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Thanks Mark and Lynn... all tips very welcome!

 

I've got a question about tracking down caches in other countries. I'm heading off to France end of this week, but all I seem to be able to do is search under the drop down menu 'france', which throws up loads of caches, and I can't sort out which might be near where I am going.  Does anyone knw how I can order them more helpfully?

 

clare

I use google earth to recce an area that I am going to ski in. I 've not found a cache while skiing, but I have found caches in the summer in mountains that will be ski pistes later in the year.

 

The other thing I do is use GSAK and then export them to Autoroute.

 

Of course you need a pretty good map of the area before you start hunting around. Piste maps are rubbish for working out what the area is going to be like before you get there.

Thanks, but I think google earth 'searching' is only avaliable on the premium membership options... if you are not a premium member is there any way you can track down caches overseas? To be honest, I think the chances of finding caches while snowboarding is pretty low, but we have a bit of time in Paris on the way over, and it'ld be good to know what the options are.

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Don't know if this helps, but I was recently searching for Paris caches for a trip we're hoping to make in the spring. What I did was put Paris into the search by keyword option. OK you get some US ones too but if you go into one of the genuine Paris ones (eg one of the Paris ring series) you can then click on find all nearby caches for more.

 

Good luck and if you do find any good Paris ones, do let us know!

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Just to update / add....

 

My mistake! You can get google earth cache finding option without being a premium member. A friend has just shown me, it's on the right hand margin of your profile page. (Click on download google earth, and you can just choose the 'open' option if you already have google earth on your computer. easy!). I was expecting to find it on the 'hide and seek' page :o . So, more than a month into my geocaching... I am now finding the initial planning part of the process a lot easier :o ! Hope that may help another newbie!

 

When I was just doing a keyword search, failed to find any near the Gare du Nord in Paris (we just had a reasonably short stopover). Checking back on google earth confirmes that there aren't any. But we managed a few in London before we hopped on the Eurostar, so all was not lost!

 

Clare

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Sorry to double post but....

 

Is it possible to search for caches with specific attributes? I'ld like to take my Dad caching, but i'ld need them to be reasonably wheelchair friendly (pushchair friendly should be comparable). Though I could trawl though all the caches within a half hour drive of southampton, I was hoping there might be an easier option. Any ideas?

 

Clare

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Sorry to double post but....

 

Is it possible to search for caches with specific attributes? I'ld like to take my Dad caching, but i'ld need them to be reasonably wheelchair friendly (pushchair friendly should be comparable). Though I could trawl though all the caches within a half hour drive of southampton, I was hoping there might be an easier option. Any ideas?

 

Clare

 

Not that i know of, just check the difficulty and the descriptions for clues to terrain. Best of luck to you.

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Thank you ever so! I shall check those out for next time I am down. I'd printed out a few that you mention last time I was down, and also a multi-cache one in the New Forest which seemed to mainly involve driving.. but unfortunately the weather was miserable! Another time...

 

One friendly fellow cacher also pointed me in the direction of this site: handicaching which looks like it might be a useful search tool, though I haven't actually tried it out yet.

 

Thanks again,

 

Clare

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Don't know if this helps, but I was recently searching for Paris caches for a trip we're hoping to make in the spring. What I did was put Paris into the search by keyword option. OK you get some US ones too but if you go into one of the genuine Paris ones (eg one of the Paris ring series) you can then click on find all nearby caches for more.

 

Good luck and if you do find any good Paris ones, do let us know!

 

I know its not France, but I found this when I was looking for caches in Spain. It proved very useful. :lol:

www.2000.com/geocaching/

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Noob meself kinda, but...

 

Click the "Streetmap.co.uk" link on each cache, to check out the public footpaths. And/or... copy the Ordnance Survey grid reference from the top of each cache listing and pop it into http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/getamap/

 

And take a notepad, always comes in handy!

 

Oh, and have a wee before you set off! :laughing:

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Oh, and have a wee before you set off! :D

 

That has got to be THE most sensible piece of advice I have ever seen on this (or any other) forum, why isn't it mentioned in the guidelines? We should be told.

I think that is probably one of the resons I prefer rural to urban cahing, there's always a tree or a wall to errr "stand" behind, unless, of course, you are up Winter Hill in a gale force wind...brrrrrr :(

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You could perhaps shorten your name in your profile so that it becomes synonymous with your longer name?

 

Something like aka CWC or such like.

 

Alternatively, some cachers place a premade sticker in a log book ... presumably that saves a bit of time when you are on the hunt.

 

For micros, because writing my whole name takes up valuable spage I simply put the initials DGGD.

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You could perhaps shorten your name in your profile so that it becomes synonymous with your longer name?

 

Something like aka CWC or such like.

 

Alternatively, some cachers place a premade sticker in a log book ... presumably that saves a bit of time when you are on the hunt.

 

For micros, because writing my whole name takes up valuable spage I simply put the initials DGGD.

 

Great thanks - gone for the stickers, and will use abbr'vn in the micros. Its writing it out and controlling our 8 yr old's excitement and keeping an eye out etc etc. I'm sure with a few more months and few more caches under our belt it will all seem easy.

 

Thanks for the pointers. It's great to be out & about and part of geocaching. :P

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Another Couple of Newbies here! We picked up our GPS Unit on Friday and completed our first cache on saturday. Within a couple of hours of logging the cache the maintainer sent us an email which was a great touch. We are well and truly hooked and can't wait to get out there again.

 

p.s. The info here is great, all tips greatfully received!

 

Ellen and James

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Another Couple of Newbies here! We picked up our GPS Unit on Friday and completed our first cache on saturday. Within a couple of hours of logging the cache the maintainer sent us an email which was a great touch. We are well and truly hooked and can't wait to get out there again.

 

p.s. The info here is great, all tips greatfully received!

 

Ellen and James

 

Welcome guys! There's some great caches in your area so I know you'll have fun finding them. Be prepared to get addicted though!!

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Hellllooooo a newbie to the forum, and guess a newbie to geocaching as we only have 23 under our belts at the mo, 2 of those were VERY hard mentally and physically tho! <_<

 

Anyway our team name is Pirates of the Cache-ibbean but we're a friendly bunch...............especially after a few barrels of rum :unsure:

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Ensure the GPSr is set to HDD.MM.mmm WSG84 before you go looking and waypoint the car if you dont know the area :ph34r:

As a newbie to the sport I am confused as to why we use WSG84, as an experienced hill walker I keep my

eTrex on ORD SRVY GB as this relates directly to my map and have used "location" to get me out of trouble in the hills. I can see that looking for a cache in the local park the datum used would not matter but if in wilder terrain it most certainly would. Or am I missing something? Cheers Jandu

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Ensure the GPSr is set to HDD.MM.mmm WSG84 before you go looking and waypoint the car if you dont know the area :ph34r:

As a newbie to the sport I am confused as to why we use WSG84, as an experienced hill walker I keep my

eTrex on ORD SRVY GB as this relates directly to my map and have used "location" to get me out of trouble in the hills. I can see that looking for a cache in the local park the datum used would not matter but if in wilder terrain it most certainly would. Or am I missing something? Cheers Jandu

 

OS datum might be OK in the UK but certainly nowhere else in the world. Geocaching, like Gps is a Global phenomena so it uses a worldwide datum, WGS84, that avoids arguments since you want OSGB the french probably want the French datum and so on all around the world.

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Ensure the GPSr is set to HDD.MM.mmm WSG84 before you go looking and waypoint the car if you dont know the area :ph34r:

As a newbie to the sport I am confused as to why we use WSG84, as an experienced hill walker I keep my

eTrex on ORD SRVY GB as this relates directly to my map and have used "location" to get me out of trouble in the hills. I can see that looking for a cache in the local park the datum used would not matter but if in wilder terrain it most certainly would. Or am I missing something? Cheers Jandu

Put the coords into the unit in WGS84 mode, then switch to the OS references, the waypoints will be converted.

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batteries ........alkaline or rechargeables

 

rechargeables are more long (currently 4 for £5) (I use " photoglossy dot com ")

 

and you can now get a charger for said batteries that works in the car as well as at home result !!

 

(mine cost about £20 delivered )

 

alkalines work ok but with most GPS having 15+ hour battery life why not go rechargeable ? :D

 

if you`really hi-tech there is a SOLAR charger available that you tie to your daysack if you`re hiking

 

free energy ....... theres environmental responsibility for you :D

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Hi, I am after some help. I have been caching for a couple of months now and would like to release some coins. I bought a few and have tried to activate them. I know I need an activation code but can't seem to find them. One of my coins a wretched skull, I have looked on some websites and they don't list it and when I did find a code and tried to activate it geo-caching.com wouldn't recognise it. Am I doing sonething stupid and can anyone point me in the right direction.

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