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  1. I like to be able to look myself in the mirror, and to sleep at night. Therefore, inaction in such a case as the OP is--to me--unthinkable. Sure, there are all kinds of natural hazards in life, but that doesn't mean I won't warn someone if it might save them pain, anguish, or worse. If it were me, I'd post an NM at the very least--as a caution/warning to others if nothing else. I'd be stating my reasons/thinking to the CO, reviewer, and other GC, so ALL can make their own informed decisions. As always, YMMV.
  2. [emphasis mine] Rhetorical question: Do the reasons (/excuses/justifications) really matter? We're not a clairvoyant species. Anyone looking at the map isn't going to know the intention/rationale; all they're going to see is a bunch/series of caches covering an area where no more can be placed (i.e. a power trail). From where I sit, I don't see much difference between knowing they would be maintained, and making that maintenance efficient (i.e. minimizing the work to do so). I don't have a dog in this fight. I'm just an observer, and YMMV.
  3. For some. For others, it may be just what they're into/looking for. Others may. I've heard very similar from COs of PTs. Since it doesn't seem to be an objective term, at the point someone thinks/says it does. The PTs I know of around here usually follow some kind hiking trail, whether nature trail, former RR right-of-way, canal towpath, etc. I've seen many spots I thought would make good hides for some reason or other (scenery, history, architecture, etc.), only to find out they're already between 2 hides in a PT that were dropped 528 ft.apart, to "cover" the area with caches. That said, I don't think PTs necessarily have to be linear either; I've seen clusters in parks dropped by the same CO to "cover" the area with caches. I know of one that was hidden in some scrub rough, when there is the most gorgeous spreading tree I may have ever seen just a hundred feet away, which now can't be used because a first-time hider wanted to get one out there a.s.a.p. (but I digress...) IMO, it's--like so many other things--in the eye/mind of the beholder.
  4. That was one reason (among many) that I created the spreadsheet.
  5. I don't think so. The waypoint limits come directly from the respective spec tabs on Garmin's site (as per 5000 waypoint limit for GPSMAP® 64 series above). The only other "limits" they specify are routes (200 for GPSMAP® 64 series) and Track log (10,000 points, 200 saved tracks Ibid.) Likewise, the only other "limit" I see mentioned on Navigation Professional is 2,000 .gpx files for GPSMAP® 64 series. That says, "No limit on geocaches (outside of max number of GPX files supported and memory available)". From the last few responses, it appears (to me) that there may be confusion between geocaches and .gpx files(?)
  6. From my spreadsheet: eTrex® series have a 2000 waypoint limit eTrex® Touch series have a 4000 waypoint limit Montana® series have a 4000 waypoint limit. GPSMAP® 64 series have a 5000 waypoint limit. Oregon® series have a 10,000 waypoint limit I'm a little thick here (not to mention technologically bereft/challenged). Just so I understand this... Are you saying that (e.g.) traditional cache coords. do or do not count against the waypoint limit? From HHL's post (above): That sounds like cache coords do count against the waypoint limit--or am I misreading that?
  7. ADDENDUM: We went caching near Hemlock Lake today (Hemlock Lake is the primary water supply for much of Rochester, NY)--beauty-full area--and saw one of these labels attached to a tree at the trail head. We don't know if it meant something specific (e.g. tagging the tree as infested or for removal) or what, but it's the first We've seen in this area. It sent chills down our spines.
  8. I think the determining factor(s) might be the ferry schedule(s) and possibly the day of the week (if the schedules change). With approx.(~) 90 caches on Nantucket, and ~347 caches on "The Vineyard", schedules permitting, it should be doable. Skimming through the lists, there are some pretty intriguing caches (a micro with 107 FPs, and Intro to Nantucket Geocaching mystery cache). Just do your homework (i.e. run your PQs, plan your caches, routes, & ferries ahead of time). Get/take a map JIC. Hope the family business isn't the bad kind. Good Luck, and have a great/safe hunt/trip!
  9. Yeah, I apologize profusely for that... muck-up. I just spent 1/2 hr trying to find it myself (before seeing Touchstone's explanation), and came to the same discovery/conclusion myself. I think what happened was that I must have thought it was part of the new guidelines, and that I had missed it in the OP (about the changes to guidelines). It's really not like me to quote something like that secondhand in lieu of source. Again, I apologize. I hope it's apparent that I've been trying to help from the beginning. Here's to your event being a unqualified success! What I remember of Salem (albeit several decades ago, when I lived/worked near there) is that it's an extremely cool place--the witch stuff notwithstanding. My fave back then was the House of the Seven Gables (love the classic flick too--Vincent Price vs. George Sanders--two of the biggest hams in history!) Hope you'll have enough time to take in some of what MA/New England have to offer. Please come back & give us an update of how things go (went)!
  10. I'm not sure where you're getting those numbers (unless assuming a different model). According to the site above (and info I already had from Garmin), there is "No limit on geocaches (outside of max number of GPX files supported and memory available)" I don't have any supplemental maps (yet), so I don't think memory (with 8 GB) is an issue at this time. The PQs I ran hold ~11,000 caches. Waypoints may be a problem; I don't have an exact # (or how much memory is used per waypoint), but the files total ~1800 KB. If that exceeds the 5000 Waypoints, I would think re-running the PQs w/o multi-caches should solve that problem(?) I spoze it depends if the cache coords of each cache are considered waypoints toward that 5,000 limit. I prefer to filter content when creating the PQs There is a problem someplace; I don't know if it's related or not, but it wouldn't surprise me if it is. We went out today, and noticed that one cache that should have been in memory was not. That cache is 80 mi. from origin; radius of PQ is 200 mi. from origin. The cache appears in the PQ, and on a map of the PQ, but not in the GPSr list (we drove past it, and wondered why it didn't show up).
  11. Thanks, that is a handy reference. Some of the data I already had on spreadsheet from when I was choosing a model, but # of GPX files wasn't mentioned for any of them. Should be no problems then. My current task required 16-18 PQs, which means 32-36 files. Even combined with a few lists & one-offs, I won't even be close. Thanks folks.
  12. Memory is not the issue; I'm wondering if there's a limit to the number of files I can put in the .gpx directory. (Yes, I know there are 3rd party apps that will merge them--that's another issue.)
  13. AFAIK, nothing's changed in those two models, so even though the material is a few years old, it still applies. There are some (IMO) significant differences--enough that tipped me in favor of the 64 series--but that's me. I don't find any problems with the resolution on the 64 series. What I did was read up & watch (Youtube) everything I could (reviews, ratings, comparisons) on the Garmin line, and then I plotted & notated everything on an Excel spreadsheet. It made the choosing much easier, being able to see & compare everything right there in front of me, and I have NO regrets. Obviously your criteria are different than mine or anyone else's.
  14. If it were me, I think I'd make a PQ of all my finds, then view it on a map. Then it depends on the towns/populations of where you've been caching.
  15. Here's a list of upcoming events in NC. The events we've been going to are "regular" monthly weekend breakfasts/brunches at family restaurants. They've been going on for quite a while (we're the newcomers there), so the restaurant mgmt. gives them a back room/table cluster. Folks eat & chat, "make the rounds" with old acquaintances & new, exchange TBs & info, and if anyone has anything to announce, they do so. Lots of "cache-chatter". One group has a kind of "raffle"--everyone brings something geocache-related, and there's a drawing until everything's gone (so essentially, everyone gets something). After the event, some folks may break off into small groups to go caching--others go home or wherever...
  16. That's what we've been doing. Expanding upon reasons for (types of) FPs can easily evolve into a cache rating system, which has been discussed many times (check archives and/or goggle).
  17. As described above, go to your public profile page, click on (All Geocache Finds), then click on the blue heart. That'll sort your finds by # of Fav. Pts they have. That should do it until you hit one that doesn't have any FPs.
  18. Likewise. In my younger & abler days, I helped out with cleanup after fires completely destroyed homes of family & friends (separate incidents), and following the infamous Corning flood of '72, I'm (we're) not able to do the physical anymore, but there are other ways we still can help. It's always heartbreaking, but there are moments when the best in humanity shines through. It's those moments I remember best now.
  19. I wasn't aware that was an option. I'd tried that before, and selecting subsequent states cancelled out the first state selected. It isn't exactly intuitive (or explained anywhere that I recall), but I finally figured out that one has to press CTRL to select additional states. That accomplishes what I wanted, so thanks for the hint.
  20. Didn't mean to imply/suggest it was--sorry if you got that impression.
  21. Wow, that seems a bit extreme--even for safety's sake. Out of curiosity, do you know how they came up with that particular number? I've never really understood the 150 ft. specified in the guidelines; every set of tracks within miles of me is almost perpetually populated by railfans with cameras, videos, or just hanging out on lawnchairs watching the trains go by and chatting. RR personnel just exchange waves. I would think it would make more sense to say, "within x feet of a railroad right of way", except that most people might not know what that is or how to find out how far it extends in any particular place. So I can live with 150 ft. from tracks (even though I know of at least 3 caches right now that are closer than that).
  22. Why is there no United States or USA in the country choices?
  23. Isn't there some medium? I don't compose essays on the spot, but I usually have a piece of paper or small notebook (along with my pen) to jot down a few notes (my memory is suffering some too) when I get back to the car or between caches--enough to expound upon later when logging online. [EDIT] Didn't see cerberus1's response when I wrote the above. Looks like we may have one thing in common after all.
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