Quite a ways back there was some discussion about flagging caches along the Trans-Canada Highway for those hitting the blacktop while traveling and wanting to get out to stretch there legs for a brief amount of time. Here’s something that could work quite easily with existing caches that are already along the route.
All that would be involved would be to get cache owners of existing caches to edit the titles of their cachepages to include the letters TCDA (Trans Canada Highway). If you then do a “Search By Keyword” on the Geocaching website and use the “TCDA” designation in the search, you will get your listings. You need at least four characters for the search to recognize a word.
Some sort if criteria could be used such as: within 1km of the highway and a terrain and difficulty no more than 2 stars, traditional cache, etc; something that would involve, let’s say, no more than ½ an hour. You are, after all, trying to get to a final destination and don’t want to spend too much time searching.
Including a brief explanation in the text of your cachepage explaining what the TCHW means could get those interested to do the search themselves and then download waypoints.
Additional refinements could be included. TCDAAB could designate caches in Alberta, TCDABC designates British Columbia and so on. I’ve used postal abbreviations. The key would be to use a consistent system across Canada. If you do your keyword search with the TCDA, you’d get all of them. I’m sure there are other considerations (like those provinces where there are alternate Trans Canada Highway routes but that could be worked out. Perhaps something like TCDAABN for the north route in Alberta and TCDAABS for the south route, but in my mind this may be getting way too clunky. It’s much better to keep it simple and short.
What are your thoughts? Can we get some sort of system established?
edit: It looks as if the"TCHW" brings up other caches as well. Let's try "TCDA" (Trans-Canada) instead. This should filter out the other caches.
To avoid some confusion, I first envisioned TCHW as the designations but it turned out that a search using those letters brought up caches that were not along the Trans-Canada so made the change to TCDA This designation should get the caches on to their own page.
This post has been edited by 3jaze: 21 March 2005 - 08:28 PM