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  1. You can edit a waypoint, but not a geocache. Waypoints are stored differently from geocaches. From observation and discussion here (meaning not from Garmin), waypoints are stored internally, but geocaches are stored as index into a GPX file. The only way to edit the coordinates for a GPX is by editing the file, and the only way to do that is from another computer. With the 62s there are different ways of doing things. The best way is to hookup your Garmin to a PC, pull out the GPX file and edit it directly using a basic text editor like Notepad in Windows. This will allow you to view the xml data which isn't too hard to figure out. Also, once you learn the basics of the xml format for the GPX file, you can create your own, drop it into the 62s and have multiple custom waypoints added in a few simple steps (this is good for example when you want to mark down several places of interest for an upcoming trip). Now using just the GPS unit itself with no hookup to a PC is a little bit more lengthy and requires some patience. For Waypoints: Press Find->Waypoints->Select Waypoint->Press Enter->Press Menu->Review Point->Press Menu->Edit Waypoint For Geocaches: Press Find->Geocaches->Select Geocache->Press Enter->Press Menu->Review Point->Press Menu->Save as Waypoint->Go through steps above Or alternatively, while you're in map view going for the Geocache, you can go to the Geocache menu options and just enter a next stage to add a waypoint to next stage coords. Either way, the 62s preserves all Geocache waypoint coordinates as is and will not allow them to be edited. Creating new waypoints associated with the cache name is the only way to edit the coordinates. That is unless Garmin is nice enough to provide us with a firmware update that fixes this. Reference http://www.topografix.com/gpx.asp
  2. My list of lamos: 1. Micro after a great hike. Really? I want to trade! 2. A cache that constantly has me under the watchful eye of muggles (Starbucks caches, busy intersection caches, etc.) 3. A cache hide that makes me look suspicious and I end up surrounded by securiity guards and local police. 4. A cache that hasn't been checked on in forever and the CO doesn't respond to my inquiries (or those of anyone else). 5. A cache where the CO no longer lives even close to the cache and hasn't either archived, set up a maintenance plan with another cacher, or adopted it out.
  3. We have those here too in Okinawa. I really don't like those. And the worst part is I've heard of cachers rolling up to these caches and throwing their 4-ways on to make the find. They might as well light up a flare and announce on a loud speaker, "We're looking for a cache, please stay clear of the area until we've departed!"
  4. A very lively discussion so far. I too have been the victim of what you term a geotroll, however I prefer the name cache wrecker. Their sole intent is to trash the game. So here are my two cents worth. I am an avid cacher not in the States but in Okinawa, Japan. We have to be very stealthy and come up with very devious hide techniques to avoid our caches from being muggled. Even though we are either placing the caches on public land or gaining permission from the land owner, most folks here do not know what caching is, and become very curious when they see a foreigner (specifically a caucasian) snooping around with a strange electronic device. While caching in the States, I found it to be a lot different. In most cases, there was no camo involved or very little. Some were really well placed, but I remember one where I stepped off a bike trail and just on the other side of a tree was an ammo can without anything covering it up. So I think a good rule to follow is, it should be obvious to the cacher who has visited the cache page, but not to anyone else that randomly stumbles upon the location. In the case where my cache was wrecked, the wrecker left behind a note, "Thanks for your presents." Hmm. Since then I have made all of my caches premium member only. Why? I figure if the wrecker is checking the cache page first, at least I will know that they've paid some due before they decided to wreck my cache, and in most cases a wrecker will not go through the hassle of paying a $30 fee just to wreck a cache. Another great thing though about the premium member only cache is it provides you with an audit trail. This is an excellent means of providing evidence if you ever can figure out who is wrecking your cache.
  5. The number 500 may not seem like a big accomplishment to many who have a lot of land area to play around in, but when the island you live on is only 463.7 sq miles in area with the US military occupying roughly 60% of the land and an estimated population at around 1.5 million, this makes geocaching very interesting. Well, it definitely raises the bar on how many muggles you encounter during a caching trip. Caching in Asia began on Okinawa with the first cache in Asia placed on the island on 3 February 2001 by Sojournen. GC1FB - Maeda Point Cache is still available being actively maintained by the geocaching community here. For anyone wanting to cache on the island, this one is a really nice cache to add to your list of finds. Over the years since, geocaching has steadily grown in popularity, mostly among the American population on the island with a few locals getting involved in the sport. One group of cachers from Tokyo come down at least once a year to cache on the island, and I have had the pleasure of meeting a charter member of geocaching from Australia, Biggles Bear who came to Japan to visit family and stopped by Okinawa to do some caching. Caches here range from easy to difficult, from micro to large and cover almost every type of geocache that is available including one surviving virtual cache. Okinawa is also the site of one of the stages of a world-wide cache that was featured on Latitude 47 - the official blog of Groundspeak. If you're planning a trip to Japan and are a geocacher, why not take a few days to visit our beautiful island. There are many things to see here and the caches on this island will take you to many breathtaking locations.
  6. There is now a Puzzle Masters Challenge geocoin available from Geoswag.com It can be seen in the presales area. This series has peaked my interest. Perhaps I will take on this challenge, though logging the finds is another story...
  7. It should be probably pointed out that this isn't a website for an Okinawa Geocaching group. None exists (as far as I know). Rather, this is a website that is setup as a forum for Geocaching specifically in Okinawa. However, with the high number of Geocaches in Okinawa, would anyone here be interested in starting up an official group with me? I think there should be at least three dedicated cachers that will run the group. Purpose? To monitor caching in Okinawa to ensure that caches aren't placed in restricted areas, areas that would cause further strain in the U.S. Forces - Okinawa relationship, ensure caches are not left behind when cache owners depart the island permanently (archived or adopted), help introduce new cachers to Geocaching in Okinawa (which is different than it is in the States), and to help coordinate and support events.
  8. Have you tried Google Translate? http://translate.google.com/?hl=en&tab=wT#
  9. Only 6 to 7 months left on island? Well, there are around 460 caches on island to choose from. Ranging from very easy to pull-your-hair-out difficult. Please take care when caching here in Oki. Muggles tend to be very curious here, and they are everywhere! You'll be thinking you are in a very remote place and suddenly there will be a muggle hanging out (I can recall countless stories on this). The important thing to remember is to use the upmost amount of stealth when retrieving and replacing a cache container. Put it back exactly where you retrieved it from, as this helps the cache owner when they go back to check up on their cache. Nothing is more frustrating than for an owner to go to a cache location and not be able to find their own cache because it was moved. It will also be helpful to remember that when trading, either trade even or trade up. Never trade down. And with trackable items (travel bugs, geocoins) it is considered good etiquette to only trade with another trackable item. I am co-hosting an event on the 5th of July near Zanpa point in Yomitan (just north of you). It is a great opportunity to meet with other cachers. If you plan to attend, then please log a Will Attend log on the cache page. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...30-657c9bdef9bb Good luck and hope to see you at the event!
  10. Both have their unique challenges, but I love a good trail that takes me to a cache. I really don't like the ones that are in the most densest of urban centers, where the eyes of many muggles are constantly upon you. Give me a break! Those are uncomfortable and I always feel like I'm only looging those to boost my numbers. However, there are decent urban ones that will take you off the beaten path, or provide enough of a cover to make it look like you're doing something else. Of course, where I live, there are muggles no matter where you go. I'm not kidding. Middle of the jungle, on top of a mountain, you will run into a muggle just as you are about to log your find.
  11. Thanks for sharing. For those interested in creating puzzle caches, there is an excellent website for creating some basic ciphers. http://www.purplehell.com/ Of course there are puzzle caches out there that just make you scratch your head when you see it, like my most recent FTF (GC23BZJ). This is the most difficult puzzle cache that I have solved to-date. And this was after I had cracked Wonderland which inspired me to create this cache - http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...4f-7e18c3e4ffa5 Always remember when creating a puzzle cache, sometimes the most obvious thing is the best choice, as people will usually assume the worst.
  12. As everyone who has responded so far has said, there is no limit. But one thing that some beginning cache owners miscalculate is cache maintenance. Always keep in mind this question, are you willing to come back to maintain these containers? If the answer is yes, you don't mind some nasty DNFs and possibly some hate mail, and a low number of total finds being logged, then go for it. I believe the fun in geocaching isn't the cache, but the path that leads you to it. Deviousness is sometimes the funnest part of this game.
  13. When searching for geocaches in my area using the map, I see that I am able to filter by cache type, filter out caches I own and filter out caches I've found. I would like to request an additional filter be added. One that allows caches that have been disabled to be filtered out. Thank you for considering my request!
  14. Hmm. An interesting challenge indeed! Perhaps when I take a trip to Australia I'll have to attempt this one. And no, it's not the money that has peaked my interest.
  15. Breaking news! There is now an FTF for "Rainbow Hydrothermal Vents!" Even better, someone else was there to capture the entire event in a video. You might want to check that one again. Looks like a DNF.
  16. The only reason I could think why you wouldn't want to use an online coordinate converter is if you are taking your PDA or laptop with you on a cache hunt where you won't have access to the Internet. With that said, I highly recommend this one. http://boulter.com/gps/ It is an excellent converter that also shows the coordinates on Google Maps. There are some other neat little tools on this website.
  17. Well, when you live in wide open spaces perhaps this vexation could be warranted. However, when you live on an island (like me), your options become limited. Oh, and to answer your question, never! I hope we pass 1,000,000 cache hides around the Earth by the end of this year!
  18. I served as a United States Marine from 1994 to 2002. I currently live in Okinawa, Japan where Geocaching is supported by a mixed community of service members, civilians, and Japanese.
  19. I usually purchase items at a 100 yen store (dollar store) that are interesting for children to find. I do this because I usually take enjoyment from the hunt and logging the find while my kids enjoy the swag to be found. In one of my caches which was pirate-themed, I purchased a bag of fake gold coins and my children donated several plastic jewels that they no longer needed. We placed these in the bottom of the container. I also purchased a Pirates of the Carribean toy telescope, toy rings and bracelets. Then to top it off, since it was a puzzle cache, I placed some puzzles I found at the 100 yen store in the cache. The cache is GC20MBK. In my most recent series, I went with Star Wars themed swag since the series was based on Star Wars trivia.
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