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  1. quote:Originally posted by Bloencustoms:I suggest that if virts are to be discouraged, a link explaining the reasons why (old ones grandfathered, lame, vacation cache, waypoint.org, etc.) be placed in series with everything having to do with virtuals caches. This way, new cachers won't see virts and think "Oh cool! I wanna make one too.", because they will know right off that they are discouraged. It seems like most of the people complaining about having virts denied had no knowledge of the current state of virt approval. They get exited, spend time creating the cache, then are denied. I don't blame them for having a "Now you tell me!" attitude. Amen. My first cache was a virtual multi (Up the Close and Down the Stair), posted before the rules were tightened. I read everything I could find in the FAQ and information pages on virtuals, then spent a good 40 hours doing the research, setting up, writing, and "playtesting" it. I would have been burned up if it had been denied. I don't know whether it would be accepted under the current rules...one could argue that I could send people to a physical cache at the end rather than the final objective. But that would be an anticlimax - there is no way I could set up a physical cache that would beat the object in that glass case, either for impact or for appropriateness to the cache as a whole. I wonder how many other virtual setters feel like that requirement rather deflates the impact of their carefully chosen virts? (Having then done more caches, I realised that I had perhaps over-prepared for my first one - it's so much simpler to find a hidden place to tuck a Tupperware box or a film canister than it is to do all the research and setting up of a good virtual.) Oh, and for clarity, despite the title of this thread, I am not totally bummed with GC.com. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail- [This message was edited by evilrooster on September 26, 2003 at 09:00 AM.]
  2. My GPS gets a bit confused when we get too close to a cache. I tend to stop going by its route mapping and distance calculations and start going by the "raw" coordinates at that point, which does lead to a certain amount of pacing as I get lat & long right. (On the other hand, at a recent cache bash, I established that I had by far the best coverage under trees.) Since I also have a very poor memory for numbers, I usually find myself reciting the last three digits of the coordinate I'm trying to match as I walk. Children are such good imitators. I'm so glad I cleaned up my language before he was born... evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  3. I go caching with my 2 1/2 year old son. We mostly do urban caches, rarely walking more than half a mile in total, so I tend to let (make) him walk rather than using a stroller or backpack (as I did when he was younger). He's only recently figured out what we're doing, that I use a "GPS" to go find "treasure". My GPS is an attatchment to my Palm Vx PDA, which means I do a lot of tapping with a stylus. So today we found some "treasure" in a park in our city (Edinburgh, Scotland). He chose some magnetic marbles to take away, still in their packaging. Something about the flat packaging made him think of my Palm, so he declared it his "GPS". Then he made me find him a stick to use as a stylus (he called it a "pencil") and stood around tapping on the cardboard for a few seconds. "Six...four...um...that way!" he declared, pointing down the path. So we set off. A few paces more, a few more taps, and suddenly we were supposed to go back the way we'd come. We spent fifteen or twenty minutes to-ing and fro-ing, with him tapping at random, muttering numbers, then pointing off in new directions. I told my non-caching husband, who comes with us sometimes. He laughed for rather longer than I appreciated... I guess maybe I should be more definitive in my directions? evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  4. Not much I can do from Scotland, but you're in my prayers. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  5. Not been much (any) piracy in my neck of the woods, so I suppose I'm an observer. But as a cacher, let me add my tuppence-worth. I voted "no", though like many respondents I don't agree with the idea of "not fighting back". I just think that revising history isn't the way to go about it. Something bad happens, and we should record that as part of the history of geocaching, a history that we collectively are building in our forum posts, caches, and cache logs. We can record that the thing that happened was bad, and that we condemned it, but pretending it never went on isn't honest with ourselves or with the future. Besides, we can't control the offsite references to such behaviour. There will still be discussion, publicity, and whatever strange backslapping these sad people feel they must indulge in to give themselves a sense of self worth. It also occurs to me that if we could erase all references to piracy from GC.com and the rest of the web, nothing prevents some bright spark from reinventing the whole idea later on. Then they can say, "Well, I didn't know it was bad." And we can't even markwell them to set them straight. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  6. quote:Originally posted by Jens:Much the same diversity exists for date formats, by the way; the same issues arise, and the same solutions should (and will undoubtedly eventually) be offered. Amen! I have to stop and think every time I see an ambiguous date (before the 13th of every month). And my first, habitual date entries are always misinterpreted or rejected. Sigh. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  7. Thanks as well from me & 2 1/2 year old Alex (who was eyeing up Caitlin the whole time she was there). We had a great time. Alex keeps talking about the "treasure", but I enjoyed the company - met some great people, had a good relaxing time. I hope it went on long after the toddler collapsed in exhaustion and had to be taken home! I may not be able to make a trip to Aviemore next year. My bulging belly tells me next year is going to be a very busy one...time to get the baby backpack out again for any caches I plan to do after January! Thanks again Pooter and Silver Fox. A superb event. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  8. quote:Originally posted by iBrew:The last few micros I've found were nothing more than a gum tin or magnetic key holder with a micro sized piece of paper in it, nothing else! Hardly a cache by definition! So now a "proper" cache has to have goodies as well as a logbook (a requirement for the anti-virtual crowd)? Why not go for the micros for the challenge of finding them, or the pleasure of going to places another cacher felt worthy of bringing to your attention by putting caches there? quote:Not much thought or planning has to go into placing one of these! Ahhh. You don't need a micro-filter. You need a 'badly placed cache' filter. Entirely different matter. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  9. quote:Originally posted by LouiSearcher:Be sure to check also the site http://www.geocaching.nu about Dutch geocaching. It it completely made by Dutch geocachers and for Dutch geocachers (therefore it is in Dutch only) Not a problem. I don't speak Dutch, but my husband does. (We're actually going back for his high school reunion in Heerlen.) evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  10. Koeii, Thank you very much. Since I'm based in Scotland, I didn't know that there was a Netherlands cache site. The maps are particularly useful! Thanks again evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  11. Hi, I'm going to be visiting Limburg (Maastricht and Heerlen to be specific) twice in the next month or so, plus spending a day in Amsterdam. Are there any recommendations for caches I can do in those areas? Bedankt evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  12. Edinburgh has caches deliberately set up to cover the main city centre/tourist areas, as follows: Path To Arthur's Seat 2 (beautiful location, great views) Up the Close and Down the Stair (creepy multi) The Athens of the North (micro 10 mins from the train station) Edinburgh LIVE! webcam (webcam on Princes Street) Dean Bridge (15 or 20 mins walk from Princes St) There are others further out of the frequently-trafficked areas, but if you're going to be in town for only one day, these might serve you best. Can't really comment on the quality of any but Arthur's Seat (really nice) and the webcam (clever), because the others are mine! evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  13. At the risk of advertising as well: Up the Close and Down the Stair. If I had somehow bent the whole cache concept out of shape enough to put a real at the end, I could never have put the gruesome thing at the last stage into it (without being arrested, anyway...) evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  14. quote:Originally posted by GeoGryffindor:I can also guarantee you that you would not be able to push a stroller through our woods. One word: backpack. I've been caching with my son for a year and a half now, and we're onto our second backpack. Admittedly, I mostly use it in town when I don't want to fold a stroller on the bus, but you can take a baby or toddler anywhere with one of them. (Won't help with the ticks or the poison ivy, but I guarantee you'll be fit!) evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  15. My first cache, Up the Close and Down the Stair. Doing a good cache first time round, though, is like writing your best novel first. Nothing ever seems to match up again. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  16. Add me in please - fair weather cacher just coming out of hibernation. (What? Chickens don't hibernate? Trust me. Only GOOD chickens stay awake in winter.) evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  17. "sad nickname!" I resemble that remark...takes all the pleasure out of them metioning Up the Close and Down the Stair. Nice interviewing, Silver Fox. I presume you helped her find the cache so quickly? I'm also well impressed with Tim & June's articulate discussion! evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  18. Quoth the Hornet: quote:It seems to be a common advertising card. Not common in my neck of the woods...you obviously live somewhere a bit more, erm, cosmopolitan. Well done removing it, Slytherin. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  19. Retrieved the bug, though Silver Fox kindly volunteered to do so if I couldn't. It's supposed to go to Jim Morrison's grave in Paris, visiting any appropriate graves along the way. I was about 5 minutes' walk from the grave of Thomas de Quincey, the author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, so how could I resist? Sadly, no camera to record the visit, but at least the bug's been there. Then dropped it off in the Dean Bridge cache. (Not having such a high crime rate up here as Dahn Sahf where jeremyp appears to live, why would we need 911s for our police?) evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  20. Send me the details and I will pick it up tomorrow (if you send them fast enough) or Friday. May take a week or two to get it into a cache from there, depending on my schedule. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  21. This multi-stage virtual is a walking tour through old Edinburgh...it was my first cache. Up the Close and Down the Stair In order to log it, you need to find the seventh stage based on information you collect from the first six. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  22. I think they're great cache items. I can't see anyone objecting to finding them! Besides, as other cachers have pointed out, other cache items have brand names or company information on them. The only difference is that you work for the company identified. But no one finding the cache will know that, or assume you're promoting the business. (I know I would assume someone had gotten the kits as a freebie or some such). evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  23. Both of them found a number of my caches in Edinburgh, and seem to be having a great time on their trip (judging by their logs). evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  24. Both of them found a number of my caches in Edinburgh, and seem to be having a great time on their trip (judging by their logs). evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
  25. So bring the toddler. I have a 17-month old, and work 3 days a week. Most of my caching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays, when Mr evilrooster is at work. I tend to take evilroostr jr in a backpack, but many 1-star caches could be done with your toddler in a stroller. Call it an adventure and bring a box of raisins and you can take a toddler practically anywhere. Then when s/he gets bigger, you'll have an enthusiastic companion and partner in caching. Your husband will be the one to feel left out - he may even start asking to come along. evilrooster -the email of the species is deadlier than the mail-
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