Forum: Questions And Answers About Geocaching
Topic: What are the Essential extras of geocching?
started by: DxChallenged
Posted by DxChallenged on Mar. 07 2002,4:22 pmI thought that a nice light "fluff" topic would be a good thing.
So what are the extras that you just HAVE to have to go geocaching.
I got one in the mail the other day. A hiking stick that I won on e-bay. It is most excellant. It has a wood spirit hand carved into the grip area, a compass nestled into the top (great for those of us who are directionally challenged), smoothed out bark that is polished to a nice gloss and a nonskid rubber end. Man I love this thing!
I'm wondering what the mailman thought when it was delivered as it is 60" long
So anything special that you take when you go out?
Posted by Quinn on Mar. 07 2002,7:13 pmWe have a yearly festival here in rochester that you can most the time finds things like the walking stick you mentioned. I at one time knew a fellow that was very good at crafting wood into these as well though now when you need him ya can't find him. I normally take a pack with me in the truck just in case I get in over my head in the cache I am looking for. You can bet there will be at least two GPSR's along with a set of recharge bats and store bought alks. Also I like to bring a mini flashlight and some dry socks. If I can fit it in the pack...it comes with me.
Posted by Scout on Mar. 07 2002,9:08 pm
I try to remember my GPS receiver. Sounds obvious, but "Just a Short Walk" has been known to travel 736 miles and not score a single dashpoint because he forgot to bring his GPS. ;-)
Posted by mikechim on Mar. 07 2002,10:04 pmI find that my most enjoyable caches are with friends.
Posted by DxChallenged on Mar. 08 2002,2:14 amHey Mike,
Speaking of caching with friends. One of my favorite caches was when the entire family went out and was presented with a very wide but shallow creek. In the 50's, sun shinning and it seemed that every rock that we had to step on was slime covered.........So we all took off our boots, tied them over our shoulders and crossed the creek hand in hand (hey either all would fall or none). The line of all 5 of us was really something I won't soon forget. And none of us fell
yeah...I try to bring the entire family.
The kids are all tweeners and some day soon they'll be caching on their own!
Posted by Rob on Mar. 09 2002,11:14 amCath and I have started bringing two-way radios. (Motorola Talkabouts)
I tend to spend a lot of money on gadgets and useless toys so it was nice to finally get something that really comes in handy. On our hikes, Catherine is the naturalist. She’s wondering around looking at native plants and adding birds to her “life list”. I tend to be focused on my camera or caching. Before you know it we can be out of sight of each other and that’s when the radios come in handy.
Posted by DxChallenged on Mar. 10 2002,4:47 pmThe 2 way radio idea is great. We did a cache at Stony brook park. Mike decided to climb the hill and have the rest of us go around and to the top of the hill. Usually we try to not be noticed when we cache.....Well all we were all yelling various versions of Mike/Dad while half the group was in fear that we would never see their Daddy again.......We did eventually but the radios would have come in handy!!
Now I'm thinking of buying a show scraper/rub off the dirt thing........will the 5 of us going out this time of year our van looks like we could plant seeds in it......And I don't want to talk about the carpeting in the house..........
Posted by mikechim on Mar. 10 2002,5:16 pm
Nice! Pretty luck you made it sounds like a recipe for getting soaked to me, in fact I know people who probably would have bailed on purpose (well maybe not if it was 50) to get everyone else wet.
Fortunately you won't have to worry about that when you head up hear, unless of course you get really really lost.
Another thing I try to bring a long is a trash bag, 1) the obvious you help clean up the area 2) if a ranger or someone else stumbles upon you it helps geocaching look good
Posted by Rob on Mar. 10 2002,6:10 pm
I’ve also been racking my brains for an excuse to buy one of those pocket pc devices. If someone can tell me a good way to use it with caching, I’m listening. It will have to pass the wife test though. Cath can see through all my lame reasoning’s for spending money on gismos.