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The Leprechauns

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  1. Cool thread bump. I am one of just a handful of posters to the original thread who is still active. My Frisbee Fun cache is still active, too! It's now the third-oldest active Mystery Cache in Pennsylvania. I think I've only needed to maintain it twice in all those years - once to replace a rubbermaid with an ammo can.
  2. I've never focused on filling this grid because a 1/1 challenge, a 1/1.5 challenge, etc. don't feel like a challenge to me - more like a "minor inconvenience." The 410 challenge caches I've found have filled in 65 of the 81 D/T grids. If the rest fill in naturally, then yay for that, but I won't make a point of it. The minimum number of caches needed to fill in a challenge cache Fizzy grid is 162 finds - 81 for the challenge caches and 81 for the single cache required to be found in order to qualify for the challenge cache. Or even fewer than that, if finding one challenge cache qualifies the finder for another challenge cache, daisy-chain style. Meh.
  3. I own a Bigcall Challenge in Pittsburgh, and I've been telling people "not to worry" if someone on the list was no longer a Charter Member. I guess one of the reasons why this type of challenge cache is no longer allowed is because it's a moving target, as Charter Members revert to Basic membership over time. So, if the verification checker is changed, there will be people who get upset. But, if you do go through with it, I would love for the challenge checker to provide a list of which Charter Members have been found, so that people can mark their progress, in addition to the list of Charter Members they haven't found. Also, Geocaching HQ should not be an eligible Charter Member for purposes of a Bigcall Challenge.
  4. I'm about 100 logs behind, according to my "Drafts" page. Tonight I hope to log my finds from August 12th and August 13th, the weekend of GeoWoodstock in Abbotsford. You can't just write "thanks for organizing the event" when there were thousands of people there, many activities and many feelings after waiting for two years to get there. When logging, I like to recall and write about these good memories - like meeting @thebruce0 for the first time. I have no idea whether there are others like us who haven't logged their International Geocaching Day finds. I know I found many Adventures that day, so I'm already counted in the total because the finds post automatically.
  5. I was an active officer in a category that was hijacked. The category requirements were then significantly altered from the original version. I believe the category founder should have the option of retiring a category rather than watching it get morphed by a hijacker. The experience left such a bad taste in my mouth that I no longer contribute new waymarks, create categories or volunteer to be an officer. My sole remaining involvement is to guard the categories I founded or co-founded, so that someone else cannot hijack them and fundamentally change the original vision. If category retirement was an option, then I'd be gone in 60 seconds. Someone else would then be free to create a Version 2.0 of the same category, and change the rules to their heart's content.
  6. A gripe I've always had about that page: it first lists every cache for which I've ever awarded a favorite point. There is a ton of scrolling to be done before discovering my public lists at the bottom of the page. Why not display the public lists first, followed by the long boring list of caches with favorites?
  7. I'm glad that your son's cache has held up so well, and that you take the maintenance seriously. In my experience, this is the exception rather than the rule. While it might be fun to serve as a merit badge counselor, the dozens of hours I volunteer each month as a Reviewer takes up most of my available time. An inordinate percentage of that time is spent dealing with caches hidden by minors, including boy scouts. You can't begin to imagine the breadth and number of issues presented by caches from this age group that never get published.
  8. This is a misunderstanding on your part. Basic caches can be logged using the official app. Advanced Caches can be logged using a web browser. Premium Member Only caches can be logged using one of several available "backdoor" methods. The easiest one to describe is to go to geocachingadmin.com, enter the GC Code in the box provided, and then press the "Log" button.
  9. Have you posted in social media channels for Sporting Goods stores, asking for free camping equipment? If not, try that and let us know how that works out for you. In addition, specific to geocaching, please note Section 1.3 of the Terms of Use. Given that accounts used by minors must be under direct parental supervision, making it easier for minors to get premium accounts is, in my opinion, a bad thing. The parents should control whether the scout has a premium account, including paying for it. Don't get me started on the track record for geocaches hidden by scouts. I wish that hiding a cache would be removed as an option for earning the merit badge. For finding caches, a Scoutmaster with a premium membership can announce the cache coordinates for each scout to input as an "Additional Waypoint" on any nearby cache, and then navigate to it. For most caches (called "Advanced Caches" for purposes of the official Apps), the cache details and hints are available on the phone's browser, assuming there's internet service where they're camping. I say all this without any ill will towards the scouting movement. I earned my Eagle Scout badge in 1978.
  10. I'm sorry that what I view as an optimized workflow, you view as a workaround. Question for you: If you are only interested in 10% of all caches, why do you need to load thousands at a time? Do you not know where you're going? I decide where I am going to find caches, and build a list for that day or that trip. It's never more than 1,000 because I don't plan on finding even a fraction of that in a single day. I may need thousands of caches loaded over the course of a few months, but I always do so using fresh data within a day or two before any one trip.
  11. I'm also very picky about what caches make my list, whether it's for an afternoon outing or a two-week roadtrip. I also use GSAK for planning and filtering. When I have just the right caches in my GSAK database(s), I export them to a Geocaching.com bookmark List using the GSAK API. I can then see the list on my smartphone using the Official App and, if I'm in an area where it makes sense to do so, I can also export the same caches as a GPX directly from GSAK to my Garmin GPS. If I have more than 1,000 caches to export, then I figure out a way to break the caches up into logical groupings. If it's a multiple day trip, I will make a separate list for each day. It eliminates a lot of scrolling. If I'll be in several areas, each for a few days, then I will make lists for each area, like "Seattle" and "Snoqualmie" and "Abbotsford" and "Vancouver" for the upcoming HQ and GeoWoodstock events in August.
  12. Curious how 1332 caches got published in the Czech Republic with the name of a business in the cache name, contrary to the Geocache Hiding Guidelines. Here in the USA, you can't say "Dollar General" in a cache name - you have to say "50 Cent Colonel."
  13. I've found 114 caches with the Scuba Gear attribute, yet the last time I went scuba diving was 1995. This illustrates a different point against adding attributes: the rare ones get misused, for a number of reasons including challenge cache qualification. People can't even use the "tree climbing required" attribute correctly. They see a picture of a tree, think "my cache is in a forest/tree stump/hole in a tree," and apply the attribute. If people see a picture of a fishing pole as a new attribute, some would similarly think "my cache is near a lake/pond/river where people can go fishing," and apply the attribute.
  14. Good luck with that. Would you also like reviewers to enforce your vision of Difficulty and Terrain ratings for these caches? They'd probably want to double their pay before agreeing to either.
  15. I've found more than 1,000 caches rated T3 or higher, and more than 1,000 caches rated D3 or higher, across 45 states in the USA. I have never seen one single cache that required a fishing pole to hook a container from up in a tree. A new attribute needs to be relevant worldwide. I would not look forward to explaining what "biltema" means to geocachers who are curious about when to use such an attribute. I like the idea of using the "no tree climbing required" and "special tool required" attributes in combination. This would allow filtering out biltema caches where those attributes are properly applied, without sweeping in too many non-biltema caches.
  16. According to the Project-GC news page, there was a quiet release of the D/T History tool at the end of 2018.
  17. By far the most common reason for this is when a Cache Owner changes the D/T rating for one of their caches. I can relate to your frustration, as this happened to me no fewer than three times as I was trying to complete my first Fizzy Grid. I'm now on my 7th loop so I don't worry about it/notice the problem anymore. The best way to figure out what happened is to use the Project-GC tool for DT History changes. This is available only to paying members of Project-GC. I used this tool with your username and you will see the answer in the screenshot below. The cache owner for "THE HUNT FOR THE GOLDEN SKULL" changed the rating for their cache from 5.0/4.0 to 5.0/4.5.
  18. Saw the post and clicked on the links, including the link to the post I just quoted. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. The Western PA "Lonely Cache Challenge" began in 2003 on a Yahoo group. It never formalized into a challenge cache. The coolest thing about my post from 2004 was being reminded that, even back then, people were complaining about how park and grab caches got found more often than caches requiring a hike away from the pavement.
  19. If an Adventure Lab creator has a high enough rating on their Adventure, they can be eligible for a credit to create another Adventure. So, I am mindful of this before rating anything at less than 4 stars. I don't want to torpedo future Sdventures in the areas I visit regularly. It's a lot like my Car Dealership's service department, a Doordash delivery guy, a Lyft driver or a Hotel front desk agent. They beg me to give out the highest ratings on customer surveys, because anything lower can negatively affect their job. I think that's stupid, but the reality is that anything below 9 out of 10 is a "fail." I like your analogy to Favorite Points. Further, I like that Favorite Points are a rationed commodity. A star ratings system on every cache would lead to abuse and/or artificially inflated ratings.
  20. I first started paying $30 a year for a premium membership in 2002. Back then, that got me a small number of pocket queries, access to PMO caches, and some bells and whistles here in these forums. I mainly paid $30 to support the website. There were no bookmark lists, no instant notifications, no premium mapping or search features, no favorite points, no Adventure Labs to create, no Waymarking categories to create, no smartphone apps and no API. Premium members now have all these things, plus other features. Yet, the cost remains constant at $30 per year. None of my other bills have remained unchanged since 2002. I find this amazing, especially since I would still be happy to pay the $30 for the 2002 feature set. So, that is what you are paying $30 a year for. By the way, the internal Geochecker continues to work just fine for me. I don't have a use case for leveraging the API for this purpose. I am not good enough at solving puzzles to have a need to use the Geochecker other than manually on the cache page.
  21. Oh goodie, a thread for sharing geocaching X-rays. Here are my partner's "before and after" shots. For the story, see the OP's prior thread.
  22. My caching partner agrees with you! We were caching in a local park where we targeted a 2/3 cache along a trail at the top of a steep slope. It was raining heavily, but we decided to push on. I scrambled off the trail and down the hill in my hiking boots, finding the cache container easily. My partner had the pen, so I called for her to join me. A few steps off the trail in her sneakers, and she tumbled head over heels, landing on her back after a 20 foot slide. With a clearly broken ankle, I knew it was time to call 911. It took 20 firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel to extract her from the hillside in a Stokes litter. Fortunately, the park was a 10 minute ambulance ride from a Level 1 Trauma Center, where she spent the next week and had two surgeries. That was August 28th. Earlier today, her orthopedist cleared her to start walking freely again. WITH PROPER FOOTWEAR.
  23. I plan on completing my tutoring on fact-checking on the same day you complete yours on forum manners. Let's coordinate!
  24. As one example of an update that happened less than nine months ago, integration of Adventure Lab starting locations into the official Geocaching Apps happened in May of this year. Someone needs math tutoring.
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