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Girls Phind Squirrels

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  1. What do you like most about challenge caches?

     

    When there were only a few in my neighbourhood they were OK.

    What do you not like about challenge caches?

     

    Where would you like me to start. Challenge caches that require you to ignore your family on special occasions would be my first complaint.

     

    What would you like to see changed about challenge caches?

     

    Challenge caches should have a reasonable expectation that they could be completed by most people within a 90 day period. Although, caches with geographical challenges (eg find two caches on the same day at least a thousand Miles apart or three countries in a day are much less annoying than the idiotic ones that make you do so many in a row.)

    If you could describe your favorite challenge cache type, what would it be?

     

    Find a few of the hiders traditional caches then find the challenge cache.

     

    What types of challenge caches do you avoid?

     

    Honestly, my husband and I used to geocache as a team. After the publication of far too many challenge caches around the same time as a lot of lame lamp post micros I have refused to cache. I guess my answer would be that I avoid all geocaching because of challenge caches.

  2. Still happening here twelve hours ago. I can't give you my technical details cause I don't know them but it didn't used to happern. Real pain when you have 40 logs to do. I posted here about a month ago and never got a single reply.

  3. Don't under estimate what they are capable of. We started just after my youngest turned 3. We did them all. The long, the short the terrain 3. We avoided the micros. She is seven now. Has great trail sense. Sometimes we need to use our track log to get out of the bush but she can just direct us out based on what she saw on the way in. We never carried her. The only challenge was once when she need to defecate in the woods. That caused weeks of post traumatic stress. I would recommend preparing the kids mentally for this because you are not hiking a mile out if they need to "go". Last night we hiked over 5 miles. Not a word of complaint from her.

  4. Can anyone tell me why the page refreshes after I select my log type and before I type my log. I have never noticed this before and it is quite annoying.

  5. Probably one of my all time favourite caches. I found it because I am an English major not because I am a geocacher. :)

     

    I tend to do numbers runs in the winter because I don't like the cold. In the summer I prefer less quantity and more quality although my stats might indicate otherwise.

     

    Are you kidding? Just the fact you took less than a millisecond to find an almost impossible, invisible, ammo can under a bridge last summer tells me your stats are pretty close to true. :anibad:

  6. Valen's Conservation Area. About 30K out of town. Has hook ups. Nice park.

     

    Hi All,

     

    My family (husband and two teenage daughters) and I love to camp and of course while doing so we go geocaching! We are interested in camping and caching in the Hamilton area in May or June 09 so that we could also go hiking on the Niagara Escarpment and enjoy the many waterfalls that are found in that area.

     

    BUT we need some help in knowing where the best place to camp would be but be close to the trails and waterfalls and caches and were hoping to get some assistance from you! We are willing to drive to the hiking trails and cache locations. They do not all have to be in the same place :laughing:

     

    Any suggestions on where we could camp with a tent trailer? Hydro hookup is preferable and dogs and teenagers need to be welcome.

     

    Thanks in advance!

  7. And I don't know this but just maybe the CO is serving a six month tour of duty in our Armed services and can't comply.

     

    ...a reasonable time – normally a few weeks – in which to arrange a visit to your cache....

     

    A reasonable time will never ever under any circumstance be quicker than time and life allow. Real life in all it's forms trumps the living snot out of a cache. Your quote is the guidlines but it's not reality. Never will be.

     

    Active and interested is where I'm at on the subject.

     

    In the case of the archived virtuals which triggered this thread, the CO's had not been "signed on" to the gc.com website for 3 months.

     

    I understand your comment about life and reality, but 3 months is a fairly reasonable amount of time. Particularly considering the CO was given a month's notice, via email, that they needed to do something.

  8. Somewhere there is a GO TO function. (It might be called something a little different--I don't know your unit. You hit it and it points you there all you do is follow the arrow and it tells you how much closer you are getting. We found our first 300 caches the way you are doing it. It's a lot easier this way. LOL!

     

    Second piece of advice. GO TO an event and get someone who has a unit like yours show you how. You'll have fun and learn lots of tips.

  9. Make sure you calibrate the compass. If it's pointing all over the place or otherwise acting strangely, you need to calibrate it. It's mandatory after changing batteries and you sometimes need to calibrate it in between battery changes.

     

    Can you tell me how. It's not in the quick start guide and I can't figure it out. Don't know where my manual is.

  10. This happens sometimes. I would not let my children create accounts at first because I wanted to get a feel for the community in our area. After attending an event I allowed my daughter to create an account and log the event even though she didn't sign the log book or register a "will attend". We did send an email to the event owner explaining this first though. You shouldn't feel too bad though since there is some guy out there racking up a thousand finds without signing a single log book that has been checked. Don't know about some people.

     

     

    My original topic starter was based on the fact that someone logged a find on an archived event, 6 months after the archiving of the event. I have the event log proving that they never signed in to that event. However!!!!! After making an azz of myself confronting the offender and deleting the attended log, it was discovered that the logger was in fact a guest of a logged finder (who had just created her own account minutes before) and I personally greeted her at the event. Once reminded, it was a matter of backpedaling quite rapidly. I was too hasty in using the no signature = no find rule, which I publicly apologize for in this case.

     

    I was also hasty in starting this thread, just minutes before receiving e-mails chastising me for having upset the person and explaining their position. That is the reason I chose to delete my first content, since I could not delete the thread entirely.

     

    So, in humility, I would like to make an apology to fingers crossed and one of our newest geocachers, Princess Butterfingers.

  11. I'm with you. My husband is highly sensitive. we take precautions and have lots of abortive agents on hand at all times. We ran into a particularly vicious hornets nest at one cache. My husband had several stings. He was ok after lots of drugs. The hornets pursued us the full quarter mile back to the car. The cache owner attended the cache within 12 hours of reading our log and pumped a full can of spray into the nest. That's responsible cache maintenance.

     

     

    Terrain or difficulty:

     

     

    A cache placed right next to various large hornet nests.. intentionally

     

    [;)]

     

    Not sure how serious that is, but just in case...

     

    The answer is: Neither. That would be rated on the "Stupid" and "Dangerous" scales. I'd call it about an S4 D4. S4 - Hide is placed deliberately in a high-risk area. D4 - High likelihood of injury with injuries that may be life threatening to some individuals.

     

    As a person allergic to stings, geocaching is always a bit dangerous, but I can take preventive actions.

     

    If a cache were deliberately placed somewhere like that and didn't say so in the description (so I could avoid it), I'd be furious. In any case, I'd hit "Needs archiving" on such a cache, regardless of what it says in the description, if for no other reason than to force the owner to explain why such a dangerous hide is worthy of being listed.

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