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  1. Spearfish Canyon can get pretty busy the first couple weeks of August with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Later in the month, there's a Geobash~ http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...02-3661254abca4 There's caches at 3 or 4 of the Canyon waterfalls. You might find out more about the local caching here~ http://www.blackhillsareageocaching.com/
  2. Are you car camping, or backpack camping? Wind Cave is a very cool area, the south part of Centennial starts here. Camping is available as described here (go down to 'backcountry camping')~ http://www.wind.cave.national-park.com/camping.htm Wind Cave is a ways from Mt. Rushmore, or Crazy Horse. Black Elk Wilderness is closer, and accessable by Centennial from different trailheads. Camping is described here~ http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/blackhills/maps/recguide5x.shtml A great site with lots of info~ http://blackhillshiking.multiply.com/ Doing any geocaching? http://www.blackhillsareageocaching.com/
  3. Well, Saturday, the weather was pretty nice, before this sub-zero front came around. Caching in the snow (and cold) can be extra challenging,decent weather will come around eventually. On some cache listings, the owners might show the little snowflake icon in the attributes to show it's winter-friendly. But, after looking at some of these that I have found, I think it'd require looking under snow to find them. Looks like you found the local geocaching website, I bet some of the RC cachers that check that out might have ideas for good beginner caches.
  4. I think the Oregon 400t is a great choice, I know there's 3 or 4 cachers in the area that have them, and love them. I've been caching for a little over 4 years. I live in Spearfish, so most of my caches are in the Northern Hills (Spearfish Canyon), but I try to get around the Hills pretty good. Saturday I found some good caches (and hiking trails) on M Hill/Cowboy Hill in Rapid. You might want to check out this website~ http://www.blackhillsareageocaching.com/ It'd be a great place to ask about good, beginner caches locally, or chat about the new Garmin.
  5. I don't know when you're planning on visiting, sometimes Iron Mountain Road is closed (at Grizzly Bear picnic area) in the winter. These caches (and others in the area) are off Hwy 244, are lots of fun~ http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...48-d772273007f8 http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...b8-be007cdaafe3 http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...d9-f1df4d995862 The National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps #238 (BlackHills South) and #751 (BlackHills North) both got updated this year, and are pretty handy for checking out the Hills. I've got a 60CSX, and love it, but the Oregon 400t seems to have everywhere covered.
  6. I received my copper and gold geocoins in the mail yesterday, they're so cool! I've been caching a while, but these are the first coins I've gotten. They are beautiful, thanks!
  7. The maps from Gem Trek are great! http://www.gemtrek.com/
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