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  1. I purchased a GPS unit because I kept getting lost while mountain biking in the back roads of Alabama. I am amazed to discover this world of Geocaching and was completely taken by surprise that I have probably ridden within feet of some caches and never even knew it.


    It does however, explain some of the people I've noticed in odd areas.


    Hey there! I for one would like to welcome you to the wonderful, and occasionally odd, world of GCing!


    I shared your sense of awe aobut the vast numberof GC's I had passed on a regular basis w/o even knowing they were there including - across the street from my church, near a grocery store I visit often, 800 ft away from my door at work. It's freaky and kinda hoo-hoo!


    Hope you enjoy it as much as I and I'm sure the rest of us have.

  2. best news i have seen for ages, a great decision by tptb.


    so need to read the guidelines and set a couple more.




    I know this is kinda like a Red State/Blue State issue, but here goes:


    This is ok news, but I can see both sides of the argument:


    On the one hand, it'll be nice to have one resource to go to for all your caching needs, but on the other hand, there is a strong argument for serparting containter and non-container caches. However, speaking from experience, Waymarking.com just palin sucks. The interface is clunky at best and frankly pretty hard to figure out. It's not even close to efficient. If Waymarking.com worked the same as geocaching.com (and I don't see why it couldn't) then I would use it a lot more because I like the idea of non-container caches. I like the thought of learning something and taking a nice hike to an unusual point of interest without having to stick my hand into a tree where God-knows-what is currently residing...<_<


    Heck, I'd say quit beating aorund the bush, bring them all back to GC.com and simply add a checkmark (checked by default) that says "Ignore containerless results"


    Just my $0.02


    Edited to add content

  3. one day i was bored and thought i wonder wut other cachers do for hobbies somthing to get you out of your bordom state. :)

    Heck I'm a boring old married guy with a kid. this is all i CAN do! Though I do read and watch an obscene ammount of TV, Movies, etc.



  4. Hey all!


    I am very new to geocaching and have been reading all I can in the forums, trying to pick up some of the "tricks" of the game, etc...


    Right now, I have a 3-ring binder with all of my printed cache pages, a pencil, a pen, my Etrex, a small flashlight and extra batteries.


    I plan on getting a smallish backpack to everything in, but havn't had a chance yet. I also need to add a pair of tweezers or something similar, since at least one of the caches I printed says they are needed to extract the log.


    I have seen on a few cache logs that people carry a mirror, walking stick, zip loc bags, etc when they are out caching.


    I know it probably varies widely, but what do you normally carry with you when caching?? :)


    Thanks for your time!


    This info. may help.


    From what I have read I am convinced the Magellan Platinum is superior to the newer units. I have used them for years and currently have 4 , 2 of which I got on ebay. They have a 3 axis compass, sd card slot, sunken-large screen, wonderfull operating buttons, quad-helix antenna all of which the new ones lack ( some have some features, but not all) The Mapsend software works great with these.....I'm including a list which may be of use to you......it was posted by a couple of us on our states website. You can get these on EBAY with extras.



    I can’t say that mine is better than any other because I have only used 1 other. But my Magellan Meridian Color with Mapsend Software gets the job done. I can carry the whole Southeast US on my 500 mb sd card and have plenty of room for more. That includes dirt and gravel roads. Last summer, I lead a column of cars carrying 19 people across the Florida countryside in the middle of the night for 4 hours, and I did it from the rear of the column via CB radio. Missing signs were not a problem. That’s real-time mapping capability in a practical application. Superior signal stability under harsh conditions, etc, etc. So Watcha, what kind of Magellan are you using? And what did you do to provoke it?


    Doggy is right.......again.

    Bamette and I each use a Meridian Platinum ( Magellan) with Directroute Software and I have a Platinum for a spare. With the SD card capability you can store maps, lists of caches, etc. ( an immense amount) and you also have an electronic compass, big screen, easy to use buttons, and maintain a lock under heavy canopy for hours. I also have two Garmins but the Platinums are the way to go.

    Grab you a couple of Palms on ebay, download spinner and plucker, and you're good to go. On a cross country trip you could load dozens of spinner files ( one for each city?) on your Magellans SD card and use plucker to put each one on your Palm, charge your batteries, and you're ready for weeks of caching ( you can also get the Platinum GPS on ebay w/ lots of extras for about $150.).


    A convenient holster will give you a place to carry and protect your gpsr. A PDA holster will do the same for your PDA. An adaptor for your cig lighter will stretch your batteries life. A probe will help you avoid biting varmints. A mirror with an intense pocket flashlight will get you past those out-of-sighters. I like to use a lensatic compass for precision. I also use a wrist compass clipped to my watchband for qlance orientation. That’s just on the weekends of course. I like it so much that I’m looking for 2 more, one for my dress watch and the other for my son. I guess they’re out of season? If you are really loaded for bear, bring along a metal detector. If the cache has a coin in it or is made of metal, it will give you the edge. I guess that’s about it. I’m not saying I do that. It’s an interesting thought though


    To add to the geocache tool list you must buy a top of the line MAHA battery charger ( I use three) and a supply of MAHA POWERX Ni MH batteries .....these are the best made ( don't take my word for it, look it up ) then you will have plenty of batteries for your digital camera ( my wife and I each carry one), GPS unit, flashlights etc.

    For a small , powerfull flashlight you can't beat a Surefire L4 Digital Lumamax ( 5 blinding watts of LED driven by two 3 volt lithium batteries.....the batteries are $15 for a box of twelve and have a 10 year shelf life....kind of pricy but well worth it...will light up the woods.

    I don't know if the most important thing was mentioned....a good walking stick. Local cachers and special guests can get one free at the View Carre' cache.......don't leave your car without your stick.

    Also a small pocket screwdriver for digging out micro logs and other probing.


    LIST From Above :


    1. Magellan Meridian Platinum GPS Unit + Belt Holster (EBAY- If you will have a regular partner , get two )

    2. Palm M500 PDA and case ( ebay- buy an extra for backup )

    3. 12” metal probe for searching tree cavities etc. for micro caches

    4. 2 “ or 3” extension mirror

    5. Small, intense flashlight ( Surefire L4 Digital Lumamax )

    6. Pencil

    7. Sharpie ( Fine Point)

    8. Cotton Gloves

    9. Pocket Screwdriver

    10. Walking stick

    11. Plastimo Iris 50 Hand Bearing Compass ( Great for offset caches)

    12. C401FSDC MAHA NiMH Battery Charger

    13. Maha 2500 mAh NiMH PowerX AA Batteries (GPS,camera,flashlights,etc. )

    14. Digital Camera

    15. Access to computer w/ internet connection ( premium membership in geocaching.com is best )




    I got started with step by step info. I got from the Florida Geocaching website and I keep copies here at my View Carre' cache to hand out to others. I am not hi tech and can't quite use my cell phone but this guide is can't miss. If you can't find it email me and I can fax it to you.


    http://www.floridageocaching.com/paperless.htm = step by step instructions.


    This post was brought to you by Dodge - You can Take life as it comes, or your can grab life by the horns. Dodge...J/k


    This was a very detailed description. I wish I could be as detailed but -

    Off the top of my head -

    Belt pouch which carries multi-tool, flashlight, pen, tweezers, extra keys to both cars.

    Treo 650 phone w/ web/camera to cover many contingencies.

    Clipboard with printouts of today's caches.

    Back pack usually has water, extra socks, book, radio (for caching during Cubs games of course) over the counter pain relievers, knee brace etc.


    Now here's the sad part - aside from the clip board, that's what I carry every day.

  5. So I've recently acquired the Garmin Rino 110, and I read on the GS FAQ that typically Channel 2 is a good place to start, but does anyone else, in general, but especially in the Chi-town area, actually carry one when caching? Just curious if I should give a shout out and see if anyone's actually there. Thoughts?

  6. Try this.


    Use the GPS to get near GZ. Find a location with clear overhead if you are in the woods. Stop and watch the BEARING TO TARGET screen. Don't move. It will probably be changing slowly. Keep waiting until it stabalizes. This might take a few minutes. When the BEARING stabalizes then transfer that bearing to your cumpass and take a sightng. You can be pretty sure that the cache is somewhere on that line. The distance to target scale will tell you how far. Normally you will be able to spot the location. If you do not see a likely spot for a cache to be hidden then change to a location a short distance away and repeat. The intersection of the two bearings will be the exact location of the cache.


    I started using this method after the first time my GPS lead me back and forth across a creek. In dense woods the signal will fade in and out and give false readings. It sort of guesses based on the last good signal.


    You sir are a steely eyed missile man!

    I swear by all the gods of geocaching you are da miz-zan! Found two previous DNF's right in a row, in under an hour using that. Never would've thought of that! I'm telling you my friend...You RULE THE SCHOOL!!!

  7. icon_rolleyes.gif<!--graemlin::)--> How did you develope your screen name?<BR><BR> I've often wondered about some of the crazy screen names attached to geocachers. Some are obvious. (maybe not icon_confused.gif<!--graemlin::confused:-->) Some are downright hilarious icon_biggrin.gif<!--graemlin::D-->.<BR><BR> Several people have questioned mine, so here is the explanation:<BR><BR><BR> I recently spent 9 months in Australia. Aussies definitely enjoy the english language.<BR><BR> Among other quirks, the Aussies use a lot of slang including some Cockney rhyming slang.<BR><BR> In Cockney rhyming slang, septic tank refers to Americans. (Tank rhymes with Yank)<BR><BR> Being a Yank, I thought sept1c_tank fit pretty well.<BR><BR><BR><BR> HOW DID YOU ARRIVE AT YOUR SCREEN NAME?


    --==--PG 13 Post --==--

    Well, mine's not all that inventive either. It was the domain name for my now-defunct band - Money Grubbing Bastards. Just kinda stuck. I'm somtimes called the Master Bastard, since I was the band leader/front man, but that's a bit too PG 13 for most sites.

  8. Hi, could someone show me how to code the following with a larger Font size and or point me in the direction where there is a 'scripting for dummies' type site.


    <font color="red">STEALTH -REQUIRED</font>


    Many thanks


    <FONT size="3"><font color="red">STEALTH -REQUIRED</font></font>




    <FONT size="3"><font color="red"><b>STEALTH -REQUIRED</b></font></font>




    I've always found this page helpful:


  9. I think the fine-line difference for me is that these caches don't *support* anything. They just ask you to remember the day. To me, there is no agenda in remembering the day and the events. If you wanted to kill Americans that day, then you will remember it as a happy day. If you don't want to pick sides, then you can remember that it isn't your fight. I remember it as a sad day myself. There are no calls to ask anyone to go do anything to anybody, nor is there any supports shown for anyone or any side. There are no links to charity donations. There are no calls to support anything, just to remember. That is the fine line I see. You can remember the day in any way you wish and you can see the day for whatever you want.


    Still, if they feel it should not be worded in that way, then I am fine with that. My recommendation is to hold off listing further caches at this time. I have one in MS on hold right now until I get direction. As I said, for mine personally, I am a bigger person than just one cache listing. I can easily change the description to make a generic "here is a piece of tupperware with goodies and a logbook" geocache.


    Whoops, that would make it commercial wouldn't it. :laughing::P


    But here's a copy of the original Text: (sorry i'm not yet caught up on the whole quote thingy, so I'll do it the old fashioned way):

    "We'll Never Forget 9/11


    It's burned into our psyche. Men, women, children. Innocence attacked.


    Disastrous. Disgusting.


    Yet out of that arose a new patriotism, a new appreciation for who we are and what we have.


    Heroes. Men and women just doing what they do. We've developed a new appreciation for the heroes among us... those who serve and protect, whose names you'll never know until disaster befalls them while they look out for us.


    This cache is dedicated to that renewal of faith, hope and patriotism arising from the events of that day."


    Everything up to "Disgusting" is an agenda. "innocence" "Disasterous" "disgusting" are clearly worded to have an impact on how you feel about that event. Happy, indifferent, sad, or whatver. I personally agree, but there are others who may not. Perhaps if it was worded a bit differently:


    "It was a time that changed the United States forever. An attack from out of the blue that took so many lives...."


    Nothing but the truth there. No agenda. Take it for what you will. Basically, lay off the adjectives and you're ok. :huh:


    Ok....let the flaming begin..... :huh:

  10. Somewhere on this site should be posted the dangers of reaching into piles of rocks or holes in the ground.


    I was in Henry Coe State Park in California last weekend and sat on a large rock to eat lunch. Afterward I glanced over it and saw a rattlesnake peering out of a jumble of rocks. When I went around I saw that its body was coiled around a plastic cache container.


    Kids looking for this cache may not have noticed the snake in their excitement of 'the find'!






    It is for this and MANY reasons that my number one rule for caching is "Never put your hands where your eyes can't see. I carry a flashlight at all times. Snakes scare the bejesus outta me. and I'm a city boy...only seen a couple of snakes in the wild in my time, and never while GC'ing. Very thankful for that.

  11. Probably aliens, btw why do they never abduct an intelligent person ?


    Not to get off on a side topic here...But maybe humans are like Alien geocaches....I've always wondered by I had TNLNSL tatooed on the back on my head after that camping trip....

  12. Hey I was just wondering if any of you know of any GPS equipment that plugs into the treo 600 that doesnt require another power source so you can walk with it.


    Not sure about a treo 600, but for my vacation to Minnesota, I took along Delorme's Earthmate Bluetooth GPSr that worked ok, but the mapping software can only measure in deg,min and sec as opposed to deg, min.min. I had downloaded a couple other programs from http://www.mytreo.net that are designed to test the GPS and displays coords in the correct format, but if you read some of my log entries from that trip, you'll see I had some issues. (added with edit:)BTW: This was with a Treo 650.


    FYI - the GPS fit nicely in my camera bag (open for clear view to sky) so I just looked like a tourist staring at my phone to other muggles around.


    Again, not sure aobut a treo 600, but it's always nice to know there are happy treo owners out there.

  13. Hi all,


    We have a cache called Pushing Up Daisies located in Montague, MI, but as we've moved out of state we can no longer maintain it. Cache is still there, still quite active, and sounds to be in good condition, though I'm sure the items could use some pruning/upgrading.


    Please reply via PM. Thanks in advance! :D



    We would be happy to adopt Pushing up Daisies if you don't find anyone closer. We live about an hour and a half away but have lots of family in Montague and are over there often (at least once or twice a month, if not more!) We were thinking of placing some caches in that area anyway!

    Let us know!!


    Please PLEASE place some caches there. My wife's family has a cottage in that area (just outside Owasippee sp?) and there's virtually nothing in that vicinity. Was planning on placing some of my own next time we're up there (prolly not til next summer tho) So you have until then :D .


    Think Happy Mohawk area...:D

  14. 10. Bushwhacking is a polite term for "stumbling blindly through the woods"

    9. If it forms a rash right away, the cache is not that important.

    8. Spiders will always build their webs face high and in the most inconvenient place possible.

    7. If you don't like bugs, take up go-kart driving instead.

    6. Always add a waypoint for your car, or at least bring enough change for the bus.

    5. Long hair and windy environments DO NOT MIX.

    4. When a cache is listed as being 1,000 feet away, plan on walking 4,000.

    3. If you're caching near a river, the cache will always be on the other side - even if you've already crossed it.

    2. You don't know that area as well as your thought.

    1. The average GPSr holds enough battery life for about 4 caches, 2 bottles or water, one sprained ankle, a couple of DNF's, and about 50,000 pickly seeds that stick to every available inch of clothing, hair, etc.


    What do ya'll think? Got any others to add? :D

  15. Hi all,


    I thought I'd solicit some opinions from the community at large.


    There are a number of night caches in my neck of the woods (all reflector type hides), but sadly, over half the finders seem to be doing them during the day. Some may think that's fine, but not me. Call me crazy, but asking cachers to find a "night cache" during the night isn't unreasonable.


    So, is there any way to set up the cache so that finders almost HAVE to do it at night? I considered making finders take a picture at night to log the find, but I'd rather not add logging restrictions until I've really exhausted all other options.





    Just a thought for a low-tech option - dunno if it's been done, but have you considered the use of theatrical Glow tape? Most theatres use it to put on the edge of steps or to place "marks" for positioning of actors during blackouts. It's got a good shelf life (months) and would be easy to replace during maintenance visits. Comes in a variety of colors. I'm thinking green or blue to best blend with the scenery during the day. I'd find a nice hole to hide the container and cover it most of the way, w/ only the glow tape exposed.


    Also, to protect against the elements, I'd glow tape the container, then put a couple of layers of clear packing tape over that.


    Just my 2 lincolns.

  16. I'll have to admit you have WAY more patience than I...45 minutes looking? Wow!


    When all else fails, pull your face out of the GPSr and go with your geosense!

    I'm a life-long Cubs fan - patience goes with the territory :unsure:


    Anywho. Being the competitive person I am, I hate, _H8_ giving up and walking away empty handed. I'm usually good at locating the places "I'd hide it" but man oh man. Sometimes, it's just crazy talk...

  17. Ok, so I'm kinda a newbie and I've been curious, how long can one expect to actually look for a cache once in the vicinity as defined by your GPSr. I figure it'll vary depending on what the difficulty rating is. But there are times I'll look down and bam, there it is. Then there are times I'll wander around in circles over and over for an hour plus and just nothing. Is there any rhyme or reason to this? Is there a time a cache owner (or seeker) has to say "Ok, this is ridiculous" and make adjustments? I dunno, maybe I need a more accurate GPSr, but I don't know there are times my GPSr (rhino 110 BTW) says I'm standing on top of the thing, and nothing.



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