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GCPC EPISODE 484 – How Is Geocaching Being Communicated To Others

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January 25th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our hosts discuss how geocaching is being communicated to others and how it has changed over the years.

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#geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast

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NEWS:

GC HQ is excited to tell you the geocaching world has a new Giga-Event: GREAT MORAVIA 2017 in Czech Republic. The event is held September 2, 2017. The event went Giga just moments ago.

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GCPC EPISODE 483 – Evil Geocache Stories

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January 18th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Our band of geocaching hosts get together to discuss sorted Evil Geocache Stories. Ah to reminisce those wondrous moments of torment and gleeful satisfaction that can depend if you are trying to find or hide an evil geocache.

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NEWS:

Introducing offline maps for Premium members!

Because your Premium membership makes geocaching possible, we want you to be the first to know about our newest (and most requested!) feature: offline maps in the Geocaching® app!

With offline maps, you can navigate to geocaches without an internet connection — rather important for a game played in the great outdoors, eh? Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Select a geocache list or create a new one.*
Step 2: Save the list for offline use.
Step 3: Get outdoors! Offline maps will be there to guide you to the next geocache on your list.

Nic has launched a go fund me to try get Cachly set up for Android…

Are you an Android device user and want to be able to use Cachly?

Here’s your chance.

https://www.gofundme.com/cachly-android

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GCPC EPISODE 482 – Things I Wish I’d Known When I Starting Out Geocaching

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January 11th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang discuss geocaching with the perspective of hindsight as they talk about tips and ideas they wish they had known when first starting geocaching. A great discussion to be sure.

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HHH:
Point of Reference
The actual hide itself and how they can be hidden
Different container types
Understanding the difficulty of a hide

SB:
LPC’s are not the coolest thing you’ll ever see
Wearing shorts/flip flops into the woods to cache is NOT a good idea
What poison ivy looks like
When hiking all day in the summer, 2 12oz water bottles are NOT enough

TAZ:

INFO:
Mine are more things to think about, rather than ‘power searching tips’…
Re-read the cache page, hints and the logs to see if there’s something there that can help you when you’re at the location.
A DNF is not an admission of failure, but to maximise your chances, look for geocaches that have been found recently, and by people with just a few finds.
Different people play this game / sport / obsession in different ways, and that’s perfectly fine.

Here are a few suggestions from other NZ cachers I asked for ideas:
Don’t rely too much on the technology – stand back, take a breath, trust your instincts, what looks out of place, where would I hide it……. be aware that coordinates may well be inaccurate, especially under trees.
The quickest route to a cache isn’t necessarily in a straight line – don’t forget to look at the map!
Go to events and meet other cachers to get a better understanding of the Geo world, great for teamwork and solving those pesky caches that elude you.
If something looks out of place, it probably is. Geocaches are often right in front of you. A fake looking dog poo (or chewing gum) may not actually be fake – Act with extreme caution…sticks are your friend!
A good cache deserves an appreciative log. Tells the person who placed it, took lots of way point readings and time writing it up that you enjoyed it. TFTC or easy find is like saying “Meh” (OK, I was guilty of that at the start)…

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GCPC EPISODE 481 – Geocaching 2017 Resolutions and Rants

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January 4th, 2017

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Well it’s that time of year for diet plans, end of the world concepts and of course resolutions. So tonight we pull in a mixed group of hosts to discuss last years geocaching rants and this years resolutions. Should be in for a fun discussion for sure.

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Greetings Geocaching Podcasters,

Some of you have electronically added name tags that include either a picture or an avatar. However I can not make out the details, and I am a bit curious about your choices.

Taz, is that a ninja or a swordsman with either the sun or the moon in your avatar? Is there a story behind your choice?

Scott, your image shows you wearing a red hat, is the hat significant?

Thank you for your answers, the shows, and have a great holiday season.

Steven
geocaching name: stevenw54

NEWS:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/88130040/huge-sendoff-for-andrew-reinders-victim-of-hawera-truck-crash
I (and others in the NZ Geocaching community) knew him as waiiti20. I didn’t know him well, but he was a regular at many Wellington events. I realised I’d ‘made it as a geocacher’ when he contacted me for a hint on a cache I’d found and he was having problems with!

N.b. the print version of this was the front page of today’s Dominion Post and included the coordinates for his final resting place!

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Guest Host:Guest Hosts:
Adam Schoenwald Alias: Cloak.n.dagger
Jesse Lunsford Alias: Memfis Mafia

HHH:
RANTS:
Lack of progress with Geocaching.com in general.
Can’t get the existing app up to date let alone new features
No progress with the game itself. Same ole Same ole
Rejuvenate our game, sport and obsession – geocaching is dated.
Create a Clean-up of Archived and Should Be Archived program
Clean up the geo-trash to make way for new geocaches to be placed.
Cito our own game even with the result of having less active geocaches.

RESOLUTIONS:
Be more active both actively and promoting geocaching in a more positive light
There is a balance where you can promote and voice opinions.
Putting out some quality caches worth favorite points to help generate interest in our area.

SB:
RANTS:
So many abandoned caches out there from the surge in 2010+
GC still not having great search tools, maps, etc.
RESOLUTIONS:
More forest time this year
More than 1300 cache finds (2016 count), my worst year since 2010
5 months away (May) from 100 months in a row with an FTF

TAZ:
RANTS:
A lot of great rants already taken here – Poor quality caches put out by newbies is always a good complaint.
Reviewers – Is it required to have a stick firmly implanted in ones arse to become a reviewer or what? Putting out a puzzle cache that is as near self explanatory as it can be and then being asked to explain how to solve it per the guidelines (which yes it’s now in the guidelines), and then having to solve what the Anagram because they think it might be a bad word – WTF? It was ‘Insures – Bras Stuck’ and the coordinates are over a Starbucks on Sunrise. Ended up publishing it a day late because of that. I’d hate to see what some of the ones that take a Rocket Scientist to solve have to go through now.
RESOLUTIONS:
Uhmm… Repeat last year’s’ resolution of cutting my open Jasmer in ½ – Already booked a flight to Atlanta to get Lake Lanier on the way to Geowoodstock.
Get more caches in 2017 than 2016 (lowest full year to date – though probably the best quality cache average)

INFO:
RANTS:
People who leave laminated plastic cards in caches, how difficult is it just to sign the log? All they do is clutter up the caches. Pathtags, however are an entirely different matter!
RESOLUTIONS:
To continue logging all DNF’s
To finish off the DGSC challenge (a stretch target as I need to walk about 250km and find another 300 caches with D/T rating both 2.5 or higher)
To get to Oamaru Geofest 2017 (currently at 147 will attends – hopefully it will have MEGA status by October)
And most importantly, not to annoy you guys so much that I get booted off the show!

MEMFIS:
RANTS: cache maintenance and permission – it is not that hard to maintain your caches or get permission. As a cache finder – just log a needs maintenance if one is needed; It is helpful for other cachers.

RESOLUTIONS:
Find less caches, well sort of – actually since our streak is over we will go after more specific caches. We can focus on exactly what we want – extreme for me and also our geodates.
Jasmer
150 5x5s
Colorado County Challenge
Traditional and non-Traditional Fizzy
Not really a goal but – Go to GW15

CND:
Rants: Groundspeak Reviewers “Definition of rules” across multiple states vary as much are there are geocaches. I can hide one type of cache in one state, but that same exact type of cache can’t be hidden in another.

Change the rules for people who only write TFTC or use emoji for a digital logging.

People that put trash in geocaches as swag.

Resolutions:
Cease to hide traditional hides, instead only focus on Letterboxes, Night caching and whereigos.
Complete either OK or MO county caches
Attend a few megas
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GCPC EPISODE 480 – Geocaching With Kids and Family

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December 21th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Guest Hosts CloakNDagger and Memfis Mafia join the show to help discuss geocaching with Kids and Family.

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NEWS:
The final new country souvenir of 2016 is … Romania!

Romania is home to Transylvania, a forested area stretching from the Carpathian mountains in the east to the Apuseni mountains in the west. It’s also famous for its impressive churches and castles. While visiting Romania, your geocaching adventures may even lead you to Dracula’s Castle, also home to Romania’s very first geocache.

Learn more about geocaching in Romania and the other new country souvenirs on the Geocaching Blog.

Romania joins Russia, Puerto Rico, China, and Singapore as the latest geocaching country souvenirs. If you’ve found any geocaches in these countries in the past, these souvenirs have been awarded to your profile. Happy holidays and safe travels!

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Guest Host:Guest Hosts:
Adam Schoenwald Alias: Cloak.n.dagger
Jesse Lunsford Alias: Memfis Mafia

HHH:
Tips about keeping the family engaged in geocaching
Rules of the Woods, City, etc. – Keeping your family safe
Being prepared – First Aid, Food, Water, Extra Swag, letting go trackables,etc.

TAZ:
Given that my family doesn’t like to geocache, at least not very much. I find taking them to interesting Virtuals and Earthcaches are the best bet. As long as it doesn’t involve spending time actually looking for a container they are up for it.

INFO:
Try to find cache types to suit the company I am keeping that day!

The lads are far more outdoorsy than I will ever be, so if I’m with them it’s go for the distance and ‘interesting’ terrain (Tip: if you can get them interested in walking, you can train them up to act as sherpas for you on longer trips, and sub contract them to do things like climb trees on your behalf if you bribe them with ice creams afterwards!)

If I’m with my parents, it needs to be an interesting location (views or historic), or a more gentle walk. Numbers runs and Park & Grabs are best avoided. Both groups find the journey much more interesting than the prospect of hunting for lots of boxes, which spoils the journey for them.

Or if we’re heading out to do something like an orienteering event, I drop them where they need to be, and return at an agreed time, having collected some of the caches around the area. Cache trips disguised as ‘driving practice’ for my eldest worked for a while, but he has his licence now.
With younger kids, (especially those who aren’t regular cachers) I’d look at finding caches in nice areas with loads of Favourite points, and (more importantly) have been found recently. The last thing you want is to have a string of DNF’s!

Caches based around museum exhibits are also good for kids on a rainy day – they can help you spot the information, and you can come back to the final later.

C&D:
Geocaching is an anytime anywhere sport, rather we have time for just a quick PnG or a weekend adventure it really just depends on the moods and our current state of readiness?? What I mean by that is I evaluate if Burgundy and Kayla Dressed for a walk in the woods, or willing to sit in the car for a PnG. Do we have our gear, and the mental state of the day. Sometimes our days get long and hard and the thought of geocaching feels exhausting while other days it can be quite exciting. I am typically the one that can go 24/7 so it’s more what they are in the mood for.

Tips for families struggling with a split geocaching home:

Remember to let your family find the geocache. You may have 100’s or even 1000s of finds under your belt, but the rest of your family does not. You may have perfected your geocaching skills with razor sharp accuracy and can spot the geocaching miles away. That is awesome, but let your family make the find. Part of the “hook” for geocaching is being the one to make the find. If the search goes a little long that’s okay, remember you’re bringing your family out to make memories, guide them in ground zero, but let them make the find, they will get a great amount of joy out of it even if you spot the geocache first.
Make it fun, if you are only going for PnG’s kids may bore of it quickly, make sure to find caches that are big enough to hold good swag.
Look for caches with a ton of favorite points. These caches tend have a reason for high FP, rather it’s a great gadget, something unique to experience or just a great view. Inspire your family with inspiring geocaches.
It’s important to make it adventure, doing “just for the numbers” type of caches can begin to feel mundane if that is all you do. Find geocaches near places to rest and play like parks and playgrounds.
Pack a picnic lunch, bring the fun and make it more about the family then the Geocaching. You’re bringing your family out to make memories, no matter what vehicle you use to create those memories make it a fun one, know the limits of your spouse and children and respect them. If you do that, the family will be more willing to go next time.
Get involved with other geocaching families. One of the things that are great about events is that you get in touch with other families and eventually have that potential be become family friends. Going out Geocaching with other Families makes for an enjoyable adventure as it becomes a play date for the kiddos as well as time to develop relationships with other adults.

MEMFIS:
I’ve found that each of my girls has a different preference when it comes to geocaching. My older one is not really interested unless there is a tree climb involved or if we are on vacation. The younger likes SWAG and quick and easy smileys.

Find what the little ones like and seek those out. Don’t go for too long. Mine have a definite point when they are “done”.
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GCPC EPISODE 479 – Nic Hubbard Goes Over NEW Cachly v2

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December 14th, 2016

In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The gang discuss Version 2 of the iOS Geocaching Application Cachly with creator Nic Hubbard. Come find out all you need to know about this amazing geocaching app and the new features it has in version 2.

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From: Anteaus

Howdy from Texas! I came across this article and thought y’all might want to share this for your listeners in Utah or anyone planning on going there. Sounds pretty cool, you can get a patch from each of their counties and a geocoin once completing the tour.

https://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/outdoor-adventures/geocaching

NEWS:
Via Infoferret:
http://www.enterprisepub.com/movalley/news/geocaching-sends-west-harrison-students-all-over-the-world-from/article_b279b824-be55-11e6-8628-d3d1e697e6bc.html
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Guest Host: Nic Hubbard
Creator of Cachly Geocaching App
www.cach.ly

Talk points v2:
Offline OSM vector maps
Souvenirs
Updated User Profile now shows Finds, Hides, Logs, Souvenirs, User Gallery and much more.
Updated map callout, list view and cache details screen with more information such as favorites and trackables.
Highlight caches
Highlight caches from GSAK GPX import if user flag is set
Refresh caches in an offline list

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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?
jdkint

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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We meet on Wednesday nights at 9:30PM ET at http://www.geocachingpodcast.com/live so you can see us record the show live and join in the chat room. See you there!

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GCPC EPISODE 476 Show Notes

GCPC MAILBAG at GCPCMAILBAG@Gmail.com
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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GCPC EPISODE 475 Show Notes

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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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