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Path Pacer

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  1. Sounds like people haven't read the definition:


    Mystery Cache

    A non-Traditional cache type that doesn't fit into the other categories. Coordinates listed on the cache page are often bogus, and the final coordinates must be solved for through a series of steps or instructions.


    Since you already have the correct coordinates, a traditional designation seems appropriate. As you say, why put a field puzzle attribute option if you can't use it?

  2. I often find there isn't room to add a new log without removing the old one. In those cases, I sometimes take the old log and offer to send it to the CO when I log the cache. I've only had one guy take me up on that; most don't seem to care. Sure, I could have just logged an NM, but it seems such a small thing to do if the cache is in otherwise good shape. I don't bother with crappy caches.

  3. Hello!


    I don't own a car, and don't know if I would become addicted to driving around and finding as many as possible if I did. This is just my thoughts on all the pollution geocaching generates. How much fossil energy is burned a day because of geocaching is hard to estimate, but I'm sure the atmosphere could do without!

    It's a legitimate thought, but I wouldn't be all that concerned about it. Sure, our driving adds to our endless stream of pollution, but probably not as much as you might think. According to the website, there are 6M cachers, but not all of them are active, and most of those are probably First World folks driving around in fuel-efficient, clean-ish cars. Many of them will cache on the way to somewhere else (like me) or just do a few every now and then. I doubt there are many power-trail types who drive short distances all day, and when they do, it's not like they're doing it every day.


    You can't live in today's world without consuming carbon, but of the many, many sources of pollution, caching has got to be near the bottom of the list. It's not like we're driving around in semis.

  4. The bigger problem is geocachers and hikers spreading the seeds of invasive plants. In Maryland you will know you are near GZ by the presence of wavy leaf basket grass.



    We have a similar problem in Colorado, but our main culprits are musk, bull, and Canada thistle, cheatgrass, and woolly mullein. It's heartbreaking to hike into a remote meadow and find it full of musk thistle or be picking cheatgrass out of your socks and your dog's ears.

  5. DNFs are important. They either mean you couldn't find a cache that was there (validating the Difficulty level) or they indicate a cache that should be there but isn't (thereby notifying the owner that there might be a problem).

  6. My understanding of the app is it is independent of premium membership. If you buy the $10 app version, you just get a better app (I think).


    As for making your caches premium, that does seem to help cut down on maintenance issues. If someone pays $30 to play the game, they probably care more about doing it right. But the best way to restrict your caches to people who really know what they're doing is to make them harder. A newbie can't find a D4 cache, and a casual player isn't going up a T4 mountain to get one.

  7. I enjoy both caching alone and with others. There are downsides when caching with others- e.g. someone else might find the cache and not me, but also needing to go with the consensus of the group on when we stop looking for a cache we can't find, which route we take, how fast we walk, how many breaks we take, etc. But for me, the social aspect makes up for that. The main reason I do 90% of my caching alone is I often fit it in on short notice; and caching with others requires planning. So those group caching times are special for me.


    I don't cache with others to pad my numbers, I do it because I enjoy their company.

    Same here. I cache alone in town, but there are a lot of backcountry caches where I live and I prefer to hike with someone (plus it's safer). About half the time it's a non-geocaching friend and I'm the one who usually finds it, but I also hike with other cachers and they often find it first. I do feel a slight letdown when it's not me, but having someone to share the find with is also fun.

  8. My local geotour incorporated already existing caches. This allows all the good spots to be on the tour, and it also means maintenance is spread out over many people so it's not such a burden. The disadvantage is that not all those people are quick to fix their caches when there's a problem, but the overwhelming advantage is that you can put the best places on your tour which might otherwise be already taken.

  9. So, you didn't respond to my last comment where I said that this doesn't happen to me. I don't mean to be pushy, but your comments are kinda making me wonder. Am I in an alternative universe than you? It has not been my experience that "women get hassled by randoms, everywhere, all the time. It's just the baseline state of existence as a woman." Everywhere, all the time? That's a lot. I do not get hassled. Why am I so different than other women? :unsure::blink:

    It probably depends where you live. I don't get hassled either, but I live out in the country.

  10. Fizzycalc isn't an online tool. It's an app, but there is no ios or android version of it. There are, however, other tools for phones that do the same thing. No need for cell service.

    Not having cell service means I also don't have a cell phone. I'm guessing apps don't run on an Oregon 450. ;)

  11. I need to know the size of the cache for two reasons: to know what to look for and to know what size swag to bring. Whatever container is designed to hold the swag is the size I would expect to be listed. If the log is in a nano inside the bigger container, but I can still put swag in the bigger container, then the size of the bigger container is what I would use.

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