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  1. We've had double FTF's three different times and one of those times, we had a double followed the next day with another, 3 FTFs in a row. We have been lucky because when we got into geocaching in our area there were few people doing it. Our 4th cache was a FTF, along with our 7th, 8th, and 9th. We did not realize how special (to some) a FTF was. Although we have 33 FTF's and the thrill of finding it first is still there, we do not run out the door asap if a new one pops up.
  2. <soapbox> If you look hard enough, any thing positive will have a negative. I four wheel, and no I do not drive 'off-road'. I was involved several years ago in a process that brought all land users on Vancouver Island to a forum and tried to get some general guide lines and uses of the public forest lands. At the table were governments, loggers, native groups, recreational user groups, enviromentalists etc. I was representing the mechanized user groups within the recreational group. This included every thing from mountain bikes and snow mobiles to four wheelers. In the sectorial group I was in, there where hikers, mountineers, cavers, horse riders, sea kayakers, back country skiers etc. You could say that I was the black sheep of the group. After 6 mos. or so of meetings some of the group had changed their minds about my use of the woods because of the ethics I use when persuing my other sport. (TREAD Lightly etc) One guy though, a sea kayaker, really resented me. One night at a sectorial meeting, we had a little tiff. He tried to say that his form of recreaction was so much better then mine because when he did his there was zero impact to the enviroment. I had to point out to him that he used a vehicle to get to the area he wanted to kayak in, he used roads that were put in by logging companies, and his kayak was fiber glass, a product that uses petro-chemicals. I then asked him to figure out how many kayaks went down when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. Now I know that was a little over the top but I wanted to make the point that every human activity does impact the world, and that at times while it looks that you are having a zero impact where you are, the things you use to persue an activity may have very large impacts elsewhere. Discussing the negatives does serve a purpose too. It reminds people that they do impact the enviroment and makes them think about it. It will possibly make them more carefull as they do their activities along with helping them realize that the things that they use like Gortex, the computer your viewing this on, also has an environental cost too. It may even stop a few from doing it. <rant>Will it stop me, no. But then again, I four wheel and I'm used to pissing people off. I try to explain, but if your not receptive to other points of view, I'll carefully drive around you on the road your hiking on and be on my way. If you happen to break your leg, I will stop and help get you out of there no matter what your views are. Because I work with SAR groups in our area too.</rant> </soapbox>
  3. Are you thinking of GPS Cental?, they sell GPS and stuff but they also carry Geocaching.com merchandise. They're Here
  4. You should also have a good quailty compass. With one, you can look at your GPS and using the direction ( Bearing ) and the distance to help you take a shot with the compass. This will help you when coverage is spotty under tree cover. You'll also find that when the canopy is very wet from rain the GPSr will have more trouble keeping a lock on the sats.
  5. Took Nothing - Left Nothing - Signed Logbook
  6. As a person who ran a traveling cache for some time here on Vancouver Island, I have experience from the 'running' side of things and as a cacher going after it and finding Stash N Dash in Alberta. My cache and one in Calgary Alberta, both have/had a stipulation that there was a way of indicating that the cache had been found and moved. In both cases, this was survey tape. In mine I provided a small 'sharpie' to mark the tape with the name of the cache and the cacher, I also asked that it was dated and timed. The only problem was that occasionaly a cacher would forget to do the tape thing. I never went after the cache and found a 'no tape' incedent so I can't say if any 'damage' was done to the area by over eager cachers. Every time I went after it and it had been found before I got to the cache, the tape was visable. There seemed to be little indication that the cache was there (other then the tape) or there had been a lot of people looking for it.
  7. As a Journeyman 'lightbulb / lamp' changer........ ROFLAO Excuse me, I have to change my damp under wear........
  8. Gosh darn, this is fun.......
  9. That pretty much echo's my experience. I knew about it for a few months and there were no caches in my area, so I sat tight untill June '02, borrowed a GPS and gave it a shot. Now we're at 198 caches and we own 2 GPS's.
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