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Cache U Nutter

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  1. If you're a serious, active cacher who frequently ventures beyond fair-weather urban caching, you're better off putting your limited budget into a better GPS. Better battery life, more weatherproof more rugged, better receiver. From your user profile I guess those kind of details will matter to you.


    Picking a smartphone primarily for geocaching -- as your post seems to hint at -- strikes me as a bit silly. An iPhone or Android can provide a lot of value if you're going to use it for a lot of things, and you can use it effectively for fair-weather urban geocaching. But it simply won't be as good a GPS as a dedicated unit like a Garmin Oregon or 62 series.


    Thanks for your input . Yes ,As I am also a gardener I am worried about durabilty [guess I would also purchase a waterproof container and/ or insurance] .I was possibly looking at combining the two functions.

    Using the Garmin for actually finding the cache, but the phone for all the other applications that seem to be around for geo caching [like not having to be glued to a p.c all the time]

    What do you think ?

  2. I am sure that this subject has been covered before but given the onward march of technology [and the fact that my phone contract is about to run out] I thought it time to give it another run.

    I don't have the means to upgrade my phone AND Gps [have a crap old phone and a serviceable Garmin Etrex Vista cx. Should I upgrade my phone and stick with my Garmin ?

    What are the relative advantages of Blackberry / i phone [for geocaching purposes]

    I am not at all fussed with non geocaching apps and will be using the phone for limited text / calls and e mails.

    Can you plese help- currentely with 3 and other than their useless customer services they have very good phone coverage.



  3. A deep 'i can see the bone' cut which was caused whilst carrying out maintenance on one of my extreme caches.[Take your punishment Seaman Staines] - an appropriate cache name I feel

    I cut it on a steel beam over a river and I saw the water go red with all the blood !

    At least I now have a permanent reminder of the day by way of a 2 inch scar !


  4. I have loads of sympathy with Pharasee. It was obviously a very unpleasant experience and the lady was out of order with her comments and actions.

    There is however a 'However'

    I am a dog owner and of course I let my springer off the lead at all times [when no livestock about]

    Those who keep their dogs on a lead either a] have not trained their dog yet or b] are being cruel.

    Dogs need exercise and being kept on a lead will cause frustration . Frustrated / angry dogs will bite !

    In your case I believe that the dog was insufficientely trained or the lady was not concentrating on dog control.

    She should simply give a command and the dog should lay off.

    My 'However' could be that the dog was 'spooked' by your rather impresive hat ?!

    My dog get spooked by large hats, guys with beards or other unfamiliar people. I regret also that my dog is racist. He does'nt however then go and bite someone.

    I think you were very brave getting hold of the dog by the collar. Was it a chiwawa ?

    In the same way that we all acknowledge that horses may bolt if we drive too close [we slow down] may I suggest you take your hat off, or have a quick shave !!!

    Hope you are now o.k mate and you should report the lady to the police if you ever get the chance-- they give most dog owners a bad name.


  5. sometimes there is a marker on a church, or an important building (especially if they have WD underneath them WD ones were WW2 markers,) Like this one


    but the older ones, like this one




    AFAIK are height above sea-level markers, that means numbers, that means fun! (to some people)


    If it were important enough a place for a sea-level marker to be put, I'd say it was 'central'


    Benchmarks are merely cartogaphic markers used for surveying purposes. They have no bearing at all as to whether they are in the centre of a town or village, The position was chosen by the surveyor usually as it was a convenient spot to carry out surveying i.e good sighting towards other trig points or benchmarks or on a solid [usually stone ] structure on which to mount their tripod and which was 'imovable ' and therfor could be used again in the future for further surveys.

    conveniently , churches were and ideal site for this.

    To look for the town centre you may wish to choose the CBD [central business district] where there is a peak in tertiary activities [retailing / offices] or look toward the historic core.

    Quite often this is obvious as streets often radiate from a central core and there may be a site of an old market / town square.

    Personally I would look towards the historic core as the centre marker as it's usually of more interest than the precinct !

  6. Hello,


    I hope I'm in the right place.. :)


    We are coming over tomorrow to Britain and would like to find some caches while we are there.

    We are travelling to Dorset and Dartmoor with 3 kids, age 5, 7, 9. They are not very well known with Geocaching but we would like for them to have a good time.


    Can anybody recommend us any nice caches in which the kids can participate?


    Thanks in advance,




    Perhaps there are some resevoirs nearby with leaking dams to keep the children amused ? !


  7. Says "Cache in pocket unavailable at this time"

    Was indeed broken earlier but seems to be working again now :)

    Yes indeed it is up and running now !

    A very good programme - [not sure about the title though]

    Covered all areas of Geocaching in the limited time available.

    Given the amount of hours that Sarah and Ian put into making the half hour documentary it is clear that much of the recorded material must have ended up on the cutting room floor.

    What they finally came up with was first class with a distinctly BBC style .

    So far none of my mates have phoned me to say they heard the programme but I get the impression that those who heard about caching for the first time on the programme may well be musing over another British eccentricity [even if it is of U.S origin]


  8. There is a clear interest in listening to this programme again. Perhaps the BBC could explain if the programme will be made available through the BBC iplayer and when, but if not, why not.

    This explains why some programmes never make it to the iPlayer. Basically it's all to do with licensing and rights clearance.


    [eta] This page gives more and suggests that actually, it's some other hold up and it should be there eventually. The show's iPlayer page does have the 'coming soon' tag...


    Hello. Pleased to say that the technical gremlins have finally been fixed and the programme is now available on iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t2xwm

    Very sorry for the delay

    Oh no they have'nt !

    Still technical problems according to message on site !

  9. The presenter Ian Peacock and I are making a programme for BBC Radio 4 about geocaching, and I would like to hear from people who are passionate about it.


    Perhaps you’re an urban geo-cacher, or maybe you prefer the more physically challenging searches up mountains or at sea. Do you pursue your hobby in groups, or are you in competition for the number of caches you find? Maybe you’re chasing a record? Perhaps you’ve met with suspicion or hostility from people who didn’t know what you were up to. Do any of you use the software for your business? If you have outspoken opinions, interesting stories, or you know someone who is a bit of an eccentric who would share their wild enthusiasm for geo-caching, then we’d like to hear from them, and you! We're hoping to give Radio 4 listeners something different - people whose voices and ideas we would like to hear more of, the less predictable the better.


    Please email sarah.langan@bbc.co.uk

    Thank you very much


    Too late now, but it would have been nice to introduce the radio 4 listener to a few 'extremes'

    That would have been good for radio, you can hear fear can't you ?

  10. This is an easy to find smallish cache in a park in London SE1 [near Tate modern /Elephant and castle]

    I no longer work from my London office so maintenance visits are difficult. The cache has gone missing from this site and needs replacing.

    Any one local who would like to take it over ?

    It is a good hiding place but I suspect a previous cacher was not careful in replacing the box in this busy park.



    Evelinas childrens hospital



  11. The permission for several of my caches which are on Forestry Commission property are up for their annual renewal but a couple of clauses in the contract are of concern.


    "You will be responsible for all damage to Commission property arising from the exercise of this permission and will make good or pay for such damage to the satisfaction of the Commission".


    "You will indemnify the Commission against all claims arising from the grant of these facilities including claims by third parties."


    Are these clauses standard in all Forestry Commission cache permission agreements and are people signing them and hoping for the best. I don't think my pockets are deep enough to take this risk and so with regret am considering archiving the caches concerned. :rolleyes:


    I have to say that the F.C attitude to their forestry assets stinks.

    They have actively carved up vast tracts of stunningly beautiful land and planted row after row of non indigeounous trees and ruined the countryside. - Kielder forest a prime example.

    The habitat of these areas have been ireversibly affected and the authorities seem to impose these arbitary rules without thought.

    Near us [surrey] they have closed a forest for months for 'forestry work' and no work has taken place.

    Sometimes forest fires in these areas actually improve the long tem habitat. - Not of course that I would condone deliberately starting fires !

    Rant over

  12. Hi,


    We would like to do a weekend geocaching and wondered where a good place to go would be!! we would only like an hours or so drive from stockport, manchester area and can stay overnight!


    Just wondered if anyone knew of any areas of large quantity caches??


    Thanks in advance for any help, we are new to geocaching !! :)


    Best to drive to Manchester airport and catch a plane to Gatwick.

    A 20 minute drive to the North Downs and not only are you in the most picturesque area in Britain but also the 'natural' home of a selection of just about every type of cache that you would ever want to find !


  13. I suggest my GC1VDNR - Scotland's Hidden Treasure (Coire Choille-rais) cache, which seems to have an avalanche risk at the moment... You may also consider GC639B - The Glomach Falls by harrypotter- a 7.5mile walk for a single cache in wild country.


    Both caches l Iook great and I only wish I had the time to go out to find them . Both however fail to meet the criteria for the bookmark listing which disallow any caches involving a walk in, unless of course there is a scary /abnormally demanding challenge at the end !.

    These would cetainly qualify for Mark and Lynns bookmark list however.

  14. Cache U Nutter's Bookmark List of Extreme Caches.


    You may like to consider the following for inclusion


    Moe's Tavern

    Does not meet criteria


    Raker's of the Lost Ark



    Red Sands Fort


    The Cave Troll's Lair



    (We haven't done them... We just have them on our Watchlist.)




    Edited to add: The Worm's Turned / Pit of Peril



    (One I have done. It's one of the UnderWorld series, unfortunately several of the others have now been archived.)

  15. As I have now promoted myself to a Premium member, on top of the savouring the natural kudos achieved I can now also reactivate the above bookmark listing.


    Celebrations all round !

    So if you would like a cache submitted please let me know [subject to conforming to eligability criteria]

    My apologies to those who have contacted me to add caches in the last year or so, as I have just rejoined could you please re send me the particulars.

  16. [ hope you find them useful?





    Useful .... They were brilliant !

    Have just spent a day in Bath and the step by step guidance was as good as my Tom Tom.

    The contours and footpath inclusions so much better than the original Garmin base map.


    Martin also down loaded European Piste maps for me ... Which were Crap !

    the scale and speed of travel renders them useless on the mountain unless for some reason you got lost off piste -say in a white out.

  17. I have just spent the w.e in Bath and whilst the city has some brilliant caches I can't help feeling that the City has a huge potential for some extreme caches, given the number of road, rail and canal bridges and associated archaeogical features.

    Is there another part of the country that you have visited where you had the same thoughts for any criteria of caches ?

    [Where the guidelines of course disallow you from placing them due to regional restriction ]


  18. In passing I thought I would give this cache a go.I tried to place a DNF log for this page but it has been 'locked' and will not be taking any more logs.

    I just wanted to point out that the cache must have been muggled as all ivy and evidence of a pile of sticks seem to have been stolen !

    Not ading this to my bookmark of extreme caches !


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