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  1. That would be a cool idea, but my systems also works fine for me, I just mark the coordinates as corrected in GSAK, then I can load all unknowns with corrected coordinates and that gets "ALR's and solved puzzles" ... bytheway, what's an ALR? I've never heard/seen that one before, I knew what it meant based on context but can someone tell me what it stands for?

  2. What kind of stealth tactics do you use while searching for a cache in high muggle areas?


    I don't, I think stealth when caching is generally a bad idea, most people are not as sneaky or cleaver as they think they are so they just end up making it obvious that they are hiding something, and if you look like you're being sneaky you'll raise a lot of concern.


    I believe in not hiding my actions, if someone is looking at me like they are wondering what I'm doing I'll often just walk over to them and explain it, unless I'm feeling playful and then I'll just stare at them like THEY are doing something weird and wrong until they feel awkward enough to leave... lol


    Personally I don't believe in "non-cachers" stealing caches, sure it might happen once in a blue moon, anything can happen, but if you stop to think about it, if you were not a geocacher but saw one find a cache would you wait until he was gone and then go steal it? I wouldn't and I can't picture any family or friends being like that either... no... I personally believe 99% of caches that go missing are because Geocachers steal them, but that's another thread topic.

  3. It's the same thing as seeing a cacher post a needs maintenance because they could not find a cache.


    LOL, A little off topic here but I've seen that A LOT, plus someone put a 'needs archived' log on one of our caches because they couldn't find it, they said they looked everywhere and knew it wasn't there, it had only been published 2 days, the next day someone found it and the day after that the first person went back and found it...

    Oh, and someone said a cache needed maintenance because it didn't load into their GPS correctly... hmmmm

  4. Assume I drive 300 miles a month just caching.

    That's just two days of caching for me :lol:


    Last Friday morning I drove 30 miles to drop my wife off with a friend so they can go away for the weekend to Yosemite. I then spent the next 8 hours driving almost 150 miles "taking the long way home" and finding a few dozen caches.


    Saturday I got up and drove 50 miles to meet up with friends, then we all drove another 50 miles to get to the trailhead of a planned 4x4 run we're organizing for GeoWoodstock weekend. By the time I got home we found 16 caches, hid 20 caches, and I put 240 miles on the truck.


    Today I drove 60 miles and found a few caches, then I picked up my wife, and we drove home in just 30 miles with no caching.


    Hrmph. 300 miles a month. Wuss. :):D


    LOL, yeah.. In the last year I've taken my Jeep about 5,000 miles a month caching, and that doesn't include when I drive one of the other cars...

  5. I keep my coins in an archived (unpublished cache) just to keep them separate from TB's and coins I have picked up along the way.


    I think ( and there's always a chance I'm wrong ) that we're talking about caches that have never been reviewed or published, an archived cache is different, to me, because it's "Viewable," the times I've coem across a cache being used as "Virtual traveler storage" it's been an unreviewed unpublished cache that nobody except Cache owner and reviewer can see.


    Also a few people have said "I never do that with other people's bugs" but some people do, and I think that's the original problem mentioned here.

  6. What's everybody's take on tiny mico caches that are so difficult to find because they are hidden in very touristy areas where there are hundreds of muggles around?


    I just came back from vacationing in Florida, and most of the caches I tried to find were DNFs. They were hidden so close to very high traffic areas, that I started to look like a criminal (bending over and looking under things, on top of things... all while other vacationers were staring).


    I love this sport, and I am grateful to people who hide caches - they are what makes this sport continue on. But it's kind of frustrating when a cache is so hard to find because a) it's smaller than car key, and :rolleyes: it's somewhere that has a ton of people milling about.


    I love high traffic areas for caches, I think it's fun to have everyone staring at me like I'm a fool, maybe because I am, but I just stare back, point at them and laugh, or do something else to make them give up and forget about me.

  7. As I understand it, the decision was made to stop listing virts for a few reasons:

    • The core belief is that a geocache must have an actual log.
    • The existance of virts gives land managers an 'easy out' when asked for permission to place a cache.
    • The quality of some virts was very, very poor. Implementing a 'Wow!' rule was a failure.




    So why are Earthcaches allowed? they have all the same "Problems."

  8. When I posted my two caches I noticed that the first logs are from those who said that they were sitting in front of the computer when they noticed this cache published, so they rushed out right away to get it. Now, I am new to placing caches so I am not too good at putting FTF prizes in there, is that what is so important? Why is it so important to be the FTF? I don't get it.


    Your question "Why is it so important" implies that it is, which I don't believe, I don't think it's 'important' I think it's 'Fun,' and I think most if not all cachers I know agree, it can be looked at the same with Geocaching, we all go, but is it "important" ? not really, its just really fun.

  9. St George, Utah.


    It's warm weather, not too far from Vegas if you want to go there, a lot of people fly into Vegas and drive up to St George, there's ATON of fun urban caches if that's what you like, if you're a numbers person it would be pretty easy to get a couple hundred finds on a weekend... or more. If you're not after the numbers there are some AMAZING things to see in the area, some gorgeous national parks and state parks... It's a great choice, the Salt Lake/Provo area would be great too as long as it's not winter.

  10. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_detai...53-53e2c169324e


    This happened in my area. A very new geocacher leaked the coords to a friend before it was even published. A sin!!


    I really do believe there should be a rule/policy that one must find at least 50 caches before being able to hide one. Would help keep this sort of thing from happening.


    Is there any geo-police one can contact to sort of warn people not to do this sort of thing? Or is what they did ok? Does anyone else feel 50 would be a good number before being able to publish a cache?


    Anyway, I realize its all about having fun, so maybe its just me, and i'll way too serious about everything and what happened.





    I don't see anything wrong with the fact that he told someone where an unpublished cache was, if I was the first person to find it by getting the coordinates off the website I'd count it in my FTF's though.

  11. Do any of the major department stores sell lock & lock?

    I cannot seem to find any in stores only online.


    I'm from NE Ohio, if anyone near me know where I can get some please let me know.


    Around here everyone has them, Kmart, WalMart, Shopko, Target, and all the grocery stores too, I've found that if they either sit in the sun or freeze hard the "Tabs" fall off though.

  12. King Boreas is the current "leader" in terms of caches placed. His count stands at 1606. (I did a quick scan of the 81 pages of cache listings and counted 829 archived, leaving him with 777 active.)


    Number Two -- and some folks would consider this ranking most appropriate -- is some guy named OzGuff who has placed 1045 caches. (The same quick scan shows 252 archived, leaving him with 793 active.)


    Number Three is ADØOR with 788 placed (681 active and 107 archived.)


    There are currently a few more than 100 cachers with 200+ hides, and a little more than 400 with over 100 hides.


    Obviously, some of my cache hides are better than others. And I think that they are reasonably well maintained. (But you would have to ask area cachers to get an objective answer.)


    I will keep on hiding them until I no longer enjoy hiding them!


    That's cool to see, I've always wondered how many caches are archived among the big time placers... so looks like the active percentages of the three mentioned are 42% 75% and 86%....

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