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  1. Hi, We help with geocaching at several local camps run by Palmetto Childrens Hospital. Magellans donated 6 units to us several years ago. We're thankful for them, but they don't have PC connection ability. We enter coords in them manually. So anybody who wants to help should remember to consider donating GPS units that can be uploaded to. We're still using the GPS units which are very basic, non-color, non-mapping units. The best units for kids at camp are the most basic GPS units that can do GoTo. Consider contacting GPS manufacturers. Magellan came through for the kids at our camps with their donation. - Travis, ie T of TandS
  2. Thanks, that's a great link to a great resource.
  3. There are many. Gpslite is a free one. Also evrytrail is good and let's you geotag photos. T of tands from my ip3g
  4. Hi all, We usually cache with a GPS, but we've got several finds using maps and compass. I participate in adventure races. In these 10 to 50 mile races you have to find a couple of dozen very small checkpoint markers, usually well hidden (sometimes in a drainage pipe), using only a compass, a topo map, and a list of the coordinates. You have to plot the checkpoints yourself! You have to practice your map reading, point plotting, compass reading, and pace counting, but when you finally get the hang of it you do not need a GPS to get within 50 or so feet of any marker you're seeking. And that's about as close as you can guarantee a GPS is gonna get you to a cache for any given cache. It's truly cake to cache this way. The major PITA is plotting the points. Once you have that you're good to go. It's quite fun to identify landmarks and plot heading and distance to a cache and then actually find it. Of course you'd have map costs as well as the cost of a map case. Add in a cheap Mega-Mart compass (they work fine) and you're in for about half the cost of a new low-end GPS or a nice used GPS. For what it's worth, you should never trek too deep into the wilderness without a real map and a compass no matter how many spare batteries you're carrying. - T of TandS&W
  5. In these parts there are many riverside caches that use spanish moss to hide the goods. They are spectacularly hard to find. I catch fish for the bird rescue center here in town when they have waterbirds. Almost all the waterbirds they get are fishing line victims. They've all died. When I see a tangle of fishing line I stop whatever I'm doing, be it guiding a river trip, or fishing, and gather up and dispose of that fishing line. It's only my opinion, but to me there is no uglier expression of mankind's disregard for nature than abandoned fishing line. - T of TandS
  6. My 2 cents worth is that I've seen folks kick my butt finding caches with a car GPS. But if you're worried about the issues folks have raised, you can easily find a Garmin Yellow for under $50 to use if it's raining, long hike, etc. - T of TandS
  7. I'm another big advocate of the 'Blow Back' It keeps the drinky cold on 100 degree trail runs. - T of TandS
  8. If the problem isn't at the pole end, then Duct Tape Like the Force Has a Light Side and a Dark Side And Holds the Universe Together - T of TandS
  9. Thanks for the heads up on the hammockforums.net!!! We have an Eagles Nest Outfitters Double that we now know how to rig. - T of TandS
  10. Also, we like goecachig because of Sgt Sue. - T of TandS
  11. I Like... DNFs - They let me go on and on about the evilness of my fellow cachers and my theories about what possible techniques are in play. Second To Finds - Getting beat out in a serious race to a newly published cache means that another cacher is worse off than us. Micros - These caches always kick our butts. Then we kick back with our own micros. Event Caches - We've made some of our very best friends at Geocaching Meetings including 'just food' ones as well as CITOs and such. Puzzle Caches - I get to see the serious ciphering genius that is S. - T of TandS
  12. The folks who really deserve the praise are Skillet and miki&jon. S and I help out every year with the canoing and kayaking so we're already out there and acclimated to the heat. We absolutely couldn't have pulled off the geocaching without Skillet and miki&jon, both of whom cheerfully and patiently led caching groups while sweltering in the blazing heat and tolerating the craziness. We also do this as a 'non event' to offer the chance to use geocaching as something more than the sometimes competetive (for me, not S!) game it can become and to be sure that all who help are there for the joy of brightening the lives of children. - T of TandS
  13. We were asked if we could organize a geocaching activity for a one week Summer Camp that's run by the local Childrens' Hospital for Pediatric Cancer Patients. We said OK and got some help from local cachers Skillet and miki&jon. The Geocaching sessions were proof that kids love chaos! The campers had a ball despite the incredible SC heat. Skillet and miki&jon helped a hundred kids forget about everything but 'seekin the treasure.' At the closing campfire ceremony Friday night many of the campers came up to S and me to make sure we wanted to come back next year to take them geocaching. Geocaching again becomes something more than a 'GPS Scavenger Hunt.' It is a magical and healing thing. - T of TandS (&W!)
  14. What a fun time I had! Thanks ClayJar. - T of TandS
  15. Even though we have PDAs with all the software, we still print out the full page of any cache we're serious about finding. We also go to www.flashearth.com and enter the coords in and get a satellite pic too to refer to. S has made barely veiled comments that I will 'cease to be' if we go for another cache without the description in hand. - T of TandS
  16. I still get upset when someone logs our caches and doesn't completely spill out their hearts gushing with love. Some folks, like me, not S, are just too sensitive. I always talk to her when we get a bad log so that I don't over-react for too long! - T of TandS
  17. Also, the better chipset really is an advantage under dense foliage. And the battery life is spectacular. I have a car USB charger so I can keep the battery topped off no matter what. - T of TandS
  18. Hi, I use my Forerunner 305 which is the same exact unit with a heart monitor. It works great for caching. The downside is that it only holds 100 waypoints, but that's not biggie at all. Our other GPS is a 60CS. We like the 60CS because it has the built-in compass so we can sit it on the ground and let it settle, but the Forerunner works just as well on cache hunts, and I always have it with me because I run every day. This means if we're somewhere without the 60CS and a new cache pops up we can still try for the FTF! - T of TandS
  19. El Diablo, I thought you were a master creator of hiking 'staffs'. I know that we love and treasure our El Diablo hiking staff. - T of TandS
  20. NH matt, S is laughing her head off at that one! - T of TandS
  21. I do know that one sgtsue. Were it not for S, it would be a famous TandS DNF, but instead, is one of our finds that warrants literary notation! What a good hide it is! Y'all look at sgtsue's profile and see if you can figure out which hide... - T of TandS
  22. So, does PAF=Phone A Finder? - T of TandS
  23. Well... I thought we had a scenic cache or two, but after THOSE pics... I surrender! - T of TandS
  24. Now that's funny! That is why I publicly admitted my boo boo - so I could get some new material! - T of TandS
  25. For what it's worth, the reason we archived it is because a bird family had taken up residence in the hiding spot. The cache container was only moved about 3 feet to a spot that accomadated the birds. We archived it to let the birdies have some peace. But my initial reaction was still wrong. Chill pills all around for me!! - T of TandS
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