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  1. Technically, it's an Illinois cache.
  2. Crazy people. I can almost form an image, in my ever-fertile little mind, of say five people struggling to drag a piano into the woods. Who would do such a thing? Can you image that? Let's say the ground is muddy - you couldn't drive a truck into the woods, it'd get stuck - you'd need some type of trailer. It'd have to be a small trailer so these five weirdos could manuever it. Then you'd have to lighten the piano. Pianos are really heavy! You really should take the guts out of it. Next you'd come across things like brambles, thorns, logs and barbed wire. You'd have to consider the environment. Finally, consider muggles. How could you possibly sneak a piano into the woods with nobody seeing it? Oh, there may be a Troop of Boy Scouts camping nearby wondering what you're up to. You may have to spill the beans so they wouldn't call the cops or anything. You'd have to manuever this beast into position IN THE DARK! I'll bet those people were really tired after getting it into the woods. I'll bet they were exhausted, sweaty and maybe even a bit peaved with the whole process. What would you do if you had to move a @#&% Baldwin piano into the woods? Nope, only some crazed maniac would even attempt such a feat.
  3. I recently archived a bunch of caches (maybe 30?) and I'd say a good half were not in their original locations. Several containers I never found and was told later that they were relocated to the "correct" coordinates.
  4. Terracaching has the rating system for which the OP asked. It has good traits and it has bad traits. Caches that I think are good or bad (either as a hider or a seeker) may get a better or worse rating than I feel it deserves. Groundspeak has determined no such need exists for a rating system on geocaching.com so have never included one. The rating system is a selling point for Terracaching.com I guess if you want rated caches go there, if you don't - stay here.
  5. I like this topic and am completely envious of the condition of your geocache replacement / repair kit. The ammo cans that I carry have: several types of camo duct tape pliers screwdriver with interchangeable head wire wire cutters screws nails sharpies ready-to-go log books in various sizes pencils my geotokens several small ready-to-go camoed nano caches several ready-to-go small caches I usually have one ready-to-go ammo can with me as well swag items spare GPSr Anything that I find on the trail that may become camouflage.
  6. Hiding a larger geocache in a big, open, grassy area is the holy grail of cache hides in my opinion. Camo has to be perfect, you must be bold. The CCC thread will give you inspiration.
  7. I appreciate the effort that someone put into placing a cache - any geocache. Without hiders, there'd be nothing for us to go look for. Instead of complaining, why not offer your advice on how these hiders can improve their caches? They may not even know there's a problem. Perhaps this would be a good opportunity for you to host a Geocache Placement 101 Event for the newbies in your area. I know that I have placed some caches that were not warmly welcomed in the geocommunity. I changed or archived them after hearing constructive criticism. Nobody wants to place a bad cache, but it does happen.
  8. Welcome back Jerry. My offer still stands, please let me know how I can help.
  9. I think the best advice for a new cache hider is place one deep in the woods. Find an area with a good view of the sky (for satelite reception). Hide a regular sized container and fill it with decent swag. Post a really good hint. It doesn't matter if you found 5 or 5000 caches. The reason for my suggestions is you want to get feedback on your hide quality, techniques and coords. If the coords are off, the hint will get people to the container. If it's deep in the woods, you'll greatly reduce the possibility of the container getting muggled. Make sure you get permission to hide the cache.
  10. The image has to be on the internet first. Post your image to a website or place like flickr, then copy the image url to the log.
  11. Needle in a haystack??? ??? Now that's a good idea for a micro - thanks
  12. I agree to a point. People paid money in good faith expecting to receive goods or services in return.
  13. I have details from two people and an inquiry from a third. BUMP to see if there are more.
  14. my mother has never logged a find online that I'm aware of.
  15. I like hunting without my 1942 Philco Problematic gpsr. It's more of a challenge. You can get the general area, but then the hunt is on.
  16. Three categories huh? I wonder into which I fall. I have somewhere around 1000 finds, about 300 hides, and have enjoyed each and every one. I can't find a container sitting right in front of my face half the time and need to bring in reinforcements on a regular basis. I have a big group of geofriends who have brought much joy into my life and I have the privelage of meeting with them on a weekly basis. I love meeting geocachers on the trails - it's exciting to play the muggle role. I'm wondering if I've ever posted the cache number per day in my logs. Probably, if I was going on a large cache run. I haven't done that many times, and now prefer to find one or two and simply post a nice log. I like to hide them more than I like to find them.
  17. I was really hoping for some positive news. All I hear is no replies. Here are my thoughts... One of my local cachers passed away this past summer. I considered him to be a geofriend, but didn't realize how much several other cachers and myself impacted his life until his mother told me at his funeral. It really touched me and made me reconsider the relationships I have had with other people in my life. I have had some health issues over the course of the past year and my fellow geofriends have gone out of their way to assist me with maintaining my caches. The generosity of the geocaching community never ceases to amaze me. I love you folks. The last thread on El Diablos walking sticks and his absence got me wondering if there was something I could do to help out a fellow cacher who may be having problems filling the orders for some of his walking sticks. I have the ability and the time to help him in getting those orders out. I know some of the people who order sticks from me are giving them as gifts. I feel bad that they are waiting with no hint as to when and if they'll recieve their orders. I'm therefore, volunteering to fill these currently paid orders. I hope it's not an overwhelming task. I don't know if we're talking about 4 sticks or 40. I've never seen an El Diablo stick in person, but there are plenty of photos on the internet and hs website. If someone has an unfilled order, I'd ask that they contact me at roger@rogheff.com with the details of their El Diablo order.. The only payment I ask is the cost of shipping the sticks.
  18. Has anyone heard from Jerry? There have been a few threads about his absence which got me wondering if an injury or ?? was keeping him from caching. I sent him several emails and voice mails offering to help him out with apparant back orders of walking sticks, but have gotten no reply. Does anyone have any news or additonal contact info?
  19. My outfit changes constantly. I shop at the thrift stores because my geoclothing is always getting torn on branches, rock, thorns, etc.
  20. Leave it to Roger to bring the Scouts into it.... I did a quick search on Scout techniques for measurement and found this:Pencil Method: A simple method for measuring the height of trees and ordinary buildings is the Pencil Method. Standing some 25 yards or meters from the tree, with a pencil or stick held upright in the fully extended hand, first move the thumb up the stick until the exposed length covers, to your eye, the lower two yards or meters of the tree (the height of a man). Now move hand and pencil up in two yard or meter jumps till the top is reached. Multiply the jumps by six and add any odd yards or meters left at the top. To get the height of a building a rapid method is to calculate the height of a story, and multiply by the number of stories. My favorite is the "old indian" method. It isn't terribly accurate, but it sure is fun to watch. You stand with your back to the object you want to know the height thereof. You bend over until your head touches the ground. When the top of the object is at the point in your jeans where the seams meet (crotch) you are the correct distance from the object. You will have to move back and forth numerous times to get this distance correctly (and do the bend-over thing many times). Now you simply pace off the number of steps from your current location to the object. 75 paces = 75' tall. It's a lot of fun watching all these kids (and parents ) stooping over to plop their heads on the ground, getting dizzy and tumbling. In the end, they all love me for suggesting it
  21. One more thing you might want to do and that's paint both the inside and outside. Then if the container does get a scratch it won't show as much.
  22. There was a similar thread a while back. Seven months is entirely too long. Something must've happened. Hope he didn't stop carving.
  23. I remember the first time I found a geocache that was out of the ordinary. I was suspended above a clearing in a heavily wooded area. GZ showed it in the middle of the clearing - how could that be? When I realized that I actually had to break with my own idea of common sense and look UP, a whole new world of geocaching opened up to me. Still, one of my favorite caches of all time. Thanks Cheesehead Dave!
  24. I had a very unique cache on my property once. I had some vandalism problems (not geocachign related) and archived it. I found that cache to be one of my favorites because it allowed me to interact with numerous cachers. If I ever placed a new one at my home, I would add this one thing to make it a more comfortable hunt for my geofriends - my address on the cache listing.
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