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  1. For long hikes in the boonies my pack has the following:



    big Ziploc bag of swag

    extra ziploc bags

    extra log book

    first aid kit

    emergency blanket

    snake bite kit



    emergency whistle


    folding knife

    windproof lighter

    wire saw


    mini mag light

    head lamp

    leather work gloves



    log book to make notes in

    small bottle of hand sanitizer

    travel pack of Wet ones

    campers toilet tissue

    insect repellent

    Sting Eze

    digital camera

    extra AA and AAA batteries

    rain poncho

    bottled water

    telescoping trekking pole


    I keep meaning to pick up a telescoping mirror to add to the bag too but just haven't gotten around to it.

  2. Has anyone seen the winner for the Freedom theme yet? Is anyone besides me curious about the judging? It would be interesting to see the final scores for the winning entries. I have seen the Discovery winner, and although it is a cool photo (better than mine), I am not sure it hit on all the criteria being judged.


    Based on the rules there are a max 100 points possible based on the following categories:


    Creativity - 25 possible points

    Depiction of geocaching experience - 25 possible points

    Humor - 25 possible points

    Online Votes - 25 possible points


    I may be way off-base, but in my opinion (which doesn't matter at all :tired: ) the first winner shows no humor, does not depict a geocaching experience, and is not all that creative (numerous entries were submitted with the shuttle in them). I haven't gone back and looked at all the entries but I would think there might be some that hit on these 4 criteria.


    I'm sure some will say this post is just sour grapes because I didn't win. I have no expectation of winning, I just expect the winners to look like they clearly meet the published criteria. I'm all about fair play you know.

  3. I'm glad to see this topic come up. I was thinking about getting some FRS radios and was doing some research on them last night. One question I had concerns FRS vs GMRS. Can you get by with just FRS (it seems everything I find has the capability for both)? As The_Matneys posted earlier, the GMRS requires a license. Is this a worthwhile investment? Just curious, are those of you that use the upper band/5Watt/GMRS channels all licensed, or is it common to just use those channels and hope the black helicopters don't zero in on your location? :P . Thanks.

  4. Has anyone else noticed that they are not getting emails for caches they own or have on their watch list? I noticed last night that I haven't been getting the emails even though logs were posted to caches I own and watch.

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