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    Default Waymarking - possibly fun after all

    So yesterday we are out geo caching but before we set off i presented my kids with a list of waymarks.

    While out on the hunt rather than asking how far mom how far mom how far mom how far mom how far mom how far mom how far mom they actually looked for things that fitted the list.

    When found they diligently wrote the details , co - ords and took photos.

    We think they found three different types and they will be logging them this week.

    I have to say it was a very enjoyable excercise and with a few changes (the list needs to be physically smaller) all three want to find more waymarks when we go out, and here is the rub even when we are not caching they want to look out for them.

    For anyone who has endured bored children when out walking or shopping or just driving somewhere it seems to be another option.

    Just thought id share.
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    Didn't that used to be called iSpy and come as small books

    Kev

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    Yup high tech i spy

    and not meant to be in Off Topic either

    teach me to post after reading jokes
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    Allthough some may say waymarking is of topic it appears i posted this in the wrong place could a passing mod move it somewhere more appropriate please ???

    ta mark
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    I'd be quite happy to move this thread, but I'm not sure where to move it to. Do people think General Geocaching is appropriate?
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    It does overlap with Geocaching in general, so I suppose it could be moved there. As M&L have found, it's a good companion hobby with geocaching (and travelling); I can't drive past a post box now without having a quick glance to check whether it's Victorian!

    For those that don't know, it's possible to download a list of all the waymarking categories (from Wayward Waymarking ). That gives you a quick list of things to look out for: although I tend to specialise in a small subset of categories which I consider interesting.

    Also, you can download a basic waymark GPX file from waymarking.com. This could be useful if (for instance) you decide to look for some un-waymarked local trig points or bench marks. Note that over 2000 UK trig points have already been waymarked, so new ones are getting harder to locate.

    If you fancy creating a pseudo virtual cache, then there are suitable categories (the most obvious being Best Kept Secrets).

    In geocaching.com we seem to be going in the same direction as waymarking.com by tending to create cache categories (Motorway Mayhem, Off Yer Trolley etc.). Perhaps certain types of cache would be better as waymarks anyway?

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    Wish id found that wayward site earlier

    i spent hours creating my own list in booklet form for the kids last week in excel.

    the kids have still to log the you are here sign and the footpath foot bridge we found

    id better keep an eye out for an unlogged trigpoint.

    i see there are two sets of icons to collect

    waypoints you are FTF on and waypoints someone else has created

    off to look for dissused quarry and stepping stones categories

    there is a really great one

    monopoly places in the real world
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    Don't forget the category grid (aka bingo card!). Visible via your profile. My grid count is a measly 43 of 829.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    Don't forget the category grid (aka bingo card!). Visible via your profile. My grid count is a measly 43 of 829.
    It's great for the icon lovers...

    I'm resisting the urge to post a McD's, but must admit to photographing one today!

    The downside of the category grid is, as you work along a row or column, you get to something like "Ohio Historical Markers" which are very rare in the UK!

    *Plug*
    For those interested in Waymarking, a UK group can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/waymarkinguk/

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    This group deals with anything to do with waymarking in the UK on the website Waymarking.com


    Membership by invitation, for active waymarkers in the UK.
    The aim is to discuss ideas for new categories, find new officers etc. Feel free to post a message regarding waymarking.


    Brentorboxer is the leader of the group, she thinks she has contacted most of the active waymarkers in the UK, but -if you are, and haven't been invited -Shout!
    I have a Geocaching problem...
    Work gets in the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Humphrey View Post
    ...For those that don't know, it's possible to download a list of all the waymarking categories (from Wayward Waymarking ). That gives you a quick list of things to look out for: although I tend to specialise in a small subset of categories which I consider interesting.
    That is a really useful list - thanks! I've only looked at waymarking a few times and haven't really had the time/inclination to investigate all the categories properly. However, being able to quickly scan over that list is great - I think I'll actually print it off and leave a copy in our car for quick reference. It's already made me think "Ooooh, I know where there's one of those..." for several categories.


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    Heh found an unlogged trig at the weekend just had to climb up onto the Roaches to bag it !.

    Im hoping it will be accepted as a mountain summit as well as a trig (it is the highest point in Staffordshire).

    Shame deego was thinking of archiving the nearby cache due to lack of interest.
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    Gadzooks does this mean folks are warming to waymarking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Book Of Shadows View Post
    Gadzooks does this mean folks are warming to waymarking?
    Not me, I'm afraid - I'd like to see a return to the good old days of virtuals and locationless but each to their own, I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D (wwh) View Post
    Not me, I'm afraid - I'd like to see a return to the good old days of virtuals and locationless but each to their own, I suppose.
    So I won't be seeing you in the mcdonalds car park counting the bins then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Book Of Shadows View Post
    So I won't be seeing you in the mcdonalds car park counting the bins then?
    Nope, I've never been in one and I never shall be! Unless there was a virtual cache there, of course... h34r:
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