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Event planning for the 2010 Holiday Shindig.

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Postby cachergirl27 » Fri 2010-09-17, 18:18:52

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby GoodDog » Sat 2010-11-20, 15:26:03

I've been placing some on the Towpath Trail between Waterville and Grand Rapids. There are also 3 pretty new ones in Bowling Green parks, and the parks staff :wink: assures me there will be 5 or 6 more in the next couple of days.

I'll also do a few temp caches at the event that can be logged using the multiple "attended" technique.

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Mighty_Mo » Sat 2010-11-20, 15:31:34

GoodDog wrote:I've been placing some on the Towpath Trail between Waterville and Grand Rapids. There are also 3 pretty new ones in Bowling Green parks, and the parks staff :wink: assures me there will be 5 or 6 more in the next couple of days.

I'll also do a few temp caches at the event that can be logged using the multiple "attended" technique.

The multiple attended technique still shows up as more finds than unique caches. Right?
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby cachergirl27 » Mon 2010-11-22, 08:16:07

Thanks, GoodDog! I was just gonna e-mail you & a couple others to see about getting some temp caches out. Check that one off the list! :)
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby yogi57 » Mon 2010-11-22, 09:35:56

I was thinking about putting out a couple permanent caches south of the river. Wier Rapids and the Van something park. Does anyone has any there?
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Handyman-N-Fam » Mon 2010-11-22, 11:02:35

There is room at Weir Rapids for a cache. I don't know where the other place is though.
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby GoodDog » Mon 2010-11-22, 20:08:00

Mighty_Mo wrote:.

The multiple attended technique still shows up as more finds than unique caches. Right?



Uhhhhhhh..... Well it will add to your finds total, but I don't know what it does to the unique caches. I would ass u me
that that total will only go up by one. The event temp caches have been around as long as there have been events. Some areas do it more than others. We don't do it much here, but we could. By using temporary caches, that are not G.C. approved btw, you can hide them anywhere. No Poximity rules.

For those that don't know: Say you have three new TEMPORARY event caches. Christmas 1, Christmas 2, and Rudolph. First you log the actual event. Then you log the event again, but put in the comment box that you found Christmas 1. Log the event again saying you found Rudolp etc.

Usually at the sign in table at the event they hand out a list temp caches. Some events go so far as to put all the temps in GSAK and have the proper cables to upload them to your GRSr. This requires the local equivelant of a Gizmo or Rusty Nail.
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Some events have lots of Temp Caches, so you have lots of Attended logs. Some cachers don't like to log temp caches because they don't approve for whatever reason. Others say a find is a find. It's up to the individual cacher. Some events have too many temps that are too close together. Moderation is the key. I plan to put a few around Otsego, I think Yogi might, and I don't know who all. If too many want to do it, we need to set up an email chain telling the others where you put yours. We did that for the Oak Openings event a few years. A number of us each put out caches (these were permanent, but it's the same idea) and Yogi made us a GSAK map so we knew where the other caches were and we didn't step on each others tails.

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Mighty_Mo » Mon 2010-11-22, 21:44:26

Very good explanation Good Dog.

As far as logging temporary caches is concerned. I don't but man times I do hunt them. For me it isn't about the logging it's about the hunt and getting outside. Normally the temporary caches will be in a wooded area and are good hunts. As Good Dog says logging then is the individual cachers decision.
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Handyman-N-Fam » Mon 2010-11-22, 21:47:31

I don't understand the point of logging a cache on gc.com if it is not a gc.com cache.
But that is just me.
With that said...I am not opposed to temporary caches, but I won't be logging them as finds. :?
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby armygreenx » Tue 2010-11-23, 11:37:17

I would also be able to create .gpx files for temporary caches using GSAK if anyone needs this done.

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Mighty_Mo » Tue 2010-11-23, 17:17:03

armygreenx wrote:I would also be able to create .gpx files for temporary caches using GSAK if anyone needs this done.

Jeff

Creating a waypoint in GSAK is easy as is creating the GPX. GSAK has the ability to upload to Delorme, Garmin, Lowrance and Magellin but the cables for the various devices is the biggest issue.

With a little planning we could have several people ready to upload temporary caches at the event. People would need to bring their own cables though.
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Mighty_Mo » Wed 2010-11-24, 10:01:29

SO .............. When will the list of temporaries with name and coords be available?
Items needed on the list are
Cache name
Who placed it
Coordinates
Type - Traditional?
Container size - Regular / Small
Hint - if desired

the lists can be emailed to someone (I will take the lead if desired) to be put into a GSAK database. Then just before the event the GSAK database can be emailed to those that are going to load the GPSRs.

Printed copies of the list also need to be available.
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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby CrewHugSparks » Fri 2010-11-26, 12:15:52

That would be awesome to have the file emailed!

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby scuba » Fri 2010-11-26, 13:20:30

I also feel that temp caches are just that. Temp, a way of getting out and enjoying the sport, not a way to build up the numbers. Only log the event not temp caches. That is just me though, to each his/her own.

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Re: Activities > Geocaching

Postby Mighty_Mo » Fri 2010-11-26, 15:39:08

CrewHugSparks wrote:That would be awesome to have the file emailed!

the emailing would be between the people doing the GSAK upload at the event. And the geocachers should bring their USB cables to be sure they can connect their GPSr to the PC running GSAK.

All this is dependent on getting the info for the temp caches with sufficient lead time to get the GSAK database operational.
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