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lagrac
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Joined: 2007-01-22
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Has anyone checked out this web site?
http://www.lacrossesportscommission.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=15&Itemid=29

I'm wondering why, if they are trying to cater to geocachers, that they don't list this Event on geocaching.com? I just happened to hear about it on the radio coming to work today.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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Joined: 2007-02-08
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 4:19 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I emailed someone who is helping to organize this event and suggested the caches should be listed on gc.com. Not sure why they have chosen not to do so. Too bad.

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BigStick
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 5:46 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Maybe it's just me, but this thing sounds like it was put together by someone that heard about caching but never really did it. Of course I could be way off base. Are any of the WGA La Crosse area cachers involved in this?
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Doug, I know one of the folks on the board of this hosting organization is a very occasional geocacher. Unless he's changed his caching name, which is very possible, he only shows 3 finds. Trekkin' knows him because they went to junior college together in the U.P. and have crossed paths occasionally here for work-related reasons. Another of the guys involved is an old friend, who is also very occasional and refers to us as "fanatics." I told him we're just guppies compared to the sharks here! No DeLorme, not even 1000 finds, none of those glory finds, LOL.

I know that the article in the Tribune that introduced this talked about how much the Chippewa Valley event brought into the Eau Claire area. That's because of all the new permanent caches that were placed in advance of that event. I never like to discourage someone's enthusiasm for outdoors recreation, but I'm feeling as if they really missed the boat. If they'd put out a bunch of new ones, we all know those of us who are slightly "off" would be down here searching, eating, perhaps renting motel rooms and buying gas. As it is, maybe some interested locals will be enticed to play based on the prizes. Personally, we're just going to keep heading to new places to hunt for caches that are listed. I'll be curious to see how many new players emerge as a result of this promotion. They don't even need to come onto gc.com to get the coords for those hides, so they aren't getting the full picture (unless they covered that at that kick off event a few weeks back).

Maybe I'm wrong. It's been known to happen.

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lagrac
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 7:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I e-mailed the Lacrosse sports commission and offered my .02. I described my experience in Eau Claire in April (I forgot to mention that I met Dr. Bigstick out in the woods at 2am Very Happy ). I told them how involved local Eau Claire cachers were in their Event (placing permanent caches) and how Robin hosted a CITO Event in conjunction with the CVB Event. I also mentioned that I've been known to travel 200 miles to attend a GC Listed Event. I agree, they missed a great opportunity here. List it on geocaching.com and the cachers will come!
 
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3 Hawks
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I grew up in Onalaska and I now live in Milwaukee. If this had been posted on GC.com., I might have been able to adjust my schedule to participate. Unfortunately, I won't be able to because of poor execution on the organizers part.

You can tell the organizers are not seasoned cachers because of their use off the term "nano-cache." There is no such official recognition of the term "nano." You've got micro, small, regular, and large. That's it. No tiny, mini, nano, pico, or eetsy weetsy.
 
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marc_54140
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:18 am Reply with quote Back to top

2 AM in the woods? What were you doing lagrac?!!! Rolling Eyes

I hope you didn't ask if he wanted to hold your Unit! Embarassed
 
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BigStick
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:27 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Ha! You have to get up pretty early in the morning to snag those FTF's. And no, there was definitely no handling of others units going on.
 
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zuma
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Joined: 2006-01-30
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:30 pm Reply with quote Back to top

lagrac wrote:
I e-mailed the Lacrosse sports commission and offered my .02. I described my experience in Eau Claire in April (I forgot to mention that I met Dr. Bigstick out in the woods at 2am Very Happy ). I told them how involved local Eau Claire cachers were in their Event (placing permanent caches) and how Robin hosted a CITO Event in conjunction with the CVB Event. I also mentioned that I've been known to travel 200 miles to attend a GC Listed Event. I agree, they missed a great opportunity here. List it on geocaching.com and the cachers will come!


Apparently, the tourism people are talking to each other, but not to cachers. Rice Lake did the same thing, even though I offered to help them.

Personally, I have little interest in traveling to any cache event that is not listed on gc.com, and I am sure that is true of nearly all of us. The problem is blonde girls in the travel bureaus talking to other blonde girls in other travel bureaus, and thinking that they are getting accurate info, when it reality, it is just blonde girl blather.

zuma

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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:42 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Actually in this case, it seems to be several former co-workers of Trekkin'. None of whom has more than 50 finds. We never have gotten any respect from people, and never will. (Well, except the storytelling world. I'm a president in that world!) I know they have great intentions, and not everyone is as nuts as those of us who post here, but you know? Those of us who post here are the ones who'd actually travel to another city to do an event that's listed. And spend money while there.

I know they might have had trouble listing the event itself on gc.com, but permanent caches can be listed. It's too bad. We're sticking with whittling down the less than three dozen listed caches in our 50 miles, thank you!

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Team Deejay
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 10:31 pm Reply with quote Back to top

FYI, they have a local cacher submitting some of their caches. I published a couple tonight.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:14 am Reply with quote Back to top

Yes, that's one of Trekkin's old co-workers and fishing buddies. We've communicated and I think he's realizing that new published caches will be helpful, so he's been doing this himself. Yeah, wheels!

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