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  1. According to the guidelines, using a trailhead or prominent landmark SHOULD be good enough.
    Putting on my reviewer hat, I disagree with this. One can find a trailhead or prominent landmark without a GPS, so those would not satisfy the guideline. However if you use a random tree or a fork in the trail as your GPS-found starting point, I would allow it.
    FWIW, this matches the way the LBH caches I've found have been done. The coordinates pointed to a starting location, and you needed the coordinates to get to the starting location. It wasn't a parking lot or trailhead that could be found easily without coordinates. But from there on, everything used letterbox-style clues.


    So, if I used a random point along a trail as the start coordinates, that's ok? But not starting the hunt at the trailhead? That seems odd, but I guess I can deal with that. So the big question remains...do the final coordinates HAVE to be visible to the public or not?

  2. I also do both hobbies and letterboxes are my absolute favorite types. They give me something more to look at than just a scroll of names and dates. I keep a personal journal and I like looking back over the stamps that I've collected in my journal. I like being able to cross-list a box and have it get found by cachers and boxers. Most of my stamps are hand-carved as well and I am playing around with creating my own logbooks. Letterboxes are more for those who want to slow down and enjoy the journey and the creativity in the box.


    I think Reviewers in different parts of the country interpret the Guidelines in various ways. Some get it, some don't. Some require things that are not specifically stated in the guidelines and that makes trying to list a new one a less-than-pleasant experience (and cause some of the confusion in finders as well).


    The guidelines state: This cache type pays homage to an older form of scavenger hunt. A Letterbox Hybrid must include significant GPS usage for at least part of the hunt. Letterbox-style clues may be used to guide seekers to the container, but only if the clues are accompanied by coordinates specific to the hide. The container for a Letterbox Hybrid must include a stamp, which stays with the geocache and may be used by letter-boxers to stamp their personal letter-boxing book. The cache can be logged without using the stamp.


    Note that is says that significant GPS usage for at least PART of the hunt. It MUST include a stamp (however, it does not have to be hand-carved).


    In my case, my Reviewer insists on my including the final waypoint as visible to cachers. It's frustrating to say the least. According to the guidelines, using a trailhead or prominent landmark SHOULD be good enough. The directional clues are just as much part of the "letterbox" experience as is the stamp.


    The final location of a Puzzle cache or Multi-cache is not required to be public, so I don't see why it would be forced to be included on LBH caches. As with any cache type...no one is forced to go hunt these. It's just an option. I personally am not a puzzle fanatic, so I generally don't go after those. I'm not going to fuss about it and require a final location to be listed just because I would rather someone just give me the waypoint so I can just go sign the log. It would kind of defeat the purpose of that type of cache, don't you think?

  3. The Galaxy Nexus (I REALLY need a phone upgrade)

    Ammo Cans

    Mighty Megas from GxProxy

    One of the Geocaching Rings with a purple stone

    The 3 piece walking stick from Brazos Walking Stick (I live on another section of the Brazos River)

    A dedicated GPS with really good maps

    More OCUS caches to find

    Enough cache (ahem...cash) in the bank to cover all costs associated with travelling to a Mega event or two

  4. I know that GS owns this formus and the created Geocaching, but I'd say the Sport/Game/Hobby has taken on a life of its own and grown and evolved. I get irritated when someone asks a simple question and then a GS moderator comes back and slams them with this "that isn't GS, so you cannot discuss it here". It always sounds like a little spoiled brat kid trying to control the whole playground. I'd like this to be a helpful place where someone (especially a newbie) can ask a question and get an informative, helpful answer. If we can't answer questions about the entire sport here, where can we discuss all the facets of this game?


    GS might have built the truck, but we ought to be able to buy the tires, oil, gas and bumper stickers from other sources without getting slammed. If we want to add headache racks, glass packs and lighted antennas, we should be able to discuss how they fit on the truck. So, if we want to discuss signature items to put into geocaches such as pathtags, wooden nickels, smashed pennies or plastic army men, how does that hurt??? It's all part of the game. Can we play nice? If not here - where?

  5. I know caches (or stages of caches) aren't supposed to be closer than .10 mile. Is there a maximum distance limit between stages?


    I've heard different answers but I don't know those are "I've seen it in print" or "I've heard from a friend of a friend of a friend...."


    I'm also a letterboxer (membership on Atlas Quest and letterboxing.org). I've planted letterbox hybrids (under our team name - example). The number one thing to remember when it comes to letterboxes.....Don't take the stamp in the letterbox.


    The stamp is what defines the cache/box as a letterbox. It's used as proof that you visited the site. You stamp it in your personal logbook - the one you carry to collect letterbox stamp images.


    You do not need to have a stamp to find and log a letterbox although it's a nice touch to have a personal signature stamp - something that defines you (commercial stamp or hand-carved stamp).

    What is the difference between Atlas Quest and Letterboxing?

  7. We would love to have some rain around here. It's been over 100 for several days and everything is dry and suffering.


    I've been caught a couple of times out when it started to rain. I tend to call it a day (or at least until it quits) when it rains as *I* don't want to be the reason why the contents of caches and/or the logs are all damp.

  8. The Brazos Valley Geocachers in East-Central Texas has adopted a 2-mile piece of roadway on a small Park Road leading to one of our State Parks on Lake Somerville. Our signs have been ordered and we'll do 4 CITO events per year. We'll see how it goes. There are some places out there just BEGGING for new caches. We'll have to plant one or two before each event. :rolleyes:

  9. I started caching in March and the Android app was to be "Coming Soon". It's now August and still no sign of it. It should never have been announced until it was actually ready. I have tried a couple of different apps and go back and forth between GeoHunter and "the app that works". When GS finally releases something, I'll try it out. In the meantime, I'm using apps that help me find caches and I up to almost 250 exclusively with the Droid. The GPS on it is pretty darn accurate - although it will bounce around in heavy tree cover.

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