Forum: Just Getting Started In Geocaching
Topic: Things I have learned as a newbie
started by: Firemedic

Posted by Firemedic on May 02 2002,4:47 am
I have only been out three times, and while I found each cache, there are a couple things I wish I had done first.

- Check the topo map first and decide on my basic route.  If I had done this the first time out I wouldnt have had to climb that mountain.  I also wouldn't have been 3 hours getting back.

- Mark the spot where I parked my vehicle. I didn't have any problem finding it, I just would have liked to know how much further I had to go.

- Take my cell phone.  When I was late I might have been able to get a signal while I was on top of that mountain to let my Wife know I was OK.

- Take my digital camera and then remember to use it.

I know these are basic thoughts, but I am a basic person.
Posted by Rob on May 02 2002,6:50 am
Iíve made all those mistakes.  I especially have trouble not going in a straight line to find a cash. Looking at a topo map usually shows that the most reasonable approach isnít necessarily the closest.
The most frustrating thing for me is to remember to bring my camera but leave the flash memory at home in the computer!
Posted by Firemedic on June 02 2002,8:01 pm
I'll add one.  When traveling to a Navicache Get together, expect the organizer to be sneaky enough to take advantage of recently closed roads and roads closed by the police to increase the difficulty.
Posted by Gimpy on June 03 2002,8:13 am
:grinnin  :grinnin  :grinnin
Posted by Clown Knife on Dec. 19 2002,4:14 pm
We've all made those mistakes and more! Welcome to the club. I've got 16 finds in 10 weeks of cache hunting. I've learned one cannot be too prepared; within reason, of course. Always know where you are going, even if that means finding and printing maps on the Internet (EasyGPS). Always take the geocache page with you. Most importantly, if the cache is in a remote location, always tell someone where you are going and when to expect to hear from you. Cell bones do not work in most remote geocache locations. Use good judgement in the field and pay attention to what is going on around you. Pace yourself and stay alert! (Don't get too fascinated with the gps screen that you trip or walk off a cliff)! Trust your GPSRs readings and try to think like the cache owner once you hit "ground zero" and begin the actual cache hunt. It takes a combination of both to find a cache sometimes. I've hit ground zero a few times only to spend the next 20 to 40 minutes locating the cache container. Usually that was because I was looking for the cache and not really "seeing" where it might be. I've learned to see the area with a geocaching perspective now. Of course, there are times you cannot see the cache because it is hidden very well. That is when I sit down and take a break, while casually looking around. I found a cache once like that, it just appeared to me. It was well cammoed! Check yourself for ticks, leeches, ants, and other critters when you get back to your vehicle. Call your contact to let them know you are home safe! I guess I'm not a newbie anymore, huh?
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