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dornole
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:45 am    Post subject: Lurker cachers Reply with quote

Just got curious about something when I was worked on the 100 Cache Owners challenge and going back through my logs. In the process I clicked on a number of cachers who used to be quite active in my area, ("whatever happened to . .") I was surprised that a lot of them had logged in within the past couple of weeks. Yet no or only a handful of finds for a couple of years or more.

Have you gone through periods as an "armchair" cacher?
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BigChiefS4
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Armchair caching is logging finds without leaving the comfort of your own home.

I was a very casual cacher when I first started in 2010. Now I have a 190 day streak going and have averaged over 200 finds a month for the last 6 months.

I do wonder about those people who place a bunch of caches and then disappear. There's one cacher, RyanTheGr8, who placed a whole bunch of caches in my neighborhood in April of last year. Now he's gone and his caches are slowly disappearing because he won't maintain them.
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casinoman
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Re: Lurker cachers Reply with quote

dornole wrote:
Just got curious about something when I was worked on the 100 Cache Owners challenge and going back through my logs. In the process I clicked on a number of cachers who used to be quite active in my area, ("whatever happened to . .") I was surprised that a lot of them had logged in within the past couple of weeks. Yet no or only a handful of finds for a couple of years or more.

Have you gone through periods as an "armchair" cacher?


I hate that I go through this all the time now. If I want to cache at this point in time I have to go for a long drive to get a cahe, or wait for a new cache to pop up in my aera. I have cached out the 2 towns that I live in.
So im still in every day looking at spots to go caching in and planing small side trips but it is hard when there are not alot of caches in the aera.
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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigChiefS4 wrote:
Armchair caching is logging finds without leaving the comfort of your own home.

I was a very casual cacher when I first started in 2010. Now I have a 190 day streak going and have averaged over 200 finds a month for the last 6 months.

I do wonder about those people who place a bunch of caches and then disappear. There's one cacher, RyanTheGr8, who placed a whole bunch of caches in my neighborhood in April of last year. Now he's gone and his caches are slowly disappearing because he won't maintain them.


Itís just my guess, maybe itís not because he wonít but canít. I do know heís not old enough to drive, so he must bike or get a ride from a parent.
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BigChiefS4
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If he can't maintain them, then he never should've put them out there in the first place. If he's not old enough to drive, I guess being a teenager and placing them was fun, but didn't think about the maintaining part of it at all.

That's ok, as they disappear, Butcher and I replace them with something new.
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Tropicalloon
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. I just looked at his profile earlier today, as I finally got my c:geo maps working again & noticed "bricks" has been disabled by one of our reviewers. I noticed the CO was on geocaching.com recently, but hasn't found any for a long time. I'm guessing he's from the area his caches were placed in & there have been many new ones posted the last few months which would be easy to bike or walk to. Looks like his interest is waning?!
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casinoman
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BigChiefS4 wrote:
If he can't maintain them, then he never should've put them out there in the first place. If he's not old enough to drive, I guess being a teenager and placing them was fun, but didn't think about the maintaining part of it at all.

That's ok, as they disappear, Butcher and I replace them with something new.


Not maybe a year ago The boyscouts of america started the Geocaching Merit badge could he be a Scout. I think that placeing a cahce is a requirment of the badge. Could this be.
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BigChiefS4
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of them were Boy Scout related. He could still be a Scout, but I doubt it. He dumped 20-30 in South Mpls and they're slowly disappearing because he doesn't maintain them. I sent him an email a few months ago offering to adopt them, but no response. So, I'll wait for them to get archived and then place my own.
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ST11
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to admit I was very actively caching until this last winter. I login several times a day but log many fewer caches than i used to. Most of this is due to the fact I have the local area picked clean and with the cost of fuel I don't go out of my way to find caches and tend to do them when I am in the area. I guess that's why I am not much of a FTF or numbers guy.

During the summer I ride the motortrikes so then fuel costs concerns go out the window and away I go. I now do most of my active caching during the summer and become passive in the winter months.
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A-body
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a pre-teen cacher in the SE metro with 150+. I hate to see what happens to those caches when he loses interest
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-body wrote:
There is a pre-teen cacher in the SE metro with 150+. I hate to see what happens to those caches when he loses interest


Not all of the prime stop signs are taken, there's room for more. Laughing
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beagleboo
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ST11 wrote:
I have to admit I was very actively caching until this last winter. I login several times a day but log many fewer caches than i used to. Most of this is due to the fact I have the local area picked clean and with the cost of fuel I don't go out of my way to find caches and tend to do them when I am in the area. I guess that's why I am not much of a FTF or numbers guy.

During the summer I ride the motortrikes so then fuel costs concerns go out the window and away I go. I now do most of my active caching during the summer and become passive in the winter months.


Almost the same here, with the exception of my geo-motorcycle having only two wheels. Smile
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was pretty active until I took that header and broke both arms. Then I just sort of stopped for awhile. Then all of the work in Iraq sort of keep me off the grid as well. Then the move to CA. I've just started picking it back up again in the last few month.

I figured out one thing real quickly out here. I still hate urban caching. I still hate lamp posts and nanos behind signs in town. Doesn't mean I won't do them. I just don't like them.

If any of you come out this way, I can sure recommend some exciting back country caching. But you will need a high clearance vehicle. But I can guarantee that you won't find anything like it in Minnesota.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arcticabn wrote:
I can sure recommend some exciting back country caching. But you will need a high clearance vehicle. But I can guarantee that you won't find anything like it in Minnesota.


My kind of caching.
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Arcticabn
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Arcticabn wrote:
I can sure recommend some exciting back country caching. But you will need a high clearance vehicle. But I can guarantee that you won't find anything like it in Minnesota.


My kind of caching.


Here's an idea of one of the trails. This is just the terrain profile.

The first 15 and last 15 miles were the drive there and return from my house.

Mile 15 to 35 was a paved (cars can make it) single lane fire trail through a national forest. From mile 35 to about 76 was a single lane dirt road. At time you could reach out the passenger side and touch the side of the mountain while looking out the drivers side and peering 1500 feet straight down.

Just one of many trails around where I now live. Then 80 miles away we have open desert with some 600 caches.
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