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  1. The OP clearly and blatantly omitted my most very favorite guideline of all:

     

    BURYING CACHES IS THE PREFERRED METHOD, AT LEAST EIGHT OUT OF TEN TIMES: Do NOT be afraid to bury your cache container. This is the best way to hide it and to protect it from the elements at the same time. So, when the time comes to place your cache container, bring along a couple of large sharp shovels, and dig a deep hole for the cache container, with horizontal dimensions about four to ten times larger than the container, and then line the sides of the hole with pretty flat rocks that you have scavenged from the local environment, and then place the cache container smack dab in the middle of the pretty lined hole. You can cover the hole with a flat rock or a found piece of junk fallen wood or even an old piece of scavenged plywood, or with a pile of branches and leaves.

    I guess that will suffice if you don't own a back hoe.

  2. I'm in general agreement with Totem Clan and wimseyguy; however, there are some specific areas or locations where geocachers are not welcome in cemeteries. Just like there are some cemeteries that no longer allow visitors who may wish to make gravestone rubbings, etc.

     

    If you are considering using a visit to a cemetery as part of a cache you are developing, it would be wise to drop a note to your local reviewer to make sure there are no issues that are not known to you. Your reviewer's job is to help you to get your cache page published (within the boundaries of the guidelines, of course) and sometimes asking a quick question can save you a lot of rework.

  3. There are two questions here.

     

    If the character or design of a cache is changed significantly, such as changing a multistage cache to a single stage (traditional) cache, then a new cache page is in order. Since many persons are concerned with the numbers, finding a single stage cache should not count as finding a multistage cache.

     

    The second question has already been answered - if it is a new cache, even at the same location as an archived cache, it counts as another find. This is not uncommon when a geocacher leaves the game, picking up and archiving their caches. Someone may place a new cache at or near a previously used location.

  4. The probles was with Vista. It was blocking this site. I was using XP and it worked fine. The Internet service procider led me through a fix that cured the problem with this site and many others.

     

    Upgrade your vista machine to XP. Did that at work and on one of my home machines to fix a TON of bugs.

    If you purchased a new unit with Vista installed, it will be helpful to make certain that all of the installed hardware (such as the display and sound) have XP drivers available before you upgrade to XP. Some vendors of brand new hardware devices have made only Vista drivers available and reportedly have no intention of creating XP drivers.

  5. I have found several locations were I would love to place a cache; however, the area is unsuitable for a cache.

    I would like to place a virtual and understand this is now impossible thanks to GC.comand their inability to find a solution(other than stopping all new placements) for the number of ill placed virtuals, yet I would like to see them come back. My solution is this, to place a new virtual several conditions must first be met; the placer would have to take several pictures of the location and show why it would be a good place for a visit, second they would have to get five cachers within 50 miles of it, and lastly write a note on why a traditional cache should not be placed here for whatever fit reason. This I believe would solve the past problems and allow many fun new places to be visited were traditional caches are not appropriate. I would enjoy having them back on GC.com instead of Waymarking, because I don' enjoy the other site as well.

    This makes me think of a situation where a baseball player is called up to the majors, and when approaching the batter's box for his first major league at-bat, he begins to instruct the umpire on the technical details of calling balls and strikes. I'd love to be able to listen to that conversation. :)

  6. I'm sure someone will be able to help you with this, but it will be helpful to know what version of IE you are using for starters. A description of what does or does not happen when IE does not work will also be helpful.

  7. No - I've neverseen one and I would be againist it anyway. I like the idea of very open events inwhich anyone can attend - even those that are just interested in learning what Geocaching is all about.

     

    Don't blame the reviewers for doing thier jobs and following the guidelines. The current guidelines are quite clear on both points above. Seeking an exception is not a wise pursuit of your time.

     

    In my area, there are nearly monthly listed events, plus CITOs, plus biweekly informal dinners, so there is ample opportunity for everyone including new folks.

     

    To be clear, I very satisfied with my local reviewers and discussed the idea with them. When I pointed out this event that requires attendees to find a series of caches in order to attend, one of the reviewers suggested I submit my event to GC.com for review. The logs look like it was well-received.

     

    Perhaps this statement on the referenced cache page was overlooked:

    Listed with permission from Groundspeak.
  8. You might try having someone make an informal presentation on a topic that will be of interest to new, somewhat inexperienced geocachers, and have a similar presentation on a topic that will interest those who are more experienced.

     

    Sample topics for new geocachers:

    selecting good hiking boots and other clothing

    what to carry in a geocaching kit, backpack, etc.

    area rules - what's off limits or inappropriate in your area

     

    Sample topics for more experienced geocachers:

    paperless geocaching

    using GSAK and other applications

    using Geocache Navigator with a Boost phone

    preparing for extended hiking trips

     

    Don't let presentations dominate your event, though. Most geocachers seem to like the opportunity for social interaction at least as much as the opportunity to learn something new. And food is usually a good draw.

  9. Just curious to what is used to check out the land, and some tips and tricks publishers use to post new caches or deny them.

     

    I would like to use them to get ideas about cache placement.

    One of the more useful tools for deciding on a location for a new cache is personal knowledge of the area, which can be obtained by finding as many of the nearby caches as possible, including multistage and puzzle caches. Discovering that there is a proximity issue after a cache has been placed and a cache page has been submitted for review can be frustrating, and doing some homework up front to avoid this is well worth the effort.

  10. "Big box" is a general term for retail establishments that are, er, big. Some of them may have building supplies, or groceries, or household items, or electronics, etc. In many cases they are free standing entities, causing them to stand out from their surroundings.

  11. Seed caches can be fun. We had a guy that put micro seeds in his cache but then asked you to hide the seed in nice hiking spot where a regular sized cache would fit. Then he made the seed grow into an ammo can! :laughing:

    "Can be" is the key part of that statement. At the other end of the continuum, they can be real pieces of trash. Regrettably, not all good cache finders are good cache hiders.

  12. I just posted a multi-stage cache and as well as adding the coordinates for each stage as additional hidden waypoints, I also posted a note to reviewer with the coordinates for each. Did I do anything wrong by doing this? The cache hasnt been published yet, but I just wanna make sure that no one will be able to see that information except for the reviewer.

    Responding to the original question, you did nothing wrong but placing the information in a reviewer note is redundant. Placing the coordinates for each stage in additional hidden waypoints is sufficient.

  13. Any time it appears not to be acting right, recalibrate the electronic compass. I believe mine goes off occasionally after being plugged into my USB port for a while.

     

    It seems I can never remember this, but it is not necessary for you to turn around twice while holding the GPSr level - you need only lay it in the palm of one hand and turn it slowly with the other.

  14. Why is my PC not recognizing my 60csx? It is like I have to install each time I connect through the USB. Thanks in advance.

    Two things.

     

    First, I found that using the same USB plug on my laptop each time I attach my 60CSx seems to prevent this issue.

     

    Second, I copied the CD provided by Garmin to a folder on my hard drive, so if I get a request for the USB driver I can just point to the file on my hard drive.

     

    I have had no more trouble, but I'm not sure which action really resolved the issue.

  15. Welcome, Nate!

     

    About Us (Forum Participants):

     

    Why does my post say 'Ringbone' please implement a rating system please don't implement a rating system can I change my username why are people allowed to log multiple finds on events micros should be their own cache type someone has been holding my travel bug for too long so please ban them and give me their home address bring back the old maps bring back the new maps why did my topic get closed bring back virtuals PQs shouldn't be limited to 500 caches please add an attribute for unicycle-friendly caches I accept your apology GEOCACHING DOESN'T CARE ABOUT CHINLDREN!

     

    Also, it may be useful to know that the reviewers don't seem to care much for goats.

     

    Good luck! :sad:

    CTD only has these complaints because he is in my review territory.

  16. I have a 60CSx that has been performing quite well, but while caching with an out of town visitor a couple of weeks ago it kept sending us around the block. (This was an urban cache, but there were no nearby buildings higher than two stories.)

     

    Finally my friend asked for the coordinates and punched them into her Magellan - two minutes later when I had my head stuck in a holly bush I heard the "found it" from more than 100 feet away! :laughing:

     

    The bad part was that I had been ragging on her about my great "Garmin" all weekend, and then this happened. :lol:

     

    If I had it to do over, I would have tried turning WAAS off to see if that would have changed anything. Also, I should have turned the unit off and then back on in an open area to let it sync up with some satellites that were not directly overhead.

     

    If the GPSr would take us to within one foot of every cache, the game wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun.

  17. When the reason for a cache owner being unresponsive is not known, it may be due to unavoidable circumstances such as illness, deployment for military service, family issues, unresolved ISP issues and the like. If the absent cache owner returns to the sport and finds their cache adopted out to someone else, they may look at it more as an abduction than an adoption - even though the previously mentioned processes may have been executed with precision.

     

    Allowing Groundspeak's volunteer reviewer to archive the old cache, as permitted by the guidelines, can serve to insulate a new cache owner in such cases.

     

    When the reason for the cache owner being unresponsive is known, adoption may be a reasonable alternative. Nearly every circumstance is different and deserves individual consideration.

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