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17 hours ago, terratin said:

I heard Liechtenstein's first is nice for the location and not far from a parking place. But it does require a car.

 

Great location.  We drove to it, but Google maps claims that the #22 bus stops at the parking lot nearby.

 

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Wished I'd taken a more direct route to the cache -- we took the long way in from the top. Got it eventually!

 

but that was 11 years ago, so I don't have any tips on what way to go or not.  With 1370 finds, though, I imagine there is a well beaten geotrail by now.  At least 1,000 of those finds are subsequent to our visit.

 

GCRWKT is a nice spot.  We managed to catch it at the end of the rainbow, which was nice.

 

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4 hours ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 

Good idea.  Switzerland is relatively easy to get to with Zurich and Geneva being fairly busy airports for a layover.  I also  got a work related invite to travel to Europe for a week in July, but it's to the UK (Sheffield), which coincidentally is the last European country I added to  my map.  It's also my first international trip this year.   Depending on how the proposal goes I may be starting on another project later this year that has three trips to South Africa and/or Uganda over the next three years written into the contract.  South Africa would not be a new country (I"ve been there 3 times) but Uganda would and I could probably squeeze in a side trip to Botswana.

 

Yeah, I have these weird arbitrary caching rules. One of them is to not find a cache in a new country by just nipping over the border, and then back again without actually seeing anything there. I'd like to do some hiking in Switzerland. And lets be honest: Switzerland is not vanishing soon, thus there's no need to hurry.

 

I'm actually surprised you're still missing the UK!

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2 hours ago, hzoi said:

 

Great location.  We drove to it, but Google maps claims that the #22 bus stops at the parking lot nearby.

 

My log says,

 

 

but that was 11 years ago, so I don't have any tips on what way to go or not.  With 1370 finds, though, I imagine there is a well beaten geotrail by now.  At least 1,000 of those finds are subsequent to our visit.

 

GCRWKT is a nice spot.  We managed to catch it at the end of the rainbow, which was nice.

 

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Nice! I also added this one to my list. 
With a bit of luck I'll be able to get 7 different cache types if I feel like doing a reverse Wherigo. But lets see about that. I didn't feel like doing all cache types in Helsinki recently either.

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25 minutes ago, terratin said:

 

Yeah, I have these weird arbitrary caching rules. One of them is to not find a cache in a new country by just nipping over the border, and then back again without actually seeing anything there. I'd like to do some hiking in Switzerland. And lets be honest: Switzerland is not vanishing soon, thus there's no need to hurry.

 

I'm actually surprised you're still missing the UK!

 

I got the UK last year when I schedule a day and a half layover in London on the way home from Belgium.   The trip to Sheffield will be a return visit to the UK.  It's even stranger that I have yet to find a cache in Canada, especially as I live about 3 hours from the border.   Switzerland was actually the first country I ever visited in Europe (a couple of years before I started caching).  I flew into Geneva, then took the bus to Chamonix for some skiing (and missed the bus back to Geneva), then after a couple of days of meetings, took the train to Milan, then to Rome for a couple of more meetings.  I also really enjoyed caching in Zurich though as I was able to attend a WWFM (that almost qualified as a mega), find a variety of cache types, then attend another event in the evening.   I didn't get back to my hotel until midnight and flew to Tanzania the next day.

 

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We recently got Country #15 on our current visit to Morocco. Definitely not a huge amount of caches in Marrakech but like anywhere else I am simply thankful there is any to find. 

 

We fly to London next week (GB being another new country for us) and then have roughly a month before our cruise from Dover to Australia. Been trying to drum up interest on the ship for geocaching partners.

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On ‎5‎/‎29‎/‎2019 at 3:28 PM, STNolan said:

 

I definitely had Liard Hot Springs on the list. I think we also are going to take some time in Carcross to see the "World's Smallest Desert" as well too.

 

Both sites are interesting stops, we did them a few years ago.

 

If you like waterfalls, GCGT3A (now archived) will lead you one, GCPEXJ will guide you to another, and farther south along the Highway 1 is Takakkaw Falls (in BC just before Alberta) about 1200 feet high (third highest in Canada).

 

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Liechtenstein is on my geomap now, with 10 caches :) Not that you can see it as it's such a tiny fleck of land.. Winning caches: Liechtenstein's First (fantastic views and great drive into the mountains) and a multi at a Roman villa

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14 minutes ago, terratin said:

Liechtenstein is on my geomap now, with 10 caches :) Not that you can see it as it's such a tiny fleck of land.. Winning caches: Liechtenstein's First (fantastic views and great drive into the mountains) and a multi at a Roman villa

 

Viewing some of the smaller countries on a map can be difficult.  I haven't been able to tell, just looking at the map, that I've found caches in Singapore.  I've got Vatican City State and Luxembourg and would like to get Liechtenstein, Andorra, and San Marino....then work on eastern Europe.    I keep telling my wife we should visit Croatia (where her family is from) but so far she hasn't been convinced.  

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3 hours ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 

Viewing some of the smaller countries on a map can be difficult.  I haven't been able to tell, just looking at the map, that I've found caches in Singapore.  I've got Vatican City State and Luxembourg and would like to get Liechtenstein, Andorra, and San Marino....then work on eastern Europe.    I keep telling my wife we should visit Croatia (where her family is from) but so far she hasn't been convinced.  

Apparently Slovenia is accessible by Venice on the train - which is, in turn, accessible from Paris by train. Once you're in Ljubljana it's, apparently, easy enough to get into Croatia by train...

I'm thinking "second honeymoon". Paris, Venice and then "a few other places" whilst we're in Europe, honey...

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26 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Apparently Slovenia is accessible by Venice on the train - which is, in turn, accessible from Paris by train. Once you're in Ljubljana it's, apparently, easy enough to get into Croatia by train...

I'm thinking "second honeymoon". Paris, Venice and then "a few other places" whilst we're in Europe, honey...

 

I'd looked at the possibility of taking the train to Croatia from Venice a couple of years ago.   I was planning a trip to Rome and saw that airfare at the time was actually less to Venice than to Rome.   I've heard Trieste is very nice and easy to get to by train from Venice and it's less than 2 hours from Trieste to  Porec, Croatia.   There's also a ferry that goes from Venice to Pula that takes a little over 3 hours.  

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54 minutes ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 

I'd looked at the possibility of taking the train to Croatia from Venice a couple of years ago.   I was planning a trip to Rome and saw that airfare at the time was actually less to Venice than to Rome.   I've heard Trieste is very nice and easy to get to by train from Venice and it's less than 2 hours from Trieste to  Porec, Croatia.   There's also a ferry that goes from Venice to Pula that takes a little over 3 hours.  

Ferry then - a boat ride in Venice. Who could resist?

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Or you could do it the way the 'Cycles did it:

Vencie to Poreč by bicycle and then the ferry back to Venice

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6 hours ago, Blue Square Thing said:

Ferry then - a boat ride in Venice. Who could resist?

Would could resist being run down by a cruise ship?:lol: Is there anywhere safe anymore?:(

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On 5/30/2019 at 7:10 AM, terratin said:

 

Oh nice! I'll put this one in my list of caches to do! Perfect.

 

I heard Liechtenstein's first is nice for the location and not far from a parking place. But it does require a car.

Yes it's a great spot with an awesome view over the valley.  Been there twice.

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11 hours ago, colleda said:

Would could resist being run down by a cruise ship?:lol: Is there anywhere safe anymore?:(

 

Yeah, when I was in Helsinki there was a constant hum of cruise ships in the harbour during daytime that could be heard through most of the city centre. Terrible. I'm not a fan of cruises.

 

Tiny countries I have so far: Luxemburg, Malta, Vatican, Liechtenstein, Aland, Faroer. Many flecks of land that are hardly visible :laughing:

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4 hours ago, terratin said:

 

Yeah, when I was in Helsinki there was a constant hum of cruise ships in the harbour during daytime that could be heard through most of the city centre. Terrible. I'm not a fan of cruises.

 

Tiny countries I have so far: Luxemburg, Malta, Vatican, Liechtenstein, Aland, Faroer. Many flecks of land that are hardly visible :laughing:

Yes, they recently re-carpeted Liechtenstein...

 

In the last 5 weeks I've added Greece (country #12, furthest east) and 4 Spanish provinces / regions taking me to 6/19; next week all being well I'll get a new Welsh county... all in work time! Don't tell anyone!!!

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Probably no new countries for us anymore this year. If we would have started geocaching sooner we would have Malta, Faroer, Andorra, Monaco, Svalbard, Gibraltar and most of the Spanish provinces... oh well... Svalbard is still a place to re-visit, maybe around the equinox for best aurora opportunities. On the plus side, we might bag a bunch of new prefectures later this year as we will make our tour around part of Japan North of Tokyo. Having a rental car will make us more flexible than last time when we traveled by trains and buses. We transfer planes in Helsinki but will not have time to "step outside" for a find in Finland. A 3rd real visit there is probably not going to happen.

We still have a (short) list of citytrips we want to do in countries we haven't been too after we started geocaching (Praque, St. Petersburg and Dublin) spring to mind.

 

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19 hours ago, on4bam said:

We transfer planes in Helsinki but will not have time to "step outside" for a find in Finland.

 

When I last went through there was a puzzle cache that that was practically inside the terminal and one just outside that wasn't more than a couple hundred feet from the entrance of the terminal.  

 

It doesn't look like I'll add any countries this year either, unless I get creative with an itinerary on a trip to the UK next month.

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Well I have a suggestion for y'all to grab a new country next year, in fact maybe a couple. Come on down to NZ Mega 2020, which will be in October next year. Amongst many other highlights, you can pay homage to the very first cache hidden outside of the US, and if you swung by Sydney, Australia, you could visit the oldest active outside the US. I'd be stoked to host a country collector sub-event as part of the program :)

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15 hours ago, funkymunkyzone said:

Well I have a suggestion for y'all to grab a new country next year, in fact maybe a couple. Come on down to NZ Mega 2020, which will be in October next year. Amongst many other highlights, you can pay homage to the very first cache hidden outside of the US, and if you swung by Sydney, Australia, you could visit the oldest active outside the US. I'd be stoked to host a country collector sub-event as part of the program :)

 

Uh... this might just be a bit too much of a trip to be honest :(

Mind you, when I was in Indonesia a few years ago, travelling from the Middle East, I realized too late how close Northern Australia was.

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16 hours ago, funkymunkyzone said:

Well I have a suggestion for y'all to grab a new country next year, in fact maybe a couple. Come on down to NZ Mega 2020, which will be in October next year. Amongst many other highlights, you can pay homage to the very first cache hidden outside of the US, and if you swung by Sydney, Australia, you could visit the oldest active outside the US. I'd be stoked to host a country collector sub-event as part of the program :)

 

Nope.. no new countries. Crossed NZ from Stirling Point (near Invercargill) on the S. Island to Cape Reigna (N. Island) already. WA, VIC, TAS, NT have been toured while geocaching too leaving NSW that was visited Sydney to Cairns before we started geocaching and ACT that we have not yet visited. In any case, no new countries "down under".

"Oldies" are becoming a problem with the only realistic goal for us being GC43 (in Ireland).

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17 hours ago, funkymunkyzone said:

Well I have a suggestion for y'all to grab a new country next year, in fact maybe a couple. Come on down to NZ Mega 2020, which will be in October next year. Amongst many other highlights, you can pay homage to the very first cache hidden outside of the US, and if you swung by Sydney, Australia, you could visit the oldest active outside the US. I'd be stoked to host a country collector sub-event as part of the program :)

 

I'd love to and I was looking at various itineraries that would have included a visit to Australia (Brisbane) and New Zealand when there was a conference that I was hoping to attend a couple of years ago.   Alas, I couldn't get funding so I'll have to find another way to get there.  Not only would be a new country, but I would add a new continent as well and then I'd *have* to find a way to get to South America so that I only had Antarctica remaining.

 

 

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Recently added Malta 1 month ago (tourism for 4 days) and Romania (worked there for a week). That makes a total of 41 countries for now. ^_^

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On 6/4/2019 at 4:13 PM, Oxford Stone said:

In the last 5 weeks I've added Greece (country #12, furthest east) and 4 Spanish provinces / regions taking me to 6/19; next week all being well I'll get a new Welsh county... all in work time! Don't tell anyone!!!

Yup I got my Welsh county - a rural one that takes up about 1/4 of the area of Wales, so it looks good on a map.

Next sales conference, in August, is... back in Athens! I might improve my furthest east by about 300 metres!!! Outside chance of getting to Luxembourg for work in September, and maybe one or two more Spanish provinces.

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I’m looking for someone that was awarded one of the virtual cache opportunities lately to place a cache in North Korea. There are currently no caches in that country and really only one place to put one. A traditional cache is obviously not an option and a virtual at the Neutal Zone at Panmunjeom is. The site was recently on the news as President Trump crossed over the line into North Korea for a few minutes. The location is accessible while on a prearranged tour. A virtual cache with the only requirement being a photo of the finder “across the line” would be a great opportunity for someone out there. If you folks know anyone that has one of these recently awarded virtual slots and they don’t know where to place it....

Thanks. 

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1 hour ago, Peasinapod said:

I’m looking for someone that was awarded one of the virtual cache opportunities lately to place a cache in North Korea. There are currently no caches in that country and really only one place to put one. A traditional cache is obviously not an option and a virtual at the Neutal Zone at Panmunjeom is. The site was recently on the news as President Trump crossed over the line into North Korea for a few minutes. The location is accessible while on a prearranged tour. A virtual cache with the only requirement being a photo of the finder “across the line” would be a great opportunity for someone out there. If you folks know anyone that has one of these recently awarded virtual slots and they don’t know where to place it....

Thanks. 

If one of those folks who was awarded a new Virtual and hasn't placed it yet visits that location and obtains adequate permission, maybe it could happen.

I wouldn't hold my breath.

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5 hours ago, Peasinapod said:

I’m looking for someone that was awarded one of the virtual cache opportunities lately to place a cache in North Korea. There are currently no caches in that country and really only one place to put one. A traditional cache is obviously not an option and a virtual at the Neutal Zone at Panmunjeom is. The site was recently on the news as President Trump crossed over the line into North Korea for a few minutes. The location is accessible while on a prearranged tour. A virtual cache with the only requirement being a photo of the finder “across the line” would be a great opportunity for someone out there. If you folks know anyone that has one of these recently awarded virtual slots and they don’t know where to place it....

Thanks. 

Please see this Regional Policy:  https://wiki.Groundspeak.com/display/GEO/North+Korea

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On 7/8/2019 at 11:14 AM, Oxford Stone said:

Yup I got my Welsh county - a rural one that takes up about 1/4 of the area of Wales, so it looks good on a map.

Next sales conference, in August, is... back in Athens! I might improve my furthest east by about 300 metres!!! Outside chance of getting to Luxembourg for work in September, and maybe one or two more Spanish provinces.

I'll probably get a new region in the UK on the project-gc maps next week when I spend a week in Sheffield.  Coincidentally my last new country was the UK, and it took 30 countries before I finally got one there during a scheduled layover in London last year.  I did an overnight stay in Ettelbruck, Luxumbourg last summer was well during a 10 day trip to Belgium.  Athens has been on my list for a possible layover city for sometime but I haven't managed to get there yet.  I've got finds in a bunch of places further east though (the furthest is in Narita, Japan)

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9 hours ago, funkymunkyzone said:

 

Interesting that...  GPS units are (or at least were) illegal in Cuba, along with the restrictions on US citizens travelling there (only recently relaxed),  geocaching was never banned there...

 

Specifically, GPS receivers can not be brought into the country but  US citizens or anyone else.  Bringing in a cell phone that has a GPS chip in it isn't questioned, and smart phone use by Cubans is actually quite high considering their network infrastructure.  The number of caches in Cuba has hovered around 100 for the past few years, though I doubt that most of them could demonstrate the use of a GPS as integral to hiding and finding the cache.  Pretty much all listings have spoiler photos or text.

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3 hours ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

Specifically, GPS receivers can not be brought into the country but  US citizens or anyone else.  Bringing in a cell phone that has a GPS chip in it isn't questioned, and smart phone use by Cubans is actually quite high considering their network infrastructure.  The number of caches in Cuba has hovered around 100 for the past few years, though I doubt that most of them could demonstrate the use of a GPS as integral to hiding and finding the cache.  Pretty much all listings have spoiler photos or text.

I find at least 80% of the caches I look for without a GPS anyway - really, it's barely a requirement at all if I'm not deep in a forest. I do have to plan ahead of course.

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3 minutes ago, Blue Square Thing said:

I find at least 80% of the caches I look for without a GPS anyway - really, it's barely a requirement at all if I'm not deep in a forest. I do have to plan ahead of course.

 

I DNFd a cache in Cuba where, not having accurate GPS coordinates made all the difference.  It was (assuming it was there) located along a long metal fence with tons of potential hiding spots.  The cache page had a photo of a building from where the cache was hidden that would have really helped, but geocaching apps that save caches offline don't save images in the photo gallery.  If I had planned ahead and printed off a copy of the cache page, with the photo, I probably would have found the cache.

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12 minutes ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 but geocaching apps that save caches offline don't save images in the photo gallery.

Wrong. GDAK can display log/cache images for offline use if you have downloaded (grabbed) them in GSAK and transferred the database to your android device.

 

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42 minutes ago, on4bam said:

Wrong. GDAK can display log/cache images for offline use if you have downloaded (grabbed) them in GSAK and transferred the database to your android device.

 

 

So there's one platform specific app, that has a dependency on another 3rd party app, that, unless one jumps through a lot of hoops, only runs on a PC.   iPhone users can't run GDAK. Sure, it's possible to  run GSAK on a Mac but I've tried it and it's a big pain.   For practical purposes, one exception doesn't disprove what I wrote.  

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9 minutes ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 For practical purposes, one exception doesn't disprove what I wrote.  

It does. You wrote that geocaches can't save gallery images, I gave one instance where they can. Besides, even without GSAK to grab images GDAK can get them after a refresh of a cache. So all you need is Android and GDAK on it. Doing it with GSAK just makes sure you don't need expensive data if getting 100's or 100's of images.

 

There, I made it easier ;)

 

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20 hours ago, on4bam said:

It does. You wrote that geocaches can't save gallery images, I gave one instance where they can. Besides, even without GSAK to grab images GDAK can get them after a refresh of a cache. So all you need is Android and GDAK on it. Doing it with GSAK just makes sure you don't need expensive data if getting 100's or 100's of images.

 

There, I made it easier ;)

 

 

"So all you need is Android".   That might not seem like an issue for someone that *has* an Android.   While Android holds a larger market share worldwide,  Apple still has a 40% marketshare in the U.S.   That is a significant percentage of possible users that are unlikely going to out and buy a Android phone just so that they can download images using a 3rd party app.  Smartphones are on an inexpensive item.   It would not be practical for an iPhone user to buy an Android phone just so that they can used GDAK.  I stand by what I wrote.

 

BTW, I've geocached in Cuba and been there twice.   A "refresh of the cache" isn't something easily done there either.  

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1 hour ago, NYPaddleCacher said:

 

"So all you need is Android".   That might not seem like an issue for someone that *has* an Android.   While Android holds a larger market share worldwide,  Apple still has a 40% marketshare in the U.S.   That is a significant percentage of possible users that are unlikely going to out and buy a Android phone just so that they can download images using a 3rd party app.  Smartphones are on an inexpensive item.   It would not be practical for an iPhone user to buy an Android phone just so that they can used GDAK.  I stand by what I wrote.

 

BTW, I've geocached in Cuba and been there twice.   A "refresh of the cache" isn't something easily done there either.  

 

There's still a lot of arguments to be found for "no gallery images".  Counterargument: it CAN be done and it can be done with the majority (you say apple only accounts for 40% in the US) of smartphones. I could even do it years ago on an old Windows mobile 6.5 phone with GCscout.

Refresh can be done anywhere, even at home before leaving on holiday so the Cuba argument isn't really an issue (unless your there with your Iphone :ph34r:).  There were plenty of times we had no service on holiday, leave any city in Argentina, drive the Australian outback or even just some out of the way location and even along main New Zealand highways. As with anything, prepare for what you want to do, the tools are there and as you said, you can even print to paper (I prefer to have most cache info I think I may need as files in a special directory).

 

 

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well recently got our 51st country IOM but only 4 caches its was pouring down the all time we where there,but got Georgia, Azerbaijan and iceland lined up and maybe Vietnam to finish the year off, need to crack on with European countries if i want to achieve my goal.

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