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  1. Other than a blank log, no. Caches in busier locations get muggled more frequently. Bigger caches in busier locations get muggled much more frequently. The reason such locations have so many micro-caches is that those are what survive. One pattern that I've seen many times is an urban/suburban park or other location seems to call out for a cache. So a series of larger caches are hidden there, each lasting only a short time before it is muggled and archived. Eventually, someone hides a micro-cache, perhaps even a puzzle micro-cache, and that's what survives. And that's why the urban/suburban cache scene has so many micros. Keep in mind that muggles can spot a cache not only when it's in its hiding spot, but also when a geocacher is searching for it, or retrieving/replacing it. Even if a larger cache won't be spotted when it's in its hiding spot, will geocachers be able to find, retrieve, and replace it without drawing undue attention to it? Other than muggling, maintenance is mostly a matter of choosing a container and camouflage that can stand up to the elements. And that can depend on your location. Some containers that are fine in the desert do poorly in humid locations, or in locations that get snow and hard frosts in the winter. And so on.
  2. What kind of cache do you want to own and maintain for the long term? What kind of cache do you want to be known for among the local geocaching community? I've started mine with a few trinkets, but I haven't tried to fill them up, and I haven't put anything particularly valuable in them. I used either trinkets that I had on hand, or inexpensive trinkets that were somehow related to the theme of the cache. Craft stores often have assorted wooden shapes (painted or unpainted). Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to own and maintain for the long term? Have you found enough that you know what kind of cache you want to be known for among the local geocaching community?
  3. I've made multiple trips before when the cache required a special tool and the description didn't say what kind of tool was required. The first trip was specifically reconnaissance to see what kind of tool was needed, and the second trip was a retrieval trip with the appropriate tool. I don't think there's anything wrong with that, although it might irk someone. But that's another thread...
  4. I've helped with Intro to Geocaching classes sponsored by a county parks department. The instructor presented a quick "chalk talk" at the parking lot, ending it with a challenge to spot a camouflaged geocache right there where the "chalk talk" had been given. (It was a "hidden in plain sight" camouflage cache.) Then we broke up into small groups with an experienced geocacher assigned to each group. Each group was also given a preprogrammed GPS receiver with 8-10 caches on a nearby trail. The caches were rather varied, but close to each other. The new geocachers could find several different types of hide and be back at the trailhead by lunchtime. But yeah, with beginners, each group needs an experienced geocacher just to catch the things they forgot from the "chalk talk".
  5. For the benefit of others with the same problem in the future, what was it that you stumbled upon?
  6. For my milestones bookmark list, I edited the names of the list entries to include the number of each find, so they appear in order. The catch is that they are in alphabetical order, and 1 comes before 5, so they would end up like this: 1 10 100 5 50 My first fix was to include leading zeros to make them sort correctly: 001 005 010 050 100 My improved fix was to include leading spaces instead of leading zeros. The sorting works the same, but the spaces don't appear in the final output: [sp][sp]1 [sp][sp]5 [sp]10 [sp]50 100
  7. That's the approach I'm used to seeing. Special equipment needed to get you to the cache location reflects the terrain rating. Special equipment needed to get the cache to your location reflects the difficulty rating. And one elevated cache indicated that it could be considered T5 or D5 depending on whether you used special equipment to get yourself to the cache location (T5), or to retrieve the cache to your location on the ground (D5).
  8. On the other hand, there are some geocachers who would really like to see the distance for the saturation guideline increased, from one cache every 0.1 mile to one cache every 0.25 mile or every 0.5 mile.
  9. I'm impressed that you got to the point of actually planning a trip to the ISS. I'm sorry your plans fell through.
  10. I've used a telescoping fruit picker to retrieve and replace elevated caches before. I've used telescoping painter poles in another context. Both would work for many elevated caches, depending on the final length of the pole, the height of the geocacher, and the height of the geocache.
  11. There may even be a few stories of geocaching while canine. It's hard to say. This is the internet, after all...
  12. Check out the Help Center article Create a Pocket Query, especially towards the end.
  13. I know geocachers who save urban/suburban geocaches for Super Bowl Sunday.
  14. "Oops. I dropped your geocoin in the wrong cache. I tried to retrieve it and drop it in the right cache, but geocaching.com won't let me."
  15. I would say it's intended to be humorous, but there is a serious point behind it. I find email to be a much better tool than Groundspeak's Message Center. This is just one of many issues with it.
  16. Yeah, that can be confusing. But I've used that a couple times to repair a trackable's history (e.g., retrieving it from some other cache, dropping it where I found it, retrieving it from where I found it, and deleting a few of the other logs. I make sure the final state of the trackable is right, and I make sure that the logs that remain indicate what I actually did with the trackable.
  17. It's good to see that you found the solution after all...
  18. "I thought this geocoin looked familiar. I dropped it in a different cache a couple weeks ago. Today, I grabbed it and then dropped it in yet another cache. But geocaching.com won't let me log that. Sorry."
  19. This was my first thought when I read the proposal. Caches in easy terrain areas are smaller mainly because that's what survives. Small caches are hard enough to keep going in easy terrain areas. Regular caches are harder still. I wouldn't want to try to keep a large cache going in such a location. Remember that the cache doesn't need to avoid being seen by muggles just when it is in its hiding spot. Geocachers need to be able to search for the cache, retrieve it, and replace it without attracting undue attention to it from muggles. Caches in more remote areas are smaller mainly because that's all the CO wanted to schlep to a remote cache location, but that's a different thing.
  20. I make no claims whatsoever about whether or not the cache is gone, nor about how thoroughly I searched. For me, DNF means only that I got to GZ and searched, but did not find the cache. I have DNFed plenty of caches that were still there. My record so far is 5 DNFs on a cache that was there (before finding it on the 6th attempt).
  21. For me, DNF means I reached GZ and searched, but did not find the cache. If I don't reach GZ, or if I reach GZ but don't search for some reason, then it's a DNS (Did Not Search), logged as a Note. But for others, the search starts when they're still on their way to GZ, so there you go...
  22. I am reminded of bridge (the card game). The last time I played (let's just say it was before I started geocaching) was in a lunchtime group at work where we didn't keep score, and we frequently discussed the meanings of different bids (as a way to better learn SAYC bidding, not to cheat, since no one was keeping score). On the other hand, my mom plays competitively, and they take everything much more seriously at her competitions.
  23. An ALR by any other name would smell as... sweet? The groups I've been in that have used a team name have never been so large that everyone couldn't have signed the log individually, or that one person couldn't have signed for everyone. Actually, on some trips, we've alternated, depending on our mood, on the size of the log, on how easy it is to pass the log around (think kayak caches), on any number of things really. The largest group was over two dozen. That was for a destination cache: a night multi-stage puzzle cache. Yes, we had folks tagging along, not really helping much. But the group was small enough that anyone who wanted to could find a way to contribute, and anyone who wanted to could see how each stage worked even if they didn't help find it or work it out. Did everyone participate the same way? Not at all. But the CO (who accompanied us that night) was okay with that. And at the final, they passed the log around. I signed my own handle, as did others. Some signed for friends/family they had come with. The CO was okay with that too.
  24. I've often thought that the forum needs a "Sad" response: Not for things I disagree with though. Often, I agree with the comment, but I think the comment deserves a "Sad" response.
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