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  1. I have to update to my earlier post of a couple of years ago. In 2005 I was recalled to active duty as a US Army Civil Affairs Officer and just returned from a tour of duty on the pointy end of the spear in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, so guess I need to revise my previous post for the last time I served!

  2. I have a mini-fleet of VWs in my driveway (’72 Super Beetle. ’02 Diesel Turbo New Beetle and a Jetta) so I carry a bag of small die-cast VWs I pick up cheap at places like Wal-Mart. Kids seem to like them and adult “Vdub” fans are always excited to find them. I even have one starting on a long road back to Wolfsburg as a Travel Bug this week.

  3. I think the best rule of thumb is to leave something you would like to find. What’s great about geocaching is that all kinds people do it and that brings great diversity to the types of caches that are hidden and what you find in them. I wouldn’t worry so much about what you think people want to find and leave things you would like to find. If you like to leave stuff for kids and pets, by all means do that. For example, I’m a big fan of all three of my VWs and have a bag of small die cast VWs that I leave in caches. I see several other “signature” type items as I cache and I’m always exited to find something new. Don’t think so hard about it and trade stuff that makes you happy you went looking for the cache in the first place.

  4. Does anyone know if the Garmin Street Pilot c330 has a display to show just a digital compass and heading in degrees? The rental car I had last week had this gear in it and the map display worked well, but when I’m hunting a cache I tend to look at my GPS to guide me in the general direction by watching the heading change in degrees. If I could change the display from the “map & arrow” to a compass and heading display on one of these things it could find its way onto my dash.



  5. I don't see the point in banning or limiting something that you are not forced to be a part of.  The existence of micros is not a mandate for you to find them.

    We seem to go through this quite a bit. As the concerns about the security risked posed by unidentified and hidden objects intensify after the London bombing last week I think we will be seeing even less areas open to regular to large caches. At first I really didn’t like micros because they were so hard to find for a new cacher. I now appreciate anything out there I can hunt and find (yes, even if it is in lamp post micro cache in a Wal Mart parking lot!). Nobody was conscripted in the Geocaching Corps, so have fun with it anyway you like, just don't limit how I play.

  6. 1. Visit Geocaching.com

    2. Click on the advanced search click here link.

    3. Choose "by coordinate"

    4. Choose "Degrees, Minutes, Seconds"


    That is the version that Google Earth uses.

    Been at this for a almost a year and have never bothered to check this out! The coordinates I get from MS Maps and Streets come in this format, so this tip was very helpful! :rolleyes:

  7. I’m in the market to upgrade my venerable Magellan eXplorist 100. The one feature I would like to have is a display screen that has the location coordinates (lat/long) and digital compass on one screen. I realize that I can determine which direction I’m moving by watching the change in coordinates, but the two bits of info I want when caching is my direction of movement and location. Has anyone come across a GPSr that had configurable displays or a screen that has both location and a digital compass? When I’m caching I don’t care about elevation, date & time, or any other info.

  8. Two-part epoxy including JB Weld works the best. Polyurethane (like Gorilla Glue)also works decently. Sand the metal and wet it with water, put the polyurethane on the magnet and hold with a rubber band while setting. Spray paint after glue is set.

    I haven’t found anything that Gorilla Glue wont stick to, but be careful it tend to “foam” during the curing process and can make a mess if you use too much.

  9. Go to the main gc.com page. Look up by state. When you get to that page, you will see at the top that it says map. Open that up. Then from there you can highlight the buttons for whatever you want: pan, zoom in, zoom out, and identify. You can just go along the particular road you are driving, identify the caches near the road, open the caches' pages, and choose from there. Tedious, but it works.

    Don’t you have to be a premium member to work with the online maps like this?

  10. I'll go one further...


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    Your cache will include the following:

    A ready to go cache container.

    Pre-labeled with your name and coords

    Several camo schemes to chose from

    Lots of quality swag!

    Geo note, log book and pencil/pen/sharpener.


    For only $49.95, I will take your newly registered COMPLETE CACHE and place it in a GREAT cache hiding spot and submit it to geocaching.com for approval!


    (Disclaimer:  No guarantees that your COMPLETE CACHE will receive approval from geocaching.com  COMPLETE CACHE is in no way associated with Groundspeak, geocaching.com or any of their subsidiaries.)


    :D  B)  :P  :D

    Thats just down right hallrious

    I dont care who you are thats funny!

    …and if you order before midnight tonight we will even send someone out to find the cache for you, log it in your name and send you email with confirmation of your find.



  11. One thing that irks me in the micros that I have seen is a lack of 'maintenance', so to speak. Not only are coins annoying to work around, but so are old log strips. You know, when you have at least 15 entries on the new log strip, it really is OK to take the old one(s) out so there is room and noone has to cram them in and everything gets all crushed and teh cap doesn't close and the logs get damp so now the stubby pencil barely leaves a mark and you have to push so hard that you puncture that paper and give yourself an ouchie and *turning blue now*

    This would be my pet peeve as well. You can’t control what people do when they find your caches, but we can all control what we do. If you do regular maintenance on your caches, you can clean the coins out of them, service the logbooks and check the hiding places. I would imagine that people leave coins because they want to share with other, but if it bothers you, by all means, put the instructions on the cache page.

  12. I like the 35mm film can Idea and even made a couple of dozen that I distributed, but I started a thread looking for a larger label format. I think the 35mm film can idea works for people who are aware of CITO because they are small and easily overlooked. I would like to build a card or label that explains to new cachers what CITO is all about and get their attention right away when they open the cache. Those of us who CITO as a matter of habit and conviction usually have a bag with us, it’s the newbies I’m trying to reach with a larger label.

  13. Neat idea here! If I understand this right, a pesron could place an ammo can filled with trash bags at the coords (with log book), then the CITO part would be to fill up a trash bag, and claim it as a CITO cache. This would be like a long term CITO event.

    This idea gets better the more we talk about it. There are number of places (like city parks and such) that have restricted caching. This could be an excellent selling point to convince land managers to allow some form of geocaching on the lands they manage.

  14. I try to CITO everywhere I go, even if I’m not caching, but avoncacheheads has a point. As much as people decry the fact that for many ‘cachers it is “all about the numbers” and chasing stats, for many people it is true. If there were a cache type for CITO that added another icon type on a cachers stats page, I think it would generate a lot of traffic to littered areas. I think to get credit for the find you provide proof (picture?) that you carried out a bag of trash. Just a thought.

  15. I remember reading a short news article in National Geographic Explorer Magazine a couple of years ago and scribbling down the web site. I didn’t do anything for some time and then one lousy day at work I was sorting though a pile of notes for web sites I had collected and logged onto to geocaching.com and poked around. The rest is history…


    Like most people I know how who this, it is now an addiction worse than crack! I bought a new GPSr, a premium membership and wife says that if we stop at another cache along the interstate while we are traveling she is going to leave me. I told her if she will email the coordinates for her new location, come looking for her!


    Seriously, it has been a great time over the last year. I have found places in my own backyard that I would never have known existed and met some wonderful people along the way. I’m hoping as that as more people join us, our reputation as a group and word of mouth will be our best advertisement.

  16. Here is a template for a Pocket Query that will return all of the Locationless caches. Click the link, and it will copy the template into a new query. Set a day to run and click Submit.


    The key to this query working is that it has no origin. Instead it has ALL states selected, including the elusive "none".

    Thanks! That worked like a charm! :D

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