Archive for the ‘Geo Cache’ Category

Merry Christmas everyone!  Are you stuck on what to get your favorite scouter to fill his or her stocking?  Here’s a few ideas.  The first one is a very cool item I stumbled upon this morning while picking up spices for pumpkin pie.

#1 – McCormick Recipe Inspirations – This very awesome item is a quick grab of the exact spices (sans salt, oil, etc) that one would need to prepare the recipe on the back of the card.  Talk about a life saver on campouts!  At only .39 ounces, several could be carried in the backpack on the long  hikes at Philmont or the Northern Tier.

#2 – GPS – If you didn’t put one in their stocking last year, you should this year.  That, and a membership to geocaching.com will endless hours of bonding time and family fun.

#3 – Carabiners – You never can have too many.

#4 – Gift card  – Get one for REI, Academy, or wherever your scouter loves to shop.

#5 – Hand warmers – If you haven’t camped in the cold, we don’t expect you to understand.

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WAY TO GO GUYS!!!  The obvious thing I couldn’t help but notice was that he had two sets of water and two first aid kits.

Geocachers Save Two Women Stranded in Desert

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Geocachers Roy Joseph (Rojo464) and Paul Fox (Pauleefox) drove through the rugged desert of Eastern Utah searching for five geocaches on Tuesday the 17th of August.  But they never made it past their second find.  What they encountered instead led to grateful tears and news headlines.

Roy and Paul had finished finding their second geocache and were looping around for a third – called “Bugy Softwear” (GCGMJT). The area of the desert that they searched is referred to as the Dolores Triangle.  It’s one of the most barren regions of the United States. The average temperature in August bakes the cracked ground at nearly 100 degrees F (38 C).    Bumping along in Roy’s jeep the two men stopped.  Just head of them, a mini-van sat wedged into the sandy soil.

Desert rescue

Paul says, “We saw the van in the gully from the road above it. Out here a vehicle in that position is either abandoned or there is somebody in need of help. Either way we needed to check it out.”

Roy adds, “When we first saw the car we could tell it was stuck. But it looked odd with the towels over the sun visors.  We were concerned with who might be in the van.  With it being in such a remote area we knew we had to make sure the occupants could get back to town.”

They drove the jeep next to the stranded vehicle.  Two women looked out. Roy says, “When we stopped beside the van the daughter said ‘Thank God’ and then started crying.”  A mother and daughter had been stranded in the van for two days.

Roy says he’s prepared for geocaching in the desert and they were able to offer immediate help: “I have a backpack I carry with water, snacks, SWAG, a first aid kit, a short rope, and batteries.  In the Jeep I carry tools, spare parts, a tow strap, a first aid kit,  a fire extinguisher, extra water and some blankets.”

This wasn’t his first encounter with someone needing help, but never before has the situation been this dire. “We have helped strangers get unstuck, hauled a bicyclist to the hospital, given water to hikers, but this was different – both these two women could have died.” After the rescue, the mother and daughter will be okay.

Paul says the situation is a first for him: “In my 64 years I don’t believe I have ever been in a position to rescue damsels in distress before.”

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You’re only over-equipped if you never do anything

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Members of our Crew got the scouts so interested in learning Geo Caching, and the fact camping plans for January kept getting moved around we opted for a day trip to Spring Creek Park. The Crew went out a week earlier and planted 5 caches for the scouts. Yesterday several scouts, crew members and 4 of our new scouts came out for the day.They had fun learning how to use a GPS and were successful finding all five caches plus three that were already existing at the park. They found a traveling Geo Coin that they decided will be placed at the San Jacinto Battlegrounds and monument since the coin is dedicated to our fallen soldiers.

Along with Geo Caching, Dualscoutmom did some cooking demos and taught a few simple (experimental) recipes, and how to grub master on a budget. lunch was made with Ramin Noodles, and some ground beef, and believe it or not it was pretty tasty.  Afterwords a cherry cobbler was made. Except for browning the ground beef, both breakfast, lunch and the cobbler we prepared in dutch ovens.

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Geo Caching Addicts Be Aware

You have new friends.  In December, our Venture Crew went to the Atlanta area and I had a great opportunity to introduce them to caching.  The boys who went are all over this new activity.  As always, the first hunt, they wonder if  its like a snipe hunt, but as soon as they find that first cache, they’re hooked.  Especially, when the first cache contains a Geocoin.  Shane found the first ammo box containing the Mt. Fuji trackable coin.  They went on to find another cache that evening and three more the next day.

Yesterday, another of the crew members joined us to set out five cache’s at a local park.  We’ve set them in areas in a manner to train new cache seekers on how to look in different places.  They’ll be hard enough to find that hopefully muggles won’t locate them, but easy enough that first time seekers will have success.  Our goal is to get lots more scouters hooked on geo caching.

After these guys got back from the trip, they proceeded to tell the troop all about their finds.  Our January campout will be geocaching – starting with the five above.  Woohoo!

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