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  1. One idea that I have toyed with is to make a multi cache where each stage requires you to look at a 3D Magic Eye type image and use that to get the coordinates for the next stage. There are images you can find on the internet to use (or buy a Magic Eye book and cut out the pages needed).


    For coordinates, you may require the cacher count the number of a particular item in the image (ie. number of horses, number of wheels on cars, number of ears etc.) and use info that for the next waypoint.


    Some people have trouble seeing 3D images, so you might include a sample in your listing (yes they do stand out on a PC screen). Hopefully your waypoint images won't get muggled, but I am sure you can figure out a way to minimize that.


    A nice multi stage hike in the hills would make it best.

  2. I have been using the standard Garmin suction cup mount for the 60cs the last 6 months and have been very pleased. It has never fallen off the windshield once yet, even while driving off-road.


    I have seen where some folks have modified the mount slightly with a pencil grinder to notch out more clearance for the power adaptor cord. I intend to do that one of these days to make it easier to snap the gps into the mount while the cord is being used.


    I mainly went with this mount versus the Ram mount because I'm cheap. Everything I've read about the Ram makes it sound superior, but, pricier.

  3. If you expect to spend a good deal of time where poison ivy is you might consider some preventative drugs. When I was going to spend a summer in the Adirondacks back in the early 70's for forestry school I had a series of 4 shots of Ivyol in advance and never did get the rash. I can't say for sure I came in contact with PI leaves while there but I was very allergic and seemed to get it far too often in years prior.

  4. I too have been using the $10 telescoping hiking stick from Wal-Mart for the past 6 months. It has worked just fine so far. I've had no issues with it sticking when trying to collapse it or any other problems. I think the light weight, adjustability to varying terrain and compactness of the telescoping hiking stick easily beats the strength and feel of a wooden staff (just my humble opinion).


    I will likely upgrade to some better quality Leki sticks in the future, but these Wal-Mart cheapies are a good way to start out to be sure that you like this type of hiking stick.

  5. Thanks "azdesertcat". I missed that information when I visited the NG website that the streets and 3d view was an update for the state edition. I just placed my order for it. It should allow me to connect to the gps to transfer my tracks. I also look forward to the 3D enhancement. I have that on the Delorme 5.0 software and like that perspective when looking at hikes I am planning.


    In response to Spyderwebs question I highly doubt this upgrade will allow you to put the maps on the gps itself. I believe only Garmin mapping software allows for that. Such a shame!

  6. Thanks Sputnik 57 for the reply on the NG TOPO. Mine is the state version 3.4.3 for Colorado. The 60cs appears to be available for the Streets & 3D version but not for mine. I believe the 3.4.3 is the most current upgrade available for the State Version.

  7. Does anyone know if tracks and waypoints can be transfered from the 60cs to National Geographic TOPO maps? I don't see where the NG TOPO supports the 60CS. Is there another setting in either/both the GPS interface wetup or TOPO software handheld settings that will allow communication? I didn't see this information at the TOPO website.

  8. I bought the same Danner boot as Blazerfan cites. I have been very happy with it as well. I was told it would take longer to break in than others but I did not find that to be the case. You probably won't go wrong with any quality boot you buy though, as long as it fits you well.

  9. Like Briansnat I switched from the Vista to a 60cs and love it. Being over 50 I always seemed to need to put my reading glasses on to read the Vista which was a pain while hiking. I find the color to be significantly easier to read and need to use the glasses much less than before. If you can spend some extra bucks on color I don't think you will regret it.


    If you amortize the cost out over the years you'll have and use the gps is really isn't expensive in the long run.

  10. "Buried" seems to appear in most articles. It's what newcomers expect. I saw an article today in the May/June issue of "Country Discoveries" on geocaching which starts out about "buried treasure", but quickly switches to the use of "hiding". (I'd upload the scanned image of the article but I don't know how to get a jpg in here).


    Anyway, just another positive article promoting geocaching.

  11. I got the premium membership mainly to support the geocaching website. I have only done one pocket query so far and loaded it into a pda. Since I normally only go after one or two caches in an outing the PQ doesn't really do much for me. I always research my caches before I head out and take the paper copy with me.


    If you want to do a bunch in one day I can see where it would be worthwhile though. Certainly the folks with large numbers of finds think its great, and they should know (I only have 28 finds to date in 5 months). Maybe if you are in a high cache density area it would be of greater benefit than I see so far.


    It is nice to be able to do the member only caches if you want (fortunately there aren't that many of them though, but you get that option).


    Again, it is good to support this site which we rely upon.

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