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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tweezers, It's Not Just For Plucking Eyebrows Anymore

There are key essential items that you absolutely must keep on your person when geocaching.

One of my top five would have to be a good pair of tweezers. Not only are they great for getting that unwanted thorn or splinter out but they are fantastic to get log books out of nanos.

So remember to always keep a pair of tweezers nearby.

-HHH


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So Close But No FTF

It's a gorgeous sunny afternoon in Northern North Carolina. I had a pretty hectic morning workday and decided to clear my head by doing some lunchtime geocaching. A FTF was just on the outside of my driving limit so I took the chance and went for it.

It turned out to be a P&G nano hide. So as I pulled up I was all smug and everything. This particular cache out in the middle of nowhere. Wasn't I the surprised FTF Hound to see that Zuni had once again been two steps ahead of me. Ahhh well it's a pretty day to be outside and I really needed the down time...

Oh and Curse You Zuni.... ;)
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Monday, April 27, 2009

GeoSnippits - The Introduction to Geocaching

I had been wanting to do an Introduction to Geocaching video for a long time now. The issue of when to actually do it was in direct correlation of how many suggestions we were getting from our GeoSnippits viewers. Which turned out to be more than plenty. So the episode storyboard sat on the shelf, until now.

Now I don't want people to think I make it a habit to put some suggestions to the front of the line but when a movie director of marketing asks to have an episode done..... I can be encouraged to do some shuffling. Yep the people of the up coming geocaching based movie FIND ME asked if we could make a small series of Geosnippits episodes so people who do not know what geocaching is will have enough information to understand the movie. So that is just what we did.

It's basically a 15 minute tutorial broken into three five minute episodes. Combined, all three episodes revolve around two geocaching hunts sprinkled with valuable nuggets of information throughout. When finished you will have a well rounded understanding of what geocaching is all about without being overwhelmed with too much lingo and dry facts.

So lets begin:

Introduction to Geocaching: Part One

Learn where geocaching began and how it works. Find your coordinates on geocaching.com then it's off to our first find of the day with the help of Miss Geoness.



YouTube Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvWBOPxHBnM

Introduction to Geocaching: Part Two

Miss Geoness shows you how it's done finding a micro in the woods. Next, HeadHardHat tells what you should bring while geocaching as he heads off for a regular sized geocache.



YouTube Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRbBjJcErjI


Introduction to Geocaching: Part Three

The final episode of this three part series concludes HeadHardHat's geocache hunt and then gives you a visual explanation about SWAG, Geocoins and Travel Bugs. Plus how to be aware of Muggles and a final wrap up of the entire series. A must see.



You Tube Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqLfH3htBcQ

It is our hope that you find this three part tutorial interesting and fun to watch. Then go to geocaching.com and become a geocaching member. While your at it, keep an eye out for Find Me the movie coming out soon.

If want to learn more about geocaching we have oodles of other GeoSnippits Video Tutorials to look at and enjoy on our GeoSnippits Website or on You Tube. You can also go to the Geocaching.com website for all the indepth information about this amazing game, sport and obsession known as Geocaching..

Hope to see you on the trails folks,

-HHH

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Going For Some 4+ Geocaches

Went for a nice hike with Dflye's family and Miss Geoness to find some geocaches. It was sunny and the temps in the low 90's.
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Irony... I Won FTF of Airborne Event!!!

I cannot believe I won in a raffle the right to FTF for the 5th Airborne Event in Fayetteville, NC. Shown here with the geocoin included. You would not believe the laughter when a FTF hound like me getting this.
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35mm Hide

Now this is how you hide a film canister. This was hidden high on an abandoned sign post. Great Hide.
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Let's Go Geocache

One of the more interesting finds so far in Fayettecville, NC. This is before the big Airborne Event.
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First Find For Today

Daughter Geoness holding a nano and the first find of the day for the 5th Annual Airborne Event. More to come as the day goes on.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Three Lunchtime FTFs

Well somebody started a county line series and unloaded about 12 micro geocaches around Henderson, NC. I found the three closest and made it back in less than an hour and snagged some grub. Might take the LONG way e and get some more tonight.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

HeadHardHat Must Say Big Thank You To PodCacher

It never stops amazing me the vast and wondrous community that geocaching creates. People just down the street or across the ocean and to places one can only dream about, yet we are all connected through the love of a game, sport and obsession known as geocaching.

I was Twittered yesterday by a whole host of fellow tweeple who listen to a special podcast series called PodCacher. Here Sonny, Sandy and 11 month old Sean from San Diego, California give weekly entertaining information about fellow geocachers like you and me. In fact they mentioned yours truly in their last episode Show 213.0: Kayak Caching. Now I do not want you to just go to their site because they were kind enough to mention GeoSnippits and the videos you have come to know and love but because they really do present a show worth listening to and it is my hope you become a fan of their show as much as I am. Where else can you hear commentary from a Kayak or anywhere else geocachers go? I have space on my blackberry saved just for their shows so please give them a try.

Oh and a special shout out to Sonny who I want to meet someday (same for Sandy and Sean) and help pronounce my geocaching alias. That would be Head HARD Hat... say it with me now... ;p Listen to the show and you will know what I mean.

If I had a nickle for every time somebody called me headhardhead......
but I digress.

Oh and be sure to become a member to Podcacher too. Take it from someone who uses a Canon Sure Shot to shoot video. It costs more than time and effort to put out quality entertainment so buy their special podcacher geocoins and become a member to help them out.. hokay?

Tell'm the HeadHardHat sent ya.


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Co-FTFinders

This cache sat unplaced for three weeks before reopening today. So Miss Geoness and I snagged it. Traded a first aid kit for Clifford the Big Red Dog.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

GeoSnippits - What NOT To Use As A Geocache

We had so much fun creating our GeoSnippits Geocaching Tutorial Video - GeoSnippits - Where Not To Hide A Geocache that we decided to take it to the next step to discuss What NOT To Use As A Geocache.

The idea is simple, if you show examples of what NOT to do then maybe newer geocachers will learn the basics and not repeat them out in the field.

This particular video is quite fun to watch with some great tips and some down right funny slapstick humor. Learn how heat, cold and moisture can effect geocaches and which ones are the worst to hide. Host HeadHardHat shows you the most obnoxious and also demonstrates the "dunk test" to see if the geocache in question is really waterproof.



See On You Tube Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgCzzGu2oHo



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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Art of a Geocache Hiding is Camouflage

Why did my geocache get muggled? This question can bring grief to both the cache owner and all the finders that try to seek the missing container. One of the secrets to a good hide is to understand camouflage.

Not all geocaches need to be as well cammied as the little guy in our photo but the greater the possibility of muggles around the more likely you may need camouflage.

There are a few things to consider and here is a helpful quick list:

- Environment colors. Where is your cache going to be hid. In a plant or bush? Between some rocks? Near brick, wood or concrete? Then ask what colors would blend best?

- Textures. There are all sorts of textured paints to simulate concrete, stone, wood, etc. Be sure to verify you choices before you hide your cache.

- Size. A large factor with hiding a geocache is placement size. Let's face it, in a highly populated area a smaller geocache would be much harder to be discovered by a muggle then the 300 pound gorilla that everybody would notice. In wide open wooded space you can open up the size.

So keep in mind before you decide to just drop that Glad container with it's bright blue top in a shallow bush. Be sure to think who is around the hide and how protected it needs to be. You are not only safe guarding your geocache but other cacher's travel bugs and geocoins as well.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Lookie Who Made The Denver Examiner

If people keep this up I'm not going to be able to live with myself...

Found this in the Denver Examiner...

http://www.examiner.com/x-2614-Denver-Outdoor-Recreation-Examiner~y2009m4d11-Planting-your-own-geocache-nonos

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sun Is Going Down, Time To Get Off The Trails

Well the springtime sun is heading towards the evening horizon. Have Miss Geoness is manning the GPS and following the tracking bread crumbs back to the cachemobile. She needs to learn that sometime and we should not get in too much trouble over the two mile hike back. Bet we walked six or seven miles per the saved tracks. Phew that's quite a bit for a 300+ pound fat guy. I am not tired but my dawgs are REALLY barking. More later in the summary.
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That's How To Label a Geocache

Have a great geocaching day number two with Daughter Geoness. Walked a nice three mile hike around Apex Lake park. Found this nice ammo box nearby.
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Finding the Cat Yak Series

Having a blast finding the dozen or so Cat Yak Series in Apex Park, NC.
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Example of How Not To Hide a Geocache.

Could not believe this geocache. Was somebody's first hide. Note the water sogged logbook under the smaller cache itself. What's wrong with this picture? If you don't know the answer, don't hide geocaches.
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Miss Geoness and Kitty Bison

Miss Geoness holding a cut kitty and a mini bison tube found in a well hidden tree. Beautiful spring day for caching.
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Favorite Geohide Today

We are out geocaching even with the temps dropping and a sprinkle or two. This was a favorite so far. You are looking at a bison tube glued back of some pine bark which hands on the pine tree. Very cool.
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Happy Place

My geocaching place to be. Bass Lake trails. This is bliss to me. Holly Springs, NC
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Nailed This Nano

Third time for me on this one. Why do we make things so difficult on ourselves. Nano on a nail. In Fuquay-Varina, NC.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Not An FTF But Nice

Okay I couldn't get to this masterfully stocked geocache this morning and Zuni beat me to it. The consolation prize was the amazing swag it had to trade for. I am so glad I had just stocked up this weekend. Traded some first aid kits and multitool for cap and flashlight. Awesome!
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where to Print Off Geocache Log Sheets?

There are a bunch of places to go on the internet to print off geocache log books or log sheets.

Here is my favorite.




Saw a bunch of requests on the geocaching.com website and thought I would bring it up here..


Enjoy!


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Monday, April 6, 2009

Where NOT to Hide a Geocache

The latest installment of the GeoSnippits series answers the question: Where NOT to hide a geocache?

We had asked this question on the geocaching.com forum and within two days had over 2000 hits and over 70 suggestions. There were so many in fact we are going to do a multi part series on this very touchy subject.

The idea is simple, if we show newer geocachers where and how NOT to hide geocaches through example then maybe they won't do it as much. Let see what happens.



Direct Link To YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMqaFfeHTKI

Here is the link to all the rules and regulations from geocaching.com:
http://www.geocaching.com/about/guidelines.aspx

We will be posting the complete list of all the suggestions from the geocaching.com forum soon. Stay tuned for more details and future GeoSnippits episodes.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Cranky But Still Geocaching

She may be getting cranky and a bit tired but Miss Geoness is still keeping geocaching.
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Geocaching in Fuquay-Varina, NC

Three times the charm finally finding this buggy geocache.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Where in the World is Pete the Parrot???

Well my loveable Travel Bug Pete the Parrot is being a true party animal in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. He has been doing the night life in that part of the world for over four months now. Before that he was trippin the light fantastic during some colder climate in Islas Baleares.

Currently he has 9897 miles under his birdie belt and is winging his way from one party to the next. He is waiting for his next ride in Katzenbusch@Night(GC1P7MG). It is a 3.5/4 multi but I am not worried. I know for a fact that in Germany multies and puzzle caches are a favorite. He will be on his way partying down in no time and to places unknown.
PTP UPDATE - Like I said, the very next day Pete was picked up and is now somewhere in Hungary!!! That is one well travelled party animal.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Geocache Theme to the Tune of Woodchuck

How much cash could a geo cache if a geocache could cache? -HHH

Was joking around with my daughter awhile back and thought quite clever.

Though I was impressed with Pet Rocks too.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

FTF Phone Video

Here is a quick video of yours truly near Oxford, NC during lunch. Due to some coordinate malfunction earlier today I had to abandon my try for now so I was nice and gave the First To Find hounds half a day extra to find it. No takers so more for me.

Here is a 12 second recording of the clean sheetz!

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