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  1. kunarion correctly suggested using the route feature, which will allow you get a list of all of the caches along your intended trip.  The main suggestion I would make is to look for things that are highly favorited caches or any caches that are old (from 2000 or 2001) along the way.  I have shareable lists of those old caches for BC, WA, and OR and will be generating one for CA since I think it would be a nice thing for lots of people to have access to, but I can't get that done until tomorrow since I've already used my full alotment of pocket queries for today.

     

    Here's the links for shared lists for those older caches.  You can see them, map them, and decide if any of them are worth visiting along the way for your trip:

     

    • British Columbia - https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT3Z
    • Washington - https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT21
    • Oregon - https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT4H
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  2. 17 hours ago, NurseKristen said:

    Hey all,

    Going to be out west in Aug 2020 for the 20th anniversary of geocaching. Wondering if there is a list of all the older caches in the area. Such as GCGV0P and other old ones to help complete JASMER.

    Also wondering about any coin challenges as well.

    Thanks,

    NurseKristen

     

    There are currently three active caches from 2000 in Washington - GCD Geocache (June 2000), GC79 Iron Horse (October 2000), and GCBC Monte Cristo (November 2000).  There are 102 caches from 2001.  All of them are included on this list:  https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT21.

     

    There are no caches from the year 2000 in British Columbia, but there are 34 caches from 2001.  All of those caches are in this list: https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT3Z.

     

    Oregon has five active caches from 2000 - GC12 (2nd oldest in the world) from May 2000, GC16 (June 2000), GC17 (July 2000), The Un-original Stash  GC92 (October 2000) and Hembre Ridge GCA5 (November 2000).  There are 92 caches from 2001.  All of them are included on this list:  https://www.geocaching.com/plan/lists/BM7GT4H

  3. It seems that the default sort order for your Favorites list is done alphabetically.  That is probably the least interesting way to sort the list.  Ideally you should be able to sort it based on any of the columns in the list, but if you only had one to choose from, I would probably pick it based on the date you found the cache, with the most recent ones listed first.

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  4. I meant to add this to my previous notes from last weekend, but parking at the Serene Lake TH for Serenity Now and Talbots Tools (stops #16 and #17 on the most recent draft) do require a NW Forest Pass.  I don't remember if some of the other stops along the Skykomish river require a Discovery Pass, but it's likely that at least one of them does.

  5. I checked on the coordinates for my lunch event cache (updated!) and my own five hides (#20, #21, #24, #25, and #26) which were all in good shape today.  In addition to that, QuigQuay and I looked for a number of caches that I hadn't yet found out on that leg of the intended trip, and I have a few comments on some of them.

     

    #16-17. These two caches are right at the start of the very popular hiking trail up to Angel Falls and Lake Serene.  When we got there just after lunch today, the cars were parked about 3/4 of a mile down the dirt road.  I think these caches are fine ones to get, but they should stay early in the route (currently at 7:30am which is great).  If you get there late, there will be a long walk through crowded cars to get to GZ.

     

    #18 - Dipper Crazy #3.  I'm pretty sure this cache has been gone for a long time.  It's been three years since the last legitimate find and there were a lot of DNFs on it (just one iffy found it log from a novice cacher).  It's rated as T1 and there is no possible spot for a T1 cache to be anywhere close to that spot.

     

    #28 (Shelby's Cache), #29 (His Cache), and #30 (Her Cache) - I think these should be dropped from the route.  They all are on the same trail system (trailhead at N47 50.700 W121 37.642).  It's about a half mile walk from that spot to Her Cache which is the first one you get to.  That cache is actually there (we found it today - the first find in nearly five years), but it's really the only one of these three that is possible for a CM.  His Cache (#29) is almost certainly missing.  It's a fairly significant climb to get on top of the big rock (which is where the hint says it is), but QQ was able to do it and there is no cache on top of it.  The last find was five years ago and we're pretty sure it's long gone.   Shelby's Cache (#28) is another mile or so of a walk from Her Cache.  We found that one today (first find in almost four years) and it is in a cool spot, but the terrain is rougher than advertised and it's a long walk on a cache machine just to get one cache.

     

    #42 (Somewhere Out There), #43 (Stuck in the Middle) and #44 (Up There Somewhere) - all three of these should stay on the route.  We looked for and found them today (the last one had several DNFs before we found it today.  They are all there and in fine shape.  The walk getting to them is pleasant and the caches are all fun to find. 

     

     

  6. #21 - Forks of the Sky - Picnic Bend Trailhead - this is actually the trailhead for both caches Forks of the Sky - Picnic Bend (#20) and Picnic Bend (#22).  It's an easy flat trail to both caches.

     

    Stops #24 - WaStatePks100: Forks of the Sky - Index Town Wall, #25 - Forks of the Sky - Blocks of Granite, and #26 - Forks of the Sky - Boulder Field are all short walks from the same parking area which is at N 47° 49.061 W 121° 34.283 (posted parking coordinates).  Note that to reach stops #24 and #25, you have to cross the railroad tracks and walk alongside them (there is a fairly clearly marked roadway, which you can see on the map).  Please add that note in the description - if you follow the trail all the way to the wall, you'll find that there is no trail and the terrain gets much rougher.  Once you get those two caches, you walk back the same way towards the parking lot, but then continue on the trail to get #26.

     

     

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  7. 21 hours ago, travisl said:

    Gonna be a wet one!

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    Definitely a wet weather caching day ahead of us all.  The National Weather Service's forecast for Shelton on Saturday is:  

    Saturday
    Rain. High near 52. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  8. Can you identify any specific cache you found from that period in your life?  If you can, you might be able to look at the logs from when you were in the area and possibly identify your old username.  If you can do that, you can click on the username and get a list of the caches that you found back then.  The key would be to find at least one cache that you know you found so you can look at the old logs to identify your old name.

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  9. Also, you mentioned safety as a concern. Other than the roads being snowy, the only other real concern I can think of would be for wildlife. This is bear country - we saw very fresh bear scat while walking up the last little bit of the road to the cache site. If I had to guess, I'd say we probably scared the bear off with our approach. Honestly, you are extremely unlikely to see bears or cougars while in the area - they tend to shy away from human contact at all costs. The one caveat would be that you really don't want to get in between a mother bear and her cubs. Cubs may not have enough training or instinct to stay away from humans.

     

    As long as the roads are in good shape, I wouldn't worry about a pair of people going up to this area even if you don't manage to wrangle up anyone else into accompanying you. Having said that, it's always more fun to cache with other people, so I do hope you get some takers on the dates you are looking at.

  10. My husband, Papa EGTH, and I are planning to visit Camels Prairie Stash on its birthday, Saturday, June 17, this year and we were hoping that we could get a group of cachers together to make the journey from nearby civilization to the cache together via convoy or carpool or both. We live in California and plan to be in the vicinity of GC25 the night before, though we haven't reserved a hotel or finalized any travel plans just yet. I hope this post will plant a seed amongst other cachers planning to visit the cache this year. Visiting an old, remote cache in a group would be a lot of fun (and safer) than on our own. Feedback is appreciated!

     

    I have been to GC25 and figured I would add a couple of words of advice.

     

    (1) As stated in the description, the roads up to the area were pretty good and passable by pretty much any car until the last 1.25 miles which would be iffy in non-4WD transportation. Those roads are off pavement, but were good solid dirt roads when I was there a few years ago and you should be able to drive up that far in pretty much anything that isn't ready to fall to pieces.

     

    (2) The snowpack in the Idaho high country often melts out at around that date. I don't know whether or not any of the roads would be under snow in most years (let alone this year in particular), but it is something you should at least check into. I would hate to have you make the trip up from CA only to find that the dirt roads are impassable because of snow. The cache elevation is over 5000 feet high if I remember correctly. Check with the CO to get his opinion on whether or not the cache will be something you can drive up to in mid-June.

     

    (3) There will be limited (at best) and likely no cell phone reception in this area. If you are a phone cacher or use your phone for routing to caches, you need to download maps, etc. before you head up to the cache.

     

    --Cliff (crs98)

  11. #78 on the final route is accessible from outside the cemetery, but the CO has asked for it to be done during daylight hours only.

     

    I'm the C/O of the cache I think your talking about, it's actually stop #77 and to clarify it's Spirit Quest Home of Piece. There were several reasons for the daylight hours only restriction in the beginning, and I have kept it on mainly to keep people from looking for it at odd hours, like 2AM in the morning, or accidently going inside the cemetery when they shouldn't. Keeping in mind during the summer dark can be as late 9PM or even later. I think since the cache is accessible from the sidewalk on the street outside the cemetery that it is just fine for folks on the cache machine to look for the cache in the early evening, even if it is after dark. I have posted a note on the cache page as well to that affect. However please don't assume that is ok at my other spirit quest cemetery caches in the area such as Mountain View and Old Pioneer. Those are inside the cemeteries and should never be looked for after dark ever, which is why they were removed from the CM because of the time the CM would get there. But for SQ Home of Piece it's totally fine to look for it in the early evening hours.

    Thanks,

    SirKarp

     

    Duly noted. Thanks for making it clear that this will be OK (for those of us who get that far along the route anyway).

  12. Hi y'all!

     

    My wife and I come to Seattle from Dallas every summer to bring our kids to a special-needs summer camp in Carnation. We'll be there next week and while the kids are at camp, I'll be renting a bicycle and riding to Poulsbo. My route will bring me over on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and then return on the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry.

     

    So locals, I want your must-do caches in North Kitsap and on Bainbridge Island. I prefer physically challenging caches, but a clever P&G can be entertaining also.

     

    We're staying in Mukilteo, so we'll be poking around there also.

     

    Thank you and cache on.

     

    You haven't defined what you mean by physically challenging caches, but I'll make a few suggestions - there are a ton of trails on that part of the Kitsap peninsula. None of them are particularly challenging from the point of view of either distance or elevation, but you could easily spend the better part of several days just walking on the trails and finding caches. North Kitsap Heritage Park, for example, has about 15 caches in the park and it's 799 acres (bigger than a square mile) in size. You can find a trail map at http://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Parks/Documents/Trail_Maps/nkhp_map.pdf with at least 6 or 7 miles of trails in the park's woods.

     

    Side note - if you want a full set of trail maps that are downloadable to a Garmin or DeLorme GPS for free, check out Moun10Bike's Northwest Trails map set at http://www.switchbacks.com/nwtrails/

     

    It just so happens that one of the best gadget cache makers in the world also lives in this area. Goblindust is famous for his incredibly well designed and interesting cache creations and I would highly recommend stopping by any number of his caches as well. Here's a link to his caches in Washington State - https://www.geocaching.com/play/search?ot=4&owner[0]=goblindust&r=48&e=1&sort=FavoritePoint&asc=False

  13. I know that puzzles are often bypassed on cache machine routes because they are not always something that all cachers can solve. Having noted that, I want to call out one particular puzzle cache that is actually on the route for those that are interested. Colonel Ebey's Time Capsule http://coord.info/GC13DA is the oldest active puzzle cache in Washington. If you haven't already I found this cache, I strongly encourage you to solve it and find it while going on this cache machine. Despite the 4-star difficulty, it isn't that hard to solve and it will be well worth everyone's time to grab this classic EraSeek cache.

  14. Access to GC12 is from Forest Service Road NF-105 and is just beyond GC15V8K. The road to this spot is easily driven by any car. If you zoom in enough on the Google maps image, the trail shows up. Access to GC17 is just a bit further up NF-105 where it ends in a turnaround. GC12 is slightly older, but GC17 has a better view (assuming you are hiking on a clear day). Many people do both hikes in the same trip. Congratulations on your upcoming milestone!

  15. GC12 is a fairly short and easy hike - about 3km round trip and with a fairly easy grade - only 80m or so change in elevation.

     

    One other comment - GC17 (July 2000) is a very short distance away from GC12 (just a few km drive from one trailhead to the other one) and has a much more spectacular view. Most people try and get both of these caches in the same trip. It's a little bit longer of a hike - perhaps 8km round trip and a bit more elevation change (about 300m).

  16. 1.What do you like most about challenge caches?

     

    Challenge caches provide goals for me to keep working on as a cacher. I have some challenges that I've been slowly working on for years and I'm looking forward to being able to complete them.

     

    2.What do you not like about challenge caches?

     

    The concept of challenge caches is great. If I had a problem with a cache type/style, it would be the proliferation of power trails, but that is another question. The only real problems I have with challenge caches are with specific challenge cache requirements - I'll address this in #5.

     

    3.What would you like to see changed about challenge caches?

     


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    • Like many others, I believe challenge caches should have their own icon.
    • I'd like to see an easy-to-prove qualification requirement. If a short bookmark list or the statistics page on the user page isn't sufficient, it should be a requirement that that the user provide some easily accessible method of proving that you qualify. Adding to the API section that helps set up bookmarks would allow 3rd party developers to help provide tools for cachers to help prove their qualifications more easily (e.g. Adding a found date or a prefix to the bookmark entry).
    • Challenges where you can't use previous finds as part of your qualification aren't fair to those who have already cached a lot previously.

     

    4.If you could describe your favorite challenge cache type, what would it be?

     

    I like most challenge caches. Probably my favorite types are those that provide incentive to find caches outside of my comfort zone and really do challenge me to get out of my local town (Fizzy Challenge, DeLorme Challenge, Thomas Guide Challenges, County challenges, etc.).

     

    5.What types of challenge caches do you avoid?

     

    I don't avoid any challenges - I try to find everything!

     

    Having said that, there are caches that I don't like as much. The challenges I dislike the most are those that encourage placement of new caches to help people qualify (e.g. find 25 caches that start with the letter "x" when there are only 10 such caches within a 100 mile radius of the challenge). New challenges should be readily findable without the need for people to place new caches that are primarily just there to help people qualify for the challenge.

     

    I do not think that challenge caches should necessarily be easy to achieve for everyone. Just as every cacher can't necessarily go to a T5 cache or solve a D5 puzzle, it's perfectly acceptable that there will be cachers who can't achieve qualification for difficult challenges (and the difficulty level of the challenge should reflect this).

  17. The NWS is forecasting the possibility of thunderstorms in Spokane Valley on Saturday afternoon. Please be safe and know that if lightning is in the area, it's better to be safe and stay inside your car. The last thing you want to do is go stick your hand on that metal pole in search of a quick LPC and find a bit more of a jolt than you wanted. Here's the official forecast as of 6:30am Friday morning:

     

    Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

     

    Tonight: A 50 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 44. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

     

    Saturday: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. High near 55. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

     

    Saturday Night: A chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

     

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph.

     

    They also have a hazardous weather outlook for Saturday with the following text:

     

    A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PUSH ACROSS THE REGION ON SATURDAY.

    VALLEY RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COLD

    FRONT SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP THROUGH THE

    AFTERNOON ON SATURDAY WITH SOFT HAIL OR SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE

    ACROSS SOME VALLEY LOCATIONS. WINDS WILL ALSO INCREASE THROUGH THE

    AFTERNOON WITH A CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS. EXPECT WINDY CONDITIONS

    WITH INCREASED THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW WINDS.

  18. Bear attacks are extremely rare. You are much more likely to be injured in an automobile accident while driving to the hike than being hurt by a bear or a cougar while hiking. If you are still worried, here are a couple of links for you to look at:

     

    http://seattlebackpackersmagazine.com/bear-attacks/

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/cougars.html

    http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html

     

    As others have already noted, there are no poisonous snakes in western Washington or northwestern Oregon. Spiders in our neck of the woods are also virtually always harmless (there are a few brown recluse spiders around, but they are not common).

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