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  1. Actually Hereford & Worcester split years ago. Your map is correct.
  2. I've also got a hard puzzle for the 'Least Found Cache Award', but I'm not submitting that until early August (I'm not stupid).
  3. Just a bit confused (sorry). Can I submit my entry anytime from reading this post untill 9 August 2009? Do we start the competition from 9 August 2009, or if will the finds be recorded if I get my entry published and found now? BTW, I bought my containers and I'm preparing my caches. This is a brilliant idea. I have never bought this product before and I enjoyed the pears in juice _ and it's part of 5-a-day _ everyone's a winner!
  4. I'll do it again, I enjoyed setting it up.
  5. I'm annoyed, my cache has been muggled and it hadn't even been published! It was a multi with the final cache in some woods. I hid the ammo box full of decent swag including a 5,000,000 drachma banknote in a old tree. Then set up the clues (multi stages), so tonight I was going over there to check the coordinates one final time and it was gone, completely missing with no debris. I put a contact telephone number and email address on the cache. I hope the muggles have a conscience and call/email me. I spent ages set up this cache and roughly £20 ($32, €23) on it. I thought I would feel a little bit better posting here.
  6. I found a cache with a log saying something like 'found while painting the fence'.
  7. Can we have more categories to enter? Something like most travel bug visits, most DNFs, or total up all the find totals for all finds.
  8. Just to clarify… Do you mean these containers?… …obviously with the contents removed and enjoyed beforehand.
  9. A while ago while caching I came across some gas cylinders (quite big) dumped by the roadside. They were bright orange. I didn't fancy getting any closer, so I walked away. Now my conscience is nagging me. Who do I report this to, the local police?
  10. I have being thinking about creating a Bookcrossing cache myself. I've bought some camouflage netting, but I'm just looking for a container (big one) and a great location. I did a search on GC.com for 'Book Exchange' and a few came up. You might get some inspiration/ideas from these.
  11. Can this game or similar game be played with Google Latitude?
  12. I suppose there are numerous way to organise it. I was thinking… (1) Place a large cache (like an ammo can) in Birmingham obviously as a traditional. This can be a starting point _ the 'starting cache'. I will be willing to donate 10 Philips Birmingham Atlases (they are small) to go into the cache. (2) Once you logged a find on this cache, your challenge is to find at least one cache on each page of the Atlas, but only after finding the starting cache. This levels the field, prolific cachers will have to wait for new caches to appear, while less-experienced cachers will have a greater opportunity to make a head start. (3) When a finder has completed the challenge they post a note on the starting cache like page 1: GCcode, page 2: GCode etc… (4) The FTF, STF and TTF on the challenge could receive a medal handed out at an Event Cache. Yes, the CO of the starting cache should be the judge/invigilator. I would like to do it but I'm a relative newbie, and I think it would be better managed and more fun if a group of cachers were involved.
  13. There is word on the street in the wholesale book market is that a load of discounted (2008) Philips Street Atlas's of Birmingham have been released, so they should hits the shops at around 99p to £3. So would this be a good opportunity to organise a Birmingham Atlas Challenge Cache, like the successful DeLorme challenges in the States? There are 61 pages, so it’s a big challenge, but I would be up for it. I think these challenges are exempt from the new ALR ban, but even if they are not I think it would be worthwhile. What do you think?
  14. Series Yes 'Series' is the one odd-ball that you get when your try and categorise things. However, you seem to have sussed this out as what you have explained is exactly what I was thinking. I have done a couple of these and it is the last (final) cache that I was categorising. No co-ordinates are given to GZ but you work that out from clues collected from the other caches (containers) that are most usually traditionals. In my experience these final caches are classed as mutlis, but from what you are saying they are also classed as puzzles (both the wrong classification in my opinion). Perhaps the term 'Series' should not be used as it will become confusing with a series of traditional caches based on a theme, or a series of caches based on a trail (a 'power trail'). Puzzle You see this is what I would term an offset (one location) or a multi (multiple locations). It doesn't matter that you have to read the co-ordinates stamped on aluminium or sort out a riddle or hieroglyphics from location clues. I've come across a few churchyard and monument caches that use this technique to hide the cache away from the churchyard/memorial where some people regard as disrespectful. I have never done one like this, but I would love to. This is a tricky one, but I guess I would call that a traditional. It would be the same for a cache container stored inside a monkey puzzle, or even an ammo can can be a puzzle for newbies. Night Yeah, I was being too specific with 'reflectors'. The contrary to this is a cache type where you are given the co-ordinates to the trail head and follow clues that lead you to GZ. However, the clues are more difficult (or even impossible) during the night. The best example here would be a photo trail, where you identify and follow objects from photos posted on the cache webpage to lead you to GZ. I've seen a couple listed but I have never done one. These I call 'Day Caches'. I originally called these 'Trail Caches' but that would, by definition, include night caches. Back to the thread, and the point I'm trying to put across is that the type or category of any system should be based on the fundamental principles of that system. Anything else are attributes. The fundamental principle of Geocaching is the use of co-ordinates to a physical location, the 'geo' in Geocaching kinda' gives it away!
  15. Hey come to think of it, Stratford Upon Avon has a whole street (called Waterside) lined with lamp posts from around the world. Perhaps they have a USA one. Ummm…
  16. Fantastic, that's about 1½hr drive. Well I am serious about my first. I'll try anything once. How will I know if I don't like them if I have never tried one. I remember my first cache, my first multi, my first puzzle, my first night cache (last night)... I just want to remember my first LPC.
  17. I’ve been reading a lot from across the pond about Lamppost Skirt Caches. However, here we don't have lamppost skirts, so I was wondering if any one knows the nearest Lamppost Skirt cache (from Birmingham). I really keen to tag my very first Lamppost Skirt Cache.
  18. Not that I am by any means an expert, but the way I see the type or category of a cache determines how you get to GZ. Traditional - You are given the co-ordinates to GZ. Offset – You are given the coordinates to one location-based clue that gives the co-ordinates to GZ. Multi – You are given the co-ordinates to location-based clues that you build up to find the co-ordinates to GZ. Series - You are given the co-ordinates to caches with clues that you build up to find the co-ordinates to GZ of the bonus cache. Puzzle – You are given clues which you can work out at home (i.e. locationless) to find the co-ordinates to GZ. Night – You are given the co-ordinates to the start of a trail which you then follow reflector tacks to get to GZ. I’m sorry but I don’t understand how the 'micro/nano' type cache determines how you get to GZ.
  19. I'm really confused here and I guess if this proposal goes ahead (into the masses) it will become even more confusing. So can someone provide a definition of a 'micro/nano' type cache and also differentiate between 'micro/nano' size and 'micro/nano' type? I'm thinking ahead here and I have found a large writing pad that fits snugly into a largish ammo box. There is no room for anything else so you will have to bring your own pen. Is this a 'micro/nano' type cache? I also have a lock-n-load plastic container that I have stuffed full of swag and a few TBs. There wasn’t any more room so I put in a nano logbook. Is this a 'micro/nano' type cache? Also a recently published 'nano' sized container was saved as a traditional. A newbie, who is a lawyer by trade, is so used to searching the detail that he is first to find the cache. Without realising that you are supposed to leave space for the next finders, he fills the logbook telling us how great it is to find a new hobby and how his pet dog helped him sniff out the cache. If this cache was a 'micro/nano' type cache does it become a 'traditional' type cache? As a bit of fun and to spice things up a little, I have a Rubbermaid container that I have packed full of packaging filler or leaves. The fun after finding the cache is to root through the packaging (or leaves) to find the 'nano' sized logbook. Is this a 'micro/nano' type cache? BTW it's still no and no from me.
  20. If you really want this idea to work you need to work on the reader not the media. Provide me with a gadget specifically designed to only read GeoSticks for less than $100 and I’ll be happy to stick anything in it that I find in a cache, in the gutter, in the bin…
  21. As a computer programmer doing what Lil Devil proposed shouldn't be too difficult. You write a little application to pick up the GPX file strip out the short and long descriptions, send the text to translate Google or similar and paste the text back into the same or a new GPX file.
  22. I thought I would have a go at starting one of those ‘have you encounter…’ forum threads. Here goes… While trying to find a cache around a pond my fellow caching colleague saw a black box floating past him. He suddenly lunged forward and scooped it up. I’ve never seen him move so fast! It was his GPSr floating in its protective zip-up case. It survived. Then on the same trip he (the same guy) left his GPSr on top of the car and drove away. I saw it fall off and bounce on the road. It still worked afterwards! I’ve also read in various logs about cacher’s leaving their GPSr on a stile or at GZ of a cache. Then another cacher’s has then picked it up for them and returned it. So what stories do you have about close encounters with your GPSr?
  23. Another No from me. However, please please please organise/expand cache size choices such as: nano, micro, 0.33l, 0.5l, 0.75l, 1l, 5l, 10l+
  24. I found this the other day... It's so cool I set it up as my avatar.
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