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  1. That would be keeping close tabs on where somebody by the name of "Clan Riffster" WAS on those particular days. What good is that going to do you? And who is "Clan Riffster"?

    I don't think either one of us (Clan Riffster or me) buy that you can stalk via gc profile, but I was breaking down his "notes vs found log" idea, that some people somehow think is safer.

  2. Rural areas get updated less often, but, I've heard (can't confirm this as true) Google has a few spots flagged so they don't get updated, some because of some 'cool' factor in the older pic (this might be an example), or in other cases for security considerations (some nuclear plants, military bases, white house, pentagon) which have intentionally skewed images (off by a few to a few hundred feet).

  3. It requires a lot of presumption.


    Assume that someone having access to a list of caches you've "found" can equate to stalking.


    To glean that information you would need to search every single cache page within a radius of X miles of my area of play, every single day. If I lived in Hanover South Africa, that wouldn't be too challenging, as there are only three within a 50 mile radius. But if I lived in a cache dense area, obtaining that data would be a lot harder.


    If I wanted to protect myself from a geo-stalker, (and I believed the aforementioned presumption), I could log all my finds as notes

    I took a stab at where you lived, and here's what I derived (remember, PQ's include "note" logs):


    If I wanted to watch every single day, I could get every cache within 44.1 miles of you by running 5 PQ's.

    Or, if I was OK with every other day, I could get every cache within 69.7 miles by running 10 PQ's.

    Or three days for 89.9 miles with 15 PQ's.


    By adding your found PQ's to my ignore list, and modifying the PQ's accordingly, those radius's would go up quite a bit (side note, this is actually a good trick for running PQ's from a 2nd account if you want to get more PQ's).


    So by spending thirty bucks a year, I can keep tabs on you for just shy of a 90 mile circle pretty easily. If I'm in your area, I'm probably pulling these PQ's anyway, so costing me nothing extra.

  4. I have known 2 caching acquaintances who started doing their logs as "notes" instead of logs due to supposedly stalking issues.

    I don't get it, how does logging as notes instead of finds prevent "stalking" (not that I buy you can stalk based on logs anyway).


    Notes are still easily available on every page.


    If you do a PQ daily (something I guess an aggressive stalker would do) then you will pick up the notes.


    If you add a notify, you'll get emailed for notes posted on all caches within 50 miles.


    I don't see that the notes prevent any kind of stalking (if you even buy that logs can help a stalker).

  5. I don't even understand how someone can "stalk" someone else on gc.com.


    By the time you've posted a log, you're already gone or (if you're logging over a phone or something) at least in the process of leaving, by the time someone found it and responded, you're long gone.


    As far as log content, logs are public, why are you putting content that you consider to be private? If you're worried about log content being used against you, then just simply log the word "found".


    If you're worried about someone figuring out that you're out of town, don't post logs until after you get back, this is the only issue I can even comprehend.


    How do you think you're being stalked? Am I missing something else?

  6. I'm looking at a Toyota Highlander, and can't find answers about the navigation (gps) system in it.


    Can you load (the equivalent of) a POI that has multiple caches?


    Can you even manually enter coordinates on it or just addresses?


    How useful is it for caching (obviously not for finding the cache itself, but for driving around between caches)?


    From the lack of info I'm finding, I'm wondering if I'd just be better off with a Nuvi for driving like I use now?


    What about Nav systems from other car makers like Honda, or others?

  7. Has anyone ever walked (and cached) the Camino de Santiago?


    I started researching this and was surprised to not find anyone had saved a route or anything (at least that I could find).


    Does anyone have a .kml or .gpx of the route that they can share?


    If you have, share your experience!

  8. Cell phones aren't waterproof, "rugidized" and just don't have the battery life (if you have the screen and gps on all the time) as a real handheld gps.


    I have an android and have used it to cache, but there's just nothing like the real handheld (I use an Oregon) for caching.

  9. Compared to 3-4 million geocachers (the last number I heard) worldwide. I'm not sure if that counts the number of geocaching accounts on geocaching.com or only ones that are active by some definition.

    At the time they quoted that number there were only a touch over one million gc accounts. Someone from gs stated that they believed there were 3 to 4 cachers behind each account, a number that I've never believed.


    If you randomly hit accounts, you'll easily see that 3 out of 4 accounts have never even been used, someone created an account, then never logged in again.


    I personally believe that there are around 1/2 million active cachers at the most around the world.

  10. Tell ya how to settle this. Set up a cache requiring each stage of a multi to sign the log. If by some miracle, it gets past the review process, have someone log only the final or delete someone for missing one of the stages. All your questions for further clarification will be answered.

    Refer to 2nd post.

  11. If your geocaching.com log can be deleted by the CO due to a requirement not being met other than signing the logbook at the final, it is by definition an ALR.



    The only way to get that is to read something between the lines that just isn't there.


    Groundspeak, states "signed the log", for anyone to infer that means only one log is adding to that.


    If it said "only the final log" or something, then it would be different, but it doesn't.

  12. I usually cache with an Oregon 400 and a nuvi.


    My preference (I use the nuvi for driving to the cache) is to load the Nuvi with POI's (they go in the \garmin\POI directory).


    On most nuvi's, once you load it as a gpx, you have to clear them out individually one at a time from the favorites list, as a POI, you can just delete everything by deleting the one POI file.

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