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  1. You might be able to brute force it by creating a separate bookmark list for every area in which a cacher is required to find a cache to log the challenge. I bet you can set up the checker to determine whether a cacher has found a cache within all of those lists.
  2. If I hadn't found a cache in an old yogurt container before, I'm not sure I'd believe you.
  3. Wow, just did the search, and Providence has 1020 - more than the above cities and almost as many as NYC! At least as far as Chicago goes, one must keep in mind that nearly half of the circle defined by a 10-mile radius using "Chicago, IL" as its center will be Lake Michigan - so the area is significantly more saturated than this stat suggests. Also, the saturation goes well outside of ten miles into the surrounding counties. Frankly, I think it's too much - I'll never have any hope at finding them all.
  4. This seems to me to be excellent advice - I would never have thought to do that. (The rest of your advice, and the previous poster's, is appreciated too, but this one in particular stood out!)
  5. More than 8 years after the first time I played this game, I'm planning to release my first trackable into the wild early next month. It's a small plush teddy bear meant to be used as a keychain. Since it's not plastic, I'm a bit nervous about keeping it dry. Other than placing it in a sturdy ziplock baggie, does anyone have any suggestions about how I can keep the little guy safe?
  6. Before the change, I could access my bookmarks (lists?) page directly from a bookmark list. Now, when I'm on a particular bookmark list, there's no link at the top back to my bookmarks page. It would be helpful if I could "go up a level" into my bookmarks page from an individual list again.
  7. I'll always DNF a cache unless I've had to cut short my search for some reason and I expect to return. Seems easy to do, and as a CO, it's useful to know when there are DNFs because they frequently indicate a problem with your geocache.
  8. I'm definitely in the NA crowd. You don't want somebody to get arrested, and given the particular attractiveness of this cache being the only one in the area, traveling cachers are a lot more likely to ignore the sign. If I'm you, I post a NA on the cache and then place my OWN cache somewhere else in the city to give travelers something else to look for, "vacation caches" be damned. It makes sense to not allow them when there are other people placing caches in the area, but some places are simply too remote from this hobby's population to make a non-vacation cache possible.
  9. There would also have been no issue if the "finders" hadn't logged a find on a cache that was clearly no longer intact.
  10. Somebody posted this to the St. Louis area mailing list a few days ago, and before the list blew up over the MOGA drama, I believe the general consensus was that if the FBI couldn't crack it, nobody here would be able to. Now, it might be a different story if it decrypted into coordinates...
  11. Finding GZ ≠ finding the cache. Finding things that used to be in the cache ≠ finding the cache. Signing logbook discovered in cache container = finding the cache. (An argument could be made that cachers who don't want to sign logbooks still find the cache. It probably is a find. But that's not what happened here.) I'd delete those logs if I'm the CO every time. The adoption makes it screwy (and probably not worth the grief), but it doesn't change the fact that these well-intentioned cachers didn't find the cache. It doesn't matter WHY it couldn't be found, or whose fault it was. A destroyed cache is a DNF. Why are people so reluctant to post a DNF? Beyond being valuable information for the CO (and future searchers), it can help other cachers ascertain the difficulty of the cache, or maybe even help YOU find it if the CO decides to give you a hint (which has happened to me, more than once).
  12. Did you put the PVC pipe there? It sounds like a really cool idea, but it's against the guidelines to dig a hole in order to place your cache. Some people seem to get away with digging holes for their caches, but it doesn't change the rule.
  13. I have two caches on/near the UIUC campus, but as I've moved to St. Louis, I'm looking for somebody to adopt one or both of these caches. They're both magnetic key holder hides, both in relatively obvious places. One of them I am more interested in keeping in place than the other. 1) GC1NTP9 - "Feel the IlliNoyes" is located on the UIUC quad. The hide's easy, but it's (somewhat?) unique. In any case, I like it. If I can keep only one of these going, this would be the one. 2) GC1RNRH - "Campustown" is located near Green & 5th. Another easy hide, and less interesting. Please contact me or post a message to this thread if you're willing and able to adopt one of these caches. Judging from the logs, they are in need of some maintenance, so I'm not sure how much longer they're going to hold out before I'll have to disable/archive them. Definitely not the end of the world if it comes down to it, but I'm sentimental. Thanks!
  14. Out of curiosity, is there I way that I can get archived caches to show up in my searches? I'm a bit of a geek about these sorts of things, and I'd love to be able to take a look through old local hides to see what worked and what didn't.
  15. To me, the thrill in being FTF is that there are so many people out there with notifications set up so that they can be FTF. It's actually a major reason why I originally got a paid membership, although pocket queries and bookmarks have since proved their usefulness. The one FTF I've actually managed to score (Champaign-Urbana, IL, is a fairly desolate town as far as geocaching goes) was a thrill because I did hop in a car and go as soon as I got the e-mail, the whole time knowing that there might be somebody else out there with the same idea in mind.
  16. Wow, there's a lot of text in this thread. I'm not sure anybody cares what I think, not being a regular poster in this forum, but I think that way too much time and effort has been expended in this thread. I think it's reasonable to be curious about the content of PMO cache listings, and it's probably reasonable for somebody who's not familiar with the raging controversy over premium members to ask if the PMO tag can be taken off of a cache that is under discussion. It's also reasonable for the response to that question to be "no." In any case, one of the reasons I enjoy my premium status is I don't have to worry about stuff like this. :up
  17. IMHO, a virtual ain't a cache: no container = no cache. Fortunately, I have the option of simply choosing not to do a virtual when I want to go caching. If it were up to me, virtuals wouldn't exist on this site, but it's no skin off my back that they do. =)
  18. What's wrong with requiring an .mp3 to be downloaded by cache hunters? Dark Side of the Park (GCQ0RP) requires that you listen to an mp3 that gives you directions to the final. If you don't want to risk downloading it, then you don't have to do the cache. * * * As for the OP's question, I say go for it! Sounds excellent, multiple routes to the cache. I'd probably go for the puzzle, but that's just me. =)
  19. I've done a lot of caching in urban environments, so I like urban caches that are clever, or in some way different from the usual magnetic hide. Of course, my only cache hide is an urban micro that copies the style of multiple local cachers, but you gotta start somewhere, right? =D
  20. Presumably, because he enjoyed the experience but doesn't want to spend several hours redoing the same ones when he could be spending that time visiting caches he hasn't been to before. =)
  21. Well, if the point of the cache is that there's a climbing challenge involved, that might not fit the bill 100%. =) Funny, I was just thinking about a similar idea this morning.
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