Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: Winter Doldrums
started by: mikechim

Posted by mikechim on Feb. 06 2002,3:06 am
Am I the only one whose caching activities have slown down considerbly?  January was the first month that I haven't found a cache since I started (although I am placing one tomorrow  :) ).  I've also noticed a real slowdown on the message board over the last month or so.  Used to be new postings and topics daily.  I know a lot of you guys have kept busy by working on the site and making all the great upgrades.  Just wondering where everyone else is and what everyone's been doing.

Am I the only one experiencing a mid-winter (the rat did see his shadow) slowdown.
Posted by Gimpy on Feb. 06 2002,4:27 am
The only slowdown I've had is due to the fact that I've found most all the caches in the area already. Got 2 more of Barringtons this past week, but there's only a few more left. Come down to NY. mikechim. We'll keep ya real busy. Dashing has been a help, but most of the points require some real travel. But, alas, theres new light. I've sold my Vista to my brother-in law, & he's already hooked. He should be registering here shortly, if he hasn't already. He loves the outdoors & needed an excuse to get out there. After hunting season ended, he's been lost. So starting this coming weekend, I'm going out with him, starting with the caches in our Northhampton Park, and helping him get his feet wet. Doesn't make any difference that I've already been to all of them. Should be a good time revisiting them & seeing how the cache contents have changed & reading some of the logs. His name is Paul, & he's already figured spots he wants to put out his first caches. Then next weekend, a guy I work with, (who listens to me talk about caching all the time) wants to head out. I might sell him either my III Plus or my MAP76, if I can part with either. He thinks that he wants to order the V. Told him he couldn't go wrong there! Nice starter unit. So my dance card is filling up quick. :grinnin  . Plus I've still got 3 caches ready to go out. Might squeeze them in, to show them how to place one. Might have a hard time finding spots with a lot of pricker bushes & poison ivy, though. :^: .
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 06 2002,5:38 am
You are correct. We have been working on the site to make it much better than we had before thus we haven't had much time in here. This will all change very soon as we are close to several finished products. Ice is my reason for not getting out, we had a good sheet of it cover the snow which made for interesting caching. I'll be out this weekend hunting up a couple. I am also getting sick of being beat by Gimpy to the caches. I think I will bring water with me next time to make my own huge ice patch for him to walk over :grinnin


Posted by mikechim on Feb. 07 2002,11:45 pm
Quote (Gimpy @ Feb. 06 2002,06:27 am)
The only slowdown I've had is due to the fact that I've found most all the caches in the area already. His name is Paul, & he's already figured spots he wants to put out his first caches. Then next weekend, a guy I work with, (who listens to me talk about caching all the time) wants to head out. I might sell him either my III Plus or my MAP76, if I can part with either. He thinks that he wants to order the V. Told him he couldn't go wrong there! Nice starter unit. So my dance card is filling up quick. :grinnin . Plus I've still got 3 caches ready to go out. Might squeeze them in, to show them how to place one. Might have a hard time finding spots with a lot of pricker bushes & poison ivy, though. :^: .

NICE!!
A question just arose while I was reading that, how many people geocache out your guys's way.  Is it pretty much just the guys on this forum or are there a whole bunch of cachers and only a handful here?  With all the caches out your way I figured you had to have a pretty higher number of people involved in the sport.  

I'm always trying to get people involved out here, at work (gander mountain... think a smaller version of Cabella's) whenever hikers and backpackers come in that I get talking to I ask if they know about it and then explain it (try to sell the kid aspect if they have any) a lot of people seem really interested (especially the ones who already have GPS units, I've written down both websites for several people) and while I haven't scene anyone new yet pop up I'm hoping come spring we'll have some more cachers out this way.  

I think showing people how to place a cache is a great idea, it keeps them from placing "garbage caches" or things that are just useless.
Posted by mikechim on Feb. 07 2002,11:58 pm
Quote (Gimpy @ Feb. 06 2002,06:27 am)
Come down to NY. mikechim. We'll keep ya real busy.

I actually may be able to head out there soon, I had hoped for some time to get a weekend of and come down meet everyone, do some caching and hang out, was even going to go snow shoe hiking with roadkill.  Unfortunately it hasn't happened yet, and may not for awhile, (got two weekend off end of Feb, one for grad school interviews at Penn State main, and one for a weekend backpacking trip with some of the guys I work with).  

I do however have Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week off for some strange reason.  Hopefully my cache will be out by then (I didn't get it out yesterday    :angry: had put it all (8 locations worth) in the back of my truck and the freakin cap lock froze shut.  No amout of iso alcohol or lock deicer was opening it either. Talk about a wasted day).  But with my complete inactivity as late I definately have some caching to do.  May take a day trip to the North County Trail in Morrainne State Park abouve Pittsburgh and hit those caches and may swing out your guys's way as well.  All depends what's going on.  Definately got to get caching though.
Posted by mikechim on Feb. 08 2002,12:23 am
Quote (Quinn @ Feb. 06 2002,07:38 am)
You are correct. We have been working on the site to make it much better than we had before thus we haven't had much time in here. This will all change very soon as we are close to several finished products. Ice is my reason for not getting out, we had a good sheet of it cover the snow which made for interesting caching. I'll be out this weekend hunting up a couple. I am also getting sick of being beat by Gimpy to the caches. I think I will bring water with me next time to make my own huge ice patch for him to walk over :grinnin

From what I've scene the site updates have been great, and work on the site is definately a sweet way to keep "geocaching" when you can't get out.  

Ice huh, ever try crampons or boot spikes?, or just get a moutaineering pick and learn how to self arrest  :)

Sabatoging Gimpy, just makes me laugh to think what would happen if this ever became a competative sport.
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 08 2002,6:04 am
What...did you think I was kidding? My next cache will contain a spring loaded chocolate pie for Gimpy to find. This will make him think twice before he heads out so quickly to find a cache :grinnin
I would use crampons but anything sharp is too temping when i go caching with the mother-in-law...just kidding!!! :p
Posted by Morseman on Feb. 08 2002,8:54 am
I've been getting to one or two caches, mainly ones that don't require wading through too much mud. :)

However, I do notice that many UK caches are not recorded on Navicache, but they are on geocache.com.

So, part of the problems of an apparent lack of activity might be people only logging caches that appear on geocache.com, or only logging caches (which have a registration on Navicache as well) on geocache.com only.

Not sure if there's any way around that?
Posted by Quinn on Feb. 08 2002,5:41 pm
Much of this is due to a couple different things.one is the fact that some people just don't know about us here yet. The other is our page layout which will be changing very soon. I think once we offer a more user friendly page then people will start to roll in.


Posted by 300mag on April 02 2002,5:27 pm
I have been very busy caching and stashing or at least hiking for some future stashing this winter. Almost every weekend i'll be out in the bush. Got caught in a few blizzards but still had a great time. Keep it going........ :rotflmao
Posted by Guest on Oct. 25 2002,5:11 am
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I have been very busy caching and stashing or at least hiking for some future stashing this winter. Almost every weekend i'll be out in the bush. Got caught in a few blizzards but still had a great time. Keep it going........


Just as long as the temperature isn't in the single digits, I will search for a cache.  I don't think the wife or the kids will, though.  The temperature has to be above 32 degrees for them to go.  I work outside almost everyday, so I can handle the elements.  I am not going to let mother nature keep me from caching. :0


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