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  1. Boy what a weekend. I’m bushed. The first 24 hours was the hard part but then I pushed another 12 and made it 36 hours without finding or even hiding a cache.


    Personally I think a lot of people are going to vie for this record and so we need to get the ground rules down. Based on other ways of finding discussed in the forums I propose these find rules for all 24 hour no find record runs.


    1) If the cache finds you have to sign it. No bogus non finds. If you are at the strip club and your buddy buys you a lap dance and she has a pocket cache, your record attempt is over.

    2) Moved caches count. If someone left that Iraqi cache on your table and you trip over it. You have to sign the log, and count the find. You can’t bypass moved caches.

    3) Archived caches. Even if that cache is archived you have to find it. After all if it’s good enough for others, you can’t just ‘say no’.

    4) No signing tricks. Anyway you sign the cache is going to count as a find. If you sign the container and not the log, It’s a find. If you forgot your pencil, bleed on it. No excuses.

    5) If you inadvertently walk by where the cache used to be and the owner says you can claim the find. You found it.

    6) If you find an unlisted cache and later learn it was an event only cache for an event that you didn’t attend. Tough, you have to log the event as attended to balance your finds. This will disqualify your record run.

    7) If your buddy thinks you would have found the cache even though it’s not there, that’s a find. Heck since some people think a DNF happens when you leave the house and don’t get there, if your buddy thinks that had you left the house to look you would have found it, it’s a find if you move like you are heading towards your front door.

    8) If you normally cache in a team and your teammate finds a cache while separated from you during the record run, it counts as a find and you are disqualified.

    9) If someone moves one of your caches and you have to find it again while doing maintenance, it’s a find.

    10) If you go to drop a TB in a cache you have already visited. It’s a find.

    11) If you help your buddy place a cache, it’s a find.

    12) If you are trying for the geocaching.com 24 hour record and you find a cache listed on another site, you have to log an archived GC.com cache and so it’s a GC.com find and you are disqualified. Vice Versa also works.

    13) If you are surfing the internet or podcasting and accidentally stumble on the cyberspace cache or radio show cache...That’s a find.

    14) If any of the above happen while you are asleep tough, it’s a find. If you are sleeping during #1…you don’t deserve to set a record.


    That’s all I can think of. With all the way people are finding caches now it’s only going to get harder to make it 24 hours without finding a cache. So while it’s still easy I’m going to press my claim as the first person to hold the 24 hour no finds record.


    What if I'm too short to reach it, but can see it. Do I get a smiley?

  2. For those of you who follow the adventures of Nudecacher and other nude cachers with some glee, allow me to report the following:


    It seems that a Nepali Sherpa guide named Lakpa Tharke reportedly recently stripped and stood naked at 29,000+ feet elevation for three minutes on Mount Everest, for reasons unknown to the press at this time. Now, the mountain is revered as a "goddess mother" by some local Nepali religions, and thus some locals were rally incensed that he kinda got naked up there in the freezing cold temperatures. The full story may be found at the Black Flag Cafe forum, at

    http://www.comebackalive.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=18355, and also in two articles in in the Himalayan Times, which may be found online at http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/ -- I cannot give you the exact link to the article page because their site search function is having OLE sync problems right now...




    Aren't there any pictures? :ph34r:

  3. Good scary story....I would not worry too much about the tick you found, I hope your venus Fly Trap liked it.

    You will need to be cautious this year especially, with all of the extra rain we have gotten, the grasses are higher, and ticks love grasses. Anything could have dropped the tick you found, a dog, a deer, jackrabbit, you have them all in Sacramento (I live down in Marin).

    Ticks often do not feed right away, sometimes they are stunned by going through a bath or a shower, sometimes they are on your clothing and must re-find you after being tossed in a heap on the floor.

    I deal with ticks almost everyday, both for myself and for my dog, we are often out in the field, and grassland is the easiest way to pick up a tick, although they do hang out on other plants (the ceanothus plant *smells like lilacs is blue or white flowered, the flowers look like little fuzzy balls* is a favorite place of ticks).

    To avoid bringing ticks home, check your clothing carefull, wearing lighter colored cloths make them easier to spot. Check the seams well, they like to hang out here where it is easier to grab ahold of the clothing for those long rides. Roll up your pants a bit and check your socks, wear long sleeves in tall grasses. If you have been in the field, when you get home, dont just toss your clothes on the floor, put them in the wash right away, check yourself for ticks when getting redressed. Dont panic if you have a tick attached to you. Get some tweezers, and place the tweezer head as close to your skin as possible, squeeze firmly and the tick should come out. If you have been bit and the tick is already feeding, dont panic, unless you see a BULLSEYE type rash. Although this is an indicator, there have been times when the rash has not been present. If you feel like you have a mild cold, or see a rash, or have been bitten and are concerned about LYMES, dont hesitate to get some anti-biotics from your doctor. The sooner the better.


    Thanks everyone for the useful information. I haven't seen anymore since the original post. When we cache I tend to be constantly looking at my legs for ticks. It has been hot here and I wore shorts last week. I have a mole mid shin that is about the same shape, size and color of a tick. Well, you can bet that faked me out many times throughout the day! We have been using DEET and doing tick checks frequently, but even though nothing is there, I still feel creepy crawly things here and there. I usually jump up, shake and look, only to find nothing. The mind plays some evil tricks sometimes. < <

  4. I know - not ticks, but on a related note:

    I think that most bugs seemed a bit more zealous than usual. Yesterday, one of my caches was apparently covered in bees!




    I really don't like blue frownies, but if I came across this cache, and the option was to shoo away the bees and sign the log, or take the frownie, the frownie would win hands down! In fact, I'd probably be running back to the van and call it a day! I DON'T like bees. Probably from an unfortunate incident that involved a sting in my nose when I was a kid. Shudder.

  5. haha I live sort of close to you about 2 to 4 hours depending on how fast you drive. <_<

    I am a tick magnet ticks in my area are getting a little bad im finding alot more of the smaller ones then the bigger ones though. I have been bitten a couple times and no matter what it always leaves a scar. Usually what I will have to do after a I get back from a hike is strip wash your clothes right away and and take a shower 3 or 4 times you may still find one floating around somewhere. After.... everytime you have an itch on your arm you will end up thinking it's a tick. Also when going out try to where light colored clothes so you can see them better when they crawl on you. But most important when you get back get out of the clothes and get them in the wash cause you might miss one and it may drop when you get in the house. Just becareful when walking through brush I try to avoid it and find an alternate route if you can't find one run like a little school girl to area waving your hands in the air to a more clear area.


    Lately I have been also seeing 30651324.fly1best.jpg a few of these in my area, I have never seen one in the 18 years I lived in this house and just one day I was sitting in my house and I see this huge brown thing flying thing in my house so I caught it. They are HUGE this one was close to about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. I don't know what they are but I do know they hurt though when you get bitten by one.


    I probably wouldn't like to see that flying at me either. I remember visiting Pennsylvania when I was a kid and being bitten by deer flies. They really hurt too! I guess I don't like any creepy crawly things in the house, or on me. That's why we have the Venus Fly Trap, to get rid of anything that shouldn't be here. It's pretty healthy, and my daughter loves seeing it eat!

  6. Yesterday evening about 7 pm we found a cache near a local business. We had to walk about 10 feet through knee high grass to find the cache. No problem, signed log, traded TB's and were on our way. Had a good evening and went to bed about 11. At midnight I was woken up by something crawling near my leg. I tried to shake it off and go back to sleep. I felt it again, and jumped out of bed and turned on the light, expecting to find a spider. When I threw back the (luckily yellow) sheets, my husband saw a tick walking around. IN MY BED!!!


    So, I let it crawl on a piece a paper and fed it to the Venus Flytrap in the kitchen and then TRIED to go back to sleep. I laid there for an hour and a half waiting...


    I knew if there was one, there may be others. And where in the heck was that thing hiding for the last five hours? No bites on anyone, but ugghh! I finally fell asleep and dreamed about ticks all night. Today the sheets get a wash in hot water.


    Here is my question. Are the ticks worse this year? Or is it that we are new to geocaching? We've walked through the woods with the girl scouts, boy scouts and just the family before, and never had a problem. Now we walk 10 feet through grass by a business and gets ticks in the bed. This is our fourth tick encounter this spring, even using DEET sometimes.


    Are there superticks in Sacramento? Do I have to put off geocaching until it's cold? Help!



    Sleepless in Sacramento

  7. Hi,


    I don't have an avatar, but like the ones I see here. I was wondering if you could make one for me? I like the G stick figure, and since I am a nurse, I thought a stick G with feet (kind of running) and a nurse hat (although I don't wear one) with a GPS in one hand and a syringe in the other. I don't know if this is possible, but I work to pay for my caching habit, so it seems appropriate to have both in my hands! Thanks in advance,



  8. Mirrors are useful in searching for some of the caches around here, you can get some small handheld mirrors pretty cheap, and if they are unbreakable, even better! I would love to come across your cache. A cache for cachers. Pretty cool idea. Of course, my daughter would wonder where the McToy is. :ph34r:

  9. I was caching today and it started raining, hey just a little sprinkle, no problem. Then bigger drops, I'll stand under this tree for a bit till it clears up. Then hail, well I'll start the half mile back to my van. Then when the thunder and lightning started and I was on a bridge, I started to get worried. Happy to report, I am now warm and dry and alive. Ready for my next caching adventure!

  10. I just got an email from Zoomerang:



    From : Geocaching Survey <survey@geocaching.com>

    Reply-To : survey@geocaching.com

    Sent : Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:18 AM

    To : edited here for my email address

    Subject : Geocaching Survey Invite


    | | Junk E-Mail | Inbox


    We've identified this mail as junk. Please tell us if we were right or wrong by clicking Junk or Not Junk


    You are invited to participate in this brief 5 – 7 minute survey regarding your use and satisfaction with geocaching.com. All responses will remain confidential and used in accordance with Groundspeak’s privacy policy. View Privacy Policy


    This survey link will be active until April 14th. We value your feedback and look forward to learning how we can better serve the entire geocaching community.


    Thank you,

    The Groundspeak Team





    Is this from geocaching? Or that other N****cache site, spying on geocaching members? It asked questions about my age, education, income, etc. Is this legit? Has anyone else received this email.

    I did fill it out, but did not give any overly personal information.

  11. That line show up on everyone's log when they look at a cache page from their own account. Mine says it too. That's so you can edit for spelling errors, wrong date etc. The image part is for when you want to load a picture you took during your caching adventure. (Not the cache or hiding place, that would be giving away too much information). However, if you happen to see something special on the way, or have a good shot of your family, or are celebrating a special find, you are free to upload it for others to view.

    You can look at the pictures other people too also.


    Welcome to geocaching, it will change your life!

  12. This log is from the Be My Valentine? cache GCTAJ5.


    This is the wife of the cacher who hid the cache. I'll bet he was hoping she would hurry up and go find the cache! I don't know if I'd be as brave as he was.



    February 4 by Mc5 (827 found)

    FTL! (I missed FTF by mere minutes!) Jeo told me "Hurry up honey - there's a new cache you're really gonna like" so I looked at the page, got the coords, looked for "valentine" rocks to trade, grabbed my coat and was out the door. Quickly got to the cache site but had to wait a long time for muggles to leave. Then I went for the cache and there were 2 tins hidden - so I grabbed them both and got back in the (warm) car to check them out and sign the log. The little one was labeled "For Mc5"!! (so now I know why he was hurrying me up) Inside, DIAMOND EARRINGS! I was feeling pretty confident when I opened the other one to sign the log, and what did I see there at the top - Trakd was here already! (the cache had only been approved for a few minutes!!!!) So I signed the log, left a few valentiny things and some girly rocks, took DIAMOND EARRINGS. Thanx for the cache, Jeo!

    [view this log on a separate page]

  13. Twice now, I have solved mystery cache puzzles that clearly stated "The cache is not at the posted coordinates." I solved the puzzle, wrote down the correct coords and went out caching. I forgot to input the corrected coords into the GPSr and wound up wandering around pricker bushes for a while before remembering (and hitting myself in the forehead) that I have a set of coords that will actually work! Once I started following the correct coords, it was much easier to find the cache!

    You'd think I would have learned after the first time.... :laughing:

  14. Hi everyone,

    I've found 175 caches, and now I think I'm ready to hide one. I would like to do a 2 part multi with the coords for the cache on a pedestrian overcrossing. I would put a sticker somewhere in the middle of the overpass. This is just for foot traffic, but it does go over the interstate. It is a fun place to stand and watch the traffic below. I did a search and didn't see this particular question.

    Thanks in advance,

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