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    Posted: Dec. 17 2003,9:56 pm QUOTE

I've always enjoyed computer adventure games. Now, I have decided to become involved in a real adventure.

I plan to start in winter once I have my GPS. I also thought of buying one of those walmart atlas with GPS markings and give it a shot without a GPS. Only using a compass.

Any thoughts as to time of year to start?

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    Posted: Dec. 18 2003,3:34 am QUOTE

Start ASAP.
When there is snow on the ground, do virtuals.
When there is no snow, do traditional caches.

Winter means "no bugs" which is a good thing.


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    Posted: Dec. 18 2003,6:27 am QUOTE

Altho not in the winter, I started cachin late in the year.

I did several virtuals and several traditional caches
during the snow months.

There were about three caches which had me stumped on several attempts each, due to snow/ice on the ground.
I got them easily once everything thawed out.

Just realise that snow can add a point or two to the terrain and difficulty levels of a cache....
Sooo...if you end up with any DNFs (Did Not Find), dont worry aboot it, and especially DONT get discouraged over them.

Save them for the spring/summer and go back for them...

Start with some 1/1's for the winter...save the more difficult ones for warmer weather. Theres actually another good reason to do this...

If you do higher rated caches now, and get them under your belt, you might be less likely to go back and do the easier ones....

Anyhow, Good luck and remember, Have Fun!
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    Posted: Dec. 18 2003,5:53 pm QUOTE

Well I say any time of year is a good time to start  :thumbs-up

As the others have pointed out, if there is too much snow on the ground in your area to make searching for a physical cache then there are always Virtuals out there. Now in my area (S.E. Virginia we do not get snow (very often any way) so winter can actually ba a good time as there are no Skeeters or venomous snakes about to deal with on the trails.

By the way...welcome to Navicache and geocaching  :wave


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    Posted: Dec. 18 2003,9:48 pm QUOTE

Thank you.

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    Posted: Dec. 19 2003,6:30 am QUOTE

One thing to keep in mind if there is snow...foot prints.  They can give away a cache location (for cachers and muggles).  I always try to wander around, and leave/reenter the trail several times at different points so the prints dont draw a straight line to the cache.

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    Posted: Dec. 19 2003,5:13 pm QUOTE

Quote (WindChill @ Dec. 19 2003,8:30 am)
One thing to keep in mind if there is snow...foot prints.  They can give away a cache location (for cachers and muggles).  I always try to wander around, and leave/reenter the trail several times at different points so the prints dont draw a straight line to the cache.

Avery good point.
Why spoil the next geocachers fun.


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    Posted: Dec. 20 2003,12:41 pm QUOTE

Quote (tat-2 @ Dec. 17 2003,10:56 pm)

All I can say about cold weather caching is No Bugs! No Bugs! No Bugs!  :thumbs-up

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    Posted: Dec. 29 2003,3:34 pm QUOTE

I agree! No bugs is a very good thing.....too bad those needly pricker vines never go away...ouch.
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    Posted: Dec. 29 2003,4:36 pm QUOTE

Quote (Snipe33 @ Dec. 29 2003,4:34 pm)
I agree! No bugs is a very good thing.....too bad those needly pricker vines never go away...ouch.

True, but Im yet to have a swarm of thorny plants follow down any trails :rotflmao

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    Posted: Jan. 07 2004,4:08 pm QUOTE

Start ASAP!  Just remember, as previously stated, to "adjust" your search technique to the weather/suroundings.  I once was looking for a cache in the snow; it was a 5-gallon bucket, should be easy to find, right?  After awhile of unsuccessful searching, I finally realized that I needed to look for a "5-gallon bucket-shaped mound in the the snow!  Found it without a problem after that realization! :D

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    Posted: Jan. 16 2004,3:28 am QUOTE

winter is a great time to geocache in Arizona!  :laugh:  It's summer that'll git ya!
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    Posted: Jan. 16 2004,6:36 pm QUOTE

No skeeters, no snakes--cache now!
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    Posted: April 25 2004,1:08 pm QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ Dec. 18 2003,7:53 pm)
Well I say any time of year is a good time to start  :thumbs-up

By the way...welcome to Navicache and geocaching  :wave

Any time is good to start, nothing like now! Ditto on the "Welcome"  to Navicache and geocaching . :D
Also, Windchill made a great point about the foot prints in the snow. After I find a cache, with snow on the groung, I'll usually walk  in various directions and sometimes circles, so the next cacher has no Idea which way to go. It really makes them hunt for the cache instead of following you prints to the cache. BTW: If you read the cache details a lot of owners are stating that they are winter accessable, which means go for it now, no bugs & snakes as well. :grinnin


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    Posted: Sep. 05 2004,9:51 pm QUOTE

only time that is a bad time to cache is during thunderstorms, hail, tornados or hurricanes... other than that, its all fair caching:p
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    Posted: Sep. 06 2004,9:26 pm QUOTE

Quote (virgo91967 @ Sep. 05 2004,10:51 pm)
only time that is a bad time to cache is during thunderstorms, hail, tornados or hurricanes... other than that, its all fair caching:p

And possiably the day after those thunderstorms when the low areas are flooding... But thats when you go find the high ground ones  :thumbs-up

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    Posted: Sep. 07 2004,6:39 am QUOTE

I am in central Texas and I started in January.  It was a bit cold, but there were no bugs and the weeds (especially PI) weren't an issue either.  It was a perfect time to start and learn a few things before it got really challenging with the sprig flush.  Welcome to the madness!
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    Posted: Sep. 17 2004,9:33 pm QUOTE

I started in February, and only had to deal with rain. Course, I live in Washington State. :p

Have fun.


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    Posted: Nov. 27 2009,6:13 pm QUOTE

This is a rather old topic but was thumbing through them and thought I would hit on this. When Geocaching first came out it was still cold in my area and there was only a handfull of caches worldwide. The nearest one to me ( that I didnt place) was 110 miles away but I was to driven to get out there and start things up that I made the drive to the area during a snow storm.
Took me two hours of hiking and looking in an area fully snow covered to locate the cache. i almost gave up several times but sat down and thought of where i would hide one if it was me...bingo...there it was.


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    Posted: Nov. 29 2009,7:08 pm QUOTE

Personally, I'd prefer 30F with even some snow cover to 100F and a baking sun, but I cache all year round.  My longest streak without a find is 30 days from mid-July to mid-August 2006, shortly after I started.

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    Posted: Nov. 30 2009,3:46 am QUOTE

I can handle any weather...its those damn skeeters and horse flys that drive me nuts :p

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    Posted: Nov. 30 2009,6:50 am QUOTE

Of course, they're less of a problem in the dead of winter.  One of the reasons, I prefer cold to hot.

And you can almost always add a layer of clothing, but there is a limit to how many you can remove.


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    Posted: Dec. 02 2009,4:50 am QUOTE

Not where I live...our skeeters are year round...just saw one wearing ear muffs and a scarf just before it bit me. :p

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    Posted: Dec. 02 2009,6:32 am QUOTE

Yikes! Another realson I love Maryland!

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    Posted: Aug. 10 2011,5:47 am QUOTE

I started caching back in October of 2010.  Being a new cacher and living in New England made the winter months tough to cache.  As a result I had -0- finds in January & February.  Now that I have a little experience I realize that many of the caches I have done could be found during the winter and in deep snow.  I have started a list of caches that I will attempt when the snow flies.  This way I don't have to suffer another long winter without caching.  I will also be placing a few new caches in my area with the idea of making them year round accessible.  Check out the Podcacher Podcast #39 dated 2/12/2006.  this show is all about winter caching and has some great stories and tips .   If your going to be a cacher in the north east you have to learn how to winter cache.  One advantage to caching in the cold....  NoO BUGS!!!!
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