+2oldfarts (the rockhounders) Posted September 9, 2004 Share Posted September 9, 2004 Translation: Benchmark Hunting - for newbies and us oldfarts This is for the newbies who don't feel like posting on the forums for whatever reason they may have. It is intended as a guide to the most common aspects of benchmarks. I will relate the methods we (the 2oldfarts) use to do things. The first thing we do is to choose an area to hunt in. Then we choose the benchmarks we want to locate. We check the benchmark 'datasheet' to see if the position is 'adjusted' or 'scaled'. We read the 'description' of the benchmark so we know what to look for when we get to the location of the mark. We also want to know what is stamped on the disk so we can verify that we have the correct disk. After locating the disk we take a picture of the disk and the GPSr (showing lat. & long.). If the disk is in an area that may make it hard for the next seeker to locate it (or the coordinates are way off), then we take a 'view' picture showing the surronding terrain. Some on the forums will question a 'found log' if there is no picture for proof of your find. In reality, NO picture is required to log a find. It does make the log a little more interesting, though. If we can not find the disk and we know we will try again before too long then we will not log the mark. If after several tries and there is still no disk then we will log a DNF (did not find). We post a 'note' for the odd times like when we figure out the mark is on land posted with 'No Trespassing" signs. We only log "destroyed" when there is no doubt that the mark has been destroyed. Just remember, it is better to log a DNF than to log a Destroyed and then have someone actually find the mark! There goes your credibility (at least with the hardcore benchmarkers here on the forums.) when that happens. It has happened more than a few times. If you find the benchmark out of position (on it's side, for instance) then log it as a found and note in the log the condition of the mark, in this case "poor" or perhaps "should be declared as destroyed" . If the coordinates are 'adjusted' then your GPSr should get you within 20 feet of the mark, plus or minus the error in the signal for that day. If the coordinates are 'scaled' then they can be off target by as much as 1/3 mile (that's the farthest we seen them off.). These are why you must read the description for scaled marks. If you have any other questions and don't feel comfortable getting on the forums, feel free to e-mail or PM any of us regular posters and we will try to answer your questions. Just remember, the whole idea is to get out and have some fun hunting benchmarks! John Boy are some people long winded. Quote Link to comment
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