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  1. 2 hours ago, simpjkee said:

    I was gifted one f these virtual caches. TBH, I think virtuals are stupid and GS should have just removed them back when they were grandfathered like they did with locationless caches. When I was gifted the virtual, I was very tempted to simply post the coords to a McDonalds sign and require the finders to tell me how many arches were on the sign in order to get the smiley. Or getting a virtual pubilshed and then archiving it right away and making a snide comment about how there are now only 3,999 new virtuals. Ultimately, I decided to use it the "right" way and it's been a headache ever since.

    Ignore the negativity. The 'cachers who have found your virt seem honored to have been invited to the spot you chose, as would I if ever I find myself in Arizona. 

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  2. I'm curious...and perhaps a mod or someone with more imagination than I can answer...what happens on Aug. 24, 2018 when a large number of the rewards go unclaimed? I can think of a dozen or so 'cachers local to me who are imminently qualified (according to the speculations for criteria used in the algorithm, which are admittedly only speculations), but those 'cachers have quit the game because, hey: life happens. I would expect that for at least one of them an unread message announcing the award of a virtual placement has been granted. I'm assuming this will happen with some frequency, as the closest new virt. to me is several hundred miles away. I am planning, though, to make a special trip for at least one new virt.

    If we get to the end of the 365 day limit and have only half of those new virtuals in place, do you suppose Groundspeak will "extend" the invitation?

  3. On 8/23/2017 at 4:52 PM, Moun10Bike said:

    Hang tight, it's coming! :)

    The pirate-themed icon is really cool, but for the idea I have to work, I would actually prefer the generic TB icon. Any way to keep it?

    Edit to clarify: I mean, keep it just for me...not change it back for everyone.


  4. 2 hours ago, pantadeusz said:

    Could you provide the gc code of the cache where you have to hang from such a height?


    My found log from 11/27/2009 (following a couple of DNF's from earlier months):

    After getting the other three along this hike, I knew I would have to come back for this one. I came prepared this time, with a fifty-foot rope (seemed wise with the steep escarpment nearby) and a good friend. I should have thought twice before asking him to "belay me." We searched for a while, made a PAF (thanks, River), still couldn't find it, decided to give up (again), and when SweetPea's Mama declared she wouldn't be making this hike again any time soon, we re-doubled our efforts and my friend finally spotted it. We spent way too much time looking, and ended up picking along the trail slowly in the dark after nightfall, which wouldn't have been too bad except for the w-e-r-e-w-o-l-v-e-s (and gurbals).

    The 'cache page indicates that one should exercise caution, which I certainly did.


  5. I've got so many good memories from geocaching, including (as Viajero Perdido mentions above) some very memorable DNF's. I suppose my most memorable involved a swamp 'cache which my entire crew (consisting of SweetPea, her baby sister, her mom, and me) searched for at night. We forgot to mark our vehicle as a waypoint (BIG rookie mistake), lost our flashlight to dead batteries, and slogged our way through perilous (though appropriately-rated terrain) in the dark for a couple hours before we made our way back to the vehicle wet and muddy. It wasn't much fun at the time, but I recall it fondly now.

  6. I've climbed a couple of trees that I had no business climbing, and I enjoyed logging finds on both 'caches. I've also found two others that were WAAAAY up there but had "mechanisms" for lowering the 'caches safely down, and I enjoyed logging finds on those as well. One of my most memorable finds involved hanging from a tree which itself was hanging from a rocky outcropping several hundred feet above a river (it was rated appropriately for terrain). There have been many others that I walked away from without attempting. On some I logged DNF, and on others I posted a note reading essentially "did not attempt." Sometimes when you get to GZ you just need to exercise some common sense if you realize that the 'cache is beyond your individual limitations...and Dirty Harry always said "a man's got to know his limitations."

  7. 54, on a local power trail. Had to check my stats for that and was reminded that the most 'caches found in one day is labeled "best day," which, as referenced by the 'cachers above, is pretty subjective. Before that, I had a day with 30-ish finds which was far more memorable and enjoyable because the finds were more diverse. I always wanted to do the alien head PT, but doubt I'll ever make it that far west.

  8. If I had a quarter for every quarter I've said I lost when asked what I was looking for, I'd have a lot of quarters. That said, urban-style 'caches are not my favorite, just because of the "suspicious behavior" that often accompanies searching for them. I much prefer hiking for ammo cans in the woods. When I do search for LPC's or GRC's or park bench magnetic 'caches, etc. I just remind myself that it's uncertainty that attracts attention. If you project an air of confidence that you belong where you are and are supposed to be doing what you're doing, most folks will simply ignore you.

  9. We started geocaching in '09 and have deployed several in the past few years. More experienced 'cachers have sometimes noted that our hides are in close proximity to geocaches which came and went before we began the game. In one instance, I've found an archived listing for a 'cache that was very near one of ours. I'm just curious: is there an easy way to find older, now archived geocaches in our area? This is just me being nosy/curious...no drama intended (nor solicited). I have no intention of logging anything to the archived pages.

  10. A non-cacher approached me a couple weekends ago and asked me what I'd lost (in the parking lot of a popular coffee shop), so I told him "a quarter." That's about as stealthy as I get. I could've given him a pamphlet or explained the game to him, but I just wanted to find the cache & move along, and I'm sure he just wanted to know what I was poking around for and then move along, so I expedited things.

  11. Hello all,


    Recently in a local newspaper I read about caching and how it was an activity that paired the outdoors with treasure hunting. To be honest, I'm not a huge outdoors fan b/c I reside in an area where there are red ants of which I am deathly allergeric to. That being said I set my heart on my husband and I "suiting up" to take on our new hobby of Geocaching. We purchased our wonderful Magellan, down loaded a few sites and set out for all the finds we would make. Unfortunately, we made none. Did we come close? Absolutely! Twice we found the exact spot but we were in such a public area we really didn't know what we were supposed to do. Should we root through the plants/bushes sitting in front of both locations on bustling roadways? The third time we would have definately found the cache but the location was in a wooded area that we thought could be housing more than caches. So, any thoughts? Is our GPS bound for ebay or are these just the perils of a newbie couple?


    I'd say your experience is quite common. We could not find the first six caches we looked for, until we went back later with a better understanding of how they are commonly hidden. We've since been able to locate several that we were able to retrieve without leaving the car! With experience, you'll get a sense of what to do when you make it to "ground zero" (GZ).

  12. It seems as if a traveling cache (GCCCC7) I found on 2.29.2008 is affecting my Souvenir's.


    1. I have a Souvenir for Oregon, which I did earn, but not on 2.29.08 (when I found the traveling cache) but on 7.2.2010 on my way to Geowoodstock.


    2. It also shows I have earned a Utah Souvenir, which I have not had the pleasure of finding a cache in Utah. I can only assume that maybe the traveling cache is how this Souvenir was "earned."


    Is there a way to exclude GCCCC7 from my stats as far as Souvenirs and distances are concerned? I still want it counted as a found cache of course!


    Also, I have noticed that on the GC App for the Iphone when you go to look at your Souvenirs it shows the date you earned them. Would be nice if that information was included on our Souvenir page also.





    I think it can be done. Check herefor more details.

  13. When a discussion that a mob rules turns into a debate amoung users in a civil manner turns into a debate/discussion and the users taking part want it ended, the only term that I can apply is Communism. I thought this was a debate about geocaches that the OP is no longer a registered user?


    Communism, because people are exercising their free right not to speak? Uh, sure. Whatever.


    And yes, yes, I know. Personal attacks are not aloud. That was a rhetorical question.


    Retreating back into Communism here, by getting back out of the thread.


    Have it your way comrdade.






    Don't worry. I have plenty more. If 1 go, they all should go. According to guidelines anyway..........


    Those virts both have SBA notices from "SwineFIew." I'm confused; are you admitting to being that sock?

  14. Is anyone else working on the Key to the Cryptonomicon cache? GCXBFC




    It's really tough, and I've spent a while trying to decode everything. I'd love to discuss it with anybody else who is trying to solve it.




    I just started working on the cache recently when a local cacher told me about it. Unfortunately, I am now obsessed with solving it. I will be at the computer all day since I'm stuck at work and it is slow. I would love to compare notes with you and find out where you are on the cache. Look forward to hearing from you.


    I've been stuck on this one for about three months now. If either of you guys would be interested in forming a long-distance "team" to combine efforts, I'd be glad to lend my input.

  15. Double-check the Difficulty/Terrain levels on the caches in the park you're going to visit. When we started caching with our then six-year-old, we made the mistake of going after some caches that required very long hikes. She was up to some of them; others, we had to turn back (or carry her).

    We also found out the hard way about marking a waypoint at the vehicle...

  16. I got busted by a security guard while retrieving a cache container. I nervously explained geocaching to him (he'd never heard of it), then went home and put the cache on my watch list so that I could make sure it had outlived my encounter.


    I think it says something about your character that you ARE distressed about the situation. Others in your situation might have criticized the CO for not tethering that stage of the multi. I suppose others in my situation might have complained that security had not been made aware of a cache placement. I guess there are those who complain, and there are those who cache conscientiously.

  17. Could someone tell me, please, who manufactured "Families who cache together stay together!"? I have a new, unactivated copy of this one which I would like to activate.



    never mind...I got it.

  18. The first time we logged FTF was on a cache that had a virgin logsheet when we signed. We got home to discover that another cacher had claimed the FTF on it by virtue of having found the container, but they had been unable to open it to sign the log (it was a bison tube). We let the CO make the call on it, and he decided in our favor. We were hot for a FTF back then, but our interest lately has waned. The whole FTF race thing just gets so contentious sometimes, and we cache for fun.

    We did, though, log FTF on one just yesterday, but that one had sat in the woods (in 90+ degree heat, at the end of a short hike) for two days unfound. We were actually surprised to find a blank logsheet.

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