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  1. That's what I usually do too. My experience has been it's common that when a CO has ignored the NM, they will ignore the NA as well, and it will be archived.
  2. Puzzles that require a jig saw or similar to be done to get the final coordinates are fine, as they are usually solved at home, before going out. Multicaches are solved in the field and requiring someone to do research, or use a checker is a bad idea. A checker is okay just to check the final coordinates, but not to get them, as some people use a GPS, and also tourists might not have access to data on their phone. When travelling overseas, I have been able to use my phone for phone calls and text, but that's all, as I don't have a local plan. If a code or something needs to be added to get the final coordinates, that eliminates some people from being able to it. If something is required online, make it a puzzle that can be researched from home, before going to find the cache.
  3. I have never seen that, and as a GPS user, I couldn't use this in the field, I would likely not do it.
  4. Please no. Those of us using GPSs would be unable to do them in the field. Also tourists who can't use data while travelling.
  5. When I purchased a new GPS, I still kept the old one. The old one still worked, except for a missing button. I can still get the old one working with a stick, or the arm of my sunglasses, by poking that in the hole of the missing button. It's a backup for my new GPS, especially in places where there is no phone signal. So far my new one has not broken down. I occasionally use a phone, but I keep going back to the more user friendly GPS. The last time I was using my phone was for an AL cache. I wandered about in the bush and the AL program was being too slow to show the change in metres. I was wandering in an extended circle trying to find GZ. Finally I gave up, saw a feature near GZ on the AL map, so found that feature on the GPS's map and punched that spot in. Unlike the phone, the GPS directed me straight to GZ, with no more wandering about the bush. In the bush, I find the GPS better. The phone is okay in the city. Anyway, the bush often doesn't have a phone signal. I don't need the phone's feature of being able to log while out, as I like to write good logs and I do that home on the computer. Logging in the field takes up caching time, and slows fellow cachers down. One of my caching 'buddies' often likes to log in the field, and either the rest of us stand about waiting for him, or we move on and he has to catch up.
  6. I hadn't checked. Yes, that makes it very confusing. Better it is set to international date order, which more people around the world use. Whether that be day, month, year, or year, month, day.
  7. I loved visiting that station. (GC8JHNC) I like collecting SideTracked caches. Nervous though because it's a 'demand' stop and I have never alighted at a 'demand' stop before. However there were no problems. A scenic walk up the hill to the cache, but steep. I see I am still the last finder, way back in February, although the CO had it disabled for awhile because of Covid.
  8. Here, FTF is strongly competed for. No one is waiting for anyone. People down knifes and forks, etc, jump in their cars, on their bikes, etc, and head straight off. First there gets it. People who arrive at the same time and search together, do tend to share the FTF though. The FTF is often claimed, only a few minutes after publication. No waiting.
  9. I can't place a GC cache there now. (Have placed 3? GA.) Most of these caches out there were placed before the distance rule came in, or the person could argue they regularly travel there. I don't even place any more caches near where I live, so not placing a cache anywhere. I have placed enough. I maintained a cache thousands of kms away from where a charter member lives. I was asked if I would do this for them, as they heard I would be travelling in that area. That cache was placed in a different era. As many caches in the outback were. I also maintained this 2001 cache. Keeping it anonymous, as I would hate to see it archived. If I had known when I replaced the cache, how old it was, I would have left a better replacement. However, several years later I think that cache container is still doing the job.
  10. Okay, I hadn't noticed that. Will need to write a log in the future. I often hadn't been bothering. But the limitation and not being able to add photographs will annoy me. Also not being able to visit TBs to it. ALs are not top of my priorities and that's why I obviously still don't know them that well. I have been doing some lately mainly because of lockdown and our travel distance being limited. My lack of interest in ALs has now meant I still have local ones to find and they give me a purpose to go out. I imagine once we can travel again, ALs will drop down on my interest list, along with Earth caches. Besides, I prefer to use a GPS than a phone. A couple of days ago I walked up a hill through bushland to find an AL WP. It was too slow to change the metre distance to GZ and I took a wrong path. After wandering about in the bush, finally I pulled out my GPS, noted a feature near the WP on the phone. Punched that into the GPS and then had no more problems and continued through the bush straight to GZ. Knowing the coordinates of the WPs would be a big help, and then for these bush ones I could put the coordinates into my GPS and not need to muck around with the phone.
  11. I would also like to be able to see other people's logs on ALs, be able to write a decent log and go back to it and edit it, say when I get home and have more time for that decent log. That is what the bonus cache allows, but not all have a bonus cache. I would also like to be able to have a place to make notes, as that very handy feature allows me to on the normal caches.
  12. My comment was mainly to those who argue that remote caches should never be maintained :)
  13. That's the sort of maintenance I am talking about. It's not finding nothing, but usually the log in the remains of a cache. The sun is very harsh in the outback, and destroys plastic containers. When I travel to those areas, I pack caches to replace crumbling caches and occasionally fire damaged ones. I found one plastic drip hanging from a burnt tree. I found a metal cache with a plastic container inside. A bushfire had recently been through. The log was there, but now stuck onto the metal container by a layer of plastic and not retrievable. I do find the cache that I maintain. There's often not enough caches as there is now. If I travel that way again there will now be long stretches with nothing for me to find, as I have already found the few that are there. I will need to depend on finding and logging a few trigs on another site to give myself breaks from driving, although I have already found the easiest of those to get to as well .
  14. I have found logs in still okay condition in dry areas, but the cache fallen apart. I pick up the pieces that I can and take them away to dispose of. I replace the cache, putting the still good log in it. I don't just leave it. I wouldn't be game to log a NM on a remote and a cache appreciated by people travelling though. I likely would mention the condition in my log if I didn't fix the problem myself. It makes a nice break from driving and stretches the legs. Not everyone thinks as you do. If fact away from this forum, I would speculate, from comments I have heard, most people don't. I found a 2000 cache in poor condition in mountainous bushland, still with its original log. The log was okay surprisingly. Someone had stolen its cache. I didn't have a replacement with me, but I wrote of its condition in my log and suggested the next person replace the cache. I said I would not log a NM for such an old cache. Within a couple of weeks the log had a new cache.
  15. If several people say the coordinates are out and agree with any given ones, I would consider changing to those coordinates. I wouldn't necessarily do this though with only one comment.
  16. May I ask a question? How many people here have cached in remote or remote-ish areas? I wouldn't call this really remote; but it's remote-ish. This was a side road I took. I was headed for a (fairly remote) cache, and a walk to Aboriginal rock art. The highway is sealed. The next town is 93kms. This is the next town. And the next town after that over 200kms. When this is discussed I get the feeling that people have different ideas of 'remote'. This is the next town, likely the biggest town for a considerable distance. I can't comment further on that, as that's as far a I have driven. However I am guessing the next town of same or larger would be Broome, over 900kms away. It is my ambition to drive it. Follow Hwy 1 around Australia.
  17. I know there are not many caches in your area, but your area is not a remote area. I would log that NA on that cache.
  18. You need to judge each cache individually to decide whether to maintain it. When I travel to remote-ish places I pack some good cache containers and log paper (as well as trinkets) in case I feel they are needed. (Along with food for several days and plenty of water.) I have replaced a few caches. Some COs have then messaged to thank me. It might be the only cache for some distance; occasionally for a 100kms or more. Some caches have been there a long while. Some of the oldest are lasting well though, being ammunition tins. They might just benefit from a clean out of rubbish. I rarely replace caches in urban areas and in the countryside near urban areas, as they are not remote, unless I have an understanding with individual COs, that I can do maintenance if I find it needed. I do have that understanding with a few COs.
  19. I do a maintenance log after I check the cache and log. If nothing else, it shows other people you are maintaining your caches. I say what condition I found it in. If this is relevant, I thank the person who made a mention the cache needed attention, whether in their log note, or as a NM. Normally though, I check my caches frequently enough I don't get NM logs. I say what maintenance was done. I also note if the two logs match, and if I found any missing signatures. (Those people I send messages to. I give them a chance to provide proof of visit, before I consider deleting those logs.) How often I visit a cache can depend on the individual cache. If I happen to be passing I might check it, or if I get a suspicious log. I checked a cache this week, because I was suspicious of a log, but was pleasantly surprised to find my suspicions were wrong . Otherwise, at least every one to two years. Usually though, even then I find most caches are still good. It usually depends how well protected the cache is, the type of cache and how many visitors, how often the cache needs a visit.
  20. Yes, I found a TB once that would have fitted in a 35mm canister with the log. I think that was in 2012 (or thereabouts). Still looking for that next TB that will easily fit in one, with the log I made the mistake of releasing that TB into an ammunition can. That's the last I heard from it. I suspect being so small was its downfall, and it might have got accidentally pulled out with something else and lost.
  21. That's why I preferred the original (when I joined anyway) description that a 'small' could hold TBs and small trinkets. Obviously NOT all TBs. I once had a TB that was a largish toy road grader. I found it in a large ammunition box, and nothing smaller than a large ammunition box would fit it. There's also a doll TB in my TB Hotel and it's been there for months, because no-one appears to want such a large TB. It needs a regular sized cache. Coincidently, I am responsible for bringing that doll TB to Australia. I found it in Seattle in the USA and brought it here. Then I released it, and some time later found it again in another town. I released it again and some time later again found it, but in another town again. It's been 'haunting' me. This time I placed it in my TB Hotel and recently I placed a note on it begging someone to move it on. No one has yet.
  22. You are showing that without the log, which in many mintie tins I have found has filled all or most of the tin, leaving no, or very little room, if any room, for anything else. (Okay correction, able to hold, beside the log, TBs and small trinkets.) How many tags do you see without an attachment? Very few. I have a TB hotel and there are ten TBs in there at present and only one (a paper print of a TB) without an attached tag, and nine of the ten wouldn't fit in that mintie tin.
  23. The small sistema box looks bigger than that mintie tin and it should be obvious that mintie tin is not a small. It doesn't show there so much in your photograph, but mintie tins are also thinner than sistema boxes, and some minti tins are half as wide as that, but I have still found the half width ones rated a small. I remember the old description for a 'small' also said something like, "Big enough to hold TBs and some trinkets". When I started in geocaching, without knowing a single geocacher, that description made it clear to me what a 'small' was. It was, ""Big enough to hold TBs and some trinkets"" Best information I have seen for a small, and the easiest to understand. Shame that has been taken away.
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