Please feel free to send that to geocaching.com and the other web hosts. It will let the public and newcomers know that we recognize the issues and what we expect from our participants.
Dave, if you are so environmentally sensitive, why were you "bushwhacking" through an area? Could you not go around? That's where the GPS kicks orienteering's butt... the GPS will always show you your relative position to the target regardless of what track you take. Contrary to what you've said, a GPS does not lead you in a straight line only.. it merely shows you your relative position to the cache. You yourself make the decision whether or not to proceed in a straight line. And if you've tried all possible approaches and you still believe that you will damage the environment THEN DO NOT PROCEED! No one is holding a gun to anyone's head to find a cache.. there is no obligation.
Do not give up on designing a method of encoding "approach codes" or whatever... they still have value in leading someone by the most scenic route, but do no believe that they will solve your eco-issues.
Couldn't stay silent any longer, Matt Stum
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