GCPC EPISODE 518 – Geocaching Holiday Wishes

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November 29th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s that time of year to spread some geocaching holiday cheer… and drink eggnog..
Check out what the hosts come up with for some holiday suggestions for the geocacher in your life.

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 518 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 518 – Geocaching Holiday Wishes

HHH:
Garmin eTrex 20x
Price: $144.69
https://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-01508-00-eTrex-20x/dp/B00XQE6ZFG/ref=sr_1_8?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1511923984&sr=1-8&keywords=gps+handheld
Holy Stone F181W Wifi FPV Drone with 720P Wide-Angle HD Camera Live Video RC Quadcopter with Altitude Hold, Gravity Sensor Function, RTF and Easy to Fly for Beginner, Compatible with VR Headset

Price: $119.95
https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Stone-Wide-Angle-Quadcopter-Compatible/dp/B01IK37D3A/ref=sr_1_22?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1511924216&sr=1-22&keywords=drone

EverVanz Outdoor Canvas Leather Backpack, Travel Hiking Camping Rucksack Pack, Large Casual Daypack, College School Backpack, Shoulder Bags Fits 15″ Laptop Tablets
$ 32 99
https://www.amazon.com/EverVanz-Outdoor-Backpack-Rucksack-Shoulder/dp/B01N3K2188/ref=sr_1_14?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1511924597&sr=1-14&keywords=outdoor+hiking

SB:
The North Face Recon Backpack $99
https://www.thenorthface.com/shop/recon?from=subCat&variationId=JK3&cm_mmc=Google-_-Shopping-_-Equipment+Backpacks-_-NF00CLG4JK3OS1&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=Shopping&utm_term=NF00CLG4JK3OS1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqPLviYjk1wIV0UoNCh27AQO2EAYYASABEgKVWvD_BwE
Brazos Free Form Hickory Walking Stick Trekking Pole $30
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002CHBRQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

TAZ:
10’ Pelican Trailblazer Kayak $199 https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/webapp/wcs/stores/p/pelican-trailblazer-100-kayak-16pelutrlblzr100kpsk/16pelutrlblzr100kpsk
Neoprene Water Sling/Carrier ‘The Vault’ $12 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016HEJMO2/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?th=1&psc=1
DeLorme InReach SE Satillete Tracker – Yes slightly breaking the budget at $229 https://www.amazon.com/DeLorme-inReach-SE-Satellite-Tracker/dp/B00BX7TJ2O/ref=sr_1_cc_6?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1511981833&sr=1-6-catcorr&keywords=emergency+gps+satellite+beacon

INFO:
Roofrack for said Kayak / Mountain Bikes?
Experiences / trips e.g. Tongariro River Rafting $139, http://trr.co.nz/white-water-rafting/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIi-uiyf3k1wIVEyQrCh2gKwa1EAAYASAAEgI2p_D_BwE Milford Sounds kayak (a range of options from $129 up)
National Park pass / DOC Passes – Passes
Campsite (up to 7 days i think)
$25 for a Single pass (one adult)
$50 for a Double pass (two adults)
$75 for a Family pass (two adults and up to two children/youths)
Hut passes

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NEWS:

Win a Magic: The Gathering trackable and discover Orazca!

Magic: The Gathering has teamed up with Geocaching HQ to give thousands of trackables to geocachers and fans around the world in celebration of the release of their latest card set, Rivals of Ixalan! Be the first to discover the golden city of Orazca with your trackable geocaching journey.

Learn more about Magic: The Gathering on the blog and enter to win a free trackable at Geocaching.com/Magic.

https://www.geocaching.com/promotions/promo/magic/

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Hello all, especially local host Sarah!

I’ve recently been approached through the geocaching.com message centre by a cacher in Britain who is building an international series of library caches. He’d like to include mine. I hadn’t realised a series could include multiple COs. Are there any pitfalls or points to be aware of when considering adding a cache to a series?

Thank you,
Jacqueline aka 3Prettys

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GCPC EPISODE 517 – Top Things To Be Thankful For With Geocaching

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November 22nd, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast: The guys give thanks to geocaching and all that it has brought to us over the years.

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

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GCPC EPISODE 517 – Top Things To Be Thankful For With Geocaching

I am Geocaching Thankful for:
The Host Specific Thankfuls:
HHH – Thankful for 9+ years of getting outside and exploring. Even if it is in my neighborhood.
HHH – Thankful for my geocaching partner Wife Amy who many times instigates us going out geocaching.
HHH – Thankful for all the technologies that have come and gone over the years
HHH – Thankful of the interesting surprises i have encountered in my travels.
HHH – Thankful for never really knowing what I am going to find with every geocache I try to go for.
SB – for the friendships I’ve made
SB – the places I’ve seen. I have been to half the US caching
IF – for the CO’s (and also the Reviewers) who’ve taken the trouble to place and maintain the caches I’ve found.
IF – for the people who’ve found my caches and left interesting logs for others to read.

The General thankfuls:
All the places I have been while geocaching
All the people I have met while geocaching
All the memories over the years while geocaching
All the stories I have to share while geocaching
For health, enough money for the petrol, and good enough weather to cache!

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NEWS:

Attention cache owners! This new Dashboard tool is for you
https://www.geocaching.com/account/dashboard

How big is the universe? Why are we here? What would geocaching be like without cache owners?
These are questions that we do not know the answers to. What we know for sure is, that geocaching would not be here without the universe, you, and dedicated geocachers who create and hide geocaches. This is why we have added several features to the updated Geocaching.com Dashboard to make maintaining a geocache easier and owning one more delightful.

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Welcome back!!!
You’ve done lots of shows on trip planning, but I haven’t heard one done on route planning (unless of course I missed it :-)

I know where I want to go. I have all the stops (at least primary ones) identified. Now, I need to find the most efficient route possible, that gets me from a starting point to a destination point. Oh yeah, and it has to be free, because as we have all recently learned, Geocaching is Free, right?

Google maps does a good job, but you’re limited to 10 stops. I was currently trying to plan for an attempt at the Geotour-GT77, “Butler County Donut Trail”. It has 15 stops, plus starting at my home address and ending there too, so I need 17 stops.

Google searches revealed several tools for planning a route, but they all want an address! Now I have to figure out how to convert coordinates into a street address. I did find a couple that took coordinates, but they were also limited to the number of stops on the route.

What’s a cacher todo? Any hints, tips, applications, or other tools would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the show, and hopefully some suggestions!
Merlin1392
aka Tim Green
Rockford, Michigan

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GCPC EPISODE 516 – The Changing Seasons of Geocaching

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November 15th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We discuss the seasons of geocaching….

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!

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GCPC EPISODE 516 – The Changing Seasons of Geocaching

Want to thank Sarah for tonight’s show idea.

Concept, we talk about the weather all the time but how does it affect us as the weather changes around us?

Topics – please fill in what you would like.

What weather will you absolutely not go geocaching in? What is your favorite?
Why is it that there are so many fair weather geocachers and yet others it does not bother at all? Where do you have to come from?

How weather affects us personally during different parts of the year.

What changes in your geocaching pack during different seasons.

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NEWS:

https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/11/celebrate-the-new-year-with-two-new-souvenirs/

2017 has been a fun year for geocaching: we celebrated 3 Million Active Geocaches, went geocaching around the globe with Where’s Signal the FrogⓇ, and found pirate booty with The Lost Treasure of Mary Hyde. But it’s time to start looking ahead.
Let’s make 2018 the best year ever! To get us off to a good start, we’re announcing two new souvenirs: one to celebrate your last cache of 2017, and one to celebrate your first cache of 2018!
How can I earn both souvenirs?
Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31, 2017 to earn the Last Cache of 2017 souvenir.
Find a geocache or attend an event on January 1, 2018 to earn the First Cache of 2018 souvenir.

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Nothing this week.

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GCPC EPISODE 515 – What Does It Take To Make A Quality Geocaching Video?

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November 8th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys get together and discuss this year’s GIFF finalists then go on and give suggestions for what it takes to put out a quality geocaching video.

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!

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GCPC EPISODE 515 – What Does It Take To Make A Quality Geocaching Video?

Keeping with the spirit of the GIFFs. We thought we would give our tips and opinions on what it takes to make a quality geocaching video.

Options have changed over the years. We have the king of videos YouTube which still holds the majority of geocaching videos. Over the years we had large camcorders, smaller camcorders, Digital Cameras, Point and Shoot Cameras and of course smart phones in all shapes and sizes. – Go over what we used in the past to record videos.

When I started doing GeoSnippits back in 2008 there were only a few geocaching videos on YouTube. Now when you search you will see over 355,000!

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NEWS:

Well, the 2017 GIFF was last weekend, forgot to mention it in last weeks show :-( I hope you all attended.

A link to the finalists videos:

Which one was your favourite? Why?

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Just wanted to write a quick note to say welcome back, and you guys were missed. Thanks for coming back with one of your quiz shows. Every one of these shows has me laughing out loud, typically right you before you blow the horn on someone.

Keep up the good work
Barry (Master Sergeant USMC)

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GCPC EPISODE 514 – Cacher Coffee November 2017

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November 1st, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang grabs a favorite beverage and discuss whatever they would like. Talk about a smorgasbord of geocaching good times.

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!

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GCPC EPISODE 514 – Cacher Coffee November 2017

HHH: Discussion point to each host:
What is the single most revolutionary (person, experience or thing) you have witnessed within your history of geocaching?

SB: Geocaching Vloggers 40th birthday!
What did you do with your Mary Hyde code?

TAZ: Your favorite geocaching experience: An Event, A trip, A geocaching trail, A specific geocache.

INFO: If you’re going on a road trip with one or more friends, how do you split the costs? Equal shares? Driver has the running costs of the car, so the passengers buy petrol / lunch / coffees etc? Something else entirely? What do you do if someone else joins the group for the day? Not sure there’s any one correct answer, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss.

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NEWS:

Message Center now accepts additional file types

There are many good reasons to make use of the Message Center, because there is so much to talk about when it comes to geocaching:
It’s a great way to plan geocaching outings with your friends.
A good way to ask a friend for suggestions about the best geocaches in your area.
You can get a hint from the cache owner for an especially tricky hide.
And, because the Message Center is available in the Geocaching® app, you can submit your answers for Virtuals and EarthCaches right in the field.

We know that geocaching is better when players communicate with each other so we wanted to make that easier. The challenge, after all, should be in the adventure and not in the tools you use. That’s why we took some time to update and improve the Message Center.

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Hello Geocaching Podcasters,

It is good to see that the podcast has resumed after being in hiatus.

InfoFerret seems to have had quite a time traveling in Europe, and I too am surprised at the amount of vacation time she earns.

Hopefully the smoke from the California wine country fires is no longer an issue for Taz, One day I walked out of a building and the smell of that smoke was instantly noticeable, even though I would have to drive for a few hours to reach the area.

I hope to see you again soon, but don’t let the show stress any of you out.

Steven
geocaching name: stevenw54

Hi there!

So glad you guys are back– I’ve missed you!

I was listening to this week’s and heard Chad talking about the new geo-checker. He had a complaint and also a point about challenge caches.

His complaint was about the format of the checker and not being able to easily copy and paste into the “Personal Notes” section. He is right, and this is annoying. However, when you get a positive answer from the checker, it updates the “Corrected Coordinates’ on the page (the equivalent of hitting the little pencil next to the coordinates). It’s not a perfect solution, but you can easily copy these and paste them into your personal note.

The other comment he made was about how it would be nice if there were some marker for challenge caches or other caches that perhaps are “mystery”, but are at the posted coordinates (field puzzles, for example). He talked about changing the number by one small digit and that can certainly work. However, I’ve found you don’t have to change it at all. If you copy the posted coordinates and save them as “corrected coordinates” (By clicking the little pencil) it will look to the geocaching site like they are “corrected”. They will be displayed as “corrected” on the page (in italics) and more importantly, show the new “Corrected” icon on the map (Both online and in the Groundspeak app). I’ve been working on a “mystery cache” streak for a bit and found this was invaluable in keeping track of the ones that were “ready to go”. It’s an easy way to see them while you’re scouting the map.

Hope that helps. Keep up the fun shows!

Matt (GeoMonkeyTiger!)

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