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Mike & Jess

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  1. Send me a msg with your email address and I'll send you the current list (current as of this morning). Might be able to work something out for the lot if you are actually interested I would, but with the threads being around forever, I'll be getting messages for years to come about these items. Still happening for the geobikes. Edited the signature as you where typing this msg. Yes that forum is dead. Didn't think I should bother paying to run it if not involved anymore. No one was interested in carrying it on, so... Pick me ... pick ME !! msg me your email and the list will be out. Same as the others, msg me your email and I'll send the list Send me a msg with your email and we can work something out about a lot price. Need to be quick as the others are going to pick the inventory clean. Send your email if you want that first pick
  2. I'll be replying to the pm's and emails as soon as a full inventory is completed. I wasn't planning on this being a plug and really should have had my ducks in a line.
  3. My wife and I decided to shut down out online geocaching store as we lost interest in geocaching and the local politics that comes with it. That being said, we still have a couple hundred coins and other trackables and are looking for ideas as to how to clear out my office of this stuff. As of right now, it's looking like ebay, kijiji and craigslist are going to be the slow, even at half retail price. Any thoughts?
  4. Have you ever thought of packing the clothes at the bottom? food in the middle, stove, fuel, cutlery at the top? And keeping as much of the "heavy" stuff close to the center axis? (this is the traditional way to pack of course, but I know not all backpackers always pack this way) I as always under the assumption that the heavier items go at the bottom. That way you lower your center of gravity when rock hopping and it saves crushing stuff.
  5. You won't find packs like that anymore primarily because the demand is so low. Here is why - while the concept is good (being able to access items at the bottom) functionally was a terrible design. Zippers for the main sack of a backpack are just a bad idea because you cannot "stuff" the pack as well as you can with a top loader draw string sack. And, zippers break. In the case of packing, and I fully assume you are aware, the less needed items are always going to be at the bottom anyway - usually the stuff you need only once a day (when you stop to set up camp). What, can I ask, do you need to access that often that a top loader makes difficult? Although I agree with everything you mentioned, I tend to pack my pack so heavier items are at the bottom. This would include food, stove, etc. Some of these items may be needed on the fly or at camp where I don't want to have to haul all my clothing out to get at it. On the note about breaking zippers... Never had an issue. The mec bag I had did have heavier metal zippers, so that could be why.
  6. So unfortunately I have to replace my 30L MEC pack that I have come to love. We had a sewage backup which claimed a lot of my camping gear. The pack I had was not a top load and had zipper down sides so you could access items through out the pack without having to unpack everything to get to the stuff in the bottom. So here is the jam... They no longer make my pack. I need help to locate a pack that is not a top load, in the range of 35L to 50L. Any suggestions for a good pack in this range that is not a top load? I unfortunately don't have a decent picture of my existing pack. The best I have is this one I had posted on the Northern Ontario Geocachers forum.
  7. It's been a while, and although I'm not involved with geocaching anymore, I'm still heavy into the backpacking (and was perswaded to lead a packpack weekend geo event). Anyway, looking to pull the trigger and pick up a new hammock for backpack camping. I've been looking at the more expensive enclosed ones (bug mess) as well as the lesser expensive ones like the ENO Double Deluxe hammocks. I'm kind of leaning towards the ENO hammocks as I can get two for the price of one of the others, and simply carry a small tarp as a rain fly (which I always have the tarp with me anyway). Between the Hennessy hammocks (style) and the ENO hammocks which are pretty standard hammocks, who has used either, and what where the good and bad about them? The ENO I am looking at is this one; The Hennessay hammock is this guy (or similar)
  8. Guess I had a bit of a brain fart. http://geocaching.com/adopt works for trackables as well as geocaches.
  9. Is it possible to adopt a trackable or reactivate? I have a reasonable collections of coins and other trackables that have never been in the wild, but have been activated (under my name) and Discovered at various events. I'd like to be able to sell and/or give them away as I have no more use for them. Is this possible, or should I just drop them off at a local thrift store?
  10. Not doing the blaze of glory bit as much fun as that could be.
  11. Yeah, that'll show'em. You know, drama always blows over eventually. After a while, you look back on stuff and think to yourself "why did I let myself get so worked up over that?" Of course, if you have decided that caching isn't for you, then you could always just quietly slip away, and let your account go stagnant. B. I should have mentioned in my suggestion to Mr.Yuck, it is not recommended.
  12. That's about it. If you were envisioning something like your profile and hides disappearing from view, or your posts being deleted, that's never gonna happen around here. I have seen where they will archive your caches, so you don't have to do it one by one yourself. The disabling of an account is, in my opinion, nothing more that a fancy term for removing the ability to send you an email through your profile. Going out in a blaze of glory should take care of the things disabling can't.
  13. Is there an easy way to close out and or delete both my GC and GS Forum accounts?
  14. What the OP describes is why I got hooked on Geocaching. Sure they wheren't finds many years later, but they where good quality caches found at the end of a good hike, mtn bike ride or trek in the middle of no where.
  15. Moving on and would hate to see this turn into geojunk. The cache is located on an out of the way beach. With 2 years under it's belt, has had zero maintenance required. Based on the logs, this cache (or a cache in the area) is worth having. The cache page can be found here: http://coord.info/GC2KW0R Send me a PM if interested.
  16. Welcome to the forum and the sport/hobby. The Oregon GPS units are a great unit for starting out. A bit on the more expensive end, but well worth it. My wife and I started with the Oregon 300 back when it was first released (bought it the second week it was available). As for your daughter using it... I am pretty sure she won't have an issue using it. Depending on her abilities, you could keep it as simple as set it to compass when nearing the cache and letting her lead. If you are looking for something that she can call her own... A couple years ago I would have said look at the GeoMate Jr. It was a child specific geocaching gps that I can honestly say was kid proof. As for tips with kids... - Quick park and grab caches (at least with my boys) are not so much fun. Getting out of the car for ~2 minutes and back in is also a pain as a parent. - Avoid nanos or micro caches (we refer to them as adult treasures). No swag in them and not a whole lot of excitement for kids. - Carry plenty of swag to swap at caches. Thrift stores are great for this. My boys always love swapping treasures. A lot of the time, we end up simply moving swag around caches as they'll take something from one cache and place it in another for something else. - Always carry drink and snacks. - Have fun yourself. Geocaching is for everyone.
  17. That is becoming an issue inner city here as well.
  18. When reading the OP, I assumed the parking spot waypoint was the cache listed starting point. If I am wrong, this does raise an interesting question. To the OP, can you clarify the parking spot waypoint bit?
  19. I've had this problem a couple times with multis. In most cases, the reviewer will not give you much information as to how close you are to the point, or in what direction. The solution I have used with 50/50 success was to get in contact with the owner of the multi. Most cases they will be very helpful in assisting you and will help you locate a safe area for your cache. I said 50/50 success rate as I have run into no response when contacting the multi owners and one who insisted I complete their multi to obtain the info for myself. Most cases, the owner of the other cache will help you out.
  20. Sounds like there is a fair-size load waiting to be hung out. In any case, if I wanted a soap-opera, I'd turn on the TV. If I had 'donated' my containers to your 'geo-art', I would consider it a done deal, with no recourse on my part to recover the containers should I decide to disassociate myself from the group. Your person has apparently decided otherwise, and unless you want to storm his house to get them back, I think you should let the matter drop. I guess I took too long to finish my post. I'll save you the soap-opera. It does however appear we're all on the same page. Thanks I can understand how you could be seriously perturbed. I doubt I could keep my cool. But, naturally, the high road is the best road. Don't let the bastards get you down, and don't let them drag you down to their level. Thanks. My hands hurt from sitting on them. I've had many many times where I've nearly posted or emailed tearing into these folks and making all the crap public knowledge. Anyway...Back on Topic. It looks like the general concensis is that if the physical caches where placed/published under the group account, they belong to the group. If the cacher really neede/wanted his physical caches back, they should have informed the group instead of removing them without telling anyone. I guess lesson learned, don't assume people understand. Put it in writing before hand and have it signed. (Shame to have to say that.) Unless anyone has anything more to add to the original question, I believe the general concenses has been set. Thanks guys.
  21. Started thinking about this and how I might be able to do something similar for one of my toughest caches going out next summer. One issue I'm going to have, which you might as well is the battery in the camera. Does your camera use normal batteries? My thoughts for my situation will be that I'll use a camera (need to buy it) that will take AA batteries. I'll advise the cachers that the camera will not have batteries, and to use their own (and remove when done) to take the photos and/or view the photos on the camera. This way there is no dead battery or corroded battery issues.
  22. Have fun. I'd definitely consider placing this cache out in the bush. This should reduce the fly by night cachers and hopefully prevent a muggle from stumbling upon it. Would be a kick in the knees if it's a big hit, and the camera goes missing before you get to pull the photos. Can you post the GC for the cache once it's up? I'd love to check up on it's success.
  23. The link you provided is much closer to what I was looking for. I had written something similar on our local forum after a few folks had issues with logs posted and deleted by a pair of cachers. The article you linked is written much better than my explanation, so I'll update that post with your link. Oh, that clears things up a lot. Checking out your forum cleared up some more of the mystery. Ugh, icky situation. Best to try and rise above it, and move on. One always hopes that "situations" wouldn't arise in a small group/community. But humans are humans, no matter where or how small the community. B. That is only the tip of the ice berg. It was only made public because I was looking for some help to resolve that issue. I hurt my back pretty badly playing with my kids (being stupid, twist while lifting one of them) and haven't been able to get out. I have worked hard to keep the rest out of sight in order not to tarnish the family friendly sport. +1. +2
  24. OFF TOPIC . I believe that cache tech and cache agent are in Ontario but they review for the maritimes That makes sense. I knew cache tech was somewhat local (from Ontario) and still involved as a reviewer, but hasn't actively reviewed locally in a while. Cache tech also was the reviewer that published my cache in NS. I had just checked who the reviewer was on that cache. The link you provided is much closer to what I was looking for. I had written something similar on our local forum after a few folks had issues with logs posted and deleted by a pair of cachers. The article you linked is written much better than my explanation, so I'll update that post with your link. As for the "Messy Situation" bit.. Tried that round one, two, maybe three as well with the party involved. I will not elaborate any further here as I'm looking at other means now to put an end to things and restore the local game to the family friendly sport/hobby it once was.
  25. Sounds like there is a fair-size load waiting to be hung out. In any case, if I wanted a soap-opera, I'd turn on the TV. If I had 'donated' my containers to your 'geo-art', I would consider it a done deal, with no recourse on my part to recover the containers should I decide to disassociate myself from the group. Your person has apparently decided otherwise, and unless you want to storm his house to get them back, I think you should let the matter drop. I guess I took too long to finish my post. I'll save you the soap-opera. It does however appear we're all on the same page. Thanks
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