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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #50 on: April 11, 2013, 02:04:51 pm »
Just realised how old this thread is.

Something I do when I want to cycle rather than go caching is pick a cache that's a fair distance from home and ride out to it. It gives me a focus beyond just riding around for the sake of it, and even if I don't find the cache it acted as a kind of "control" on the ride to make sure I did the distance. If I find it that's a bonus.

Actually, that would be an interesting one to promote permanent rides!

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #51 on: April 11, 2013, 02:22:03 pm »
Let me get this right. You go on a Geocaching website and note down the Lat/long for a Cache. Ride there and find something in a plastic box?

That sounds similar to picking a town off the '50 miles around Birmingham' map and going on your bikes to find its chip shop.

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #52 on: April 11, 2013, 02:47:00 pm »
That sounds similar to picking a town off the '50 miles around Birmingham' map and going on your bikes to find its chip shop.

Is this a thing?
I think I approve! I'll have to try it one day :)

We tried laying some caches as part of an art thing in Leicester city centre a few years ago. Totally failed to get any of them authorised by the official website.

So, in a reverse geocache type stylee, here are the caches, you've just got to find the co-ordinates  ;D

http://routesrolesrules.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/digital-trails/

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #53 on: April 11, 2013, 03:04:52 pm »
Let me get this right. You go on a Geocaching website and note down the Lat/long for a Cache. Ride there and find something in a plastic box?

It's not always a plastic box, but the bed of nettles is pretty much compulsory.


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That sounds similar to picking a town off the '50 miles around Birmingham' map and going on your bikes to find its chip shop.

Seems reasonable...
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #54 on: April 11, 2013, 05:50:26 pm »
A lot of what my schoolchums and I did was on the throw of dice.

Throw two dice, and if its 5, it is between 150 and 180 degrees. Throw again and that subdivides that segment into 12. Locate a town approx 25 miles away and go for its chip shop.

Seeings 7 is the most probable, from Brum, it was either Bromsgrove, Droitwich or Worcester.  :-\

When the Random number generator appeared on Microsoft Excel, we went north more often.  ;D

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #55 on: April 11, 2013, 06:29:47 pm »
Like your style :)

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #56 on: April 11, 2013, 06:52:21 pm »
you might have been better off throwing a single die twice and choosing a bearing based on something along the lines of

bearing in degrees = (first die roll)x60 + (second die roll)x10 - 70

That's assuming that not always ending up in Bromsgrove, Droitwich or Worcester constitutes "better off", of course ;)
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #57 on: April 11, 2013, 07:07:23 pm »
All the caches we placed were muggled/piked within six months, so we gave up.
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2013, 07:11:56 pm »
It's not always a plastic box, but the bed of nettles is pretty much compulsory.

This is one of the local caches. The actual cache is a tightly rolled strip of paper in the metal capsule, hidden inside a frog, hidden in a tree stump..


DSC_0967 by davidmamartin, on Flickr

There were others which were ceramic mushrooms and so on.
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2013, 09:13:22 pm »
you might have been better off throwing a single die twice and choosing a bearing based on something along the lines of

bearing in degrees = (first die roll)x60 + (second die roll)x10 - 70

That's assuming that not always ending up in Bromsgrove, Droitwich or Worcester constitutes "better off", of course ;)

Then there was Malvern, Bromyard and finally, the cider.  ;D

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #60 on: April 12, 2013, 09:15:24 am »
Let me get this right. You go on a Geocaching website and note down the Lat/long for a Cache. Ride there and find something in a plastic box?

Pretty much. Except sometimes you don't find the plastic box. Sometimes I'll use a couple of caches as waypoints to create a looped ride.

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That sounds similar to picking a town off the '50 miles around Birmingham' map and going on your bikes to find its chip shop.

Kind of, except for me Birmingham is a bit of a trek to start the journey to the chip shop :)
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #61 on: April 12, 2013, 09:39:24 am »
Let's go through this again.
You go to a Geocaching website, pay their membership fee and get Lat/Long of some caches.
You go out and find the caches, and then go to the chip shop.

Re: Geocaching
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2013, 09:42:11 am »
"I placed a Geocache outside New Street station in Birmingham. Unfortunately, Bomb Disposal blew it up."  ;D ::-)

David Martin

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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #63 on: April 12, 2013, 11:34:40 am »
Free membership. But basically, yes. To some it has the same effect on a walk or cycle as the act of golf.
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Re: Geocaching
« Reply #64 on: April 12, 2013, 12:26:54 pm »
Let's go through this again.
You go to a Geocaching website, pay their membership fee and get Lat/Long of some caches.
You go out and find the caches, and then go to the chip shop.

Yep, you sign up (you can sign up for free), go find some caches, then go to the chip shop.

It's much like audaxing where you go to an audaxing website, pay the membership, get a routesheet. You go out and ride the route, then go to get some cake.
Always carry a small flask of whisky in case of snakebite. And, furthermore, always carry a small snake.