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4:21 p.m. on December 10, 2002 (EST)
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I saw on the history channel that people are puting things out in the "boones" for other people to find, just for fun. You find the Cach and If you like take it and leave something useful in return for the next person to find. Neat Idea. Anyone Know the web site that lists the Caches? I didn't get it from the program.

4:52 p.m. on December 10, 2002 (EST)
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It is called "geocaching"

The web site is the Geocaching website. Actually there are several, which you can find through a Google search. It was started a few years back by a bunch of folks with too much time on their hands when SA was turned off. Idea is you place something at a relatively obscure location, get a good fix with your GPS receiver (average for a few minutes), and publish it. Next person seeks it out and can take something, but you must leave something in return (or just leave something). It is stirring a lot of controversy among public land managers, because a lot of people are just leaving trash (trash is in the eyes of the beholder, of course), or are leaving stuff in designated Wilderness Areas. In some areas, when the land managers and rangers find the cache, they remove it and discard everything. They have sometimes arrested people when they can identify them.

8:59 a.m. on December 11, 2002 (EST)
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AKA "leaving your garbage for others to pack out"

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The web site is the Geocaching website.

I've cleaned up several of these "geocache" things. Isn't really "leave no trace" eh?

Dislike the whole idea. Besides leavin' garbage for other folks to pick up, you have a bunch of new social trials in remote areas that usually don't make sense or follow the lay of the land 'cause folks are lookin' for something that is hidden, versus taking the path of least resistance to a high point for instance.

Should be confined to urban areas...

Brian in SLC

10:44 a.m. on December 11, 2002 (EST)
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Re: It is called "geocaching"

Thanks for the info Guys- "Brian in SLC" and "Bill S." I for one don't like trash in the wild ether. Never thought of it that way. Good point. Out here in the desert its wide open and you don't see lots of people here. people who do come there are usually looking for gold.

3:23 p.m. on December 15, 2002 (EST)
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Re: It is called "geocaching"

Yep, even had a cache placed up near Dorris (California) +/- one year ago, where a lot of controversy came about. The cache was placed near a Union Pacific railroad tunnel entrance/exit, on UP land. Officials became aware of the situation, removed the cache from the location, and detonated it! Never heard whether anyone was charged with any sort of crime for that one. However, the fact still remains: The cache never should've been placed in a location such as that in the first place.

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The web site is the Geocaching website. Actually there are several, which you can find through a Google search. It was started a few years back by a bunch of folks with too much time on their hands when SA was turned off. Idea is you place something at a relatively obscure location, get a good fix with your GPS receiver (average for a few minutes), and publish it. Next person seeks it out and can take something, but you must leave something in return (or just leave something). It is stirring a lot of controversy among public land managers, because a lot of people are just leaving trash (trash is in the eyes of the beholder, of course), or are leaving stuff in designated Wilderness Areas. In some areas, when the land managers and rangers find the cache, they remove it and discard everything. They have sometimes arrested people when they can identify them.

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