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  1. We had a local one that was actually a construction stake and flag with a hidden compartment. The stake was cut where the flag attached and there was a PVC container inside. Had me fooled for quite a while, until I noted the clue.
  2. I've noted this on my Colorado a couple of times, as well as a few other USB devices. I've found its better to plug the device into the cable, then plug the cable into the PC.
  3. If you do a pocket query and have one GPX file with multiple caches, I believe you can remove those caches from the GPX file with GSAK. Otherwise you can re-run the pocket query and tell it to ignore the caches you have found, then load it over the old GPX file. If you downloaded a GPX file for each cache with the sent to GPS feature, you can simply delete the file pertaining to that cache.
  4. For that purpose, I carry a plastic shoehorn gotten gratis from the shoe store. Weighs less than a trowel, and costs nothing to replace. In a bad pinch, I guess I'd dig with a knife, but the soil would be softened by bitter tears. Can't stand to abuse good gear. I want to see you dig in some good Texas clay with a shoe horn. It would get you maybe 2-3 inches and then its CITO time. Note in my post I said you *can* dig with a knife, not that you should or would. You can also use it for a can opener, a pry tool, etc... if needed (if you are ill-prepared). Keep a regular knife in your pocket for things that require a sharp, clean blade, and use a large hunting variety knife for all your hacking and poking needs.
  5. These are easy to make, with a nano, some Fimo clay and some gorilla glue. I'm in the process of making up a couple of these. Just wondering if you have to chew the clay to get the appearance accurate?
  6. It was down again last night -- I tried it not too long after I posted my reply and got the same error message. You would think any updates and maintenance would be done in the wee hours, at least after the west coast has gone to bed.
  7. I got that off and on the other day when I was looking to see if a GPS deal on Amazon was a refurb or discontinued. I tried a bit later and it worked fine.
  8. I'm running Mint and Mepis, both Debian-based distros. I try to avoid M$ products and all costs. I've played with a few mapping and logging programs and several USB and Bluetooth GPSrs. I occasionally move files back and forth to my Colorado under Linux, but anything the requires Mapsource I do on a Windows box. I still have a Windows box because some of the devices I use only have Windows interfaces, and I'm to lazy to get them working in Linux.
  9. We've got people at every gun show selling the clip-on (not the flip-up ones like dad wore) tinted lenses for prescription glasses. They have many different shapes that seem to be pretty close to most glasses, and they will even tweak the clips to get them to fit perfectly. Probably can find the same folks at flea markets and whatnot as well. Wife really like the ones she got.
  10. Some place sells a magnetic nano that looks like a piece of used gum. I think this would be a great cache stuck to the bottom of some picnic table. The fake dog doo and whatnot has been done to death, but there are some other interesting containers and hides out there. Some of the best in this area are the ones where you think the cache is one place due to many other similar caches, and in reality the GPS was correct in leading you just feet away to another place. Case in point: One local cacher *loves* evergreen trees. Not to common around here, but good for a hide because the cache stays hidden all year. So I'm looking for a cache in the middle of a field and there is one *huge* evergreen tree. I immediately start poking around in the tree even though the GPS says the cache is about 5-10 feet away. Not seeing a thing, I back off and take another run with the GPS. It leads me to a pile of debris just north of the tree, and well-hidden in the trash is a small Tupperware container. DOH!
  11. If you seriously need to cut heavy wire, you might look into one of those surplus eastern European AK47 bayonets with the scabbard that turns the knife into a wire cutter. A big knife can cut small limbs for a fire, can be used for digging, etc... Just be sure a knife that size is legal to carry in your area. Most multitools would be hard pressed to cut actual barbed wire unless you have a lot of hand strength or only need to make one cut.
  12. Do a Google search for 'cache container' and look at some of the stuff people make and / or sell. It will give you an idea of what you may be looking for. Also, the size of the cache is usually specified on the cache page. The definitions for each size are usually a good indication, but sometimes people get creative and the caches are actually larger or smaller than the example given for a certain size. Keep in mind you may see lots of similar caches in your area -- some folks are lazy and not very creative. Some of our common containers include waterproof match containers zip-tied to a tree limb, magnetic key holders stuck to guard rails, fake dog poop, fake rocks, decon containers in evergreen trees, etc... In some cases the cache description or text will give you a clue. In one case, a cache name described a tree that lost its leaves in the fall and had a forked trunk. Container was in a small opening where the tree trunk split. One cache name referenced a kids story that had to do with a troll guarding a bridge. The cache was under a small metal plate acting as a bridge across a drainage channel on a sidewalk. Use the satellite feature on Google maps to zoom into the cache location. For instance, one local cache appeared to be in a parking lot at a shopping center. Zooming in and studying the photo showed there was a lamp post there. The cache was hidden under the metal cover at the base of the pole. If all else fails, find an experienced cacher buddy and let him show you the ropes.
  13. Try that with a long beard and briars.
  14. Yeah, the whole caches in a cemetery / memorial thing bugs me as well. These places are sacred and special and intended for family and friends, not a bunch of outsiders tromping around digging in the bushes, etc...
  15. I installed 2.6 this Sunday and three new PQs and everything seemed to work just fine. Hit a bunch of caches near the casa and was very happy with the results. Will probably do some more caches this week. I do like the features they added in 2.54 -- especially being able to set the map for each profile. Need to check out some of the newest features to see if they will help out.
  16. Took the wife out caching recently -- hit a few easy caches and decided to try an orienteering cache at a local park. Crashed and burned on this cache (missing tags) and decided to look for one I had a DNF on previously. Path to the cache is pretty easy right up until the last 20 feet or so. I make it down the sharp incline and coax her to come down behind me. Within 5 feet of level ground her feet slide out from under her and she sits down and slides into a couple of briars. After I stopped laughing, I told her that wasn't the right way to come down the hill. After she finished cursing me and clipped off the briars, she made it the rest of the way down. Going back up there was more cursing and gnashing of teeth. We DNFd again, but I don't think she'll join me for another search.
  17. I kind of go along with this. I drive one of those huge trucks "going the speed limit that just seems fast to others because of our size", and cache with safety on my mind as well. I feel your pain. Went to find a cache the other day, and its up next to a major interstate. Cache owner said to approach from a surface street, which unfortunately does not have curb-side parking due to a posted bike lane, and no side streets or parking lots within half a mile. In looking at the logs, it appears many have parked on the shoulder of the highway to retrieve this one -- not too smart.
  18. ...And there are some puzzle caches here that use steganography (e.g. hiding encrypted messages within an image) to solve the puzzle. Pretty cool stuff.
  19. QLENFG raises hand. More so for the urban and park caches, which, around these parts, seem to be in areas where you are likely to become a victim.
  20. had one like that locally that was on the dam of a lake. Dam is about a mile long and the rocked slope is probably 150 yards wide. At least the CO mentioned you didn't have to get off the path (illegal to walk on slope) to get the cache, and he used one of those fake rocks that was not the same color as all the other rocks. I might have re-hid it a bit better so the next person would have to look more than 10 seconds.
  21. For a minute there I thought you were describing Gateway park in Fort Worth. Had some dude follow me into the woods one day while caching. I ducked down and circled around -- he left when he couldn't find me. Saw an article in the paper at a later date describing what he was up to -- glad he left.
  22. I've got several handheld GPSr units including a Colorado 300, and a Bluetooth GPSr for my Tablet PC. The Bluetooth GPSr has the SIRF chipset and maintains sat lock inside our shop -- the others only work when near the window, and then they wander quite a bit. Wish the Colorado had the high-sensitivity chipset, but at least it does paperless caching.
  23. Regardless of where you are, you should not leave anything in plain sight in the vehicle, including a radar detector, phone, purse, etc... all they should see if they look in is seats and carpet. In fact, its not even a good idea to stash the valuables in the trunk when you get there -- do it before you leave the house and take anything you need with you when you get out of the car. As for the caching itself, I carry pepper spray in a pouch on my caching bag, should I encounter a dog or a two-legged problem. Its legal in most places and will at least give you some get-away time.
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