Jump to content

Wet Pancake Touring Club

+Premium Members
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Wet Pancake Touring Club

  1. One prolific hider in my area would leave foreign coins for FTF.
  2. There are lots of examples of public land being maintained by some kind of third party conservancy group. The Nature Conservancy used to manage some BLM land on Lake Coeur d'Alene in my area. And, they worked out access rights to adjacent private lands for a trail between the parcels. The Nature Conservancy does this with a lot of public (and private) land, and they are the ones to contact. Looks like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is similar in nature. So, while they might not own the land, they have contracts and agreements in place to manage all of the land, not just the trails.
  3. I think this is more the case of Groundspeak allowing a user to control whether or not a person wants their information shared with third parties. Doesn't matter what kind of information. That would explain why the Groundspeak app has access, and others are blocked. As for why, maybe there are laws in some countries that require Groundspeak to implement such an opt-out mechanism.
  4. I'm thinking it was the fact that a box on pole suddenly got attention. Maybe an inquisitive neighbor came along to see what the fuss was?
  5. IMO, that's what it appears to be, with the incentive being awarded a cache type icon on your stats for a discontinued cache type. And, it's debatable as to whether or not this cache fits the description of a location-less cache. I came into this hobby after this type of cache was removed, but I thought there were two basic requirements for logging a location-less cache. There was a theme item that had to be recorded (bridge, dam, courthouse, library, etc.), and A particular location could only be logged once. So, I am on the fence about doing this cache. My OCD half is telling me that I 'gotta find them all', while the other half is telling me that I wouldn't really have earned the cache type, so why bother. Well, at least I have a fair amount of time to wrestle this one back and forth in my head.
  6. Here's https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC2XHEQ aka Arachnophobia. This was featured as cache of the week (or maybe month), several years ago. Gotta look up for this one.
  7. I can think of a couple of GC usernames of now deceased cachers where others would be upset if they were allowed to be re-used. Even though I never met the gentlemen, I would be upset if JoGPS were re-used, and I bet there are many others that feel the same. His username may be known world-wide as the creator of GeoWoodstock, but I am sure that there are other usernames well known regionally. TeamRabbitRun said it succinctly:
  8. We could also ask the same question for the other end of the spectrum. Why must handicap accessible caches be T1. Like T5, T1 is reserved for a special category of caches. I'm not handicapped, so I cannot speak from experience on this, but I did a T1 in a state park. This park was designed for handicap accessibility. Looking at the trail map, they had sections marked green, yellow and red, depending on the 'steepness' of the trail in that area. This was for a person using a regular wheelchair, without any assistance from another person, or being in a motorized wheel chair. For me, it was a little over a mile round trip. I did traverse a yellow section of the trail. I barely noticed the elevation change (about 30 meters over 500 meters). Yet for a wheelchair bound person, they might equate this to a T2.5. Taking the 'red' route could be a T3 to them. As for why T1 and T5 are different, my opinion is that it was easier to change the documentation and rules, than it was to change the database.
  9. The giant ammo can above is part of the Fargo/Moorhead Geotour. In fact, a bunch of the caches in that Geotour are visible in Street View. They blend in quite well with the surroundings. Here's a sampling. All of these caches are regular sized ammo cans, stored inside a larger container. They have some really good gadget cache makers in this area.
  10. In the extra large category, here's a giant ammo can. It's got solar lighting inside.
  11. And another. This is an ammo can, viewable from the highway.
  12. Just completed this GeoTour. LOVED IT!!! Great caches, and a great way to hide geocaches in a city.
  13. From Garmin: "chirp has a battery life of up to a year". If I were a CO using one of these, I would schedule a battery replacement about every 6-9 months. From ANT+ Wikipedia Article, the range is: "30 metres at 0 dBm". However, lots of other blogs and reviews list ranges much less, and one blog was saying 5 feet. It operates in the 2.4GHz range, at very low power so there may be lots of interference in that range.
  14. Yes JL_HSTRE, that is the webcam cache I was talking about. And, as TriciaG notes, there is a way pull off behind the guardrail, and quite a few do just that. But, because this webcam is located on a corner, you have to know that the pullout is coming, and slow down before you can see it. And what if this happens in winter? It has been noted that on occasion it snows in Oregon. (And I love the picture of the guy in the fog, got to take their word on that one, as the picture is entirely white.) And, when trying to pull back on to the freeway, you have trouble seeing around the corner to know when there is a break in the traffic. While the powers that be have a general prohibition against geocaches on interstate highways, just how far down the list of road types does that extend? US Highways, State Highways, County roads, etc. I took a look at the Idaho Transportation Department webcams. Of the well over 150 webcams on the map, less than a quarter of them are on an interstate highway. I spot checked several of them, and very few had a safe place to stand and be in view of the camera. Allowing webcam caches would open up the field to all of those non-interstate highway webcams. This is the proliferation that I am worried about. On a different note, I noticed that one of the pictures on the aforementioned webcam cache was of the no trespassing sign. These highway webcams are put up by governments, and most will have no trespassing signs. But, there might be one or two cache owners that neglected to mention that in their submission, or neglected to get permission for the geocache at the location. I know that doesn't happen with this crowd, but it is theoretically possible. Unsafe locations and potential trespassing. Just a lot of issues for these kinds of webcams. Now on the other hand, I think it would be interesting to see just how people would log a webcam cache on this camera. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams/lion-cam Permission from the occupants might be difficult to get, and they might have a no tolerance policy.
  15. For me, webcams are meh. I agree with lee737, a webcam at an event is like big-game hunting at the zoo. As for the general topic of bringing back webcams, I'm more against the idea than for it. The main reason I am against them is the proliferation of highway webcams. I looked up one in Oregon, it is at the top of a pass, on I-5 (freeway). As one finder put in their comments "The hardest part of this was getting back on I5." You have to merge back onto the freeway, and visibility around the corner is not good. If we bring back webcam caches, I fear that we will see explosive growth in webcam caches on the sides of highways, with little to no room to stop.
  16. I carry multiple GPS units. On one cache, in moderate woods, I had a difference of 40 meters between two of them. The reason I carry multiple is that they have different antenna configurations, and one of them it GPS only, the other is GPS/GLONASS. I searched both locations, and found the cache. (In this case, the GPS with GLONASS was the accurate one.)
  17. Both at real locations, not power trails. Bring lots of water, sunscreen and good hiking boots. Terrain is relatively flat and easy. N 42° 53.622' W 116° 11.103' N 43° 17.146' W 116° 22.387'
  18. If I did something like this, I would make sure that fires are allowed in the area. I wouldn't want someone to get the impression that fires are allowed in an area where they are not. I would also worry about someone using my campfire for real, and burning up my cache/waypoint.
  19. Thanks MNTA, I'm going to add that cache to my retirement plans. (Less than three years to go!) I didn't want to turn this topic into a list of interesting caches, so I messaged you one that you may like. Back to the OP, when I was looking at the cache MNTA posted, I went and looked at his photo gallery. This gives me an idea of what kinds of caches he is interested in. (And based on his photos, and the fact he is 'nearby' me, I will probably use some of the tools available to search for caches found by him, and add them to my target caches list. So, my point is, if you can find other cachers with a similar interest as yours, use a list of caches found by them to help narrow your search.
  20. Instead of an open flame, what about using something that could be used to start a fire? For example, use a fire starter stick as a key to a lock. Or, consider using heat as a fire substitute. You could use a hand warmer packet to warm a thermocouple. Both of these ideas would probably have to be some kind of gadget cache.
  21. A bit off-topic, where's a good place to park for these? I work for the University of Idaho, we have campuses in Idaho Falls and Aberdeen. If I'm in the area, I might have to try for these.
  22. Also consider using other mapping systems (Google Earth, etc.) to get some kind of view of the area. Points of interest will probably have photos posted.
  23. On a tangent, I've seen one cache where the log book was a visitor log. The cache was at an informational gazebo (in the middle of nowhere, but on the Oregon Trail). The cache is a box on a post, marked 'Register Here', with the log sheet inside. Open and in plain view. Amazingly, given how out of the way this place was, when I logged the cache, it was seeing 3 to 4 people sign the log everyday. Based on on-line logs, geocachers log this cache about once every 2 to 3 months. Back to the OP, so long as the cache remains in place, and in good shape, it doesn't matter who signs the logs. I have a relative that geocaches, signs logs, and never logs online. Oh, and this cache might be listed on multiple sites. Or, and I don't know if this is still a thing, the geocache might have been pre-loaded on a GPSr.
  24. I found a bonus cache once, where there were nine cache in a series, each cache had one digit of the bonus cache coordinates. Those digits were in order, four for the N/S position, and five for the E/W coordinate. Cache #8 was missing. So, I had the coordinates, except for the second to last digit of the E/W coordinates. On my GPS, I plugged in the coordinates, using a zero for the missing digit, and went to that location. From there, I plugged in a 9, and walked towards that point. It was a very short distance between those two points. And, there were very few hiding locations, as the line I walked was through a large intersection. (Back country roads, no traffic.) Now, if I was missing some of the more significant digits, the line would have been a lot longer. Still, missing any single digit meant I could 'battleship' the bonus cache, there would only be 10 locations where it could be.
  • Create New...