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  1. Stealth means, to not look suspicious. Kind of discretetly investigate your surroundings and scout out possible locations. Then you need to obtain the cache without looking out of the ordinary, same thing with logging and replacing the cache.

  2. Depends on the type of code. In most cases, the trick is to figure out what type of code it is you're dealing with.


    A good website primer for cryptology is one setup in conjunction with Simon Singh's great read, The Code Book. The associated website is called "The Black Chamber" and has an excellent tutorial about many forms of codes and ciphers.


    Be aware, however, that many puzzle caches may and do contain ciphers which are outside the bounds of Singh's website, which tends to cover the more common or historically interesting codes and ciphers. A well written puzzle cache will usually give you a hint, even if it's just an inkling, of the type of cipher used.


    Aside from that? Google is your friend. Good luck.


    --Dave, The Cow Spots

    I've looked at that site to write codes. Good reference for any codes.


    Sometimes, codes are even to advanced for that site.

  3. I was caching at "Back to School is Cool at Crabapple Lake" and found a campsite in the valley below the cache. Two sleeping bags, some candles, cigar tubes, panties, whiskey jar, toothbrush, bowling ball, and a 20 foot length of rope.


    I run by the area frequently, and every time something new at the site shows up.

  4. Plot Summary for

    GPS the Movie (2006)

    A group of adventure-seeking college friends embark on a GPS scavenger hunt in the Northwest wilderness. They are led to believe they will find two million dollars in cash. When they come to the treasure location they find what appears to be a small grave. They dig up the grave and find a small coffin that contains something shocking and confusing. Inside the coffin are photographs of a woman tied up and masked, and a new set of GPS coordinates deeper in the forest. The group must decide if the photos are real or just part of an elaborate game.


    Hopefully, when muggles think about geocaching, this idea doesn't register in their minds. :D

  5. I have a town tour puzzle cache called "The Good Ole Days", the cache is a micro and is handi-cap accessible. I had an idea to make the tour for everyone and wanted to have two options at the "final" cache, where physically disabled people could just log the find and an option for people without limited mobility to go after a more physically demanding cache. I would place extra coordinates in the final micro for the finders to have coordinates to a large cache placed on an island, and if they found that they could double log the cache as two finds.


    Is the allowed by geocaching guidelines?

  6. Since my employer willfully pays for all my gas....I'm pretty much unaffected by all the hoopla.


    I do however feel your pain.


    Well, not really, but I do feel guilty about burning free gas chasing ammoboxes around the desert.


    Ok, thats not true either, but there was this one time that I needed gas and my fleet card wouldn't work at the pump so I had to actually pay cash and put it on my expense report. It kinda sucked, until my expense account check showed up then it didn't suck as much.

    Wow, I envy you.


    Actually I don't.


    Actually that's a lie I do.


    Actually gas prices are lower in my area than the rest of the country so I don't care, so I lied. :D

  7. Their right for survival greatly outweighs your right to play a game.

    Unfortunately for the homeless in our community, most rights are reserved for taxpayers.

    The mountain is high, the valley is low,

    And you're confused 'bout which to go,

    So I flew in to give you a hand,

    And lead you into, the promised land.


    Come on and take a free ride,

    free ride,

    Come on and take it by my side,

    Come on and take a free ride!


    Advertisement for hobos? Some people are homeless and are just trying to "get back into the swing of things" but then you have others that want to get alot of things handed to them. I've been going to Pirate (Pittsburgh) games for years, and I know the regulars that come out there to collect, but once they make their quota it sometimes doesn't all go to "put food on the table", but goes to less godly things. :D



  8. Something I've been tossing around for too long in my cranium has been a "Choose Your Own Adventure" cache. Remember those books from the 80's? You would read a page or so then have to make a choice about where you want the story to go, and turn to that page. The cache would be similar. All the stages would be listed and loggable as separate caches but only the initial cache would be listed as a traditioinal. All other "stages" in the story would appear as mystery/puzzle caches, with the only way to find them being to go to first and then choose which of 2 coords to go to next, then choose fro another 2, and another 2. Really it's no more than a collection of caches (and they wouldn't even have to be owned by the same person, though that makes maintenace much easier, of course) that are linked by a story. However, finding all the caches in the story would require eventually travelling every possible path.


    I've done some preliminary work scoping out interresting areas that are fairly equally spaced. I envision each of the stages being far enough apart to warrant (nay, require) driving between them. You could hunt it piece by piece, or attempt an entire story line in one day (I'd like to make it so this is possible).


    A lot of work? Oh yeah. Maybe more than I have time for right now, even. But that's for me to worry about. For now, I'd like to get some feedback. Has anyone seen or done a cache like this before? Not a straight line series of caches, but one that braches. Does anyone forsee any possible problems with building/maintaining such a cache series (well, other than the time and dedication...)?


    Sound off!

    Do it. With alot of uninteresting caches springing up, a cacher with a great idea like yours should take it to the max. Make it memorable, but also make it fit the guidelines.


    Don't want to place 15 caches and not have it approved.

  9. If you are going to make a cache, place it close enough that if people question if the cache is infact there, you can drive to it. Say, "Yep, its there!" And drive home, and post a note.


    If you can do that, then you can place the cache. Place them in a pre-existing cache because there are ALOT of travel bugs, you can create a cache and drop bugs off once it's approved.

  10. Does the price of milk impact how much bread you buy?


    If you spend more money on one thing, you'll probably not spend so much on things that are unessential. I'm in an area of the country where gas isn't skyhigh, but you've got to deal. Two years from now gas may be at $5 a gallon. And we'll look at what we're paying today and wish we hadn't taken it for granted.


    I'll just sit right here, snug in my chair, until they perfect hydrogen powered cars. And the world is powered by nuclear energy :D .

  11. I would like to see more geofolk bring along a digital camera and take a picture of the Geocache log, after they sign the cache log, then post the picture (after shrinking to the smallest usable/readable resolution) to the electronic log on geocaching.com as this will serve two purposes:


    1) Muggled caches tend to loose the cache log. This is a uncomfortable loss, because many geofolk are very creative with thier logs.


    2) Sometimes newly enthusiastic geofolk would like to see that the long time hobbiest (geocaching is a hobby) actually did go to the cache, and are not just claiming it to get thier cache count up to some "praise worthy" level.


    Comments? Problems??

    That would be a good feature.


    But, it would be a MAJOR inconvience for cachers, and some cachers want to get in, get out, and get going.


    However, when I do have some time on my hands, I'll sit down and pick through a log to see what some cachers said about the cache.

  12. This person is just looking for attention apparently. If we just ignore them, they'll eventually find that no one cares if they virtually log 10,000 TB's because they are too busy to watch attention getters.


    I don't want to offend the OP in any way, but maybe closing this topic would be the best way to not give this cacher attention, and let them fizzle out, they can't sit there forever logging virtual TB's without realizing that they're just wasting alot of time on nothing.

  13. I've never dealt with a situation of this nature. But talking to any person, if you feel safe enough to confront them with your problem they may be well obliged to move, or live in coexistence with said cache.


    These may be friendly hobos, but then again they may not be.


    It's a tough situation, but the safest answer would just to not hide it there, because even if you "shoo" them away, just like flies, they'll come back.

  14. Yes, there are lots of caches like this. The most popular example are Holiday Caches, hidden in November and December. They are great at first, but the owners report that they degrade into regular swag within a few months. It is always hard to maintain a non-traditional theme.

    True, if you could afford to keep them stocked well, it would be a great idea. People will trade what they want to sometimes and it makes it hard for the hider who wants a "theme" for all swag.


    My idea is, if the finder doesn't want to keep by the theme, then don't trade, it's just as easy to sign a TNLN, than to anger the hider by taking a nice gift and leaving a business card.

  15. Should a "Bum Inhabitance" attribute be added to the list when cachers pick attributes, so a cacher will know to throw a quarter pounder in the opposite direction of the cache when they find it?


    If this place is made of vines and broken trees, I think you could probably place a well camo'd cache there like Lep said, and if it's really that hard to find, leave a good hint.

  16. Most of the time, Letterbox Hybrids are cross listed on both geocaching.com and letterboxing.org. They contain both a logbook for geocachers and a stamp/inkpad for the letterboxers.

    But what exactly makes a letterbox a letterbox?

    It would need a stamp. If its a just a box with coordinates its a geocache. If there are instructions to get you there from the coords it's an offset.


    Put a stamp inside and post it on a letterboxing website, it becomes a letterbox hybrid.

    Ok, so I do need to post in on the Letterboxing website then?

  17. I recently was letterboxing, and thought that in my area, with the lack of uncommon caches such as letterboxes in my area, I was planning on hiding one. I don't know how to get a stamp, but...


    My question is, if you give coordinates to a telephone pole somewhere, and then gave instructions for compass bearings and how far to walk along at that bearing and did that the whole way to the geocache, would that be considered a letterbox, even without the stamp?

  18. Wondering what the most disgusting cache you have found is. I haven't found this one but it is certainly the most disgusting one I've heard of. I saw this referenced in another topic and when I looked at it I couldn't believe anybody would plant this let alone that people would retrieve it.


    Waypoint GCKTF2



    Let's not make a "grossest" cache list, because people are just going to find raw sewage to hide caches in it, just so they can log on here and say, check out THIS cache.

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