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  1. Just wanted to bump this reply, since I had exactly the same thing. Bought a GPSMAP 64S, loaded some pocket queries to it, and then tried to search for a geocache which I knew to be a long way away, but which I am planning on visiting in a few days time. Spell Search couldn't find it. However if I search for a location nearby and look at the map, I can see all the geocaches. So like JohnCNA said, there seems to be some built in filter on the 64s which won't even let you search for distant geocaches. This is a bit annoying if you want to double check that some caches have been loaded up to your device before leaving. I'm glad this note was posted here though, as otherwise I would have gone mad trying to work out what was going on.
  2. I managed to use a different computer today. The draft cache listing is clearly stored in my geocaching account - very smart. I was using a Windows 7 computer with IE9 and this time I could edit the draft listing with no problems. The titles had still disappeared (I meant titles in previous post, not description) but the WPs were correctly shown as virtual or physical instead of all being physical. So it looks like there's a bug with editing a draft listing on Safari.
  3. Tried submitting a new multicache today. To be honest I like the way it displays the waypoints on the map - very nice. However I got all the way to the end, and was about to submit, when I realised I needed to change something in the waypoints. So I used the Back button (on the screen, not in the browser) to go back to the beginning. However when I got there all my Virtual waypoints had become Physical, and all the Descriptions were missing. Worse, I couldn't edit anything on the page. Nothing on the webpage was clickable. All I could do was edit the URL in the address bar, or close the browser completely. I did this, and tried to submit the cache again, but the system (or my browser) had cached the page, and once again it wasn't clickable. So I guess I need to find another computer now and try all over again (I tried clearing the cache in my browser but this didn't resolve the issue). I'm using Safari 5.1.7 on a Mac running OS X 10.6.8
  4. I geocache most often in Belgium, a country with 3 official languages plus plenty of English speakers (like me). If I'm in the French-speaking area I will always log in both French and English, as I can write them both well. If I'm in the Dutch- or German-speaking areas I log only in English, and have never had a complaint (as many people understand English anyway). I've received logs in all 4 languages, and to be honest I'm very happy that people write in their own language, as you will get a better quality log than if someone is struggling to write in a language they are not comfortable with. It's nice to read the logs, but Google Translate is generally good enough to get what someone is saying.
  5. Well I think this is a great initiative - it's getting lots of cache owners working together, and it's creating a fantastic set of caches for geocachers to find. I think coordinating to make it such a huge 'release' of caches is excellent. Reall well done. I have no feeling for how far apart the caches are, or what kind of caches each one is, so I won't comment on that.
  6. I think I understand your question and the answer is yes: once you have the cartridge downloaded to your phone it does not require any data transfer while you are in the field.
  7. I've seen a cache like this - it was actually the 'bonus cache' at the end of a long, difficult series, and the container was a really big ammo can. The can was tucked well away in a small cave, so out of the weather, and the books on the inside were in a tough ziplock bag. Unfortunately very few people think to bring books with them to swap (it's not mentioned in the cache description!) so the contents have not changed much from the initial hide.
  8. Playing in the Sand.Here's my first cache: Playing in the Sand. I picked this location because there's a very steep slope to climb, which is fun, and some interesting rocks which are very unusual for the area. So I thought it would make a nice change to the mostly flat countryside around. It's a short multi - only a few hundred metres - but I think the fact it's a multi puts people off attempting it. Had nice feedback from those that did though.
  9. OK, glad to know it's not just me. They will be getting a lot of e mails just now...
  10. This made me laugh - didn't even try to justify their Found It log (the hint says, near the bench)... "Found the bench but not the cache still puzzling over it and may well return. Pleased we had found the other two in the set and a wonderful pond with tadpoles and tiny frogs the trip was still a success." And here, a Found It for the first stage of a short multi: "Found the 1st part. Will return when library is open for the 2nd part."
  11. All types of caches are just caches. If someone can find a cache without completing all the steps the CO designed then they still found it. It might be annoying but the fact is they found it. We have has some drama over exactly this kind of thing in my area, and depending on the methods the finder uses to get to the bonus, it can really annoy people. Just means the CO had to work harder at designing the bonus....
  12. Well I guess everyone likes different aspects of the game. I can honestly say that many of my favourite caches have been mystery caches. Yes, the best ones involve some thinking and then lots of activity on the ground, but even the 'pure' puzzle caches give you something to do on wet, cold, snowy, horrible days when you can't get outside.
  13. I guess they may not be trackables.... just nice souvenirs!
  14. On the geocache listing page there are multiple links to display the cache location on a map, whether GoogleMaps or another. You can print this and use it to get to the cache. it doesn't give you a super-accurate location, but it's usually good enough. In fact a geocacher in my area does not possess a GPS, and has almost 3000 finds (and 4 hides) to his name, using only GoogleMaps. Another way to do it is to have some Letterbox type caches, where the listing tells you how to navigate to the cache, rather than using GPS coordinates. Although that won't really give you a good comparison between 'moderns' and 'luddites'. **Edited to correct non-gps finds - from 300 to 3000
  15. I don't use it in Premium but it works well for us non-premiums
  16. I thought I had escaped lightly with only a few scratches after searching for half an hour in a bramble patch, only for someone to point out to me later that I had a huge rip in the back of my shirt which I hadn't noticed. I had been walking around a busy town all that time...
  17. I don't know cache bucket but geobucket lets you download caches including description, hints and photos if you are a premium member. Or you can use an app like web reader which allows you to download the entire web page. But you gave to do this page by page and if course you can't look at photos linked to but not displayed on the page
  18. I use the website imgops.com. You can use multiple tools to find text hidden in pictures without having to runsnt additional software on your own computer. You just give the website the address of the image and it does the rest
  19. Voila l'explication - dans les forums de geocaching.be
  20. There are a couple of problems with setting some arbitrary number of caches that must be found before being allowed to place one. The first that that the quantify of finds does not necessarily correlate with experience. If someone wants to hide a cache they'll just look for a power trail or series to get those finds and typically will see little if any variation in cache types, hide styles, or types of containers. The second is that that areas where it is easiest to find 50 (or whatever number is chosen) caches are probably areas where the need for new caches is the lowest. Conversely, for areas where there are very few caches and could use more placements, finding the minimum number will be much more difficult. In the select list of countries/territories there are about 250 countries/territories listed. As of a couple of months ago (the last time I captured stats) about 148 of those countries had 50 or fewer caches in the entire country. Some of those countries are quite large or are islands. How are any of them going to get more caches if one is required to find 50 caches before placing a new one? That's why I said it's really tricky...
  21. I was quite pleased with my first cache, it's called Playing in the Sand. It's placed near a sports centre which was built in an old sand quarry. It's a multi so to get the clues you have to walk alongside a soccer pitch ( so they are playing in the sand) then a children's sand pit ( more playing), then to get to the cache you have to climb a really steep sandy slope, and the cache is hidden in a sandy place, so in the end you are playing in the sand.
  22. This is a tricky one. Generally in my experience users within some dozens of found caches place better caches than those without, however there have been a few spectacular exceptions to this, the best being a cacher who after finding just 9 then placed a beautifully constructed cache which had people with 1000's of finds hunting around. I suspect there are people who have cached as part of a team, or with a shared account, who then go on to set up their own account. Overall I think it would help with quality to prevent hiding before you've found say 50, but in a few occasions that will miss out on (or delay) some really good hiders.
  23. Hmm, just to get back on topic.... I recommend looking for someone holding a GPS, and asking 'Did you find it?' as the best option. I was hunting for a cache in a country lane: a man drew up in his car, got out and started walking around. After a while I asked him, "Are you looking for the same thing as me?" "Well I could be," he said, smiling and walking towards me, "it depends what you're looking for..." "Oh the geocache, right?" I said, waving my GPS, at which point he scowled and went back to hanging around his car. I moved off at this point to find another cache, but soon saw another car pull up near his. I guess some people need to go out into the countryside to find a little privacy.
  24. I have seen a couple of physical signatures with no accompanying on line log in my caches. Of course occasionally you get an online log of the sort "I found this 6 months ago but forgot to log it online", which may also explain it. And slightly off-topic, but related, there's a well known cacher in my area who will often not log his find at all, either physically or online. He loves to get the FTF, and loves to surprise people with his ability to find difficult caches. When there's a series with clues to find a bonus, if he doesn't get the FTF on some of the caches he'll often not log his finds, so that he can still get the bonus and surprise everyone. This has caused some hassle, as some cache owners find it unfair that a cacher can find a difficult bonus if they haven't logged all previous finds, and there's even some suspicion that the cacher in question can somehow mysteriously see the final coordinates of mysteries and multis. However the positive side effect is that it's pushed COs in the area to make incredibly inventive caches, to ensure that people find all stages of multis, or provide some other proof of finding other caches, so in the end the rest of us benefit!
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