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Hollister Hills Geocache Bash - April 13, 2013

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by JimBCa, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. Feb 23, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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    JimBCa

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    Four Wheel Drive Geoaching Event


    Free Event!

    Registration: 8-9 am
    Geocaching: 9-2:30pm
    Raffle: 3pm

    Lunch will be served at noon complements of Hollister Hills Off-Road Association (HHORA).

    FYI, cell service is very spotty and not dependable at all.

    For questions or more information:
    (831) 638-3207
    email: hh.svra.education@gmail.com



    This will be our second year for this event, and for those that wish to bring the family, kids, or friends, it's a great time to do something in the park, see some new areas, (last year, sections that are normally closed were opened up), use your trail skills along with gps.

    Entrance to the park is free for this event
    Lunch is supplied free
    And when done for the day, there will be a raffle, with lots and lots of prizes.

    Last year:

    • the big prize was a GPS

    • annual pass to ALL of California State Parks

    • Off road gear

    I won a annual pass to the park

    So if your looking for something to do, in addition to driving off road, check it out.

    You will not need any modifications just the ability to drive the trails



    http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21873

    FB link https://www.facebook.com/events/164488310368525/

    We will be loading the hide locations on your gps at the event.
     
  2. Feb 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM
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    Sounds like a good time
     
  3. Feb 23, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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    Brief description of the activity:

    You will need:
    Off road capable vehicle
    Standard off road support gear. ( the usual safety stuff)
    GPS device capable of loading locations (cell phone does not work well in the park)

    Meet at designated starting point, where instructions, maps, and locations of the hide will be distributed.

    It's not a race, more like a treasure hunt, using your gps.

    There will be 25 caches hidden,

    • You find the cache by using the gps coordinates and map
    • sign the sheet inside the container
    • Take an informational card to answer question on your log book (we will provide)
    • Stamp your log book with the provided stamp which is in the container.
    • Close the container back up and put back exactly like you found it for the next participant
    • Go to the next location.
    • Head back to the start location based on time requirements
    • Have a free lunch
    • participate in the free drawing.
    • Prizes last year were donated by a number of businesses and people.
      • Passes to the parks
      • GPS unit
      • tow straps
      • hats
      • shirts
      • off road accessories
      • coupons/gift cards to local businesses
    Last year almost everyone in my group won something. I won a annual pass to the park, along with a hat, and $50 gift card for 4Wheel Parts.

    This event is sponsered by the Hollister Hills Park, Staff, and volunteers
     
  4. Feb 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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    sounds fun, I have a gps unit but don't know how to use it lol
     
  5. Feb 23, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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    This actually sounds fun.

    Having a mod day that is actually close to me takes priority though :)
     
  6. Feb 24, 2013 at 6:42 PM
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    We will be there to show you if you like.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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    I'm interested but depends if my other planned trip falls through which is the same weekend.

    I too need to play around with my setup more. I have a Globalsat BT-359 which I'm running with my Nexus 10. The GPS receiver seemed to work well when I used to use it with my 1st gen iPad through the Mojave Desert. But then again I used it more for tracking our trip rather than for geocaching. Right now I'm playing around with multiple apps to see which works best. Do you have any recommendations?
     
  8. Feb 27, 2013 at 1:26 AM
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    I am totally doing this. Sounds like a lot of fun.

    Im in the market for an inexpensive gps. Any recommendations?
     
  9. Mar 3, 2013 at 6:19 AM
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    I use and recommend Garmin, but any of the major players is nice. Usually it's Magellan, Garmin, or Delorme.

    Also picking one up at REI is sweet, because they have a no questions asked return policy. No restock fee, and it you join, a rebate at the end of the year.

    One thing we do is scan or download area off road maps, overlay on Google Earth, stretch and fit the ovely to match, then save the file to load in our gps. Then you have a map of where your playing off road, and with the gps, know where your at. Nice when in the desert, or even out and about.
     
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    Played with geocaching corn a couple weeks. Used my Galaxy Nexus with GPS status in radar mode. Found things much much easier than my buddy with a dedicated garmin
     
  11. Mar 15, 2013 at 12:43 PM
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    hmmm, this sounds fun!
     
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    Sounds cool. Are 4runners invited?
     
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    Anyone that wishes to drive around Holister Hills for free, get a free lunch, win some prizes, have a grown up easter egg type hunt, and get to go in part of the park not usually open to the general poplulation. There will be nothing that a stock 4 wheel drive can't do, and for some there will be a few challenging ones.

    The main focus is using your gps to locate caches, answer some questions to get credit for the find, and put it back for the next person. Not a race, not a go blasting off the hills there will be kids, families, and lots of rangers to provide some local knowledge about the fault zone, plants and animals.
     
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    Cool you can put me on the list! Sounds like a lot of fun
     
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    Nice Event!! Too bad I live on the other side of the country.

    Geocaching is awesome! If you haven't heard of it...you gotta try it out! Or at least show up and see what all the 'excitement' is about.

    They'll convert you from being a Muggle to being a Cacher!
     
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    if i can get the day off ill go.
     
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    For sure :D
     
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    This sounds awesome. I will try and make it.
     
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