- 01-16-14 07:05 PM #1
I use multimillion dollar satellites to find tupperware in the woods. Anyone else? It's another of those things that's been keeping me away from you fellas. (And gals)
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- 01-16-14 07:24 PM #2
^^^ Sounds adventurous, tell us more.
- 01-16-14 07:29 PM #3
It's sort of like a scavenger hunt. People use GPS devices to find things hidden all over the place. Sometimes it's large containers full of trinkets. Sometimes it's a tiny magnet with just a log to sign in it. Some are even in disguise! I'm making one using a Pabst Blue Ribbon can and a small tupperware container right now.
Here is a short video about it
- 01-16-14 07:33 PM #4
I've been invited. I had to wash my hair...
- 01-16-14 07:38 PM #5Cadillac Owners Master
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Not the sort of business that I use satellites for.
Running around in the woods looking for things? THAT I do. And well, at that.
However, the only circumstance that is probably Forum-Appropriate to discuss would be thing thing that a friend came up with and told me that she and I should try to organize one year.
- 01-16-14 08:13 PM #6
- 01-17-14 02:45 AM #7
Hey, thanks for pointing out Faith. I never heard of geocaching before and it sounds ... adventurous!
- 01-17-14 10:16 AM #8
In addition to geocaching you can go to the government NGS (National Geodetic Survey) site, create a login, and pull down description lists of survey marks dating back to the late 1880s - and most of them are still in the ground - millions of them. They're fun to locate and report as Good, Poor, or Not Found - and NGS updates their database.
Several types - triangulation (map making) marks, benchmarks (height), tidal stations - most are bronze discs set into structures, concrete posts, solid rock. In addition to GPS location you lug around long tape measures, probes for sticking into the ground to locate buried marks, shovels, rakes, etc.
It's an interesting hobby and good group fun/exercise - and it develops a real knowledge of angular orientation/location.
Google "ngs noaa geodetic mark recovery".
- 01-17-14 02:02 PM #9Cadillac Owners Master
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Is it possible to find out if people are doing it in our local area with out having to sign up? I hate to sign up for this and find out that the nearest geocacher is 100 miles away.
- 01-17-14 02:51 PM #10
There are a LOT of geocache clubs all over the world. I would think a simple Google search would turn up one or more near you.
The NGS website is for geodetic mark recovery info/input - same principle as finding a cache.
Geocachers leave well hidden Tupperware bins of trinkets for others to swap - it's kind of like a GPS scavenger hunt. You gotta be a real climber/hiker for some - like in the Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Maine woods, or Florida Keys.
You want WAAS enabled units with a geodetic accuracy of less than 8 feet, 4 satellites locked on. For good handheld GPS look at the Garmin units from http://www.thegpsstore.com/
- 01-17-14 03:05 PM #11
Some caches are also in light poles, on signs etc. in urban areas. I've found a benchmark! There's Letterboxing too which goes back 150 years. You can get an app on your phone if you have a smart phone so you don't have to buy a handheld GPS. There are free ones you can use to try it out to see if you like it before you commit to spending money. I go on hiking trails and in the woods with my "caching partner" and stick to urban areas and parks with the kids.
- 01-17-14 03:18 PM #12
Yeah - you CAN spend a fortune on geocache and NGS mark recovery work. it's an addictive bug for those who like the outdoors and detective work. There's a deLorme software program or two that has geodetic marks and their descriptions - as does the free gov't site.
In '58 I was a Section A employee of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, Cartographic Draftsman GS4. In July and August we had a base camp in Hamden, near you - we set a slew of triangulation marks on both sides of that end of the lake. They're probably all still there. From there we moved south to Kitanning, PA, north of Pittsburgh, I left the field party and went on active duty in the Navy. I remember a big amusement park on the Canadian side - Crystal-something ?
- 01-17-14 05:04 PM #13
Sounds like a great way to get out and about without spending too much money (always a plus). I have always been one who enjoyed exploring new territory, both urban and rural, and caching sounds like a new incentive to see and experience new things.
- 01-17-14 05:14 PM #14
- 01-17-14 05:38 PM #15
Crystal Beach. That place if where my fondest memories of childhood were. Alas, it has gone the way of most non- Six Flags parks and is now deserted. I need to know more about NGS recovery work now!!
I just found a "Hash House" in Buffalo. I think this might be perfect for me.