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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: September 15, 2019, 10:09:11 am »
I wonder with the changing World we live in and more security concerns, that non-physical caching is the way that GC is heading.

I was speaking to a reviewer at a normal Event and he was asking for cachers to make valid comments known to GC if an Adventure Lab is poor, as they want to set a good base for these and to weed out the poor ones.

Lab caches have been going for some time now but still not fully included in your stats :(
Now we have Adventure Labs, still in a testing phase but how long will this last or after the failure of the Challenge caches (which were wiped off the whole GC system), are they being very cautious.

General Caching / Re: Maintenance notes
« on: August 27, 2019, 03:42:41 pm »
So do I  ;D

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: July 27, 2019, 09:21:28 am »
Run out of time with me going away :(

I did get an email reminder from GC HQ so I replied, saying the timing was very bad for me with a busy July and me going to two Mega's. Had nothing back from them yet.

General Caching / Mystery at the Museum
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:33:57 pm »

Any one having a go at this latest souvenir hunt?

A slight twist with these, you need to complete each level, before you can see what caches have the next set of 'clues'.

Find the detective to get briefed on the case - 1x cache to find
Investigate the scene - 6x caches to find
Find the stolen gems - 15x caches to find
Find the stolen jewels (gems) to learn how to access the vault

You can use the search option which now has the Mystery at the Museum filters, so you can find caches that have been tagged.

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: July 14, 2019, 01:04:53 pm »
Not sure if I'm going to be able to get any out, not helped by poor mobile coverage near home :(

Had to re-think again, as another idea I had I can't use with no mobile signal :(

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 28, 2019, 10:18:26 am »
I had an idea for a set of Labs but one location has no mobile signal and I think, it has the most interesting thing to find out of the set, will have to re-think :(

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 25, 2019, 09:52:55 pm »
Good points and some I've voiced myself.

The point of being reviewed - when creating Adventure Labs (AL), you have to create a virtual Traditional cache (not to be published), so they can be reviewed before you create the actual AL cache. So there is some review.

Also, I'm unsure how much you can, if at all, you can tweak a AL cache once it has been found, so if there is an issue that needs a tweak, can it be done?

The other thing that separates them also, is they can only be done 'live' as there is now no GPX download :( There are going to be areas were they just can't be placed or if you are on the wrong network, you can't find them :o :(

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:31:36 pm »
Would have much preferred a Virtual, as I already had an idea for it :)

It's been handy to see what others have done and pit falls they've had. I want to make this a very local series if mobile signal allows.

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: June 19, 2019, 06:20:57 pm »
Just got an email from GC HQ and I've been awarded an Adventure Lab  ::) ;D

I've got till the 20th August to place up to five locations and make them Public. With the Megas in August, this means I need to get it done by the end of July, as I'm away after that, not back till 23rd Aug.

Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« on: June 13, 2019, 10:10:16 am »
You took the words out of my mouth  ;)

This I think is a good way forward  :D

General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:40:32 am »
Already completed by that time and the weather was good in the afternoon (STF) - great views  8)

Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:48:21 pm »
Cotswold caching did that for a while but with us spread out and having to find a different pub, it fizzled out.

I know some groups use it as an opportunity to sort out some difficult puzzle caches or plan caching days but the main aim is just have a chat, with no pressure on the event organiser. 

General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:35:08 pm »
Well done @Wrighty well deserved  8)

My mail box is empty :(

General Caching / Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« on: May 16, 2019, 12:32:44 am »
As a thank you to cache hiders worldwide, Geocaching HQ is introducing Virtual Rewards 2.0! We are inviting all qualified cache hiders to sign up for a chance to create a new Virtual. We plan to randomly select up to 4,000 qualified geocachers (with geographic distribution). All Virtuals must meet the Virtual Reward guidelines . Follow the link below to see if you qualify! If you own more than one geocaching account, please apply only with one account.

Where do I start?
  • To request a Virtual cache, check your eligibility
  • If eligible, submit your request by June 1, 2019
  • June 4, Geocaching HQ will perform a randomized drawing to distribute the Virtuals and email winners directly

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Virtual Reward: You did not receive a previous Virtual Reward.
  • Ownership: You must own at least two active non-event geocaches.
  • Hidden: You must own at least one geocache published within the past four years (May 14, 2015 to May 14, 2019).
  • Activity: You must have posted a log on a geocache within the past four months.
  • Quality: Your owned geocaches must have at least 25 total Favorite points.

Good luck everyone

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« on: May 03, 2019, 10:17:32 pm »
I chatted with Will about his Labs in Tewkesbury and he said he ran out of time, not helped by a couple of locations had dodgy mobile signal, so had to change them.

I can understand making the Labs so they can't be done from the arm chair but I thought a frustration with the London GAGB ones, was that you had to do them in order which wasn't clear and people only found out when they tried to start in the wrong location. Has this now been turned off, as I saw there was talk about it?

How many locations will not be able to have these Adventure Lab caches due to poor mobile coverage or you have the wrong mobile provider, so can't do them :(

PS I wanted to try something out, so deleted my find on one of the Tewkesbury Labs but all you do is delete the find from your list, it stays as found in the app so you can't refind it and stays off your list of found :o :(

PPS I see Will has added another lab (security) cache since I did them, as it is possible to do the original four from home :o

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