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GCPC EPISODE 478 – Causes and Cures For Geocaching Burnout

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December 7th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Tonight’s topic deals with and hopefully brings helpful suggestions for Geocaching Burnout. Even the most ambitious geocacher can hit a dry patch. We disucuss when this happens and how to snap out of the rut.

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Have any one of you been totally creeped out at a cache?
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NEWS:
The newest country souvenirs: Russia and Puerto Rico

We’re excited to announce the newest country souvenirs for you to collect on your geocaching travels: Russia and Puerto Rico!

As the largest country in the world, Russia spans eleven time zones and covers more than one eighth of Earth’s inhabited land area. Find an urban cache in St. Petersburg or venture to a volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Puerto Rico is home to over 1000 active caches and a geocaching community known for its warm hospitality and friendliness to strangers. Enjoy stunning beaches or discover one of Puerto Rico’s best-kept secrets: its extensive cave system.

Learn more about geocaching in Russia and Puerto Rico on the Geocaching Blog.

Geocaching Burnout – What is it?

When Geocaching is no longer fun? When you are getting bored or frustrated by the game? When you stop doing it?

Are there different reasons for burnout around the 50 finds mark (I tried the hobby, it wasn’t for me), and the 1000+ cache people (something’s changed, and it’s not fun anymore)?

What is causing them to burn out and or quit?
IF: Time / Family pressures? Lack of variety in the local area? Just other interests? Bad weather / winter?
SB: crappy hides, bad community
TAZ: Hide quality/availability of good hides. Feeling uncomfortable when searching for hides. Poor maintenance by local hiders, Too many DNFs.

IF: some comments from others in the NZ caching community (edited):
When:
You have fewer than 100 geocaches within an hour from home. Especially if you are trying to spread your finds (e.g. dot days) or get 1000 finds a year.
The only puzzles left have only been solved by a few people.
All the caches are urban micros, even those placed in non-urban locations.
Making yourself get out and find caches whether or not you want to, can make it a chore rather than a fun hobby. (e.g. ‘burnout’ after trying to complete a geostreak).
Local cachers form a clique that you are not in.
Your caching buddies get a boyfriend or something else more important than geocaching.
Your family make it unbearable to stop for a geocache when you want to.

Electronics making it too easy to play?

IF: Hell no! Smartphones are what got me into the game! Also smartphones give scope for all sorts of puzzles (e.g. Wherigos).
TAZ: Nope, while electronics have improved, they’ve only made it easier to get to the hide (planning, navigating, logging, etc.), not to find the hide itself.

Is there too much emphasis on the numbers?

IF: For some people perhaps? Numbers don’t generally bother me, unless someone is bragging about them.
SB: As someone with 14.5k finds, I’d say numbers definitely add to the burnout.
TAZ: I don’t see these as community imposed emphasis, but more personal desires to achieve something specific. Though, I know I had burnout when I was trying to close out my 365/366 Challenge.

Things to help prevent burn out:
TAZ: Step back, search your area for high favorited caches, and hit one or two. Or even take a break from caching, but keep that app ready in your pocket because you’ll end up someplace and say, hey that would be a great place for a cache!

IF: If you can work out why you’re not enjoying caching any more, you’re halfway to finding the solution (if you want to).

Challenges, challenges, challenges! – SB

Geocaching vacation or road trip with pals. – SB

Change things up.
Try different types of geocaches instead of the same ole same ole.
Geocache with other geocachers – helps save on gas and make for a more competitive geocaching day.
Treat (force) yourself to at least a geocaching afternoon or day every other week or so.
Spend some time making creative geocaches and the hiding them. Some people like hiding geocaches almost as much a finding them.

Infoferret’s suggestions:
(From another NZ cacher) I’ve solved this by being more selective of the caches I hunt for. I make sure I don’t just go find a cache for the sake of it. I am mostly doing it because I enjoy walking, hiking and mountain biking. The caches are just the bonus along the way.
Try and write an interesting log (if it’s a halfway decent cache) – encourages the hiders to keep going, and (hopefully) others to write better logs on your hides in return.
Is there a challenge that you could chip away at? I had a couple that pushed me out of my comfort zone, and possibly kept me in the game when I might have given up. It doesn’t have to be a nearby challenge, just one that interests you.
Going somewhere out of town? See if there’s a cache anywhere near the places you are visiting / staying. You know you’ll need a break at some point in the proceedings.
If there’s an event near you, go to it (even if it’s only for 10 minutes) and speak to somebody you don’t know. If they’re a newbie, let their enthusiasm rub off on you!

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GCPC EPISODE 477 – Geocaching Deadly Sins – Bad Geocache Designs and Hides

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November 30th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Headhardhat and Sarah T-S are “on assignment” so CloakNDagger will be in as guest host. Tonight’s topic is a bit of a rant show when it comes to bad geocache designs and hides. Everything from poorly made, poorly disquieted and more. This all can lead to unhappy geocachers, muggles and let’s say uniformed parties. Suitable suggestions to help will be provided by the hosts.

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NEWS:
Have you planned your 2017 travel?
One of the coolest things about geocaching is that it’s played by people around the world in so many different ways. To celebrate this, we’re releasing five new country souvenirs over the next few weeks!

If you’ve already found a geocache in any of these countries, you’ll automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Souvenirs that are currently available can be found here. You can view which ones you’ve already earned by checking out your Souvenirs on Geocaching.com.

Stay tuned for the first new country souvenirs announcement in next week’s Geocaching newsletter.

Looks like they’ll be announcing one a week for the next five weeks. The first one is Slovenia
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/category/geocaching-com-souvenirs/

SB: just bags, plastic toys

TAZ:
Cheap plastic ‘Gladware’ type containers that disintegrate within weeks when exposed to the environment.
Anything not airtight in humid environments (not as much of a problem out here in Cali.)
Used Mini Mouthwash container w/o the cap (Yes, a ¼ inch hole in top, with paper jammed inside and no cap. I was FTF on one of these.)

C&D:
In order of highest irritation to lowest.

Reviewers not being on the same page (they have a huge grey area of what is acceptable and what isn’t) and every reviewer is different in interpretations of cache is allowable and what isn’t.

No logging requirements, though geocaching encourages people to write a log containing at least two sentences, they allow emojis and “one word Acronyms.

Limited geocaching adoptions, there are circumstance where a great geocache has been placed and the CO has quit playing or has died, there is no option to adopt these caches to either preserve the memory or the age of the geocache.

Complaints about geocaches being PMO.

Poor swag hides/illegal hides

Abandoned geocaches

Not enough resources to help establish Large events.

Groundspeak store does not engrave your geocoins like Coins and Pins does.

Infoferret’s list of Rants! (not necessarily in order of importance).

These are probably mostly placed by newcomers to the game:
Inaccurate coordinates (10m + out).
Meaningless cache hints.
Unrealistic D/T Ratings (appreciate that this can be entirely subjective!)
Flimsy / unsuitable containers (e.g. takeaway boxes). Eclipse mint tins which have not been camouflaged (shiny metal tins, which can look like litter). Ditto caches with glass containers (I’ve CITO’d enough glass that the idea of deliberately putting more out there seems crazy).
Caches that look like something dangerous. (e.g. bombs, pest traps etc.) I’m all for creativity, but there are limits!
Caches placed at the exact same spot where one (or more) have been archived in a short space of time previously. (Could reviewers make suggestions here?)

I guess much of this could be fixed by ‘cacher education’ e.g. requiring cachers to have found a certain number of caches before being allowed to place any?

Location type issues:
Hides in Gorse (or other spiky plants), near nettles or in large clumps of Agapanthus or flax (Phormium tenax) plants. (NZ cachers will know where I’m coming from here). Poison Ivy etc for those in the States?
‘Needle in a Haystack’ type hides (unless I’ve been warned that it’s like this and it’s part of the challenge). An example is ‘Base of a tree’ – in a forest.
Caches placed in a dangerous area (e.g. near a cliff edge or a major road), without the appropriate warnings and attributes.
Hides Waaaaaay up high (I’m 5 foot 1 ½ inches). If I can get to them, do not necessarily expect me to be able to return them as found if I can’t reach!
Event caches in noisy pubs where I can’t hear myself think, let alone talk to the person next to me!

Cache Maintenance issues:
Logbooks that have turned to Mush.
Puzzle caches based on signs / items in a museum etc. which are not updated when exhibits change – so some of the info is no longer available & you have to guess the missing numbers.
Unappealing SWAG. If you wouldn’t like to find it, don’t leave it! (I appreciate this is probably not the fault of the CO). I have a friend who really dislikes small or micro caches when there is space for something larger, or caches with no stuff in it for kids to find that interests them.
Owners not maintaining their caches and expecting others to do it for them & then sending you a snarky e-mail when you report that a cache ‘Needs Maintenance’. (This has happened to me – I won’t name names, but I reckon that many NZ cachers could guess who that could be…..).

Linked to…Cache owners who whinge when you don’t leave fulsome logs or award their caches FP’s when they think they deserve them (and you don’t).

Other issues (whilst I’m venting…)
Bloody stupid puzzles that I have no idea where even to get started.
‘Spell it’ and ‘huge numbers’ type challenges – they get pretty samey after a while – but these should hopefully have been stopped. I do love an interesting challenge that makes me think about whether I qualify and how to do so if not.
ANYONE who archives a Virtual or Webcam cache for any reason (other than something like the location no longer physically exists).
People boasting about the numbers they have found – I like listening to newcomers as well as people with thousands of finds (both have great stories).
‘The Professional FTF hunters’ – could somone else have a turn occasionally?
People who don’t log DNF’s. How else will a CO know there could be a problem?

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GCPC EPISODE 476 – November Cacher Coffee

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November 23th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang bring up interesting discussion with our November Cacher Coffee.

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GC.com has not been very consistant with the APE caches. Most of them have been archived after they were first muggled. The Washington APE is one exception, it was replaced and allowed to be active a few times. New York had two APE caches. When GCBA4 was muggled, another cache was placed in the same location and GC.com allowed the new CO to adopt the original GC#. All of the previous finders lost the APE icon. Be careful what you wish for.

Walkin’ Ed

INFO: Geocache Brought To Police Station
http://globalnews.ca/news/3082921/suspicious-package-at-police-station-turns-out-to-be-for-geocaching/

Welcome to Jurassic Park Cache— Geocache of the Week
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2016/11/welcome-to-jurassic-park-cache-geocache-of-the-week/

Geocaching is getting techies moving again
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2016/11/11/geocaching-is-getting-techies-moving-again

SB:
GC does a Facebook Live to talk about APE cache.

TAZ:
Geocachers find lady trapped in wreck for 14hrs when it rolled down a 150’ embankment.
http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/men-out-geocaching-in-benton-city-wash-save-womans-life/464963563

INFO: An update from ‘the shaky Isles”.
Latest updates on what’s happening here – general ‘tramping safety advice’.
Good news, the Oamaru Geofest in October (which hopefully will be a MEGA) is at the other end of the South Island so well away from the shakes!

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GCPC EPISODE 475 – The Great APE Cache Debate

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November 16th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
All of the hosts including our newest host InfoFerret debate about the latest recovery of the Washington State APE CACHE and what we should do with it now that it has been found. Strong feelings with some of our hosts so I am sure our ding-ding will be going off a lot. Come and debate along with us as we record live.

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CloakNDagger – Speakpipe – Thank you and mention about Joyeux Noël mission A card and a geocoin.
Link- http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=342100&st=50&p=5620453&hl=joyeux%20no%EBl%20mission&fromsearch=1&#entry5620453

Per Geocaching Blog – What Happened?
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2016/11/long-lost-ape-cache-is-found/

Summary
The What’s Next For The APE Cache Survey until November 27th
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dKBeL0x1-cvJRuFOsOFbMEnA_ySu-mbKeek6ZWrcEeg/viewform?edit_requested=true

The Debate
Put it back into the wild – pros and cons
Put it on display in Geocaching HQ – pros and cons
Tour it at Several APE Locations – pros and cons

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GCPC EPISODE 474 – Announcing Our Fourth Host And Random Stuff

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November 9th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We all find out who is going to be our Fourth Host. Will it be Adam Demshar, Sarah Teesdale-Spittle, Jesse Lunsford or Adam Schoenwald? Find out tonight! That and a who lot more including Scott Berks Chicago Cubs encounters and more.

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Geocaching Branded Promotions / Urban Adventures Trackable Giveaway and Photo Contest.
https://www.geocaching.com/brandedpromotions/promo/urban-adventures/

Our Fourth Host IS: Sarah Teesdale-Spittle
Alias: Infoferret

The Cubs Experience – Scott Berks

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GCPC EPISODE 473 – A Mini Show Due To Cubs Game 7

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November 2nd, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Well we have had shows cancelled for some strange reasons. Tonight we are not cancelling but we are going to have a mini show. Which means Headhardhat will go over the Choose Our Next Host information. Your votes need to be in by Tuesday November 8th. We choose our actual host on November 9th. So give us a watch and a listen and get your vote in.

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GCPC EPISODE 473 – A Mini Show Due To Cubs Game 7

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CHOOSE OUR NEXT HOST
Here We Go!

You our wondrous viewers and listeners have one week (November 8th, 2016) to get your votes in to help decide who will be the next host of the Geocaching Podcast.

ONE VOTE PER GEOCACHING ALIAS PLEASE.

Send which of the four host choices you want the best to.

Send their name and number to :

headhardhat@geocachingpodcast.com

Subject: GCPC FORTH HOST

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GCPC EPISODE 472 – Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger

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October 26, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We have geocaching host hopeful number four Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger. Find out all the cool things Adam and his family get into. Great discussion tonight and the main vote will be soon.

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GCPC EPISODE 472 – Geocacher Adam Schoenwald – Cloak.n.Dagger

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
Retired Combat Vet of 10 years, Husband to a retired Combat Medic of 15 years and Father to a kick butt Martial artist whom you all may have heard Miss Burgundy Rose, which I also Homeschool.

Very Active in the community being retired i have a lot of time on my hands so I set up geocaching events that promote forms of Cito, 101 classes, MnG’s and everything in between. I am a Creative Geocache owner of nearly 200 active geocaches and have hidden almost every geocache type available, I am also considered by many as the leader for geocaching in the NWA area of the state and as such have tremendous support from the geocaching community. I am extremely Proactive have a can do and “let’s try it” attitude towards life so the only limits I have are the ones I make.

So how did I get into Geocaching?

I heard about it off and on in youtube videos but never gave it much attention until I met my wife. She actually had nothing to do with geocaching and in fact knew less about it than I did, what’s so funny about it was I was introduced to it via a facebook conversation from her best friend that I have yet to meet in real life. So I really never had the first hand experience of having another geocacher introduce it to me in the field.

What is it like to geocache in your state?

Diverse and competitive is the best way to describe it. I have recently completed a challenge that required me to find all 75 counties of Arkansas and I can honestly say I have seen more of this state than most Natives. Arkansas is called “The Natural State” for all of it’s natural beauty, from the Ozark Highlands, the rice fields and river valleys, Arkansas provides anything and everything geocachers would like to look for…we may be landlocked, but we have scuba diving caches as well. In my “neck of the woods” I have helped foster a very competitive spirit to geocaching and forged many great friendships in the process.

What is your favorite things to do while geocaching?

At first it was simply to make the find, that grew like for most geocachers into learning about areas “in their own backyard” that they didn’t know exsisted, but as I have continued to explore and hide I started taking more of a leadership role early in my development in the community. Now I currently lead and participate in many groups and belong to committees in the States Geocaching Association known as ArkGeo as well as smaller more independent geocaching groups. My favorite thing is teaching others about geocaching, and to challenge the ones that have been doing it for a while to find new and fresh ways to hide geocaches. I hold monthly events to bring people together, keep people informed and introduce old faces with new ones. I have a geocaching facebook group where I hold monthly challenges in which people can win cool swag if they meet the challenge, and I work very close with the community and with the state to keep promoting the spirit of geocaching.

Geocaching topics you feel strongly about either pro or con?

I really feel strong about community development and taking care of our environment. I have been working close with the surrounding cities to adopt parks and trails under the Cloak.n.Dagger Geocaching Banner to perform Citos, tree growing programs and other beautification programs. Bringing Families together and getting the community out of the house and off the couch is something that hits very close to home for me.

There are very few things that bother me about geocaching, the most common and I think it rings true for most the the good cache owners is a “TFTC” log. I have gotten myself in some interesting situations because of my strong dislike of lack of logging and have had to temper myself and my thoughts about such. Another thing i really dislike is streaks. I think Scott can relate with me on this just a bit, but I just finished my 365/366 streak, and though I feel accomplished on that achievement, I have never felt geocaching to be work and at times unenjoyable before or after working on the streak. There is only one streak that I try and maintain now that that is my FTF monthly streak

Why I should be one of your Hosts:

That is such a great question, and as stated in the last episode every host is simply amazing, each one has something unique to offer and each and everyone would be great guest host as fill ins for TAZ’s eventual boot off the island. Honestly though, I feel that what I bring to the table is my zeal for geocaching, with only 2 a half years under my belt I have pushed what was a dying area of geocaching in my area to an area that is now being noticed as a destination spot, I am 100 percent retired so I have the time be a part of the team, I’m a little crazy which puts me as a shoe in for this team, but most of all I think that I would be a great host because I want to be a host, I want to contribute to the podcast and not just be a visiting guest. I am personable, friendly and love to talk. Geocaching isn’t just a hobby to pass time for me, it is actually a lifestyle for me and to my family. I try to give 110 percent in projects I pick up, becoming the 4th host I would carry that same attitude. I present myself as someone that wants to teach and lead others in the world of geocaching on a grander scale and I feel being a productive part of a great podcast can help achieve that. And if that isn’t enough I always make for great go to guy to pick any member of the team…to include myself lol

Anything else you would like to discuss:
This may be a good topic for another show but I am working with a very talented team of geocachers and we are trying very hard to develop our own annual Mega event getting an insiders scoop on how that is done would be so beneficial not only to me but also to others that may want to attempt this task.

I would love to learn more about how you guys have kept a show going for nearly 500 episodes, the drive and ambition, the material to keep going and going. But also why of all teams the cubs 😉 and what really did happen the Chris-moose?

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GCPC EPISODE 471 – Geocacher Jesse Lunsford – Memfis Mafia

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October 19, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our third of four guest GCPC host possibilities. Tonight Geocacher Jesse Lunsford aka Memphis Mafia will share insights about geocaching and why he wants to be a host on our show.

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GCPC EPISODE 471 – Geocacher Jesse Lunsford – Memfis Mafia

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
Geocaching is a family affair in our house. We are a pretty tight family and it is a way that we can all spend time together. I’m a retired police officer and currently work in the emergency management field. When I’m away from work I want to have fun and get outside and play – geocaching allows me to do just that.

So how did I get into Geocaching?
We moved to Colorado six years ago which is when we really started geocaching. We were looking for something to do and a way to explore our new area. We ended up attending an event and ultimately met most of the people we know in the state through geocaching. We started by walking around finding the closest geocaches that we could with that horrible old intro app. We progressed from there to diving in and trying every aspect of the game we could.
Ok I have to say that I actually cached before Colorado. A couple years before moving out here I found one cache. It was an LPC and basically we didn’t get into the game at that time. A buddy of mine pointed out to me that I left that part out on another occasion as he was the one who went with me. I can’t leave him out today because we are all meeting up in Chicago on the chance of what could be happening “no jinx”.

What is it like to geocache in Colorado?
Colorado is great. My wife and I met in College and learned very quickly that we both wanted to move out of Memphis and travel as much as possible. Over the years we traveled every chance we could but kept visiting Colorado. We loved the beauty of the mountains and just the feel of the area. Now, with short notice I can be hiking in the mountains away from the city and people and really challenge myself physically. Not every cache has to be off the side of a cliff but I really like when it takes that bit of extra effort and planning. We are lucky enough to have a great community of geocachers here in Colorado

What is your favorite things to do while geocaching?
My family all has their own favorite aspects but for me, it is the extreme stuff. I like the caches that take planning and push you just a little outside your comfort zone. Kristi and I met up with another cacher to plan our next geocaching trip. We are headed to the swamps of South Florida for a series of kayaking caches. On the last day we are going for a 5×5 Virtual. We have been planning this one for a while. It will be three days of caching, all by boat. We have to get plane tickets, a car rental, rent boats, find a place to stay… that is what makes for fun geocaching for me.

Geocaching topics you feel strongly about either pro or con?
I could probably fill a few shows here. My biggest pet peeve is people taking themselves and the game too seriously. It is a game meant to be fun. There is so much to the game that you have to be able to find something you like. I have opinions just like everybody but I’m not going to get down on someone else for whatever it is they like. I love to hike. My wife likes easy caches all in a row. Its not my favorite but I can still go out and have fun playing the game with her.
-People that damage other people’s cache because they have to have that smiley
-Guess what? I don’t use a GPS and have no desire to, its not blasphemy
-Pro: try new things ( we love to be early adopters) Wherigos, Intercaches, Mobcaches
– read the rules people, they are not secret

Why I should be one of your Hosts:
I’m a fan of geocaching which goes without saying but more so I like the community of geocachers. I do my best to be a part of that community by hosting events at home and when we travel. This game can be a very solitary game but I have chose the opposite path. I have a google voice number on many of my cache pages to invite people to call me if they need help. I love it when cachers use that number to call and ask a question about html, or wherigos, or anything that I can help with. I think we should all pull together to elevate the game.

Anything else you would like to discuss:
Geocaching in the media. I know Groundspeak just announced they are going to make their own “official” podcast and that may change things. I am shocked by the amount of people that have been geocaching for a long time and are unaware of podcasts. I don’t understand that. This is your game. Podcasts are basically ESPN.

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GCPC EPISODE 470 – Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle – Infoferret

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October 05, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The next participant for the GCPC Host Call Out is Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle aka Infoferret. She is from New Zealand and is an amazing geocacher in her own right. Find out if she may be our first female geocacher host for the show.

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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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Guys,
Thanks for reading my last note on the air. I tried to keep it short, thinking everyone knew what a 14er was. I was glad the chat room could come through for you. I also don’t travel a lot and didn’t know if there was another way.

The answer to my question was to find the GPS coordinates of the particular peak, (Google was my friend in finding the GPS coordinates for the Peaks) then use Google Earth with the Geocache option on to locate possible caches, and proximity to Fort Collins. Grays Peak is the closest and a relatively easy hike. There are also two caches on the peak, a WhereIgo, and a traditional (GCQ8XV & GC5A3EY). My final step is to see how easy they are to find.

Just thought you’d like to know.
Merlin1392
aka Tim

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GCPC EPISODE 470 – Geocacher Sarah Teesdale-Spittle – Infoferret

Tell us about you as a person and as a geocacher.
I grew up Durham (a small City in the in the North-East of England), and moved to the midlands (Nottingham) to go to Uni when I was 18. Whilst I was there I met my other half, married and settled down on the Nottingham / Derbyshire border. In 2000, he got offered a job in New Zealand, and we decided to move from a UK summer to a Wellington winter and see how it went for a couple of years. 16 years later, we’re still here!

We both work in central Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand), and have two boys. One is part way through University, the other is in intermediate school. We also share the house with an elderly cat, and far more books than we need (all of us at fault here), orienteering and other outdoor gear gear (the others) MTG cards (the boys) and knitting and sewing stuff (mine, I must admit).

So how did I get into Geocaching?
The rest of the family are heavily into Orienteering. I liked going to interesting areas most people never get to, but having to run around once I got there? Not so much.

Anyway, back in 2012 there was an article in ‘Wilderness’ magazine (compulsory reading for the rest of the family), about a GPS based activity. I’d just got a smartphone for my birthday, discovered it had a GPS, so I thought I’d give it a go. Not the best of starts, as I tried to find the cache at night, in the rain, and not surprisingly got nowhere. Two days later, in daylight it practically waved at me, and I was hooked!

I‘d lived in Wellington for over 10 years, so I thought I knew my backyard pretty well. Oh no I didn’t… I spent the next few months finding out more about my city , its people and history than I ever thought possible, and 4+ years later I’m still fascinated.

This has got me to more areas than I thought possible. Without geocaching no way would I have been up before dawn heading out to an obscure track, or joining the rest of the family (or others) on a multi-day walk, carrying everything with me.

I managed a streak of over a year a while back before being defeated by the final of a night cache….it’s a balance between obsession and spending time with the family!

Why my caching name? Well, I didn’t fancy being something like ‘Sarah 910’, wanted something fairly gender neutral, and I was doing a course on Information sources at the time – hence info seeking / Infoferret.

I still get a buzz from grabbing that last elusive bit of information to crack open a puzzle!

What is it like to geocache in New Zealand?

Geocaching in New Zealand has pretty much something for everyone, from Park and Grabs (although fortunately not too many lamp post skirt caches), through to Terrain 5 caches that mean what they say and everything in between. Most of our forest is ‘bush’, which is not easy to walk through – you follow the tracks to get where you want to be if you’ve any sense!

I’ve done most of my geocaching around Wellington, with 7 cache types within 10km of home (plus a CITO and an event this weekend), and the 4th oldest traditional cache in the world (GC46) is within 16km (and was my 1000 cache). There’s everything from a stroll through the CBD (good for Magicarp by the waterfront), up the hills for a bit of a workout, and several excellent MTB parks to explore. Most of the Greater Wellington area is readily accessible by bus.

I’ve done a fair bit in the lower North Island, and some of the South Island. My son dragged me up Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings) a couple of years back. There is a Geocache near the top. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to head up there again as somebody has placed a cache on the way up there – but the views are well worth it if the weather is right!

Unlike Australia (and you folks in the US) there’s not too much to beware of – no snakes or bears, and although there is an exceedingly rare venomous spider, the last death from a Katipo bite was in 1901. There is a nasty stinging nettle called OngaOnga, and sandflies (midgies) can be a problem, especially on the South Island – those bites are itchy!

This means that you can search for caches hidden under rocks or in tree stumps without problems.

In a couple of weeks, there is GC63PZN New Zealand Geocaching Adventure 2016 – it got MEGA status a couple of weeks ago ! This will be on the 22nd – 24th October.

There’s the usual programme of activities (including a couple of workshops with Cully Long), and a fair number of caches in the area, including a 50 cache power trail with a LOTR theme, which should take up most of a day by itself.

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GCPC EPISODE 469 – Geocacher Adam Demshar – Carrot Killer

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September 28, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We start out our first participant Adam Demshar for the GCPC Host Call Out. Be sure to stop on by as we get to know Adam and see if he has all the right stuff to be a GCPC Host. Nachos are welcome but not necessary… See you then.

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

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Gang,
We’re planning a trip for my niece’s wedding next June (2017), to Fort Collins, Colorado. While the family is not really into geocaching, I can’t pass up the opportunity :-)

What I’m looking for is a 14’er with a relatively easy cache at the peak. Since 14’ers are hard on their own, the trail needs to fun for those that may take part in the journey. Any ideas on how I would learn about this type of cache in the area?

Thanks
Merlin1392
aka Tim

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GCPC EPISODE 469 – Geocacher Adam Demshar – Carrot Killer

My name is Adam Demshar. I am originally from a The Woodlands, Texas which is a suburb of Houston. I joined the Army when I was 20 years old and have lived in Georgia for the majority of the time since. I have lived in Germany for 3 years, as well as been deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. Currently I split time between Statesboro, GA and Augusta, GA. My wife and three sons aged 9, 6, and 4 live in Statesboro but I work at Fort Gordon in Augusta Monday-Friday and travel home for the weekends. I work at Fort Gordon as an AIT Platoon Sergeant. I am the equivalent of a drill sergeant for the Soldiers who have completed basic training but are learning their job specialty in the Army.
Anyhow, I also Geocache! I am currently around 2,300 finds. I started caching in July of 2013. I was freshly home from Afghanistan and I saw a sticker on someone’s car. I think I had heard of it before a few years back but wasn’t really sure what it was. When I got home I looked it up and saw there was a cache about .3 from my house. I was completely amazed right from the start. After finding a couple of caches I introduced geocaching to a friend at work and we started going out during our lunch breaks. Unfortunately that friend is only at about 250 finds today as I have obviously dwarfed that number. Currently I have a streak going for 305 days. Just a little bit longer until I can qualify for all of those 365 challenges! I have hidden 90 caches including events and CITOs. I have hidden every type of cache currently available.

* One of my favorite things to do is incorporate camping and caching together. I have found that camping allows you to travel on the cheap and get to get out and see and do alot more. I am often caching with my 3 boys and that is always a sure fire way to get them to be enthusiastic about an all weekend caching trip is to let them know that we will be camping. I think I have heard you reference the Georgia Geo-Campers once on this show. I am fairly active with that group. They are a group of cachers who simply camp together at a different State Park in Georgia every month. It is really a great deal at $25 per tent for the weekend. There is always a campfire event and a stone soup on Saturday night. Even though I am often with my boys really what I like is the more difficult the better. A cache that you have to work for is far more satisfying than one that you just casually walk up to. I really like kayak caches. I own a kayak but I often struggle to transport it since I drive a Nissan Altima. Of course I always look forward to the Going Caching Mega here in Georgia every year. We are only a couple of weeks away from this year’s installment at FDR State Park.

Geocaching topics – pro and or con

1st and foremost I am a podcast junkie. I listen to podcasts all week long, pretty much anytime I am in my car. But also Geocaching is other than my family my favorite thing. I am completely consumed with it. There is nothing I would rather be doing. I think that I could bring some diversity of ideas and experience as I am younger guy. I have lots of adventures traveling all over Georgia and South Carolina. I think that plenty of people would like to hear about what this region has to offer.

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