GCPC EPISODE 490 – Fun With Geocaching Acronyms and Terms

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March 22nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast: Sarah is taking tonight off so the guys are going back to geocaching basics to discuss the proper use and need of geocaching acronyms and terms.

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Reference:
http://gagb.co.uk/acronyms.php

Glossary of Terms
https://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx

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GC4Z21M Keaconcrete (fiordland) — mentioned in the show in New Zealand

I attempted this one in February but turned back after “TRAIL CLOSED” signs were posted due to rock falls.

I heeded the warnings. Others apparently do not.

Question for your show: would you do something “illegal” to get a cache. Might need to debate “illegal”, or perhaps really crazy like going beyond barriers.

A couple pictures are attached for your amusement, fog moving in and the pesky Kea bird. Send to Infoferret too. Note: She dropped my name on your show a couple weeks ago about an event in Wellington she missed.

Thanks for your show.

Randy / foundinthewild

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NEWS:

Speakpipe From Joshua Johnson the Geocaching Vlogger
This Sunday March 19 (his birthday) is going to be “Geocaching For Michael Day”
In Memory of Geocacher Michael Costello (age 14)

This is a quote from Joshua the geocaching vlogger, but we feel the same way here on Geocaching Podcast.
“It is with sadden hearts and tears that we acknowledge the passing of fellow geocacher Michael. All are prayers go to the Costello family and we are spreading the news about Geocaching For Michael Day this March 19th. Warm regards from the Geocaching Podcast and the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast.”
Michael was born with a congenital heart defect and had a heart transplant, and used Geocaching as a form therapy.
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GCPC EPISODE 489 – March 2017 Cacher Coffee

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March 15th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We have some bitter sweet news about a 14 year old geocacher named Michael Costello who recently passed away and the starting of GeocacheForMichael. More details to come plus a whole lot more of geocaching discussion with our Cacher Coffee.

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APE CACHE VOTE
Happy Friday everyone!
Just moments ago, Geocaching HQ announced via the Geocaching Blog and our social channels that the community has voted to return and reactivate the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache.
We will reactivate the APE cache on August 19, 2017, the date of the Going Ape 2017 Mega-Event at Washington’s Iron Horse State Park.

Here are the result of more than 10,000 votes:
61% — Return and Reactivate
17% — Activate Once A Year
13% — Display at Geocaching HQ
9% — Traveling Artifact

In the coming weeks, Geocaching HQ will work closely with the Washington State Geocaching Association (organizer of the Going Ape Mega-Event) and we will update the community as additional details are worked out.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Yours in caching,
Chris Ronan
Geocaching HQ

Found a great story that made me think of InfoFerret on New Zealand. Smart kea birds along the Milford Sound Highway at the Homer Tunnel

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3990098/amp/Birds-caught-dragging-cones-road-New-Zealand-people-stop-feed-them.html

Best geocache in proximity actually lends itself to the story GC4Z21M Keaconcrete (fiordland)

The Hiking and Geocaching on NZ sounds spectacular. Gotta get myself there someday. Thanks Sarah and GCPC for introducing the GCs “down under”

Terry209 (aka Terry Meier)

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Hey guys I have been a listener for a while now and also contribute to the Patreon cause I love the show. I was wondering how you guys find time to get the caching in. I started in 2008 and find myself being into it for a week then off for a quarter. One of the best things I use the game for is finding new places when I visit a new town. I first visited my brother at his new house in Ft. Lauderdale in 2010 and one of the ways I learned how to get around down there is through Geocaching. Needless to say, it helped my find cool new areas. Up until recently I have only made about 325 finds. Now that my kids are older I am making a push for 500 by year’s end and 1000 by the end of 2018. Any tips that you can give me to hit my milestones?

Thanks! JDKint

NEWS:

Speakpipe From Joshua Johnson the Geocaching Vlogger
This Sunday March 19 (his birthday) is going to be “Geocaching For Michael Day”
In Memory of Geocacher Michael Costello (age 14)

This is a quote from Joshua the geocaching vlogger, but we feel the same way here on Geocaching Podcast.
“It is with sadden hearts and tears that we acknowledge the passing of fellow geocacher Michael. All are prayers go to the Costello family and we are spreading the news about Geocaching For Michael Day this March 19th. Warm regards from the Geocaching Podcast and the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast.”
Michael was born with a congenital heart defect and had a heart transplant, and used Geocaching as a form therapy.
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GCPC EPISODE 488 – Geocaching Bucket List Take Two

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March 8th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Its been several years since we brought up our favorite geocaching bucket lists we wanted to see before we take the eternal dirt nap of life. We discuss them with each other in this episode. Maybe it will entice you to go searching for your must haves as well.

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Hi Guys,

Loved Show 485 with the different Geocaching vehicle ideas. Investigated the Tifffin Coach Zephyr and really love this luxury coach. So here is the idea. This coach is able to pull 15000 lb. So get a trailer that fits your favorite SUV + this trailer (came across this link by fluke)

http://conqueror4x4usa.com/index.php/videos/

Watch the trailer video of the UEV-440 The Swiss Army Knife Camping Trailer, to find out how unique their design is.

We believe this combo would get you to ANY geocache accessible via ground (no water, though). And think about the luxury that awaits you when you come back…

Keep on cachin’

Three Stars
Chris, Yvonne and Sascha

NEWS:

On April 13, earn the Dönerstag souvenir.

Hey Premium members! We are telling you first: This year, we’re celebrating geocaching around the world. You’re invited to join Signal the Frog® as he travels to different countries to geocache like a local. No plane ticket required!

Signal’s first stop: Germany.

While he’s there, Signal will celebrate a local geocaching tradition called Dönerstag. To earn the Dönerstag souvenir, attend an event — anywhere in the world — on April 13, 2017.

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GCPC EPISODE 487 – The Geocaching Blog Article Discussions

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February 22nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Headhardhat is out on assignment leaving the rest of the gang to run free with the show. They are supposed to discuss some interesting Geocaching Blog Articles but who knows what they will do.

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NEWS:

From The Geocaching Blog
Vote on the fate of the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light APE cache
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/02/ape-cache-vote/

From The Geocaching Blog
“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache type.
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/02/you-have-to-be-odd-to-be-number-one-first-of-each-geocache-type/

New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/01/new-tools-for-your-next-trip-into-the-great-outdoors/

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GCPC EPISODE 486 – Surprise GCPC Host Quiz

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February 15th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We put the GCPC hosts to the test or quiz rather to see who has bragging rights and wins tonights surprise quiz contest.

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Greetings to the fabulous GCPC Hosts,
I’ve been listening for a while now and I find it entertaining to count the number of times Andy says “I’m just saying…” in an episode. Because of this, Andy, from this point in the show until you “wrap this puppy up”, I challenge you to not say your little catchphrase. Good Luck!

Alex

BroncoCole

NEWS:

Three Levels of Difficulty
Each Level has 10 questions

Level One – Easy and 10 Points Each
Level Two – Intermediate and 20 Points Each
Level Three – Hard and 30 Points Each

If you answer any question incorrectly you forfeit all of your points!

Winner Goes To Scott Berks!

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GCPC EPISODE 485 – Cacher Coffee February 2017

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February 8th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our Cacher Coffee for February 2017 has some real discussion points that we feel should be discussed. What hot topics are these? Come on by and bring your opinions. We would love to hear them.

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Discussion Point #1
Jeremy Irish steps down from President to Senior Vice President and Bryan Roth is now President

DISCUSSION POINT #2
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/02/the-geocaching-classic-app-is-retiring/
The Classic Geocaching App is being shut down March 23, 2017 – WHAT?

Discussion Point #3

Imagine Your Favorite Geocaching Mobile

http://www.martinjetpack.com/

HHH:
Transportation Vehicle:
Coaches
http://tiffinmotorhomes.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQiAiMHEBRC034nx2ImB1J0BEiQA-r7ctvD7BWFZ-l2yAGnIwFR6Z8u2J2kGfkknYL6FtfTdjqoaAqVA8P8HAQ

GPSr 2017 Best Choice – Garmin RV 760LMT
Current price: $287.01

RV Home Theatre
https://sewelldirect.com/learning-center/rv-hometheater

Geocache finding vehicle: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/assets.barcroft.tv/bf216039-d73f-40fe-8ab8-19c8c608fde1.jpg
http://www.gravedigger.com/

ALL IN ONE: OffRoad Camper
http://globalxvehicles.com/
http://globalxvehicles.com/safari-extreme/

OffRoad RV
http://earthroamer.com/
Solar Powered System
http://earthroamer.com/xv-lt/solar-power/

TAZ:
Military grade Humvee – 10mi hike or 1mi rock crawl… Turret w/ a .50 Cal. mounted for the LEO’s to drool over after the catch me (if they can) also useful in FTF disputes. I’d go with a TOW missile, but I draw the line at personal missile systems 😉
Tesla Model S to even out the Carbon footprint from the Humvee…

INFO:
The ultimate Geowagon: KITT from Knight Rider.

http://www.gibbsamphibians.com/platform/aquada/

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GCPC EPISODE 484 – How Is Geocaching Being Communicated To Others

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January 25th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our hosts discuss how geocaching is being communicated to others and how it has changed over the years.

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GC HQ is excited to tell you the geocaching world has a new Giga-Event: GREAT MORAVIA 2017 in Czech Republic. The event is held September 2, 2017. The event went Giga just moments ago.

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GCPC EPISODE 483 – Evil Geocache Stories

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January 18th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our band of geocaching hosts get together to discuss sorted Evil Geocache Stories. Ah to reminisce those wondrous moments of torment and gleeful satisfaction that can depend if you are trying to find or hide an evil geocache.

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Introducing offline maps for Premium members!

Because your Premium membership makes geocaching possible, we want you to be the first to know about our newest (and most requested!) feature: offline maps in the Geocaching® app!

With offline maps, you can navigate to geocaches without an internet connection — rather important for a game played in the great outdoors, eh? Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Select a geocache list or create a new one.*
Step 2: Save the list for offline use.
Step 3: Get outdoors! Offline maps will be there to guide you to the next geocache on your list.

Nic has launched a go fund me to try get Cachly set up for Android…

Are you an Android device user and want to be able to use Cachly?

Here’s your chance.

https://www.gofundme.com/cachly-android

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GCPC EPISODE 482 – Things I Wish I’d Known When I Starting Out Geocaching

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January 11th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang discuss geocaching with the perspective of hindsight as they talk about tips and ideas they wish they had known when first starting geocaching. A great discussion to be sure.

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HHH:
Point of Reference
The actual hide itself and how they can be hidden
Different container types
Understanding the difficulty of a hide

SB:
LPC’s are not the coolest thing you’ll ever see
Wearing shorts/flip flops into the woods to cache is NOT a good idea
What poison ivy looks like
When hiking all day in the summer, 2 12oz water bottles are NOT enough

TAZ:

INFO:
Mine are more things to think about, rather than ‘power searching tips’…
Re-read the cache page, hints and the logs to see if there’s something there that can help you when you’re at the location.
A DNF is not an admission of failure, but to maximise your chances, look for geocaches that have been found recently, and by people with just a few finds.
Different people play this game / sport / obsession in different ways, and that’s perfectly fine.

Here are a few suggestions from other NZ cachers I asked for ideas:
Don’t rely too much on the technology – stand back, take a breath, trust your instincts, what looks out of place, where would I hide it……. be aware that coordinates may well be inaccurate, especially under trees.
The quickest route to a cache isn’t necessarily in a straight line – don’t forget to look at the map!
Go to events and meet other cachers to get a better understanding of the Geo world, great for teamwork and solving those pesky caches that elude you.
If something looks out of place, it probably is. Geocaches are often right in front of you. A fake looking dog poo (or chewing gum) may not actually be fake – Act with extreme caution…sticks are your friend!
A good cache deserves an appreciative log. Tells the person who placed it, took lots of way point readings and time writing it up that you enjoyed it. TFTC or easy find is like saying “Meh” (OK, I was guilty of that at the start)…

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GCPC EPISODE 481 – Geocaching 2017 Resolutions and Rants

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January 4th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Well it’s that time of year for diet plans, end of the world concepts and of course resolutions. So tonight we pull in a mixed group of hosts to discuss last years geocaching rants and this years resolutions. Should be in for a fun discussion for sure.

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Greetings Geocaching Podcasters,

Some of you have electronically added name tags that include either a picture or an avatar. However I can not make out the details, and I am a bit curious about your choices.

Taz, is that a ninja or a swordsman with either the sun or the moon in your avatar? Is there a story behind your choice?

Scott, your image shows you wearing a red hat, is the hat significant?

Thank you for your answers, the shows, and have a great holiday season.

Steven
geocaching name: stevenw54

NEWS:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/88130040/huge-sendoff-for-andrew-reinders-victim-of-hawera-truck-crash
I (and others in the NZ Geocaching community) knew him as waiiti20. I didn’t know him well, but he was a regular at many Wellington events. I realised I’d ‘made it as a geocacher’ when he contacted me for a hint on a cache I’d found and he was having problems with!

N.b. the print version of this was the front page of today’s Dominion Post and included the coordinates for his final resting place!

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Guest Host:Guest Hosts:
Adam Schoenwald Alias: Cloak.n.dagger
Jesse Lunsford Alias: Memfis Mafia

HHH:
RANTS:
Lack of progress with Geocaching.com in general.
Can’t get the existing app up to date let alone new features
No progress with the game itself. Same ole Same ole
Rejuvenate our game, sport and obsession – geocaching is dated.
Create a Clean-up of Archived and Should Be Archived program
Clean up the geo-trash to make way for new geocaches to be placed.
Cito our own game even with the result of having less active geocaches.

RESOLUTIONS:
Be more active both actively and promoting geocaching in a more positive light
There is a balance where you can promote and voice opinions.
Putting out some quality caches worth favorite points to help generate interest in our area.

SB:
RANTS:
So many abandoned caches out there from the surge in 2010+
GC still not having great search tools, maps, etc.
RESOLUTIONS:
More forest time this year
More than 1300 cache finds (2016 count), my worst year since 2010
5 months away (May) from 100 months in a row with an FTF

TAZ:
RANTS:
A lot of great rants already taken here – Poor quality caches put out by newbies is always a good complaint.
Reviewers – Is it required to have a stick firmly implanted in ones arse to become a reviewer or what? Putting out a puzzle cache that is as near self explanatory as it can be and then being asked to explain how to solve it per the guidelines (which yes it’s now in the guidelines), and then having to solve what the Anagram because they think it might be a bad word – WTF? It was ‘Insures – Bras Stuck’ and the coordinates are over a Starbucks on Sunrise. Ended up publishing it a day late because of that. I’d hate to see what some of the ones that take a Rocket Scientist to solve have to go through now.
RESOLUTIONS:
Uhmm… Repeat last year’s’ resolution of cutting my open Jasmer in ½ – Already booked a flight to Atlanta to get Lake Lanier on the way to Geowoodstock.
Get more caches in 2017 than 2016 (lowest full year to date – though probably the best quality cache average)

INFO:
RANTS:
People who leave laminated plastic cards in caches, how difficult is it just to sign the log? All they do is clutter up the caches. Pathtags, however are an entirely different matter!
RESOLUTIONS:
To continue logging all DNF’s
To finish off the DGSC challenge (a stretch target as I need to walk about 250km and find another 300 caches with D/T rating both 2.5 or higher)
To get to Oamaru Geofest 2017 (currently at 147 will attends – hopefully it will have MEGA status by October)
And most importantly, not to annoy you guys so much that I get booted off the show!

MEMFIS:
RANTS: cache maintenance and permission – it is not that hard to maintain your caches or get permission. As a cache finder – just log a needs maintenance if one is needed; It is helpful for other cachers.

RESOLUTIONS:
Find less caches, well sort of – actually since our streak is over we will go after more specific caches. We can focus on exactly what we want – extreme for me and also our geodates.
Jasmer
150 5x5s
Colorado County Challenge
Traditional and non-Traditional Fizzy
Not really a goal but – Go to GW15

CND:
Rants: Groundspeak Reviewers “Definition of rules” across multiple states vary as much are there are geocaches. I can hide one type of cache in one state, but that same exact type of cache can’t be hidden in another.

Change the rules for people who only write TFTC or use emoji for a digital logging.

People that put trash in geocaches as swag.

Resolutions:
Cease to hide traditional hides, instead only focus on Letterboxes, Night caching and whereigos.
Complete either OK or MO county caches
Attend a few megas
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