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  1. Caches get archived when: 1. The CO decides to archive them for a variety of reasons. 2. The cache has fallen into dis-repair, gets DNF's, Needs Maintenance logs and finally someone logs a Needs Archive and the reviewer agrees. 3. Things have changed at GZ, like a new building appears and some one logs a NA. 4. Some reviewers will do DNF and NM sweeps of there area and do a disable/archive of worthy caches 5. The cache does not comply with the listing guidelines, a NA is logged and the reviewer agrees. I'm sure others will add to the list.
  2. The geocache_visits.txt file is only used to append logs as written, is pretty much useful only to upload logs to gc.com, and is never referred to by the unit with regard to anything found, unfound or otherwise. So deleting them isn't going to have any impact on whether the device thinks a cache has been found or not - or even visited, for that matter. The calendar finds/DNF'ds come from the geocache_visits.txt file.
  3. It's a type of battery, right? That was what I was thinking, but then I realized my thinking was backwards.
  4. Too bad many cachers now days have never even seen an ammo can, the original geocaching container. Ahh, the early days of geocaching! Can you think of other containers that we missed? Actually the original geocaching container was a buried 5 gallon bucket.
  5. With a bit of luck you should be able to sneak through without problems. But depending on the size of the storms rolling across the country about the only route south that is warmer I-10 is about the only choice. I-90, I-80, I-70 and I-40 all have significant mountains that need to be crossed and I-70 stops in Utah and then the choice needs to be made. I-80 in Wyoming can be a challenge even when not in the mountains, after all the Wyoming DOT wrote the definitive guide to snow fences. But we'll stay positive and hope you have good weather and are not stuck sampling the parking lots of the Mega Lo Marts across the country. I've enjoyed your narratives, thanks for sharing.
  6. You can go to your personal profile page (click your user name and find count on the upper right of the main page)and Geocaches on the navigation on the top of the page and then needs archived and you will see a list of caches you logged NA on. It does not matter if the CO deletes the NA log or not, the email is on the way to the reviewers as soon as you hit submit. Just make the NA log factual and a reasonable reason, like the event was over two months ago and it is cluttering up the map to find new events. Edit: some folks don't really know the difference between archived and disabled.
  7. jholly


    Pocket Queries->Find Caches along a Route->Your Created Routes->select a route name->On the edirt/create route page click the delete route at the bottom
  8. There nothing to say you, or someone else, can't hide a Jasmer challenge cache in NSW. According to the cache page on GC1GBC1 others are encouraged to hide similar caches. There at least sixty caches available in the US and worldwide. Being unavailable is not an excuse. Now finding the required caches in NSW might be a problem.
  9. Not only was it covered t=o a virtual, but was a vacation cache to boot. Jeez. From the CO's note Bolding is mine.
  10. Too bad you did not find the moose along side the road, in Maine you get first dibs on it. Sorry to hear about the "fun". I'm glad the moose did not come over the hood, that would have been bad. One year when I lived in California I was going to visit my Dad in Washington with both my kids. Just outside of Yreka we hit a deer, or road rat as the CHP called it. We managed to get towed to Yreka and after a conversation with the insurance they agreed to cover renting a box truck and trailer to haul the manged mess back to San Jose. Hope all turns out well for you, you'll be in my thoughts this weekend.
  11. I think that while I was standing there getting yelled at by this pea-brain I would have been dialing 911. I also would have made note of his license plate. I would complain to the 911 operator that I was being assaulted.
  12. What Jim said, in spades. And what Lizzy said too. Dang, have to choose between GW and Nanaimo. For Whidbey - look into non-traditional places to stay, BNB, Ft Casey guest houses (cool, stay on park property) share a vacation house with several cachers. I don't think there's a bad hotel on Whidbey. I'm staying with my bestie at her house in Coupeville Yeah, BNB is not a bad idea if you don't mind popping $150 or more a night. But I suspect the availability will still be a problem, unless the price is what makes them more available.
  13. Comment on the cache machine on Whidbey Island - motels the weekend of Jan. 2 might be a real challenge with folks going for a New Years get away. Maybe Jan. 9 would be a better choice? Even for folks in and around Seattle getting to Whidbey is either a ferry ride from Mukilteo or a long drive up I-5 which adds to the length of the day. For me the only practical way is the Pt. Townsend ferry and that time of the year it is a one boat schedule and you really need reservations.
  14. Looking for a ride or someone to keep me company for the run.
  15. Bookmark has been updated.
  16. This is an excellent idea, this way beginners will meet a lot of experienced cachers and only those that are really interested will take the time and afford to host a CITO. I do like it I've hosted/co-hosted almost 30 events over the years (most of my events are posted under a group account), and I don't think I've ever spent any money on one. There were several that we spent club money on, but that was a very small percentage of the whole. Must be nice. When we were throwing events (3-4 per year), we were shelling out $1000-2000 per event. The worst year we ever had, we threw 4, and paid out $15,000 that year! BOT, this basic idea gets tossed around every so often, and with the same result. It ain't gonna happen. Sure, it would be nice, and if they read the guidelines that would help, but you might as well wish for a pony. You'll get that sooner. TPTB have said , more than once, there isn't ever gonna be a minimum anything rule before someone can hide their first cache. I have to disagree Mark. The Spring Flings and Geolau's were not events. Calling them an event is like calling the Chicago fire a recreational bonfire. What you had was a happening or a production, the Burning Man of geocaching. A magnificent several hours immersed in all that was fun and geocaching. And the GeoBoo, oh my. I thank you for those fun filled hours. You truly set the bar and nothing has come close since. Every April I look at the event listings, hoping against hope that I will see another one listed. I'm glad I got to experience them.
  17. You may think you have tons of memory, but the unit can only hold 5,000 caches. Since New Hampshire has more than 10,000 caches it probably won't work. You might be able to do a 100 mile radius.
  18. If I recall correctly back in the day you had to schedule your visit before they told you where they were located, hence the mystery. They just carried the type forward.
  19. Sunset over the ocean on the east coast of Florida is a bit tough. Now sunset over the ocean should be doable on the west coast of Florida. Just think, the ALR for that one could be a picture of the green flash.
  20. Well this makes two assumptions. One is you can actually get a WAAS/EGNOS lock. As I've previously mentioned where I cache/hike that's often not the case. Two, that the difference is actually discernible and useful. Tests I've done when I was able to get a good WAAS/EGNOS lock for most of the day showed nothing better than what I normally get with just GPS + GLONASS. By 'better' I mean by observing my position on the screen and using it to navigate. Now, there was an indication on my GPS that accuracy was better, but that's just a number on a screen. If those things turn you on then so be it, but what matters to me is whether my GPS shows my position more accurately. It never did. The real clue is, as ECANDERSON states, that this was set up for the aviation industry and I don't hike/cache up in the air The point is it was set up to compensate for the effects of the ionosphere. Those effects are just as real on the ground as they are in the air. But actually I was under the impression that WAAS was more for the landing phase of the flight, not so much as the straight and level phase.
  21. Bookmark and webpage is updated. The late deletions were deleted without renumbering the stops.
  22. When I get a WAAS lock I don't notice a large difference, perhaps a couple feet EPE. I do notice better under tree cover performance with GLONASS. I have seen EPE's down to six feet with GLONASS on and in the open. Although WAAS does seem to offer much, I see no reason to turn it off. Now when the newer satellites get operational with two civilian signals and the consumer hardware to match, I expect we will some really great performance.
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