GCPC EPISODE 509 – Cacher Coffee August 2017

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August 30th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang discusses a bevy of geocaching issues in this month’s cacher coffee.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

We meet on Wednesday nights at 9:30PM ET at http://www.geocachingpodcast.com/live so you can see us record the show live and join in the chat room. See you there!

#geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast
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GCPC EPISODE 509 Show Notes

HHH / TAZ: Reintroduction of Virtuals (Virtual Rewards)
Geocaching HQ has sent even more information. Here is the link.
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/08/virtual-rewards/

SB: New (at least to me) calendar of events on the dashboard page. Updated the navs all together, page is looking much better.

INFO:
Stupid things we’ve done caching (aka we’ve made the mistakes, so you don’t have to!)
If you weren’t ‘awarded’ a Virtual, where would you place it? – Fantasy caching here….

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NEWS:

None here it is part of tonight’s show.. Stay tuned..

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Hi All,

Thanks for the informative and entertaining podcast which I’ve listened too for some time now. Since I owned two Challenge geocaches I have had to consider what to do about cheats who claim to qualify for these caches. This has led me to widen my thoughts what other forms “cheating” there are in our favourite game. So for the purpose of discussion only I have come up with the following:

Gordon comes up with a dozen excellent “Is it Cheating?” discussion points so we are going to use his email for next week’s show. Thanks to Gordon Goodall (Velosaurus) for the great idea.

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GCPC EPISODE 508 – Geocaching Events Recap

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August 23rd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We almost didn’t have the show tonight due to a power failure in the area due to some severe thunderstorms blowing through. Fortunately the electric company is on the ball and we gained our power back with a few minutes to spare. Come join us as Scott Berks and Taz427 recall their adventures at some very nice geocaching events.

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GCPC EPISODE 508 Show Notes

Scott Berks: Recap of West Bend Cache Bash 2017

TAZ: Recap of his trip to Washington

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NEWS:

Magic the Gathering Trackable
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/08/win-a-magic-the-gathering-trackable-and-explore-ixalan/

Magic: The Gathering is the first, and most popular trading card game of all time. To celebrate the release of a new card set, they’ve teamed up with geocaching to release thousands of trackables to geocachers and fans all over the world!

Magic fans and geocachers are invited to explore the newest plane of the Magic Multiverse, IXALAN! On your journey, discover dangerous dinosaurs and plundering pirates as you seek out caches around the globe. Take a Magic: The Gathering, IXALAN Treasure Piece trackable with you from cache to cache to reveal hidden secrets (and maybe some card previews). Share your latest find on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtags #MTGGeocachers and #MTGXLN.

Enter to win a free trackable: Geocaching.com/Magic.

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Hello all, and especially to Sarah, our local host!

I am just listening to your recent D/T rating discussion and have a few questions. If as a CO I’m getting a bit of log feedback that perhaps my rating is a touch low, at what point should I consider a change? Also, if I do change the rating, is that retroactive? (Do the stats change for people who’ve already found it?)

Thank you for your time. I’ve only been a listener for about a month, but I’m really enjoying the show!

Jacqueline (3Prettys)

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GCPC EPISODE 507 – Dealing with Geocaching Difficulty and Terrain

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August 9th, 2017

We have a Geocaching Podcast First!!! Host Scott Berks went after a FTF live on the show and succeeded! Find out how close they almost came to NOT getting the FTF and by an unlikely set of geocachers.

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts discuss geocaching Difficulty and Terrain ratings as a response to the latest challenge from Captain Mary Hyde this week.

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GCPC EPISODE 507 Show Notes

Difficulty and Terrain or D/T
Geocaches are rated in two categories, each designated on a 5-point scale (in half-point increments). Difficulty relates to the mental challenge of finding a geocache, while Terrain describes the physical environment. Therefore, a D1/T1 rating would be the easiest geocache to find, while a D5/T5 difficulty/terrain rating would be the most difficult. Our Geocache Rating System can be used to help set the rating for your geocache.

D/T Notes:
Every geocache has a difficulty rating and a terrain rating on a 5-star scale.

Ratings vary from one community to the next. A 3-star terrain in Banff, Canada, is a different experience than a 3-star terrain in Amsterdam, Holland. Please rate your cache accurately based on standards in your area and guidance in the table below.

Tip: Event caches should always have a 1-star difficulty rating because it is easy for geocachers to “find” events. They are in plain sight or can be found in a few minutes of searching. It does not matter how difficult the event activities may be.

Why it is so important to have an accurate D/T for geocaches?
When geocachers fudge with D/T – Dos and Don’ts
Choosing a D/T for a puzzle cache
Geocache size Other and Unknown – perceived ideas of a geocache

Ratings for difficulty and terrain
https://support.groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=82

Geocache Rating System – ClayJar Networks
http://www.clayjar.com/gcrs/
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NEWS:

Fourth “Message in a Bottle” was sent out on Monday Aug 7th.
Ahoy mateys! It’s time to batten down the hatches, the final week is here!

The lost treasure of Mary Hyde awaits. You must work alone this week August 7-13, to collect 25 gold coins individually on the Friend League and earn the final map piece souvenir! Earn extra gold coins for finding geocaches with high difficulty or terrain rating. If you earn map pieces one through four, the lost treasure will soon be yours…

This week only we’re opening up all D and T ratings for Traditionals (excluding Premium only) in the Geocaching® app to all members!

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/08/the-lost-treasure-of-mary-hyde-awaits/

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Hey guys,

Greetings from the UK! We are enjoying a typical English summer – today it rained for 6 hours and the temperature reached the giddy heights of 61F!!

I have been listening to your show for probably about 4 years now and really enjoy your banter and good advice. My other half, Tracy, and I have been Geocaching for about 8 years and we should get our 8000th cache this weekend!

However, there is something that has to be said …

SARAH – WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?

References to being raised in England and referring to being English born and bred – so what on earth is a ‘kaysh’??!!

According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word ‘cache’ is pronounced ‘/kaʃ/’ where the symbol ‘ʃ’ is pronounced ‘she’ and although the word ‘cache’ is not defined in terms of Geocaching the word Geocache is and the pronunciation of this is here, see https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/geocache which includes a pronunciation engine confirming the pronunciation.

Come on chaps make her speak proper like what I does!

Seriously, great show though guys. Keep it up!

Happy caching, Stucuk (pronounced ‘stu-c-uk’)

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GCPC EPISODE 506 – Geocaching Multi-Caches

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August 2nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Since this week’s Captain Mary Hyde promotion deals with Multi-caches. We thought it would be appropriate to discuss in more detail what constitutes a multi geocache.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

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GCPC EPISODE 506 Show Notes

What is a Multi-cache?
These geocaches involve two or more locations, with the final location being a physical container with a logbook inside. There are many variations, but typically once you’re at the first stage, you will receive a clue to the whereabouts of the second stage. The second stage will have a clue for the third, and so on.

What is a Puzzle cache?
Many new geocachers confuse multi caches with puzzle caches. So here is the difference.

The “catch-all” of geocache types, this type may involve complicated puzzles that you will first need to solve to determine the correct coordinates. Mystery/Puzzle Caches often become the staging ground for new and unique geocaches that do not fit in another category.

Icon most commonly used for ‘geo art’. (A series of puzzles which when viewed on the map, show a recognised image).

This is also the icon used for challenge caches – where the container is at the location specified, but you are supposed to have ‘met’ the challenge before logging it.

Differences between Multies and Puzzles?

Pros and Cons?

Pros
Pro – Multi – Takes you on an adventure

Cons
Con – Multi – Multiple stages and a single smiley. A pain to change (if you have to move a location>
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NEWS:

Third “Message in a Bottle” was sent out on Monday July 31st.
Collect 35 gold coins to earn the third map piece souvenir
You’re over halfway through your journey to find the lost treasure left behind by Captain Mary Hyde! Don’t forget to log your finds from last week in order to earn the second piece of the treasure map and prepare your crew for the next challenge.

If you’re ready to earn the next piece of the map, then you’re encouraged to download the Geocaching® app. For this week Multi-caches have been unbarred, now all can access these caches at large. So, gather your crew and get ready to go! This week, July 31-August 6, work with your crew to collect 35 gold coins on the Friend League and earn the next map piece souvenir!

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/07/looking-for-treasure-here-lies-the-next-clue/

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I just wanted to share a couple of Milestones that I hit on Sunday in a single find. I found my 9th State of oldest state caches, completed the Jasmer, and found #3000 at GC9FF – Alvin’s Phone Line. It was an epic accomplishment!

BroncoCole

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