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  1. Almost all of the caches local to me that show a TB in the inventory actually have the TB(s) missing.
  2. There is a Jeep TB in a cache local to me. The TB is fixed into the cache container as part of the theme. Surprisingly the original Jeep TB has been there, intact, for 15 years now.
  3. Now that does surprise me. If you have been taught how to build dry stone walls then you must be aware of how every stone has it's purpose, whether it be weight bearing or to aid with channeling wind or rain water. Any of these being disturbed can have a detrimental effect on the whole structure. Unless the method of building them in your location is different to mine, of course. That is why disturbing them is a big no-no here. Intact they can last many hundreds of years, once disturbed they can fall within hours. They are also seen by some as having cultural importance. Someone with a keen eye can not only date the wall, know where the stone was quarried and tell you in which direction it was built, but also tell you who built it, who they served their apprenticeship under and even if they are left handed or right handed. As they are part of our history and heritage they are greatly protected.
  4. Maybe I could have worded it better but the OP is from the same area as me. It is still in the guidelines the OP should follow, whether they be international or regional guidelines. I cannot see what difference this makes to the OP. If anything you are inadvertently saying that it is OK to hide one in a drystone wall. I can also deduct you know little about dry stone walls or how they are built. Are you qualified to say if a dry stone wall is damaged or not? I shoot with a friend who took an apprenticeship in building drystone wall building during the late '60s and he is now one of less than 50 people qualified in the country. He has pointed out damage to me that will cause the wall to fall or slip that I would never have seen. I've even known him stop for over an hour to patch a wall where there has been one single stone taken out. I also cannot see what landscaped monuments have to do with anything. Please remember how far dry stone walls have being built on our landscape. There are examples near me (and the OP) that date back to the bronze age. Even the vast majority of the newer ones date back to the 16th Century, and these should be preserved as much as possible before the art of building them dies out. Sadly, most are constantly in need of repair as people sit on them, climb over them, pull the stones out, or even want to hide tupperware in the crevices. These repairs are expensive and time consuming - almost always at the cost of a farmer who is already struggling to make ends meet. I would bet my mortgage on permission being denied if one was to ask to hide a cache in a dry stone wall.
  5. As a fellow Yorkshireman living in an area that has plenty of dry stone wall I beg you not to. Dry stone walls are easy to destroy, and difficult to rebuild. I've seen them fall down after people have pulled a stone out, resulting in an expensive and time consuming repair. As others have said, it is against the guidelines to hide a cache in a dry stone wall. A prolific hider local to me even puts a note in their description stating that it is not hidden in the wal, if the hide is within sight of one.
  6. This may be a horses for courses scenario, but I would find this disrespectful. Believing in the after life has nothing to do with it. Would a grieving relative want to see a stranger trampling all over a grave? Or the grave next to theirs? I'm led to believe that the reviewer for my area does not allow caches in cemeteries. I'd also like to see proof that any cemetery gives permission for COs to place caches on graves or gravestones.
  7. I found a cache today that was a msgnetic faux snail shell with a micro cache inside and attached to a metal gate post. It looked convincing and even had a recent DNF.
  8. I did the MATM with the android app too. Mine also updated instantaneously. A page refresh on the website also updates with any new activity I have done on the app. So that's another no for it being an app thing. I'm UK based if that makes any difference at all.
  9. I would feel uncomfortable with this. In fact I would probably skip the cache if I saw one. I can understand why it is dodgy ground with children also. These are the type that are fun and keep the hobby interesting. It's nice to see that ones like these are honoured, s thanks for that. I have seen an example of a lie/exaggerate cache and it was fun reading through the logs. I have also seen a cache that asked for the logs to be in limerick form too. That was a fun read, even if I'd struggle putting one together.
  10. So it's another case of a few spoiling it for the many.
  11. I didn't realise the ALR ruling was changed for all logs made after 4 April 2009. I assumed that the old rule was grandfathered over and still included. I recently did a mystery cache that had a wooden block puzzle inside. The cache description included the following text - "1. Find the cache. 2. Assemble the four wooden pieces of puzzle to look like a pyrimid. 3. Take a photo of the completed puzzle together with your GPS. 4. Upload the picture on the cache page to claim your find. 5. Only one log per solve!!!! Please note no photo, no find!!" I assume this is an outlawed ALR? For what it is worth, I found the request quiet reasonable. It is a nice cache placed by a seasoned CO who has being setting caches for at least a decade and every one I have found have being worth the search. Would I report it as an ALR? No. Neither would I say anything but thank you to the CO. I cannot see the issue with ALRs like this. If I cared enough I would just not find the cache and move on to the next boring Tupperware box in a hedge.
  12. I think of a unprimed firearm round or cartridge when I hear the word squib. In shooting terms a squib load is a misfire caused by faulty, damp or an insufficient amount of gunpowder to fire the projectile out of the barrel. I imagine this is where the term used for fake movie blood pouches was borrowed from, especially when used with blank ammunition. Not being a Harry Porter reader, I didn't know the term was used in the books. For the record, I detest the word muggle when used for someone who doesn't cache.
  13. I saw one recently (somewhere on the interweb) that had a combination pad lock and a yellow opaque perspex screen. When you added power a bulb lit up inside and revealed the code for the padlock behind the perspex.
  14. What makes it so difficult to find? It looks like it should stick out like a sore thumb.
  15. The arrow/start button will navigate with the in-app map, the car symbol near the top right will open Google Maps for driving/cycling/walking directions, and the Compass symbol at the top right will give you a compass bearing.
  16. I also use a Galaxy S8 to cache. I had an old Garmin GPSr when I cached years ago, which has long since been lost. I've recently been considering buying another dedicated GPS unit, but have not had the justification to spend a couple of hundred pounds when my smartphone has yet to let me down. I'm also planning on upgrading my phone when 5g rolls out in a couple of months. Even with signal loss I find my phones gps can get me to downloaded caches with offline maps on a third party app. I've read a lot of contradicting things, so how do you personally rate the accuracy of your smartphone compared to the Garmin unit?
  17. That's a ding for you @Boggin's Dad. I'll stick with shooting the clays though.
  18. Thank you. What is significant about the 12th day of August, often called "The Glorious Twelfth"?
  19. It looks to me to be geared towards the less experienced cachers. The issues that people are complaining about are because they already out cached their local area. If the event is aimed to spur the 'occasional cacher'/ less experienced cacher to increase their activity, then it would appear to be potentially successful. I imagine this to be the case too as it makes sense from a business point of view; increase the caching habits of the less active = make more money. Unfortunately, those more invested in the hobby already may struggle getting the required numbers. But I guess they already supply a steady stream of income to GS, whether it be Premium membership, TB codes or merchandise, so there is no need to increase their caching habits anyway. It is the 'completists' who are hurt the most. Those people want the souvenir, but may have cached out everywhere local to gain the previous souvenirs. But there seems to be nothing GS can do to remedy this. I'll take my cynical hat off now. For what is it is worth, I enjoyed the promotion. I finished it yesterday and as I am fairly new getting back into the hobby there was plenty of caches for me to go at.
  20. I cache with my doggo often. In fact, caching helps me to get out and about exercising myself and the dog. He does stay on a lead (either a short lead, or a 10m horse lunge line that can be tied off to different lengths) as he has a tendency to try and play with livestock. Even though dogs are allowed in the national parks and on public bridleways/footpaths here, farmers are well within their right to shoot a dog that is causing distress to their livestock, especially in lambing/calving season. It actually happens more often than people think. My doggo (a rescue dog) also has issues with dominance when meeting another dog which stems from a nasty incident when he was a pup, so he stays on a lead for that reason too. He will often get impatient at a cache GZ and will start whimpering if I take too long searching or doing admin. Not always discreet when waiting for others to pass by. For that reason, plus others, I do also cache without him so going for a cache with a no dogs attribute wouldn't be a problem for me. This is often done so the owner can leave it and then pick it up on the way back. Hanging on branches makes it easier spot again. Unfortunately, the type of people who thinks this is a good idea are often the type of people who "forget" they have left a bag full of animal waste on the trail. When I see someone doing this I almost always express my opinion to them. If I can manage to carry my dogs feces, a 95 lb bulldog cross that excretes piles the size of small mountains, then they can also carry Fido's dog eggs to the nearest bin too. It's all part of being a dog owner.
  21. That's a ding. The black socks are the same as Rugby Schools sports kit.
  22. I'm from West Yorks too (North Leeds). There isn't many local cachers on this forum from what I can gather. Try 'Yorkshire Geocaching' on Facebook. There is also an event on in Leeds tomorrow evening.
  23. I'll give you a hint.... think of where the sport originated.
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