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  1. There was a case like this a few years ago near me (UK), where a relatively new cacher was collecting coins like this. A few people Emailed him asking him to release their coins but he was adamant that he was allowed to keep them and flatly refused to move them on, it got so bad that local cachers who knew about it wouldn't place any coins in any local caches. Eventually the cacher who had introduced him to the game heard about it and went and spoke to him personally even he had difficulty persuading his friend that he wasn't supposed to keep the coins but eventually the message got through and he went round and dropped the coins into local caches and all has been fine since.


    You could start with the one he was FTF on, something like "Hi when you found xxxxx cache did you see whether the yyyyy geocoin was in the cache and if so did you pick it up?". If he says "yeah I picked it up and swapped it for a McD toy and it's now in my trophy cabinet with all the other shiny coins I've collected" then you know he's got the wrong idea and can gently explain about TBs/coins. If he denies having collected it then either you've jumped to the wrong conclusion, or he knows he's doing the wrong thing.


    Edit to add: Does his profile show that he's moved any TBs or coins?


    TBs are moved along, just not the coins.

    I'm thinking he just isn't aware, I'll just have to 'cacher up' and try to approach nicely....

  2. There is a cacher in my local area who seems to be a nice person even though I never met them.

    I'm not the most PC person in the world and am afraid of coming off wrong, so I hesitate to approach them on this issue, but they seem to be collecting coins instead of passing them around.


    Sometimes I look at my TB history just to see how far they have moved after I find them. What I have found is that when this person has been to a cache, they openly say that they have retrieved a coin, but that's it, no movement. They were a FTF on one of my caches that I placed somebody's coin in and it is missing. - nobody else has ever been there. Same thing with other coins I have moved along that they picked up, the trail stops with their log entry and the coin remains in cache inventory never to be heard from again.


    I'm thinking that this person just doesn't get it, or doesn't know how to log coins. My dilemma is how to broach the subject without triggering a flame up, like I said, I can come off wrong to some people.


    I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and how they handled it. These aren't my coins, but I will be hesitant to place them in caches this player has not found yet.


    Maybe GC.com could come up with a 'Dear Cacher' column and send an anonymous 'gentle reminder' for those of us who don't want to get into a confrontation??

  3. Thank u for ur in put. Ok how bout this one: I have one that just got published no one has found it and there are two watching it the day it was published. What's ur take on that please


    Not ready to run after it yet, maybe tonight, I sometimes compete with another local for the FTF and you can get notified on your phone if they beat you to it. Caches that are watched get email notifications sent with any log or note for that cache.

  4. I've started leaving a business card tagged with my GC handle.




    Most people on here are going to tell you not to leave buisness cards because they will just end up becoming a soggy mess in the cache.


    My business cards are stamped aluminum. :)


    Stamped aluminum? Cool! Where to get one for those that are interested.... Like me???


    I trade for any calling card by another cacher. I have quite a collection.


    Here is mine:




    That's cool! I would grab your stamped logo and attach it to my swag bag. Definitely tradeable.

  5. I did a search on Favorite Points, but I did not find a thread similar to this post, so I'm starting this topic. I hope it's not a redundant one.

    I hunted caches in the 2011 Texas GeoCaching Challenge put out by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. I gave favorite points to those I liked. The Challenge has ended and TPWD has archived all its caches. Since the caches are archived, is it appropriate, good caching etiquette, to take the Favorite Points back (if that is even possible), so they can be saved to be applied to future cache discoveries I find appealing?


    Thanks for helping.


    When the cache gets archived, I'll pull my favorites for use somewhere else.

  6. Ok so while no one (except for the math guy) came close to answering my question about "y can't I see who Is watching my cache", think y'all got off target bout stuff idk about (Pmo audit lo, bookmark, etc).


    But tell if I I'm wrong, BUT what I gather from a few of y'all IS basically if you were able to c who is watching ur cache they might abuse that ability. Right or wrong


    'Why are you watching my cache if you haven't found it yet?? are you stalking me??'

    'Why are you watching my cache when you already found it?'


    The list could go on and on. I like to watch caches that I dnf, then when I see another found it, I go back and look again when I can.

    The PMO audit was started way back when there were 'cache pirates' who would go and collect caches. If the same person kept showing up on caches that were muggled, well...

    Like a previous poster said though, the audit was fun at first, but I ignore it now. The only reason I make some caches PMO is because I have found (in my short tenure) public caches with cigarette butts, bottle tops and once even found some porn (glad my kid wasn't on that find).


    ....I digress...

    Seeing who is watching your cache isn't really mission critical to the game, seeing how many are watching is a tool that might say the cache is too hard to find, missing, or a really interesting one.

  7. I have left a handful of change, under the assumption that when a child opens the cache, that cache turns into a treasure chest! I never actually trade cash for swag like someone said its not a store.


    Yeppers! My boy found a 'cool coin!' and really wanted it.

  8. "I'm not sure I understand your mac/phone compatibility question as there is no link on GC for iphones anyway."


    Thanks for the info. I was referring to any new GPS unit I might purchase being compatible with a mac computer for downloading/uploading info to and from the GPS unit. Maybe I'll just stick with my phone for a while longer. I am very happy with it for the most part, I just thought an actual GPS device might be more acurate in zeroing in on the cache location.


    I can't speak for later model phones, but the gps in the iPhone 3GS has given me a Margin Of Accuracy anywhere from 155' to 1.5miles. The MOA for my Garmin is +/- 30'.

    I use the two together and it's good.

  9. I just started geocaching recently and since I didn't want to invest in something I might not continue on with I decided I would just use my phone as my gps device. I am now addicted to geocaching, and although I really like the features of my iphone + geocaching.com application, the battery life is horrible, the accuracy is sometimes off, and I'm afraid I'll drop and break my phone while scaling rocks and trees. That said, is there a GPS unit out there that has similar features to my iphone. I like the fact that I can do everything right from my phone (send in logs, look up/download caches, view descriptions/hints/logs, take pictures (though not a priority)). Basically I'm looking for a more rugged iphone with better battery life. I've noticed people mentioning units not being compatible to macs (which I have) but I haven't actually had to hook up to my computer for anything, so I don't know if this would be a factor or not, but if so I need a MAC compatible unit as well. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    I use an old iPhone 3GS with my mac using iTunes for the interface. I have yet to find a decent geocaching app for a mac that doesn't gum up and lose info. I even deleted Mac cashing app because it made the job more complicated.


    I'm not sure I understand your mac/phone compatibility question as there is no link on GC for iphones anyway. I recently learned how to generate and download pocket queries for the iPhone (which downloads best in a wifi area), which I will take with me for cache information purposes. Sure beats making txt files for my kindle! Other than that I also take my Garmin etrex venture hc which is mac happy and lets me download all the waypoints I want directly through the USB cable.


    You can spend a ton of money on GPSs that accept pocket queries, but I'm satisfied using my iPhone for info and logging while in the field, and using my GPS to find the caches. You can also pick up a car charger for the iPhone for travelling...

  10. AWESOME Thank You!!


    That did it, run once and delete was the problem.

    Well, NOW it would seem to me that Pocket Queries take on a whole new value, having info when I have no signal. That and a GPS and I'm good to go!

    Thanks again!


    Make sure you have a day of the week scheduled for the PQ to run and ensure that it has actually run. On the "Your Pocket Queries" page in the list of "Active Queries," the last column in the table shows when the query was last generated. I just created a new PQ, set it to run on Sundays, and it is showing up on my iPhone.


    The "run once and delete" option will not allow the PQ to show up on the iPhone it would appear.

  11. I have an iPhone 3GS with current updates, and the Geocaching app v4.6.0


    The app keeps telling me that I have not set up any pq's yet and to do so on the website. Well, I have but I can't figure out how to get the list on the phone.

    What am I doing wrong? I have created the pq and downloaded it in a zip file as well as a .loc file, but I'm at a loss here.


    My garmin is not pq compatible, so I was hoping to use both gps and phone on a road trip.

  12. Firefox solution:


    - Install Greasemonkey https://addons.mozil...n/greasemonkey/

    - Restart your browser.


    - Install this script http://userscripts.o...pts/show/125949


    Only works on firefox, but its google maps back on GS.


    You are so friggin AWESOME!!

    Thanks for putting the fun back into caching for me!

    I'm pretty rural and it's nice to have satellite imagery over all to let me know where in relation to marshlands, timber cuts, not to mention being able to see dirt roads...

  13. Well shoot.


    LOC and GPX files won't let me download more than the first page on the preview window even when I click on 'check all', so I can't choose a route.

    MacCaching I ended up deleting because it would only show four or five caches and their map view is stuck on a 2 inch square. Seemed to work better yesterday when it showed me a larger map.


    This is starting to take the fun out of caching when I spend hours trying to plot a route.


    money money money, I know........ just venting.

  14. Trying to deal with the new maps issue by downloading ,LOC files. When I generate a query that has more than one page of caches (more than 20 caches), even though I click on 'check all' I only get the front 20 caches.


    I don't know if this is a Mac issue, and I had to delete MacCaching as it is only showing four or five of the caches in the LOC file.


    When I went through the 'preview results' page of my query, I went through all 7 pages on my preview checking all. When I got back to page one, the checked boxes were empty.

    If I'm limited to twenty caches per LOC file, it would be nice if I could choose what 20 to get, say, on a route rather than a circular distance.

  15. So how does one transfer a group of caches on to google earth maps?

    I have a Mac and that GSAK stuff is Windows only.


    Create a Pocket Query, save it to your computer and import it into Google Earth. How you do that on a mac I don't know - but thats what you do

    And if you don't want to burn a PQ, you can download .loc files from the search page and import these into Google Earth.




    I found MacCaching for Macs, it was able to take the LOC file and has the satellite/hybrid feature. It's a bit clunky, but these rural caches on logging roads just don't always show up IF you can get the aerial pics to load.


    I'll try to open with Google Earth next.

    Thanks for the input, it really helped!

  16. Again, a huge Geocaching.com fan! So much fun, but... The cost for the GOOGLE map service has been quoted at approx. 3 million a year. What has not been quoted is the profit Groundspeak receives and the fact that much of the profit comes from the efforts of volunteers. I will probably be doing a GOOGLE EARTH routine, that being transposing the Coordinates from one format to another, and viewing the cache locale with great detail. I came aboard the "premium train" after a very short iniation period. With all the problems and low quality of ALL forms of the new mapping options, I can see people not getting hooked and moving on to other outdoor excersizes...


    Hopefully I am jsut over reacting and as soon as the kinks are worked out, the maps will load in less than 10 minutes, and i can spend more timw out caching than trying to get a viaual idea of wher in the world the cache is...

    So if your going to do it a cache at a time why don't you just click the google map link to the left of the lower map on the cache page? Seems simpler to me than the Google Earth thing. And if your determined to use Google Earth, why are you going to all the work of transposing coordinates? The coordinates listed on the cache page work just fine in Google Earth.


    So how does one transfer a group of caches on to google earth maps?

    I have a Mac and that GSAK stuff is Windows only.

  17. Hi GC's


    Very disappointed on signing in today :( after reading the above posts has certainly dampened my interest , i don't think i will be renewing my premium membership when it runs out , unless the maps improve, shame as i was really getting into it.




    Yep, I might go the same route, but my membership just renewed, so I'm here for another year unless the mapping improves

  18. These new maps bite!


    Can't scroll around with the aerial maps

    Aerial pics don't always load

    no road names, no hybrid

    Can't even find the dirt roads I need to travel to get to some of these caches.


    Groundspeak should try to strike a deal with google. I'd go $20 for a premium, or make satellite imagery for premium only, or both!

  19. I've searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to this.


    I just placed a new cache in an area with fish ladders, rock slides, etc. and thought it would be good to provide a link to a youtube video that would be entertaining and maybe encourage people to visit the location.


    If it is possible, how do I embed a link to youtube in my short cache description?


    AFAIK they are permitted. We have a local pair with a large number of them as the bases for mystery caches. I have one. I use <a href=" url for the Youtube link here ">YouTube

    Link</a>. No spaces between the " marks.


    YOU ROCK!!!!


    Totally Awesome! Thank You!!

  20. I've searched the forums and couldn't find an answer to this.


    I just placed a new cache in an area with fish ladders, rock slides, etc. and thought it would be good to provide a link to a youtube video that would be entertaining and maybe encourage people to visit the location.


    If it is possible, how do I embed a link to youtube in my short cache description?

  21. These sellers are sanctioned by Groundspeak and pay a 20% royalty of the total sales price. You can find them almost anywhere.


    Others just avoid copyright infringements. :rolleyes:


    Now that I look again, it even says, "Brand: Groundspeak" on the auction page. But where do I see that they are sanctioned by Groundspeak?


    I believe Groundspeak has a page of authorized dealers. Not all may be listed.

    I applied for such a thing myself, but they wanted a higher percentage than I would make, so I dropped it.

    Maybe sanctioned is the wrong word. To sell the logo, trade mark, signal, etc., you need to submit your books on a monthly basis as well as sign an impressive agreement.

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