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Heading in a New Direction

Important info you’re gonna wanna know:

We know that some of you were not able to hear all the weekly Geocaching Goodness that we normally bring you since our last show was a MAPP show for financial supporting members, but we wanted to keep you posted with an exciting new direction that PodCacher is moving towards.

In this ever growing age of social media, PodCacher has to stay relevant and grow with the times. You probably realize that the production of an audio show each week is cumbersome and costly. The distribution of the weekly audio file is now archaic and very confusing to some. It is for these and many more reasons that PodCacher is moving to a more nimble and socially current format …

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Show 440.0: COMING SOON

NOTICE: Due to sickness at PodCacher HQ, Show 440 will be delayed this week. Not sure yet when it will be published. We’ll keep you updated!

Major Problems at PodCacher.com

We’ve had some catastrophic problems on our website and hosting service over the past few days. We’ve been working hard to address these issues and are making plans for the future to avoid these problems. The posts / shows from March have been restored, but we are still dealing with some back-end server problems. In case the site goes down, go to our fan page at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PodCacher for information. Thanks for your patience.

How do you describe Geocaching to a muggle?

Okay, before I even get started, let me say that this is a rant hidden in a question. It’s a pet peeve on a genuinely trivial topic and I acknowledge that before I get ramped up.

What metaphor do you use to describe Geocaching?

I’ve seen:
A high-tech game of hide and seek
A high-tech scavenger hunt
A high-tech treasure hunt
(I’ve seen “modern-day” substituted for high-tech.)

We use these in an attempt to quickly describe to muggles what Geocaching is. To be effective, the catch phrase should simplify and project an image or vision to the non-geocacher. Do some of the above metaphors do that well? I don’t think so. Let’s take a look at a couple definitions that I copied from Wikipedia (just to give us a starting point).

“Hide-and-seek or hide-and-go-seek is a game in which a number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more “seekers”.”

My memory of playing Hide and Seek when I was a kid was that of hiding MYSELF (I was pretty good at it too, being small, I could hide pretty easily) not a container. Have any of you played Hide

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19, 70 and 1000

So, I’ll bet you’re wondering what on earth those numbers mean?!? Someone needs to learn how to count!

Actually, we are on our way to Yosemite for a brief camping trip with 19 family members to celebrate Sandy’s Dad’s 70th birthday, and on the way we plan to get our 1000th cache at the breathtaking overlook at the entrance to Yosemite Valley.

If you’d like to keep posted with updates you can check our travel blog “PodCacher: Off the Beaten Path” here:

http://podcacherotbp.blogspot.com

You can also follow us on Twitter, since we’ll post there when we can.

For those of you concerned about Jake the fat cat, no worries. We’ve got a highly-qualified cat-sitter at Jake’s beck and call poised to make sure that he’s well fed and loses none of the girth that gives him his trademark “Jabba the cat” profile that he’s come to be known for.

Have a great weekend and go get ‘em!!!

Show 217.1: PMM – Packing for GW7

Listen To The Show (8:41)

On this geocaching nano-show Sonny takes you on a short sound-seeing tour around our house while he tests out a geeky recording set-up. Also, Sonny & Sandy chat about getting ready for Geowoodstock 7, and some topics we have in store for the next show.

Check out Sean’s ducky bath and Sonny’s recording hat:
Photo Set

GeoWoodstock VII

Follow us on our blog Off the Beaten Path

Show Forum Thread

Have a Great Weekend!
Go get ‘em!

 

Short Delay on show 216

Due to late-breaking news and a non-disclosure agreement, this week’s show deployment time is delayed until 12:01 am Pacific Time.

 

Trekking Poles

We recently got a question sent to us from listener Rainer asking about Trekking Poles. Here was our response:

Hey there!

Well we certainly wouldn’t consider ourselves experts, but here’s our take on it.

I (Sonny) like the adjustable aspect. Some models twist and some use push buttons. Find the ones that adjust easily. When you go uphill you can make them short and then make them longer when you go down hill. It’ll make sense to you when you do. Of course don’t adjust on every little hill, just on large ones that go a long way.

Find grips you like. It’s the part that touches your body ALL day long, if you don’t like the grips, it can be miserable. Gloves are not a bad idea too.

I like poles that have shocks in them. Some other people do not. On mine you can “lock out” the shock effect so they become more like rigid poles. Nice.

I never use the rubber feet on my treking poles, but do have one on the single hiking stick (much like a staff). The trekking poles have

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