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  1. Thanks Team GeoBlast - that's just what I need.
  2. A fellow geocacher is interested in taking over my caches. What is the best way to do this? At a glance, I can't see how I can change the owner's name. I appreciate any help.
  3. Thanks for the replies. The time on the unit is OK, it's just when I send the track to Mapsend on my PC that the track node times are off. I just noticed that it isn't particularly consistent from day to day. Right now it is 5 hrs off. Hmmm the minutes always seem accurate but the hours are off. The readout on the GPS'r itself is correct always. I tried 24hr time with the same results.
  4. I use Magellan SporTrak Pro. The time and date is always correct on the unit, but when I record a track and send it to my PC, the time is off. 12 hrs off. In the handheld unit, the time is set to AM PM Local. What's the deal and how can I correct it? Is there a setting to toggle?
  5. Sorry about your experience! I have had great service and support from them, though - so don't be too hard on them.
  6. You can pay a little and get a lot! You can use Pocket Queries and GSAK, for example. There are other ways but with GSAK you can "filter" caches many different ways - one way is by the cache type. I don't think many people are disappointed with this set-up.
  7. Here is what JustaCrawlin is refering to http://www.freewarepalm.com/utilities/hintdecoder.shtml
  8. This is a bit off-topic, but I suggest a Hennessey Hammock. It is a bug shelter, rain shelter, no-pad-needed, light weight solution for you. http://www.hennessyhammock.com/ Not affiliated with these fine folks, just a happy customer.
  9. The thing about bad guys is that they are everywhere. Sure, you can identify some places as pretty dangerous, but crime and violence cannot be looped into certain areas. I live in a very nice area with low crime rates. However I can easily think of several murders, rapes, beatings, robberies turned murders, etc. All of these victims were going about their business (shopping, outdoor activity, lounging at home, etc.). To keep OT, these folks do what everybody does and could just have easily been geocaching (for example). I think some folks refuse to believe the threats are real because nothing has happened to them personally. I mentioned the above horrors as happening near me - even though nothing like that has happened to me personally. About knives and sticks - ask a survivor of a violent attack if he/she would choose a firearm for protection. A person can cover 21 feet in 3 seconds, and a stick or knife is not very effective if a nut threatening your life can get his hands on you (or if he is armed). I think a good pepper spray would be more effective than something with no reach.
  10. Here's some stats of interest. This link was posted recently on another of my favorite forums. link
  11. I carry concealed almost always. I have never had to present a weapon while caching or in any other situation. I also have never needed a seatbelt, but they are known to save many lives and I wouldn't consider driving without one. I have never had my life threatened by violent thugs, or had a loved one harmed. That doesn't mean that these horrible things don't happen; they do happen all the time. Personal protection is a personal choice - I protect myself and my loved ones so we won't be victims.
  12. This is not a case of a self defense probably. It sounds more like 7 idiots instead of six. Was the victim blocked from driving further, or did he choose to exit his car to confront the others in a rage? If he couldn't move his vehicle, he should have stayed in it. If he wasn't blocked, he should have left the scene. If he was a concealed carrier, he wasn't trained properly perhaps. But I suspect he was a lunatic with a gun. He couldn't have been struck down if he had stayed in the vehicle, and he could have been more easily justified in shooting if the others got into the car. He used very bad judgement, unless part of the story is missing.
  13. Handguns can keep a situation from escalating at times (these statistics are not usually reported) - the gun is presented and not fired. I think the information in this thread is simply news for a lot of folks. There are huge numbers of citizens carrying, and because it is not visible, lots of folks just haven't been aware of it.
  14. CoyoteRed is right, and I would like to add to that. Here is in VA you can openly carry with only a few exceptions. However there are several advantages to concealing (legally via permit); should there be an armed confrontation, even if the carrier is not directly involved, the visible gun on the hip can make the carrier a target. He might be in danger just because he poses a risk to the bad guy's activities. Secondly, there is "take away", where a thief grabs a handgun and takes it from a holster before the carrier can react. A bad guy is now armed. Finally, even though you can carry openly where allowed by law, there are instances where someone will be alarmed and will call law enforcement to report a man with a gun. Someone legally carrying can be detained - or in a worst case senario - the situation could escalate because of miscommunication. By the way, bad guys don't care about the laws and laws will not keep them from being armed. Also, one cannot choose safe locations. Just ask someone victim to a home invasion. One can be aware of surroundings and have keys handy or a cell phone ready, and some type of self-defense. All that being said, I feel much safer in the wilderness than I do getting there! Interesting thread - hope it doesn't get locked!
  15. The dangers are present and very real. I guess those of you who never had an accident also don't feel the need to wear seat belts. A lot of our local trouble is in the population centers, but there is a lot of potential trouble along the "trash line". I read that phrase in a trout fishing book - it means the area where most people will turn around and head back to their vehicle. The book refers to litter that folks leave in these areas. This is where a lot of drinking, drugging, and worse happens. Many violent crimes occur right where the wilderness meets the vehicle access. These are also the areas we cache.
  16. I backpack with a friend or several friends as often as possible. I go for 2 - 3 nights along the Applachian Trail and am trying to cover as much of the trail as I can with these section hikes. In VA there are quite a few caches within reach of the A.T., and we log as many as we can. We have had absolutely great times on the trail! My favorite piece of gear is the Hennessey Hammock.
  17. I would report something like that to law enforcement. Let them make the decision what, if anything, to do. They are in the best position to make that call. It might tie in with someone's disapperance or some other kind of criminal activity. I would give the coords to them as well.
  18. One more post about the dog I hike with - he readily accepts his pack. He gets very excited as the pack is loaded and placed on him. He will quit whatever he is in to and stand there "chomping at the bit" to hit the trail. As we rest or eat or make camp, he will lay around for a few minutes and then he starts exploring.
  19. Standard poodle or one of the smaller sizes? It was a regular poodle with a perpetually surprised expression! About hiking pace, yea the pack does slow my friend's dog down so that he doesn't run off nearly as much as he normally would. And about length of hike - we will normally go for several nights along the Applachian Trail. The water and food for a large dog is a significant weight for a backpacker to carry. The dog pack is more of a necessity than an option for us.
  20. On the Applachian Trail one day last summer, we stopped to eat lunch. A family of 3 and their poodle walked over to chat and eat. I was surprised to see a pack on the dog! It was a small pack but probably held enough food for several days.
  21. I have some trouble with certain websites too. My biggest complaint is that my password program won't work with the browser. I DO like the search feature and also I can open a whole folder of "Favorites" with just one click. I can open this forum, the weather, news, and whatever else I want under its' own tab.
  22. I have a hiking buddy whose dog uses a pack, so I will throw in my 2 cents worth. Yes, the pack bumps into people, rocks, and trees but rarely actually hangs up. Even after quite a bit of experience on the trail, it seems hard for the dog to compensate for the extra width of the pack – I guess he doesn’t know how to do that. He will try to go through any opening he normally could without the pack. It doesn’t seem to be a big problem though. Once he actually knocked the pack off and kept going. Fortunately we found the pack - it had several days’ worth of dog food. He also jumps up and down from a truck much as he would without the pack and I wonder if he might get hurt. The pack enables the dog to carry water, food and shelter. Overall, it works great with only a few problems. Not sure about the H20 question, but I am pretty sure he gets thirsty more often. He is a Rottweiler and weighs about 90 lbs. The booties are a great idea. This dog had very tender feet on the first packing trip but was fine after that. Here is a scary tale: Once we hiked out of the woods right at dark. The dog had run off and we could hear him barking every now and then. We marked our parked truck in the GPSr and took off in the dark to find the dog. By whistling we could get him to bark occasionally. Finally found him tied to a tree! His leash/lead, which of course attaches to the pack, had come off of the Velcro leash holder and wrapped around a tree as he ran. Then the carabiner on the end of the leash had clipped itself back onto the lead and he was tethered to the tree. If we had left him that night, I wonder if he would have been a bear’s meal.
  23. Nothing I know of except to buy Mapsend software (topo). You can watch for it on sale - try Froogle -or keep looking on ebay. In the end you won't regret buying the software!
  24. but is it a good idea to leave a windup raccoon with a screwdriver?
  25. Hmmm quite a thread here! It’s not my business to make the rules here, but I would like to express my opinion. I am “on-topic” and not trying to offend anyone. I am a Christian so I very much liked the cache theme, and I also feel like everyone should know the verse – it’s the basis of our faith. I don’t think of the bible as “religious”; the bible isn’t just a book (as I have read several times here) – it is God’s living word. Not believing that doesn’t change the fact. All caches reflect the owner’s hobbies, preferences, interests, favorite natural areas, interesting games, etc. That is what makes caching interesting; and reasonable, moral folks know where to draw the line while others try to push that line. I think some of the facts about this particular cache aren’t known to most of us, but we sure have a lively thread! Best regards!
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