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AndrewRJ

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  1. Is it just me or does that list miss 43 and 49?
  2. Found a place to stay in Nanaimo before I even bothered to look at the dinner locations. 5 minutes from one, 7 minutes from the other. Totally lucked out.
  3. Ah crap, you know you just changed Jeff's itinerary, right?
  4. If no other options are found you can try contacting this company http://compassoutdooradventures.com/snoqualmie-tunnel-bike-shuttle/ They perform shuttle services.
  5. No, No portion of I-90 in Washington is a toll road. Highway 520 that also runs west to east between Seattle and Bellevue is a toll road however. It is set up to toll by plate, you pay a bit more then having a "good to go" pass but anyone can use it.
  6. I stayed at the my choice in Spokane Valley when I went over for the IE holiday party. It was new and really nice, but a bit more expensive. ~80 for the night.
  7. Thoughts. Its likely better for hotels, I was looking at one in that area. I wonder if the later crossing into Point Roberts will cause problems with a lot delays at the border crossings.
  8. And that's the only change. See you all tomorrow, if I'm not already seeing you here at Chuckwagon this very moment. Late breaking news, We couldn't find #58, I hope we just overlooked it.
  9. AndrewRJ

    Hikes

    Opps that's FEBRUARY 22nd Given that it was snowing at my house this morning I hope you got to use those snowshoes. I had to work
  10. Lep, If you are going to make it out here I will see if I can get a day off or so.
  11. AndrewRJ

    Hikes

    I know that this is extremely short notice, but I am going to go an repair a few of my caches in the Allanon forest area tomorrow morning (Sat Jan 25) at 8am. the cache by the gate is http://coord.info/GC1B5KV
  12. While true and all that, generally speaking, you should really rely primary on sight, to determine your actual bearings, not your GPS. GPS is just a tool. It's handy, that's goes without saying, but if you have no idea about where you are, where you are heading, which direction etc, it would be safer to take a stroll in the local park. A quick fix isn't that important really. I agree with you completely... However I use my GPS to go Geocaching with FAR more then trying to navigate. In the areas I am usually caching in I know where I am. A lot of time it is is one of many very steeply sided east - west trending valley with a river at the base. It really would be very unlikely for me to suddenly get turned around and start walking the wrong direction. I do however have plenty of times when I have a very poor satellite constellation and as a result I have 200 foot accuracy on a steep vegetated hill slope that is not that easy to navigate across. In those cases the added accuracy can significantly reduce the area I have to search. the advantage would be quicker fixes in poor conditions and likely more accurate fixes in any comparable time. (How they actually work remains to be seen).
  13. I will just address this one point. A quick peak at your profile indicates you live in Louisiana. Where you live, you are correct, not much improvement. Outside of Seattle, where I live, there are lots of steep hills and ravines that block and mute the GPS satellite signal and can easily cause larger positional errors. The extra satellites coupled with there position focused on northern latitudes can easily cause a significant increase in the number of satellites picked up and will therefore cause a much higher increase in accuracy in otherwise poor conditions. While I live in La we cache everywhere. We cached around Seattle not long ago and cached U.S. Hwy 2 from Seattle all the way through N. Dakota. Canyons, mountains, etc the 62 is spot on. Only place I had reception problems was in a volcanic crack by Mono-Lake, CA....I could only see about 18 inches of sky....once the crack opened a bit I was dead on again. The issue is its going to be hard to improve significantly on the 62. Someone mentioned the screen....the 62 is nice and bright and if you try and make it bigger you could end up with a brick like the Montana. Technology is like that...for awhile you improve in leaps and bounds but before long changes become miniscule. Good to know the 62s are that spot on. I am currently looking to upgrade from a 60C. While I really like that GPS it is physically dying so an upgrade will happen one way or another. I have been hiking in many areas locally where everyone (in a group of 20) suddenly noticed a marked drop in accuracy (serious drift in a narrow valley) and it seems to happen every time we are in similar valleys, Steep sided high ridge to the south.
  14. AndrewRJ

    Hikes

    PSSST... Might want to check the date, I am really sure you meant Monday Jan 20 not the 19th.
  15. I will just address this one point. A quick peak at your profile indicates you live in Louisiana. Where you live, you are correct, not much improvement. Outside of Seattle, where I live, there are lots of steep hills and ravines that block and mute the GPS satellite signal and can easily cause larger positional errors. The extra satellites coupled with there position focused on northern latitudes can easily cause a significant increase in the number of satellites picked up and will therefore cause a much higher increase in accuracy in otherwise poor conditions.
  16. Well here is my thoughts. If a group of caches head out together to cache what are you expecting them to do? Are they supposed to stand there and quietly ponder the answers or given that they are caching together do you expect that they are likely to talk to each other trying to figure it out? If they talk to one another generally speaking I would assume that they would arrive at the same final conclusion. I think that you should expect that they will have the same answers and given that, it seems likely that someone will mention that they will send in answers for the group. As a group they learned the lesson that you presented. This happens nearly every time in my group of friends. On top of that I am usually asked to check or further explain a topic if someone has a question. I would hope that the cache owner wouldn't mind, the point is to learn something about geology and if I am having to clarify or help on site I know that one of my friends "got it".
  17. Oh and as an actual suggestion. Do the thru hike from Lake Dorothy to the Taylor River Trailhead camping at Lake Snoqualmie.
  18. I've already forgotten what he looks like..... You may not recognize him regardless - his head hair has moved to his chin. I about had a heart attack when I saw him at the ape event. It looks good on him, though! I... Um... er... Where the heck is the blushing enomicon? Thanks guys and gals. Yea, it was bad when I had to introduce myself to a guy I have gone hiking with a fair amount. Thanks Crim. Well now that my beard has derailed the thread... Hey TL good to hear from you! I am interested. Especially on getting back to "On the way to Florence Rae".
  19. Ha... That figures, I just downloaded the Topo file a few days ago. Thanks for keeping up on this MTB. This has been an amazing resource over the years.
  20. Its not in any way related to the cache machine. If you look at the munzee website you will see that large areas of downtown are nearly saturated by them. My caching group were commenting the day before the route on the massive number placed in the area.
  21. AndrewRJ

    Camp Muir!

    I may be interested, I will keep this on the radar.
  22. AndrewRJ

    HOTM 2013

    There's a Tacoma Public Utility camp ground at the east end of Riffe Lake and Cherie and I will probably be taking the trailer out of hibernation and making a weekend camping trip out of it. Looks like it is $16 for the tent sites there are 24 of them, $29 for a site with water and electricity hookups. Its first come first serve until May 1
  23. AndrewRJ

    HOTM 2013

    I have been planning on trying out some new camping gear so I may go over the night before and meet up in the morning.
  24. They were all adoptions after the original owner left for Pennsylvania.
  25. Interesting article, Bill Lieder reminds me of Tim Eyman in that any small point he may have is effectively lost in how annoying I find his views and grandstanding attitude. I almost instantaneously find myself rooting for the opposite view point because of this. That said I have had a miserable hiking season so I am going to hike up to Monte Cristo on October 13th. I will be at the trail head at 8:30 and will start hiking at 9am. Bring your NW forest pass as it is needed at the trailhead. I will see if I can get an event published in time Despite the early start , I may try to make this one. It's been a few years since I visited Monte Cristo, and there are a few caches I haven't gotten in the interim. Plus, it would be nice to catch up with you, Andrew! Yea!!!! It was published, my first event. One last hike to Monte Cristo I will probably take the opportunity to remove my caches up there.
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