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Geocaching
« on: October 29, 2008, 08:12:07 am »
whats it all about then?

Anyone do it?

tonycollinet

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 08:16:49 am »
I've done it.

Great fun with kids - they love it. Bit geeky if you're going to do it on your own but it is a good excuse to get out into the countryside.

Gus

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 08:32:27 am »

Been doing it from time to time.

Good way to train navigation and learning your GPS

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 08:49:16 am »
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Bit geeky if you're going to do it on your own
I did it for a while  ::-)

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2008, 08:51:28 am »
Hmm...

Geocaching and Audax Info controls. There could be a synergy there...

Regulator

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2008, 09:14:57 am »
Yep!  Geocacher here...


It's great fun - and a good way of getting you out on your bike over winter.
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tonycollinet

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2008, 09:30:58 am »
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Bit geeky if you're going to do it on your own
I did it for a while  ::-)

Yes - me too. Doesn't stop it being geeky though. Actually there is still one I want to do. The owner has released 3 geotags with stencils attached. When you have found all three, and collected the stencil markings, you get the coordinates for a cache. I have had two of the stencils so far and am waiting for the third to pass nearby at a time when I can get it. Been waiting about 2 or 3 years - its already gone by twice at times when I could not get it.

EDIT: - Dammit - now you've made me visit geocaching.com, and I can feel my inner geek stirring.

clarion

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2008, 10:24:23 am »
If I get a GPS, I kinda know I'll be doing this :-\
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2008, 01:11:43 pm »
I enjoy going out on the bike for the day doing a bit geocaching. The best bit is discovering all these new places, cafes, etc. locally that you never knew were there because they're a bit off the beaten track.
It didn't look at all like that in the photographs

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008, 01:18:10 pm »
Might give it a go then, just had a look near me, and there seems to be a few around here.

And as a few have pointed out its a good reason to go and get cold and wet on the bike ;D

andym

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2008, 06:27:04 pm »
Found a few.  I used it as a way to find new bits of forest for mountainbiking in.
AndyM

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2008, 10:22:53 pm »
i've been doing it off and on for a while, but only recently sprung for the premium membership (paid for).

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2008, 02:26:35 pm »
We do it a lot - even to the extent of going out in the dark and rain to get a "FTF". There's some really good ones that take to places you thought you knew but add something extra. Best one we've doen is "Follow the Furrow" in North Brittany.
Oh and it's a good way of walking the dog....

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rower40

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2009, 05:02:25 pm »
Thread Bump - apologies.  But I've just found my first Geocache.  My inner geek has just escaped and is playing with technology too big for it.
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2009, 05:09:10 pm »
Is there such as a thing as a geocache hash?  21st century pursuit for drinkers with a running problem?

andygates

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2009, 05:13:10 pm »
You could hash to a cache!

Or you could hash to a local geohash...

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2009, 02:00:49 pm »
I do it, the kids love it, the Mrs hates it. Not sure why, I guess because it adds complications to what should otherwise be a straightforward walk somewhere nice.

andygates

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2009, 03:32:44 pm »
But isn't it just "go here and waypoint it" which is pretty much what I do for arbitrary walks anyway..?
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2009, 08:46:34 pm »
Works well with Scouts as a basis for planning a hike with a purpose, working out grid references, a bit of simple decoding of the clue, and feeling that you have achieved something on the walk.

andygates

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2009, 01:38:12 am »
Cor, I didn't realise there were so many! And that you could squirt 'em to your GPS so easily... bwa-ha-ha my life is ruinéd!
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The Mechanic

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2009, 08:46:42 am »
I signed on to Geocache.com some time ago but so far I have resisted the temptation.  I can feel it getting worse though.  Can I get help on the NHS 'cos my BUPA cover disappears mid October when I finish my job.  The local Altzheimers home is closing at the end of the year and I fear that the substance/gambling/alchohol /geocaching centre will be next.

andygates

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2009, 09:59:45 pm »
Thinking of Alzheimers, I think the police chief at Pikes Peak is showing signs: PPCC Bomb Scare: Online Gamers to Blame - KRDO.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News, Weather and Sports

There are 400 caches within 10 miles of the site. 

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2009, 10:17:59 pm »
We had visitors who are into it.  We went with them, but I failed to get excited about finding a 35mm film container hidden in a drain.  What really put me off was that according to the geocache web site non-geocachers are known as muggles.  It seems to me like an excuse for playing with a hand held GPS for people who don't want to go cycling. 

I could have missed something, don't think I have though.

L Hedley

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2010, 08:45:11 pm »
looks like this post has dried up...but at elast I know I must be a geek now!  Almost reached 300 with some nice ones set, mainly on good cycling routes too!
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woollypigs

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2010, 05:37:23 pm »
I just looked into it since I watched a movie the other day which had it in.

Saw that there was one in the park next to us, used my iPhone to find it and wrote in the log book.

Now the question is, is this something I will keep up or ...