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  1. I don't have a CCP so I just holster it in plain site :( !


    Besides a hiking stick that happens to be handy for keeping people/animals at arms length, I carry one of these (with a parachute cord grip):


    in plain sight on the shoulder strap of my camelbak.


    I don't want to need it and then end up charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Besides, it's right in reach!

  2. Don't know if this will help your situation, but what I do sometimes is stand still, read off the bearing (notthe heading), set my magnetic compass to it and then start walking in that direction.


    Mostly though, it sounds like a datum issue. According to the eTrex manual:

    The default datum in the eTrex is WGS 84
    ( http://www.garmin.com/manuals/eTrex_Owners...00andabove_.pdf )

    So one thing you could try is leaving the batteries out of the unit for like a week. This should clear out all settings. Or if you can get to the System page (press the page button until you get to the Menu page, then select Setup, then select System) you should see a Defaults button that will do the same thing.

  3. For example:

    I know there is a plant somewhere around Clinton Illinois.  I Google Clinton Nuclear. DOE list for Clinton with links to every other plant in Illinois. You can quickly find that the town of Clinton is located at 40°10'N 88°54'W. From there it only takes a few minutes at LostOutdoors to find 40.171716N -88.835769W and

    I would think that this would be a bigger threat than people showing up at the fence with a couple of kids and a GPS.

    We all know that. My objection is that non-cachers might not know that, and it could *appear* that we are a danger. Similar to my objection to using ammo cans without geocaching stickers on all sides.

  4. I wonder if I am missing something. Are you developing new software that places a set of pushpins, flags or other markers (with or without some sort of label at each) on a map?


    Is there a reason why you don't filter your desired set with GSAK (i.e. GPSBabel) and then export the result to a file format used by existing mapping software (Microsoft S&T, DeLorme Street Atlas, Garmin Mapsource, Google Earth, etc) for exactly this purpose? If everything must be free, then you could use GSAK to export to a gpx file for use with Google Earth (each in the unpaid mode).  If it MUST be Google Maps, then the GSAK macro language has all the functionality to create the needed html file and you would not have to worry about multi-platform or data parsing issues.

    Well for one thing, his program helps make a web page, so users don't have to have *any* special software (besides a browser) to see it. As you mentioned, some mapping software isn't free. Google Earth is a huge download and:

    Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).

    Windows-based desktop PCs older than 4 years old may not be able to run it.

    Windows-based notebook PCs older than 2 years old may not be able to run it.

  5. Cool!

    But I've had some problems with <Marker and <MSG. (I think they come when the GC waypoint name is too short.) For some reason if I replace the < with _, it works. It doesn't matter if it's Mozilla or IE.


    For example, this cache:



    made into this page





    Error: missing ; before statement

    Source File: http://users.ameritech.net/jeffhoover/test.html

    Line: 29, Column: 13

    Source Code:

    var GCFFA<Marker = new GMarker(new GPoint(-83.9788,42.4240));


    This page is the same, except for the </_ change:




    Crackhead, could you change the < to _ ?




  6. What is the thoughts on a large size cache that will contain higher dollar items for the first finders of a difficult puzzle cache? I have one in the works and would hate to hide things like a 21" flat screen monitor, brand new Pocket PC, surround sound audio system, special edition DVDs, and such in a container without a lock on it. I'd like to reward FTFs of a challenge but I think leaving the box hidden without a lock would be a little too trusting of a curious muggle that happens to stumble upon the cache.

    Given my fear of "muggle finds box and breaks it open" (possibly breaking contents), I'd personally go with something like an IOU:


    "Congratulations on your first-to-find! This card entitles you to one <insert_expensive_item> from <insert_geocaching_handle>. Contact me on geocaching.com to claim your prize."

  7. Most (not all, though) 'cachers understand the game and are honest and wouldn't want to get the final stage without getting the other ones.


    On the flip side, muggles might bust open a locked container to see what's in it, but they might leave a cache alone once they open it and read the note explaining what it is.


    I don't see a real problem with what you propose, but why not just hide the final stage in a place less likely to be muggled?


    And what about making it a members-only cache. That makes it less likely that a 'cacher will skip stages.


    (OK, so I type slower than briansnat) :blink:

  8. GEOGRAPHY ANYONE? I'm sitting waiting for the testing officer when my name is called up. She asks to see my current licence; the Australian one, which I present to her. She then hands me my NEW California drivers licence, and marks my Australian licence as invalid.


    "WTF are you doing?" I ask, knowing already that there is no authority for them to invalidate my authority to drive in Australia.


    "When you convert your drivers licence, we endorse your old US licence to indicate you have transferred."


    "So why are you marking my internatinal drivers licence?"


    Now are you ready for her response......


    "Isn't Australia one of the US states?" :anibad:

    Is this a blond joke? No American that's smart enough to drive a car (let alone test someone's driving ability) thinks Australia is one of the US states. :rolleyes:


    But maybe she takes a bus to work. As for checking the written test, she probably doesn't actually look at the content, just grades it like: A, C, C B, D - wrong, C, B, ...


    Now we know for sure that the Sec of State hires "unskilled" workers.

  9. This has probably been touched on before, but here are my thoughts:


    Many 'cachers read "guideline" and interpret it as "generally suggested but not required". I'm in that camp. We all seem to agree that "rule" would mean violations would not be approved.


    I think some of the friction here is that the reviewer appears to be applying 528' as a rule: less than 528', then no approval. Period. But the site calls it a guideline, so there is an expectation on the part of some of us that there will be at least flexibility in enforcement, or perhaps no enforcement of the 528' limitation.


    I propose GC.com adopt the following rewrite:


    Cache Saturation

    As a rule, caches placed within 0.10 miles (528 feet or 161 meters) of another cache will not be approved. The goal of the 0.10 mile limitation is to reduce the number of caches hidden in a particular area and to reduce confusion that might otherwise result when one cache is found while looking for another.


    Special requests can be made of the reviewer, and the opinon of a second reviewer may be requested, but ultimately the decision of the reviewer(s) is final. Example of exceptional cases where caches might be approved within 528' of each other include: significant difference in altitude, significant physical barrier between the caches.


    On the same note, don't go cache crazy and hide a cache every 600 feet just because you can. If you want to create a series of caches, the reviewer may require you to create a multi-cache, if the waypoints are close together.

  10. Holding the staff vertically in front of your face as you're walking down a trail like this saves a lot of "Bleh, ptooey, blech, bleh, ptoo" :D

    LOL! That is *so* me!


    Here's a page that claims:

    Hiking staffs make the perfect hiking accessories by providing better balance, traction and stability while walking or hiking. Reducing up to 25% of body weight from knees, feet and lower back allows for a longer more enjoyable hiking experience. Breathing efficiency and posture are greatly improved by involving the upper body.


    Personally, I carry a 'Shroom Stick. It has a tiny mag compass in it that I thought was stupid at first, but I actually use it 'caching to get moving in the right direction when I'm standing still and my GPSr can't know what direction I'm facing, just what bearing I need to head in.

  11. Thumbs down from me. It sounds like a way to get geocaching banned in places. Hiding one cache every 2-3 days is a recipe for a bunch of badly thought-out caches.


    I'm also not sure that rapid growth of geocaching is even desirable. If things grow too fast, it may be difficult to adapt to changes. I'd rather see a continuation of the gradual growth that our game has experienced.


    But if you don't have enough caches in your area, start a local/regional club.

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