+The Hornet Posted January 7, 2012 Share Posted January 7, 2012 Having sold my GPS last year I have been away from caching for quite a few months. Today I decided to have another go but this time with my new iPhone and the Groundspeak app. It was surprisingly easy to use and in conjunction with Memory Map proved an interesting morning. Wishing to see what had been happening while I was away I have been browsing the UK forum. Not too much has changed here has it? The usual moans and groans and harmless silliness. However apart from all the site changes since I was here I have noticed a couple of fundamental shifts in Geocaching. Probably the main one is the apparent encouragement of "power trails". These seem to abound now. When I was reviewing one of the things we UK reviewers were admonished for was allowing an occasional series in the UK while they were absolutely forbidden in the USA. Nowadays it seems to be de rigeur to place a series of film pots in bland locations just to provide number hounds with their fix. When did this change in attitude take place? The other thing I read about was this business of disallowing "urban caches" where the cache might be overlooked. What is the point of that? Ever since I started caching in 2001 I have hunted caches that have been overlooked to a greater or lesser extent. Indeed today I attempted a number which were VERY overlooked. I can't imagine how ANY cache in a town or city can not be overlooked. I guess it was inevitable that the free and easy attitude we used to enjoy has been driven out of the sport now that it has become such a mainstream commercial activity. Shame really, it was fun while it lasted. Quote Link to comment
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