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Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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31 Days of Geocaching Printable Calendar

 

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Well the guys over at Groundspeak’s Geocaching Blog have posted a nice little printable calendar on their blog. The calendar shows every day for the month of August, along with a little graphic on each day. I’m not 100% sure if that is the same graphic the souvenir for the day will look like though. They also provided a graphic for August 17th which is International Geocaching day. 

Click here for a direct link to the calendar (PDF).

It doesn’t look like the weather is going to be very nice here in Korea, I am going to have 31 soggy days of geocaching via bicycle.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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International EarthCache Day 2013

ImageMark your calendars, it’s almost that time of year again! Every year there is a special event know as International EarthCache day, this year it just so happens to be held on October 13th 2013, in honor of Earth Science Week.

EarthCaches teach us all about our favorite place to geocache – earth. An EarthCache takes adventurers to a unique site showcasing geological features like a century old cave, or rare rock formations. Simply discover and log an EarthCache, or attend an EarthCache Event, to take part in the worldwide movement. These types of caches can help the adventurer learn how odd rocks were formed, or to teach about plate tectonics, and so much more!

There are more than 14,000 active EarthCaches around the world. Comment below and let me know how you plan to spend your EarthCache day! I am organizing an event here in South Korea, where all the geocachers in the country meetup at the Onyang Hot Springs!

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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The SylvanSport Go Camping Trailer

Buried deep within the internet, beyond fail videos and dancing cats, I discovered this precious jewel. If you are a camping enthusiast like myself then you will appreciate the SylvanSport Go camping trailer. This is literally the coolest camper ever. The Go is packed with features a like pop-up style tent, rugged aluminum frame, extendable tow tongue, inflatable mattresses and much more.

This little guy weighs in at only 850lbs, which means it could be towed by virtually anything. The trailer doubles as a utility trailer, so you can haul ATV’s, dirtbikes, mountain bikes, kayaks, even use it to haul building and landscaping supplies.

The price tag isn’t too bad at $8495.00, but this includes the entire package! I may have to sell myself out on the streets for a while to scrounge up the cash for the SylvanSport Go, but it would be well worth it. If you love to camp and geocache, this trailer is for you!

I could spend all day blogging about the camp trailer, but I suggest you go and have a look for yourself!

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in Camping

 

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Sunburns and Sunblock

As geocachers we spend the majority of our adventures outside. At times we often get wrapped up in the “hunt” and tend to forget about that great big burning ball of fire in the sky.

Our skin is the largest organ our bodies have and it needs protection! The sun gives off extremely harmful UV rays that can damage our skin, even cause skin cancer. The intense rays from the sun can cause second and third degree burns to our skin causing blisters and scarring the tissue.

Make sure you are using sunblock with an adequate SPF for your adventures in the outdoors. Sun Protection Factor or SPF is the rating of protection the sunblock offers agains the sun. The best way to be sure of what SPF you need is to multiply the number of SPF by 10, and that would be the minutes of protection you would have. For example: SPF 15 would be 15 x 10 = 150 minutes of protection. You must also take into consideration other factors such as sweating or hopping into the lake, which depletes the protection of sunblock. The safest bet is to get the highest SPF you can find. A good SPF50 – SPF100 should be good enough for a day of caching. But be sure to re-apply as necessary.

This isn’t to say that the sun is all bad though. Vitamin D is produced in the body from the sun and is beneficial to your health in preventing things like skin cancer. Don’t worry about blocking out all the Vitamin D with use of sunblock, as you get as much as you need from casual exposure to the sun – like getting out at the pump to fill your vehicle with fuel, or running into the nearest sporting goods store to upgrade your GPSr.

Also be sure to pair regular sunblock use with other forms of protection, such as sunglasses, a hat, and long sleeves when you can.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in Camping, Geocaching

 

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International Geocaching Day 2013

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Get out your GPSr’s and download some caches, It’s that time of the year again. Every 3rd Saturday in August (this year its August 17, 2013) there is a worldwide event known as International Geocaching Day.

This is a day devoted entirely to getting out and participating in the greatest and most addicting game out there – geocaching. 

Geocachers who log an “Attended” at an Event Cache or a “Found it” for another cache type on International Geocaching Day earn a souvenir (pictured here) for their Geocaching.com profile page.

Also, if you are participating in the 31 Days of Geocaching event, you will double dip on that day’s souvenirs, just FYI. I have gotten the last IGD souvenirs the past 2 years, gotta keep the tradition going!

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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31 Days of Geocaching (continued)

Due to the upcoming event for the entire month of August, I decided to map out exactly what caches I plan to get for each day, with both regular and premium member caches. This map is based on the fact that I get at least 1 cache a day. Too bad I don’t have a car here in Korea.. this is going to be a lot of running back and forth on my bicycle! This map also gives me some alternative caches in case I happen to DNF any of these. 

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Posted by on July 27, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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31 Days of Geocaching

According to groundspeak’s facebook page, they will be conducting a “31 days of geocaching” event for the entire month of July 2013.  The whole idea behind this event is to find a geocache, log a “Found it” (or an “Attended” for an Event Cache) and earn a unique calendar-style Geocaching souvenir for each day in August. That’s 31 souvenirs up for grabs!

I may hold off on geocaching in my area this weekend until August just so I can grab some souvenirs. So load up your GPSr’s with your caches and get out there at least once every day for the entire month!

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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What is geocaching?

It has come to my attention that when I describe what my blog is about, a lot of people have never heard of geocaching. On rare occasions they have heard the term in the past, but don’t actually have any clue what it is. I have included the official geocaching.com video to help break it down.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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Time for an upgrade

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It has been quite some time since I upgraded from my GPSr that was designed for vehicle use to the Garmin Dakota 10. I have decided that I want to pick up the Garmin Oregon 650! Now there are 2 versions of this GPSr, the 510 and the 510t. The only difference aside from $70, the 510t has 8GB of memory rather than 4GB and it rotates it’s screen when you rotate the unit. It also has the US topographic maps pre-loaded. This isn’t a necessity for me at all since I already own the US topo-maps and I could care less if the screen rotates or not. The 510 has expandable memory via MicroSD card.

The 510 boasts an 8 megapixel camera with a flash, 3″ display, elevation plots, and Bluetooth/wireless for use with Chirp or ANT. It also has “nuvi mode” to  use when driving.

The price tag is about $479.99 but well worth the price. When I pick this up, I plan to give my son my Garmin Dakota 10, since he loves that thing.

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Geocaching

 

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