February 25, 2012

Corrected Coordinates

Does your heart sink every time you open a new cache page and the first thing you see in the cache description is this?:

"Cache is not Located at the Posted Coordinates"

One of my favorite features of GSAK is the ability to change the lat/long coordinates of any cache contained in your database. This comes in real handy after you've solved a puzzle, or partially completed a multi-cache, and you have an updated set of coordinates you want to associate with a cache. You can do this using the "Corrected Coordinates" feature for any cache. After you solve that puzzle cache, just update the lat/longs in your GSAK database, and the next time you transfer your waypoints to your GPS device, the updated coordinates will be retained. 

But what if you don't have GSAK? Well now you can do basically the same thing with a relatively new feature on the geocaching.com website. Let's say you've solved a puzzle cache and gotten the final coordinates. Just click on the little yellow pencil icon next to the listed coordinates on the cache's geocaching.com web page, and a dialog box opens up waiting for you to type in the new coordinates. Don't worry; these changes will only be available to you and are saved into your account. When you download the cache's LOC or GPX file, or save the cache to your GPS device or phone from the web page, the new coordinates you provided will be saved along with the waypoint.

This is one very handy feature.

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February 18, 2012

Garmin Base Camp Video Tutorials

One of my favorite blog sites, GPS Tracklog, listed all of the Garmin Base Camp Video Tutorials in a recent post. If you are as flummoxed over Base Camp as I am, these videos are a godsend. Below is the first video to give you a taste. If you like it, check out the rest at this GPS Tracklog post.

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February 11, 2012

GPS News

Lots of GPS items in the news this week:

That's all for now.
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February 4, 2012

Cache Containers

This week, The Latitude 47 Blog featured a piece on creative cache containers, and included this video:

While this was little more than a sales pitch for caching gear available from the geocaching.com store, it did get me thinking about some of the more impressive cache hides I've found over the years. For starters, a fake rock cache, or a nano inserted into a pine cone sure beats an LPC any day. Some of my other previous favorite finds include:
  • A hollowed out granite rock with a hinged "door" made of the same piece of granite that closes shut with a magnetic latch.
  • A perfectly carved out tree stump where an ammo box rests snugly inside, beneath the removable tree stump "lid".
  • A regular cache hidden inside the frame of a 30-40-year-old car at the bottom of a steep hillside. 
  • A 5-stage multi-cache where you gather clues to unlock the giant, toy box-sized cache container full of schwag. Did I mention the treasure is located inside a ski resort?
  • A micro cache hidden inside a tiny birdhouse hanging from the branch of a pine tree.
  • A surprisingly hard-to-spot 5 gallon bucket in the middle of a sparsely vegetated field.
  • A full-sized decorated ammo box, resting comfortably behind the check-in counter of a bowling alley. While "hidden" in plain sight, you have to ask the friendly clerk behind the desk to hand it to you.
These are just a few of some of the more impressively-devised cache hides I've come across, and my thanks to all the cache owners who invest so much time and effort putting these together.

Whether you plan to watch the super bowl, or get out and do some caching instead (because you're still bitter that the 49ers aren't playing in the big game), have a great weekend.

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