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General Caching / Re: Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« Last post by Griff Grof on May 16, 2019, 01:41:53 pm »
Now THIS is something I’m exited about and think is worth doing ;D

Interesting to hear on the GCHQ podcast that they considered doing this with Webcams, but decided not to because of privacy laws.
General Caching / Virtual Rewards 2.0!
« Last post by walktall 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
« Last post by walktall 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
General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by Griff Grof on May 03, 2019, 05:43:13 pm »
Yes, there was a time limit/deadline - originally it was so, so tight (something like 5 weeks) so a lot of people wrote in and they extended it to April 26th.

The main problem with the London one is frustruation surrounding the very specific questions - the cacher who set it for GAGB also set the Nottingham one, which was logged by a lot of people without visiting the location as the answers were easily found on Google/Google Maps... so the questions were made more challenging to avoid this.

Another problem I’ve seen (with the new West Mids industrial revolution one) is cachers asking what the D/T ratings are - these are physical containers, and obviously the Adventure Lab app gives zero indication of D/T...

Why can’t Labs have D/T ratings? Why can’t they have cache sizes? If you’re placing them out for months, or even permanently, they should... they’re no longer temporary, as per Mega’s!

Also, if Groundspeak had such a problem with Virtuals, why are they suddenly allowing the placement of Virtuals in this form? Don’t the same issues still exist? Worse - Virtual Labs aren’t even reviewed!  ::) :o :D

General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall on April 30, 2019, 09:17:42 pm »
With the new 'Back to school adventure' lab caches published at Tewkesbury, thought I would give them a go to see what's new :)

What's new - basically nothing, they are just lab caches that now can only be done with a connected smart mobile :(

They will vary like normal lab caches in what you have to do to find the information you need to complete the lab cache. This particular one used nothing locally at each 'hot' spot :(  :o

Was there a time limit to get these out, as the CO said they aren't as good as he wanted them to be and I see the GAGB London labs are having issues ???

If these are going to be 'rolled out' more, will there be areas of the Country they just can't be placed due to poor Internet connection and are these to be the replacement for Virtual & Wherigo caches :( :o ???

I was so hoping these would be a new fresh cache, to add to the other 'main stream' cache types.
General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall on April 19, 2019, 09:27:21 pm »
So, if you don't have a smart phone (can you use Windows devices?), you can't participate :(

There has been many occasions while trying to do lab caches, that with out the GPX download, you couldn't do them at site, as a smart mobile didn't have a good enough data signal :(

I will definitely try some to see how well it works but haven't been a fan of lab caches.
General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by Griff Grof on April 19, 2019, 06:19:00 pm »
Yes, the GAGB one went live last night  :)

I think the only way to find out if they’ve been published is to keep checking the app. The ‘Welcome to Devon’ one looks good, as there are physical containers as well as virtuals (most of the ones on the app so far are just virtuals).

One problem with the virtual ones is armchair logging. I heard the Nottingham one was completed by loads of German cachers as some of the answers could be found on Google. They’ve since tweaked it, and Groundspeak have retired the web player, so in theory it should mean that it can only be completed in the field as you need to be using the app.
General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall on April 19, 2019, 11:00:05 am »
Took the plunge and installed the app and as I thought, the app shows the closest to you, which for me is two London adventure labs or slightly further, one at Nottingham or on the south coast at Twyneham.

So, will not be trying one out for the moment.

Do you have to keep going into the app to find out if new ones have been published?
General Caching / Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall on April 19, 2019, 10:37:27 am »

I see the GAGB one has been posted on FB

The GAGB London Selfie Adventure

Welcome to the GAGB London Selfie Adventure cache. What is the GAGB? The GAGB is the Geocaching Association of Great Britain. It is a free to join association that strives to be the heart of the Geocaching in the UK. Our main activities are : Encourage good practice in Geocaching Media Enquiries around Geocaching Managing land owner agreements Help and advice around Geocaching Helping build the Geocaching community in the UK More information is available on our website here : or via Social Media. This adventure will take the player through a number of locations in the Central London area. All locations are wheelchair accessible and are perfect for taking that London Selfie. Each location will have a question that you have to answer. This proves that you were doing the selfie adventure and not sitting at home looking on Google Maps..

BUT, going to install the app, it appears (here we go again), the app has got a very poor rating: unstable, buggie, keeps asking for location, people having to reinstall, forgets you are logged in, etc  :'( :'( :'(

Has anyone tried any of the adventure labs?
And how do you find out if any have been published locally?

Geocaching Adventure Lab app FAQ
General Caching / Re: Cache Carnival
« Last post by walktall on April 15, 2019, 07:18:47 am »
The Planetary Pursuit was a proper challenge

By far the best souvenir, in my humble opinion  :)
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