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  1. "We all" who? I think you've just confessed to the unforgivable sin here. And I think you've got it a little sideways; logging any caches one was not personally at yadda, yadda, yadda...--not to mention what it says about one's personal integrity. Not only have I never, there are probably a couple of handfuls of caches I've found & signed--but not logged--because I was just to tired that evening, got distracted/waylaid when I got home, etc., yet I would never even think of logging one I hadn't personally found to make up for those I neglected to log. "You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."--Plato
  2. Yes. Hmmm... Don't recall ever seeing them on my GPSr (64). How are they accessed/displayed?
  3. Which makes me wonder, out of curiosity, has anyone ever used one of these as a cache container?
  4. Are attributes even included in PQs? I can see their utility, but closing in on 100 finds, I don't recall ever looking at/for them. I'm sure I will at some point.
  5. Been there a few times. Not trying to "look" anything; I just take a clipboard along for something to write on, and/or to keep hardcopies I've brought with me. Combined with a GPSr (surprising how many people don't know one by sight, or mistake it for a 2-way radio...) people do tend to draw their own conclusions. Had a clipboard with me one day while searching for a cache in an "extremely high muggle area". I spotted the concealed hide from a combination of coords. & cache description, but between the dozen or so muggles within 25 ft. of the hide, and the maintenance crew working on the hide, there was no way I was going to pull it off, so I took a seat to ponder the situation. Almost immediately, a woman struck up a conversation, asking me if I were a supervisor/inspector. (I've worked as an engineering inspector in my younger days). I told her, "No," and explained exactly what I was doing (without revealing the location of the hide). I've not been back to find that cache, but others have found it since, so no harm, no foul...
  6. You've probably seen this page from the Help Center: 5.9. Cache container sizes I refer to it often, so I've bookmarked it (among others).
  7. GPS questions might better be directed to the GPS forum. Likewise with localities.
  8. Was it larger than 5 gallons/20 liters? If not, then it was still a REGULAR (there's no "medium"). Bonafide LARGE cache containers are quite unusual/infrequent. I think you'll find--regrettably--that Difficulty, Terrain, and Size are often misrepresented. Lots of discussion, but little in the way of solutions to those problems (but something to keep in mind if/when you feel the urge to hide something... Be as accurate as you can, and those who seek/find your caches will appreciate it. There should be settings in your apps to rectify the flipped orientation. I use a GPSr, so I can't help much there; others who use the phone apps should be able to.
  9. What would you ask if the roles were reversed? Anything? Would you care? I'm not one to ask challenge someone exhibiting odd behavior in the woods, though I might let slip an odd look.
  10. If reading through logs and going through swag is what you enjoy, I wouldn't bother with anything smaller than a REGULAR; for the most part, there's just no room on log sheets vs. actual log books, and generally not enough room for the kind of swag worth exploring. No-one is likely to pay much attention, especially if you're nibbling on a snack/piece of fruit; they'll assume the cache is a lunchbox. The key to being stealthy is looking like you belong there--not like you're trying to avoid... (what's a good word for scrutiny? ) Bringing a dog can provide a multitude of cover--and cover stories.
  11. I'm not sure if this would apply to the OPs problem or not, but there is a way to create/install/use custom waypoint symbols--see: https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/VTS8XTdjCW5Tx3HyfJ3eQ6
  12. Except that there are some countries (like USA) that you cannot select; you must select by state(s). To get the entire country, you'd have to (AFAIK) select all 50. I don't think there's a way to increase the number of caches in a PQ beyond 1000, so multiple PQs by (smaller) groups of states would be necessary anyway.
  13. ‽ ‽ OK... Sure... Why not? (Not that you'd leave them--just that there would be such a thing. Not exactly things I would free-associate... )
  14. Huh. Just goggled; I never knew they were a "thing" (and I live fairly close to "wine country.") Explains what those bottle-cap thingies we found in a few caches were... (Not that that's what you meant, precisely; I see that there are many different kinds.) Learn sump'n evry day!
  15. Kids? I'm in a place (age, infirmity) where I don't even consider caching in inclement weather/climate, so that doesn't usually occur to me, but it sounds quite sensible.
  16. Maybe it's me, but my common sense tells me that night caching in urban areas might not be the best idea.
  17. Exactically. I spoze I'd (from a designer's P.O.V.) call it part of the challenge. A little easier if one can remember it from inception. Nothing like getting an epiphany for a whiz-bang puzzle, only to have that "D'oh!" moment halfway or more into fabrication...
  18. In a similar vein, there's a local CO who likes to hide KFCs. That's fine, but their "definition of a KFC" is one that's "near a playground". Wanna guess how many stink-eyes a middle-aged man gets just being in the vicinity of a playground? I won't pursue their caches anymore--at least not without a female geo-partner.
  19. The problem with some of those types of puzzles is ensuring that they can be reset very easily. If it takes even half as much effort to reset than to "open", many are likely to just leave it open/solved--or very close to open/solved. Worse yet are those individuals, who when frustrated by a challenging puzzle, will resort to brute force, lock-picking, etc. to "teach the CO a lesson".
  20. Please check our relative join dates and #s of finds. It wasn't intended as obnoxious; I explained how & where I found the answer to the same question.
  21. There's a new invention; it's called goggle (or something like that). That's what I did. On second thought, maybe a better reference is Y-tube.
  22. We started out that way, but over the past ~coupla months, we've become--regrettably--more disillusioned/jaded. We're getting more than a little tired of opening caches to find water, rust, mud, mildew, slime, litter, logbooks so waterlogged they can no longer be signed, and all previous signatures are long since faded/washed away--but mostly, broken pieces of old toys or other unidentifiable bits of... well, they're unidentifiable. That's not swag--that's trash. (Don't tell me one person's trash is another person's treasure--that's the justification/rationalization of those who leave trash in lieu of swag.) Seems more people are takers than givers (and couldn't care less about trading equal or better), and most (from our experiences) COs of swag-sized caches couldn't care less about maintaining their caches, We've had to adopt a different policy. I won't elucidate yet, because we're still fine tuning.
  23. I do something similar, but with T ratings; one could use D ratings, or other criteria as well. It can run into problems if you wind up with enough waypoints & .GPX files to surpass the unit's limits (which could happen using dates as well). The solution (I'm told) is using something like GSAK to combine PQs into a .GGZ. See: How many PQ files can I load on a Garmin?
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