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Messages - Griff Grof

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General Caching / Geocaching stories
« on: April 03, 2020, 01:42:56 pm »
If you've got a great geocaching story to tell, or just a memorable experience/day out, why not use up a few hours of your time at home to write it up?

If you do, you can enter it into the GAGB's story competition :)

Email your story as an attachment to stories@gagb.org.uk by July 31st to be in with a chance of winning!  :)

More info: https://www.gagb.org.uk/story-competition.php

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Caching Events / Re: Possible event
« on: March 15, 2020, 10:15:10 am »
Sorry to hear this - but perhaps for the best during this virus episode.

Yes, that was the main reason I was waiting and decided not to organise at the last-minute. I see several events have already been postponed, and thereís some question about those in the summer, including the Megas. Looks like the Prague Giga will be postponed too. Hopefully the situation calms down soon and we can go back to normality. But the most important thing is health.

Stay safe everyone  :)

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Caching Events / Re: Possible event
« on: March 12, 2020, 10:57:51 am »
I unfortunately haven't got round to organising this one  :'(

Hopefully there'll be another opportunity soon...  :)

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Caching Events / Possible event
« on: February 09, 2020, 01:02:28 pm »
I might organise an event for my geocaching 10th anniversary.

Would people be able to attend something on the evening of Friday March 27th?

Like I said, I still haven't decided, so it may not happen, but I thought I'd check to see whether people are free to see if it's worth bothering.  :)

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Caching Events / Re: Twixmas 2019
« on: December 30, 2019, 04:35:53 pm »
Thanks to @Hogshunters for organising a great event  ;D

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Caching Events / Re: Twixmas 2019
« on: December 02, 2019, 11:34:41 am »
Iím sorry to hear that she didnít enjoy the walk. Itís not the first time this point has been raised.  :(

Iím sure those at the front arenít doing this intentionally - they might not realise, it may not cross their minds, or they might think there are enough people behind them to accompany the slower walkers.

My suggestion would be to make an announcement before setting off - something along the lines of ďremember itís a group walk, so we need to stick together and give people time to catch up before moving onĒ.

Maybe we could count how many people there are before setting off, and check that everyone is at each cache location before announcing that we can move on to the next?

In addition, we could have a few volunteers staying at the back of the group for the duration of the walk.

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Caching Events / Yorkshire Christmas Fayre
« on: November 25, 2019, 09:45:21 am »
Is anyone planning to attend? It's quite a popular event, and I've heard good things about it:

GC8CVNR, this Saturday (Nov 30th), from 11am.

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Caching Events / Re: Twixmas 2019
« on: September 29, 2019, 09:17:07 am »
I have a family memberís birthday on the 29th, so the 5th would be ideal for me personally.

I say go with the date you - and others - feel most comfortable with. If thatís the 29th, then thatís okay, if itís the 5th, thatís obviously good too :)

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General Caching / What does this mean? (EarthCaches)
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:56:35 am »
Geocaching HQ posted this on social media: ďWeíre happy to announce that EarthCaches are available to all geocachers in honor of International EarthCache Day on October 12th and 13th.Ē

What does this mean? Arenít EarthCaches always available? Or does it mean premium ones will be available to basic members? Or were they meant to say a souvenir is available to all geocachers?

 ??? ??? ???

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Caching Events / Twixmas 2019
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:55:14 am »
Thought I'd start a thread to get the ball rolling.

Any ideas?

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:38:53 am »
Now that Iíve actually completed some Adventure Labs (four at Aberdeen and one at GCF) Iíve got some more comments.

I actually quite liked them - itís great how they can lead you on a tour around somewhere. The app works very well. I really like the sense of achievement after completing each one (e.g. the stars displaying on the screen, which is a nice touch).

They seem to have really caught on - in Aberdeenshire, people (including myself) were spending an afternoon completing them rather than finding a Ďproperí series of caches elsewhere. There are lots more on the app now, and people are travelling to complete them just as theyíd travel to find a Ďproperí cache.

So, I do think they have a place in geocaching.

But Lab caches still need to be taken more seriously if this is going to work long-term.

I spoke to several others at GCF who agreed that Adventure Labs should have D/T ratings, size, and integration with the geocaching website and app (i.e. the starting Lab appearing on the map). Project-GC donít include Lab caches where they would be appropriate (e.g. number of finds per month, per year, etc.) which is really annoying as GC.com says August 2019 was my best month but Project-GC doesnít. Apparently Project-GC do include Labs if youíre a paying member... but with Adventure Labs possibly being permanent, and lots more around, peopleís Lab cache counts are increasing fast and I really think they should be included on Project-GC just like any other cache type... theyíre no longer one-off caches available for Mega and Giga events.

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General Caching / Re: Maintenance notes
« on: August 04, 2019, 12:45:48 pm »
You're right. I hadn't spotted that!

I assume you can do it via the 'Report a problem' option on the bottom right?

I won't test it myself in case I accidentally log a NM!  :D

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: July 15, 2019, 11:10:31 am »
Thatís frustrating.

Looking at the app, there are a few new ones out now. Theyíre all rated 5 star  ::)

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General Caching / Re: Mystery at the Museum
« on: July 15, 2019, 11:04:15 am »
It seemed really confusing at first!

Iím not excited or motivated to complete it, but at least theyíre listening and making the souvenir promotions more of a challenge  :)

But, from what I gather, itís quite easy to complete after a few seriesí. So maybe Iíll manage to obtain all the souvenirs unintentionally!

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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 25, 2019, 03:49:42 pm »
Some more Adventure Lab developments. Geocaching organisations have been offered another Adventure Lab credit (for 10 Labs).

Apparently they are adding ratings to the app - that's good, so that if you put a lot of time and effort into it, you get rewarded (like favourite points).

From what I gather, Adventure Labs seem popular. People have embraced them, attempted them and there seems to be enthusiasm surrounding them. It looks like the 'experiment' has been a success.

My personal opinion is that they're too separate from geocaching itself: there's little to no integration with geocaching. com and the geocaching app (except them adding to your find count). It was different when Lab caches existed for the duration of a Mega event - Adventure Labs stay in place for 6 months (or more), so they should be more integrated: size (as some people are placing actual containers), Difficulty/Terrain (How difficult are these containers to find/how difficult is it to access the find code? Are they wheelchair accessible or is special equipment required?) and how about the option of writing a log entry? Then there's the fact that they do not appear on the geocaching. com map. If Adventure Labs are in place for months, at least, shouldn't their start point (or all locations) be shown on the map?! They cannot be searched for. They are not reviewed, in the case of Virtual Labs, so there is no form of quality control (wasn't that the reason Groundspeak grandfathered the Virtual cache type?).

I don't know where they're going with Adventure Labs, but I just hope they address some of the above and make them part of geocaching - a proper cache type - not a separate game that happens to increase your GC find count.

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