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  1. See the problem ranger Some parks charge a fee to place a cache as mentioned in the above thread. There are other ways of obtaining money besides fining people. as far as the Man taking over geocaching... I'll stay out of that one. Bons, just saw your post. That sums it all up very well.
  2. I guess I forgot to write why I suggested what I did. The point of adding the numbers to get the coordinates is so that you don't need a web page. Any one can do it in the field, and it preserves the use of some sort of quiz. This makes it a little more friendly to the cacher on vacation.
  3. This needs some more work, but here is one idea. For the quiz you could do multiple choice, and have each answer assigned to a number. These numbers would be fairly close to each other, and when the correct answers were summed up it could yield the coordinate. So the more correct answers you get the closer to the cache spot you will be. Or you could make it so only one set of numbers sums up to something reasonable. ex: for N42 12.345 you could use: Add the sum of the results to N42 12.000 to find the cache location Q1: A)0.113 B]0.114 C)0.115 D)0.116 Q2: A)0.072 B]0.073 C)0.074 D)0.075 Q3: A)0.156 B]0.157 C)0.158 D)0.159 Where the bold answers are correct. Every wrong answer puts you off course about 10 feet. You could make wrong answers penalize you more, or even make it so only one set of numbers sums to anything remotely near the final location. With the numbers in this example, the correct combination of wrong answers would still give you the right location, but you could avoid that by selecting better numbers. Base four (for four answer choices) would give you the most non-overlapping possible values. Q1:0,1,2,3 Q2: 3,7,11,15 Q3:63,127,191,255 However, the question weights are very disproportional. It’s probably best to choose something between these two.
  4. Using that analogy, when I post it's normally: Measure twice. Cut. Measure again. Re-cut. Measure, and call it close enough.
  5. That makes sense. Even the Garmin Yellow has three digits. When Jet described his problem I though about how far in minutes his numbers were, and came to the possibility of the unit not displaying all the digits. I don't have a Sport Map, so I looked through the manual on line, and saw it only displaying two digits. I guess I should know better than to trust what I find on line. Even if it is from the manufacture. (Just like you can't trust the forums )
  6. Wrong. No, Right. I did look through the manual. Every page that shows the Lat long display shows it as DD MM.mm. NOT MM.mmm see pages: 5, 6, 11, 12, 33 Page 33 is an example GOTO display. When I posted the first reply I had not seen yours. I was not trying to say you were wrong, or post something counter to yours on purpose.
  7. The Sport Track Map only displays two digits of decimal minuets. That's about 60 feet latitude, and 40 feet longitude (for most of the US.) So your coordinates could be the right number displayed, but actually be up to 50 feet away.
  8. I didn't check the coords, but when I dialed the phone numbers I get this lady that keeps repeating the same thing. I tried to explain that I had found her cat, but she just keeps going. Okay, I just checked the coords, and they are in the Zia Indian Reservation. I haven’t heard of ZIRU, but it could be out there.
  9. Puzzzler, That is sweet! When I was reading your idea I read poster.. lost cat.. (I haven’t seen a cat) and then skipped down to the end. Didn't even notice the phone number made no sense! That is good stuff.
  10. Oops, Looks like Map quest got rid of it. I like the Microsoft MapPoint maps. You can change size and zoom, and it uses cookies to store your preferences! … so if you like big maps, next time you click a link to a map... big map! It also has street level maps of the US, Mexico, Canada, and most of Europe! But it is the evil Microsoft Empire.
  11. Its nice to sea that knot all supper rich people no witch words goes ware. I guess your just one of the rest of us. edit for typo.
  12. The small size is nice for people with lower bandwidth. If you have a high band width connection it doesn’t take very long to click the "big map" button, but if you have low bandwidth it could take a while to load the bigger image. If you are familiar with the city the cache is near, the closer zoom is nice. It makes it easy to find a street to park on. However, if you don't know the area, the big map will give you a better overview, allowing you to place the cache mentally with reference to somewhere you are more familiar with. Map scale and size are something that varies from person to person. I think it may be best just to stick with the defaults.
  13. On moral grounds, I propose this question be boycotted. For the people not represented in the forum, I will not answer the question. For the cachers that feel their country is equivalent to a country, and not a state, I will not post. For all the underrepresented non-English speaking cachers, I will not post my state. . . but it is in my profile if you want to dig it out Really, I’m just kidding around here. This was meant to be a serious joke. edit: You know... these are real points, and maybe they should be mentioned. Let me just say that for various reasons the results of this pole of the location of cachers is probably very biased.
  14. Found a dictionary for those not familiar with British slang: Roll down to "Knob"
  15. Depending on the accuracy of your GPS, and the number of visible satellites, the GPS position will walk over time even when you are not moving. On a good day, my GPS walks about a tenth of a mile every hour. On a bad day, or with tree cover it could be several times more. This will show up if you are looking at the track length, or the trip odometer.
  16. ditto what carleenp said. For Q1 I'd like to add that some people cache under a team name for a while, then get their own account. When they do they normally retro log the finds they did as a team so they have an accurate list of what they have done already, their find count is accurate. On the "Yup, found it" or "TNLNSL" logs. If their personal experience was "Yep, found it. Just another run of the mill ammo can hidden under a log. Nothing interesting to see here." I'd rather just see TNLNSL or "Yup, found it" if it was my cache.
  17. If there was a physical cache there I think it would be more appropriate to list on GC.com. Of course if sever space for virtuals is not a problem it seems silly not to list it. but brings up the whole virtual/physical cache augment we don't want to get into. On topic: yes, if I was there I would visit it. edit: is this spring in the desert or Alaska?
  18. geckoee


    Okay, I just received my maps from omnimap.com. 7 days from the order being placed. That's pretty good for USPS across the US. The quality of the maps are great. I got a few of the England Ordnance Survey Leisure 1:25k series. The scale is close to the USGS 1:24k that I am more familiar with. Because the maps were made for hiking they show many trails and parks more clearly than the USGS 7.5' quad would. If you are planning hiking in England I would recommend this series. There is also an accompanying guide book that tells more about the trails (sold separately) -omni map satisfied customer.
  19. geckoee

    Bug Map

    You mean like this or like this? Just picked a random bug. It's pretty neat to look at where the bug is moving.
  20. Nat. Geographic 4-04 Pg90-91, 'now we have to worry about geocaching'Geocaching Mentioned In National Geographic, Do cachers steal fossils? National Geographic., negative comment about geocaching Bad Press, National Geographic gets it wrong
  21. Criminal, Leprechauns, I'll buy that. I was thinking that bearings and distances were most likely computed from a map, and not from sighting an object and counting paces. There is still much to learn for this gecko.
  22. Good question. I've seen some people give barring, then say "hint, my compass is magnetic" I've also seen some that specify "true" north. Most of the time it's just follow the arrow to the coord’s you entered. No north barring needed. I'm going to go out on a limb here, and say that it's probably true north if not specified because magnetic north moves, and also because true north is more common on maps that have GPS designators like a UTM grid or a Lat Long grid. Of course if it is a UTM grid, then it could be grid north, but that's just a couple degrees at most from true most places.
  23. I had to look. I really wish I didn't. I hope that is the most graphic thing I ever see. And my girl friend is going into emergency medicine. Wow, that's far from funny, or fun. More like a reminder that this is reality.
  24. I made one comment. That was two questions and got labeled as one of the "most vocal regarding my actions" I'm sticking with the wet cat on this one. I'm afraid of hamsters ;-)
  25. Sorry there Team MJDJ. I wasn't trying to upset you, or "divine your tone" I was trying to make the point that you did in your reply. The written word is a funny thing: if it is not very carefully put together it can easily be interpreted as something that you did not intend. Not trying to criticize the way you wrote it. Just trying to find out what sort of tine you intended it to be perceived with.
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