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KimInWis
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Joined: 2007-12-16
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:52 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hey all! I'm just starting out, reading everything I can, and deciding what GPS model I want to get. Can't wait to get started, but I might just wait until the snow melts! Anyone near the Ferryville/Desoto/Prarie du Chien area? If so, how is the caching around this area? Doesn't look like too many...most seem to be in the Eastern side of the state.
But hello and Gooo Greenbay (we just beat the Rams!)!!
 
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Lostby7
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Joined: 2005-06-07
Posts: 3190
Location: Lake country area, WI

PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:20 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hiya!

Well there may not be as many caches in your area as there are in the Eastern portion of the state, but each area has lots to showcase and in your case you are going to see some fantastic sites. More does not mean better.

Yes, you are correct in assuming now is not the ideal time to begin caching; there is still some caching going on but it has dramatically slowed down due to the snow.

I hope our forums can help you get to know us a bit and to help you so see what some of the ins and outs of the sport are....

Welcome.
 
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zuma
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Joined: 2006-01-30
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Location: Eau Claire

PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:23 pm Reply with quote Back to top

KimInWis wrote:
Hey all! I'm just starting out, reading everything I can, and deciding what GPS model I want to get. Can't wait to get started, but I might just wait until the snow melts! Anyone near the Ferryville/Desoto/Prarie du Chien area? If so, how is the caching around this area? Doesn't look like too many...most seem to be in the Eastern side of the state.
But hello and Gooo Greenbay (we just beat the Rams!)!!


Welcome KimInWis. Glad to have ya on board. You are right, your section of the state is a little underpopluated in caches, but the ones that are there tend to be in really great places. Hopefully, after ya find a few, you can correct the problem of not enough caches down that way.

As far as which gps to get, opinions will vary. I have an inexpensive Garmin LegendC, and it is impossible to bust the thing, and I have found a lot of caches with it. Hard to go wrong buying a Garmin, any Garmin. If ya have a few more dollars, the Garmin 60CSx is a good choice.

As far as cachin in winter, the snow can make it tougher. But it is great to be out in the snow hiking, so I would start right away, if I was you.

Have fun,

zuma

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cheezehead
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Joined: 2006-07-02
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

zuma wrote:
KimInWis wrote:
Hey all! I'm just starting out, reading everything I can, and deciding what GPS model I want to get. Can't wait to get started, but I might just wait until the snow melts! Anyone near the Ferryville/Desoto/Prarie du Chien area? If so, how is the caching around this area? Doesn't look like too many...most seem to be in the Eastern side of the state.
But hello and Gooo Greenbay (we just beat the Rams!)!!


Welcome KimInWis. Glad to have ya on board. You are right, your section of the state is a little underpopluated in caches, but the ones that are there tend to be in really great places. Hopefully, after ya find a few, you can correct the problem of not enough caches down that way.

As far as which gps to get, opinions will vary. I have an inexpensive Garmin LegendC, and it is impossible to bust the thing, and I have found a lot of caches with it. Hard to go wrong buying a Garmin, any Garmin. If ya have a few more dollars, the Garmin 60CSx is a good choice.

As far as cachin in winter, the snow can make it tougher. But it is great to be out in the snow hiking, so I would start right away, if I was you.

Have fun,

zuma


Kim, welcome to the addiction, I mean game. I started with the LegendC and up graded to the 60SCx. I have never used any other brand so I will not bash them, but Geocaching.com has it set up to download cache waypoint to Garmin units.

For anyother question you came to the right place. Someone lurking in the boards will give you an aswer for your needs.
 
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greyhounder
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Joined: 2004-01-18
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:08 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi!

Welcome!

If you know people who have GPS units, ask to borrow them before you buy anything. That way you get to test drive beforehand. I've used both Garmin and Magellan units (personally, I prefer Garmin, but there's nothing wrong with any of the other units out there).

These forums are a wealth of knowledge and experience, so you're sure to learn a lot here!

Bec

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furfool
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Joined: 2007-02-15
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:33 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Welcome to all of the fun Kim. If you can find those caches under all that snow, you'll be able to find them anywhere. When I have problems finding one, I start by cussing out the cache owner to myself. If that doesn't work, I cuss out everyone one else that found it and said, "nice quick find" or "found it in the first place I looked". It doesn't always work, but it makes me feel better anyway. Good luck to you.

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marc_54140
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Joined: 2004-01-28
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:48 am Reply with quote Back to top

Ditto on the Welcome.....


And..'Get a Garmin, or Get Lost'. (Right Tammy?)
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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Joined: 2007-02-08
Posts: 6022
Location: West Salem WI

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:57 am Reply with quote Back to top

Hi Kim,

We're in this corner, near LaCrosse. No, the caching is not as dense here as other areas, but what we lack in number, we generally make up for in awesome terrain. Rochester has lots of them and is only about an hour away from us, but many of those are puzzles. Also urban micros, which I won't explain that much because it will ruin the surprise for you. After the initial surprise, though, they aren't all that cool, LOL.

Wildcat Mountain has a series of caches that are awesome. There are several blufftop climbs/hikes in the LaCrosse area that are also great caching. If you want other ideas, just ask. We've done pretty much everything along the river from Potosi to Wabasha.

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bandits
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Joined: 2006-10-21
Posts: 388
Location: Amherst, WI

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:08 am Reply with quote Back to top

Welcome aboard, Kim! We have had the pleasure of caching in your neck of the woods and have greatly enjoyed the area, as we are certain you will. There are also a few great caching teams near you that you will undoubtedly meet in the future.

We must agree with the suggestions for Garmin units. We have had both Magellan and Garmin and have been most happy with our Garmin Legends and now our 60Cx. Whatever you choose, it will become a great tool for fun and adventure.

Hope to meet you on the trails!

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Team Deejay
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Joined: 2005-10-02
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Location: Rochester, WI, US

PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Also, I would highly recommend the GRR series across the river in Iowa. Lots of nice views of the river and nice big containers so you aren't looking for micros all day. Also, right around PDC, we found a couple others we really liked, Fern Gully and Three Artesian Wells (or something like that).
 
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3 Hawks
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Joined: 2006-09-14
Posts: 277
Location: Oak Creek, WI

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:34 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Team Deejay wrote:
Also, I would highly recommend the GRR series across the river in Iowa. Lots of nice views of the river and nice big containers so you aren't looking for micros all day. Also, right around PDC, we found a couple others we really liked, Fern Gully and Three Artesian Wells (or something like that).


Now Deejay, you forgot to mention DUCK!! You told me that was one of your favorites in SW WI.

Wyalusing State Park has a couple nice caches that will test your stamina and Pike's Peak State Park (IA) also has a few great caches.

Welcome to the game!! Just take your time and enjoy the journey.
 
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Trekkin and Birdin
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:37 pm Reply with quote Back to top

DUCK! is cool and not far from Prairie du Chien. It's also one of those places we'd never have visited if not for caching.

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lagrac
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Joined: 2007-01-22
Posts: 246
Location: Rushford,MN

PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:49 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Welcome to our happy family Kim. I'm hoping to make it down your way during the next couple of weeks (weather permitting). McGregor Iowa has a place that has Earthcache written all over it.....plus I need that Iowa Delorme page as well as the county. If you happen to see me swinging around, feel free to say 'hi'. I'm the Caching Monkey. Very Happy
 
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3 Hawks
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Joined: 2006-09-14
Posts: 277
Location: Oak Creek, WI

PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:55 am Reply with quote Back to top

3 Hawks wrote:
Team Deejay wrote:
Also, I would highly recommend the GRR series across the river in Iowa. Lots of nice views of the river and nice big containers so you aren't looking for micros all day. Also, right around PDC, we found a couple others we really liked, Fern Gully and Three Artesian Wells (or something like that).


Now Deejay, you forgot to mention DUCK!! You told me that was one of your favorites in SW WI.

Wyalusing State Park has a couple nice caches that will test your stamina and Pike's Peak State Park (IA) also has a few great caches.

Welcome to the game!! Just take your time and enjoy the journey.


Oops!! That was team genesis who told me about his fondness of DUCK!! I get my teams mixed up from time to time. I must be getting old.
 
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KimInWis
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Joined: 2007-12-16
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I'm baaacckkkk... and boy did I make a mistake! I was all set to buy the Garmin Venture HC...then... I went to Cabelas....wrong move.. walked out with a $350 Garmin GPSmap 76Cx! And I've never even geocached before (is that a word?). I keep telling myself that I'll just try it out, then take it back and get something cheaper,.. but I have a funny feeling that after using this thing, I will NOT want to go back...
We were going to go out today for the first time, but it's windy as heck, so maybe tomorrow. At first it was just me that was interested in this, but now I got hubby roped into it <grin>! He's more interested in placing caches instead of finding them, so hopefully we will make a good team. I'm getting ready to print out all the info/rules on placing caches, but anything you might feel would be helpful, pls let me know!
Hopefully when the nice weather finally comes around, we'll get to meet some of you!
 
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