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Dick Turpin

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    how plausible does a TB quest have to be, could I for example attach a TB tag to a disposable camera and say I want it to go to new york take a picture from the top of the Empire State Building then return to the original cache.

     

    A point to bear in mind is that trackables always seem to find that great cache in the sky. The less value the item the longer it tends to survive though trackables of very little value appear desirable in someone's eyes. Geocoins are collectable in their own right and tend not to survive long. When deciding on a mission don't be over ambitious. Most people will not read a TB's mission until they have picked up the TB and then tend to place it in the next cache they visit (and that is not a bad thing, it prevents them being mislaid). Remember that you can change a TB's mission and it is quite alright to give it a mission to cross the Atlantic and once over there to change its mission to visiting New York and so on. Crossing the Atlantic is always a good idea, TBs tend to survive longer over there.

  2. If you want great logs then provide a novel container. We build our caches around a story and provide a container consistent with that story e.g. a treasure chest if the cache is there because the story relates to burying treasure. Sometimes we need to provide an inner waterproof container if the outer one does not provide a perfect seal or merely “holds” the waterproof container.

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    not really - I'll have already looked it up beforehand or pull it up on my phone if I haven't !!! ;):)

     

    I wondered whether to pre-empt that reply. I fall into that category that some occasions exist when bagging a cache detracts from my friends and relatives enjoyment and therefore needs to be resisted!

  4. We are not a fans of the 5/5. We believe that if you need to mount an expedition to get to a cache you need a reasonable expectation of finding it. If we are after a challenge we normally target a total of seven stars. Still every searcher worth his salt should have a 5/5 in the bag and so we need some to be set and thankfully a few do not really deserve their rating. And don’t high rating caches make pleasant change to the drive-bys. Drive on those that seek sixty caches an outing and preserve the challenges for we remaining few.

  5. After a fair amount of use, I sent in my Quest for a battery replacement for which I was expecting to pay and back came the Quest with a new battery a note from Garmin to say the battery should have lasted longer... no charge. Garmin certainly went up in my book and four GPSes later I am still loyal to them.

  6. One trackable may not provide much excitement but how about each guide or "patrol" launching their own. TB18V3F is doing the rounds in the UK and appears to be a similar idea for a primary school in the US. The TB is a clay model made up by a class and each class in the school has made one. They have then been launched and given the TB name according to the class teacher (or so I believe). One person in the school seems to be coordinating the reporting on them all. In this way there are many reports and the guides could see how theirs was doing compared to the others. They could be given Guide related missions how about something like being photographed outside Guide HQ. Having many also provides insurance against the inevitable loses.

  7. Hi,

     

    We're of to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. Last time we went there we didn't have a US map loaded on the 60Csx and although it worked OK we thought that having a US map on it would have made things a little easier.

     

    Looking at the Garmin site they sell a US cities map and a TOPO map. I assume the TOPO map would be the better choice......!

     

    It is not that straight forward and depends where you will use the maps. The topo maps relate to the ground and it is assumed that hills and rivers won’t move much and so they are updated infrequently. They do not include the information about shops, parking etc. and they do not have lock-to-road so you may be travelling along a road where the map shows you to be off it. Topo maps have been recently updated and so, for now, roads, etc. should be fairly accurate. If you are walking over hills or through woods then topo is a good choice. However, Las Vegas is flat desert and the topo maps show far less relevant information than the city maps.

  8. there were only ever 3 Ridings (or third'ings BTW - a derivation of Norse for a third part) before they were abolished in 1974

     

    Abolished. Sir you do not abolish the "Ridings". Some jiggery pokery of a Goverment official's pen does not rewrite history. I suspect it was the very same desk that declared the Red Rose the county flower of Lancashire and the Harebell the county flower of Yorkshire. Sir I plead with you to consider the Goverment's assault on the ridings in the same vein as you would their expenses' scandal a tempoary glitch that needs sorting and will be in time... ooh er am I what you describe as an oldie... how appalling.

  9. Presumably there is just one voting category. What are we voting for? Is it the best photo, the best geocaching photo or perhaps the best photo representing geocaching in the Kingdom?

     

    Can we vote for our own?

  10. A recent bag to The Redoubt and the shanigans that went on there raises another interesting point. A lot of care seems to be taken in setting caches and yet often there are complaints about the coordinates being incorrect. I wonder if calculated positions do change dependant on the time of day you visit a cache and the relative positions of satellites though I would have thought the recorded accuracy should sort that one out.

  11. icon_smile.gifWell it is nice to see that we are beginning to develop a little character. We have the softies who look to have their photo taken at every cache they visit and I recently heard someone tell that the Jim Stabler chess pieces have names and move from cache to cache within Kingdom while travel bugs travel in and out of Kingdom... and interesting theory from a six year old.
  12. Ooh er Steve was your 5* for difficulty just an easy opener for fun?

     

    I enjoyed the Military Stash, well except for the consequences of taking a wrong turning on the way in, because it had general all round appeal.

     

    However, though you may have intended the hide to be straight forward so is crossing a three-inch beam on the ground. Suspend the beam thirty feet up and for no logical reason the crossing becomes much more difficult, well at least for us mere mortals.

  13. Now then can you imagine travelling two days off-road to get to what I consider the most difficult sites on this planet to drive to carrying eight cans of fuel and four of water to bag a very obvious cache, perhaps a tad of an anticlimax. No the score must remain in the hands of the setter. We the baggers can vote with our comments and as to whether we hunt out the cache or not. A 10* has a place when all other demands have been met and we are not at that stage in the Kingdom yet. Indeed the debate is that those we have been neglecting are the 2WD owners and families.

  14. .... but if you had gone over the mountain you could have bagged Stewed Rabbit on the way.

     

    How much information to give must be remain in the gift of the setter and what they hope to achieve.

     

    To pick up on your example of Acacia River. If you slavishly follow your GPS you will again end up at Stewed Rabbit. I find getting to the cache in a vehicle is more difficult than the dismounted element and part of the fun.

     

    There are many that don't consider the approach as part of the challenge and do give some of the information you seek, some quote Ionis Thompson as to how to get to the cache.

     

    Today I bagged an easy cache and I know that in the mind of the setter one of the greatest challenges was where to turn-off. Similarly how many have been caught out by taking the wrong route to the Military Stash and for this particular cache it is the difficulty of the whole that provides the reward when the bag is secured.

     

    I believe that most experienced setters consciously consider what they want to achieve from their cache and provide the requisite information to meet that aim. Usually I consider the whole as part of the challenge limiting guidance to keeping seekers out of harms way when necessary.

  15. Mmmm. Steve is not a convert to the detailed map. He was unable to lock the track to the road and consequently he was always located a little bit off and taking turns too early. I just wonder whether they use a different map datum in Saudi and that is the cause of the problem. I would have bought one but the company won't sell the CD to prevent illegal copying. The problem with that is you can't reload the data, without paying again, after you have used the GPS in another area which I sometimes do.

  16. Yep I do.

     

    I really like to know what is happening to my cache and that is part of the fun of setting them. A picture comprising only successes is somehow incomplete. If I want DNFs logged then I have to do unto others what I would like done to mine.

  17. Lord Jimbo you bring a tear welling to the eye, the hairs prickle on the back of the neck, as we wait for the executioner to serve the Exit Only. But before then lets us show you parts of the MT1/4 you haven't seen and set a cache or two to get the whipper snappers gorping from the pavement and to show you the mettle of those to whom you pass the mantle.

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