Leif Gregory <>
Sent: 3/2/2007 10:39:17 AM
"Charles" <>

Re: [GPSstash] Thinking of starting a Geocaching for the Inept boot camp...

Hello Charles,

Friday, March 2, 2007, 6:50:19 AM, you wrote:
> Explorist 200 or similar unit), so I'm not trying to get rich, it
> just sounds like it'd be fun. Somebody shoot down the idea quick,
> I'm feeling like I might give it a go.

Not going to shoot you down, sounds like a decent idea. Just some
stuff to add.

1. Teach them how to cache responsibly (tread lightly, muggle watch,
cache repair kit, yadda, yadda).

2. I'm not sure about the part on giving them a cache they can place.
There are so many drive by caches (i.e. open the car window, throw
the cache in a bush, hit Man-Over-Board, go home and log it as a
new cache). They should get a few caches under their belts to
understand what makes a good cache and what doesn't.

Maybe you can give them a starting cache bag that contains some
trade items, a pencil, AA batteries etc. rather than a cache
container to place.

3. Plan a variety of caches (traditional, virtual, multi-stage, micro
etc.) so they get a feel for what types they like.

4. Entering coordinates by hand is not much fun. Are you going to show
them the paperless side and how to log their finds on a cache listing
sites? Further, maybe show them some popular Geocaching software
(EasyGPS, GSAK, GPX Sonar). This point might be semi-moot in terms
of entering by hand as I haven't looked at the low-end GPSr units
in ages and whether they can take waypoint uploads from a computer.

Another point to consider is making sure you know who your audience
is. If it's a Mac user, are you going to be able to help them get
set up on that software wise? Also make sure the GPSr you give them
has software capable of running on more than just Windows and
supports their version of OS. Mapsource 6.11.6 for instance only
supports 2K, XP, and Vista.

Maybe ginning up a sheet or webpage with lots of info particular to
the GPSr you're giving them and what software they can use with it
might be pretty handy for them.

5. Are you going to teach them other features like trackback, routes
etc. Not saying you should, just curious. My dad teaches, for
college credit, Land Navigation and Wilderness Survival courses
here in NM. He teaches primarily map reading and navigation with
compass, but one of the things he's discovered is that people think
just because they have a GPSr that they can't get lost. They don't
realize heavy tree cover/canyons, dead batteries, mountain
topography, waypointing your starting position (camp) etc. can play
into your ability to survive. For some people, a GPSr gives them a
false sense of security.

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