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General Caching / Re: Geocaching Log Ratings
« on: March 05, 2019, 05:52:57 pm »
I just noticed it when looking at a Norwegian cache. Caches in Canada also have this feature. I think there are a couple of other places too.

Interestingly, the new version of the Cachly app (released last week) includes these log ratings for all caches everywhere... wonder if they’re about to roll it out worldwide on the website?

Hope not, it looks bulky and I don’t really think many people would use it. But it’s good that they’re encouraging quality logs!

CacheWalker TB races / Re: Alternative TB race - ‘Racing Hounds’
« on: January 20, 2019, 02:14:07 pm »
One week in, and the current winner is on 515 km. Mine's not doing too bad, 166.73km.

FYI, you can have up to one of each breed in the race (i.e. max of 4 tags). I've released a retriever  :)

General Caching / Geocaching Log Ratings
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:54:16 am »
You can now rate geocache logs based on their story and usefulness.

What do you think? Hopefully it will encourage better quality logs.

Edit to add: odd, they only appear on some cache listings, and not on others.

Another edit: seems to be limited to certain countries, all caches in Norway seem to show it.

CacheWalker TB races / Re: Alternative TB race - ‘Racing Hounds’
« on: January 08, 2019, 01:03:06 pm »
greyhound - FTF hound, puzzle hound, grey -  not standing out while caching, fast (they are the second fastest land animal) - visiting the most caches :P

Next time  ;D

CacheWalker TB races / Re: Alternative TB race - ‘Racing Hounds’
« on: January 08, 2019, 10:22:25 am »
'Racing Hounds' and there's no greyhound :o :o :o :o :o ???

Greyhounds, as well as other breeds, were considered but after much discussion we opted for these four, mainly because of the geocaching-related puns (eg retriever, tag to be retrieved the most times).

CacheWalker TB races / Alternative TB race - ‘Racing Hounds’
« on: January 07, 2019, 11:37:14 pm »
I thought I’d post this here given that we aren’t running a TB race this year  :(

The Geocaching Association of Great Britain (GAGB) are running a trackable race throughout 2019.

The theme is ‘Racing Hounds’, and there are four breeds to choose from. All tags are entered into the main race, in which the tag that travels the furthest wins (much like our CW races).

However, each breed has its own goal. So your breed is also competing with others of its breed to be crowned ‘Best of Breed’:

  • Retriever: the prize for the dog tag that is picked up the most times.
  • Pointer: the dog tag that has the most ‘discover’ logs.
  • Setter: the dog tag that clocks up the most mileage without leaving the British Isles.
  • Boxer: The TB that is dropped off or visits the most caches that are ‘small', 'regular' or 'large'.

Tags cost Ł5.50 each and part of the profit will be donated to upcoming UK Mega events!

The race begins on January 12th, and will launch at GAGB’s ‘Start the Year’ event in Keyworth (GC7X2V9), where the tags will also be on sale. They’re also available to order online now! You can join at any time  - doesn’t have to be this weekend.

It should be a lot of fun and a good substitute for our CW race until it hopefully returns next year - and the money goes towards a good cause, supporting the UK Mega’s!

* Buy your tag here (others on page 2):
* Race information and standings (updated weekly):

CacheWalker TB races / Re: CacheWalker TB Race 2018
« on: November 20, 2018, 01:07:46 pm »
Ideally we shouldn’t count dipping, but I’m leaning towards including it this year as it makes it quicker/easier to work out.

But if we follow our published rules, we should only count the first log of each cacher (i.e. the first drop).

What do you think?

CacheWalker TB races / Re: CacheWalker TB Race 2018
« on: November 02, 2018, 12:58:05 pm »

I lost mine so it’s in an unknown location, probably somewhere at home, with no miles under its belt  :'( :'( :'(

CacheWalker TB races / Re: CacheWalker TB Race 2018
« on: November 01, 2018, 10:44:08 pm »
Tb-run still have a static list of all trackables in races. So we don't forget, these are the tags in our 2018 race:

TB8G99C - the sundowner
TB88KQV - hogshunters
TB88KR4 - Avanclan
TB83DMN - gaz_zippy
TB8G9KT - Griff Grof
TB8G9MY - walk tall
TB8G9MW - castleferrets

CacheWalker TB races / Re: CacheWalker TB Race 2018
« on: October 18, 2018, 06:17:52 pm »
TB-run has been shut down permanently now. I've made a note of the TB numbers and will have to manually work it out in December  :D

Cotswold Caching / Re: Painted Rocks
« on: October 07, 2018, 06:06:46 pm »
I haven’t found a painted rock yet, first I heard about them was a few months ago. There’s an article about them in Seeker Issue 36, page 12  :)

CacheWalker TB races / Re: CacheWalker TB Race 2018
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:21:42 am »
Yes, it’ll be a case of adding up manually in December before the Twixmas event. But let’s hope Tb-run sort out the issue before then... I see it’s affecting all races  :-\

Caching Gear/ Tech Talk / Re: The demise of the GPS receiver
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:09:34 am »
I’m definitely using my smartphone for caching more than I was back then. I use Groundspeak’s Geocaching® app, which isn’t perfect but it’s free (now) and does the job.

The big benefit of caching by phone is convenience, including being able to search for caches on the spot - there’s no hassle in terms of planning where you’re going, downloading the GPX file etc.

However, I do tend to use a GPS when completing a series/longer walk. There are various reasons for this, including the longer battery life. 

We had a poll about this on the GAGB FB group earlier this year and 45% said they (mostly) cache using a smartphone, 35% GPS and 18% both. So, there appears to still be a place for the GPSr within the caching community.

Hello / Re: Welcome RosieRambles
« on: June 26, 2018, 11:59:50 am »
Welcome to CacheWalker! I’m also not a fan of urban caches - too many muggles, too much traffic! Having said that, I don’t mind a good Virtual or Webcam cache in an interesting or historic urban location. But I definitely prefer finding caches as part of nice walks in the countryside  :)

Just for fun / Re: Weekly poll
« on: June 12, 2018, 12:51:59 pm »
Time for a new poll - looks like the Weekly Poll is now the Annual Poll  :o  :D

Do you think the contents of a geocache (i.e. SWAG) is important?

Vote and post your comments below!

Results of the last one: Which Geocaching challenge(s) are you trying to complete?

Filling in my calendar - 0%
Keeping up a streak - 18%
Filling in D/T grid - 9%
Jasmer Challenge - 9%
Other (let us know by replying) - 27%
I'm not currently trying to complete any challenges - 36%

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