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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall 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 :(
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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall 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The point of being reviewed - when creating Adventure Labs (AL), you have to create a virtual Traditional cache (not to be published), so they can be reviewed before you create the actual AL cache.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 :(
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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by Griff Grof 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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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by Griff Grof on June 21, 2019, 10:11:53 am »
Virtual Rewards 3.0? In the GCHQ podcast, when asked, the lackey responsible for Virtual Rewards didn't rule it out - so don't lose hope :)

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.

That's a good point, looking forward to it.
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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall 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.
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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by Griff Grof on June 19, 2019, 10:18:21 pm »
Congrats, looking forward to seeing what you do with it  ;D
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General Caching / Re: Adventure Lab
« Last post by walktall 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.
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Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« Last post by Hogshunters on June 14, 2019, 09:20:54 am »
Funnily enough George also mentioned a skittles evening as well - something to focus on but also a good time to have a chat about meetings. Jenny and George.
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Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« Last post by walktall 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
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Caching Events / Re: Monthly events?
« Last post by Griff Grof on June 12, 2019, 01:10:37 pm »
Perhaps we should organise another skittles event as we haven't had one for almost 2 years, and discuss the possibility of monthly events while there? Might be easier than on the forum.
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