GCPC EPISODE 528 – Fun Facts, The History of Geocaching

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In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:

We delve deep into the past by exploring geocaching fun facts. Many you may never have heard before…

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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! #geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast
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GCPC EPISODE 528 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 528 – Fun Facts, The History of Geocaching

Some of the topics we discussed tonight:
Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories.

Geocaching was conceived shortly after the removal of Selective Availability from the Global Positioning System on May 2, 2000, because the improved accuracy of the system allowed for a small container to be specifically placed and located.

The first documented placement of a GPS-located cache took place on May 3, 2000, by Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon. The location was posted on the Usenet newsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav as 45°17.460′N 122°24.800′W.

By May 6, 2000, it had been found twice and logged once (by Mike Teague of Vancouver, Washington). According to Dave Ulmer’s message, this cache was a black plastic bucket that was partially buried and contained software, videos, books, food, money, and a slingshot. A geocache and plaque called the Original Stash Tribute Plaque now sit at the site.

The activity was originally referred to as GPS stash hunt or gpsstashing. This was changed shortly after the original hide when it was suggested in the gpsstash eGroup that “stash” could have negative connotations and the term geocaching was adopted.

For more give the show a listen…

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NEWS:

It’s not too late to become an Official Space Explorer

Geocachers around the universe have been blasting off to add smilies and digital souvenirs to their profiles during this exciting adventure of Planetary Pursuit.
It’s not too late to earn up to 10 souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer! Find different cache types to collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and explore beyond what you know about geocaching…

Link: http://planetarypursuit.space/

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GCPC Mailbag…
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Hi,

Is there a way to map archived geocaches?

On the Geocaching.com site you can see caches mapped in a variety of settings: everything, your finds, your DNF’s with cache type filters.

But, how do you see what you have found in total including archived or disabled caches, and, more importantly, ALL previous caches in an area including archived or disabled ones?

I quite often read the description of a cache by a veteran who comments about one or more caches that used to be in a the same spot the current cache is replacing.

Thanks,
I LOVE the show usually binge-listening to the audio version.
Keep it up!! – Brian AKA “Slingworthy”

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GCPC EPISODE 527 – March 2018 Cacher Coffee

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In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:

The GCPC hosts get out their favorite beverage and discuss many of the current activities going on in the geocaching world.

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Please share with other geocachers. 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!

#geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast
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GCPC EPISODE 527 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 527 – March 2018 Cacher Coffee

9 Tips for responsible cache maintenance
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2017/06/9-tips-for-responsible-cache-maintenance/

Planetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)
https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2018/02/planetary-pursuit-launch-support-aka-faq/

Release Notes (Website: Attributes) – March 5, 2018
https://forums.geocaching.com/GC/index.php?/topic/347592-release-notes-website-attributes-march-5-2018/

For more give the show a listen…

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NEWS:

Greetings, fellow Earthlings,

The year is 2650. You are invited to join the Geocaching Explorers Club and be among the first geocachers to visit every planet in our Solar System earning souvenirs along the way. Find different geocache types to collect points on the Friend League between March 19 and April 8 and earn up to 10 new souvenirs to become an Official Space Explorer.

Visit the Friend League to activate your scoring control board and prepare to lift off on March 19.
Watch the Planetary Pursuit webpage for an FAQ to go live later today.
Link: http://planetarypursuit.space/

Yours in caching,

Chris
Geocaching HQ
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GCPC Mailbag…
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Hi Guys

Wonder if I can get some advice and your thoughts.

I have a cache (which Sarah TS has found recently) that has a high percentage of favourite points. Without giving too much away, it has multiple logbooks and the geocacher is required to sign the logbook for the day that they are there (ie if they find the cache on the 9th, then they need to sign the logbook for the 9th, if they find it on the 14th, then they need to sign the logbook for the 14th etc..)

From some of the online logs I’ve seen, finders have commented that it appears that some cachers have just signed the first logbook they have found, not for the date that they are there.

Most of me thinks, meh, no big deal. And it’s really not a big deal. But then part of me thinks, no, the instructions were pretty clear, they may have found the cache, but they’ve signed the wrong logbook.

Best course of action? Let it go, or is it grounds for deleting their log?

Great show, and I watch live when I can. Always appreciate the Southern Hemisphere view of things.

Cheers
Andrew
aka 2wombles

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GCPC EPISODE 526 – Geocaching Tricks of the Trade

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In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The GCPC hosts discuss different tricks for making geocaching easier. A great listen for geocachers at all levels.

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

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!

#geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast
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GCPC EPISODE 526 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 526 – Geocaching Tricks of the Trade

Pocket Queries
Project-GC (map compare, not found filters)
Caching by route
First to Find Preparedness
Notifications
Hiding a geocache the right way
Forethought
Effort in the hide
Effort in the cache creation
Quality over Quantity
Find your geocaching niche then occasionally do the opposite
Build up your geocaching networks…Mentoring.
Hard to see hides
Use your phone camera as a mirror. Take a pic inside that hole before you stick your hand in there

For more give the show a listen…

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NEWS:

Joshua “The Geocaching Vlogger” Johnson makes the StarTribune
http://www.startribune.com/minnesotan-is-something-of-a-celebrity-in-the-geocaching-world/474194783/

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GCPC Mailbag…
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Hello gang,

This message is meant for Scott. Scott, you recently told the story about a police officer pointing a gun at you when you were geocaching in an area known to be frequented by drug dealers. Some web sleuthing revealed that you were on episode five hundred and four of Podcacher. During that show you briefly said that one time several police officers swarmed your car, and another time police asked you to leave the state of Wisconsin. What did you do to stir up such commotion?

My own LEO occurred while I was looking for a geocache that was too close to park’s a play area for small children. One of the police officers who showed up knew about geocaching, and a nano is cause for concern. I was allowed to put the cache back, but I was told to leave the park. That cache was archived, and I later recalled that incident when I found another cache in a different part of the same park.

Thank you, StevenW54

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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.

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 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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GCPC EPISODE 524 – Geocaching Terms, Definitions and Acronyms II

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In tonight’s episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It’s time to get back to the basics with some discussion of Terminology and other important geocaching definitions.

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

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 524 Show Notes

GCPC EPISODE 524 – Geocaching Terms, Definitions and Acronyms II

Reference:
http://gagb.co.uk/acronyms.php

Glossary Of Terms
https://www.geocaching.com/about/glossary.aspx

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NEWS:

Inadequately prepared woman rescued from moor

http://www.teignmouth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=110791&headline=Inadequately%20prepared%20woman%20rescued%20from%20moor&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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GCPC Mailbag…Send your geocaching email to:

GCPCMailbag@gmail.com

It’s been a while since I wrote, but I’ll quickly cover a few things:
1) Great show last week. If you put it out, you are responsible for it! If you can’t take care of it, take it down. Who cares how many caches you’ve hidden if they’re nothing but geotrash. I’m much more impressed with quality, not quantity.

2) Planning a geocache route: Cachetur.no! I’ve been playing and planning with it for several weeks now. Super easy, let’s you break down trips in a variety of ways, routes your caches to the most efficient path or drive, and it’s FREE! I’ve worked with Thomas the developer on a couple of issues and enhancements, and as Nic really does a great job with Cachly, so does Thomas with Cachetur. Check it out!

3) Can we somehow balance Sarah better? Each week I struggle with hearing her. I get the volume up so that she comes through clear, and then you guys blast me out of the car! I love her perspective and wish I had a consistent volume for all of you.

That’s it. Thanks for the show.
Merlin1392
aka Tim Green

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