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  1. On 9/4/2022 at 2:16 PM, Mag Magician said:

    I'll start off with Petrified Snowman (GC165FR) which I published on 9/23/2007.  It's a fantastic location and I would hate to just archive it.


    Ha! I've had this one on my to-find list for a while. I've got a couple of caches up in the area, so I'd be happy to adopt it and give it some love.

  2. It will be interesting to find out why it was changed.


    However, knowing the CO, I doubt there was any malicious intent associated with the change.



    Alright, since none of the cachers who contacted me directly for information posted an update to the forum, I'll just re-post my reply here for all to see:


    I own a number of caches, almost all of which have been active for atleast 4 years, some as long as 7. From experience, I can tell you that the terrain and difficulty of a hide can and does change over the course of time. I do not view the D/T ratings as static, and I adjust them as required to better reflect the current challenge of the cache. As far as the geocaching "guidelines" and clayjar's rating system, all of my hides are within .5 to 1 star of what the script generates, and I'll adjust the rating to what I feel best reflects the challenge of the cache.


    Again, guidelines are just that... guidelines. Personally, I don't care if specialized equipment is required, what really matters is if specialized training is required to operate that equipment. Anyone can rent a canoe and paddle to a cache, that does not automatically make it terrain 5 in my book. Heh, you could just wait until winter and snowshoe to the cache! (I winter camp at Kiosk and have walked to Manitou Lake on the ice) However, try going for a scuba cache or using rock climbing gear without proper training. You can, and probably would, kill yourself in the process. That merits 5 star. None of my other canoe accessible caches are rated at 5 stars, and ACT 277 is a pretty easy trip compared to some.


    When I adopted the cache from the original owner last year, I received permission to fix up the hide and make any changes required. The original hide was a micro, and would not have been considered a 5 difficulty, maybe a 3. When I replaced the missing container with an ammo can, I did my best to hide it in such a way as to maintain the original 5 difficulty. (And, if you read the most recent log, I'm afraid I may have been too successful). However, it was pointed out to me on a maintenance trip through Algonquin in August, that none of my other canoe caches are 5 terrain. I think the person was hinting for me to raise the terrain of my other caches to 5, but it backfired.


    No need to worry, NONE of the 7 successful finders of this cache have used it as a part of ANY challenge cache. Besides, there are far easier 5/5 caches for people to go after.


    I hope that clears things up. If someone does not agree with my rating system, they are free to assign their own personal rating to any of my caches. :P



  3. that's easy? 750 ml

    No takers on Binrat's question so I'll ask the next (easy) one. :mad:


    Q: What is the minimum capacity in ml of the bailing cup required in small watercraft?

    Aww, so much for my micro bailer safety kit idea using a 35mm film can, nylon thread, mini whistle and an LED keychain light.



  4. What about taking it to the extreme... should we make rear view mirrors illegal too

    Yes, along with excessively large A-Pillars too. This is why I'd rather ride my motorcycle.

    Less distractions and crap blocking your view, more enjoyment of the ride!


    I also agree that the driving tests are far to easy... Even Spike managed to get a license! That is scary...



  5. Ok, sign me up to help out for Ontario.


    I've saved most of my old track logs from hiking on the Bruce Trail and Oak Ridges Trail, in addition to a ton of canoe routes through Algonquin Park and other areas. Usually I just compile them into filtered tracks and load them as sets to my GPS whenever I am in the area, but having a transparent map overlay sounds like a great idea. Sounds like I have some reading up to do.


    For anyone interested, I'll start collecting trail data here: trails@tomtec.ca



  6. ...this PG-13 hobby seems to be more for families, not treasure hunters or aspiring alcoholics...

    Obviously never been to one of MY pubnights..

    That's true... who's going to be the special guest at the Mellow-Roast?

    After meeting David Hasselhoff at your last event, I'm racking my brain to figure out how you plan to top that one!



  7. 9th hole is on the other side of the border?

    That is part of the answer. If you play the 9th hole what happens?

    Does it involve border security, chopsticks, body cavity searches, marshmallows, and/or bowling balls?


    If it's the answer I think you're aiming for, you should clarify what time of the year we're playing at!




    First the Rockies... now Mars!

    My quest to find better burgers is getting very expensive!


    Then again, I'm glad Piggy chose Mars, as opposed to another planet with a much more humorous name... you know the one... because that would just wreck the slogan! nana.gif



  9. If you're trying to save money, you should use camo duct tape, since most cachers have a stash of that already.

    I think the concept here is to have a clear screen protector... you know, so you can still read what's on the screen?

    Then again, you may have x-ray vision for all I know... he he. nana.gif



  10. Who's name defaces Mazinaw Rock in Ontario's Bon Echo Provincial Park?

    I refuse to answer on the ground I might incriminate myself... hide.gif

    I didn't know you were that old, TOMTEC! :D (It was done in 1919)

    I have this habit of signing my name whenever I visit a place, (some have spotted me doing it while caching...) so if you know where to look, yeah, you'll find my name there... just not in 1919, only around 80 years later.



  11. 1) I'm guessing it's Gagnon.

    2) ?? never bothered to stop... nobody was home!

    3) Driving way to fast on the only stretch of paved road for hundreds of km?

    (Hey, we had a ferry to catch, had to make time somewhere!)



  12. This is a difficult question to answer. Obviously, you couldn't pile one atop the another as they would fall over long before you reached the necessary height. :P

    Alright Mr. Smarty Pants, how about we create an exact 1:1 scale model of the CN Tower using M2A1 ammo cans as giant Lego bricks? How many ammo cans now? (Rounding to the nearest 1000 will do)




  13. We'll stick to the Ammo Can theme... assuming you have a standard M2A1 ammo can (often referred to as a .50 cal) which measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 7.25" high... How many would you have to stack (round to the nearest 10) to make a pile as tall as the CN Tower?



    rockon.gif Take it away 2happy!



  14. This was a real tough question so I think I will let TOMTEC have it.

    Heh, the reason I didn't include GD was that I didn't want to have to ask the next question... Oh well, here's a quick one off the top of my head.


    We'll stick to the Ammo Can theme... assuming you have a standard M2A1 ammo can (often referred to as a .50 cal) which measures somewhere in the neighborhood of 7.25" high... How many would you have to stack (round to the nearest 10) to make a pile as tall as the CN Tower?



  15. Have you ever seen the picture of the little fish being eaten by the big fish and then by the bigger fish?


    If you have ever used a ammo can for a cache you will more than likely notice they have very unusual markings on them, right.


    More often you will notice that a Canadian ammo can will have markings like IVI or CAL.


    The three part question is this.....


    1. What does IVI and CAL stand for and who owned them?

    2. Who bought out IVI and CAL?

    3. What MAJOR defense contractor bought out the owner who bought out IVI and CAL?


    1. Industries Valcartier? Incorporated & Canadian Arsenals Limited

    2. SNC-Lavalin

    3. Uh, I think they only bought SNC Technologies, not the entire company. I'll let someone else take a stab at this one... he he.



  16. He he, I offered a "muggle proof" replacement back before this was moved to the forums, so of course I'm in... Besides, I ride in the area almost weekly, so carrying a replacement cache would be easy to do.


    The List Continues to Grow:


    (1) Tequila

    (2) moop

    (3) Swifteroo

    (4) Juicepig

    (5) CouparAngus and his companion Mr. Shotgun :)

    (6) 2happy2gether

    (7) TOMTEC


    Hmm, what time on Tuesday?



  17. Alrighty then! There is a phenomenon in the North Pacific that concerns Greenpeace and other environmental groups. Please provide:

    1. One of its names.
    2. Its approximate coordinates.

    I'm guessing it's got something to do with the area close to Hawaii where the ocean currents have trapped whole bunch of floating debris creating a highly toxic mess. I haven't got a clue what it's called, so I'll leave it to someone else.



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