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  1. I am running Windows 10 Insider Preview on an old (2008, originally XP) Dell OptiPlex 755 (Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM). I have no problem transferring files to and from my Garmin 62sc by drag and drop. I typically don't connect the 62sc when Base Camp is running because I don't want to wait for Base Camp to access/download from the slow GPS/USB. But I haven't had any problem the few times I have had Base Camp running with the 62sc connected.
  2. My only real goal is to make the Adirondack Mid-Winter Geocaching Get-Together 2016 a successful event. Other than that, I'm just going to continue enjoying to geocaching as a relaxed activity. I'm not competing with anyone even myself.
  3. If a find a cache I log it whether or not I can sign the log. Not my fault if the log is full or wet or the container is broken, full of water, rusted shut or anything else. CO is responsible for maintenance. However if I can perform reasonably simple maintenance I usually do it and notify the CO. If it is minor I just note it when I log the find. If the cache really needs maintenance I post a NM. A slightly damp cache might just be so because someone failed to properly close it or found/opened/signed when it was raining. A cache full of water probably means the container needs replacing and that is a CO responsibility. If I replace a log that is so wet that it would make the container and/or any replacement log wet, then I take the old log and send a note to the CO and offer to send them the old log or a scan of it. I have never had any CO respond. Being a CO, I know that sometimes it may take a while to do cache maintenance. In the grand scheme of life, this is only a game and not very important. However if after a reasonable time a CO doesn't respond to NM or even just info in 'found it' entries, then the cache should be archived. If it is popular enough that the geocaching community is keeping it alive, then there should be someone willing to take over the cache. If the CO doesn't respond to NM or a request to adopt the cache, then the reviewer should be willing to respond to another geocacher who is requesting that the cache be archived so he/she can place a replacement in the same spot to keep the cache alive.
  4. I hid my first cache before I found any. It was a very popular cache for many years before the situation changed and I had to archive it.
  5. Can a non-member see cache details on geocaching.com? No. Then why should smart phone users be able to do so? Any app should require registration for accessing gecaching.com data. Virtually everyone has an email adddress. Registration with contact information may not make people responsible geocachers but it may help.
  6. There are many places I have wanted to place caches but I don't because I'm not there frequently enough, or they are just too hard to get to, or just too far away, and I know maintenance would be too much of a chore. Judging by the number of caches I've found that NM, I think too many people place too many caches over too wide an area, or maybe they just place them and then lose interest.
  7. I never check paper logs against online. If someone is just in it for the numbers and wants to lie that is their problem. I don't have any regular maintenance schedule. I check caches if I am in the area or if I see comments indicating there is a problem. Or if I see the finds piling up and think the log might be getting full.
  8. If I think the cache is hidden on the park bench someone is sitting on, or if I think I would have to do something that looks too suspicious to search, or something like that, I will probably skip the cache. I try to use reasonable stealth if possible. However I really don't worry that much about leading muggles to a cache because I was looking for/found it. If the CO hides it in a muggle-infested area, then muggles are really the CO's problem.
  9. Last year I did the 31 days of geocaching in August. Once I got in to it I felt like I 'had' to find at least one cache every day. Some of the days I spent time caching that I really didn't have time to spend. I vowed I'd never try something like that again. Felt too much like a contest.
  10. You found it. Not your fault you couldn't sign. Log the find. Totally legit. Sometimes it is easy enough to dry out the container and dry out or replace the log. If you can do so conveniently that's a nice gesture but it's not your responsibility to fix the cache. If it's clear that the container is damaged and won't remain waterproof don't bother. Leaving a Needs Maintenance alerts the CO.
  11. This seems very simple to me. Just give the person your login information. Assuming they want to maintain the caches they can transfer them to their own account. http://support.Groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=54 3.15. Adopting or Transferring a Geocache
  12. It would not really be great to have the city require permission for every cache. Plus it seems like overkill and a lot of make-work for both the city and COs. However, given the fact that areas have been evacuated and the bomb squad called in when someone finds a "suspicious container," I can see that there is justification for it. I've also seem some hides that might be questionable from the city's point of view. Like maybe a fake electrical plate on a lamp post that leads cache hunters to pry off real ones, and is dangerous if people are poking their fingers in to potentially live wires. Or a cache hidden in a flower garden or other planting that causes people to trample through and cause damage. It makes sense for any entity administering public land to have a geocaching policy. Geocaching is no longer a somewhat obscure activity with only a few participants and a few caches hidden. Administrators of public land are going to find out about it if they haven't already, and when they do they are going to want to regulate the placement of caches. Best to get ahead of it and work with the city to have a reasonable policy.
  13. The best way to get accurate coordinates is by averaging several readings taken at different times. When I use waypoint averaging built in to my Garmin, it protests if I try to take samples less than 90 minutes apart. How do I use Waypoint Averaging on my GPSMAP 62
  14. It was a novelty when I started in 2002 but after a while I found I was spending too much time printing out caches, manually entering in my old Magellen Meridian, etc. and then too much frustration when the GPSr ran me around in circles. I had a few caching friends back then but I lost touch. I pretty much lost interest and didn't find or hide any for a few years .ALl I did was maintina my existing caches. I didn't start again until I got a new Garmin 62sc and then used geocaching sort of as an excuse to get used to the new GPSr. I started to feel the "need" to find caches, but going out of my way to do get all the August 2013 31 Days of Geocaching souvineers I was burned out, realized how much time I wasted when I really had other important things to do, and backed off. I decided that it was crazy to treat this as any sort of numbers game or competition and now I am much happier. I met a couple of other local geocachers. I found out a couple of my snowmobiling friends are big geocachers with thousands of finds but I don't feel any need to compete with them or anyone else. I attended the Adirondack Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2013 and had a great time. Then last year I organized the 2014 event. This year I attended the Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2015 but I only found a few caches. No big deal. I had more fun socializing and snowmobiling around Long Lake. I think some people who look at this as a competition burn out when they realize they can't compete with the "serious" geocachers and/or can't find every cache they might be close to. I don't see that happening to me.
  15. Personally, I don't mind reading spoilers in logs but sometimes you can't trust that they are correct. However I don't think it is correct to put them in a log. The CO hid the cache and wrote up the description a certain way presumably with the intent of a certain difficulty rating. Finders should not be changing that by adding hints. I let some things slide, but if I were to find log entries or pictures that made it much easier for subsequent cachers to get to or find one of my caches, I would take action to remove that info. I don't think it is fair to the people who found it "the hard way." I have only I have added possibly significant info in a log of a cache that I have found once. In that instance it was still only some clarification on how to get to the place to park, and it was only because I spent probably an lot of time driving around and trying to avoid private roads and driveways, and because the trailhead parking area was at the end of a road that looked like it might be private. The hike to the cache was still a mile and a significant climb.
  16. OK, so I filled out the Report Map Error form. But I don't see any 'submit' or 'send' button. ???
  17. As a CO I like to see more than TFTC or cut and paste responses for a bunch of my caches but I don't need or care for a long dissertation that has little to do with the actual find. Either way I wouldn't bother contacting the finder to complain.
  18. I hid my first cache in 2002 about 5 months before I found one. Judging from the comments, most people who found it liked it. I hid my second cache about a month before I found one. It's still there in slightly modified configuration and people are enjoying it. So I don't think that a cache can be judged on the basis of how many the CO has found before they hid one. If they found a lot of lamposts or went on one power trail they could have a hundred finds and still not really know how to create a good cache.
  19. KC2WI

    wet logs

    I don't really worry about signing the log. If it is wet or full I do my best but that doesn't stop me from logging the cache as found. I post a NM for wet log if it is really bad.
  20. I once had a situation with my 62sc where certain geocaches didn't show up. It took a while to figure it out but it turned out to be a bad gpx file. I re-ran the PQ and reloaded the results to the 62sc and that eliminated the problem.
  21. Save the spreadsheet as text, then rework as necessary in notepad and/or use html editor to format or make a table that will display correctly.
  22. We look forward to it here in the Adirondacks: Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2015
  23. How hard would it be for police to look up geocaches when they get a bomb report? All they would have to do is look on the geocaching map. It would be fairly obvious if there was a geocache in the reported location. Of course it would be possible for someone to place an actual bomb and list it as a cache or put a bomb in a cache but it would be unlikely. Interesting so few law enforcement organizations know nothing about geocaching. This info ought to be part of standard training for bomb squads.
  24. If numbers mean a lot to you then you'll do whatever the challenge requires. On the other hand, if you just like finding caches, nothing's stopping you from finding a challenge cache whether or not you log it as a find on geocaching.com. I suppose you could just 'write note' and say you found the actual cache but didn't bother with the challenge.
  25. If I could not search because of security guards, excessive muggles, event in progress, etc., I probably would not log DNF. I might write a note.
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