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Message posted by path2002/2/2015 at 3:39pm
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We love it and it's great with the grandchildren. We use an iphone.The last one we found was in Covent Garden London.

Message posted by jay197602/2/2015 at 4:16pm
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there is 15 within a few miles of here... there is 1 less than 1/4mile away as well.. good fun for kids as well as gets them outside can see a few in the summer ending up on caravan sites hidden up..

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Message posted by bessie50003/2/2015 at 10:05am
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We've been doing it for about 7 years on and off as said above its great for getting families out, I bought a garmin etrex at 1st now we just use a iphone, its a doddle with the iphone no matter were you are theirs always a cache near you with clues to hand and feedback from other geo cachers

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Message posted by freeatlast03/2/2015 at 10:55am
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You can not only seek out caches but place trackables in them, and watch as others move your trackable from place to place. Each trackable has a unique serial number which is logged on the geocaching website. I dropped this one off near Boise in Idaho USA (motorhome holiday), and watched it travel half way round the world. It ended up in 61 different caches, and finally got lost in Greece.


Message posted by path2003/2/2015 at 3:09pm
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I left a trackable in a Covent Garden cache in November. It was a small plastic soldier whose mission was to travel the world helping people. I picked it up locally and I was the first person to start it on its travels. I thought taking it to London would help as someone may pick it up and take it to another country. Someone picked it up and it's never been seen since.

Why not leave a trackable where it is if you do not intend moving it on.


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Message posted by jason johnson03/2/2015 at 11:30pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Davep on 01/2/2015
Geocaches areNever buried, there are Guidelines Geocache Owners are required to meet, each Geocache goes through a Review process before being published on the Listing Site.

Geocaching is approved of by the Forestry Commission, National Trust [a number of their sites, have their own Geocaches] The RSPB, Natural Resources Wales, Natural England to name just a few of the major Landowners.

Because of Geocaching, I have visited Historic Sites, I would never have known existed, been for Walks to fantastic places.

I've even learned to conquer my fears of tight spaces and Heights.

Geocaching has taken me on to a Tidal Island, accessible only at low tide, by climbing up through a Sea Cave [and trust me for someone with a major fear of heights that alone was a achievement]. I've also been underground in Slate Mines [and not the sanitised Show Mines]. One of which involved 6 hours Underground and had me confronting my fear of tight spaces, and fear of heights, due to having to traverse down then back up a extremely steep incline.

Geocaching has given me fantastic friends, and improved confidence over Public Speaking. I've also learnt a lot about nature and history.

I'm also a member of a Committee, who will be bringing around 1,500+ Geocachers from not only all parts of the UK, but the world. To North Wales August 2016, this alone is a journey of Discovery for the 10 person Committee.

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I recognise that style of writing dc ;)

Message posted by Davep05/2/2015 at 8:50pm
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Guilty as charged Deceangi Volunteer Reviewer for the UK 2006 - 2014

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user name Brenin Tegeingl the Brenin part was given to me by the community, as a sign of respect

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Message posted by firstclass6714/2/2015 at 5:58pm
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I'm thinking of getting a gps unit. My son has a smart phone but I don't want one for myself - but now I've got the bug and I want to be able to go out by myself when he is at college.
What units do people recommend?

Message posted by dodge2015/2/2015 at 4:35pm
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I'd recommend the Garmin etrex 20. The fact that you can download maps to it makes navigation so much easier. You don't have to buy the extortionate Garmin maps either. There are very good open source maps available from a UK caher who goes by the name 'talkytoaster', just search for his name and follow the instructions on his website. One advantage IMO of GPSr's over smartphones is the ruggedness of build i.e waterproof and can take a few knocks. You can pick up an etrex 20 on Amazon for around 130 which is a good 40 cheaper than most other retailers.

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If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you obviously haven't grasped the gravity of the situation.

I don't want it I just need it.


Message posted by firstclass6715/2/2015 at 6:12pm
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Thanks dodge20. Actually, I found out just after posting my question that as of tomorrow I will be the proud owner of a garmin 10 courtesy of my OH! I gather the 10 is good too - just not in colour.
Can't wait! I only have 17 caches so far and I pinched my son's phone this morning to go and get a few more but the damned app wouldn't work. I only found this out when I was halfway into my walk (it was working yesterday!) but never mind - I had a nice walk anyway!

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Message posted by Brommo15/2/2015 at 7:38pm
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I have been using a Garmin Etrex H for almost 7 years now and its still going strong

they are much more rugged than a phone and are more accurate too.

thought about upgrading to a colour one but what`s the point as this one does exactly what I want it to do

Garmin are top pieces of kit

Message posted by dodge2016/2/2015 at 5:04pm
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Don't forget you will need to download the cache info from the website to your GPSr. Basic members can download the loc file ,which just gives you the co ordinates to navigate to, no description and no hint. Premiom members can download the GPX file which gives you all info for the cache. It sounds like I'm pushing premium membership, I'm not, there are basic members with 1000's of finds.

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Dance before the storm and don't look back to where you've been.

If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you obviously haven't grasped the gravity of the situation.

I don't want it I just need it.


Message posted by firstclass6716/2/2015 at 6:33pm
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I am a premium member!
My new toy arrived today and I have already tried it out. One thing you or someone might be able to help me with - I have picked a route with 20 caches and clicked on each one to send to my unit. It said it has, but when I look on the unit I can't find them all. When I open the folder from my computer they are all there, so does the x 10 only show some of what you download? Will the others appear when I have found the first ones?
I'll be a bit miffed if we are out tomorrow and half the caches aren't on my device.

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This thread in the groundspeak forums may give you some pointers. I've personally not experienced this phenomenon but I hope this helps.

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Dance before the storm and don't look back to where you've been.

If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you obviously haven't grasped the gravity of the situation.

I don't want it I just need it.


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Well we went out today and all the caches in the circuit bar one were there, and the one that was missing might have been my fault. I guess one just has to get used to the little foibles that gadgets often have.

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We love camping and caching. I have Facebook group called Geocamping UK which geocachers / campers chat on.

Its a great way to get outdoors and explore the area.

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