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  1. I am happy to release trackables in the United Arab Emirates and Oman - let me know if you are interested. I have just finished dropping 20 coins on behalf of a US cacher - see my profile for the various coins. Also you will note that I generally take around 8 photo's per travel item for upload to the website, so send me some trackables if you like. Cheers from Dubai.
  2. Amy's Travel Bug has done over 30,000 miles. This coin has done over 15,000 miles in 6 months. Bye from Dubai.
  3. I find that I take way more photo's than other people. Here are a few examples - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...e4-2f2c1597d783 http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...e2-232a920bc82f http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...9a-031f1fcac461 AND for my own TB's - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=1238500 http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=794858 I wish others would upload some photo's of the places to which my TB's / coins travel. CHEERS FROM DUBAI.
  4. I find that I take way more photo's than other people. Here are a few examples - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...e4-2f2c1597d783 http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...e2-232a920bc82f http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...9a-031f1fcac461 AND for my own TB's - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=1238500 http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=794858 I wish others would upload some photo's of the places to which my TB's / coins travel. CHEERS FROM DUBAI.
  5. I have done it with two geocoins that I received as gifts from CachingCoins as part of the World Release Register 1) HERE - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=1166704 AND 2) HERE - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=956041 So far they are both still stuck in the United Arab Emirates, but I trust they will get to the USA eventually, and, more importantly, they will make it home. Bye from Dubai.
  6. Google. OK, so Tibet is part of China, but: 1) Surely, since Lonely Planet has a separate guide for Tibet, geocaching could do the same. 2) What about Yemen? Later.
  7. Hi All, I have been unfortunate to lose THREE travel items recently. Granted, one was in Thailand, but I lost both a croc shoe travel bug and a TFTC geocoin from UAE caches. In addition, I have noticed a few other cachers that have lost travel items in muggled UAE caches recently. Yes, I know, unfortunately travel items go missing all the time, but surely the risk can be reduced by a careful selection of caches into which the items are placed? I have noticed an alarming trend related to the UAE caches. While I appreciate the efforts of fellow cachers, caches seem to be being placed in places frequented all too often by muggles. With the high expat traffic, particularly for new caches, muggles are bound to be curious, increasing the risk that the cache will be discovered. I can imagine that the sight of well-heeled expat's crawling around the bushes searching for caches will only peak the interest of muggles. I would like to suggest greater discretion in terms of hiding new caches, perhaps in less frequented areas. For me it is more the quality of the caches than the quantity. While part of the challenge is finding caches in populated areas, I for one prefer to be completely alone when I find the cache and sign the logbook, far away from the prying eyes of potential muggles. I prefer as well that my travel items be placed in caches that are less likely to be muggled. I am pleased to see so many more cachers in the UAE. Hopefully I will get the chance to touch base on the caching trail soon, especially having missed the UAE cachers get together while I was on vacation in Jordan. Later, GeoCRAt.
  8. Hi from Dubai, I am busy planning a trip to Nepal and Tibet next year. I see that Tibet is not listed as a country in the drop-down box on the geocaching home page. Or did I miss it? Does this mean that there are no caches in Tibet? Perhaps Tibet could be added as a country to encourage cachers to drop some caches there. Also I see that Yemen is shown in two places, i.e. 1) People Den Rep Yemen, and 2) Yemen. Cheers, GeoCRAt.
  9. Hi from Dubai, I would like to suggest the option of an "unmaintained cache", particularly in countries where caches are few and far between. While I understand the reason behind the vacation rule, i.e. that you cannot place a cache outside of your general caching area to allow you to properly maintain the cache, I feel this may need to be reconsidered. For example, I was fortunate to travel to Morocco, Phuket (an island, part of Thailand), Jordan and Bahrain this year, each of which has around 10 caches (across the WHOLE country). I really would have liked to find more caches, and even hide a cache or two of my own. We found so many lovely places, to which a cache in the location would have attracted more cachers. Granted, there may be situations where the cache is found, muggled, and the contents left lying about, but hopefully those occurrences should be few. In such a case the owner could just disable the cache from his home country. YES, I know, what about the remains of the cache? Something that will remain a problem. I would be interested to know others' comments on this issue. Hopefully I can place a cache or two the next time I am in Bahrain. Cheers from sunny Dubai, GeoCRAt. (hoping that I have chosen the correct forum for this comment)
  10. Hi from Dubai, I am using EasyGPS (and I have just downloaded the trial version of ExpertGPS). Also I recently joined as a premium member so I get a file eack week of the caches in the United Arab Emirates and Oman (around 120 in total). What I would like to do is download the NAME to my GPS, rather than the cache CODE. I have been successful only by going into each waypoint individually (right click, edit waypoint, change the name of the waypoint by clicking on the double arrow). What I would like is an easy way to do this for all waypoints at one time. I tried Edit - - - Preferences - - - Geocaching - - - and set the waypoint to Geocache name, yet when I download them to my GPS (Garmin Nuvi 350) they still come out as the cache CODES on my GPS. Two questions: 1) Is there a way for me to select all waypoints at one time and change the setting so that when they download to my GPS it shows the cache NAME rather than the CODE? 2) Is it possible, when setting up the pocket query, to allow users the choice of whether they get the waypoints by NAME or cache CODE? Thanks, and regards from sunny Dubai. GeoCRAt.
  11. I wonder whether it is a good idea to create a function by which you are notified if someone grabs a travel item from your inventory? Not just something that you own (for which you already receive an e-mail), but any other travel item in your possession. That way you can determine whether it is a legitimate grab, such as for this geocoin - - - http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.as...81-c56acfd644db - - - or whether someone is being too eager in logging a travel item, or for any other reason that you may want to know if someone grabs something from you. I for one would like to know when someone grabs a travel item from me, rather than just seeing the item as missing from my inventory. Regards from Dubai. GeoCRAt.
  12. THANKS, based on your forum post an event has been created for the United Arab Emirates. Regards, GeoCRAt.
  13. Hi All, Wonder whether you have heard of the WWFM (World Wide Flash Mob) event being held around the world on November 10? Details here - - - http://docs.google.com/View?docid=d3vxrg4_...bqd8d&pli=1 Seems that a lot of cachers will be taking part. What is a flash mob? See this link - - - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_mob Not something I am likely to attend, but other may be more inclined to do so. I will not be arranging a similar one for the UAE, though others may feel inclined to do so. Later, GeoCRAt.
  14. I remember the days when all the UAE caches used to fit onto three pages on geocaching.com. Very soon I expect we will hit 5 pages, meaning more than 80 caches. Seems I need to get out more and boost my numbers, after Jordan perhaps. Later.
  15. WOW, that's weird. I will ask a fellow cacher to check and see what the problem seems to be that I am seeing different size fonts, etc... I am using the latest version of Internet Explorer - Version 7. Thanks BlueDeuce - I see your valuable comments scattered on almost each thread. Regards from Dubai. GeoCRAt / Charles.
  16. Thanks Timo for helping my / our travel bugs and coins on their journies. Many cachers like to see their travel items in "strange" countries so thanks for your efforts. I found my first cache in Saudi (and that was the only cache I found in Saudi), so perhaps some travel items will end up there, perhaps even in my own caches. Regards from Dubai. GeoCRAt.
  17. Not so sure about cool, but this certainly has to be the weirdest Travel Bug I have come across. Cheers from Dubai.
  18. Just wondering how some travel bug logs seem to adopt the font of the text in which the description is written. For example, I have noticed that my travel bug - this one has had the logs made bold. Another example is here has had its logs increased in size. Any ideas how I can fix this for my Travel Bugs? Strange. Thanks, GeoCRAt.
  19. Does anyone want coins or Travel Bugs to travel in and around Saudi Arabia? I am meeting a Saudi resident (he is from Finland I believe) this weekend (25 August) to pass him some coins / Travel Bugs. Should you be interested in having your travel items visit the Kingdom please arrange to meet me in Dubai by Thursday night. Please send me an e-mail to GeoCRAt@gmail.com Cheers, GeoCRAt.
  20. I see that I have not yet been added to the World Release Register - just a reminder that I am available to release coins in the United Arab Emirates and parts of Oman. Regards, GeoCRAt.
  21. It is really sad to note that my Travel Bug and Liveonce's Travel Bug have gone missing already, right at the start of the race. Very weird. Regards, GeoCRAt.
  22. Hi, the coin is still very much under consideration, and has not started on the drawing board, let alone having left the drawing board. I am not sure of the plans at this stage, though thetoadnet will be able to keep interested parties updated (and upload his draft for comments). Thanks for the idea to upload the comment to the general discussion area - I will do so when I have the chance. Happy caching in Qatar. GeoCRAt.
  23. A fellow cacher is interested in creating a UAE geocoin. He will need a minimum order of 250 coins to make it feasible. Would anyone be interested in sharing the costs of such a coin? I have committed to an order of 50 coins. This cacher (thetoadnet) will retain design control, etc… over the coin. Coins will be around US$6 each. Thanks, GeoCRAt.
  24. You may want to try something like I did for this geocoin that I own. Cheers from Dubai.
  25. Anyone know the status on this much anticipated race? I am sure, being bright pink and all, that my racer will outpace all others and be first back in the UAE. Cheers for now, SAFE TRAVELS!!
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