― MarkH, Monday, 2 September 2002 08:32 (eighteen years ago) link
― chris (chris), Monday, 2 September 2002 09:02 (eighteen years ago) link
― MarkH, Monday, 2 September 2002 09:07 (eighteen years ago) link
No fun bah.
― N. (nickdastoor), Monday, 2 September 2002 11:17 (eighteen years ago) link
― Andrew (enneff), Monday, 2 September 2002 12:20 (eighteen years ago) link
I was just thinking about doing Orienteering in Boy Scouts.
― Jon Williams (ex machina), Tuesday, 3 February 2004 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link
Has anyone done this? Is it fun?
― MarkH, Monday, 2 September 2002 18:32 (8 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink
Yes and yes.
Sort of amazed there isn't more discussion here tbh.
― one-time Perrier winner Frank Woodley plays a loveable dad (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 5 December 2010 22:54 (nine years ago) link
Anyone else out there playing Traveler's Quest? It's sorta like geocaching only with a greater margin of error.
― Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:50 (nine years ago) link
I'm surprised I haven't looked this up here before. Less surprised that it's generated only a modest amount of discussion.
Has anyone further, apart from me, tried it a decade on?
I wonder if I've ever encountered Autumn Almanac's g/c alias!
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 07:37 (eight months ago) link
Yeah massive geocaching fan here. Been doing it for five years, have only accumulated 500 finds which is peanuts compared to some. With a family and a full-time job I don't have much time to do it these days but I will always search out a new cache or two when I'm in a new place.
― van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:07 (eight months ago) link
Aha! Seems I fell into it around the same time then. I've been out of it for a little while as injury precluded hiking, etc. But I still enjoy publishing needlessly convoluted puzzles to annoy the locals!
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:31 (eight months ago) link
I've never set any caches myself, I'm just a finder. I do enjoy it although I get frustrated when I'm looking for a cache that has a low D rating and a slew of recent logs all saying "quick and easy find" but which I cannot locate for the life of me. Which happens a lot.
― van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:05 (eight months ago) link
I dig it. I've no discernible finding ability at all. (Or am simply impatient.) Possibly a factor in turning my attention to placing them instead. LOL.
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:45 (eight months ago) link
Last year there was a geocache placed in my local nature park, which is set on a steep hillside where one should definitely stay on the trail to avoid creating problems with erosion. But, of course the geocache couldn't be hidden on the trail because then it would not be hidden. Consequently, I would see people thrashing around off trail, trampling plants, looking for the geocache. This location was not well thought through and left me with a mild a distaste for this kind of 'fun'.
― A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:22 (eight months ago) link
There are definitely plenty of ill-advised placements. eg. the bomb-squad was called out near here a few months ago to detonate a geocache decorated in the manner of military hardware, or something, and hidden in a town square.
It's kinda hard to explain the appeal. I've most enjoyed ones where you have to work quite hard to determine the coordinates and/or navigate between multiple undisclosed locations and finally go hiking up a mountain you've never visited before, etc. The mere signing of a logbook is not often inherently 'fun'.
Instances where the whole of the challenge amounts to trying to remain inconspicuous while trampling foliage in an urban park...I certainly understand how that seems close to pointless.
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:49 (eight months ago) link