Hope to see you there
|Night at the beach|
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.That clearly doesn't work well with the non-physical nature of challenges.If geocaching is too boring for you then you might want to try waymarking or other outdoor games and sports. But let's face it - there are two reasons why this whole debacle happened. First Groundspeak didn't want to create a second waymarking which gets barely used because it is not part of geocaching.com. The only option was to implement it into the old geocaching website. And second they wanted to release it before the Geocaching Block Party which is tomorrow (20.08.2011).
It is staying on Geocaching.com. If you don't like the new activity, don't participate.That answer didn't went down so well with the crowds and I must admit that I am one of them. I don't see the point of defacing this hobby. Maybe Garmin will use their chance and make opencaching.com work within the next few days - now is the perfect opportunity to release something which works, listens to the community and is in the spirit of the game. But again: this is probably not going to happen. Do we have to accept this stupid change?
Your Challenge is to Create a Challenge... one a day, every day, until Groundspeak realise how utterly ridiculous this is. No doubt this Challenge will be censored and archived quickly, so you have to act fast. You may log this from anywhere in the World at any time as there is nothing I can do to check or stop that anyway... and there in lies the heart of the issue.
Each Challenge should contain the following text...
"Groundspeak. This idea had so much potential and possibility, but the execution has been beyond woeful. This is not Geocaching. This is not "Go somewhere, Do something". This is rubbish. Even the old locationless had accountability, and the old virtuals were much better as they had owners and checks in place and got you out to interesting places. You need to roll back this blight and go back to the drawing board... do it properly, and re-release it when it is ready."
I am sorry I had to resort to a Spam Attack, but as you are DELETING all negative feedback in favour of "We are right, you are Wrong" tactics I found little other option.
Regards, a PAYING member of your community who does not want to see this game destroyed.
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|Hoodie Men - Glow in the dark|
|Tracking Interval:||2 min to 1 day |
|Custom Message:||160 characters||1 pre-programmable message + programmable help button||no|
|Satellite Network:||Iridium||Globalstar||Cospas Sarsat|
|Coverage:||Worldwide||restricted to most land masses excluding Africa and SE Asia||Worldwide|
|Position Finding:||GPS||GPS||GPS + doppler processing|
|Waterproof:||IP66 (splash and dust resistant)||IPX8 (Immersion beyond 1 m)||Temporary immersion to 10m for 5 mins. (IP 58, IPX7)|
|Battery Type:||Lithium-ion||3 AAA Lithium||Lithium|
|Battery Life:||Up to 1,000 message reports (which would be around 7 days at 10 min tracking)||Power on: Approximately three months; SOS/HELP/SPOT Assist: 3–6 days; Check-in/Custom Messages: Approximately 350–700 messages||5 years storage, then 24 hours operating|
|Weight:||380 g||147 g||150 g|
|Dimensions:||W 6.35 cm x H 12.7 cm x D 3.8 cm||W 6.6 cm x H 9.4 cm x D 2.5 cm||W 4.6 cm x H 10.0 cm x D 3.4 cm|
|Price:||699.99 USD||149.99 USD||249.99 USD|
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|Colour:||green||orange or silver||yellow|
I thought that not too many people would show up but as a pleasant surprise this truly royal and noble event was actually quite crowded The barbie worked perfectly and as far as I can tell nobody fell into the water. It was fun catching up and coming up with new ideas (Milk! Tritium! Fish'n Chips!). We already have set some wheels in motion So it was a good mixture of cachers and location which leaves only one conclusion: We'll do it again in a not so distant future
Are you living around Melbourne and have no plans for tonight? Yep? Well here they are. Spladem, c@h and I placed it last week. It's GC2FTNX which is obviously unpublished because I didn't activate it. Have great night out.
The Black Mesa Aftermath
rift between dimensions
The Black Mesa Research Facility was a private research and defence contractor comprised of a massive complex built within Phillip Bay just off the coast of Melbourne. Built deep into the bottom of the ocean, Black Mesa has been a site for broad scientific research relating to theoretical, quantum, and particle physics, applied mathematics, robotics, genetics, biotechnology, trans-dimensional travel, teleporting, and other classified subjects.
The submerged character of Black Mesa is due to the shielding nature of vast amount of water on top of it. Although it being close to a major metropolitan area, it always was considered to be one of the safest facilities on this planet .. until the Black Mesa
Incident a few days ago.
A few days ago the Black Mesa has been rendered inert by a catastrophic
failure of the lambda-experiment. An uncontrolled trans-dimensional portal opened together with a secondary much smaller portal. Both of them could be closed however the secondary portal stayed open for a few hours.
During that time-frame some unknown artefacts slipped through the portal and found their way into the bay. The lambda satellite discovered the seven items while still afloat and fortunately they weren't washed into the open sea. This is were our luck ends: After being washed ashore they kept moving inland which means we are dealing with some kind of machine or life-form and as far as we can tell from the data received, they are causing another rift. They have to be stopped before they reach the southern coast and disappear into the ocean.
This is considered to be another class three incident so Point Nepean has been sealed off by local Police and the SASR. This area is a national park hich allows to have the whole operation unnoticed by the public. VIC Parks just announced the park to be closed for maintenance reasons. The only thing left in order to prevent this major catastrophe from happening is to bring in a specialist to neutralise this thread ... and by specialist we mean you.
Proceed to the Park Office where the forward command post has been set-up. You will be provided with a Hazardous Environment Suit (HEV) since the Xen-radiation which the lambda satellite picks up is not exactly healthy. From there you have to make your way into the hazard-zone. There is one fact which plays in your favour: The artefacts seem to be idle during night-time. It is unknown if the units are able to communicate. We just have to assume that this is the case so they have to be taken out simultaneously. Recon and place charges if they are entrenched otherwise we have several drones ready for an air-strike.
We recommend that you get the job done before dawn.
This is a nightcache.
You'll only need this paragraph to find the cache: Proceed to every stage and find the information. You don't have to follow the sequence in fact I recommend to bike to the far end first, enjoy the sunset and then start the search.
In terms of logistics I can recommend the following: Pick a nice evening, get yourself some Fish and Chips (Shop south-side of Ocean Beach Rd in Sorrento), have dinner at the Park Office (there are pick-nick tables and drinking water), head out to the point, enjoy the sunset and search the cache.
Point Nepean National Park is open 24/7. I especially asked about night-time access at the visitors centre and was assured that it is allowed to enter on foot or with a push-bike during the night. Some buildings are closed at night but that does not affect this cache. Enjoy the cache and take your time to explore. There are more places to discover around Point Nepean. The cache doesn't show them all but it's definitely worth to spend some extra-time around.
Viel Spaß *gg*