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The Leprechauns

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  1. I would log a note here, because my personal definition of a DNF requires that I actively searched for the cache at ground zero. (See the bookmark list linked in my tagline below my forum post.) Turning back on a hike because I wasn't feeling well, or turning back on a bike trail because I got a flat tire, or getting right back in the car at an urban cache because ground zero was infested with muggles are all equivalent examples where a note is more appropriate than a DNF.
  2. Agreed - or even better, make the radius a user-configurable option in profile settings. I attend events most often in two cities that are five hours driving time apart from one another.
  3. Just like I've never found an Adventure with stages set 15 metres apart, apparently you've never found a power trail. It is very, very easy to find five traditional caches in less than 3 minutes, and I got five smilies for doing that. If I find an Adventure that takes 3 minutes, like maybe walking to five statues in a sculpture garden, I get five smilies for doing that. If I hike five miles in a park and find five caches, I get five smilies for doing that. The smiley is the great equalizer. If you're going to start saying that one type of smiley isn't worthy of being a smiley, then I'm going to keep posting about other types of smilies that aren't worthy of being a smiley. Let's add "power trails" to my list that already included lamp post caches, guardrail caches and sign post caches.
  4. None of the Adventures I've completed have had stages 15 metres apart. That sounds like the equivalent of a roadside power trail of geocaches at sign posts. So, just like a roadside sign post cache counts the same as a cache requiring a five-mile hike, an Adventure spaced closely apart counts the same as an Adventure that takes me to five different historic spots in a small town I'd never visited.
  5. Can we also make it so that lamp post caches and guardrail caches and sign post caches don't count as a find? They are so easy and require no effort. They really aren't geocaching, and you are barely outdoors for the 30 seconds it takes to jump out of the car and retrieve the micro with the soggy log while dodging the bees. Oh, I forgot. I drive right past those caches on most days. I suppose that, if one does not like Adventure Labs, they can drive past those. I like to stop for them, because I learn about history, art, architecture, culture and other subjects by making the stops and answering the questions. That takes me more time than a lamp post micro.
  6. I could not answer Justin of Terrytown's original question because I always use a car, but I can recommend five caches to K13 as a fellow "GeoTourist" who greatly enjoyed my visit to Memphis in 2019. LPS001, in addition to being the oldest geocache in Tennessee, takes you on a beautiful walk through a cypress swamp. TCB : Graceland - Virtual Reward - because you can't visit Memphis without going to Graceland. The Grotto is one of the best settings for a virtual cache that I've ever seen. No Ducks Here guarantees that you will spend some quality time with the famous ducks at the Peabody Hotel. Memphis Music Giants Remembered takes you to three great virtual waypoints, ending with a creative container in the CO's front yard.
  7. Paying members at Project-GC.com can choose to receive a daily notification email that alerts the CO to any edits on logs to their owned caches. It's a nice feature.
  8. I looked through my multicache finds, but the longest I ever took to find one was several visits over two months - because a stage went missing, and I waited for the owner to replace it. But do Challenge Caches count? Because then I've got some stories. For example, I "officially" dedicated a goal of completing my Jasmer Grid in early 2009. It took years of planning vacations around finding old caches all over the USA, ending with a boat ride to Michigan's "Power Island" cache in July 2015. Since then, I've been working on a Double Jasmer. I am up to 21 finds on caches hidden in the Year 2000, but I'm still missing two months for my Double. The longest I've ever taken to complete any challenge cache is the Ohio History Challenge, published in 2008. Finding all the caches hidden in Ohio during the first year of geocaching in that State took a lot of travel - especially since I don't live in Ohio. I finally found the last cache I needed to qualify in July 2020 - twelve years after I posted my first note to the cache page to say that I was working on the challenge. Working on challenge caches is what keeps me engaged and wanting to find more geocaches. I plan most of my vacations around finding caches that will help me with multiple challenge cache or other statistical goals - even when they take years or decades to accomplish.
  9. I will reach my 19th Cacheversary in June. Back in 2002-2003, I had pretty much cleaned out my home area, so I began taking roadtrips. I discovered that I liked the roadtrips much better - whether they involved flying to a Mega Event, driving hundreds of miles, or going backpacking or kayaking in a remote location. So, most of my caching is far from home, which always leaves me plenty of local caches to hunt when I want to get out of the house for an afternoon, or when I want to combine errands with geocaching. In the past year, I've found 504 caches. (Those numbers, and my travel distances, were way down because of the pandemic.) Of these, only 155 finds were within 50 miles of my home. Will I run out of caches? Doubtful. There are more than 7,000 that I haven't found within that same 50 mile radius. Over my 19 years, I've found 8,886 geocaches. Only 2,630 of these have been within 50 miles of home. My "Cache Centroid" is 285 miles from home. For me, roadtrips are key for never running out of caches to find.
  10. I'm so sorry you received those lousy logs. The same has happened to me when I've responded instantly to questions from unknown cachers out in the field. The descriptive logs that reward cache owners are becoming a lost art. That irks me, regardless of whether I helped the finder via the message center. In contrast, on the few occasions when my partner and I have reached out to a CO for help, it instantly becomes a memorable part of the cache hunt and thus a vital part of my log. I offer this example, and you are welcome to pretend that you received this log (it's actually from a 5/3 gadget cache halfway up a mountain):
  11. Challenge Checkers, mandatory since the end of the Challenge Cache moratorium, replace the prior subjective standard with an objective standard. The finder either passes the checker, or they don't. Recall that one of the reasons for the moratorium was the high frequency of disputes between owners and finders of challenge caches. The simple, objective test of the checker eliminates most of these disputes. I have been motivated to hide a lot more challenge caches post-moratorium, because it's easier to verify compliance with the challenge requirements. I knew when I hid my 16 challenge caches that verification was my responsibility, and that newbies would present most of the problems. Every few months, I need to fill out and send this template to someone who doesn't qualify: I wait a week or so, and then delete the non-compliant find. It is not a lot of time out of my day.
  12. Today I received my third notification that I'd been awarded another Adventure Lab credit, due to the success of my first Adventure. Each time I get one of these notices, I become excited and I go to the Adventure website to check my Credits, hoping to see the number of Credits increase. But, I still have just one unused credit pending. Why do I keep receiving duplicate notices? I wouldn't mind them if the notices were phrased as "reminders." At the end of today's email, I was advised to visit this section of the "Geoaching.com forums" for more information. Not sure if that was a typo or a Freudian slip comment! Anyhow, that's my bellyache.
  13. This Geocache of the Week truly has an unforgettable approach. My log for the cache has some great photos, including one of the sketchy plank "bridge" one must cross to get to the top of the mountain.
  14. The Jordan souvenir is such exciting news! Thank you for linking to the announcement. I only cached in Jordan for one day, as part of a church group tour, but I managed to find all the caches at Petra that existed at that time. Jordan's oldest geocache is one of my Top 10 favorite caches of all time. I will never forget my day there, and it's nice to memorialize that day with a souvenir. Even better, I now have souvenirs for all of the countries where I've found geocaches!
  15. I'm sorry to read that you had a bad experience with that Adventure. I think, however, that judging the current app on the basis of one Adventure is like judging geocaching after finding one guardrail cache with a wet log jammed into a broken pill bottle. I've completed seven Adventures just this month alone, and I haven't experienced the issues you reported. It sounds like the geofencing settings for this Adventure were frustrating. They are set by the creator of the Adventure, and are customizable. I've never seen one set at 20 feet. That would be maddening! More typical values are 50 or 100 meters. I used 50 for my Adventure - a tour of public art in my city's downtown - because signal bounce in an urban environment can be considerable. The documentation for Adventure Lab creators says that the minimum range is 20 meters, so I'm puzzled by your report. The Adventure Lab creator was also counseled by the documentation to make sure they chose locations with good cellular coverage and, if cell reception is weak, to overcome this by applying more liberal geofencing. Geofencing is important in order to deter cheaters who derive pleasure from logging Adventures from their couch. Here is the relevant guidance:
  16. I pull up the zipper first, then fasten the button.
  17. I am pretty lenient about not deleting logs when someone says "forgot my pen" or similar statements that cast doubt on whether they've met the technical definition for a "found it" log. This is supposed to be fun, and life is too short to argue about those cases. I think that Multicaches (as in the OP), Earthcaches, Virtual Caches and Webcam Caches have a heightened standard. I believe that challenge caches also fall in this category, because of the effort involved for qualifiers. The challenge cache is "cheapened" when someone with 10 finds logs a find on a challenge cache that requires extensive travel to find many, many qualifying caches. I have deleted more logs on my 16 challenge caches and one Virtual Cache than on all my other caches combined. Usually the issue arises with a newer geocacher who does not understand how these cache types work. So, I always send a helpful message, then wait for a week, before deleting a log. I even have a form letter template for my challenge caches:
  18. "Ground zero" is the area where you consistently see a "distance to the cache" reading of as close to zero feet as possible. (You rarely see exactly zero, except in clear, open areas.) Typically this will be a circle with a radius of about 10 to 15 feet. If the obvious spot is at the edge of that radius, people will look there first.
  19. When I find a nice location and begin to look for hiding spots, I try to think like a finder arriving at ground zero. What's the most obvious spot, where I would search first? Then I skip that spot and choose another spot within a few feet. It's not in the giant stump - it's over there, behind that smaller tree! Besides making my cache more challenging to find, it also helps protect it from muggles. That same giant stump is also a beacon for kids playing in the woods, for hunters, etc. For urban hides, I concentrate on finding places where muggles would not look, but which would be obvious to a geocacher. I also try to find a hiding place for the largest size container that the area can support. One of my more popular hides is the only cache within walking distance of the downtown district that's big enough to hold trade items and trackables. It is easy to hide a nano on a sign post. Hiding a small or regular container takes more thought.
  20. Thank you to Moun10Bike for the prompt and detailed response! I am glad that we don't need to be sober, as JL HSTRE had suggested.
  21. Then all such regular cachers forever forfeit their right to complain that "they don't do anything about all the crappy broken and missing caches."
  22. So what's the defect you're alleging? When three out of the last five visitors logged DNF on a D1.5 cache, it's not unreasonable to flag the cache as possibly needing maintenance. The only way to tell for sure is to read the logs.
  23. and that kinda ruins it. I've had an event that was elevated in the trees thanks to a set up of angles slacklines and a tree tent, and had a trail maintenance CITO with multiple miles covered with rugged terrain in the mountains. Those two events made sense with higher terrain ratings but many do not. Thank goodness, since the time of the original thread, the cache submission process now force-rates all event caches as Difficulty 1. The abuse has been curbed. I used to joke, what makes an event a difficulty 5? Is everyone hiding so that I can't find them?
  24. What a fun thread bump! It took me 4804 days to finish my first Fizzy Grid. Since then, I met my current caching partner, who is an even bigger fan of high terrain caches, and I've gotten hooked on challenge caches, which tend to have high difficulty ratings. I've now completed six loops, and am two grid squares away from my seventh. My shortest interval between loops was 42 days. All of my "loop finishers" have been found with my partner, including my most recent one - which was part of the LOST 81 series that I posted about more than six years ago!
  25. The CHS algorithm can't read the contents of a log. Was this your expectation? While the Health Score may have triggered an email saying that your cache MAY need attention, nothing else will happen to it automatically.
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