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Post by Pesky! » 19 February 08 1:38 pm

this is an article given to me by my father. He's a keen fisherman, and thought it applied equally to me Geocaching.
( i substituted geocaching for fishing in the text)

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Remembering to stop and think about where you are
going and what you will be doing, may save your life!

How many of us think about our safety when we go out Geocaching?
Here are a few tips to consider the next time you take a stroll in the
bush to you favorite geocaching spot.

* Have you told someone where you going and when you'll be back?
* Have you checked the wetaher forecast?
* Have you any drinking water?
* Do you have any waterproof matches?
* Do you have snacks?
* Do you have a first aid kit? Can you use it?
* Do you have your hat on ?
* Do you have sunscreen on?
* do you have insect repellant on/with you
* Do you have wet weather gear?
* Do you have a swiss army style pocket knife?
* Do you need a map? Can you read it?
* do you have a compass? Can you use it? ( with a map)
* Do you have a EPIRB ?
* Do you have a torch? Are the batteries fresh?

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It is surprising that after almost seven years of Geocaching, I still have not remembered some of these tips on occasions. This is made more risky by me doing most of my geocaching solo!

This raises the question... Does anyone else have any other tips that might fit this list?

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Post by SamCarter » 19 February 08 2:04 pm

Have you got a clean handkerchief?! (My mum used to always ask this as we went out the door off to school, along with "Have you got your lunch? Have you got 30c phone money" (which dates me)).

Seriously though, have you got your mobile phone and is it charged? (not useful everywhere, I know, but in more and more places)

Have you got spare batteries for the GPS?

Have you got a space blanket?

Spare bootlaces/string and a lightweight 6'x4' groundsheet are also useful.

And another useful trick is a 35mm film canister containing cotton balls that have been coated in petroleum jelly, as they can make good firelighters.

I don't always take these things, but I know there have been a couple of even low-risk caching runs where I HAVE forgotten something that was important.

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Post by tronador » 19 February 08 5:43 pm

SamCarter wrote:
And another useful trick is a 35mm film canister containing cotton balls that have been coated in petroleum jelly, as they can make good firelighters.

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What an excellent idea for camping. Never heard this one before. I am going to try this out at home.
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Post by Crisp image » 19 February 08 7:21 pm

I do most of my caching solo so I leave a list of caches in planed order on the bench at home where my wife will find it. As for the rest of the stuff I take what is aproperate for the area I am going into. For example If caching in the city money for coffee is high on the list and if out bush water and first aid kit rate a fairly high mention.
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Post by 5commer3 » 19 February 08 9:22 pm

SamCarter wrote:Have you got a clean handkerchief?! (My mum used to always ask this as we went out the door off to school, along with, Have you got 30c phone money" (which dates me)).
Just 2 questions,
1 shouldn't the 30 cents be tied in the hanky with a big knot that you can't get undone when you need it ? (or was that to stop impulse buying) :shock:

2 where do you put the 30 cents, :roll:

3 where do I hire a sherpa from to carry all the extra gear, :D

Oh wait thats 3 questions :twisted:

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Post by Richary » 19 February 08 9:37 pm

I would also add look where you are walking instead of just following the arrow. The number of times I have almost tripped over looking at the screen instead of the rock I was about to trip over are too many to count. Also watch out for large spiderwebs! They are annoying when you walk into them.

Luckily I haven't walked over any snakes following the arrow :D

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Post by Marcus Vitruvius » 19 February 08 10:40 pm

Yes. I'm guilty of that last one richary. Running along on a lot of bush tracks whilst checking that I was still going in roughly the right direction have landed me within a foot of a brown snake and a red bellied black snake. Both times I was fortunate that each snake just turned and headed for the bush. So my tip, if your going to carry any item in your first aid kit, make it a compression bandage. It will most likely help save your life if bitten by a snake, and has many other uses, such as for making splints, wetting them to make a cold compress etc.

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Post by THENANKS » 20 February 08 8:17 am

SamCarter wrote: And another useful trick is a 35mm film canister containing cotton balls that have been coated in petroleum jelly, as they can make good firelighters.
You are a genius. That is a cracker of an idea. I know my son Freaky Geeky ( AKA Isaac ) will impress the other cub scouts with this tip. Cheers THENANKS

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Post by Hounddog » 20 February 08 10:22 am

Are you wearing clean underpants?

God help you if you're found floating face down on the lake and you didn't have on clean undies? :)

:) Sounds like our mums are the same all over.

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Post by Pesky! » 20 February 08 5:29 pm

SamCarter wrote: And another useful trick is a 35mm film canister containing cotton balls that have been coated in petroleum jelly, as they can make good firelighters.
I just did some tests.
Vicks vapor-rub works as well if not better,as it has other oils emulsified in the petroleum jelly. but if you're looking at costs, then straight jelly is cheaper. another good fire starter are moth balls..napthaline balls are nicely flammamble.
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Post by SamCarter » 20 February 08 5:41 pm

Pesky wrote
vicks vapor-rub works as well if not better,asnit has other oils emusified in the petrolium jelly. but if you're looking at costs, then straight jelly is cheaper. another good fire starter are moth balls..napthaline balls are nicely flamamble.
But naphthalene stinks worse than vicks vapor rub. I'm not sure how I rate vicks vapor rub against petroleum jelly ... I quite like the smell of vapor rub but there seems to be an associated tickly feeling on the chest!! :lol:

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Post by Pesky! » 20 February 08 6:29 pm

SamCarter wrote:... I quite like the smell of vapor rub but there seems to be an associated tickly feeling on the chest!! :lol:
I hope that tickly feeling is not the burnng vicks!

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Post by If » 21 February 08 1:55 am

That's a long and involved list in the first posting :?
Definitely not suitable for a spur of the moment cache chase :lol:
My checklist usually stops after "GPSr" check :shock:
So sometimes I arrive somewhere near GZ only to find I haven't actually loaded the coords into the GPS :D
Anyone up for a hike to the Full Steam Ahead cache sometime ?
:shock:

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Post by THENANKS » 21 February 08 10:58 pm

Pesky! wrote:
SamCarter wrote: And another useful trick is a 35mm film canister containing cotton balls that have been coated in petroleum jelly, as they can make good firelighters.
another good fire starter are moth balls..napthaline balls are nicely flammamble.
Your good Pesky- Do you know how many you have to catch to fill a 35 mm film canister with moth balls. :lol:

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Post by Pesky! » 22 February 08 2:56 pm

Anothr thread talks about a decent torch, and suggest a 9v led clip that looks rather cool. however they are $30.00 plus shipping...

Jaycar have a much cheaper version, no fancy colours or flashing lights , but at $5.00 each they are certainly more affordable.
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* battery not included.
I also found a website or two that have a build it yourself version.
It costs $5.00 for a basic kit that you can customise with your own coloured
LEDs, or just use basic white ones that come in kit.
http://www.ledsales.com.au/cart.php?tar ... uct_id=162

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