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GCPC EPISODE 468 – Understanding Earth Caches

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September 21, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast: The guys discuss Geocaching Earth Caches and how they can add to your next trip or geocaching adventure.

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GCPC EPISODE 468

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From: JD Sutter

Hello GCPC!

I am fairly new to geocaching having only played a few times over the past 12 months. I have been listening to your podcast off and on throughout this past year as well and am slowing starting to learn all the ins and outs of the game.

On a recent camping trip a couple friends and I searched for a total of about 2 hours over two days for a D2 T3.5 cache and never found it. Later I realized that the cache description had some jargon which would have made it easier for us if we’d known what the terms meant.

So I decided to look for a beginners geocaching book which would explain things and I discovered that there is a large selection of books on Amazon. Most have conflicting reviews across the spectrum so it’s hard to tell how accurate they are. Can you guys recommend the best one for a newbie?
Geocaching Book Suggestions:
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching
The Joy of Geocaching: How to Find Health, Happiness and Creative Energy Through a Worldwide Treasure Hunt
How To Puzzle Cache
https://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx (best)

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GCPC EPISODE 468 – Understanding Earth Caches
EarthCache (Geocaching.com)
An EarthCache is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational notes along with coordinates. Visitors to EarthCaches can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage its resources and how scientists gather evidence. Typically, to log an EarthCache, you will have to provide answers to questions by observing the geological location. For more information about EarthCaches visit http://www.earthcache.org/.

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GCPC EPISODE 467 – Is it Disrespectful To Geocache in a Cemetery?

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September 14, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
What is your feelings about geocaching in a cemetery? Are you allowed to in your state, country, etc.? If so should you? That is the discussion for tonight’s episode

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GCPC EPISODE 467

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Hello Geocaching Podcasters
I heard remarks about geocaching in cemeteries on your shows, recall a story about a Pokemon-go ban in a cemetery on the basis that playing that game in a cemetery is disrespectful. This raises the question, is it disrespectful to geocache in a cemetery? I think the answer depends on who one asks, and what is being done or hidden, such as

* a cache placed on the fence in surrounding a cemetery, or just outside the cemetery.

* a cache placed in the grounds of cemetery, but in an area away from any grave stones.

* a cache placed near the grave marker.

* a mystery, virtual or multi-stage cache that requires finder to read information from the graves, and find a physical container away from the cemetery.

Thank you

stevenW54

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Thanks to StevenW54 for the show suggestion:

Stevenw54’s areas to discuss:

* a cache placed on the fence in surrounding a cemetery, or just outside the cemetery.

* a cache placed in the grounds of cemetery, but in an area away from any grave stones.

* a cache placed near the grave marker.

* a mystery, virtual or multi-stage cache that requires finder to read information from the graves, and find a physical container away from the cemetery.

Question for the hosts:

Are there other sensitive areas that should be avoided or not?

It’s okay for Pokemon but not geocaching or visa versa? Why?

Tennesee it’s Illegal for making any game in a cemetery. May not be completely true.
US Federal cemeteries have rules against game playing in cemeteries.
South Carolina went through a rather lengthy battle with the state lawmakers to the point where geocaching itself was targeted and nearly made illegal. No cemetery hides without permission.

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GCPC EPISODE 466 – How To Create A Great Multi-Cache

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September 07, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
What is a multi-geocache and what can make them great? Find out from tonight’s hosts on the finer points of making and hiding your very own multi geocache.

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GCPC EPISODE 466

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I logged my 400th OpenCaching North America cache on Saturday (8/20), International Geocaching Day, and just 2 days after OCNA’s 6th anniversary.

Calvert County Meet n Greet (OU0A15/GC6JFZW) was hosted by Krip’s Curves and listed on both OpenCaching and Groundspeak.

Dave / DudleyGrunt

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What is a multi geocache?

What type of variations are there?
Stages can be Physical or Virtual:

Physical Stages: The cache owner has placed something at the location, such as a container, tag, or label. There is no minimum distance between stages within a single Multi-Cache.

Virtual Stages: The cache owner has not placed anything at the location. Instead, a geocacher gathers information from features already at the location, such as a sign or objects to count. Virtual stages can be used to bring geocachers to locations where leaving a physical stage is difficult or not allowed.

A Multi-Cache May Involve:

A container or object that provides coordinates
A formula for converting information found at stages to coordinates or clues
Counting objects at one of the stages
Simple arithmetic
Simple ciphering (example: A=1, B=2)
Multiple choice questions about something at the location
A simple field puzzle
A projection (using a compass bearing and distance from a specific point to determine the location of another specific point, usually a stage or final)

Should it be Listed as a Multi-Cache or a Mystery/Puzzle Cache?

– If a cache has multiple stages (virtual or physical) and can be found by reading the cache description and following the instructions in the field, it should be listed as a Multi-Cache.
– If working out the clues requires advanced work or is so complex that many will need outside assistance, then the cache should probably be listed as a Mystery/Puzzle Cache, even if it is multi-staged.
– If the listing coordinates are used to calculate a projection without the need to visit the location, it should be listed as a Mystery/Puzzle Cache. If a projection must be calculated in the field using bearing and distance from one of the stages, it should be listed as a Multi-Cache.

What make the difference between so-so and WOW!
What makes a so-so multi and what to avoid?
Why do multi caches seem to be avoided in the US but not in other parts of the world?

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GCPC EPISODE 465 – What Drives A Geocacher To Keep Geocaching?

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August 31, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Go over the finer points of geocaching and how a geocacher keeps active in our game, sport and obsession.

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GCPC EPISODE 465

GCPC MAILBAG: Ask Our Hosts – Scott Berks:
Here is a question for you. I have been caching for a while now but have not expanded my technological abilities much. Recently I decided I need to figure out how to run pocket queries. I am able to do that just fine but my question is how the heck do I get them to become available on my app? I am currently using cachly, you would think since the app is connected with my geocaching.com account they would magically appear, but this does not seem to be the case. Any tips?
EB3754 Genoa, IL

Answer from Nic at Cach.ly

“Sounds like they are not generating the PQ correctly (on the geocaching.com site). They need to make sure they are checking the check boxes for which days to run the queries, once they do this, and get the email from geocaching.com it will be available in Cachly.

Once they have generated the PQ online, it will instantly be available in Cachly. It just sounds like they have not yet generated the PQ.”

What Drives A Geocacher?
Challenges
Gotta find them all
Clearing out an area
Hiking goals

What to do when you get into a rut?
Place a cache or two
Have an event to meet new cachers
Go out with fellow cachers, not alone
Do some challenges or set your own

How to avoid getting into a rut?
Find different types of caches
Work on challenges

How to keep geocaching interesting?
Cache with different people
Cache in different places
Set goals for yourself

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GCPC EPISODE 464 – West Virginia Smart Caches of Berkeley County GeoTrail

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August 17, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest hosts Gerry Sander (Gmansan) and Valaina (Butrflygirl) take us through their geocaching adventures on the Berkeley County Geotrail and their meet up with master gadget cache creator VWTim.

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GCPC EPISODE 464
With Gerry Sander and Valaina Maher (rhymes with cigar) butrflygirl

WVTim Interview with Gerry: https://youtu.be/tNOjEWJOB2A
During our day doing the SCBC trail, we had the opportunity to meet with WVTim at his home/workshop and chat with him. He spoke with us for almost two hours and we recorded the attached interview ( https://youtu.be/tNOjEWJOB2A).

I brought one of my own gadget caches down with me for Tim to see. It launched this week (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f2VqhH5B7c).

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GCPC EPISODE 463 – 100 Things A Geocacher Must Do Sooner Or Later

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August 10, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys put out a call for a fourth co-host. Plus go over 100 Things every geocacher must do sooner or later.

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GCPC EPISODE 463
100 Things a geocacher must do sooner or later…
https://awesomegeocaching.com/2012/07/07/the-checklist-100-things-any-geocacher-must-do-sooner-or-later/

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GCPC EPISODE 462 – 9th Annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h

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July 27, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts get together to discuss better ways of setting the right expectations to a muggle about geocaching. Not an easy task as it goes…

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GCPC EPISODE 462
In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Scott Berks and Headhardhat talk to Craig Farrell about this year’s 9th Annual West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h Event.

West Bend (Wisconsin) Area Chamber of Commerce and the West Bend $1,000 Cache Ba$h. The 9th annual Cache Ba$h is Wisconsin’s only geocaching mega-event and attracts thousands of people each year. West Bend also happens to be the Geocaching Capital of the Midwest with more than 1,500 geocaches within a 10-mile radius of the city!

SHOW NOTES AREA FOR CRAIG:

Tonight’s Guest – Craig Farrell

West Bend Links:
https://coord.info/GC65E0M

Webpage:
http://visitwestbendwi.com/cache-bash/

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GCPC EPISODE 461 – Setting Geocaching Expectations To A Muggle

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July 27, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts get together to discuss better ways of setting the right expectations to a muggle about geocaching. Not an easy task as it goes…

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GCPC EPISODE 461
Mission GC souvenirs are available the weekends of July 30-31, August 13-14 and August 27-28.
One week prior to each souvenir window, Premium members will receive an email with an “encoded message.” Decoding the message will unlock instructions for securing the souvenir.
Information is made available to Basic Members on the morning of the souvenir release via Geocaching.com, the Geocaching® app, Facebook and Twitter.
Read all about it on The Geocaching Blog!

This is based on a video I recently watched. Pokemon Go Vs. Geocaching – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSyty5L8G1s
Lisa Foiles

I like how she showed some of the swag they found like the dirty duck and talked about the box of spiders. It gave a much more real feel to what we actually find when we go geocaching.

So if we can go with ideas like:
This is what we would like to find and this is what we usually find…. Give some good examples too.

We tell people about all the amazing swag and untold treasures found in geocaches. Where we actually have quite the collection of Happy Meal Toys and such..
Have to admit I have found some pretty cool stuff over the years and heard some good stories as well.

We tell people about all the amazing creative geocache containers we find. The majority of them are micros, bison tubes, pill bottles, and the occasional camouflage nano.
They are not all P&G, found many an amazing geocache hide. Just have to wade through the ones with less thought for the fun creative ones.

We tell people about the amazing geocaching community we have and it’s true. Sure there are always the few bad apples but as a whole. Geocachers are fun loving, adventurous, warm hearted people who share a common interest and are more than glad to talk to you about it.

We tell people about the fun you can have in the woods, cities, swamps, forests, trails, fields, etc. We do not necessarily talk about all the snakes, critters, ticks, bears, squirrels, fire ants, poison ivy, stinging neddles and yes box of spiders. Yet we go out time after time, fighting our fears and anxieties to get our smilies.

We tell people about all the cool adventures we go on. This is also true. Sure sometimes we can really put on a lot of miles while geocaching but we love the travelling that it entails. Think of all the cool places we have been to. The number of states we wandered through. All the scenic things we never would have seen if we did not go geocaching.

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GCPC EPISODE 460 – What Other Location Based Games Can Learn From Geocaching

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July 20, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Let’s face it with the introduction of Pokemon Go there are tons of things people should not be doing with location based games. Tonight we try to show our experience with geocaching and some helpful and even life saving tips.

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GCPC EPISODE 460
Mission GC souvenirs are available the weekends of July 30-31, August 13-14 and August 27-28.
One week prior to each souvenir window, Premium members will receive an email with an “encoded message.” Decoding the message will unlock instructions for securing the souvenir.
Information is made available to Basic Members on the morning of the souvenir release via Geocaching.com, the Geocaching® app, Facebook and Twitter.
Read all about it on The Geocaching Blog!

Mistakes players seem to be doing:
No Common Sense – When you have to tell players to stay out of mine shafts or active minefields (Yugoslavia)- the lines get blurred between the game placing objects in areas it should not and the players realizing the danger they are putting themselves into. Are we all now mindless Lemmings?

NO RESPECT for where they go whether it’s trespassing or not. Geocachers have learned to respect other people’s property
Driving Skills – Geocachers have learned to follow a GPS and make it safely to ground zero – Other gamers – not so much article from today – Driver slams into Baltimore cop car while playing Pokemon Go.
Games like PoGo and Ingress have a contingent of players who play the game while driving. Are we getting that lazy to not get out and walk?
Location Placement – Getting permission as to random placement of key game pieces.

I have found that games that give immediate reward tend to wain quicker once the shiny wears off or the rewards become more difficult to achieve. With geocaching you know you have to think/work for them.
As much as we love to complain about them. You can really see why guidelines and rules are needed for an interactive gaming system. Otherwise you have chaos.
There is nothing like finding a physical, creatively made container well hidden and a challenge to find.
Think of all the different types of geocaches there are. Each with their own problem solving and deductive skills needed to find them.
We try to combine activities with geocaching anyways (camping, hiking, photography, etc.) What is wrong with other activities as we geocache?

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GCPC EPISODE 459 – Looking At Geocaching With An Augmented Reality Perspective

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July 13, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest Host Joshua Johnson aka The Geocaching Vlogger will be joining the gang in a discussion about AR location based gaming and the extremely hot Pokemon Go. How will this affect geocaching?

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GCPC EPISODE 459

Special Guest Host – Joshua Johnson

Immediate thoughts:
There can be a AR type geocache
This can resolve the issue and need of virtual caches
This can enhance existing physical geocaches
Alternative for Chirp

Thoughts about Pokemon Go in its first week in the US
Similarity of issues already with PG and geocaching
What will this do for or against geocaching if anything?
Experiences good and bad with PG
At one spot with two stations close together we gathered 6 cars all at once. Had a fun time talking with some of the players.
With the up coming influx of AR location based games coming. What should geocaching.com be doing right now?

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