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  1. Well, that takes out those fake sprinklers that are all half-buried, unless there's a convenient gopher hole to put it in.
  2. My two cents: I usually will only go after caches that involve a hike. I have a specific PQ set for only caches with terrain 4+. However, I do also have a number of other PQ's set to collect all the caches within 100 miles of my home. This way I have a list of all of them, and I can choose whether to go after them or not. I can guarantee that at least 35% of them are placed in parking lots, although the LPC thing got old here a while ago, so there aren't that many of them. Some days, I'm just in the mood to find a cache close to home. Some days I drive my wife around on her errands (she can only use 1 eye at a time and has no depth perception at all so she doesn't drive) and I just want to find a couple caches while she's in looking at her stuff. It gives me something to do where I otherwise might have been bored. However, I pretty much always avoid PLC's. I HATE being stealthy. I always feel like I'm doing something wrong, or that some muggle is going to find the cache and it's going to be my fault because they saw me grabbing it, so if it's a busy place and I have to be stealthy to get it, I pass it by. I can tell usually before I even have to pull into the parking lot. I injured my knee this summer and temporarily joined the ranks of handicachers, but I have to add my opposing view. Even though I couldn't go after my hiking caches, I didn't spontaneously lower my standards to wally world parking lots. Crutches and all, I sought out parks and other nice places to find caches. Parks with wheelchair ramps, paved paths and creative hides. If I was injured in such a way that I could only find the Wally World PLC's, I'd sell my GPS and find another hobby. Easy and handicapped accessible do not have to mean acres of asphalt or nano's on guard rails overlooking the local homeless sewer. Pointless, to me, is a cache placed solely "because there wasn't a cache here." I understand that some people like to hunt "pointless caches." Around my area, quantity matters more to a lot of players than quality. They like their numbers, and hide their caches appropriately for their style of the game. It's what they like, and I generally ignore them. Fortunately, there are still a number of cachers in my area who feel as I do, and continue to hide caches in the woods or in Interesting Urban Areas (areas of historical or cultural significance, or areas that have a special meaning to the hider). The main problem I have with "pointless" caches is when they take up cache saturation space from really interesting or at least nicer caches. Putting a nano in the LPS in the parking lot at a local park instead of finding a decent location within the park less than 500 feet away, thereby sucking up gobs of good caching real estate is what really toasts my cookies. Mostly it seems that the hiders (and finders for that matter) of these caches are just too lazy to get out of the car and walk the (handicapped accessible) 100 feet to the park and find a good place to put the cache. It all boils down to different strokes for different folks, but easy and handicapped accessible doesn't have to mean flat pavement outside your local big box. And pay attention to where you're placing caches - don't suck up good cache real estate by placing parking lot micros where a city park micro hide would only be 100 feet off. My $0.02, and I expect some folks to disagree. Se a vida e.
  3. I think I may apply the same thinking of "It's offensive to me, so I'll just take it and throw it out" to any bibles I find in the caches, because it promotes violence to women, intolerance and other violence. And while we're at it, just take out any other books I disagree with. I guess the cool multi-tools I was going to put in the caches are out, too, since children might injure themselves with them. And small toys could pose a choking hazard. Money and nice geocoins and TB's might inspire theft, so those are out, too. There are some things we can all agree on that are bad, but there are some things that just aren't that big a deal. Kids are way more likely to skip over a condom and go for the small toys than to ponder the meaning of a foil-wrapped latex tube. The only problem I can forsee with it is that they might first think it's candy, but that's an easily corrected idea. All in all, trade up or trade even, even for questionable items unless it's obviously trash, then cache in trash out.
  4. Are those the things that look like 35's, only a little smaller in diameter and perhaps a little longer? I've seen quite a few of those out here in Colorado, but only suspected the source. I've sent a couple to a cacher friend in CO, but I haven't personally hidden any out there. I have two sizes. One is shorter and skinnier than a 35, and the other is longer, but about the same diameter.
  5. 1) keeps the contents dry 2) Is the biggest container an area will support 3) Is not placed just "because there wasn't a cache there." Creative and original cache containers always get extra points in my book.
  6. I've been in the business of saving lives for many, many years. In the course of those years, I've been called an angel countless times. So that, combined with my favorite animal gave me "AngelWolf." 93 is the numeralogical value of "Love" and "Will." Back when I was studying Crowley, it was central to the belief system. Since then I've moved on, but Love and Will continue to be central to a purposeful life, so it stuck.
  7. Around here, under a lamp post skirt or on a guardrail. Although the nano in the middle of the woods is popular, too... In all seriousness, I get things from the hospital I work at. Some things, once opened but not used, can't be recycled to another patient, and some things just get thrown out. Glucose strip bottles make WONDERFUL micro containers. My wife uses Bayer strips which have a cool little bottle with the airtight lid attached to it. The ones we use at the hospital have a screw-top with a built-in dessicant in the lid. So far, I've accumulated a whole pile of the things. Urine specimen cups that have the seal broken, but haven't been used make good smalls. Surgifoam bottles also make good smalls. So do packing gauze bottles. Old sterilized surgical tools like forceps and hemostats make great geocaching tools for those micros you need tweezers to get the log out of, and disposable dental mirrors make great under-things-checkers.
  8. Try here: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bruce.viney/plans.html There's some cool free plans for puzzle boxes and some to buy as well.
  9. These would go good tracking up to this cache just across the valley from me.
  10. I want my find NOW NOW NOW!! And If I can't get that I want this page outta my way, yesterday There is more to it than this. There is no page (that I've seen) that explains what should be done when one encounters problems with the caches they encounter. I'm often bothered by the fact that people on their numbers runs never stop long enough to log a DNF or needs maintenance. I'm only going to go to that one cache once. If there's a problem, I'll mention it. Someone has got to be reporting problems. If there is a procedure than I want to know about it. Do we always write a "needs maintenance" then e-mail the cache owner, and then wait a while, and then if nothing gets done in a month, put a "needs archived?" No wonder no one ever puts any notes on caches!! What a hassle. I encounter sometimes 5 caches a week that may be missing, are in bad need of maintenance, or , very rarely, need archiving. I'm supposed to go through that procedure for each of those caches? Too many cache owners never read the logs. Only a "needs maintenance" catches their attention. I do not want to place caches in the places people have other caches. I want to see the game maintained for the people who come after me. So besides people being impatient they also need a flowsheet for the steps to follow? If you need guidance, maybe ask the local reviewer what they would prefer. Some search from disabled caches from time, some only deal with things pointed out to them. I would say unless there is some immediate need for the cache to be archived then do exactly as you suggested, notes, NM, NA waiting a good time between each. If its a hassle, then just log a DNF and move on to the next. I'll put a DNF unless I'm absolutely certain that the cache is missing or destroyed, or unless it's an obvious maintenance thing, then I'll put a Needs Maintenance log. In my opinion, SBA is for the owner, NM is for the cacher. The only time I would ever log an SBA on a cache is if it was drastically unsafe / illegal, like being put behind a bullet stop mound at an active shooting range. If there are no trespassing signs, I'd leave a note pointing it out, or a NM log to catch a reviewer's attention.
  11. This is why I ride my bike. Oh, and I'm all for banning cars in the cities. Use them for getting around outside urban centers. That would save many many lives. We now return you to your regularly scheduled gun thread.
  12. Never leave without a good hat! I've got my boonie: and I've got my Aussie-style hat: I've got another boonie that's khaki, and I've also got a fedora and a couple ball caps. Like Too Tall John Said:
  13. . . . . . . . . EDIT: Okay, the forums were having too many problems with my quote tags, so I had to edit them. All of these comments are ON THE FIRST TWO PAGES of this 20+ page thread. EDIT: Okay, final edit. There are many more of these opinions on the 18 or so pages after the ones on which these quotes were found. I'm not going to collate any more.
  14. See this question answered debated in the previous 1012 posts. There...Fixed.
  15. I carry every day and everywhere. I was trained in the USMC to effectively utilize many different firearms, and I'm comfortable with them all. I respect my firearm, a respect that's immortalized in The Rifleman's Creed: To answer your question, StanByk: Yes. I have been in two situations where my life has been threatened, and the threat has been answered and defused by the drawing of a firearm. The first was while driving a taxi cab. A thug tried to rob me with a knife, but fled quickly when confronted by a .357 revolver. The second was while riding my bicycle home at 11:00 pm, acutally along a major arterial. A jerk in a red Blazer leaned on his horn while passing me within 3 inches of my handlebars, then skidded to a stop about 25 feet past me. I stopped my bike and waited. The guy got out of the car and flicked open a folding knife. I drew my 9mm. Guy got back in his car and sped off in a hurry. I have an Oregon CHL, and I am always armed, although no one would know unless I told them or unless something happened. I refuse to be a statistic resulting from violent crime. I also refuse to let my family become statistics. Or my friends, coworkers, etc. Aside from my firearm, I carry a folding knife all the time. Out in the woods, I carry my 9mm and a ka-bar combat knife. I am also a black belt in 3 martial arts styles, along with having experience in another 5 styles. I am currently studying Krav Maga. I was also awarded a black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts program, so I know I have other options available, but I will always carry a firearm to keep that option open. I am a sheepdog, tried and true. The funny thing is, I actually identify as a Liberal...
  16. I use a Traverse bag from StatPacks as a geocaching pack. I can add it on to any gear system, and it's easy to just sling into the car when I'm doing drive-up caches. For a backpack, I'm thinking about getting a Perfusion from StatPacks. Their bags are designed for military and EMS use, so they have a lot of dividers, shelves and pockets in them. With the perfusion, there are pockets on the sides and the top, and the main compartment has multiple little divided areas and pockets. Looks like it would do great attached to the back of a car seat.
  17. My first one I started calling "Jeepers" because my friend and I like to find different ways of pronouncing acronyms, and GPSr, started to look a lot like GPrS. So, of course, the next one got named "Creepers"
  18. EMT for 4 years, US Marine before that.
  19. All the new posters are ones who are asking the same questions as ones in the last 951 posts, and now the thread has been hijacked into talking about the economy and getting into conservative Rushspeak. Can we close the thread yet?
  20. EpicGuy - I love your hides. Much more than a lot of others down here. Some of them have driven me up the wall a time or two, but the ones out in the woods are my favorites. Dollars to donuts the SO Geocachers will still end up doing the ALR (or ALS as the case may be) even if it's optional. I honestly don't see this guideline change affecting much of anything. I haven't looked at all your hides, I only look at the ones I'm going to go hunt so I don't honestly know how many you have with ALR's, but I mainly skip the ALR caches anyway. I'm not going to go out and log the cache without doing the cache because I now can, I feel that's disrespectful to the CO. The people who like them will still do them, and the people who don't like them (like me) will probably still avoid them.
  21. After you've seen one ammo can sitting in an old stump hole, or stuck between two fallen logs, covered with sticks, you've seen them all. No creativity there either. They're as easy to figure out as pulling up beside a lamp post in the middle of a parking lot. Actually, I've found one ammo can with a great view of a wood-sy reservoir, one ammo can with a great view of a local dormant volcano, one ammo can with a view from the top of said volcano, and the list of different, gorgeous, entralling places continues... I have yet to find an LPC with anything other than a great view of the local big box store. And before you get all nitpicky, I'll grant that it may be a different big box store, so if you just love looking at big box stores, you will probably get all the variety you want! You can see S**ples, O**ice D**ot, **lMart, T**get, S*f*way, Pet*m*rt, and the list of basically large concrete boxes painted different colors with acres of flat, desolate asphalt in front of them continues... Thank you for agreeing with my point. I'll agree with your point, too. Well then if you're talking about other ammo can hiding techniques then you're not addressing my question. I'm not saying ammo cans in the woods under a pile of sticks is bad, or is something I wouldn't enjoy finding. I just don't see what makes them so much more creative than your average LPC. You could start a thread asking why people hate ammo cans under sticks. As for this thread, you have to expect people posting negative things about LPC's. One glance at the title of the thread should tell you that. "Why do people hate LPC's so much?" -hmmm...I wonder if people are going to be bashing LPC's? For me, it's less about the creativity of the hide and more about the selection of a location in which to place the hide. I'd rather have another ammo box at the base of a tree in the woods, or between two stumps in the woods, or under a pile of rocks on the summit of a mountain than 100 LPC micros.
  22. This I don't understand. Don't you have to "go searching, cache page by cache page through the "unknown" catergory" to find and solve the puzzle caches? Yes, which is why I don't get to do all that many of them. When I have the time, I will do it. Now, hopefully the "?" cache will be less cluttered, and it will take less time to find the puzzles.
  23. If the area you're thinking of putting a cache is so sensitive that it can't handle people going there to cache, why are you putting a cache there in the first place? That already violates the guidelines. By your definition, finding a 5-gallon bucket is not geocaching, because it's bigger than an ammo box. Also, climbing is caching, because to complete a geocaching task, you have to get to the cache. Basically, Groundspeak is defining Geocaching as finding the container and signing the log. If finding the container involves boating, climbing, rapelling, mountain biking, walking, running, hiking, [insert other activity here], then that's part of the hobby. I'm confused as to why you can no longer place this cache. There don't seem to be any ALS's (or ALR's) except to stay on the trail. Again, if the area can't handle a cache because it's too sensitive, it may not be a good idea to place one there anyway. My $0.02: I will still go after and log ALS caches that I want to. I will still avoid the ones I don't want to log. I'm happy that the "?" is not as much of a catch-all catergory now. I would have prefered to see ALR's get their own catergory, because I don't always have the time to go searching, cache page by cache page through the "unknown" catergory for the puzzle caches I enjoy seeking. This changes nothing in the way I play the game, and, honestly, if you feel that this change is so horrible, stop geocaching. The only way to affect change in a company is to hit them in the pocket books. So if you don't like the change, do something. Cancel your premium memberships and stop looking for and hiding caches. Archive all your caches. Start your own competing site. Switch to a competitor. An e-mail campaign to Groundspeak might work...but then again, it might not. Try a snail-mail campaign. If this has made it so you no longer enjoy the activity, why keep doing it? I don't know about you, but when I start feeling really "crapped on" I stop doing whatever it is that is making me feel that way. It's not like you're obligated to continue geocaching. My happiness from placing a cache is the knowledge that at least some folks will really enjoy it. If I get a "TFTC SL" log on one of my caches, it's not a big deal to me. Someone at least thought it interesting enough to sign the log. So, I guess I'm mostly on the side of being in favor of this change, or at least indifferent. The folks who want to will still do the ALS, and the folks that won't, won't. If knowing that someone will log your cache without doing the ALS destroys your happiness from placing said cache, then don't place the cache. The choice is yours.
  24. If I actually placed the cache, then I would definitely not log a find. However, I recently adopted 3 caches that I'd never seen. I wanted to preserve the hiking caches in the outback that I love so much and it was either adopt them or watch them get archived and replaced with nano's in the woods. I went to do a maintenance check on the first one last week, and I did claim a find on that one, because it was hidden by someone else and I hadn't found it yet. Next week, I'll do the same on the next one. Since each cache requires a good hour to 90 minutes to hike out and back, I'm doing them when I get time. There would be no point in logging a find on a cache I placed myself. I know where it is, there's no challenge, and no looking for it. Finding implies you didn't know where it was.
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