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  1. I agree that the case is a good idea, as is the screen protector.


    I also have a longer than normal lanyard attached to mine.  I put it around my neck and carry my GPS.  If / when I slip, stumble, need to grab a kid, I simply let go of the GPS (which is almost a natural reaction if the kids are the ones in danger of falling).  It is supported by the "neck strap" and falls harmlessly to my chest.


    Unless I go all the way down, face first, I feel that this is the safest way to carry it.


    I agree -


    my wife carries hers that way -


    I did not like the feel of the weight on my neck but I did like the security and ease of letting go an getting it back in hand.


    ps - no rug rats to grab if slipping - she just likes the security.


    Incidentally (hmm... you might not have enought hands on second thought), I made her a walking stick and she loves it for security on the trail. And REALLY loves it when crossing streams on stones and logs and what have you. Was wondering if you had thought of one.



    I have a Garmin carrying case, and a neck lanyard for the Vista C, never even think about hurting the GPSr even if I slip. Have a walking stick in the other hand, and sometimes hold a dog leash in the other. The neck lanyard gives you nice security if you slip but don't completely fall on your face. But to protect the thing from scratches, etc. the case is great. And the buttons are accessible so I never had a complaint about the case.

  2. One of these days, I'm going to create a thread with nothing but the Blatant Jackassery postings of Team Alpha Omega. This post as well as Micros are like the AIDS virus posts come to mind.

    :blink: You should definately start that thread. I'll back you up 100%, just to see the responses. :o

  3. Question for multi. (Don't want to post a forum question over this silly question).


    Can you have a multi-cache that you have an option for when someone finds it, they place another stage to the cache and leave the coordinates in the cache before it. Like a multi-cache that keeps getting bigger and bigger.

  4. . . .  I would be honored to meet Jeremy, just to thank him for the hundreds of hours of fun that his website has given me.

    I would too. Everytime I am out on a very long walk in search of, or returning from, a cache, I want to say over and over again, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You." to everyone, and especially Jeremy, who makes this activity possible.

    Don't get me wrong, Jeremy is definately a person I would like to meet. My point before I realized the levels were actually "association" rather than "rank", was that a cacher is ranked more upon other things. Jeremy must be awesome, because he invested in a prime sport right here. Thanks alot Kit Fox! :o

  5. Yesterday while out caching, I hiked to a cache where the last log shown was November of 2004. Prior to leaving I read the previous log where people talked about what they left and what they took.


    When I get to the cache I begin to read the log book and notice that the cache was found in May 05. The finder took a Susan B. Anthony Dollar and a TB and left a hotel pen. ( Not quite trading even or up).


    On the way back I got to thinking what if I inventoried the caches and included the inventory in my found log. Would this be helpful? Would it be a waste of time? I know I have read that cache owners can send a TB to grave yard - would this help remove those travel bugs that have been lost from the data base or would it cause increased confusion?


    Let me know what you think and please don't turn this into a SWAG Bashing thread.



    That idea would be great in a more "controlled" environment, but it's WAY to hard to keep up, especially if you own multiple caches.

  6. My point was this, your "degree" in geocaching (ie first, second) has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with who you have cached with or how many you have found. I think a person who has a broader knowledge base of hiking, local history of where you caching, etc. is a geocacher who is more "experienced". I really do not think any less of a cacher with 2 finds as opposed to a person with 2,000 and who has cached with the geocaching "Hall of Famers" , if you will, geocaching is very meticulate in the aspect that "numbers" have nothing to do with how great of a cacher you are. Hopefully, I emphasized the point I wanted to make before this time. :rolleyes:

  7. Jeremy is just another run of the mill GeoCacher, who owns all rights of the word. Do think any less of yourself as a cacher because you haven't cached with him, regardless of his status. I would much rather cache with Sir Tenzing Norgay or Edmund Hillary. Your "status-quote" should have nothing to do with who you have cached with, or even how many caches you have found, but by how much fun you have caching and how much general knowledge you have of hiking, geocaching, and "neat" places to go.

  8. We're new to geocaching, but hiking wise, it's the greatest to hike when it's just cold enough to kill off all the jaggers but not snowing cold. Usually November, February, March are the best times to hike off trail, which is geocaching minus the treasure hunt, right?

  9. I got a first to find. If you're friends with the hider it's fun to get one. I think it's better to get a "lonely" cache, one that hasn't been found in a few months. That shows it's harder to find so you exert a little bit more effort to find.

  10. I also registered to the site you are talking about and the nearest cache from me was like a couple hundred miles. I 10x prefer Geocaching over any of the other sites.

    Terracaching is ridiculous, you need to get sponsored to get into a site that has like 12 caches in the United States. If one got stolen the whole 4 people that use that site would go into a frenzy. Geocaching is the best and will keep up top for a long time with competition like navicahing and terracaching.

  11. Ok, no I am not one to complain and really I am not doing this now honest. But....I was wondering is it cool to have more than one White jeep at a time. I would not do this, as I do not think it is the intent of the game. In fact the one I did get, I did the goal pic and got it back out there again as soon as I could. Within a few days. However, I have noticed some seem to pick up a few at a time and keep um when others cant find any. So this brings my post. I can see where there is an advantage of picking up more than one. Having a few would increase your odds of a win. Log one pic, drop off the jeep, then use the other for the following months. I do not believe this is right, but if it is ok, if it is just one more trick, or strategy of the game well then ok....... So what is the thoughts out there what do yall think about that..-RB

    It's a toy car. :blink:

  12. Howdy folks. I just wanted to vent a little bit because I'm getting a little discouraged with geocaching in general. I'm wondering if anyone else gets to feeling this way sometimes. I've had a couple of incidents that have taken the shine off the game for me and I'm wondering if I should just lick my wounds and climd back on the horse of just give it a rest fo awhile.


    Incident #1: I was getting a bit tired of finding McToys and junk in general in the caches so I decide to create a unique signature item. (wish I knew how to post a picture). I've been collecting antique firecracker labels for well over 30 years and I find the artwork to be interesting. What I did was make some fridge magnets using reproductions of the antique labels (no two were alike), I also created my own "SeaScout" brand label. I would then wrap the fridge magnets to resemble a pack of flash crackers (red paper and all that), with the "SeaScout Brand" label attached. This was placed in an envelope with a paper describing the history of antique fircracker labels and the hobby of collecting them. I recieved numerous emails telling me how much people liked my sig. item and they never seemed to stay in the geocaches very long. Folks seemed to really like them. Recently I recieved an email from another cache placer. I had left one of my items in his cache and he took offense at me leaving it there. Without examining the item, he accused me of leaving a banned item, breaking general laws in 3 states, and causing a big to do. He basically tore me a new bodily orifice. I exchanged emails with him and informed him that the item was not fireworks and had he looked at the item he would have seen it was harmless fridge magnets and not among the list of banned items. We talked back and forth and settled the matter to both of our satisfaction. I made some changes to my sig item so that there isn't even the remotest possibility of it being mistaken for the real thing. (not that it was that close to begin with). The incident did leave a bad taste in my mouth though.


    Incident #2: I've only placed one geocache so far. (50 Fathom of Wampup), GCP5HG. I wanted to keep it simple for my first try. As part of the clue I created a small sculpture and placed it in a garden near the cache. People responded well to the sculpture. I got good log entries concerning it and during my travels by the cache I noticed the general public seemed to admire it also. This morning I went to check on the cache and noticed that someone had decided to destroy the sculpture. They didn't just remove it, they used quite a bit of effort to completely destroy it. I'm thinking it was probably teenagers or kids that did it. That incident left me with the feeling of "why bother if people are just going to destroy the work anyhow."


    Final vent: Caches with nothing but broken toys and junk at uninteresting places..... ARRRRGGGHHHH.........


    Sorry for the vent. I feel better now. Maybe I'll hit some caches later today if the humidity improves and the rain holds off.

    Hide multi-puzzle caches, only dedicated cachers seem to do those ones. And if someone steals your frist stage, it's usually a micro anyways. My idea is that jerks go around looking to make people unhappy. I.E. Incident #1 and #2. Don't give up on, just find caches for a while, hide one later and have it well planned out so that it won't get muggled, so if infact it's destroyed you'll know it was a cacher for sure.

  13. Geocaching should be free! This comes up every now and then. Normally as a moral stand against some part of paying for the RASH, or having a members only cache.


    So what part is supposed to be free? I can't think of any that are free, but quite a few parts that are sponsored so others don't have to pay.


    When it comes to placing a cache, lowly gladware costs money, and so do log books.

    When it comes to swag, the quality may be low but the happy meal still costs money.

    When it comes to listings, no matter who runs the servers and provides the bandwidth there is a cost associated.

    When it comes to seeking a cache there is always gas, a GPS and so on.

    Even cache maggots have to spend money to jack a cache. Usually more than the price of the goods they stole. (It warms my heart to think of that aspect).


    My payback in placing a cache is the feedback in the form of logs. Those who log in effect sponsor those who don't. Without online logs I would not place nearly as many caches as I have. Without any form of log book I wouldn't place any caches at all.


    Paid members on GC.com sponsor unpaid members. At Navicache, Scouts new site, and others, the site owners are still footing the entire bill. All the local groups we enjoy are often sponsored by one person. When they grow tired or something happens and their site goes down it shows how dependant geocaching still is on individuals who take the time to pay for geocaching in a thousand small ways.


    The only real issue about free caching is; who is going to sponsor who in the long run?


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