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I guess this post is mostly for my own amusement but also to say hello again.... (and to get a few opinions)

 

I had to upgrade my hardware recently cause my trusty Garmin IIIx bit the dust. I lives somewhere in a swamp now. When I got it it was the top of the line, and served its purpose for many many many years. It has been all over the globe with me and honestly it will be missed. :(

 

Anyway picked up a new sexy Garmin GPSmap 62st. (Ever since Garmin started making handheld GPS units I have really liked them.) While granted when I started using them ummm there was them and Magellan and not a lot else.

 

I have to say, there is a lot of wow in the current technology. While I have not reached the ripe old description of ancient, I will say I am getting to the point I am older then some. :P With that I will say I am pretty amazed these days on the technology that has been integrated into GPS. TOPO and SATIMG maps, well beyond what I had ever been used to. My first GPS, someoene else had to tell me exactly where I was, and my first handheld gave me some cords. and that was about it. It would show my track if I left it on as a dotted line with no reference information that I hadn't already put into it. (for that you had to use a real map, and a UTM grid reader, most likely a ruler, and an actual compass while in the field) LOL :)

 

Anyway, I really wanted to say hello to the community, and after looking at the new capabilities recently on my new unit I had to make a WOW post. I'm looking forward to going and hitting a few caches in my area, but way more interested in putting a few new ones together. Which brings me to my few requests. I have been reading threads about puzzle caches, whose was hardest, and what the new rules are.

 

Request 1:

 

Is there a new FAQ I haven't found on actual rules for this site on placing caches?

 

Second, finding caches was always fun with my old GPSs to keep skills sharp using a topo map and compass. I didn't track a lot of them here but hit several in my old area and at least left a polite message in the log book if one was there. Usually they were a flip notebook. The new fancy ones at REI are kinda cool... Go ahead GC.com! However the bling isn't really the point of this to me, while cool I even picked up some of the trinkets at REI for a new cache I am planning. (still under development)

 

Request 2:

 

I'm looking for links to threads that have had complex multi-stage puzzle caches (pref. that aren't active) revealed.

 

I have been searching and found a few, but am hoping there are some good ones that I can be pointed to that I have missed.

 

Anyway GC community, looks like all is well... (Well maybe a bit more drama then when I stopped, but that comes with the internets.) I have kinda missed you, time to get my kid out and teach her some skills!

 

Cheers!

 

CR

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I guess this post is mostly for my own amusement but also to say hello again.... (and to get a few opinions)

 

I had to upgrade my hardware recently cause my trusty Garmin IIIx bit the dust. I lives somewhere in a swamp now. When I got it it was the top of the line, and served its purpose for many many many years. It has been all over the globe with me and honestly it will be missed. :(

 

Anyway picked up a new sexy Garmin GPSmap 62st. (Ever since Garmin started making handheld GPS units I have really liked them.) While granted when I started using them ummm there was them and Magellan and not a lot else.

 

I have to say, there is a lot of wow in the current technology. While I have not reached the ripe old description of ancient, I will say I am getting to the point I am older then some. :P With that I will say I am pretty amazed these days on the technology that has been integrated into GPS. TOPO and SATIMG maps, well beyond what I had ever been used to. My first GPS, someoene else had to tell me exactly where I was, and my first handheld gave me some cords. and that was about it. It would show my track if I left it on as a dotted line with no reference information that I hadn't already put into it. (for that you had to use a real map, and a UTM grid reader, most likely a ruler, and an actual compass while in the field) LOL :)

 

Anyway, I really wanted to say hello to the community, and after looking at the new capabilities recently on my new unit I had to make a WOW post. I'm looking forward to going and hitting a few caches in my area, but way more interested in putting a few new ones together. Which brings me to my few requests. I have been reading threads about puzzle caches, whose was hardest, and what the new rules are.

 

Request 1:

 

Is there a new FAQ I haven't found on actual rules for this site on placing caches?

 

Second, finding caches was always fun with my old GPSs to keep skills sharp using a topo map and compass. I didn't track a lot of them here but hit several in my old area and at least left a polite message in the log book if one was there. Usually they were a flip notebook. The new fancy ones at REI are kinda cool... Go ahead GC.com! However the bling isn't really the point of this to me, while cool I even picked up some of the trinkets at REI for a new cache I am planning. (still under development)

 

Request 2:

 

I'm looking for links to threads that have had complex multi-stage puzzle caches (pref. that aren't active) revealed.

 

I have been searching and found a few, but am hoping there are some good ones that I can be pointed to that I have missed.

 

Anyway GC community, looks like all is well... (Well maybe a bit more drama then when I stopped, but that comes with the internets.) I have kinda missed you, time to get my kid out and teach her some skills!

 

Cheers!

 

CR

Answer to Request 1: Yes, there are guildlines for placing caches. http://www.geocaching.com/about/hiding.aspx is a guide to hiding caches.

 

Answer to request 2: It's usually considered bad form to ask for help on puzzle caches in the forum. Try asking the Cache Owner for a hint.

 

Hope this helps, and welcome back to geocaching! :)

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Sorry let me clarify.... I'm not looking for any hints on an active cache. I am looking for tales of some of the best multi-stage/puzzle people have posted to get a few ideas... Searched a lot on them and read most of what I found. :)

 

I'm not looking to copy, just for some ideas. I work on ciphers all day long sometimes, and well putting together a complex puzzle cache seemed like a good use of my free time. I am already planning on contacting several local cachers to see if any of them want to assist. This is a community still right? LOL

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Sorry let me clarify.... I'm not looking for any hints on an active cache. I am looking for tales of some of the best multi-stage/puzzle people have posted to get a few ideas... Searched a lot on them and read most of what I found. :)

 

I'm not looking to copy, just for some ideas. I work on ciphers all day long sometimes, and well putting together a complex puzzle cache seemed like a good use of my free time. I am already planning on contacting several local cachers to see if any of them want to assist. This is a community still right? LOL

 

Take a look at the Puzzle Masters Challenge (PMC) caches. There is a pretty large collection of 4-5 star difficulty puzzles, many involving ciphers and multiple stages. The Key to the Cryptonomicon puzzle cache is my all time favorite puzzle cache. It his numerous stages, ciphers, red herrings, etc. It took me over a month to solve it and that seems to be fairly typical.

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Request 1:

 

Is there a new FAQ I haven't found on actual rules for this site on placing caches?

 

TheCacheSeeker has provided links to Listing Guidelines, and the Hiding a Cache page, here's a link to the Knowledge Books article on the Puzzle/Mystery/Unknown type.

 

I'm not quite sure what you're looking for on examples of caches. ePeteso2 has well respected Puzzle Solving 101 Series, much to be learned just from a read through of the listings.

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