Saturday, February 19, 2005

There's a New Cache in town - Part 1

Ok, it's not really just one cache. Testy and I have been placing caches for the last few days...and we have four out in the wild (so to speak). The first three are a linked series of caches...remember to grab clues from the first two, and check the text for the third to derive the coords for the third on

The fourth is a micro...[insert evil laugh here].

Source: The First Homes in Edmonton, Underneath the Lamppost,
Knot What Yew Expect, Argentum Baca
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Friday, February 11, 2005

So THAT'S how you use those poles!

Back when Testy and I decided that we were committed to GeoCaching, we invested in a pair of collapseable hiking poles, and boy, were they a good investment.

We split up the pair, so we each have one, but the added stability on trails is great, as is the ability to use them as bush-whacking/snow-removal tools.

But should you need more information as to how you can use these in your daily GeoCaching experience, check this little sidebar, and pole review from

Planting Pointers
How to make sure you stay upright.
By Annette McGivney, BACKPACKER Southwest Editor, December 2000

First position:
For flat trails, adjust your poles so your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle.

Going up:
Shorten your trekking poles to compensate for the incline.

[...more at the links below.]

Source: Trekking Poles Review, How-to stay upright sidebar
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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New Maps On The Block ...but not for Canada.

Well, it looks like Google is jumping into the online-mapping pond. Google Maps (in beta, of course), is now live. It's got a funky 'live-scrolling-zooming' interface, but the data is somewhat coarse...the image to the left is as close as you can zoom in to Edmonton.

Still, it's a neat advance in web/mapping technology.

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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Prepping to place the prize...

While surfing for hints, help, directions, guidance to place our first cache, I stumbled upon this cool site that helps ensure consistancy in rating GeoCaches. Well Done ClayJar!

Source: ClayJar's GeoCache Rating System
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

There's a New Cache in town - Part 0

So, we've found a few caches now - it's our turn to place one or two. This past weekend we took the trip to the local WalMart to check out containers. Finding a good, weather-proof container is important for our caches - we're in North-western Canada so it has to survive the ravages of winter.

It wasn't an easy task - most containers are designed for cupboards, not shrubbery - and at a reasonable price too! We did find a couple, but they would be most obvious in any hide, so I thought I'd do a bit of research on GeoCaching's forums - wow, talk about a great source of information.

The best tip, Camotape - from the hunting/painting sections of WalMart or Canadian Tire. One roll should do us fine. Now some of those other folk, now they have more time on their hands...

Part 1 will have more info on the upcoming cache.

Source: Camo discussion at, Cool Cache Containers
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