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Lovejoy and Tinker

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  1. Have you scrolled down the cache pages to make sure your logs haven't got the wrong date on them and therefore slipped further down the page? Like logged as 10/4/11 instead of 4/10/11? From your overview page, find the logs and then check what date is against them, then go see if you can find them on the cache page under that date. Hope that helps.
  2. Oh, it seems to website you linked to is all in foreign. Did try to translate "a visual programming control provides visualisation and workflow controls to enable intuitive manipulation and interaction of the cryptographic primitives" but even Google just shrugged its shoulders. I'll tuck it away in a corner of my hard drive for a rainy puzzle day. Cheers
  3. A '6cm x 8cm' printed tag marked with three letters, clearly visible (in towns and countryside presumably) and with tape used to stick it down to help prevent theft. And if one goes missing (or is thought to have gone missing) anyone can put a new one out in its place. Am I the only one envisaging lots of clearly visible soggy bits of card with running ink stains stuck to drainpipes and pinned to trees? Think I prefer the hidden box game where at least they are not visible to the casual passer by.
  4. Did you state it had to take the most direct route? A straight line between Weymouth and Kings Lynn? It's just coming back to you via some interesting, far flung and varied parts of the UK (hopefully with some pictures), surely that's all part of the fun of watching where TBs travel.
  5. Providing there isn't a physical container at the published puzzle coordinates you can place your cache right on top of it. It hides the icon on the map when one is right on top of the other but you can do it If there is a physical container at the coordinates which is part of the puzzle then the normal distance limits apply. Hope that helps
  6. Don't go somewhere on the basis of the number of caches. Go somewhere on the basis of the landscape, the history, the adventure, the location. Some of the most fantastic places we have been and the best walks we have had have been to find a couple or three caches. Yes the circuits can be good for taking you on a 'guided' 8 miles walk round lovely countryside boosting your smilies by 20 or more by the end of the day. But I would still recommend starting with location then working back to see if there are a few caches you can find on the way to exploring that location.
  7. I think the most scary aspect is how an innocent activity that you have done a hundred times before (walking through a field with a few cows in it) can suddenly and dramatically turn into a situation where you can be seriously hurt, or worse, and there is no one there to help. That's the sinister part of it, you are just not expecting anything bad to happen. Now of course we are more careful and fully aware of what could happen and how quickly a situation can develop. We will back out much quicker now than we ever would have before. I guess it is like these warnings about weather changing when you are up on the moors and to be prepared. It all seems like scare mongering when you are wandering around in glorious sunshine in tee shirt and shorts. Until you have seen the cloud come down and can no longer see your way. Then it suddenly becomes a very threatening situation, out of nothing. I don't want to scare people, but we've read of several bad incidents since our encounter 6 years ago, and while it is very very rare, it can happen, and the consequences can be severe. It's always worth exercising a bit of caution, because nothing will happen 99 times, but it could on the 100th.
  8. POOT? Darn, wish we'd known that, we were saying 'SHOO'. No wonder they took no notice Does Poot work in a Cornish dialect? And yes it was definitely the combination of dogs and calves that caused it all to kick off, although it had never been an issue before, just wrong time wrong place I guess. And a herd of grumpy cows. Stupidly though, although we dropped the dogs leads and they had legged it, the cows didn't go after them, they continued to attack us. And we couldn't have eaten a whole calf. We'd had sandwiches up on the tor.
  9. Never underestimate cows or take them for granted. We did, and always just walked straight through fields of cows 'knowing' that if we shouted and waved our arms they would run away. Until one fateful day on Hawks Tor Bodmin, when walking back past a herd of cows along a public footpath one decided to charge and they all followed suit. Never been so scared in all my life as I realised these things could really move, were very angry at us and meant business. We had nowhere to go. Tinker was knocked to the ground and once down the cow kept on at him with legs and heads. I was slightly luckier and stayed on my feet but couldn't get anywhere near him to help. I was just shouting and trying to distract them. Eventually he struggled to his feet and we managed somehow to make it to a gate - it's still a blur how that happened to this day. The cows were all female, with calves. No bulls. We had dogs with us which had legged it as soon as the attack began (it is having the dogs that caused the problem I think). The stupid thing is we had walked past the same herd on the way up the tor and they didn't even look at us really. That's why we were so shocked at how sudden it all was on the way back down. At the hospital Tinker had 6 cracked and bruised ribs and was off work for weeks. We will never ever treat cows in the same way again and like you, hesitate at every stile or gateway where there are cows in the field. We tentatively and slowly walk round the edge of the field staying near any fence we can jump over (barbed wire or not) watching them to see what their reaction to us is at all times. If one of them gets up or starts to move toward us I am usually over the fence. All the time my heart is beating 10 times faster until we are clear of the field. So I for one don't think you are being silly. Caution is always good in my book, as I have seen what damage they can do and how quickly a seemingly innocent situation can turn into something potentially nasty. It only seems to take one to run at you and they all start. We would never again walk through a field of cows with dogs (we don't have them now anyway) nor will I walk through a field of cows with young. We'll abandon our walk or find another route.
  10. On the POI export macro we use the {HINT} tab in the starting dialog and tell it to include the hints. The hints then show up as a separate waypoints but are always adjacent to the cache in the list so are easy to find.
  11. No it can't. The Etrex Legend hcx can show hints. We have one and it shows the hints just fine. You just have to load it up in the right way. We export caches from a GSAK database using the Garmin POI macro and then use the Garmin POI loader to push the info onto the Legend. It will take the waypoints from over 10,000 caches (which is around 24,000 with all the child waypoints) and it puts the hints on just fine. You just use the "Search for Custom POI's" feature rather than the caches feature on the device. I believe there are other tricks you can do to get some of the other cache info into the POI data such as difficulty and terrain rating. No you won't get past logs and cache page info, but we usually find having the cache code, name, coords and hint to be enough to find most caches. (The smartphone is there for when we need a bit more help).
  12. Have done the same thing myself more than once - thought they had deleted the log
  13. Are you sure people were not logging 'old' finds from maybe a few weeks ago, and therefore their logs are not immediately obvious at the top of the log list on the cache page? Check on the email what date they are logging the find then scroll down to see if the log has been slotted in date order.
  14. I hear there is a good little series in Mevagissey if you're going to Heligan ;-)
  15. Good job cachers don't read these forums then, or they might see your picture here instead
  16. :laughing: That, for a long time, has been one of those questions I have been to embarrassed to ask. Thanks. :laughing:
  17. Well done. I can picture you sat by a silent phone drumming your fingers on the table....waiting.... You have to have both the email addresses added into the system so you get the option of which one to send to when you create the notification.
  18. Trainspotters? It's perfectly possible
  19. Yes it is. You have to be a Premium Member to get GPX files. Lovejoy
  20. Yep that's a third option. I didn't include it above as it could get very messy. I already have 2 notifications for each cache type, one covering enable, disable, change coords etc - those only go to my computer email address as I don't want those while I am out. They just make sure I can keep GSAK up to date with any really local stuff. Then I have another for each cache type which just covers 'Published' and they go to the account which sends to the computer and phone email account. I suppose a third set wouldn't hurt so that the 'Published' notifications also go to both emails. It's perfectly possible.
  21. If I read it correctly, you are trying to have the notification delivered to two different email addresses at the same time - not that you are not receiving them at all. This can't be done as far as I am aware. Yes you can put two (or more I think) email addresses into the system. One is set as Primary and will be the main one used for weekly newsletters and emails about things happening to caches on your watch list etc. The other email address is put in the system and is then available for you to select when setting up a notification (of new caches etc). For each notification type you can select a different email address. But here's the catch, for each notification you can only select ONE email address. Just because you have a 2nd email address in the system does not mean that it automatically goes to both addresses. Therefore you won't get the notification on 2 addresses on your two devices. Ways round this: 1. Set up your email address from the PC on your iPhone so you are checking the same email account on both devices. This should be possible if the email address is a POP3 account or something like a gmail account. When setting it up on the phone look for an option to 'leave a copy of the message on the server' - that way any emails picked up on the phone will still be available when you log on using your PC. In other words, the PC will be the device that removes the message from the server. This is how I have mine set up. I set up a new email address on Gmail which I only use for new cache publication emails. My netbook and phone are then both set to receive email from this account. It is the only email account which is automatically checked by the phone when I am out. Therefore if I get an email it must be a new cache notification and I am not distracted by receiving work and other emails when I am out having fun. 2. If possible, set up email forwarding on the account you use to get the notifications then have the notification email automatically forwarded to your iPhone account based on the subject line or some other criteria that will correctly identify the email as being a notification from GS. Hope that helps Lovejoy
  22. You've got it. A series of PQs, each selecting a different 'placed' date taking you from September 2001 to the current day. As you are looking at roughly the same area I have my GSAK set up to the following may be of help: I select a radius of 100 miles from my home in Launceston. This picks up everything down West to the Isles of Scilly, and extends to South Wales and some of mid wales and then a line roughly from the Severn Road Bridge across to the Isle of Purbeck. This is basically the whole of the OS 1:50k Region 1 map. This takes a total of 10 PQs, but within the next few weeks it's going to be 11 as No.10 is already up to around 800 caches. So bear in mind it does take a bit of work to receive and import those 10 PQs into GSAK every week, so try and limit your radius to something that is going to be useful. I work on the basis that 100 miles is more than I am ever likely to drive unplanned in a day/weekend to go caching. If I do plan on going further then an additional PQ for the area I am visiting is soon put together. And finally, don't set your PQs so you run 5 on any one day as that is your allocation used up. If for any reason you want to run a new PQ at 3 in the afternoon and your weekly GSAK update PQs have used up your 5 a day allocation, you will be miffed and wonder why you set things up that way. I know because that's what I did.
  23. Answering the question "..how do you protect your phone from the rain when you are using it caching..." (which is what the OP question was, slightly paraphrased) with the answer "...I leave mine in the car..." (which was basically your answer) did come across as a little less than helpful and rather dismissive of a perfectly valid question. I am very surprised that anyone would leave their phone in the car if there is any chance at all of getting some cell signal. It must be a vital tool in anyone's arsenal if they run into difficulty in the middle of a moor or mountain and need help. Or maybe other people in your group carry the phone? Either way, when we go out both or all 4 of us carry our phones, then we'd have to be very unlucky not to have one working phone if and when we needed to call help. And there is less chance that the 1 person carrying the phone is the unlucky one who has just tumbled 30 feet down a cliff/mine shaft/quarry. But it's sometimes tricky to get to the intention behind the words on the page and so maybe your comment wasn't actually meant to be as derogatory as it came across. The link to the ruggedised phone is helpful. Motorola also make one that is meant to be near indestructible. I suspect that the OP needs to work with what he's got though.
  24. The cheapest paperless GPS here in the UK seems to be the Garmin Oregon at around £300 The HTC Wildfire (which the OP has) can be had on a pay-as-you-go basis for around £150. The HTC will give you most of what the Oregon gives you (except ruggedness and battery life - but a spare battery is less than £10) for around half the price. Plus most people would have a phone of some sort these days anyway, so it's not like you are buying an additional gadget which you wouldn't have if it weren't for caching. You can see why a smartphone is a popular option. But that's getting away from the original question of rain protection, sorry
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