Since they were on the coin we included them in the letter count bringing it up to 64. The following is the chessboard we came up with. There seems to be only one configuration that allows placement of letters without hitting any box more than once.




    That makes sense, thanks - I hadn't thought to include the initials. Looks like a lot of work went into placing those letters.

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