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GCPC EPISODE 428 – More Stringent Geocaching Rules?

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Streamed live on Dec 2, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Headhardhat brings up the discussion to see if more stringent geocaching rules need to be put into place to keep the game from falling into a sea of cluttered chaos.

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Show Notes Episode 428

GCPC EPISODE 428 – More Stringent Geocaching Rules?

Should the reviewing process be more stringent for new geocaches overall?

The geocaching listing guidelines now states “We encourage you to find at least twenty geocaches before you choose to hide one.”
The number twenty is not overall relevant to geocaching hides. A geocacher could easily get twenty hides in a day/power trail/etc.
Google maps, Google Earth, Google Streets and usually dated information.
Should a more granular questionnaire be used to specify for the reviewer where and how the placement is done?
There is no guarantee for the reviewer that the information provided is accurate or true.

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GCPC EPISODE 427 – Host’s Choice Episode

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Streamed live on Nov 25, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s Thanksgiving time in the US and we are taking it a bit easy tonight. So it will be a host choice of topics which I am sure is going to be a great discussion.

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GCPC EPISODE 427 – Host’s Choice Episode

HHH: Trackables and Geocaches that bring awareness.

SB: Thoughts on reviewers encouraged to “out themselves” by groundspeak.

CS: A couple of ideas for tonight’s show: Winterization maintenance of caches,

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GCPC EPISODE 426 – November 2015 Cacher Coffee

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Streamed live on Nov 11, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our apologize for the sound quality for Corey’s mike in this episode. His computer was not working and had to dial in via his tablet.

The guys get their favorite beverage and sit down to talk about all sorts of geocaching subjects. You never know what they will get into. Enjoy the show.

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GCPC EPISODE 426 – November 2015 Cacher Coffee

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GCPC EPISODE 425 – 20 Things I Learned From Geocaching

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Streamed live on Nov 4, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys reflect on how geocachng has taught them many things in life. The good, the bad and the ugly. Should make for a fun round table of discussion.

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GCPC EPISODE 425 – 20 Things I Learned From Geocaching

HHH:
Creativity is limited only by our imagination
My path in life is usually shown usually after I have reached my destination
There is so much to see that I never knew was there.
Always in life – Poke it with a stick!
We can have any number of geocaching friends and acquaintances all around the world – best network of people ever.

SB:
With life in general; Mark your damn car!
Most people really don’t pay attention to their surroundings
Walking around all day with wet feet is not healthy.
There is a big difference between “How Far” and “As the Crow Flies”
I should have been an archaeologist!

CS:
Recycle! Many things in life can be re-purposed.
The best travel advisor is only a pocket query away.
Skirt-lifting is not always frowned upon, but never silent.
As long as you know a geocacher, you have a friend.
I have had many hobbies in my life, but none give me more family fun for the buck.

TAZ:
If you stare at you GPSr/Phone while walking you will eventually trip and fall on you face if not worse.
Even in areas that you ‘know’ well, there’s more to know / see
The shortest distance between two points isn’t always a straight line (i.e. look around the bend before diving into the woods)
More about many subjects than I would ever have learned on my own through puzzle caches, earthcaches, wherigos, etc.
How it feels to act like a spy at a deaddrop.

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GCPC EPISODE 424 – Trackables, Travelers and Other Geocaching Game Pieces

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Streamed live on Oct 28, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We go back to the basics about geocaching game pieces and their differences. Great discussion about travel bugs, trackables, geocoins, tags and hitch hikers.

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GCPC EPISODE 424 – Trackables, Travelers and Other Geocaching Game Pieces

Trackables

Geocaching Definition – Trackable
A trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online. Also known as Travel Bugs, GeoCoins.

Geocaching Definition – Travel Bug
A trackable tag with a unique code that attaches to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.

Geocaching Definition – Geocoin
A Geocoin works similarly to a Travel Bug® in that they are trackable and can travel the world, picking up stories from cache to cache. Geocoins are often created as signature items by geocachers and can also be used as collectibles.

Difference Between Collection and Inventory
Trackable Collection – The Trackables Collection is a list of Trackables that you have removed from circulation. You can select Move to Inventory if you would like to send the Trackable on another journey.

Trackable Inventory – The Trackables Inventory is a list of Trackables currently in your possession. To “drop” one in a cache, visit the cache page and post a log while selecting a Trackable from the list. To place a trackable in your collection and remove it from circulation, select Move to Collection.
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Just a thought:
Geocaching RE-Definition –
Keep Non Cache To Cache Items as Trackables
IE – anything that does not physically go from geocache to geocache
T-Shirts, name tags, auto tags, any other item with a trackable code
Call any geocache items with a geocache ID that pass from one geocache to another as Travelers

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Pathtags, Tags and Hitchhikers

Pathtags Definition:
A pathtag is a small (1″ diameter) coin that is left as signature items by some geocachers. The design on the face of the coin is customized, while the other side holds a generic design and a serial number. They’re often mistaken for geocoins, but there are three main differences between geocoins and pathtags. The most important difference is that pathtags have nothing to do with GroundSpeak and are not trackable at geocaching.com. Another difference is that the tags are not individually trackable – all tags of the same design have the same serial number. While it is possible to track where the tags were logged, it is not possible to track the path of an individual tag. Finally, tags are usually meant to be kept by the finder, instead of being moved like activated geocoins.

Tags Definition:
Cachekinz, WildOnes, etc.
A non travelbug tage with a trackable gc code. Works the same as a travel bug.

Hitchhikers Definition:
Geofleaz
A tag that attaches to any other geocache game piece. It normally does not have any trackable code with it.

Other Game Piece Discussion:

Ways of obtaining geocoins
Online
Events – Auctions, Vendors, Other Geocachers
GeoTrails

Travel Bug Suggestions
Drill a hole thru it
No emotional attachment
Things happen – no long lifespan

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GCPC EPISODE 423 – Fall Cache Maintenance

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Streamed live on Oct 21, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We go back to the basics and discuss Fall Maintenance. Who should do it? What happens if it doesn’t happen? Why should we all help with geocaching maintenance.

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GCPC EPISODE 423 – Fall Cache Maintenance
Who should do it?
What happens if it doesn’t happen?
Why should we all help with maintenance?

Key Points:

Summer can be rough in some locations leaving necessary maintenance , where winter prep can be mandatory in other locations.
Make sure you want to go back out to do maintenance.
Bring along your EGRK, you may need it
How often to do geocache maintenance?

Helpful Tips:

Bring baggie and o-ring replacements when doing maintenance.
Make replacements of cache containers that might require full replacement when performing maintenance. You can swap out, making maintenance quicker in the field.
Follow your logs to be alerted of any unscheduled maintenance needs.

Do’s and Dont’s:

Don’t put your plastic ammo can in a tree like an acorn.
Do schedule regular maintenance at least once a year for your caches. More regularly for your high find hides.

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GCPC EPISODE 422 – But You Can’t Do That Geocaching!?!

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Streamed live on Oct 14, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts tonight go over geocaching decisions that go just up to or beyond the geocaching guidelines. An explosive conversation for sure.

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Show Notes Episode 422

A quote from the forum: “Something many people don’t realize is that many of the guidelines are there not primarily to prevent literal damage*, but rather to prevent a negative perception of geocaching. We don’t want land managers getting the idea that some caches are buried or nailed to trees, because that gives them a good reason to ban geocaching from their land entirely.”

LINK – http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic=335241&st=50

Burying a geocache – Mingo example
The debate of the hole was already there equals okay but if you have to make the hole is a no-no.
If you place a new post to put your birdhouse cache on, is that not in a sense breaking the burying guideline? If someone else placed the pole there, can you use it for your geocache?
Just because you have permission to bury a geocache from the property owner is it still okay to do it?

What is defacing Property or nature?
Putting a nail in a tree actually does no damage to the tree. Just because this is so should we still be allowed to do it?
Screwing your geocache into or onto something without permission from the correct landowner is a no-no

Getting Permission from the Right Person:
Another example of “You can’t do that…”:

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GCPC EPISODE 421 – October 2015 Cacher Coffee

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Streamed live on Oct 7, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s time to sit back, grab a libation and talk geocaching with the hosts of the GCPC for this month’s Cacher Coffee. What topics are for tonight? It will be up to them, should make for a good discussion no matter what they do.

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GCPC EPISODE 421 – October 2015 Cacher Coffee

HHH: Discussion about what are the Periscope Impacts to geocaching. Good, Bad or Indifferent.
Some say if you don’t physically sign the log than you don’t get credit
You went along for the ride, why shouldn’t you get the credit – arm chair geocaching.

HHH: Augmented Reality – Will it ever mix?

Sphero and BB8
http://www.sphero.com/

Pokemon Go
http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/10/9300009/pokemon-go-ios-android-ingress

Fans want for Pokemon Go
http://www.newseveryday.com/articles/27342/20151003/pok%C3%A9mon-go-release-date-rumors-fans-ask-travel-world-catch.htm

Hololens
https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us

Corey:
Clandestine anomoly http://clandestineanomaly.com/

GPS Essentials – Android Apps on Google Play

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GCPC EPISODE 420 – Distinguishing A Geocache Size, Terrain and Difficulty

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Streamed live on Sep 30, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys try to figure out why there appears to be an ever growing set of discrepancies with geocache size, difficulty and terrain ratings.
Looks like Taz427 has the night off while getting his family moved to California. Will be an interesting discussion for sure.

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GCPC EPISODE 420 – Distinguishing A Geocache Size, Terrain and Difficulty

This week’s discussion is confirming to the best of our abilities what is the best way to correctly distinguish what a geocache’s size, terrain and difficulty should be.

Containers Explained

Sizes

micro: Less than 100ml. Examples: a 35 mm film canister or smaller, typically containing only a logbook or a logsheet. A nano cache is a common sub-type of a micro cache that is less than 10ml and can only hold a small logsheet.

small: 100ml or larger, but less than 1L. Example: A sandwich-sized plastic container or similar. Holds only a small logbook and small items.

regular: 1L or larger, but less than 20L. Examples: a plastic container or ammo can about the size of a shoebox.

large: 20L or larger. Example: A large bucket.e.g. 5-gallon bucket (about 20 liters)

other: See the cache description for information. Unusual geocache containers that just don’t fit into other categories.

Geocache Rating System
https://www.geocaching.com/hide/rate.aspx

Ratings for Difficulty and Terrain (D/T)
https://support.groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=82

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GCPC EPISODE 419 – The Geocaching Stump The Host Quiz

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Streamed live on Sep 23, 2015

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Headhardhat as devised a geocaching quiz game show for the rest of the gang. Who really knows their stuff when it comes to our favorite game, sport and obsession? Find out and play along with us!

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GCPC EPISODE 419 – The Geocaching Stump The Host Quiz

In tonight’s episode our hosts will compete with themselves over a friendly geocaching quiz. Headhardhat will provide the questions to Scott, Corey and Chad for a head to head to head competition.

More details to be brought up tomorrow. Look here for details…

Rules To The Quiz:
Headhardhat is the game master and controls the quiz
Each host plays against each other
There are seven 100pt questions, seven 200pt questions and seven 300pt questions (21 question choices total).
A host is randomly determined to answer a question each time (via random number generator).
The host can choose the difficulty of the question from the non-selected questions available. If they answer the question correctly they gain the points chosen. If they do not answer the question correctly they lose ALL their accumulated points and are reverted back to zero points.
Host with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Prize: GxProxy – Conquer the Minotaur Geocoin
Congratulations to the Winner: TAZ427

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