help – CacheMania http://www.cachemania.com Geocaching Can be Addictive Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:14:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Do nanos suck? http://www.cachemania.com/nanos-suck/help/2014/01/ Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:52:21 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1413 I was so amazed the first time I saw magnetic nano cache.   I remember it quite clearly.   I was in a parking lot parked in front of a sign.   Where could the cache be.   Turns out it was in the gap between the sign and the U shaped posed that held the […]

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magnetic nano geocacheI was so amazed the first time I saw magnetic nano cache.   I remember it quite clearly.   I was in a parking lot parked in front of a sign.   Where could the cache be.   Turns out it was in the gap between the sign and the U shaped posed that held the sign.  I think this was a very clever hide.    I also remember the time I almost went crazy looking for a green micro in the middle of the woods, with no hint provide.   The cache could have been anywhere!   I did eventually find the micro but I left very frustrated.  I didn’t feel any sense of reward for having finally found this cache.  I walked away asking – why?

Over the years of doing my own DIY projects I’ve learned that having the right tool for the job makes the job go a lot easier.  This is also true when hiding a geocache.  The right container for the situation makes all the difference.   Whether you are picking a geocache container or camouflaging the one you have there are only two reasons to hide a cache from view:   make it hard for muggles to find it or make it hard for geocachers to find it.   The small magnetic nano the I remember finding was hidden in a very public location.  Muggles would have found that cache for sure if it wasn’t hidden as well as it was.    To me that is a good use of a nano.   The micro that I took forever to find was hard for both cachers and muggles to find.  The difficulty rating for that cache was a bit low considering the available options for where the cache might be hidden.   I didn’t find that a very good implementation of a micro geocache.    I don’t mind micro caches I just liked to be warned in advance.  Magnetic nanos can actually be quite winter friendly if intended to be that way.  It’s my belief that caches are placed in order to be found.

Not everyone is going to agree with how I think nano caches should be deployed.   I have rarely if ever complained about a micro cache in an urban or suburban environment.  Myself and many others just aren’t fond of a “nano in the woods”.   I actually have one multi-cache that has three stages two of which are micro sized containers that contain redirects.   The containers are hidden well enough that a muggle won’t easily find them but not so hard that a cacher won’t find them.  Additionally the final stage has an interesting container.   As a result this cache is fairly well received even though it uses micros in the woods.   The final container typically leaves cachers feeling good about the find.  I think that it’s that last feeling the determines how a nano cache or any cache is received.

If you are going to hide a nano or micro cache I hope you do it in such a way that the finder feels rewarded for the search.

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5 Mistakes I Made http://www.cachemania.com/5-mistakes-i-made/help/2013/09/ http://www.cachemania.com/5-mistakes-i-made/help/2013/09/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:46:14 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1401 The title says mistakes but that’s just because it’s easy to write.   The 5 mistakes I’m talking about are the five things I wish I started caching with instead learning as I went.   The other night I was out caching with Bakers Dozen and we were discussing head lamps.   During our conversation […]

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fractured-ankleThe title says mistakes but that’s just because it’s easy to write.   The 5 mistakes I’m talking about are the five things I wish I started caching with instead learning as I went.   The other night I was out caching with Bakers Dozen and we were discussing head lamps.   During our conversation it dawned on me that I’ve spent more in cheap head lamp than the cost of my current, and hopefully last, head lamp.  Where do you go to learn about the right kind of gear for geocaching?   I”m going to start by creating this little list.

  1. Hiking boots!   In the spring of 2010 I fractured my ankle while reaching for a cache.  I spent the next six weeks in a cast.  I’m not sure that hiking boots would have prevented me from fracturing my ankle but I’m not taking any chances.  Today I don’t go caching unless I’m wearing my hiking boots.
  2. Water Shoes.   These are a simple and reasonably small weight penalty to carry in my large geocaching bag.   I used them to traverse creeks and rivers and sometimes just a flooded trail.   A quick change of footwear ensures you’ll spend the rest of your geocaching day with your feet dry.   (I keep a small cloth in my bag to dry my feet. )
  3. A small and a large geocaching bag.   The small bag is for quick caching trips, grab and goes and the like.   The larger pack includes additional clothing and other supplies that I might night on a longer trip.  I tried for a long time to use just one pack but I’d leave it in the car for quick trips.  By having a large and a small pack I can take the one that is most appropriate.
  4. Yak Trax.  You will not need these if you geocache in a warm climate but for where I live these are essential.   Yak Trax are a traction aid that you put on over your footwear.   I might only use them once or twice a year but on those days I use them I keep my feet under me.  That is worth it to me.
  5. Buy the best lighting equipment you can afford and maybe even spend a bit more than you can afford.   Since I started caching I’ve owned four head lamps.   I spent over $100 dollars on my first four head lamps and only $65 on my current head lamp.   The same applies to flashlights.  I currently have three flashlights that I use on a regular basis.  When I started caching I used whatever flashlight I had handy.  After doing a few night caches I spent $18 on what I thought at the time was an “expensive” light.  I’ve come to realize that $18 is an inexpensive light.   The lights I use now cost between $30-50.   Still not the most expensive lights.  I think these lights strike the right balance of price and performance.   I know one cacher that has a $1600 flashlight or “portable sun” as we like to call it.

These are the five things I wish I started with.   You might have a different list.   What would you change about this list?

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Choosing a Headlamp http://www.cachemania.com/choosing-headlamp/help/2012/11/ Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:43:41 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1388 I’ve been answering questions on a few threads lately so I decided to write a post about choosing a headlamp.   As with most of my technical posts these days they are being posted to the blog over at Cache At Night.   The gist of my post is that there is more to selecting […]

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Headlamp BeamI’ve been answering questions on a few threads lately so I decided to write a post about choosing a headlamp.   As with most of my technical posts these days they are being posted to the blog over at Cache At Night.   The gist of my post is that there is more to selecting a headlamp that raw brightness.   The throw and spread of the light play an important role in the selection process.   I have 5 criteria that I recommend you use when selecting a headlamp.   Follow this link for the complete post on How To Choose a Headlamp.

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How To Use FireTacks http://www.cachemania.com/how-to-use-firetacks/help/2011/05/ Sun, 29 May 2011 13:36:10 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1289 I have posted a FireTacks Usage Tutorial over on the Cache At Night blog.  It seemed to make more sense  to post it there.  The tutorial offers tips on where to place FireTacks.  Of special note is the safe implications of taking people of the trail using FireTacks. teamvoyagrI have been writing the cachemania blog […]

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FireTacks Usage Tutorial

FireTacks Usage Tutorial

I have posted a FireTacks Usage Tutorial over on the Cache At Night blog.  It seemed to make more sense  to post it there.  The tutorial offers tips on where to place FireTacks.  Of special note is the safe implications of taking people of the trail using FireTacks.

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Planned Outage at Geocaching.com http://www.cachemania.com/planned-outage-at-geocaching-com/help/2011/03/ Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:53:53 +0000 http://www.cachemania.com/?p=1231 I wonder if the planned outage for this Wednesday is related to the site responsiveness yesterday? From the geocaching.com website: Geocaching.com will be going offline temporarily for a site update on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at approximately 11am PST (GMT -8). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. teamvoyagrI have been writing the cachemania […]

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I wonder if the planned outage for this Wednesday is related to the site responsiveness yesterday?

From the geocaching.com website:

Geocaching.com will be going offline temporarily for a site update on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 at approximately 11am PST (GMT -8). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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