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hack1of2
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:35 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Three things.

First, FTP Cool

Second, Rattledbox it's nice to see you getting involved in the forums!! 'Bout time you hang around here.

Third, here's my own perspective on FTF's. As has been pointed out many times over the years in the forums, different people have fun with different aspects of caching. Some are into PnG's, some into long walks, some like numbers, or FTF's, or puzzles, or multis, or bushwhacking, etc. I think that's great. Geocaching can offer all those things. Take your pick and have fun! Just stay within the rules to promote and protect the sport. I myself LOVE FTF's, a lot, but have self-imposed a limit of one FTF per month (not counting puzzles and Survivor caches). I don't expect others to do the same and wouldn't think of requiring that. I think that if someone is driven by FTF's and goes for everyone they can get, that's their right. It makes it harder for me to get one then, but who am I to impose my will upon others. Having said that, for me it is nice to "share the wealth." By my limiting myself to a certain number of FTF's, my caching friends as well as newbies can hopefully experience the thrill of FTF's too, and hopefully they'll appreciate my restraint, because if I "need" an FTF (1x/month) I'm aggressive and I'll go at any time (if allowable). I get alerts on my phone as soon as they're published. I've actually gotten numerous emails and texts from other cachers thanking me for stopping at only one FTF cache when a new area gets a bunch.

A few weeks ago in Milwaukee there were 5 new ones from Youngins3 that popped up in a cemetery. I went at dawn and found one, then stopped. Got my "quota" for the month. Braid Beards Gang showed up probably an hour or two later and found one and stopped. Then Wisjanine found one, then Razzles I think found the last two. And he offered to co-FTF with another couple who had solved the coordinates too but they said he should go for it. I though it was pretty cool!

Bottom line to everyone: whatever floats your boat! As long as everyone stays within the rules, uses stealth when necessary, is respectful to the environment, and conducts themselves in a way that doesn't harm the reputation of geocaching in the community, it's allowable, and I support it. But I still want my one FTF per month! Very Happy Very Happy
 
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Lacknothing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 11:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

rattledbox wrote:
So lacknothing what you are saying is some local cachers have rocks rattling around in there head and just don't understand the game as well as others? Why I thought some of the more senior cachers that have been making finds for awhile have set the example years ago that some of us newbie are trending to.... I mean really this is an awesome sport for the family I totally agree but the ftf is like a getting candy when you where a little kid and thats a great feeling when your creeping up in the age.


Do you mean the rocks over by that one cachce of yours?
 
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Jomusky
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:26 am Reply with quote Back to top

I think there should some incentive at the bash to fill your card. Not a race for the first ones to do it. But some type of incentive. Perhaps a special geo souvineer for your souvineer page, or bonus raffle tickets or something like that.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:28 am Reply with quote Back to top

There is incentive. You get tix.

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lone_gunman
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:09 am Reply with quote Back to top

Walkingadventure wrote:
There is incentive. You get ticks.


Corrected for spelling Razz

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LDove
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:17 am Reply with quote Back to top

Actually you get TICkets! The more caches you find, the more tickets you get. So I guess you do get a prize for filling up your card AND you get the satisfaction that you did it!
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I forgot to mention that if this is your fifth cache bash, there will be special events/prizes for that so watch the cache page.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:44 am Reply with quote Back to top

I'm looking forward to my special recognition. Naming a tree after me or a series of caches??????

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Hitman4
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:41 am Reply with quote Back to top

rattledbox wrote:
but the ftf is like a getting candy when you where a little kid and thats a great feeling when your creeping up in the age.


Exactly! As we age, the need for candy gets less and less... but we still need one for the month of April, so save us a piece. wink Very Happy

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Mister Greenthumb
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:01 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Jomusky wrote:
I think there should some incentive at the bash to fill your card. Not a race for the first ones to do it. But some type of incentive. Perhaps a special geo souvineer for your souvineer page, or bonus raffle tickets or something like that.


Won't happen, goes against the principles of what this event is about. It's not a competition, it's a fun family oriented geocaching event.
 
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Averith
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:19 am Reply with quote Back to top

When Karen and I attend the Cache Bash we rarely find any caches. To us it's far more enjoyable to sit back, relax, and enjoy meeting the multitude of cachers from all over the world. We even sit up an easy up, put up tables and chairs, and make a day of it. All those caches will be there next weekend, the social aspect of this event are far more enjoyable then running around like a chicken with his head cut off to find as many caches as possible, we'll do that other weekends.

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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:46 am Reply with quote Back to top

LDove wrote:
...I forgot to mention that if this is your fifth cache bash, there will be special events/prizes for that so watch the cache page.

Will be my 5th. I sure hope I win the new car.
 
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JimandLinda
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:00 am Reply with quote Back to top

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Lostby7
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:47 am Reply with quote Back to top

OK, OK...there is no new car to win (so far as I know). I'll settle for the weekend trip to Cobo.
 
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huffinpuffin2
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Searching for a T5 @ Cabo. No Kidding: http://coord.info/GC319DN

Cervesa anyone?

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Jomusky
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:45 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Last year there was 66 caches on the card. For every 10 you found you earned a ticket, up to 6 tickets maximum. So you filling your card or getting any more then 60 finds didn't get you anything more then self satisfaction. I suppose that is what geocaching is about, but I still feel there should be more incentive to fill your card. It doesn't have to be a new car either, just something. My idea was a different colored souvineer for your profile, or maybe one that says "I filled my card".

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