Do you really need a GPS for Geocaching???
Posted 15 May 2002 - 11:10 PM
So... can I start Geocaching without the device? Real man can do it just by following the sun (and barefoot!)
Posted 15 May 2002 - 11:24 PM
My daughters use 7.5 minute topos and a Silva Ranger compass. But, their success rate would be much lower if I didn't let them augment with NAPP images from http://www.lostoutdoors.com
Remember, a 30' cliff can go unnoted on a 7.5 min topo - but top or bottom of that cliff, like which side of a river or stream, can make a huge difference when you are looking for a ammo can sized container.
The sport would probably be too course if GPSr's weren't routinely used for hiding.
Posted 16 May 2002 - 12:02 AM
"Why worry when you can obsess?"
Posted 16 May 2002 - 02:27 AM
Please don't post any caches with coords derived from TopoZone or MapBlast please. If you can't find a cache because you have no GPS it's no disaster, if someone gets hurt trying to reach your cache mislocated and misrepresented in this way it can be a disaster.
Posted 16 May 2002 - 06:32 AM
However, certain types of caches are considerably more difficult without one. These include multi-caches, caches in areas where there is very little terrain variation, and caches in areas where I can't get a decent aerial photo. Ironically, most "locationless" caches REQUIRE a photo of a GPSr in order to claim a "find." I often also use mine when caching with my kids (ages 3 and 6), who get bored when I can't locate a cache fairly quickly.
I've found that GPS-less caching makes your basic 1/1 or 2/2 cache a lot more interesting. On some caches, I've even taken to "memorizing" the map, and finding the caches neither the map nor GPSr.
Placing caches is another matter altogether. I always use my GPSr when placing caches, even when I design the cache to be found without one.
Posted 17 May 2002 - 03:15 AM
I suspect that the proximity of an led screen negates the positive power of "the force."
Posted 17 May 2002 - 06:43 AM
Posted 17 May 2002 - 07:37 AM
Originally posted by Night Tracker:
My brother and I would cache c-rations then later MREs in the national forest in far in places so that when we ventured in during the late hunting season we would map out the coords to the hiden cache. It was fun to relocate these after a snow fall. We would each share the written coords to our hiding spots. Now we can fall back on this if we feel like being real men, but the GPSr is alot of fun too..
One nice thing about D rations (the survival cousin of the old C and K), you'd never snack on them and leave yourself in a pinch in a real emergency...
MREs aren't that bad, but I'd still have to be awfully desperate to go actively search for one!
Posted 18 May 2002 - 05:45 AM