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  1. Yes, but when older software is no longer supported, it usually still works. The old 4.2.2 Version of geocaching for iPhone does NOT. Technology changes, life moves on. I suspect that there are more apps on the iPhone that do not work with the older operating systems. You just happened to find one. I guess your faced with a choice, upgrade the OS or go find and old etrex. From what I can tell, there have been no changes to the operating system that would cause an older version of the app to stop working. From what I can tell, Groundspeak has changed its programming specifically to cause older versions not to work.Fact 1: The old version worked Fact 2: I changed nothing. Fact 3: GS released a new version of the app. Fact 4: I did not change anything. Fact 5: The old version stopped working. The logical inference is that GS intentionally and willfully disabled the old app. I suspect that the new version contains some sort of "flag" and that the GS database checks for that flag and returns "No Results" when it is not present.
  2. The new release seems to have rendered version 3.1 inoperable fro finding caches. It reports "No Results." I need version 3.1 because it lets me zoom in on almost any text and make it really big, which I need for my vision problem. Any ideas, as updating to the latest version is nearly useless to me. Thanks
  3. I had a friend who believed the first step in any woodworking project was to cut wood. The part about putting finish of some sort on it was not one of the steps. In any event, that is quite the cache. I've thought about doing something using a puzzle box, but worry that someone who finds it and opens it may not be able to put it back together, in which case it is history ... or that someone will use the brute force method to open it.
  4. Aren't power trails called power trails because one can use something other than one's own power, i.e. cars, to get from one cache to another? And, isn't the key feature that it is something where you can set a record for how many caches you can do in an hour or a day? So, if there are only 10 caches, that's no record. And, if there are 100 caches 1 mile apart, there sure isn't going to be any sort of a record. Meanwhile, if one is hiking a trail and one gets to look for a cache every 528 feet, that could be an interesting aside to the hike. I've got an idea: I'm going to hide three caches that are exactly 528 feet apart. They will be in plain sight so as not to slow down the hunt. The goal will be to see how fast you can find, open, sign and replace the three of them. Time starts when you touch the first one and ends when you replace the last.
  5. I'm from California and have found lots of caches here. I've never before heard of "California Style" ... at least with reference to hiding or finding geocaches. edited to add: OMG!!! I'm hoping that someone has not devised a new place to hide geocaches. edited again to add: I don't feel so good. Does anyone want to buy a GPS? I think I need a new hobby.
  6. I had one cop stop to watch what I was doing. After a bit, he used the loudspeaker to tell me I was looking in the wrong place. My official position on being stopped is to suggest that the LEO check with the Watch Commander, who, I say, I assume has been briefed on what geocaching is. No one wants to admit to having missed the briefing or to show the Watch Commander he or she does not know about geocaching.
  7. In my wanderings about town, I've seen an amazing number of things that one might label as "suspicious." I have no idea if the police or some other authority is aware of them. They range from traffic counters to portable outhouses to trash cans, to furniture to ... How many of these things get blown up? My guess is that things that look like they belong where they are, are left alone ... unless suspicious people start messing with them.
  8. It is interesting how closures create a vicious cycle. State parks are being closed due to budget pressures. Then, the State has a ballot initiative to add a tax for the ostensible purpose of keeping the parks open. We, of course, do not really believe the new tax will keep the parks open. We figure that while the money from the new tax may go to the park system, at least for a while, the government will take other money from the parks and close them anyway. So, we vote against the tax. And, the government closes the park. Then it asks for money to keep parks open. And, we don't trust the government to keep the parks open.
  9. I hunt geocaches because I enjoy the hunt. I was going to say I also enjoy that hunting some of them takes me to cool places. But, the reality is that if I wanted to go to cool places, I could go there with or without there being a geocache there. I don't generally go in for trading stuff. As such, I don't need for a cache to be large. Large may be easier to find than a micro, so I prefer larger caches than smaller ones. Now my grievance, which I make without diminishing anything I said above: I recently came back from a trip to Texas. I found a huge number of micros. A lot of them were in ares where one could just about have put a brown and green shed without it being noticed. (BTW: Terrain 1 means wheelchair accessible ... and where I come from, an ATV is not a wheelchair.)
  10. Many are right next to the road. The rest are close enough to the road that it is only 10 or 15 steps or if you have a vehicle with high clearance and rugged tires, you pull right up to it. There were no neon arrows, but it was nearly that. My wife and I did not do the whole thing, but for the ones we did, for about half, we used the GPS only to keep track of which ones we found. We could see the posts or UPRs where they were from 200 or 300 feet away.
  11. My 2 cents: My wife and I did a part of the E.T. Highway on June 18 and 19. What I can say is this: On the main run down the highway, over certain segments, 60 caches in an hour is not really hard to do legitimately. They are either at the base of posts or stuck in the top. In the right vehicle, you don't even need to get out. Over one 2 hour period, my wife and I grabbed 128 caches. She drove for 1 hour and I drove for 1 hour. It was a matter of drive rapidly up to the cache, grab, open, pull out log, apply stamp, push log back in & replace cache. It would have been a bit slower if we each had to touch it. Other segments were not quite so quick. They entailed UPRs. By now, there are probably geotrails right to each one. There were a few that took some time to find, but not many. I should note that for the posts and UPRs, we did not even need a GPS... you could see right where it was from the prior cache. I should also note that my wife is not a seasoned or dedicated cacher. We did this for the adventure of giving it a whirl. Now, for seasoned cachers, I would expect more than 70 caches per hous. And, if they were leapfrogging, thee would be even more. Now, according to what I know from the most recent adventure, there were segments that were not nearly so easy. The "Alien Head" is much slower. We walked and only did the outline in 2 hours. It could be driven, which would have sped that up. I have no reason to even begin to question the current record as being completely legitimate.
  12. A bot like this would be great to use for logging a power trail. I spent hours logging my finds on the E.T. Highway... and that was after using field notes in the field. I just returned from a visit to Texas and had 80 field notes. It took better than an hour to click through those. I suppose I should have set the notes to log immediately.
  13. I've recently found several caches that I considered micros that were labeled as smalls and several that I considered smalls that were labeled as regulars and even some I considered regulars that were labeled as large. Am I the only one who has noticed this tendency to inflate the size of caches? Is this because newer cachers do not know what a real regular or real large cache is?
  14. While looking for a published cache in the Mojave Desert, I came upon a cache that was part of a whole different game. I actually had to go back with tools with which to open it.
  15. How about deep underwater. Better still, deep in an underwater cave. If you used a cache the size of a refrigerator, it would be a 5/5, and if it was a nano, it would be even harder. Or, how about an Altoids tin sitting on someone's desk at ... say ... Homeland Security. How about getting the President to put an Altoids tin on his desk in the Oval Office. It would be visible in every news conference from the Oval Office, but just try to get it! (If you elect me, I promise I'll put an Altoids tin on my desk.)
  16. To the OP: I won't comment on your goal of hiding caches to "give back" to the community. However, I wanted to mention that my neighbor has a house for rent ... just in case you ever get tired of the cold winters.
  17. Before you set it up as a TB hotel, you might want to test it out at its given location ... just to see if there are any problems or issues with it. That way, no TBs will be at risk. Also, make sure the cache message is VERY clearly posted on the inside of the doors.
  18. To answer the "why" question: I live in Los Angeles. My job takes me all over the place. There's thousands of caches I haven't found. I want to give myself a chance of being able to find a cache within a few miles of anywhere I may happen to go. However, my GPS only holds 999 waypoints. So, I want 900 that are distributed all around. Thinking about it, I suppose using the date restriction is probably the best bet. Thanks for that idea. However, what I may do is 2 PQs. One from the beginning of time to date X and one from date Y to today. I can adjust X and Y to deliver the right number of caches without cutting off any really old or any really new caches.
  19. I know how to use PQs and how to use the filters they provide. However, I have an unusual requirement: I need a PQ that will give me 900 caches distributed more or less evenly over a given area. The filters I've tried either give me too many or too few. Just asking for 900 caches gives me a high density at the center and no caches at the extremes. How do I get just a random distribution?
  20. My buddy and I went back out there on Saturday. And we brought a cordless drill with screwdriver bits. The thing was labeled "Bucket & Boomers Geo-Box." Unscrewing the screws took some doing as the heads were full of hardened gunk. We opened it and found a large ziploc bag. It contained a brimmed hat, a cap, 2 watch caps, 2 t-shirts and a CD. They all had a logo for "Bucket & Boomers Prospecting Adventures." The bag was labeled with the contents and stated "Don't complain, this is all free stuff." There was nothing like a log or other identifying information. I took a t-shirt and the CD and left something of value. I also left a note / log. I subsequently did some research and found a Facebook page for "Bucket & Boomers Prospecting Adventures" as well as an address (courtesy of the Trademark Office). It appears these guys just sort of hid this thing for whomever might find it. Mystery solved. P.S. I don't think a the FJ would make it. I don't think it has the ground clearance or tough enough tires to come in the way we went. It might be possible to come around the long way. I don't think I'd try it. But, I'll check with my buddy and see what he thinks.
  21. I recently found two coins that had been released by one of the cachers who is a Facebook friend of mine. However, he did not drop the coins into the cache where I found them. It is no big deal that I found his coins because they were within our general vicinity, give or take 50 miles. What makes it a "small world" is that when I looked at the histories on the two, they had both been "dipped" by a third party into a cache that I hid in Mexico.
  22. I intend to go back out there ... as soon as the temperature drops below 100. We're talking about the Mojave! Next time, I'll try to remember to take pictures.
  23. I'm pretty sure it is of recent vintage, i.e. within the last 10 years. I suppose next time I'm in the area, I'll have to investigate further
  24. I am aware that not all things that seem to be geocaches are listed on geocaching.com, and I may have run into one of these. Nonetheless, I am seeking others' thoughts about what I found. My buddy and I were out riding quads in the Mojave Desert. We used the opportunity to grab some caches and hide some caches. We were on a trail that required a 4x4 or better. We went after one particular cache that required a 200 foot walk/climb. I followed the GPS and got within 8 feet of GZ when my buddy pointed to a UPR in a crevice. When I removed the rocks, I found a wooden box. It was about 15 inches by 15 inches by 4 inches. It was varnished. There was something in it that rattled or moved as I tilted the box. The box was labeled something like "Geo-Box" with some other notations that I should have noted better. I could find no easy way to open it. There were eight small screws holding the side panel onto the box. However, I did not have a small enough screwdriver and in any event was not inclined to take it apart in the desert heat, while perched on a pile of rocks. So, I put it back and replaced the UPR. There was no cell reception, so I could not consult the website with my cell phone to see if the cache was some sort of puzzle. I gave up and started climbing down. As I did, I found the cache I was actually seeking. The two were probably within 20 feet of each other. I sent an e-mail to the owner of the cache as listed and asked about the "Geo-Box." He had no clue. Once it isn't so hot, we may go back. However, for now, I'll ask if anyone has any ideas beyond that this was part of someone else's "game."
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