Forum: Just Getting Started In Geocaching
Topic: Am I thick?
started by: Morseman

Posted by Morseman on Feb. 20 2002,5:18 pm
Am I getting thick in my old age, or are co-ordinates and clues becoming more obtuse?

I've visited a few cache sites lately, without the safety net of the clues, and failed to find them.

On getting home I find that there are reports that the locations are wrong, or that the locations given are deliberatively "off" but not with an 'offset' cache indication.

Is it me, or am I just too thick to be able to find something which is not at the advertised location?
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 24 2002,6:37 pm
Yeah...I would say thats a bit much. If a cache is going to be changed in any way at all it should be mentioned right up front and not in the clue's. Many people use those just as hints in order to find the cache if all else fails, so if this is REQUIRED no matter what in order to find the cache it should be posted right up front with the rest of the text.
Good luck out there! ;)
Posted by Morseman on Feb. 26 2002,9:48 am
Quote (Quinn @ Feb. 25 2002,01:37 am)
Yeah...I would say thats a bit much. If a cache is going to be changed in any way at all it should be mentioned right up front and not in the clue's.

The answer was both simple, and complex!

The cache location had been deduced by taking bearings from the locations of other sites and not with a GPS at all.

No wonder the place given by the co-ordinates were a good way-away from the real location.  Next time someone moans that their GPS gave slightly different readings for a cache than I've posted, I'll use this as an excuse.  :)

I found the right location on the second visit.
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 26 2002,10:36 am
Thats nothing! There is a fellow in a town near me that found a cache using only the Topo map and his fist's...he said each fist was 10* and could judge direction and heading by using themhand over hand with the Sun....beats me! but he did it!
And I panic if my batteries get low. :grinnin
Posted by mikechim on Feb. 26 2002,4:44 pm
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Thats nothing! There is a fellow in a town near me that found a cache using only the Topo map and his fist's...he said each fist was 10* and could judge direction and heading by using themhand over hand with the Sun....beats me! but he did it!
And I panic if my batteries get low. :grinnin

He  either impresses the heck out of me, or he has way to much spare time to search around everywhere.
Posted by Choberiba on Feb. 27 2002,12:57 am
I have this mental image of some guy making rooster shadow puppets.
Posted by Road Kill on Feb. 27 2002,11:17 am
Not rooster shadows (Nor rabbit or swans) but maybe a GPS shadow would work. I find that once you have the shadow looking like a GPS you can spred your fingers a bit to get the screen to light up. :D
Posted by cimota on Mar. 08 2002,6:11 pm
I found my first cache on Feb 23.  I had not bought a GPS yet.  I plotted the location on a Topo map, went to the area and started looking around.  When I found it, I realized I was within 20 feet of it when I started looking.  Bought a GPS two days later.   :)
Posted by 300mag on Mar. 09 2002,9:21 pm
Quote (Quinn @ Feb. 26 2002,12:36 pm)
Thats nothing! There is a fellow in a town near me that found a cache using only the Topo map and his fist's...he said each fist was 10* and could judge direction and heading by using themhand over hand with the Sun....beats me! but he did it!
And I panic if my batteries get low. :grinnin

Is this a new tecnique used when the batts are low? degrees are fists, Mins are with thumbs seconds are finger nails  :grinnin  N45fists 35 thumbs and 164 finger nails
Ok this is a good excuse to stop chewing my finger nails  :grinnin
Posted by Quinn on Mar. 09 2002,9:38 pm
LOL...if his hand was big he could be off my miles :grinnin

Cimota! you are doing it backwards, you are supposed to buy the gps first then find the cache :D  But if I was able to find caches without the GPs I wouldn't even buy one! :p
Posted by South Cache on Jan. 15 2003,12:34 pm
I just logged a virtual cache without a GPS.  Sometimes familarity breeds contemp.  :D
Posted by Scout on Jan. 15 2003,1:14 pm
Quote (Capn_Skully @ Jan. 15 2003,1:34 pm)
I just logged a virtual cache without a GPS.  Sometimes familarity breeds contemp.  :D

"An American Original", huh? Glad to see it logged, even if it was too easy for a local.
Posted by South Cache on Jan. 15 2003,2:05 pm
Quote (Scout @ Jan. 15 2003,3:14 pm)
"An American Original", huh? Glad to see it logged, even if it was too easy for a local.

It was a nice walk and I actually did visit the site.  I also saw those same style objects in other similar places.  :D
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