quote:Originally posted by Candy Sack
quote: I'd rather these be the surprise, not another ..."ho-hum, I got here first..." kind of thing. I like finding things as a challenge, not as the cookie, to a trip.[8D]
Well then it sounds like you'd be a great geo-cacher. I do some occassional caching, so don't really appreciate your perspective about it, and find it a bit ignorant. There are rules and guidelines about where and how to cache; but like anything, not everyone respects the rules. And I admit some caches are "cooler" than others, but who are you to judge? The cool thing about geo-caching is that it appeals to all ages and physical abilities.
And what would be more intrusive while you sit on your perch? A cacher looking for his treasure, or a group of ten hikers coming to join you? And if you've never done a day-long drive to do a hike, you need to get out more. Cachers often will do numerous finds on a little day trip-- it's not a bad way to spend a day actually.
As for registers, I think I would agree with Dru that a lot of registers are superfluous. I've passed them by numerous times, and on a recent climb of Rainier 10 out of the 12 of us didn't even bother with the Mazamas register. But I think if a club wants to maintain a register that's great. It certainly isn't "laying claim" to peaks, and no club would think that. The peaks belong to us all.
... to each , their own...
" who am I to judge?," never cared for that expression, but since you ask, " if it's in my face, I'll judge".
Maybe on the mainland High-populated zone, but here where isolation can still be found I've never had the experience of 10 or 12 hikers plunking their asses next to me, people find their own perch.
The coolest geo-caches are the ones that demonstrate clever hiding and require a good stiff walk to find, not the pub-crawl style multi-finds all in one day rack 'em up on the kms automobile adventure placed at boundaries edges of parks.Trample trample trample.Lift lift lift that stone, peel the bark, make that farmer's dog bark like nuts as you GPS his fenceline.
There. How's that for judging, and don't get me going on the ATV squads doing likewise for the search of the mythical-box.
Come to think of it , I really miss those registars.If you find one with a 1960's german coin depicting a lady planting a tree, that's mine !