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JL_HSTRE

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  1. Even if the posted coordinates are essentially meaningless i.e. puzzle Mystery or some Wherigos?
  2. Considered private property by the law. Hence the easement. Just because you own the land doesn't mean you own what is on the land.
  3. If the cache doesn't try to sell you a car and there is permission from the business, yes it would seen to be allowed. Given standard practices of car dealership salesmen, it's probably not a good idea though.
  4. None of these programs are effective for areas with low numbers of caches. I'm doubtful it's possible to effectively incentivize cache hiding through a promotion. Most people who were going to hide a cache were going to do so regardless. The people who have to be rewarded with a souvenir to hide a cache probably aren't going to be much better than Scout caches i.e. placed and forgotten.
  5. I got the first quest via normal caching, without trying Then I missed the next one because Florida summers are unpleasantly hot and no souvenir was going to persuade me to ignore that. What was the purpose of the gems in the Labyrinth? Just random extra points? There wasn't much to this one to appeal to people who already find 100+ caches/year. With the Wonders of the World being randomly assigned but known in advance (unlike the random gems) there was some incentive to seek caches you might not have otherwise. A bronze/silver/gold tiered souvenir system might appeal to more active cachers, but ultimately if you're a frequent cacher these souvenir incentives aren't really for you. I would be curious to see a souvenir challenge where each cache had a calculated points value. Perhaps the average of the D & T ratings multiplied by the number of Favorite points? Tricky because it's using values that can change, and I'm neither sure how to handle that nor how to prevent people from gaming the score (ex: changing their 1.5/1.5 to a 5/5 to attract seekers during the challenge).
  6. This sums up my feelings nicely. However, the hobby has changed over the decade I've been in it, and overall not for the better, IMO. Popularity and accessibility have caused a drift from quality towards quantity, and from predominantly hiking in parks and wilderness towards more urban/suburban hides and roadside PnGs. The real outdoor enthusiasts aren't being replaced at the rate in which they're aging out.
  7. I'm okay with this. I bet it will be implemented shortly after Adventure Labs are changed from one per stop/question to one per lab listing.
  8. How many cachers fall months behind logging and ever get around to logging? If you fall far behind in logging you are soon to quit geocaching entirely, in my experience.
  9. I learned in my first year of geocaching it was a lot simpler to never state in my online log whether I had signed the physical log. In some cases it could be deduced because I said the container was full of water or the logsheet was mush. I make a good-faith effort to sign the log, but I'm not going to go to extreme lengths or play permission games with COs. After a decade and nearly 7000 Finds my average is 1 DNF logged for every 8 Finds. It should be pretty obvious I'm logging honestly whether my name is on a particular piece of paper or not.
  10. Unless I'm going on a hike of longer than 2 hours I usually don't carry a backpack nor any equivalent. They make my back sweat too much. And if it is so hot out I need to carry water for a shorter hike then it's usually too hot to be worth hiking at all. (This may change if I move somewhere with elevation.)
  11. And therein lies the rub. I have a bunch of pens in my cachemobile. How often I remember to grab them is another. Even of I do remember them, there have been more than a few times mid-hike where I no longer have the pen I started with. Where I lost it along the way I don't know. Slipped of my GPS lanyard or fell from my pocket.
  12. I'm thinking particularly of the drought and heat in Europe. There will undoubtedly be more logs for Saturday in the coming weeks, but I doubt there are 24,000 people attending the anniversary celebration and GeoWoodstock from outside North America. Additionally, apps are very common now for day-of logging, as opposed to back in 2013. I'm not sure the API even existed back then.
  13. 112K this year, compared to a record of 126K. How much of that is weather-related, as opposed to a decline in the overall popularity of geocaching?
  14. Two people who don't know what "locationless" means and went to the posted coordinates during this weekend's big event.
  15. Frankly, I think that is within the spirit of the cache. This locationless asks for a great location you found because of geocaching. I would rather someone share the story and photo of a truly great location they visited in the past and cannot practically revisit than to to follow the letter of the law and log a much less great location they visit during the next year.
  16. A reminder that some people are too lazy to follow basic instructions.
  17. Some people really got wrapped up in the idea it was intended for implementation now, as opposed to the real intention of being a guide for rebuilding society after a nuclear apocalypse. In which case the people behind it were too coy for their own good. Or maybe it was just a wild troll job by a rich eccentric.
  18. I live and work in any oceanfront community. Of my more than a dozen coworkers, one owns a boat and I think only 2-3 other have ever driven one. I would be extremely hesitant to ever drive a boat around here. Not because of the boat or waterways, but because there are a lot of awful boat drivers. On some weekends the river looks like an interstate highway with more alcohol and little pretense of qualification. I'm amazed accidents aren't more frequent. I'm specifically talking motorized boats.
  19. Note that it says "skills...to find, solve, or open" whereas Terrain says "to arrive at the location." Anything required to get to GZ should fall under the T-rating.
  20. Many people I'm this thread have talked about boats from an availability standpoint. Availability is largely irrelevant because the majority of people have no experience driving a boat nor the certification to legally operate one. Even if boat rental is available reaching the location still requires a special skill. (It's still T not D because the skill is needed for reaching the location, not solving a puzzle or finding the container.) Paddlecraft rental is less of an issue in terms of special skill, but having been on some waterways that attract novice tourist paddlers it's still something the average person probably isn't experienced with. The need to rent something to find a cache would make it a special tool IMO. (Ladders are special tools even though they van be purchased at most hardware stores.) A less clear case would be an island cache that is impractical to swim to and impossible to drive to, but for which regular ferry service is available.
  21. Reviewers do not review D/T ratings, except T1.
  22. A lot of caches from 2000-2001 have very low D/T ratings.
  23. The Boat Required attribute isn't even a guarantee of T5. If a hiking trail runs along a river that can be paddled then it might on be a T2 due to the hike, but it should have the Boat attribute to alert seeks they can also paddle to it. A cache on an island might only be T4 if wading the creek is reasonable, but still have the Boat attribute because the creek is usually canoe-friendly. And that of course assumes the use of Attributes. Unlike a D/T rating they aren't mandatory.
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