Saturday, 30 October 2010

Girls Edition Sold Out

Just a short update: The Girls Editions have been sold. There are still some Apple Editions left.

cheers

Monday, 25 October 2010

Everybody likes globes!

It's pink ribbon day and nightcaching.org is supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. So far we have raised 100 Aussie-dollars by selling our new Nightcaching Australia Geocoins. Whatever the final amount will be - Martina and I will top that up.

But beside donating there is a more important task you can do: Ask your partner, sister, daughter, mum, co-worker, boss, friend, auntie, grandma, neighbor when she had her last check-up and encourage them to have a regular health check. Breast cancer can be treated if you catch it early.

Do something today ...
... because everybody loves globes!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Nightcaching Australia Geocoin

Finally! After 42 days, a lot of designing and over 30 emails later I received a package of geocoins this week. Here comes the Nightcaching Australia geocoin in four finishes:
  • Apple (60 coins)
  • Orange (20 coins)
  • Girls Glitter (10 coins)
  • Girls Glow (10 coins)

All coins have a unique icon on Geocaching.com:
Icon on Geocaching.com




For the tech-specs: The coins have a diametre of 4,45 cm, are 3 mm thick and have a epoxy coating. For the rest I don't feel like typing up a fancy release text :o) Just have a look at the pics and decide for yourself, if you want one.

The first activated coin of this series can be found here.

Price & Ordering
Martina decided to sell the Girls Editions for 50 AUD each. Sorry Chickens - these are sold out (as of 30.10.2010). For every sold Girls Edition geocoin 10 AUD will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Why? Because the coins are pink and everybody loves ... globes :o) and shipping is included as well. Price including shipping to Europe is 37 EUR - that includes the donation as well.

The Apple Edition is available for 20 AUD including shipping to Australia. International shipping to Germany and the US is 20 AUD for up to 7 coins.  For the Euro-zone I use 7 EUR for 10 AUD as the exchange rate.

>> Before today (26.10.2010) I had a lower shipping rate posted however I didn't consider that there is a limit of 5mm thickness for that rate - stupid me. That didn't work with a 3mm coin and a padded envelope >> the first international buyers just saved some shipping :o) Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Orange Edition won't be sold. Sorry, that'll be a gift for guys who place good nightcaches (like in orange >> owner)

Payment is available via Paypal or wire transfer to either an Australian or German account. Of course there is also the option of picking them up from Elwood or meeting me at an event if you don't trust banks, me or auspost *gg* Interested? Then send me a mail via my geocaching account or pingchat me (username is "derfuzzel").

Cheers
Philipp

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Garmin Chirp vs. Wherigo

Garmin announced the introduction of Chirp yesterday. Chirp is a little beacon used for geocaching and quite similar with a hidden zone in Wherigo. Instead of rephrasing the original post here, just have a look at the short video or check this blog:



So it is a nice gadget and I will give it a try (just ordered two from REI).The question is what makes it different from a Wherigo cartridge beside the fact that it is a physical waypoint?
First of all Chirp works with more GPSr than Wherigo. If you switch to the German Garmin site you can see the devices supported:

Dakota 20, Oregon 300/400t/450/450t/550/550t, GPSMAP 62s/62st, GPSMAP 78s

so there is some potential for this little bug. On the other hand all the devices which work with Wherigo like the iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android don't work.Speaking of working: Wherigo is has never reached a real stable version. With some custom builders you can make it work but that's a long and painful process. I did create a wherigo nightcache but it took a while until all major bugs were gone.Covert knows what I am talking about.
Anyway - with a Wherigo you can set-up a so called hidden zone which is in terms of functionality pretty similar to a Chirp: You don't see anything on your GPSr until you enter the zone. Now you have all the possibilities the Wherigo environment offers but then again all the hassle with programming, bugs and downloading the cartridge before you leave the house, is not much fun.

Chirp is an easy but not so powerful and more over not so cheap alternative to that concept. Let's see when they arrive and what I can do with them.

Cheers
Philipp

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Getting a nightcache reviewed

If I put a nightcache on geocaching.com is there any difference to putting in a normal cache?

Well there is, but it isn't really huge. All the guidelines for a normal cache do apply for a nightcache as well. The only tiny difference comes with the additional waypoints. Let's just start easy and see what kind of additional waypoints do we have.
  • Coordinates - (*) these are the listed coordinates of the cache. If you want to change the coordinates of an active cache you'll have to do this via a "change coordinates"-log.  If your caches hasn't been publish yet you can just change them in the listing.
  • IPB Image Final Location - (*) this is the final position of the multi- or puzzlecache (the logbook has to be at this location).
  • IPB Image Parking Area - a recommendation to park your geomobile.
  • IPB Image Reference Waypoint - This is just a point you want to mark and might not be related to hunt for the cache. An electric BBQ, public toilets or simply a nice view are possible locations for this type of waypoint.
  • IPB Image Question to Answer - here is an object which would have been there anyway but it's needed to find the next stage of the cache. This could be a sign, fence or flashing signal where you have to count certain words, posts or seconds between lights.
  • IPB Image Stages of a Multicache - (*) at this type of waypoint you'll find something the owner of the cache placed. This could be a cache with a piece of paper holding the next set of coordinates, a tag or some other installation.
  • IPB Image Trailhead - well that is where the trail to the cache starts.
(*) These waypoints are checked for minimal distance to waypoints of other caches by the reviewers.

If you place an ordinary stage of a multi-cache, you enter the stage as an additional waypoint which can be either a "question to answer"or "stages of a multicache". For a nightcache you should do the very same thing with one exception:

If you place a trail of reflectors, every single reflector is not considered to be a "stages of a multicache" waypoint. Just use "question to answer" (QtA) if you want to enter every reflector. 

That's it. Easy, isn't it? However if you are placing a point-to-point nightcache, where a tag with the coordinates for next stage can be found at every reflector, then you'll have to use the "stages of a multicache" waypoint.
For a trail of reflectors I personally don't even bother to enter the coordinates of every reflector. I just enter the ones of the final where the tag or something else can be found. In any case it's good to give the reviewer a short (!) overview how the cache works in a reviewer-note. This way everybody's life is a little bit easier :o)




    Saturday, 2 October 2010

    Braeside Park

    On Monday I started to place a new nightcache. It's not really a difficult or extremely complex one. Just a solid point-to-point type. So here is what I did:

    • Day 1:
      Went there and found all the caches in the area. Wasn't too hard since there were only an easy puzzle and a multi.

    • Day 2:
      Drove out there, decided for a routing and took all the coords of the stages with a prototype reflector.

    • Day 3
      Short stop at bunnings and building of all the reflectors. Printing of all aluminum-tags.

    • Day 4
      Attached all the tags and reflectors to their places and placed the cache-box.

    Done :o) Here is the result:
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