+Gan Dalf Posted February 17, 2011 Share Posted February 17, 2011 Disclaimer: I apologize for the length of this post… I decided to use the Forums to introduce and solicit feedback on a new Statewide Challenge Cache that I intend to release. This is a challenge that I have considered developing almost since I began caching and learned of the Delorme and Counties Challenge. It seemed to me that a cache involving the cities in the state of Washington was the next logical step. I know that some are thinking, why do we need another State wide challenge when we already have two? My thinking is that those that have already completed the Delorme and County challenges might like to have another excuse to tour our state. And both of those challenges can be completed by simply entering a small corner of the map without really “seeing” what the area that the cache is in. A cities challenge offers another alternative to see parts of the state that might not necessarily be seen. Ideally it will give cachers the chance to see cities and towns in the state that they might not necessarily ever go to otherwise, and experience their charm. Recently the subject of a cities challenge came up in another thread started by some cachers that are attempting to log a cache in every city in the state without the benefit of having a challenge cache to validate their accomplishment. When I saw this, my first thought was, arrrrghhh, I waited too long and my idea has been scooped! After a few back and forth e-mails with them however it was decided that I (with their blessing) should move forward with the idea and so here we are. Below are some rules to start off the discussion. If you’ve got ideas or suggestions please post them to the thread. I am hoping to have the cache page written and container placed by early spring, in time for the start of the decent weather/caching season. To start things off first let me say that I have a solution for the Armchair vs. Fresh debate. Users will be able to decide whether to start from scratch or to do the challenge fresh. There will be separate (and wildly different) containers depending on which option you decide to do however you will only be able to log the challnge once even if you do the armchair option and then later decide to do the fresh. The basic rules will be as follows: There are 281 incorporated cities and towns (205 cities, 76 towns) in the State of Washington. Cachers attempting the challenge will be required to log 3 caches in a city or town in the State of Washington for every letter of the alphabet. Furthermore, for every letter of the alphabet, they will have to find one cache in a “city” and one in a “town” (separate lists will be provided) the third required cache can come from either a city or a town, cachers choice. Major population centers (Cities of greater than 100,000 people) will be excluded, effectively eliminating the top 6 largest cities in the state for possible use in the challenge. I think that is long enough for this post and gives you the general idea. I have thought of answers to many of the questions that will likely come up so feel free to fire away. I am looking forward to hearing peoples comments but please keep them constructive. Thanks FM Quote Link to comment
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