GCPC EPISODE 525 – Geocaching Tools of the Trade – Past and Present

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In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
Sarah wants to discuss what different tools of the trade we all use when geocaching. Thought that would be a wonderful subject to go over.

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

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GCPC EPISODE 525 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 525 – Geocaching Tools of the Trade – Past and Present

Some of our extensive list:
High power flashlight. The cheap low power ones’ just don’t cut it.

Extra socks

Diapers – if caching with a toddler/infant :)

Pens – lots of em. A sharpie also helps for those hard to sign logs. – possibly also a pencil (A write Fisher Space Pen – writes in the rain)

A towel. Always know where your towel is to be a real hoopy frood.

Carabiner… handy for tying up the geo-dog when you are in an area where she has to be on the leash, but you need to drop the leash to do a hunt. 
Great to put one on the belt, to clip the GPSr to instead of using a belt loop which can break.

Bug spray designed for tick repulsion! very important :) Pick one for your area.

Some sort of snack – jerky or granola bars – never know when you get hungry on the trails, and that stuff keeps for a while so I can store it longer term without issue.

First Aid Kit – you hope you never need it, but just in case…

A good (paper) map of the area – for longer trips.

Rope… bring rope, always helps

Gloves

Hiking stick has been employed as a long distance pokey device.

Pliers on my leatherman has been used many many (many!) times as tweezers or just a fing-longer.

A boat a couple times :)

Water. For those pesky “fill this tube with water” caches.

Log Roller – for those nasty nano logs. INfo – I’ve used a needle on occasion, or a safety pin to roll the log around

A fork or ice pick – is useful when a cache is in a recess as there is NO WAY I am going to stick my hand in a hole here in TEXAS. – You need to cowboy up and just stick your hand in there…

Letherman – A multitool chock full of handy options that fit quite nicely in any geocachers pocket or pouch. www.leatherman.com/

Tweezers – http://www.rei.com/product/407072

A space pen – www.fisherspacepenstore.com/

Battery Case -http://batterychargerz.com/shop/article_MHS-BH4AA/AA-AAA-Battery-Carry-Case.html

A Utility Mirror –
http://www.generaltools.com/Products/1-38-Telescoping-Utility-Mirror__70555.aspx

Head Lamp Light-
http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=3401361

30″ telescoping magnet
https://www.google.com/search?q=telescopic+magnet&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=aZWGUOT2CK600QGJxoDwDA&ved=0CEIQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=955

2″ ‘snake’ mirror (so-named for more’n 1 reason!!)

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NEWS:

Info: A couple of interesting ‘bits and bobs’

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/dead-drop-stokes-croft-more-1170510

http://thepodcacheshow.com/latest-episode.html Episode 78 (Announces the side events between Piratemania 11 and the Yorkshire MEGA – and you thought I had an accent?)

And finally – This is a story about a TB owned by the son of couple of geocachers I know. (Scott’s like a bloodhound – I swear he can sniff out caches, he usually has them found before anyone else has even got out of the car).!

https://www.siku.de/en/news/news/article/ein-siku-auto-reist-um-die-welt.html

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GCPC Mailbag…
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Hi Gang,

Just wanted to send a follow up to my email from Episode 523 (Geocaching Story Time) on the idea to place a virtual in North Korea. While over there next month on a vacation, my hope was to be able to find said virtual at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the Koreas. First of all, GeoJo24 got in contact with me to offer her virtual reward (since I don’t have one to place) but she did concur with your suggestion to get prior approval from Geocaching.com. Well, to make a long story short, they turned me down flat, citing the strict North Korean restrictions.

However, I thought there still may be a chance, since at least the South Korean portion of the Joint Security Area of the DMZ is under control of the United Nations Command Security Battalion. It is while under their jurisdiction that you can go to the North Korean side of the Military Armistice Conference Room. I was able to find a way to get in touch with them to ask whether it was possible to have your picture taken with a GPSr to “prove” you were in North Korea. I figured that if you can take a camera there, you should be able to take a GPSr. Unfortunately, they replied that the only electronic device allowed was a camera.
With that bit of information, I had to admit defeat. However, I remain hopeful that even if North Korea doesn’t relent, maybe the UN Command Security Battalion at some point will.

Thanks for your help at my attempt to tilt at windmills.
Data Wrangler
Tallahassee, Florida

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