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  1. Hello there, If this has been brought up before, then I apologize in advance, but I would like to add my name to the list of supporters. I wish there was a way to narrow the search criteria for geocaches based on whether, or not a geocache shows to have a trackable item inside. This is especially true for when I am on vacation, and I want to take a travel bug, or coin back home with me to release. This feature shouldn't be too difficult to implement as there is already a way to narrow your search for geocaches based on type, size, star ratings, and other factors.
  2. When I first started geocaching about five years ago, I used to carry a backpack full of stuff. A year, or so later I decided that the backpack was not worth my effort, and so I ditched it, and only carried my G.P.S. unit, and a pen. Now I am starting to wean back into a hydration backpack, and this is my current inventory list. Please note though, that this backpack is also used for day hikes, and not just for geocaching. Emergency Gear: Emergency Light Sticks (2) Emergency Blanket Emergency Tube Tent Emergency Instant Hand Warmer Emergency Instant Cold Pack Emergency Rain Parka Emergency Fire Starter Kit (With Waterproof Containment) Lighting Gear: Hand Powered Flashlight Primary Battery Powered Flashlight Secondary Battery Powered Flashlight Flashing LED Safety Light Utility Gear: Small Shovel Tactical Folding Blade Knife Survival Knife Multi-Tool Camp Gear: Whistle Compass Thermometer Signal Mirror Bug Repellant Spray Clothe Hand Towel Plastic Bags (Sandwich, and Small Size) Spare Batteries (With Waterproof Containment) Lighters (2) (With Waterproof Containment) Strike Anywhere Matches (With Waterproof Containment) Clothing Gear: Ball Cap Work Gloves First Aid Kit: Gauze Pads (3) Medical Tape Rubber Gloves (1 Pair) Neosporin (Or Similar) Cleansing Wipes Pain Reliever Medication Tweezers Band-Aids Standard Size (3) Band-Aids Large Size (3) Germ X (Or Similar)
  3. It is amazing how each one of us found our way into geocaching. My start was about five years ago. I had suggested to a friend that we should go hike a nearby mountain, and he suggested that we should try this new craze called geocaching. The very next weekend I had my first two finds! So far I have introduced geocaching to a handful of people, and two of them are still active geocachers to this day!
  4. I am fairly fortunate since there are a couple of geocaches placed on a nearby college campus, and both were placed with explicit permission, and both have permit numbers. Ah, the sweet smell of permission granted. It is a rare smell, but boy does it smell so good!
  5. Getting caught by a "muggle" is not what concerns me. I have been caught several times! What concerns me is the fear of exposing the location of geocache, and for someone who was watching me to come in behind me, and vandalize the geocache. So far such an event has been a rarity, but it is always on the back of my mind. Of course, if the geocache owner would not place a magnetic key holder next to a McDonald's drive thru window that would not be such an issue.
  6. There are a few parks in my area that are just like that. It is amazing how easily you can get turned around in a wooded area that is completely surrounded by roads. However, once you get into the thick of it, all you can see around you is trees. I have had a couple of heart pounding moments when I got off trail, and turned around in a city park. It was very strange because I could hear city noises all around me, but I could not figure out how to get back to my car.
  7. Many people suggest that for those who hate micro sized geocaches to simply filter them out. However, I do not hate micro sized geocaches. I think they are great! What I hate is lame geocaches, which is something that I cannot “filter out” until after I have already found it.
  8. I don’t hate micro sized geocaches. What I hate is lame geocaches, and uninspiring locations. The problem with micro sized geocaches, is that they seem to perpetuate lame geocaches. Let’s face it, it is so much easier to grab a key holder, and shove it under a lamp post, than it is to buy a large container, fill it with swag, and find an interesting hiding spot.
  9. I am not trying to rain on your parade, but you may want to find more than two geocaches before you rush out, and place your own. Go out, have fun, and find a few dozen geocaches before you toss your own out there. Plus, you can use this time to learn about how this website works, and how each function of this website can work for you.
  10. One of the hints to my geocaches appears to be not very helpful at all. The geocache is hidden in Little Rock, Arkansas. My hint states that the geocache is “In Little Rock.” At first, some are frustrated that my hint explains what city the geocache is in, which is something they already knew. However, my geocache is infact hidden in a little (small) rock.
  11. I have come across a couple of path-tags, but it requires me to go to a separate website other than geocaching.com to track it. What is the benefit, and purpose of a path-tag versus a standard geo-coin, or travel bug?
  12. We each have our own interpretation on how geocaching should be played. However, I believe it is absolutely the responsibility of the geocache owner to perform regular maintenance on their geocache which also includes replenishing the swag. Granted, everyone who finds the geocache should do their part to help maintain the swag quality. However, if the geocache owner places a geocache with swag in it, then it is up to that geocache owner to replenish the swag when it falls below standards. To put it more clearly, I absolutely positively agree that each person who finds a geocache has the responsibility to trade evenly, and to promote quality swag. However, if the condition, or quantity of the swag deteriorates, then it is ultimately up to the geocache owner to perform maintenance on that geocache, and to bring the swag up to standards. My opinion only.
  13. Like many others, my first GPS unit was a Garmin eTrex Legend. With the iphone, and paperless geocaching, the eTrex Legend seems like a dinosaur in today's standards. However, there is nothing more genuine, and nothing more pure than printing off each geocache page, and manually entering each coordinate. It is comparable to driving a car with a manual stick shift versus an automatic transmission. Eventually though, I upgraded to a Garmin Dakota 20 which I am very satisfied with. However, I still have my eTrex Legend, and I still use it for many other outdoor activities.
  14. And another one bites the dust. I firmly believe that geocaching should be standard training for all bomb squad members.
  15. Well, this thread is definitely giving me some ideas for my next fast food cache!
  16. Welcome to geocaching! You may find some helpful information on choosing a GPS unit here.
  17. There is a geocache near to where I live that is like that. It is a magnetic key holder on a guardrail. Each time someone finds it, they are supposed to move it exactly one leg post down from its last position. This process would continue until it reaches the end at which point it starts all over again. That way, each person can claim a first to find.
  18. My advise? Bring a friend! I always bring a friend when searching for the really high muggle areas. For some reason, one person looking into the bushes is weird, and appears strange. However, two people looking into the bushes is fine, and appears legitimate. For some reason, when others see two people performing the same task, it justifies what they are doing more so than just one person. Perhaps it's a psychological thing?
  19. I found a crack pipe once! I thought about the "Cache in, Trash Out," but then I thought about that police officer who might pull me over later too. So I just used my shoe to push it out of the way, and moved on.
  20. That is absolutely what I am saying. As the geocacher owner you are responsible for your geocache regardless if you invest $185.00 into it, or just a penny. Yes, the people who find your geocache can do their part to help maintain it. However, at the end of the day if you are the owner, then yes it is your responsibility. I am sure you have found hundreds of geocaches. Is it your responsibility to maintain all of those geocaches that you have found? I think not. It is the responsibility of those who own them. There is a difference between providing emergency maintenance, and completely maintaining a geocache for someone else. Like I said earlier, and I will say it again, we can all do our part by trading quality items.
  21. I never said that there is any obligation for a geocache owner to provide swag. However, if a geocache owner places a geocache with swag in it, then it is the responsibilty of the geocache owner to properly maintain that geocache both inside, and out. As I said before, we can all do our part by trading quality items. So you're saying if I place swag I am then obligated to re-stock it from time to time. If you own the geocache? Then absolutely! It is simply part of routine maintenance. On the other hand, if I find someone else's geocache that has deteriorated, then I will gladly provide emergency maintenance for that geocache. However, it is ultimately the geocache owner's responsibility to maintain the geocache, not the geocache finder which was implied earlier.
  22. If no one is muggling it the camo is fine right? Am I supposed to camo a bison tube in a field? I'm only asking for future reference. Camouflaging a geocache increases the challenge of finding it by a geocacher, and reduces the chances of finding it by a muggle. However, at the end of the day, if you place a geocache, then place it how you want to. It's your cache!
  23. I never said that there is any obligation for a geocache owner to provide swag. However, if a geocache owner places a geocache with swag in it, then it is the responsibilty of the geocache owner to properly maintain that geocache both inside, and out. As I said before, we can all do our part by trading quality items.
  24. Um, what? Sure everyone including the geocache owner, and the geocache finder should do their part in helping to maintain the geocache. However, the geocache owner IS responsible for swag degradation. If a geocache falls below standards, then it is ultimately up to the geocacher owner to provide the proper maintenance whether it is routine maintenance, preventive maintenance, or even reactive maintenance. Of course the geocache finder can help on the front end by trading only quality items.
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