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  1. Fixed that for you. Laughs in Northern Territory! Jokes aside, I'm assuming these things get planned months ahead and they were probably thinking that things would have settled down by now. Or they may have been thinking in USA-only mode and just assumed (it happens, I keep forgetting large parts of Australia are still under restrictions and/or lockdowns).
  2. Wow, I did not know that! I just assumed everything burned up when it hit atmosphere due to friction. I guess that's one way to go - stripped down to component molecules (a gross over-simplification, I don't know all the science involved). Thanks!
  3. This may already have been answered on your page, but I'll ask it here anyway: How long do you expect WISA to last? I know NASA's Opportunity rover was only meant to last about three months but ended up functioning for several years.
  4. A bit late to the conversation, but I had a thought on the OP's idea. What about having four regular, unrelated caches but in each there is a stamp to find a Bonus cache. Each stamp has alignment markers so that the four can be stamped on top of each other to create a new stamp. So one stamp could have the first, third and eighth numbers. The second could have the second, fourth and fifth numbers, and so one. All four stamped onto a bit of paper give the complete coords for the Bonus cache. That's the closest I can come up with to something that vaguely resembles what the OP was talking about - other than the ALR and no-container virtual idea. Pretty sure it's been done before.
  5. They're introducing a slew of new attributes: A set of four teeny tiny spanners. Means this cache is only maintained by the community, the CO is absolved of all responsibility. A little radar sweep, slightly fuzzy in the middle. Means coords are a suggestion only, may be out by up to three counties. The movie poster for "Honey! I shrunk the kids". Means cache size in description is randomly generated - you think it's a Regular? lol, it's another nano. Greyed out ammo can. Means the CO didn't even bother putting out a container, it's a virtual traditional. A handgun. Means the cache is a marker for local gang turf wars. Edit: On re-read, my post may seem a bit rude or negative. To clarify - post made in jest covering misadventures people have had in various situations. Comedy is hard in writing.
  6. I'd forgotten about this one. My un-challenge for this means I missed both Base and Summits for Puncak Jaya, got Vinson Base in early September then did a splurge of caching in early October which got me Vinson Peak and both Elbrus challenges. Since I missed out both the August ones, I'm out of contention to get the Peak Performer, and I'm often working in remote areas for weeks at a time so it'll be interesting to see how many base camps I get (I'm not too optimistic about getting peaks as I'm a casual searcher).
  7. Can we get that put on a plaque somewhere? Or on the "welcome to geocaching" page of the main site please?
  8. Those look awesome! Fingers crossed the campaign goes well.
  9. It's possible they may do a lot of travelling. Constantly going to new areas give you more opportunities to log power trails. Power trails are a good way to get high numbers quickly - at the expense of doing lots of repetitive, identical caches. It's possible they may have done the ET Highway - that one is a few thousand caches that can be done in a day or two. Not my idea of fun, but it's mecca for the number chasers who want legit counts. It's possible that they constantly join up with different teams in order to get co-finder finds where ten people find ten caches each but each signs for all so that all get 100 finds. It's also possible that it's a team account shared across multiple people and they all log under the same username. I know what is possible is that I'm not too fussed what others do, there's no prize for "winning" geocaching and I'll continue enjoying my hobby the best I can. Props to them for being the highest finding account, but if it wasn't them it'd be the next account.
  10. Are you searching for a specific person (such as the owner of a particular cache) or trying to find names in general (such as needing to find cache owners who's name start with a specific letter for a challenge cache)?
  11. There may have been a bit of cheek tongue-ness. It'd be more accurate to say I don't have any friends I go caching with. Would be good to get my wife interested, but she's been very underwhelmed when I've gone out with her and can't see the point of it all.
  12. There may be a few hiking / orienteering apps which will easily and natively do this, but the (hard) way that I do it is: 1. From the cache page (website), copy the current co-ords 2. Paste those into Google maps 3. Edit as needed (such as changing .345 to .355 or whatever the suggested alt coord is) 4. Stumble around heading the wrong way various times following the jumping gps on my phone before accidentally ending up at the right spot. Hopefully if someone else knows of a better app, it'll get recommended here.
  13. I avoid the whole debate by only caching on my own. I don't have any friends....
  14. What helped me when I first started was to watch a bunch of YouTube videos on how to hide caches. This gave me a better idea on what to look for. There was one "easy" and "obvious" cache that I couldn't find which was a magnetic strip with the GC code printed on it. Stood out like anything to someone with experience but because it was my first magnetic strip cache, I was looking for a container of some type and didn't even register that it was right in front of my face.
  15. Seconding this. I have a gps but only because I also use it for other things. When I'm out caching, I'll use my phone 90-98% of the time. Another point to remember is that even if you had a perfect 1-inch accurate gps, and the CO placed the cache with a 1-inch accurate gps you might get to GZ and still be anywhere from 3 to 30 feet away from the container location due to people not putting caches back exactly where they got it from. Less likely in urban caches where there may be a specific place like a fence post, but easy to do on caches in / under trees and bushes. As far as I know, the best way is still to use the phone / gps to get to GZ, then use eyes and experience to search.
  16. So far, the print hasn't smeared or shifted - though in retrospect, a better idea would have been to engrave / stamp the code on one side and do up the label on the other. That way if the epoxy falls off or the label becomes illegible, the remaining metal tag would still function as a TB. Or stamp the code along one edge and still leave real estate on the tag for the paper labels. At the moment, I have it hanging up and curing, though I'm not happy with the feel of it. I was hoping for a hard, acrylic-like finish and it feels a little soft-ish. Kind of like a hard rubber feel. Though this may work in my favour if it cures slightly flexible and it ends up holding onto the metal better. I guess my biggest concern at the moment would be the whole lot lifting off the metal - though I neglected to mention that I sanded it a bit first to give the epoxy something to grab hold of. I like that, I may need to look in to the keychain frames. I can think of a few options with those.
  17. Back again, with another option for people to make proxies on the cheap. I've posted before on making proxies, with the primary goal of being able to make a proxy TB for less than the cost of a standard TB (around USD$4.50). And for the proxy to be durable. Here's my latest attempt at making a cheap, durable proxy: an aluminium tag with a paper tag attached with epoxy. The reasons for using epoxy is that it isn't water based, is generally quite durable... and I had some left over from another project. From what I'd read up, the Gorilla Brand two-part epoxy was highly recommended for this type of work, the Tarzan's Grip just happened to be what I had on hand. The labels front and back were fairly simple to print and cut out, though I should have double checked and re-printed as the font size is a bit small. And I missed the "R" (Registered) icon on the TB logo. I put down a thin layer of epoxy (mixed) onto the metal, then laid the paper down on top and pressed it down. The paper did shift color from soaking up the epoxy, but I wasn't too stressed about the color on this one (it was printed grey to be similar to the metal, but it didn't work as intended). Practicing on scrap would be needed if a specific color or look was desired. After it dried, I put a second layer of epoxy over the top to seal and protect. It looked a lot smoother in person, the photos show a lot of detail that I'm not happy with, but I like the result of this better than my stamped versions which end up with the letters all wonky (though that is entirely my fault through not being accurate enough when stamping). It'll be interesting to see how this one fares in the wild.
  18. That's brilliant, I love the idea of it. I don't have that many TB's that I could do this with (and it probably would be a bit rude to double-tap and have the TB physically out travelling and also physically being a waypoint) but it's still a fun idea.
  19. I'm so impressed that there isn't any "US only" clause there that I signed up for the spam that comes from joining online competitions! It'll be interesting to see them start appearing on the map when they get posted out, as to the distribution of them across the world.
  20. Some random thoughts: Keep in mind the FTF'ers. If I was going to publish a series, I'd submit them over a period of time so that multiple people get the chance at an FTF. In some areas there are some hardcore people that swoop in within minutes to every single new cache, other places it isn't much of an issue. You may want to adjust the release cycle accordingly. If you do stagger them, I suggest physically placing the next cache after the previous one is found. Some people may be able to guess where the next one in a series will be. Because humans are humans, assume that all caches will be taken / destroyed at at some stage. I like to make my containers the best I can, at the least cost, for the least effort. I try and also have a spare on hand. Though I live in Australia, so bushfires are a constant hazard and I'm used to caches going up in smoke. If you put a lot of effort into making a complex and unique cache, it can be disheartening when someone comes along and messes with it. Steel lasts a long time. If you can weld or know someone who can, you could make interesting little things to act as camouflage or holders for caches, with the basic container hidden inside. Getting a hold of scrap steel may be the easy or the hard part depending on where you live, but it can be a good source of material without having to go out and buy new steel. If you place a container (like an ammo box or tupperware) inside something else, that means you could decorate the container at will - even in bright colors! If your trail has a theme, you could decorate the containers to match the theme without worrying about the bright colors giving it away. Thrift stores can be great places to find chunky / large-ish kids toys which can be converted to cache containers without having to buy new. Or they used to be, there have been slim pickings around here due to covid restrictions and staff needing to clean everything ten times a day. You can make all sorts of interesting shapes with PMF - Poor Man's Fibreglass. It's essentially any non-water based glue and fabric instead of glass cloth and resin, so it behaves in much the same way and can be used to turn something like a simple plastic jar into a forest mushroom, old branch / log, or in some other way blend it in to the environment. Some cloth can easily be had (an old white bedsheet from the thrift store will give a large sheet of blank material for cheap), there are various glues available at the hardware store and a bit of leftover exterior house paint can be used to seal it all up. It's not as robust as proper fibreglass, but is much cheaper and can be an "easy" (though sometimes messy) way of making a more interesting / devious / easier to hide container.
  21. If I wanted to do this, here's how I would implement it. Have the cache container in an outer container, have a combination padlock on the cache container. The cache container can have the TB public reference number on it (for anybody reading this who doesn't already know, a TB like the WISA Wooden Satellite has a code which starts with TB - it's TB9GB8G which most cachers would recognise as a TB reference code). When a cacher goes to the TB page, it has a description on there about whatever details the TB has, and a message along the lines of "if you're trying to open something, try 1234" (or whatever the combination is). No need for the cacher to log the TB, they get the code from the TB page to open the lock - though I assume most would. Personally, I'd mark a cache like this as a gadget cache (even though it really isn't) because technically a tool is required - something with internet access. As cerberus1 noted, many cachers use something other than a smartphone and doing it this way would force them to do two visits. Noting "this cache requires internet access" will help those who read descriptions, and marking it as a gadget cache will help a few who don't read descriptions to check it out. You'll still get some who are disappointed due to not reading the information before you get there, and you'll also get a few disappointed to find the cache isn't a "real" gadget cache - but you can't please everybody. Also, I wouldn't use a TB like this because it kind of feels like ALR (Additional Logging Requirements). If it was a Regular or Large cache, I'd put the code in a small / nano container a bit further away - with the options being make where the code is stage 1 of a multi, or have instructions on how to find at the container. I did this with my multi Return of Bee Hide (a small pre-form tube holds the details, the cache is a 3L/1gallon tupperware).
  22. Ooh, that's a good point! And it would only take an intern a few minutes to do - just need to add a sentence to the description. No need to edit tables or databases, or change the website layout. Simple change, small effort but a big improvement.
  23. Sweet! They look great and that was a pretty decent turn around time.
  24. I'm with colleda, pretty much for the reasons Goldenwattle listed. On my caches, I'll list the size as the available space for the log, swaps, TB's etc (or lack thereof), and allude to, describe or drop hints about the camouflage - depending on the circumstances. It needs to be somewhat situation specific (a magnetic nano on a dumpster wouldn't count the dumpster as camo), but in Kæmel's examples, the cache itself is the bison tube - the outer camouflage is just the thing hiding it. In the case of the concrete bear, a hint like "I like honey" or "look out for Pooh" may be enough of a hint so that when searchers see the bear, they'll know they're on the right track. Adjust the hint(s) as needed to make the rating harder or easier as desired.
  25. I think it's a cool idea, and worth trying (if the cost of a TB and a minifig aren't a big deal for you). The correct way to think of a TB is like buying a lottery ticket - we always hope our TB will be the one to travel around the world, get lots of logs and have some brilliant photos attached! But the most common result is for them to go missing quite quickly. On the plus side, your idea has a nice plot twist - Stormtroopers are clones. One way of keeping your costs down is instead of buying one new minifig, you can go somewhere like Bricklink and pick up a job lot of 5, 10 or more in one go. If you use a proxy tag instead of the actual TB (maybe just engrave the code onto a bit of metal) then when Stormtrooper #1 goes MIA, you can then go "Chapter 2" and send out Stormtrooper #2. I think our idea is good enough to steal, except that I'll need to come up with another theme as there aren't too many filming locations in Australia and with the current international travel restrictions, TB's aren't moving internationally as much as they used to. Good luck with your TB, if you do it, share the link here for your story.
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