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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Return of Challenge Caches

Straight From Geocaching HQ

Today we’re happy to announce the end of the moratorium on challenge cache submissions. Effective immediately, new challenge caches may be submitted in accordance with the updated guidelines.
Challenge caches encourage people to set and achieve fun goals. There’s no doubt that they’re a beloved part of the game for many geocachers. However, challenge caches represent a major exception to a basic guidelineFor physical caches all logging requirements beyond finding the cache and signing the log are considered additional logging requirements (ALRs) and must be optional. Geocaching HQ has long exempted challenge caches from this guideline because they can bring so many positives to the game.
With that exception comes an expectation that the negatives won’t outweigh the positives. Unfortunately, a number of negative factors led to the moratorium going into effect last year, including:
Subjectivity often results in a difficult review process. Reviewers are volunteerswho give their time to support the geocaching community. With most cache submissions, it’s usually pretty clear to reviewers whether a geocache is publishable. But challenge caches are different. Many reviewers cite the sometimes contentious process of reviewing challenge caches as the least fun thing about reviewing. Since each reviewer examines hundreds or thousands of cache submissions each year, we (HQ and the community) owe it to them to make the process as enjoyable as possible!
High percentage of appeals to Geocaching HQ. Cache owners can appeal a reviewer’s decision to HQ if a cache submission is deemed unpublishable. We found that more than 50 percent of appeals related to challenge caches prior to the moratorium. That’s despite the fact that less than one percent of cache submissions were challenge caches. It was another sign that the challenge cache system wasn’t working.
Logging requirements are often misunderstood. Some challenge caches are very simple for cachers to understand. However, more and more we found people were submitting challenges with very long lists of logging requirements. In some cases, a single challenge cache listing totaled multiple pages when printed. Appeals for such caches often resulted in the kind of back and forth that can make the process very difficult.
These were among some of the known drawbacks to challenge caches. A big goal of the moratorium was to gain an even deeper understanding about what the community and volunteer reviewers liked and didn’t like about challenges. We also wanted to hear your suggestions for how to improve challenge caches. Hundreds of geocachers took part in our User Insights Forum. Nearly 20,000 of you also completed our survey on challenge caches. With all of that data in hand, we set about building a framework that we hope will allow challenges to continue and thrive.
What’s Changing?
Challenge checkers. Perhaps the biggest change is that all future challenge caches must include a web-based challenge checker. We began looking at this idea after it was suggested by many community members during the User Insights Forum. We then found that a high percentage of survey respondents favored the idea. Checkers will make it much easier for caches to know whether they qualify for a challenge.
Since Project-GC is already very experienced in hosting challenge checkers, it made perfect sense to work with them to officially integrate checkers into new challenge caches. Read more about challenge checkers in our Help Center. (We want to thank Magnus and his colleagues at Project-GC for their partnership in this process!)
Guideline changes. We’ve updated both the format and some content in theChallenge Cache Guidelines. Here are some of the more important updates:
CO is required to have qualified for the challenge. This change was heavily supported in the community survey. In the past, some COs submitted crazy challenges for which even they could not hope to qualify.
Time-limited challenges are not permitted. For example, “Find 500 caches in a month” or “Find 10 different icons in a day.” The aim here is at least two-fold. First, these challenges encouraged people to hurry to find caches in a short time period. That’s something a majority of survey respondents said they didn’t like about challenge caches. And it’s not something we wish to encourage. Second, we’ve seen a lot of people creating Events and/or CITOs only to add an icon to the area for “Busy Day” challenges. That’s not at all the spirit for which those activities are intended.
Streak challenges limited to 365 days. Ask an experienced cacher, “What did you like most about your caching streak?” and the common answer is, “The day it ended!” Finding caches every day for a long period often makes caching feel like a chore. But we didn’t want to restrict them completely, so we’re setting a maximum streak length for challenges.
No challenges based on Waymarking, Benchmarking or Trackable logs, or specifying Lab Cache finds. The community survey results showed low approval ratings for challenges involving these things. While many geocachers do enjoy Waymarking and Benchmarking, these activities aren’t geocaching. Challenges involving trackables can lead to mass logging and other behaviors that aren’t ideal for TBs.
We are not permitting Lab Cache challenges because Lab Caches are temporary, are generally only available to those who attend Mega- or Giga-Events, are not associated with Found It logs, and are not completely integrated into Geocaching.com stats. However, since they are included in user profile stats for Total Finds, Longest Streak, and Finds for Each Day of the Year grid, we are making an exception to permit Lab Caches to be used as qualifiers for challenges related only to those metrics.
Challenges cannot be based on these listing elements: cache titles, cache owner names, GC Codes, or listing text. This would include such challenges as “Find a cache for every letter of the alphabet” or “Find caches with the Periodic Table symbol in the GC code.” They generally reward database management, rather than geocaching achievement. More importantly, they often lead people to place caches whose titles start with a certain letter or contain a specific word, only to help people qualify for challenges.
What’s Not Changing (for now)
The idea of a challenge cache icon or attribute earned significant support from the community. We agree there are a lot of good reasons to implement one. However, we want to confirm that the new framework will reduce the problems which led to the moratorium. It wouldn’t make sense to engineer a new icon or attribute only to lose it if challenge caches don’t work out. We’re going to give it a year or so, and then re-evaluate the situation. If we find that things are going well, then we will strongly consider adding a new icon or attribute for challenge caches.
What’s Next?
We love how challenge caches encourage people to set fun goals and expand their caching horizons. There’s no question we want these caches to thrive for years to come. We have high hopes that this new framework for challenge caches will reduce some of the pre-moratorium difficulties for reviewers and the community.
But challenge cache owners are integral to the success of this framework. It’s important that they work within these guidelines in order to reduce the burden that reviewers felt prior to the moratorium. If after a period of evaluation we find that a lot of the pre-moratorium issues are still causing problems, then we’ll know that this new framework isn’t the answer. We don’t have a backup plan. The only remaining option would be to not permit challenge caches as they currently exist.
But we’re hopeful the community won’t let it come to that. Through your participation in our User Insights Forum and survey, geocachers and community volunteer reviewers have eagerly participated in a comprehensive process that has resulted in what we believe is solid framework. We’re happy to know that challenge caches will continue to inspire people around the world to achieve exciting geocaching goals!

Here is the direct link to Geocaching.com's Blog Post https://www.geocaching.com/blog/2016/05/return-of-challenge-caches/

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Initial Unboxing of the Unboxing of the New iMac 27" Retina 5K

I was so excited this last Friday that I just had to do a Periscope session showing the unboxing of The Box which contains the iMac 27" Retina 5K computer system. Our viewers and listeners contributed the majority of the funds for us to make this addition to the GeoSnippits Studios. It will take over as the main machine for our hangouts on air, audio and video editing as well. So check this out. More videos and photos coming... https://www.periscope.tv/w/1LyGBkZBmLOJN
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast Rubber Trackable Patch

Check out this very nice video from geocacher Jamie Pullman as she does an unboxing of our GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast patch. Thanks with our fundraiser Jamie!




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Friday, February 5, 2016

More Cool Geocache Containers via Pinterest - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast Ep. 144

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss more interesting geocache containers found on Pinterest.com.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

HeadHardHat's Geocaching Quiz VI - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 143

Streamed live on Jan 28, 2016

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress give away the complete GxProxy.com -Legend of Davy Jones Geocoin Set to one lucky winner. Also our last Large Goody Bag from GxProxy.com for the GeoSnippits Cache Stash...

Check it out Tonight! Preshow starts at 8PM ET with the Podcast Starting at 8:30PM ET. Tonight is our Geocaching Quiz VI. Plus a whole lot more.


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Useful Geocaching Websites II - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 142

Streamed live on Jan 21, 2016

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss an updated list of Useful Geocaching Websites that you are going to want to take a gander of. So much information that we can't fit it all in one show.


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Geocaching Challenges - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 141

Streamed live on Jan 14, 2016

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss Geocaching Challenges. One coming up deals with February 29th this year plus so many more.

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Geocaching Proxies - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 140

Streamed live on Jan 7, 2016

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss the use and possible controversy surrounding geocaching proxies. Plus we start the GxProxy Davy Jones Geocoin Contest...


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Winter Geocaching Smorgasbord - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 139

Streamed live on Dec 17, 2015

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss


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Understanding Portable Battery Chargers - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 138

Streamed live on Dec 10, 2015

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss an indepth understanding of portable battery chargers most commonly used for smart phones while geocaching. Which one is right for you? Come and find out.


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The Catch Up Show - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 137

Streamed live on Dec 3, 2015

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress are back from being off the air for two weeks and we are just going crazy with all the prizes we are giving away tonight! For example:
LIVE TONIGHT -
PRIZE #1 - CoinsAndPins.com - 10 Cache Hides GeoAchievement Set and Caching in Las Vegas Geocoin

PRIZE #2 - CoinsAndPins.com - 500 Finds GeoAchievement Set and Geocaching Dragon Geocoin

Plus one lucky winner is going to win the Grand PRIZE of the COINSANDPINS CONTEST 2015!!!

Plus our weekly Cache Stash as well!!!


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November Mish Mash Episode - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 136

Streamed live on Nov 12, 2015

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress have their monthly Mish Mash Episode which includes several cool but only semi geocaching related things and a fun to make survival kit.

Plus, We are giving away prizes live on the show. Like the http://CoinsAndPins.com Cache South Africa Geocoin- You must be watching to win!

Plus-Plus, We start the CoinsAndPins Geocoin Madness Contest 2015.

Cache Stash for this weeks show is a http://CoinsAndPins.comGeoAchievement Set!

Meet up at http://geosnippits.com/gsreboot-podcast/ or go to http://geosnippits.com and click the GSREBOOT PODCAST option in the menu to see the LIVE viewing area to watch as we record the show and also join in our world wide chat room with geocachers from around the planet.

Pre-Show starts about 8:00PM ET with the actual podcast starting at 8:30PM ET. Come join in the fun! Please share this with others.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holly Springs Appears To Be A High Target Environment

Depending on how my next career move goes I may be spending a bunch of time in Holly Springs. I just checked out the geocache and Munzees in the area and find myself quite well pleased.

Friday, November 6, 2015

HeadHardHat's Geocaching Quiz V - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 135

Streamed live on Nov 5, 2015



In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress have another great Geocaching Quiz waiting for you to enjoy. Test your geocaching knowledge.

Plus, We are giving away prizes live on the show. Like the CoinsAndPins.com Cachanova Geocoin - You must be watching to win!

Plus-Plus, We start the CoinsAndPins Geocoin Madness Contest 2015.

Cache Stash for this weeks show is a CoinsAndPins.com GeoAchievement Set!

Meet up at http://geosnippits.com/gsreboot-podcast/ or go to geosnippits.com and click the GSREBOOT PODCAST option in the menu to see the LIVE viewing area to watch as we record the show and also join in our world wide chat room with geocachers from around the planet.

Pre-Show starts about 8:00PM ET with the actual podcast starting at 8:30PM ET. Come join in the fun! Please share this with others.

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YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Vk9pPqQpjMw

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http://geosnippitsreboot.com/headhardhats-geocaching-quiz-v-geosnippits-reboot-podcast-ep-135


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GCPC EPISODE 425 - 20 Things I Learned From Geocaching

Streamed live on Nov 4, 2015

Talk about the night the gremlins ruled. Corey could not stay online. We had video problem, sound problems and all around an interesting evening. Luckily the actual video and podcast worked out fine. Enjoy.

In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys reflect on how geocachng has taught them many things in life. The good, the bad and the ugly. Should make for a fun round table of discussion.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

We meet on Wednesday nights at 9:30PM ET at http://www.geocachingpodcast.com/live so you can see us record the show live and join in the chat room. See you there!
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YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/VIgkE8bjK7g

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http://geocachingpodcast.com/gcpc-episode-425-20-things-i-learned-from-geocaching/


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Periscope With Joshua The Geocaching Vlogger – GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 134

Streamed live on Oct 29, 2015



In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss with our good friend and special guest Joshua The Geocaching Vlogger about Periscope and geocaching.

Plus, We are giving away prizes live on the show. You must be watching to win!

Plus-Plus, Who of our lucky contest entries gets the three month subscription of the Cache Crate from Cache-advance.com??


YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/Fbj4SL1nKsM

Show Notes, Audio and Video versions of this episode can be found here:
http://geosnippitsreboot.com/periscope-with-joshua-the-geocaching-vlogger-geosnippits-reboot-podcast-ep-134

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Pre-Show starts about 8:00PM ET with the actual podcast starting at 8:30PM ET. Come join in the fun! Please share this with others.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

GCPC EPISODE 424 - Trackables, Travelers and Other Geocaching Game Pieces

Streamed live on Oct 28, 2015

In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We go back to the basics about geocaching game pieces and their differences. Great discussion about travel bugs, trackables, geocoins, tags and hitch hikers.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

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#geocaching #geocachingpodcast #headhardhat #podcast


YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/J0CaGmshKzU

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

GCPC EPISODE 423 - Fall Cache Maintenance

Geocaching Podcast EPISODE 423 - Fall Cache Maintenance

Streamed live on Oct 21, 2015

In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
We go back to the basics and discuss Fall Maintenance. Who should do it? What happens if it doesn't happen? Why should we all help with geocaching maintenance.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.

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YouTube Video Link: https://youtu.be/fi37ae0Kk6U

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http://geocachingpodcast.com/gcpc-episode-423-fall-cache-maintenance/


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Humor With Geocaching - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 133

Streamed live on Oct 15, 2015



What is your favorite Geocaching Meme, saying or quote? Tonight on the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast Wife Amy and Myself find the humor in geocaching by showing and telling as many funny statements we can.


YouTube Version Link Here: https://youtu.be/4rOqdZ9N4Xw

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

GCPC EPISODE 422 - But You Can't Do That Geocaching!?!

Streamed live on Oct 14, 2015

In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The hosts tonight go over geocaching decisions that go just up to or beyond the geocaching guidelines. An explosive conversation for sure.

Be sure to check it out! Please share with other geocachers.



YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/tKBbqFa37w8

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http://geocachingpodcast.com/gcpc-episode-422-but-you-cant-do-that-geocaching/




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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

International Geocaching Day 2015 - Go Find A Rock

This last Sunday on October 11th, 2015 was International Earthcache Day. For not only geocachers but all folks that are into Earth Science and different geological processes. This is a great excuse to get out and give our planet a good look see.



That being said, Wife Amy and myself went out on a beautiful fall day and explored a wondrous park not too far from our home. I had been saving this particular earthcache for about a year now and it turned out to be amazing.

Within the park is an whole series of trails to enjoy. The one we were interested in was a "Rock Trail" which included "talking rocks". Now my folks were rock hounds and we as a family traveled all over the place finding minerals, gems and collectible stones. In all my travels I never encountered a talking rock, so I was intrigued with this adventure. Of course we had to actually find the correct trail first.

The main issue was the way-point getting to the trail head was a bit misleading.  You came up to a map that showed a very high level map of the trail systems. They all intertwined and one was given choices from which to pick a trail and go. Unfortunately the park did not have clear markers there saying "Yellow Trail this way" or a yellow marker to go here... Instead it had one sign showing to the left telling about the Forest Tree Trail and The Rock Trail. So off we went thinking that the rock trail would be down this path. So we walked and walked and walked, learning about the different trees in the area but nothing about the rocks. Wife Amy and I figured we must somehow be on the wrong trail. The trail markers were not the right color and we were looking for yellow trail markers.  So we headed back.

Back at the starting point which actually was an information center. Amy and I looked at the other trail-heads and she had mentioned something of which I did not hear nor pay attention to. A minute later we bumped into a father with several of his children. I asked if he knew where the Rock Trail was and he said he was heading there as well. So off we went on the same trail we walked figuring we just did not go far enough. So we walked and walked and walked. Then off to the left of us was once again the now familiar Information Center. We had taken a nice hike in the form of a circle. The father apologized and said we must have taken the wrong trail. Ugh,


That was when wife Amy states that we should have taken the trail to the right and not the trail to the left like she originally said. Again that was the part that I wasn't listening and completely ignored any content that may have been relevant. Like 100 feet down that trail was a yellow trail marker. I was so happy to see it I didn't question her about not mentioning it before...

NOW we could do the earthcache, Yay!

Luckily for us the trail itself was only about a mile long because the sun was on it's way down. We traveled the trail and finally came upon a talking rock. See the little video below:


Because these were educational trails the park had recorded messages at key points of interest. Push the button and learn what that particular station was about. I think this was awesome, especially for kids or those who can't read signs.

Our particular earthcache had several questions that needed to be answered to gain the find. You had to go through the entire trail to gain the information and answer the questions. It was really a lot of fun. Here are some of the photos we took on the trail. No spoilers here just showing off the scenery.

Headhardhat doing a woodsy selfie

Nice place for a traditional geocache

Was amazed at how many large rock specimens they had on this trail.

Nice stream running through.

Beautiful

Headhardhat and Wife Amy 
So as we wound up the nature hike and collected our International Earthcache Day 2015 souvenir. I could not help but bring back up the fact that Amy did suggest we go right instead of left on the trail.
"Why did you not say to go that way?", stated I.
"I did, you weren't listening - again." stated Wife Amy.
"Huh?" stated I.
"Exactly." stated Wife Amy.

And on we went to go find the car. We did mark where we parked the car, right?

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Scary Geocaching - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 132

In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss some spooky geoaching ideas with the help of our viewers stories and suggestions. 



Plus we talk about the Cache-Advance.com Cache Crate Contest AND we are giving away a GxProxy.com Good Bag of geocaching greatness LIVE on the show. Be there to have a chance winning that and so much more....



YouTube Link To Video: https://youtu.be/bx4Dla1w5ms

Show Notes, Audio and Video versions of this episode can be found here:
http://geosnippitsreboot.com/scary-geocaching-geosnippits-reboot-podcast-ep-132

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Pre-Show starts about 8:00PM ET with the actual podcast starting at 8:30PM ET. Come join in the fun!

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

GCPC EPISODE 421 - October 2015 Cacher Coffee

Streamed live on Oct 7, 2015



In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
It's time to sit back, grab a libation and talk geocaching with the hosts of the GCPC for this month's Cacher Coffee. What topics are for tonight? It will be up to them, should make for a good discussion no matter what they do.

Be sure to check it out!


Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/u56jooA1GOs

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http://geocachingpodcast.com/gcpc-episode-421-october-2015-cacher-coffee/

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Understanding Letterboxing - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 131

Understanding Letterboxing - GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Ep. 131

Streamed live on Oct 1, 2015



In tonight's episode of the GeoSnippits Reboot Podcast: Geocaching Insights hosts Andy HeadHardHat Smith and Wife Amy the HeadHardHatress discuss the origins of geocaching and go over the amazing game of Letterboxing. Plus we start our Cache Advance Cache Crate Contest.


Our YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/3cyqUodu_zA

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Pre-Show starts about 8:00PM ET with the actual podcast starting at 8:30PM ET. Come join in the fun!

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http://geosnippitsreboot.com/understanding-letterboxing-geosnippits-reboot-podcast-ep-131
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GCPC EPISODE 420 - Distinguishing A Geocache Size, Terrain and Difficulty

Streamed live on Sep 30, 2015


Our You Tube Video Link: https://youtu.be/SJh-qjb8cL8

In tonight's episode of the Geocaching Podcast:
The guys try to figure out why there appears to be an ever growing set of discrepancies with geocache size, difficulty and terrain ratings.
Looks like Taz427 has the night off while getting his family moved to California. Will be an interesting discussion for sure.

Be sure to check it out!

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http://geocachingpodcast.com/gcpc-episode-420-distinguishing-a-geocache-size-terrain-and-difficulty/
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