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  1. I have created a logo, and e-mailed all the other cache owners encouraging them to use it to link my site from their pages. I didn't think about the keyword search, good point. I'll have to see what kind of response I get from cache owners for links. I also created a public bookmark list, although it's not as useful because you can't sort it the way you want. Because it is so long with so few communities along the way, Alaska Highway travel guides are always organized by mileposts. Regards, Anthony
  2. For those interested in caching the Alaska Highway, check out my new Alaska Highway Geocaching Guide, a mile-by-mile list of caches along the route. NB: This is a duplicate thread from the Canada forum, so I will lock it. Please feel free to comment or reply in the Canada forum. Regards, Anthony
  3. For those interested in caching the Alaska Highway, check out my new Alaska Highway Geocaching Guide, a mile-by-mile list of caches along the route. I also have pages for the Yukon and Whitehorse area. Regards, Anthony
  4. Hey, I can always use research assistants. Unpaid, of course. For those interested in caching the Alaska Highway, check out my new Alaska Highway Geocaching Guide, a mile-by-mile list of caches along the route. Regards, Anthony
  5. Well, after being put on hold for a while due to moving, I've finally started doing some fieldwork for this project. So far I have recovered 10 marks, covering two 1:50,000 map sheets and about 30 km of the Alaska Highway. The historical research is also coming along, albeit slowly. I've started to develop the project website, and I am offering the users here a sneak preview of the first five benchmark pages. Feedback is very welcome at this stage, especially on the quicktime panoramas. If they don't work in your web browser, and you do have quicktime installed, please let me know. I do plan on making the quicktime files smaller. They are currently 200-400 K-bytes, so the pages that have panoramas will be slow on dial-up. Project website: Surveying the Alaska Highway 1943 I had a lot of fun finding these. Scaled coordinates and 60-year old descriptions are of little use when the highway route has changed and all the old landmarks are gone. To be successful, I find I really have to use everything: topo maps, datasheets, coordinates, elevation (my GPS has a pressure altimiter), odometer, problem-solving skills, guesswork, perserverance and of course luck. If you want to look up any of the datasheets, you will need a (free) account at the CSRS online database. Look them up using the 43Y??? number. With a few exceptions, all of these 1943 USC&GS marks have the original 1943 description with the numbers converted to metric. The majority were last reported inspected in 1943. Regards, Anthony
  6. I say no, for two reasons. One, there aren't that many people posting anyways, and two, I'd be in a forum all by myself. Besides, I don't mind reading the all that crazy BC stuff. It's kind of like trashy reality TV, strangely addictive... Regards, Anthony
  7. Hey, at least they were able to get a handle on geocaching as an activity. Understanding what we do is a good first step. No matter how carefully you do it, geocaching is not a "leave no trace" activity. You're leaving stuff (junk, to some) in a park area. You have to see why this would concern park managers. It's easy to blame the officious bureaucrats who are trying to ruin our fun, but there are rules in our parks and they are there for a reason. Regards, Anthony
  8. Interesting point you made there. For a group of dedicated people it sounds like a good idea, albeit a bit too exclusive for my liking. I still wouldn't condone doing it in National Parks against their wishes though, and it still doesn't address the problem of what the other thousands of geocachers are supposed to do. Regards, Anthony
  9. I'd like to point out that geocaching seems to violate several sections of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations. In other words, the activity as it stands has probably been unnacceptable from the start. So, it's not like Parks Canada is being reactionary, they're basically just enforcing the rules as they stand. It seems like they are open to changing those rules to allow some form of geocaching, so that seems to me like a good thing. In the meantime, ya gotta play by the law. As some have pointed out, they are our parks, but they are also our laws. Regards, Anthony
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  11. Gonzo-YT

    Waas In Canada

    WAAS -- bah, humbug. You don't need better than 5m accuracy for geocaching, in fact 10m is plenty. Once you get close, you need to turn off the GPS and start using your mind. Could just be sour grapes though, I rarely get it up here due to latitude. Regards, Anthony
  12. Hmmm... There are three caches hidden in Kluane National Park, two of which would be 5-10 day overland trips. Maybe I can tell Parks Canada that I'd be happy to remove them, as long as they pay for the helicopter trip. Hell, maybe I can even get a consulting fee as a "geocache location expert."
  13. As I have posted elsewhere, I am currently working on a project to recover and document a set of USC&GS survey marks that are located in Yukon Territory, Canada that were placed along the Alaska highway and White Pass railway routes in 1943. While browsing benchmarks on the other side of the border in Skagway, Alaska it was interesting to find the opposite case. Some of the marks are actually Canadian Geodetic Survey markers that were placed along the South Klondike Highway route. I found it kind of interesting. Is this a unique situation? Regards, Anthony
  14. I've had several inquiries about what sort of grant I got, and how I got it. I applied to the Yukon Historical Resources Fund. A lot of the work on the project will actually involve doing archive work and typical historical research. The cool part is doing the fieldwork to link this information to the physical benchmarks. Basically, I am just trying to tell some of the stories about building the Alaska highway, in what I hope is a different and an interesting way. Once I get my initial website for the project up and running, I plan to post my grant application for those who are interested. Likely be a few weeks before that happens. Regards, Anthony
  15. The particular benchmarks that I am looking for don't have any datasheets in the US system, although some of them do have US PIDs. None of them will be loggable on geocaching.com either. Fortunately, some of them were incorporated into the Canadian system. There are a bunch along the Alaska highway between Whitehorse and the Alaska border at Beaver Creek that are serving as part of our geodetic network now. Datasheets for these benchmarks, as well as the rest of our Canadian benchmark system, can be accessed through the Canada Geodetic Survey Division. If you are specifically interested in the 1943 USC&GS marks, I can send you a spreadsheet with the details -- email me. Regards, Anthony
  16. As discussed in a previous thread, I have found information on a series of USC&GS benchmarks in Yukon Territory, Canada. I actually located one of them before the snow fell. These marks were placed in 1943 on an expedition led by a Capt. Bowie, and are located along the Alaska highway with a few along the White Pass and Yukon railway. I applied for and recieved a research grant to do two things: 1. Locate and document, through photographs, maps, drawings and descriptions of the area, as many of the marks as I can. Using historical material I want to be able to do some "then and now" type of stuff, if possible. 2. Do archival research to learn more about the expedition, especially the personal stories of those involved, both as members of the expedition and members of the local community. Hopefully, I will be able to structure the project so that specific photos, stories, etc. are tied to a specific benchmark. My main product will be a website, so anyone who is interested will be able to view the project. If anyone has any information that might be helpful, I would love for you to get in touch with me: anthony.delorenzo@gmail.com Watch this thread for further updates. Regards, Anthony PS: Yep, I'm getting money to go benchmark hunting!
  17. I skied the 55km Canadian Birkebeiner loppet. I think there are some geocaches on the route -- I will have to check them against my track and see if I can bag any next year. Regards, Anthony
  18. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in geocaches? $5000 first-to-find prizes? I`m sorry, but I found that really hard to believe. Was that person just pulling the reporter's leg, or does he have something against Vancouver Island cachers? I mean, I can just see hundreds of people reading that article and heading out to plunder geocaches on the island for the hidden loot. In my humble opinion, that interview was NOT helping the sport much. Regards, Anthony
  19. Not knowing where to start can be fun, but there are other ways to do it. My usual (gonzo-style) approach is to plan a route in detail using topo maps, but deliberately plan one that is harder or longer than necessary. I've turned drivable caches into 25 km hikes, and also turned a short hike down from a mountain top into a brutal 3.5km, 750m uphill, beaver swamp-wading bushwhacking adventure. Even when visiting urban environments I always find try to find a way to at least walk 3-4 km to find a cache, or use alternate transportation like a mountain bike or even public transit. The last thing I want to do is drive to a cache, it takes away all sense of adventure. I figure it makes me appreciate each cache more. Of course, each to his own. I realize that different people cache in different ways, and I have all respect for that. Regards, Anthony
  20. Topo Canada includes a limited number of hiking trails that are routable, but they seem to be kind of hit and miss. Something like the Bruce Trail might very well be included though. The autorouting will use things like logging roads and such, if they are in the map. It's not a bad approach, but I always find it easier to work with the actual printed, digitally scanned topo maps. I plan routes ahead of time and then just navigate by map and/or GPS. Regards, Anthony
  21. To be fair, my compass work wasn't exactly top-notch, but you'll definitely never get the accuracy of GPS when doing something like that. It was lots of fun to do it that way, I really liked that cache. Remember the compass is abother good one for me to put my skills into action. I'm actually quite close by and had thought of trying it, but three caches here is enough for this trip. I'll leave it for next time, especially since I skied 55 km yesterday and am feeling a bit tired. I am quite pleased that I found both Calgary and Edmonton's oldest active caches. That was a lot of fun. So far, I've been very impressed with Alberta caching. Congratulations, and keep it up everyone. Regards, Anthony
  22. Move to my neck of the woods! In the Yukon, our caches normally go anywhere from a few months to a few years before an FTF. I still have three that haven't been found, the oldest going on six months. You could come up here and bag 4-5, if you've got a month or so to spend doing it! Regards, Anthony
  23. That was exactly as we found it. Some of the stuff was bagged up with price tags on it, while others were just loose. I would expect that the theives had taken the really valuable stuff out and then just dumped the rest, but who knows. We didn't have a backpack or anything, and we were on skis so carrying the stuff was out of the question. We were fairly close to a residential street, so we just plunked it down near the side of the road (behind a post) and called the police to come and get it. They weren't too keen... Wanted us to go pick it up and bring it in. But, after a couple of hours an officer called the house and was on his way to pick it up. He didn't call back, so I assume that he found it. Regards, Anthony
  24. I had an unusual hunt today. While searching for the Black Gold Cache, I stumbled across some real gold! Regards, Anthony
  25. Gonzo-YT


    Sorry I couldn't do it this trip, no time on the way from Calgary to Edmonton. I would have loved to do Survival on the Cline in the winter. That's a real gonzo-style cache, must be the Yukoner in you. I'll keep it on my list for next time I come south. Regards, Anthony
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