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GCPC EPISODE 451 – Geocaching and Hiking Electronic Gadgets

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May 11, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest host Darrylw4 joins the gang to talk about geocaching and hiking electronic gadgets and gizmos. Should be loaded with nerdy fun!

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GCPC EPISODE 451
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/high-tech-camping-gadgets/

Choose your favorites here or bring your own ideas. It’s all good.

HHH:
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme. A very slim, rugged, waterproof and portable solar charger that has a USB port and 9000mAh battery for when theclouds block the sun. [£120]
DW4:
Ivation 7 W Solar Charging Panel, 1.8L Hydration Backpack/Bladder Bag w/Flexible Drinking Pipe, 10,000 mAh Waterproof Power bank $89.99
TAZ:
The one thing I think of is Juice and more Juice – Hydration for me and Power for my equipment. It looks like the Ivation 7 W is a double whammy there. Any good alternatives (Preferably Priced less than Goal Zero) for those of us who love our Camelbaks? Suaoki Solar Panel $45.99 (on Sale – list $95.99) 16W 5V to USB
DW4:
Monoprice 15W, 5V Portable Solar Charger $39.95
FosPower PowerActive 10200 mAh Power Bank – 2.1A USB Output [Water/Shock/Dust Proof] $24.95 (on sale, list is $69.99)
RAVPower Portable Charger 3200mAh External Battery Pack Power Bank with Ultra bright flashlight $14.99 (on sale, list is $49.99)
Portable Charger RAVPower 3200mAh External Battery Charger with LED UV Flashlight (100lm) $14.99 (on sale, list is $29.99)
TAZ:
Head Lamp – Wide variety available in price, brightness and cost. But I’d recommend having one in your pack, even if you don’t plan on being out at night. I like to have one so it keeps my hands free.
Flash Light – It can be a 1000+ Lumen Cree LED powered beast to a cheap 80 Lumen LED, but make sure it’s one that’s going to last a couple hours, especially if you don’t carry a head lamp. You can get a good 1200 Lumen Cree XM-L for $15 with 18650 battery and charger Ultra Fire 1200. Note, that the batteries will drain over time, so you’ll want to charge them up before a good hike/night time cache find.
Life Straw – Light weight, water prufication (0.11lbs) $19.99
DW4:
I’d also recommend a dry bag or two in the pack – you don’t know when it might rain or you need to cross a stream and it’s nice to toss the electronics in there to be safe. They start at about $8 for cheap ones built for smartphones and there’s ones for tablets, or ones with floatation in case you drop it in the stream or pond.
SPOT Gen3 $169.95
4 x AAA Lithium/NiMH
Basic Service $14.99/month, $149.99/year
Enhanced Tracking $4.99 or $14.99/month, $49.99 or $149.99/year
inReach Explorer $379.95/inReach SE $299.95
Internal rechargeable battery
Pairs via Bluetooth with Apple iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire with bluetooth
Initial account activation fee of $19.95.
Move down a plan at any time for $24.95.
Service ranges from $11.95 to $99.95/month
SPOT Global Phone $549.95
Interchangeable rechargeable battery
Service $39.99 to $149.99/month
HHH:
JakPak Waterproof Jacket, Sleeping Bag & Tent. You can wear it as a jacket and instantly unzip some material to make it into a sleeping bag. It then can deploy a tent over your head for a warm, dry and comfortable sleep. [$199.99]
DW4:
And we should mention BioLite for the campers.
CampStove $129.95
BaseCamp $299.95
NanoGrid $99.95
“The NanoGrid is a compact, powerful system of rechargeable lighting and power storage. An advanced energy hub, the PowerLight stores shareable energy in the palm of your hand while the daisy-chain SiteLights provide a home-like network of overhead lighting.”
SolarPanel 5 $59.95
“The SolarPanel 5 features the same optimizing function and design of the SolarPanel 5+ but removes the battery to bring you an ultra-minimal panel with one of the best dollars-per-watt on the market. Power phones, tablets, and BioLite gear in real-time with this lightweight and slim 5-Watt monocrystalline power supply or pair with an external powerbank for an easy energy storage solution.”
There’s also an interesting device one of the GeoGearHeads shared;
goTenna
2 pack $199
4 pack $389
HHH:
Sony Digital Recording Binoculars. 25x binocular magnification with image stabilization during video recording in full HD and 3D modes. [$1999.99]

The 35-Piece Ultimate Survival Kit
http://www.outsideonline.com/1925961/35-piece-ultimate-survival-kit

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GCPC EPISODE 450 – Geocaching Turns 16 – Big Deal or Big Whoop?

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May 05, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We try to not be too sarcastic with our podcast… well mostly anyways. Geocaching turns sweet 16 and all that really comes to mind is well nothing really. So we are trying to come up with the positive reasons people should continue to geocache even though nothing of any import has come out of geocaching hq in years.

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GCPC EPISODE 450 – Geocaching Turns 16 – Big Deal or Big Whoop?
Geocaching Turns 16 – Big news or Big Deal – is this all that there is?
Answer the ultimate question to counter or enhance our first bullet point. As in depth as possible → What makes geocaching great?
Please give as many reasons why geocaching is great for you?

HHH:
The travel to new places – events and adventures
My geocaching ebbs and flows. The point is I re-realize why I love geocaching that rekindles the need to go out and geocache again
The geocaching community is nothing like any other world wide social gathering of people like no other I know. Extended family.

SB:
People i’ve met through the past 8 years
Places i’ve gone and seen, even in my own neighborhood
Seeing other countries, many states
Love talking to people who listen to the show at events, Mega’s, etc.

TAZ:
Anything exciting happening for the Sweet 16???
Exploring places that I’d not normally come across, even in my own neck of the woods.
The jubilation of after 30mins of searching, and getting ready to call it quits and then your eyes/hands/feet/walking stick hits the cache.

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GCPC EPISODE 449 – Geocaching In The News

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Apr 27, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
we have guest host Gerry Sander aka GManSan and extra unexpected host Scott Berks back for tonight as well. Come and listen to us describe topics pulled right off the internet.

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GCPC EPISODE 449 – Geocaching In The News
Special Guest: Gerry Sander aka GManSan

Volunteers Find Human Remains in Cooper River During Spring Cleanup in Pennsauken – Sent in by Michael Logan – “The cito event was held by the local reviewer.. “O Reviewer” know as ODragon.. GC60W3J”
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Human-Remains-Skull-Pennsauken-New-Jersey-Cooper-River-Merchantville-Volunteers-376851051.html
Smooch262 found the skull.

Anacortes woman found alive after 5 days missing in woods
http://kpug1170.com/news/007700-missing-anacortes-woman-found-alive-in-woods-after-5-days/

Troop T2K Geocache
https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC6GDGV_troop-t2k-geocache?guid=d4e45b05-3ae6-4fe6-87df-b2c9ced4f0d9

Get Inspired With These 4 Geocache Lists
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2016/04/get-inspired-with-these-4-geocache-lists/
4 Geocaching Lists with Breathtaking Destinations from Around the World
Geocaching’s Greatest Hits – LINK
Geocaches with Amazing Views – LINK
5 Dreamy Beaches with Awesome Geocaches – LINK
7 EarthCaches on 7 Continents – LINK

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GCPC EPISODE 448 – April Cacher Coffee

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Apr 20, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Special guest host Darrylw4 joins us to discuss everything geocaching with this month’s cacher coffee.

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GCPC EPISODE 448 – April Cacher Coffee
Special Guest: Darryl Wattenberg (Darrylw4)

Geocaching Podcast Profiles;
GPP: Cache & Release
GPP: Oh Beep! Geocaching Podcast
GPP: Caching in the North West

HHH:
Birthday Bash Geocache from Georgia’s State Parks
http://lakelanier.com/2016/04/birthday-bash-geocache-from-georgias-state-parks/
http://gastateparks.org/geocaching
http://gastateparks.org/parks/geocaching/Birthday_GeocacheBoard.pdf
Georgia’s State Park system turns 85 this year. Just to prove they haven’t gone all fuddy-duddy, they came up with a new game that anyone with a hand-held GPS can play: the Birthday Bash Geocache.

Environmental Factors Affecting Where People Geocache – MDPI – Open Access Publishing
http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/8/2/11/htm
Abstract: Outdoor leisure activities are important for public health as well as family cohesiveness, yet environmental factors may easily affect someone’s ability to participate in such activities. We explored this with a focus on the social web-based treasure hunt game called Geocaching. We collected data on all US and Canadian geocaches from OpenCaching.com and conducted an online survey with twenty geocachers as a follow-up to our data analysis. Data analysis showed that geocaches were more often found in areas that were wealthier, better educated, younger, and more urban, and had higher population density and better weather. Survey results showed similar trends: Most people actively thought about where they would cache and tried to minimize risks, despite cache hiders thinking less about these concerns. These results further emphasize the importance of environmental factors when it comes to participation in outdoor activities and leads to Human–Computer Interaction design implications for location-based online social activities.

TAZ:
http://www.kendallcountynow.com/2016/04/15/suspicious-device-in-plano-turns-out-to-be-geocache/a75l3lx/
This cache in Plano wasn’t a plain ol’ cache. The ‘pipe bomb’ turned out to be a geocache – and they didn’t blow it up this time.
The article of course said that the Soda Tube looked like a ‘pipe bomp’, and that it was placed near a daycare, when technically the daycare was placed near the cache as the cache was there 2yrs before the daycare

DW4:
360° Live Streaming on YouTube; “One step closer to reality: introducing 360-degree live streaming and spatial audio on YouTube”

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GCPC EPISODE 447 – Catch Up With DarrylW4

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Apr 13, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s been 75 episodes since we last had Darrylw4 on the panel. Well, he’s back! Taking over for Scott Berks who is out on assignment. Darryl will be filling in but I think after a year and a half we should do some catch up with our technical host.

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GCPC EPISODE 447 – Catch Up With DarrylW4
Special Guest: Darryl Wattenberg (Darrylw4)

Last Time Darryl was on GCPC –
Episode 372 – DarrylW4 Retires From The GCPC 10/08/2014
75 Episodes Ago.

So what has Darryl been up to for the last year and a half?

Unpublished Caches on Smartphones for Events – http://www.motorcitycachemachine.com/smartphones

Apple Watch & Geocaching – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR8JKi7XIQE&feature=youtu.be

Periscope & Katch – https://www.periscope.tv/darrylw4

Ricoh Theta S & Geocaching Videos? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUSfxKtqIzg&feature=youtu.be
First 360° Geocache Hunt

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GCPC EPISODE 446 – Recent Geocaching Trip Recollections

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Apr 06, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Many of the hosts tonight are returning to the show with geocaching trips under their belts. Come and give a listen to some of the stories and adventures they had.

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GCPC EPISODE 446 – Recent Geocaching Trip Recollections
Special Guest: Shorty Knits

HHH:
Moga 2016
Registration night was quite the party!
Be ready for any weather possible – Temps in the 50s, 50 mph wind gusts, snowed in the evening.
Competition events are a totally different animal than standard events
People are there to compete – go figure
Lots to do but there was a separation from area. Main area almost empty for the majority of the day until evening events.
Many regulars winning at this moga
Wife Amy picks up Tennessee and Kentucky – beautiful scenic views all the way home. Going through Ohio, not so much

SB:
A week in florida with a high D/T rated mall
Tardis cache in Georgia (GC5NRTR)
3 new states – finished all east of Mississippi except a few in New England
6 webcams
Walking in Macarthur Beach State Park
A great event meeting local cachers
Nightmare drive home with rain, events, late nights

TAZ:
No recent geocaching trips but willing to share experiences from other trips.

CS:
20 hour road trip to southern Utah.
Park and grabbed on the way down
Full day of caching a series laid on the tip of an anticline.
Brute forced 2 puzzle caches in the field from 2006. One had not been logged for 3 years.
Nightmare drive home with deer and some drunk driver trying meet me head on in the road.

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GCPC EPISODE 445 – Geocaching Vlogger – Competition Event Insights

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Mar 30, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Tonight on the Geocaching Podcast. Joshua the Geocaching Vlogger will be our guest to discuss his challenge geocaching event experience and insights for you to prepare for MOGA 2016 and more. 9:30PM ET at www.geocachingpodcast.com

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GCPC EPISODE 445 – Geocaching Vlogger – Competition Event Insights
Special Guest: Joshua Johnson – The Geocaching Vlogger mayberryman@gmail.com

Hey How’ya doing with Joshua
Good.
How many different competitions have you attended?
(4 officially) all MOGA.
2nd- 4 person
2nd- 2 person
1st- 4 person
2nd- 2 person (w Reese)

Things to look for in geocaching competitions
What are your goals? Compete or just out there to have fun?
How to prepare for a competition
Training- Running in different elevations 2.5 hours
Strategy- Can be as important as the physical

TOTT?
Helpful Suggestions?
MOGA Insights

(For show notes: Ie Of competing in the 4 person competition.

Reese and I trip to MOGA 2013

Moga 2016 Links:
https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC5KYNP_moga-2016
MOGAgeo.com/2016/
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GCPC EPISODE 444 – March Cacher Coffee

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Mar 23, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s a bit late but a good night for a March Cacher Coffee. This is when the hosts come up with several topics of which to discuss about geocaching or mostly anyways.

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GCPC EPISODE 444 – March Cacher Coffee
HHH:
The Geocaching International Film Festival is Back?
Send in Your Story Worthy Films for GIFF 2016

Submit a Film to GIFF!
Good news, geocachers! The Geocaching International Film Festival is back for the fourth year in a row.

In the past we’ve watched films about geocaching ballerinas, the secret lives of trackables, geocaching in space and more. There was laughter. There were tears (due to the laughter). Thousands of geocachers took part in a worldwide movie night.

The GIFF 2016 theme is Story Worthy Moments. We’re asking you to think of your most noteworthy, most exceptional geocaching stories…and get them on camera.

Watch this video to learn more.

Submit your film by August 1, 2016 for the chance to have it viewed by a worldwide geocaching audience. Learn more about Story Worthy Moments and how to submit your film on the GIFF 2016 website.
http://www.geocachingfilmfestival.com/
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Take bikes on South Shore and find accessible geocaches at Dunes
http://www.southbendtribune.com/life/travel/outdoor/take-bikes-on-south-shore-and-find-accessible-geocaches-at/article_904a516c-8743-551e-a75b-64a28207de8a.html

SB: my event in FLA on Tuesday GC6DE71

CS:

TAZ: What can be done about deadbeat cache owners?
Those who haven’t abandon caching, but won’t maintain their caches
Especially those who continue to place caches – should there be rules put in place to disallow them from placing new caches if they have too many ‘Needs Maintenance/Archived’ w/o a checkup?
Those who appear to have quit caching.
How long is too long to allow a ‘Needs Maintenance to Needs Archived to actual archiving a cache’

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EPISODE 443 – Geocaching Creepy-Crawly, Itchy-Scratchy

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Sponsored by: Cache-Advance.com

Mar 16, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s Spring regardless what the calendar date says in many parts of the world and that means keeping an eye out for those things that can bring harm to a geocacher if they are not careful. Go over some of the basics with the guys in tonight’s episode.

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EPISODE 443 – Geocaching Creepy-Crawly, Itchy-Scratchy

HeadHardHat’s Blog
Geocaching Question – Is It Poison Ivy Or Isn’t It?
http://headhardhat-geocache.blogspot.com/2015/02/geocaching-question-is-it-poison-ivy-or.html

Jamie Davis – The PodMedic from Episode 23 – Poison Ivy Discussion – (Three Minutes)

Native and Naturalized Plants of The Carolinas and Georgia
Name That Plant
http://www.namethatplant.net/gallery_comparison.shtml?compare=leaves%20of%20Poison%20Ivy%20and%20others%20confused%20with%20it

Other Plants of Concern

Wood Nettle/Stinging Nettles
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Nettle.html

Stinging, or wood nettle plants feature triangular or heart-shaped leaves that decrease in size as they go up the slender stem. The leaves are one to six centimeters long and one to four centimeters wide with linear bumps, and the plant typically is three feet to six-and-a-half feet tall. Singing nettles also include green flower clusters and brown seed-like fruit. Most notably, the plant has stinging hairs.
When these stinging hairs come into contact with skin, they break the skin and release an irritant that causes redness and severe itching. These symptoms are typically brief but can be quite uncomfortable. Hikers who come into contact with stinging nettles should wash the affected area with soap and water. Creating a paste of water and baking soda can also alleviate the itching and irritation.

Using tape to pull out the microscopic stingers helps too. Duct tape is for more than camouflaging and cache retrieval.

Giant Hogweed
http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/39809.html

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Venomous Snakes and Spiders

Venomous Snakes

Copperhead
Cottonmouth
Pigmy Rattler
Canebrake
Diamondback
Coral snake
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Venomous Spiders
Black Widows
Brown Recluse

By State:
http://www.venombyte.com/venom/spiders/venomous_spiders_by_state.asp

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Scorpions:
By State:
http://www.venombyte.com/venom/scorpions/venomous_scorpions_by_state.asp

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Alligators and Crocodiles:
Careful They Bite!
Living with gators and crocs guides
http://myfwc.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/gators/

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EPISODE 442 – The New Geocaching App – First Impressions

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Sponsored by: Cache-Advance.com

Mar 09, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Geocaching.com ens the Intro App, puts the original app out to pasture and has a new and improved Geocaching App. Check out the first impressions from our hosts and some lively discussion.

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EPISODE 442 – The New Geocaching App – First Impressions

Email From Geocaching HQ

From The Geocaching Blog
So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® App
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2016/03/so-long-intro-meet-the-geocaching-app/

HHH Notes :
Scott Notes:
Corey Notes:
Chad Notes:

There is even more in our Patreon Post Show for Episode 442. Become a patreon to access it.

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