Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Other treasure hunt websites
started by: JJW
Posted by JJW on Oct. 13 2010,10:23 amI'm a slow geocacher/navicacher but enjoy it when I can.
The other day, I had some extra time and was going to try some geocaches I had entered in my GPSr.
When I went to that other website, they were not viewable, I would have to pay and become a "premium" member before they would let me look at it.
Now I don't know if I'll do the geocaches in my GPSr, because they will not let me log it, if I find it.
I was disappointed.
Sad to see they feel they have to charge you to play now.
Now days it's all about the money.
Had to vent.
Posted by DudleyGrunt on Oct. 13 2010,6:49 pmI'm curious how you got the caches in your GPS. I'm assuming you're talking about geocaching.com, since their the only one I'm familiar with that has "Premium Member" (PM) caches.
Generally, you won't see PM caches in searches. If you were out caching with a Premium Member and actually found a PM cache, there are ways to log it.
I do always like to point out that it is not GC.com that makes a cache a PM only. It is an option they provide to their supporting members. It is the cache owner who can opt to make their cache a PM cache.
Posted by JJW on Oct. 14 2010,3:43 pmReply to: I'm curious how you got the caches in your GPS.
I had manually entered them into my GPSr.
These are geocaches that were free and visable on the website, but now they are not.
They are still my GPS (until I delete them).
I just would not be able to log the find when I do them.
I hope that clears up your questions.
Posted by DudleyGrunt on Oct. 14 2010,7:22 pmI would check with the owner, but usually the owner I've talked to, don't mind non-PM's logging the cache once t hey have actually found it.
The work around involves a PM (or the owner) going to the cache page, clicking the link to create a log, then sending you the resulting URL.
One benefit an owner gets by making their cache PM, is that they get to see who has viewed their cache page. We've had a problem with a cache theif and that proved to be a helpful feature.
Posted by bushwaker on Dec. 17 2010,7:32 am
I guess we all will have to work harder to load caches on the free sites. That other pay site has way..........to much red tape for me.
Posted by DudleyGrunt on Dec. 17 2010,8:43 am
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you refering to the "Send to GPS" option? I know that Garmin and OpenCachingUS offer that option, for at least some makes. I don't find that easy, though, unless you're only loading a couple caches.
All the free sites, including Navicache have the ability to download GPX files, that you can load to your GPS via GSAK or other programs.
TerraCaching has the ability receive GPX files from their "To Do List" lists, which you can filter in several ways.
OpenCaching.US offers the ability to download GPX and other file times from any search with a single click.
Even Garmin's site has the ability to download GPX files, though I've not really done much with the site, so haven't tried it.
Posted by bushwaker on Dec. 17 2010,10:43 am
Sorry i was referring to all the hoops and red tape to list a cache on geocaching dot com. I am a member there but looking at navicache, I like this site better.
I will start listing caches this spring in the 60435,10, and36 area.
Posted by DudleyGrunt on Dec. 17 2010,1:32 pmOh.........I get it. To reference the OP's statement - I was the slow one this time.
A shame you're not closer to me, I'd look forward to some new NC hides in my area. I've never logged a physical NC hide, since most near me were crosslisted from GC and and many have been orphaned by the owners when they were later archived at GC.