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  1. One cacher often left "a Susan for the FTF" (dollar coin). I print FTF a themed certificate, sized to the cache container. One FTF certificate was the size of a postage stamp!
  2. Delete the App that you agreed to not use on the site. That will clear things up. It's rather simple to switch on most iPhones, but I guess you have some kind of Android phone, with its own brand's menu system and OS and Android version. They hide stuff in different ways on different versions and brands. That's a lot of work for Forum Users to look up all the possibilities. But you can usually poke around and find the setting. Here's a general idea: https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-change-your-default-apps-on-android-12/
  3. But if few people have a TB for their person, wouldn’t it also be true that very few wish to create and submit a moving Geocache? Might as well make that TB instead. Plus I don’t like having to mess with my phone in the field. That’s what the durable Garmin GPS is for. Anyway, a moving Geocache is no longer allowed, and I’m guessing that a “new” kind of moving Geocache would not be created. Good luck!
  4. The problem might be the Tracking Code if it has letters and numbers easily confused with other letters or numbers. Contact HQ for guidance: https://www.geocaching.com/help/
  5. You need to be more specific on which map page, and which Garmin hand held GPS you are talking about. If you load a cache GPX file from the Geocaching.com web site, no maps are loaded with it. A Garmin GPS has pre-loaded maps, and you may load more, but it will be one map layer at a time (one type of map), and one area (may be a large area). You'd load a map by following the instructions on whatever map file site you get the map from.
  6. You probably mean Dupont Tyvek waterproof paper. That's a type offered in A4 size. You can't print on it with laser or inkjet, but some writing utensils will work.
  7. There is no requirement to throw these things to the wind. If you especially like your coin and don't want to see it vanish (and that's perfectly reasonable), you don't even need to activate it. Keep it at home and enjoy. With the added benefit of being able to sell it later or somebody making an offer in trade for something you want. Or you can activate it and allow "Discover" logs at Events or anywhere you meet Geocachers. As mentioned, you can re-use a Tracking Code in many different ways, including Discover-only items that stay with you. I revive my lost Trackables as fancy new versions of themselves, and for now, most I'm not even placing again. I have a bunch of nice Trackable items, Geocoins and interesting tags. Most were given to me, but I bought some as a kind of investment, with the plan that I may easily trade one for something cool with another cacher someday. I've also given some away during my caching milestones. After a couple of years, a Geocoin is suddenly kind of rare, and if it's a cool one, greatly appreciated as a gift. But I also I keep one for myself.
  8. Yes, a moving item is more like a puzzle piece than a proper "stage". There are caches with a movable element, such as a key attached to a Travel Bug that must be found to unlock the cache box. I'd bet a cache could be placed today with that gimmick. But even so, it's a "Mystery Cache", not a new cache type. The OP's idea is suitable as a Trackable item, although I think it would be even less common than the key idea.
  9. It likely cannot be set up as the Final container of a cache. But it might be suitable as a puzzle stage, or actually part of the puzzle. If it’s allowable that “a specific Geocacher” could be a stage, then at least that could work. If not, the whole idea is void. And if it is OK and a great idea, it’s also great as a cache stage. Set it up and show everyone how awesome it is. Maybe then it will catch on.
  10. Can you give examples of caches shown on one phone but not shown on another? Did the cachers check to be sure the App's cache filters are not set? You can show fewer caches with filters. If your question is if the Official Geocaching App (and partner Apps) shows basic member benefits to basic members, yes they do. To see the grayed out "Advanced" caches and more within the App, that's a premium member benefit. You can also go to the web site (for example, in a browser App on your phone), where those greyed out "Advanced" caches are all there in view for free. Advanced caches are not to be confused with "Premium Member Only" caches. You may find and log any cache as a basic member, but the tougher caches are on the web site. If you're ready for more of a challenge, type coords for one of the Advanced caches into some GPS App (such as The Official Geocaching App) and go find and log it.
  11. Put a web browser on your phone. Then you can access the caches shown on the web site after you leave home. Beware that, premium or not, many caches will pretty much need to be viewed on a real web browser on a PC (and not a phone browser). Greyed out cache icons are "Advanced", a little tough for someone just now installing the App who just wants to see how cool it is to find a cache, yet is still learning how Geocaching Apps work. And the gray icons are a premium benefit in The App(s). The Apps (Official and Partner Apps) show only the easier caches. The web site shows all but Premium caches. Before you start an adventure, check the web site, and make a note of caches to hunt. Enter their coordinates into some GPS App such as the Official Geocaching App, and go find all the caches you like for free. Or upgrade to Premium Member and have them all on the Apps and more. You pay for the convenience. OTOH, depending on what kinds of caches you hunt, even as a PM you might be entering coordinates by hand even more often than you did as a basic member.
  12. Would it work better if you select the "Text To Speech" option? Or does it still say "boop" instead of a pronounced number? What happens if a cache is not very close to the trail? Seems like the OP still must backtrack when the dork detector again begins to beep less frequently. I've never had a problem walking along a trail, or even a loop. It's when switchbacks are close to each other, that's when it gets tricky when there are no suitable trail maps. A cache at 150 feet is likely closer to the trail if I keep following that trail. But again the distance increases until I'm on the closer switchback.
  13. Who are you... Forrest Gump running all the way across the country?! Even he turned back. I walk right past caches a lot, too. But they're also not placed on the trail, they can be 100 feet or more off trail. At the closest point along the trail, a phone App will tell you that there's still 100 feet to go. If it doesn't go to "Zero", how would you know when to stop? You'd need a phone App to warn you about your phone App. I don't often zone out a mile away, but when I'm 300 feet away (for example), I sometimes make a mental note of how many steps that is and count them. That also works when entering a spot with a bad signal.
  14. On the phone, "Sign Out" doesn't seem to be available everywhere, and maybe that's normal. The good news is it has reappeared on the cache page map! There's a bold "Sign Out" in a small font. Maybe it's being worked on as we speak? It's not on the landing page yet. The OP's invisible button seems to be a bug, and it's a confusing one, but maybe not too serious. I hardly ever "sign out" of the Geocaching web site on my phone. More often I find I'm already signed out and need to sign in. But if I decide to sign out, I would prefer at least the start page to have that button in view.
  15. Is it working in Android? I tried it in Chrome, Safari, and Alook on my iPhone 8, and got the same bug that the OP mentions, at least on the New Search page (Home page). This is when using the Mobile site. It's fine in Desktop Mode. On my phone, I first tap the hamburger icon, and a drop-down menu appears. Scroll to the bottom and the text "Sign Out" is invisible, but I can log out when I tap the spot where it should be.
  16. Go to the download web page and Pocket Queries ready for download are in their own tab. Is that acceptable? I don't bother with the email links, except that the email reminds me that a PQ is ready. More info
  17. +1 I’d suggest that if someone is intent to delete a bunch of logs for most any reason (including a TB mileage reset), to run it by the Forum users first, and/or the Help Desk. Because of so many people who come here about “I deleted a bunch of logs and [unintended consequences happened], and how do I undo that?” At least there may be a less drastic way to do the desired thing.
  18. While you could delete the log, the action such as “retrieved” or “discovered” can remain attached to a cacher. Log “actions” become interconnected with caches and cachers. Photos of the items remain. Deletion creates new issues, everything begins to “Swiss cheese” the database, and becomes tough to undo. I revived a bunch of my “lost” Trackables and returned them to me. My plan if I were ever to re-release them, is to make it clear in the Description, the point where the new mileage will begin. I need to have extra info about the original Trackable anyway, in case it turns up. Which happens. So if the revived version is in play when the original is found, a “reset” will make the situation even more complicated. I'd suggest leaving the historical record intact, and allow more logs and mileage to be added. Your mileage may vary.
  19. +1 My little cache pack has convenient outer pockets for pens. I learned pretty quick never to use those pen pockets. I have several kinds of pens zipped up in the pack, including pens for re-stocking my own caches, and cut pencils. And before I head out on a cache run, I place a pen or two in my pants pocket. Because I tend to hop out at some roadside cache where "I won't need my pack".
  20. I've arrived at caches without a pen, and even lost a Space Pen that was clipped to a belt loop "so that I could never be without a pen while caching" (the pen portion lost on the way back from a cache). But I would never in my life presume to impose on a Cache Owner, requiring the CO to accommodate me with my invented "way I'm gonna do this one". Sooo obnoxious. Instead, I go get a pen. No "body fluid signatures for me", an actual normal ink pen that sane persons use (or a pencil). Actually I'm prepared for adventure, I have the required Geocaching items. I won't be without a pen, and it won't "run out of ink" or whatever insipid excuse. Come back later with extra pens. If one hates the idea of returning to my cache, one needs to re-evaluate which caches they are seeking in the first place. Nobody has ever offered even to "post a photo for proof" on my caches, they merely are not doing Geocaching in its simplest form (find it, sign it), yet expect the Smilie anyway. Something Ain't Right Upstairs with those people. Everyone's on same page here, right? ...we allow this behavior not because it's a suitable alternative to Geocaching, but it's merely that we know for sure they are sociopaths and we don't want to get on their bad side.
  21. Each Tracking Code that you've activated is assigned to a different Geocoin design (and there's a Travel Bug in the list, which is also basically a type of Geocoin). If the Geocoins are in fact all different and match their icon and name, then all is well. If you received only the Tracking Codes, or codes on identical engraved tags, bear in mind that the codes are from actual Geocoins, each with an icon and name. You can tell what coin each code is assigned to by viewing your Profile. Once you activate a coin, you can customize much of the coin's page, but not the icon nor its design name.
  22. iPhones deal with symbols in strange ways. For example, the apostrophe ' is different from ’ but you can't directly type different ones. You may be able to change it in Settings, and that's just one example. Maybe other typed things are affected as well. Here's some info about the apostrophe changes.
  23. That's what I also thought. For most caching trips, I bring my iPhone 8 and Garmin Oregon 750t, and use each device's advantage. I can do Waze to get to a cache parking lot, for example. If I'm getting into the heavy tree cover, I'm probably already using the Garmin, so I don't know a lot about reception vs. accuracy on both devices. But when the GPS is struggling to find a signal, the hunt can get tough. The readings get jumpy. Even then, I don't rely on "accuracy" as much as gallery photos, logs, hints, and what little Geosense I have.
  24. There are videos in the Official App that may help. Are there "Geocaching 101" Events in your area? You can get great guidance there. Hiking GPSrs and modern phones with appropriate Apps can get you in the general vicinity of the posted coordinates. But it's not really "accuracy" that gets you where the cache is. When you're about "30 feet away", the device has done its job and now you must understand the description including cache size and difficulty, the hints, look at the map, look at the area, and try to find the container. Most any device can get you into a reasonable area to start a search, and a newer Garmin can show much of the cache info, "paperless". And a phone (App or web site) can show you where the icon is on a satellite map -- which may not be all that accurately placed by the Cache Owner. But you can sometimes look at the map and even stand right where that icon is. You then need to search the area, because you're almost never standing on the cache when at "0 Feet" from it. The Apps or the devices are tools that you must interpret, and understand how to use, and understand what they are telling you. The compass will move, the distance will change, even when you're not moving. This is normal. You can select a Map screen, or a Compass screen, and you need to decide when to use which one. If you have both a phone with Apps and a Garmin, you've doubled the amount of stuff you'll need to learn, because they will work differently. Add to that the possibility of having to switch between street routing and direct routing, and it can get confusing. Anyway, the "accuracy" (depending on nearby tree cover or buildings) will often be suitable enough for Geocaching, whichever device you use, or use both for the functions each does best. Modern devices are accurate enough, most any of them. But the cache hunt tends to be beyond accuracy.
  25. It's a combination of choice of spot, hide style, camo, D/T, Mystery or Multi PMO, other things. For example, the higher Difficulty which means it's not immediately shown to bored kids who just now installed the App. But if it's less likely to be stolen, it's also found less often. When everyone finds it, that includes everyone. As for smearing something, I have smeared an ammo box with a thick layer of silicone rubber RTV so that I could cover it with bark and leaves that it had 15 years ago. It was an adopted cache, and the natural cover had fallen off over time. But that was merely to restore it, not to keep it safe. OTOH, it has not been stolen, so maybe covering a box with forest litter is a way to make it less desirable to thieves.
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