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So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« on: March 25, 2010, 10:25:28 am »
I just got into the activity last summer when I got my own GPS receiver for my birthday.  It's so nice to have an excuse to wander around!

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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2010, 10:57:48 am »
One of the aviation profs. Professor Lewis Liang is super into this too beek. Random fyi.

He was just going on about it in class on tues. Is there any sort of club for this? Or weird "did you know" I can pass on to him regarding it happening @ UND?

He's a cool dude.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2010, 11:04:57 am »
There doesn't seem to be any sort of official club at UND.  I found out about it from a geology grad student who was here a few years ago.  I'm not sure how popular it is with students, but there are scads of caches just in Grand Forks.  It would be cool if a lot of students were into it.  One thing is that you usually can't use an in-car navigation GPS unit for it because it tries to keep you on the road, but in that video they say you can use your phone, which I haven't played with (seeing as how I have a "dumbphone").
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2010, 11:19:45 am »
Oh no... he has a handheld just for this.

I'm sure I could do it with my phone... battery life would become an issue though.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 07:05:40 pm »
I have heard of this but never personally tried it.  Any of you guys planning on giving it a try?
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010, 12:51:18 pm »
I haven't done any since the beginning of this past winter (winter is over, right?).  Hopefully I can do some this spring but I'll need to find some, er, more accessible caches.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010, 04:34:06 pm »
Cool, maybe you could set up some of your own.  Throw some CD magnets in them ;)

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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 04:49:13 pm »
Should put some more on campus...I'll see what I can do :)
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2010, 04:54:45 pm »
Are there lots around GFK? He seemed to imply so.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2010, 05:38:02 pm »
There are several dozen in town, of varying degree of difficulty.  There's even one outside Leonard Hall if you want to look for it sometime.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2010, 10:14:21 pm »
What types of things are usually in them?  I assume it varies greatly but is something very inexpensive.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 10:29:57 pm »
Usually there are small trinkets like little toys or erasers or stickers or magnets.  Some caches are more "kid-friendly" so they are larger and have more toys; some are micro so they just have a log.  What I do is bring out a bag full of things just floating around in my drawers that I'm never going to use (dinosaur eggs, bouncy balls, old keys, stuff like that).

Some people make little cards with their name.  There's a cacher in town called The Hipster who does this, and someone who makes their own Pokemon cards.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2010, 12:57:34 pm »
Usually there are small trinkets like little toys or erasers or stickers or magnets.  Some caches are more "kid-friendly" so they are larger and have more toys; some are micro so they just have a log.  What I do is bring out a bag full of things just floating around in my drawers that I'm never going to use (dinosaur eggs, bouncy balls, old keys, stuff like that).

Some people make little cards with their name.  There's a cacher in town called The Hipster who does this, and someone who makes their own Pokemon cards.

Very cool, I gotta try this.
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Re: So what is geocaching? I'm glad you asked...
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2010, 04:40:56 pm »
Anyone want to go out and cache this weekend?
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