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I've noticed that many geocachers don't hunt benchmarks at all, and many benchmark hunters don't geocache. Is there anyone else out there besides myself who has logged at least 100 geocache finds and 100 benchmark finds?

 

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Cache? What is a Cache? I'm married so I don't have any cache. But I digress, I would think that there are not very many who will reach 100 benchmarks given their complex locations and such. But, I would be interested if there was some way to show the top 10 Benchmarkers icon_rolleyes.gif

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I'm a bit over halfway on GC/BM's and I feel that I'll get 100/100 no problem once I get my degree in a few weeks and have a little bit more time.

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There are six people that I know of that have at least 100 benchmark finds. Four of them also have 100 cache finds. There are three more that have over 100 caches and are in the 90s for benchmarks.

 

I've tried to track benchmark finds but it is very hit and miss.

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I have every intention of making 100/100 as soon as I can. For a long time my cache finds and benchmark finds were the same number - weird karma thing I guess. I am at 62 caches / 70 Benchmarks now, so if the weather holds out...2 months to make the club icon_biggrin.gif

 

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Originally posted by RogBarn:

There are six people that I know of that have at least 100 benchmark finds. Four of them also have 100 cache finds. There are three more that have over 100 caches and are in the 90s for benchmarks.

 

I've tried to track benchmark finds but it is very hit and miss.


 

Just out of curiosity, who are some of the others?

 

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icon_razz.gifI am not there yet. Right now I have 180 cache finds and 60 benchmarks found. By the time I find 100 benchmarks I will have found over 200 caches. It helps that I live in a cache rich area. Thanks to CCCooperAgency. I only see a few people looking for benchmarks. I am the only one in a few places I go to.

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Shirley and I are idling at 328 caches and 72 bench marks. We'll probably hit the 100 mark by Christmas. I'm beginning to favor bench marks, especially those of some special interest, such as our local tri-state marker or the Portland, OR Willamette Stone.

 

Our next target is a 1774 NY-NJ royal patent survey mark in the local area. I'm contemplating trying to find more of the original state line boundary markers as they have a fascinating history. The 1887 commission report on the NY-NJ state line dispute is fascinating stuff, indeed! In fact, there are books on the NY-NJ Boundary War (though noone was killed in the dispute, just roughed up a bit). The 1887 survey tried to reestablish the line of 48 original markers but many of them had already disappeared. Aslo, the line was discovered to be so skewed that both states agreed to abandon the original patent discription and to simply use it as originally surveyed in 1687 (?). (Turned out there was a tremendous local deposit of magnatite which threw off their compass without their knowing. As late as 1857 there was only one meridian point in the entire state of NY so surveys were by latitude and compass, with marker points being defined by the local geographic features.)

 

Could prove interesting.

 

patrick & shirley

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The United States Power Squadron, a boaters education organization has a program devoted to updating navigation charts. Part of this activity includes finding Bench Marks. Many members persue this activity when they are not boating.

 

Lou

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I should be there this weekend. Have been sitting at 120GC/97Bm for a couple of weeks now. The weather forcast does not have snow for the weekend so should be able to find some benchmarks. When the snow comes it will definitely slow down the benchmark hunting. icon_cool.gif

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Way behind on my caches the benchmarking is somewhat more interesting though,some of them are puzzling to find because after 42,55,or 152 years things can change alot we are looking for the former cacher's treasures now just think if some one goes out and finds your cache 152 years from now.

 

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I am finding the 100/100 club more elusive as of late. Benchmarks are hard to find - they are EXTRA hard to find in the snow. Especially bridge benchmarks (PADP - here in PA) are covered in plowed snow. Do I have to wait until spring to get 100/100??? icon_frown.gif

 

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PADP = PADT / Penn Dept of Transportation in my last post. Not being able to type sucks. I am an adult, I should have learned typing in high school!!

 

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Caches Found/Hidden: 507/10

Travel Bugs Owned/Found: 12/137

Benchmarks Found: 205

 

We have had snow cover for a while now. That makes benchmarking a SUPER pain. I guess I'll have to go for even MORE spires.

 

-WR

 

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Come spring im gonna get me some more cache's the closet to me are 50 or more miles away not alot in this neck of the woods.There are more benhmarks closer than that so when i expand out ill catch the caches as well. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

 

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I don't know when / IF I will ever find 100 caches (18 now) but my mentor (rogbarn) wants to take me out for a benchmark marathon for us to each get 100. He has 90 but I am sitting at 77. rogbarn even has (designation) SL-100 picked out for our 100th one.

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It seems like I'm the only cacher in my area ( Salt Lake) who spends much time searching for benchmarks. Right now I'm at 100 caches/47 benchmarks. I'd be at around 60 benchmarks if I had found every mark I've searched for, but many are now GONE, as most of you know! As soon as the weather improves this spring I will up the benchmark total into triple figures, I'm sure. icon_cool.gif

 

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I have lots of respect for those that have found 100 benchmarks. I found most of my benchmarks last summer. The fall and winter around here is cache season. I am just about cached out for this season. I had let the supply build up last summer but I'm getting low again. So it looks like benchmark season is getting ready to start for me again.

 

I think I will set a goal to find at least 75-100 benchmarks by fall. As mentioned in another thread I plan to tackle my 10 mile radius first and move out. I love finding benchmarks on old buildings. Had a lot of fun doing that last summer. I find myself stopping at old courthouses and depots to look for benchmarks. Found one like that last month. Found one on accident near a geodash point this weekend as well.

 

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Living in NJ , there is an abundance of both caches and BM's. Just started BM hunting a little over 2 months ago and have many more yet that are reachable from my home. Location, location, location.... icon_biggrin.gif

 

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This past month, I had to the good opportunity to cache a few days with WaldenRun from New England while he scored his 300th benchmark in the middle of a snowstorm. On another day, with two feet of freshsnow, we went for remotest coastal cache in Rhode Island, where WR scored his 600th find, in route he also scored 3 or 4 more winter benchmarks. If that is not enough, yesterday, he beat me to a travel bug which was is 200th find. How about 200/200/200 GC/TB/BM or even 100/100/100? Any one else out there.

 

I am a newbie since fall and gave up on benchmarks since we have been under snow since it seems like Thanksgiving, but will pickup the hunt and post back at 100.

 

Val (May be late, but always on time.)

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I joined the very prestigious and exclusive 100/100 club today. Actually, I didn't expect to hit this rare milestone so quickly. I have been putting more effort into this quest for finding benchmarks lately, and it all paid off handsomely tonight as I now count myself among the elite in the world of geo-exploration. icon_wink.gif

 

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I cracked the 100/100 club today, if anyone cares. icon_biggrin.gif

 

I actually hit 100 benchmarks first, since there are many more of them nearby. So I'm at 102/118 now, and don't plan to slow down. Great fun to be had on both sides of the fence.

 

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Sure, I care. icon_smile.gif

 

I hit 100 benchmarks today. But I have a way to go on caches (only 26 so far.) With some serious searching this summer, I hope to make it to the 100/100 club.

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Getting there slowly but surely. We have 151 cache finds and 78 benchmarks. We hit a lull in benchmarking for some reason.

 

That moss-covered bucket I hailed as a treasure,

For often at noon, when I returned from the field,

I found it the source of an exquisite pleasure.

 

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Finally made it!

 

When I went out this morning I intented to break 100 for caches, but didn't real plan to do much benchmarking. Just in case though, I dumped a bunch of data into my gps & palm. I quickly found a nice string right along the route I was traveling that were set in bridges and culverts. I managed to recover 11 marks, and along with 4 caches I'm now at 102/102.

 

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W 77 33.137'

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I'm very obviously not there yet, but I think benchmarks are just as fun as caches... I might wind up with more caches in the end, but I like searching for BMs just as much. So if I ever reach 100 caches, by that time I'll probably have a good count of BMs too.

 

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I am just short of this club (96/122) but my (cache) partner, Flask is easily in. Beatnik, you are not BM obsessed yet. Flask and I look at rock vistas and think they are all great places for BM's. We also stop for witness posts while driving nearly anywhere. On hunts, it is the navigator's job to watch for witnesses.

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I'm going to have to go find one benchmark just to say I did. Then I can be in the 400/1 club.

 

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since when is 100/100 prestigious? seems like just a good start to me.

 

it doesn't matter if you get to camp at one or at six. dinner is still at six.

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Finally I managed to make the 100/100 club! And both on the same day on vacation in Sitka, Alaska!

 

Not sure if it is prestigious or not, but I am happy to have done it.

 

My Travel Bug alter ego Mike the Bunny is happy too...so there icon_wink.gif

 

Juanbob

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I have 130GC's and 60BM's. I just started getting into it because the nearest cache is 20mi and I have 75BM's within 10mi. {02809}

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Since this thread floated up, might as well refresh Waldenrun's numbers. He's in the 800-400 club. 300 t-bugs, too, and who knows how many cache FTF.

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Originally posted by AdirondakMud:

The United States Power Squadron,

Lou


 

I've seen notes on benchmarks about the power squadron and wondered what it was about. Thanks for the info.

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FINALLY!! Now I can say it is no big deal, since I finally have 100 GeoCaches to go with 200 + benchmarks. (Of course my wife is also an important part of my caching team -- she is less interested in benchmarks.) -- flame away!! -- icon_biggrin.gif

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Originally posted by happycycler:

FINALLY!! Now I can say it is no big deal, since I finally have 100 GeoCaches to go with 200 + benchmarks. (Of course my wife is also an important part of my caching team -- she is less interested in benchmarks.) -- flame away!! -- icon_biggrin.gif


No need to flame. 200/100 is a great achivement. Congratulations!

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Well, I have some 425 caches and 185 bench marks. I'm beginning to give preference to bench mark hunting, especially if I can dig up some background history to whet the appetite. My oddest bench mark is a totem pole here in Portland, OR. My oldest NGS mark is 1881 but I have located, but not yet recovered, one from 1774, though that is not (for some odd reason) not an NGS mark. Very, very interesting history, however. I hope to get to it within the year and will post an account here when I do.

 

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43/245.

Congrats I aint there yet almost half way on the caches though.

 

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I've noticed that many geocachers don't hunt benchmarks at all, and many benchmark hunters don't geocache. Is there anyone else out there besides myself who has logged at least 100 geocache finds and 100 benchmark finds?

 

I'm new, and I'm not interested in caches, but in the week that I've been banging around the web site, I've seen lots of people who have logged over 100 benchmarks.

 

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There are six people that I know of that have at least 100 benchmark finds. Four of them also have 100 cache finds. There are three more that have over 100 caches and are in the 90s for benchmarks.


 

From what I've seen browsing, I think if we could make the database give us a report, you'd see that there are many more than six with over 100 benchmarks.

 

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Just out of curiosity, who are some of the others?


 

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Those I found just browsing the last 500 pictures posted in the gallery, and from this thread.

 

While it's fun to play the numbers game, you have to always remember to keep it in perspective. A count of benchmarks found is in no way a good perspective of how interested or dedicated a hunter is. Too many extranious factors, like:

 

How much time do you have to spend hunting? Obviously, old retired guys (like me) have more time than young working guys with kids....

 

Where do you live? Some parts of the country are loaded with benchmarks. Others are not. If you live in Iowa, you might have to drive 75 miles to the closest one to you. If you live in Florida, you'll find two on any of 10,000 bridges....

 

What are your physical capabilites? I wouldn't do very well in the desert if I had to hike 5 miles up a hill to find a benchmark in a boulder - two bad knees and too many old bones. But I do fine looking for roadside benchmarks from an air conditioned truck.

 

What are you looking for? Obviously it's much harder to find a marker that's buried in the middle of a field with no witness post then it is to find a water tower or a church steeple.

 

How dedicated are you? Do you spend 10 minutes and give up, or do you go back to the same spot and keep looking as many times as it takes to convince yourself it's no longer there or to find it?

 

We all set our own standards. I don't like to look for markers that somebody else already found, I like to find one that have been MIA for a long time - the longer the better. Water towers aren't much fun, but if I see one I'll log it because maybe other people like water towers. I've found 43 benchmarks my first week, so I don't think 100 will be a major milestone for me. And I don't think I'm a better hunter than someone who has found 40 in thier first year. I think my first milestone might be 500, or maybe even a thousand. Just depends on how much time I have to take off for real life....

 

Shouldn't take the web site guys more than 15 minutes to write some code to generate a report, how many over 100, 200, 300, etc. Be fun to look at but it's not an indication of much.

 

Keep the numbers game fun. Let's hunt together and not against each other.

 

BeachBum22

In the land of many bridges.

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proud to say that i have joined the 100/ 0 club. someday i hope to be in the 200/ 0 club.

 

I'm shooting for the 500/1 club. I had to do one just to make sure icon_cool.gif

 

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