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  1. At our state events, most folks show up on Friday and spend the evening around a campfire doing just what gof1 suggest. It's actually my favorite part of the event. Saturday morning, everyone is crawling out of their tents and campers and hiding their caches for the Hide and Seek event. Lunch, everyone gets together for the big start and then again at supper. Getting together at these times allow folks to pair up with others for some caching. Saturday night, many gather around the fire after a short stint of night caching, again for a chance to visit and make new friends. Sunday morning, gathering for breakfast, folks have one last chance to team up for the final few caches. Finally at noon, everyone gathers, visits, eats lunch and participates in the awards ceremonies before departing for home. I still enjoy the games and attempt to do as many as I can. Since our events for most folks run from Friday through Sunday, there is lots of time to visit and make friends.
  2. For the big events we hold here in Oklahoma, my favorite event is the 'Hide and Seek' event. For this, folks who want to hide a cache, create one of their most creative caches and hide it in the park where the event is being held. This is usually over a large state park area and not your small neighborhood park. Historically, these caches have been much more creative than your normal urban micro. At the end of the event, we take a vote and award prizes to the top three choices. All participants in the event get to participate in the 'hide' portion by seeking the hidden caches. At our state events, your finds, and your hides earn you raffle tickets for random drawing for any donated prizes. Other games we've tried are puzzle cache series, murder mysteries, road rallys, and test your skills, where a trail has many different types of caches hidden along it.
  3. Hey folks. Springfling is almost upon us. Official dates for the event are 26 and 27 April, but many folks will show up early. For those who haven't attended one of our larger events in Oklahoma, Springfling is an event not to be missed. This is a chance to get together with many other cachers who's names you've seen in the logs, do a little caching (actually a lot), and just simply relax and have a good time. Your registration must be received by the cutoff date of 19 April for those who would like to participate in the catered meals. Event t-shirts are available, again if ordered prior to the 19th. Even if you don't want to eat the offered meals or need a t-shirt, you need to fill in the registration form, so we can get you an ID card made and know who to expect to show up. The webpage for Springfling has all the information and forms you need. There will be great games and even some very nice prizes given. So come on down for what is shaping up to be one of the best events ever.
  4. As for paying for stats, I'm perfectly happy using GSAK and the FindStatGen3 macro to create my view of those stats. Plus the GSAK cost is a one time cost. I love to see some of my numbers add up. Things like Most Easterly, Most Northernly, Most Southern, Most Westerly caches and the distance from cache to cache. As for the beer offers that are flowing around, I always keep a fridge full of good brews. Cachers are always welcome
  5. Don't be concerned about your sig item not fitting in many caches. As much work as you'll be putting into these, you won't want to be handing them out like candy. Besides, if folks who put out micros, or folks who find micros, cared about the contents, then there wouldn't be any micros.
  6. 52 in 2002. I finally topped the 2000 mark after over 6 years of caching.
  7. IMO, as long as the team is getting credit for the hide, then the team shouldn't get credit for the find. Again, IMO you should each get your own accounts. One of you can assume the existing account through the name change process. The other will have to relog with an explanation about the splitting of the team.
  8. Blaidd-Drwg


    You need to come to Springfling for a chance to meet many of the other Oklahoma geocachers. It's close to where you. Lake Longmire, near Pauls Valley.
  9. Several years ago, when I started caching, I went with the name 'Team Madog'. At that time I thought that since I didn't always cache alone that I should in some manner give credit to those I cache with. After several years, I realized that I was the only constant, the one doing all of the logging and I'm the one present for all the finds, so I changed my name to reflect an individual. I always give credit for others with me in my logs. So, bottom line, I believe everyone should have their own account that reflects those caches that they participated in the location of. As for getting the individual numbers up, as mentioned by the OP, each person present needs to log their participation.
  10. I built this cache for one of our state events. I placed it along a trail that led to the Amphitheater. I used a piece of pvc with a botton to hold the log book and small swag. I was with several folks as we walked by it, and they never realized that it was a cache until they were given the coords.
  11. One day, my wife and I were setting in a park eating lunch when we noticed two folks getting out of a vehicle. The ladies head went down in the typical cacher stance and they moved a few feet. I then watched as they both started pointing in different directions and then would move a few feet and then repeat the pointing. Eventually they started searching a rock wall and ducked down out of site. I couldn't stand the pressure of letting them think they were being descrete so I walked up to them and asked them if they found what they were looking for. After a few moments, I let them off the hook and admitted that I knew they were geocaching. There have been many of times where I've gotten to stand back and watch others caching.
  12. Agreed. For ease of use and transfer of data to the PDA, cachemate is a wonderful tool. Pair it with GSAK on your laptop/desktop, it's unbeatable.
  13. As previous owners of GPS12, etrex, vista, GPSMAP60CS and now a GPSMAP 60CSX, I can't say enough good things about the CSX. If you can afford it, I'd go for the 60CSX as it will allow you to expand your needs. If you go with a cheaper model, then you will have to pay to get the increased functionality present in the CSX. As has been said, buy the maps. Looking down the road, I've considered the Colorado, but I've only seen one problem after another with them, so I'm holding off on that model.
  14. Even without entering a location, the GPSr will get a lock after a period of time. When I went from Ft Benning to Camp Wolf in Kuwait, it took about 30 minutes to get a lock. Enjoy your time in Vancouver.
  15. Nowhere near NYPaddleCacher, but I've got a few more miles. 1972 finds covering 140,652 miles or 71.32 miles per cache. I honestly think it should be a lot higher as I normally travel at least 50 miles to a caching area, then 50 miles back.
  16. I recently changed my name so that folks would stop calling me a Mad Dog. Yes, when you follow the procedures specified, all your on-line logs, travel items, forum entries and such will change. You will have to manually go in and change the hider name on any of your own caches hidden. What won't happen is the physical logs. Unfortunately, they will still show your old name. Blaidd-Drwg, formerly know as Team Madog
  17. I don't seem to be able to get to the ItsNotAboutTheNumbers website right now, but I think the Top 10 stats show only that, the top ten. There is no overall ranking that shows where you or someone else stands compared to all others. One can narrow their stats down to a particular country or state and see how you stand with other locals. I happen to be the top of the Oklahoma group for finds in other countries. My number is 13 at this time, but that's nowhere near enough to make the overall board.
  18. A GPSMAP60CSX carried in my left hand.
  19. I wear a vest like this one when it's not too hot The multiple pockets give me places for things like batteries, camera, signature swag, medical forcepts for fishing out those pesky nano logs, latex gloves, compass, pens, handi-wipes, PDA and when it's not in my hand, my GPSr. I've tried many models, and I think that it is a personal choice on the layout you'd like
  20. Looking at my oldest micros found, they were all actually decon kits or small caches. As I remember, back in the beginning there were only micros and regular size caches. Anything less than an ammo can was a micro.
  21. I went to the ItsNotAboutTheNumbers website and looked at a sampling of some of the names I frequently see in these caches. I noted the number of caches they've loged and the average log length. Although this isn't truely scientific or statistically sound, it does give us a picture of what is going on. Caches Log length Total words Cacher 1 1017 91.8 93360.6 Cacher 2 2691 31.5 84766.5 Cacher 3 676 47.4 32042.4 Cacher 4 1164 40.9 47607.6 Cacher 5 2953 134.5 397178.5 Cacher 6 618 145.9 90166.2 Cacher 7 2228 40 89120 Cacher 8 1141 44.7 51002.7 Cacher 9 553 147.1 81346.3 Cacher 10 866 70.6 61139.6 Totals 13907 1027730.4 Average length 73.9 Of course these numbers come from cachers who participate in the 'Forums' heavily, so I would expect them to have longer than average logs. My own numbers 1972 cache logs with an average of 51.4 words which puts me as the median for the above group of cachers.
  22. According to Cachemate website, you can use either 2002 or later version of OS on your PDA. I suspect you have a 2002 OS, based on your OP. To get the PQ in your PDA, copy the PQ directly to the SD card from your PC. You don't need Active-sync at all.
  23. I'm not sure exactly how the centroid is caclculated. Looking at my own data, it must be an average of all finds. It definitely isn't the mid-points of Lat/Long. For instance here are my extremes for N/S/E/W Most Northerly cache found: N 64° 49.313, Fairbanks Travel Bug Drop Box GCHPMV Most Southerly cache found: S 45° 51.527, Centennial Memorial (Dunedin, Otago) GCB6C Most Easterly cache found: E 174° 46.078, Albert Blimp Cache (Auckland) GCH0XK Most Westerly cache found: W 155° 27.978, Hairy Hill Cache GC325E With all of my finds calculated, my cache centroid: N 35° 56.050 W 96° 39.447 This is a spot NE of Chandler, OK, which is about 120 miles NE of my home coords
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